The Republican Party elected it’s new Chairman today, as when their Party isn’t host to a President they must have some sort of leadership. This is a step in the right direction for the Party, not because of Steele’s ethnicity, but because of his ideology. Out of the five candidates for the position, Steele was the most moderate. If the Republicans are to move towards a position where they can overtake the high ridin’ Dems, they’ve got to move toward the center of the political spectrum. The last election proved that the illusion of America being a center-right country is being put to death. Keynesian economic policies are being accepted in Washington once again after the so called ‘fiscal conservative’ ideas advocated by Reagan.
Regan was hardly a fiscal conservative. He was a big government advocate, specifically in the area of defense. He expanded government rather than shrinking it, cut taxes while increasing spending.
Anyway, I’m very happy with this change. I voted for Obama in ‘08, but only because I refused to vote for 8 years of failed policies by supporting a candidate who moved to the right in order to appease a failed consituency. The social conservative base of the Republican Party is a dying culture, one who idealizes ancient philosophies who resist secularization of government. Read Kant’s piece on ‘Idea for a Universal History’ and tell me that social conservatism is good for America. Or Rousseau’s ‘Discourse on Political Economy’. Perhaps the far right could use some enlightenment of their own.
I’ve decided that this summer, my goal is to hike 5 fourteeners. For the non-Colorado natives, that’s a mountain whose peak is at or above 14,000 feet. It’s generally a 5-8 hour ordeal that leaves your calves and quads full of lactic acid and an impossible to reproduce euphoria of endorphin filled bliss. I’m planning on doing some hiking over Spring Break, as my birthday nicely coincides. I just love to enjoy the wilderness.