The ABCs of the Craziest Election of Our Lives — Paradox

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Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Stillwater
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    loyalty to anything except pure conservatism has been a distraction that has splintered the field and let Trump get ahead.

    Well, this comment right here, if meant sincerely, is the whole conservative “problem” in a nutshell: “pure conservatism” has been put on trial this election cycle and the practical value, coherence and utility of the concept has been found lacking. The verdict is in: No pure conservatism for you!Report

    • Avatar Will Truman in reply to Stillwater
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      I agree-ish in the particular, but the comment holds if you go with a more general “our values” (which I think you would still disagree with, but c’est la vie)Report

      • Avatar Stillwater in reply to Will Truman
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        Oh, I’m not sure I’d disagree with the values at that point – heck, I totally understand the value-based argument that life begins at conception, for example – as much as two other things. 1) how those values are codified and enforced; and 2) that the “values” appealed to are purely politically (read: partisanly) derived and have no actual grounding in a person’s life outside of hyper-politics.

        I mean, this sounds like the “unseen” stuff D Scotto was talking about, which I think is the primary defect in conservative thought. (If it can’t be seen then what the hell are we talking about wrt policy?) CK talks about that stuff too: truths that are beyond truth-values (I’m pretty sure that’s not how he phrases it), which I also think is incoherent (and impractical) tho doubly so*.

        *For the additional reason that if there are truths deeper than actual truths (you know, empirical variety) then no claims mean anything anymore.Report

  2. Avatar Mike Schilling
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    The RFRAs make me grateful that in 1964 the White Citizens’ Councils didn’t appreciate the Constitutional applicability of Genesis 9:25.Report

  3. Avatar Mike Schilling
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    Hillary. The most distrusted and disliked candidate in this race—not counting Trump.

    The author left out Cruz and, more understandably, Jeb.Report

  4. Avatar Mike Schilling
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    Rubio. A glimpse of what the 2016 race could have been—a time of renewed passion for conservative ideals and a future where the GOP is known for listening to everyday Americans, working to heal racial tensions and promoting the precious American Dream.

    Ricky Rubio? Certainly not the robotic, oft-befuddled senator from Florida. Anyway, it’s all water under the bridge.Report

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