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January 20, 2018

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letter to the editor:

The failings of a fractured party

The left wing isn’t completely wrong when it says the GOP is being uncooperative, but its goal of guilt tripping Republicans into agreeing with its dangerous ideas is an odd method of trying to create bipartisanship. If the left desires cooperation, perhaps it should try tempering its desire for radically socialist policies and find a middle ground.

That said, merely blocking the left’s agenda does not constitute a strategy.

Over the past few years, we have seen a complete disintegration of the unity between people who vote for Republican candidates. The biggest reason for this divide stems from the fact that no one has been able to present a coherent plan for the future.

The most obvious example of our failure is the battle against Obamacare. We agree Obamacare is bad and want it repealed, yet no Republican has managed to offer a viable alternative. Simple arithmetic and a basic understanding of how the government works will show you that the GOP cannot defeat Obamacare on its own; it needs Democrats to go along with it.

If we are going to get enough support to repeal and replace Obamacare, a real alternative must be brought forward that can gain the support of the Republican base and the independent middle ground. Reagan forced this type of choice and produced the Reagan Democrats.

The Republicans in office and in the media need to stop fighting small-scale political battles and lead the intellectual war against the left.

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