In Defense of Republicans, Part I

A challenge from a Democratic friend came the other day in the form of a semi-lengthy blog post on Vox.com by someone I've never heard of named David Roberts. While it was clearly written from a staunchly liberal point of view, it actually contains a number of smaller points that I didn't find altogether disagreeable, such as that most "independents" actually share ideology with one party, or that conservatives are unhappy that the growth of government seems to be unstoppable.

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The Yolo GOP at the Yolo County Fair

Oh the things you can learn by volunteering at the county fair for hours on end. 

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Random Thoughts

One of my favorite commentators, the Stanford Hoover Institution's Thomas Sowell, on occasion writes what he calls a "Random Thoughts" column, gathering an intriguing mix of short analyses on a wide range of mostly political topics. In homage to Mr. Sowell, I offer the following. 

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What Have YOU Done?

On the eve of the first Republican presidential debate, Governor Jerry Brown laid down a gauntlet of a challenge to the field of Republican candidates running for President of the United States: “My message is real clear: California’s burning. What the hell are you going to do about it?”

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Partying Together

The worker bees of the American political process can be divided into two categories.

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The Constitution of our Constitution

Woman: “Well, Doctor, what have we got — a Republic or a Monarchy?”

Benjamin Franklin: “A Republic, if you can keep it."

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The Not-So-Good Shepherd

“He’s not a war hero,” billionaire Donald Trump said of John McCain at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

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Keeping the Republic

I find it difficult and exhausting to participate in the American political process, and a big part of me would rather not do it at all. 

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