Notes from an Ant Hill
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Kick in an ant hill and the ants mill about. Their regimented world dissolves into chaos ,and the ants ,purposeful in their lack of purpose, circle back to the familiar in a futile attempt to restore order.Kick in the Republican ant hill and the result is the same. Republican soldiers such as Charles Krauthammer insist that the party should change not a whit. After all do we really need two Democratic parties? So all the ants of similar persuasion circle back to the familiar despite the fact that the ant hill which seemed impregnable no longer exists and despite the fact that history seems to be on the side of the ant lions.George Will,that purist among ideological purists, can deny global warming despite the melting glaciers, the shifting climate zones,and the South Sea islands which continue to disappear. it's all a matter of denying the liberal rabble really. So Twinkies fade away as a result of union malfeasance despite the inconvenient evidence of misfeasance or malfeasance in the head office and pornographers should be protected from the nanny state despite the outbreak of STD's among the "talent."And so Bill O'Reilly can "opine"against the Washington Post for making a logical inference based on his foolish, intemperate comments about the entitlement society.And so the secession petitions multiply from states dependent upon federal largess.The ants mill about.

But hope is on the horizon. Grover Norquist to all appearances will be sent packing. Romney has been kicked to the curb. Bobby Jindal,tea party darling and rising star in the Republican Party has noted that the Republican Party cannot continue to be stupid. Haley Barbour has commented that the Republican Party cannot preach to the choir but to the church and a host of Republican liuminaries have noted that the party must be the party of the big tent. So the 47% it seems really does matter in the Republican calculus for 2016.

I hope that Republicans take this to heart. Perhaps in this brave new Republican vision the unquestioned faith in business as the model for every aspect of American society,in vouchers, in trickle down economics, in tax cuts, in deregulation will fade away and Republicans will find a conservative vision that CONSERVES American values and understands that the fate of the middle class is the fate of the nation.For the sake of the two party system I hope that this is the case. If the Krauthammers and the Wills have their way, the national Republican Party will suffer the same fate as the Republican Party in California or the Whig Party in the nineteenth century.

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Bryant commented on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Good blog, fly. Republican pundits may not see the diverging path but Republican politicians do. I was pleased with Saxby's comments to WMAZ about the Norquist pledge he signed 20 years ago. He said he was dedicated to it still but he was more dedicated to America.

But, if Democrats labor under the misconception that they have a mandate not to sacrifice any of their sacred cows we will face two more years of gridlock.

Let's face it, if you fired every Federal employee you would only cut the deficit by 1/3 according to David Wessel of the Wall Street Journal. So the Democrats have to give on Social Security and Medicare and the Republican's on increased tax rates and Defense spending. Democrats have to look to the middle class to give up some deductions as well as the upper income 10%.

We'll see what happens. I'm a little more impressed with what I hear from Republicans about the addressing the deficit than from the Democrats at this point.

gawalkman commented on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 10:25 AM


Great post. I enjoyed reading it because you described things so well.

At one time, the Democratic party was the conservative party and the Repubs were more liberal. Prior to that, Repubs were conservative and the Demos were more liberal. The short of the story...change is a part of life. It will happen - good or bad.

It's all in how we deal with the change. Some are better at it than others.

How can it be resolved? BOTH parties must put the American people first, not corporations, not lobbyists, and definitely not party. If they do that, the answers to our problems will be crystal clear.

Both sides have lost their way. It's up to the American people to straighten them out. Quite frankly, I don't think we can because we are more obsessed with things like football, American Idol, and Honey Boo Boo.

And to top it off, some Americans need talking heads to figure things out for them. It's like we can't make up our minds without Carville, Beckel, Krauthammer, Will, and others. Gee, were the talking heads ever so wrong than this past election? I don't think so.

Charles_and_Angie_Howell commented on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 10:47 AM

All, Charlie.

I was not so impressed with the blog. Had an echo of hubris.... I would remind fly that it was only 20 years ago or so that the demise of the Democratic party was just as apparent as the demise of Republican party seems today.

Yes, Bryant, it will take some sacrifice from everyone to straighten things out. I am not convinced it will happen anytime soon. Very few winners will voluntarily work to fix the mess that benefited them. I believe the Dems will sit on their high horse until they are knocked from their perch.

Walkie, I agree with your history that both parties have re-defined themselves... several times. I agree they have both lost their way. My neighbor and I were just discussing that yesterday...almost. Almost.

You see, he believes that the Democrats/Liberals are on the right path - that it is the Republicans/Conservatives who need to change or die. He is not completely happy with his party, but happy enough that he does not feel the need to encourage them to cooperate, apparently.

So, it is not just the 'talking heads' that need to re-think how to handle the future. Many common folks do to. I know I am.

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