The Faux Narrative of Ideology Killing the AHCA

National politics has become built on consensus, so much so that the possibility that the opposition party, or even dissenting subfactions within a party, are treated as intransigents acting purely from a desire to be spiteful and obstructionist. Dissenters are never allowed to be genuine actors who stand on principle. The result of this is a political dialogue that juxtaposes intransigent ideology qua functional practicality. Practicality is connected to attempts to “do good” for the…

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The Freedom Caucus Changed Nothing But Still Won A Huge Victory

There is nothing easy about being an ideologue. The rhetorical slings and arrows of a political faction on offense are always aimed towards the ideologue. Impugning epithets like “intransigent” and “extremist” fly thick and fast in the midst of the internecine fray. Should the party’s fortifications collapse and the last bastion of defense fall, it is always the ideologue who is named at saboteur; it is far easier to blame the abstract idealism of the…

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GOP Leadership’s Threat to Dissenters on Health Reform Shows Loyalty Lies With Agenda, Not Voters

Every two years, Republican leaders browbeat their constituents into voting for them by pushing a noxious rhetorical cocktail that is one part thinly-veiled threats and two parts fearmongering. Now, either emboldened by the shameful success this dishonesty has had in the past few electoral cycles or out of a sense of desperation as the rank and file rebel against broken campaign promises, this tactic is being used in an internecine battle for healthcare reform. The…

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2016: An Election of Political Death and Realignment

Nothing is so over-prognosticated as the death of political parties. Under the microscope of public, and perhaps more importantly, media scrutiny, insignificant quibbles are overly magnified into catastrophic divisions, which, catalyzed by the constant pressures of the biannual election cycle, threaten to rent the party asunder. But reports of the demise of political parties are greatly exaggerated. Political tumult is the sign of a robust body politic. Engagement inevitably breeds discord, both inside and outside…

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The Trump-Ryan Feud and Intraparty Loyalty

The fast-eroding relationship between Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Donald Trump is about as friendly as the one which existed between Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany. Many have been quick to descry Ryan, who has seemingly gone through more positions on Trump than a ballerina, and other party members for disavowing the nominee so close to an election that Republicans need to win lest their long-term durability as a national party be…

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