Tag Archives: 2016 election

How Rush Limbaugh Disenfranchised the Right

If, like myself, you’re a self-identifying conservative ideologue, then Rush Limbaugh has in past been a figure of influence. The man who has long given himself the self-aggrandizing label of “the big voice on the right” has been exactly that to many a conservative struggling to balance their own epistemology with broader public opinion. This…

Extrapolating New Policies from Old Ideas: Why Darrell Castle Matters

The campaign drivel of hackneyed banalities which these days pass for inspired policy innovations demonstrates yet one more failing of modern politicians; they lack creativity. Today’s politics are venial. Politicians are more interested in the bump a policy gives to their public profile than in either the merits or the real-world feasibility of them. They…

If 2016 is a choice between the worst options, the people bear some responsibility

A mere four years ago, pundits were bemoaning the death of the Lincoln-Douglas style debate. In an election cycle defined by quips about “binders full of women” and where the most serious dismantling of ideology involved repeatedly calling it “malarkey,” the staid deliberation of 19th century campaigning seemed the height of rhetorical finesse. If the…

Politicians attempting to vote shame are authoritarians

The 2016 election has engendered upheaval of the traditional methods of politicking and obliterated normal partisan identities. It is unsurprising that the dominant hegemons should push back, shamelessly advancing the trite and obviously fallacious bromide of binary party choice. In the wake of the first debate, which only underscored how pathetic the results of long-entrenched…

How Reaganism killed the right and led to the rise of Trump

One of the basic premises of 21st century American society is that polarization, particularly along politically partisan lines, has risen dramatically. That the right, in particular, has become increasingly hard line and intransigent is a common charge for the left. The assertion that “Reagan wouldn’t recognize his own party” is crowed by both GOP moderates…

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