Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Taking Disraeli's Advice?

After a few days away from too much focus on the news, I logged back in today to find infighting on the increase in the Republican Party. Kind of depressing, but not unexpected after an election loss. What is needed right now is unity, and not bloodletting. However, I think the long knives are going to be out for a while.

Enter this interesting article from The Week. The premise is "What could today's Republican Party learn from the legendary British Conservative leader Benjamin Disraeli?"

It's an interesting question. The Conservative/Tory party is similar in some ways to the American Republicans, but it's not a carbon copy (for example, the support many Conservatives have for the National Health Service etc). During the mid to late 1800s, Disraeli and Labour (liberal) William Gladstone battled back and forth, and traded the prime minister's job. The Week's article examines how Disraeli took the Conservative Party and turned it into a dominant force in British politics.

Would such a thing work here? Good question. It's long been my view that principles are timeless. One thing that gives people contempt for politicians is the everlasting image of them holding their finger in the wind and blowing wherever the wind blows. It is true that there has to be some adaptability to meet current challenges, but timeless principles should not have to be compromised.

As with any idea, chew the meat and spit the bones. But it is an interesting question to ponder.

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