The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
The portion of the Republican party who has been turning the party into merely another political identity group for middle to lower middle class rural types (e.g. "the country class") is just as bad as the establishmentarians. They are in essence accepting the establishmentarian worldview that the country of a zero-sum competition between various group fighting to weild the government as a hammer against each other; all people like Coedvilla want to do is get the government to be on their side.
Things won't get better until we stop fighting over which team the government is going to quarterback for and start demanding it go back to being the referee.
I am not sure that there is a fix. At this point, if you aren't in the White, Mexican, Female, Other, or Negro gang, you are all alone in the night. Though the majority of us are alone, we are so both because there is not party that supports us (back to the gang theory), and because those of us who are not included would not all agree to be IN the same gang.
Actually, I think there is a way back. The strengthening of the republic aspect of democtractic republic nominclature. How we get there, though, is quite a different tale. The first thing we would have to do is separate general politics from the republic aspect. The problem with that is Americans have become so polorized that this is probably not possible either.
One side, or the other, is going to have to decisively win. In that win, we will all lose. Which side actually won may not be known until the draconian policies meant to ensure a stable government after a win are loosened... or if they win not loosened. This chess game sucks, but that is what I am seeing. Sorry for messing around, but I wanted to try and run this idea down... at least as my mind sees it.
The leaders of the Republican Party don't understand their precarious position. If they nominate a Rino like Romney for President in 2012, there is a good chance the party fractures and quickly goes the way of the Whigs.
I stopped financialy supporting the GOP years ago when they won everything and proceeded to do nothing (no flat-tax, no significant program cuts, no term-linit Amendment). Instead they added a new entiltement program and spent like mad.
"While [the King of Sweden and former Marshal of Imperial France] Bernadotte was in Paris I saw him every day. He but faintly disguised from me the hope he had entertained of ruling France; and in the numerous conversations to which our respective occupations led I ascertained, though Bernadotte did not formally tell me so, that he once had strong expectations of succeeding Napoleon.... Bernadotte expressed to me astonishment at the recall of the Bourbons, and assured me that he had not expected the French people would so readily have consented to the Restoration. I confess I was surprised that Bernadotte, with the intelligence I knew him to possess, should imagine that the will of subjects has any influence in changes of government!"
- Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne, The Memoirs of Napoleon
Did he mean the Country Class or the Country-Club Class? I like country people but there are plenty of Democrats who are in the Country-Club, maybe that's why there are so DAMN many RINOs who just want to get-along at the Big-Tent Buffet and Feedbag... Like Romney.