Democrats and Republicans reverse roles

Have you noticed that it’s now the Democrats who are trying to wage a culture war?  Meanwhile, all Republicans want to talk about today is economics, which was always the interest of the New Deal Democrats. 

From Greg Forster:

The Democrats are becoming the party of culture war, a transition confirmed by the decreasing power of economic interests in the party—is further confirmed by this observation: The Republicans are becoming the party of economics. They’re not going to drop their social conservatism, but if you’ve been keeping track of the conversations about the future of conservatism and the Republican party (which are two distinct but not entirely separate conversations), maybe you’ve noticed that the conversation is all around reframing the movement’s and the party’s economic message in various ways. To the extent that social issues are discussed at all, it hasn’t really gotten beyond “don’t say stupid things about rape.” . . .

The big question to my mind is whether the GOP follows the pattern of the Democrats in the last generation and becomes a party of economic interests, or manages to find a voice for an economic ideal that can at least partially subordinate those interests. That, in turn, will probably be settled by the outcome of the distinct-but-not-separate conversation going on in the conservative movement.

via Re: It’s the Culture » First Thoughts | A First Things Blog.

Forster links to an article by R. R. Reno on how Democrats are appointing wealthy cultural liberals, despite these individuals’ conflicts with their workers, the Democrats’ old constituency.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Grace

    My response to Forster is this:

    There are many different facets of the Republican party. Having said that, there are those who have NO interest in the God of HOLY Scriptures, and then there are those who are ‘conservatives, without a strain of God’s Word in their belief.

    The GOP does not follow any plan of the Dem’s – they follow either a so called Christian agenda, or a conservative agenda, meaning; they are a dichotomy, not necessarily opposed, but distinguished as different, not like the Democratic party.

    It’s not an “economics” problem, it’s something far deeper. It’s a fight of sorts, between what one knows is right according to God’s Word, and what is appealing, that will sustain one, throughout the transition our country is facing. Albeit, with blind eyes. In same cases it’s survival, in other’s it’s a conscience issue, one that takes us all to the Cross, to consider what Christ would have us do.

    Those who’s conscience is seared by God’s Word, might very well take another road. It’s the road one walks that determines his future, not the ideals, and comforts this world offers – they are just temporary.

  • Trey

    Even if the economic policy doesn’t seem to be cultural it is since it assumes the values of freedom, individuality and responsibility. At least this goes hand in hand with the law of economics. The Democrats are pushing social engineering to a degree unknown in human history.

  • John C

    The Republicans have become the party of economics but it is a particularly doctrinaire economic model that is supported and financed by the likes of the Heritage Foundation and the Koch brothers.
    Critics on the Left have called the Republican economic ideology Zombie Economics.
    Zombie Economics is described as the tendency for discredited and dead economic ideas to be resurrected to walk among us in order to serve some political design.
    For example, Trickle Down Theory promotes the idea that giving tax breaks to the wealthy benefits the poor. There is no evidence to support this notion but Republicans still take it seriously.

  • Grace

    John @3

    ➡ “The Republicans have become the party of economics but it is a particularly doctrinaire economic model that is supported and financed by the likes of the Heritage Foundation and the Koch brothers.”
    You obviously have a problem with those who’s father was very successful, and two of his sons who have used the wealth they inherited to help others. A little green are you John?

    ➡ “Critics on the Left have called the Republican economic ideology Zombie Economics.
    Zombie Economics is described as the tendency for discredited and dead economic ideas to be resurrected to walk among us in order to serve some political design.”

    Capitalism, the hallmark of privately or corporately owned companies is paramount. The government cannot balance their own budget, never mind taking corporations, taxing them to death, thinking they can run them better. It serves no purpose, except to weaken this nation of the very people who can hire, and pay wages.

    “Zombie’s” are those who sit with no other idea, but to undermine that which they never built, never invested in as entrepreneurs. When the companies begin to grow and become prosperous they want to divide the pie, and take that which they haven’t earned.

    ➡ “For example, Trickle Down Theory promotes the idea that giving tax breaks to the wealthy benefits the poor. There is no evidence to support this notion but Republicans still take it seriously.”

    The wealthy pay most taxes John. When you blither “Trickle Down” you prove you don’t understand economics.

    Below is a scale of WHO PAYS TAX

    Who Pays Income Taxes and How Much?
    http://www.ntu.org/tax-basics/who-pays-income-taxes.html

    This should educate you as to WHO PAYS and who DOESN’T PAY TAX’S and HOW MUCH!

  • John C

    I apologize for my belated response, Grace. I must admit I do not read your posts as much as I should.
    You’re right, I do envy the rich as I envy your intelligence, political insight and religious faith.
    I would like to point out that Trickle Down Economics is not about who pays and who doesn’t pay tax, it is about whether the wealthy should pay less tax on the grounds that we would all benefit if they did.

  • Grace

    John,

    I am deeply humbled by your response, perhaps because I don’t feel I deserve it.

    Your faith can come alive if you ask the LORD. HE is always there when we call upon HIS Name, always!

    The wealthy should and do pay taxes, as they have, but not more. The reason is, we will see more corporations, unable to carry that burden, make a profit – then sell off, including all their holdings and property, laying off multitudes of people, be it laborers or highly skilled, and those who have science, medical, engineering, or any other technical field of expertise, of every stripe. Who then will suffer? – everyone.

    Florida needs more physicians. However many doctor’s are discouraging their sons and daughters to attend med school. The same is true for California. I’ve talked to many doctors whom I am friends with, they cannot make enough money — they are not living extravagantly, they are young, between 45 and 55, with heavy mortgages which they are barely able to pay, their homes have lost value. (they didn’t buy pricey homes to begin with) The real kicker is: They cannot accept any NEW PATIENTS, their days are full, they can’t do more. Very often now, doctor’s wives are coming to work in their husbands office, it’s the only way they can make ends meet, keep an eye on the office. It’s very sad to see this happen, when these men have gone to school for YEARS, and now work more hours than doctors worked in the past, plus their wives are working as well –

    Employers aren’t able to pay the high price of health insurance, higher taxes, and still expect to make a profit.

    God bless you John – Thank you for your kind words.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com bike bubba

    With the hash the Democrats have made of hte economy, is it any surprise that they’re not making a point of economics these days? Thankfully, Republicans have taken a look at historical data, which demonstrate very clearly that FDR prolonged the recession with the same policies that Mr. Obama wants to implement today. Not surprisingly, the Democrats want to change the subject.


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