A Minority Faction

Robert Tracinski at The Federalist penned a very good read: “Donald Trump vs. James Madison”. He delves into the faction issue and states:

“Politically speaking, the conservative “base” is a minority faction. Our views—and I certainly include myself among the most radical small-government advocates—are shared by somewhere between 10% and 40% of the public, depending on the issue. But a lot of the base is bitter that we haven’t been able to dictate policy as if we command upwards of 60% of the vote.

Their beef isn’t with the Republican Party, it’s with the whole American system of government. Their enemy isn’t Mitch McConnell. It’s James Madison. If you’re the sort of person who uses “cuckservative” as an epithet for anyone who settles for less than what you imagine the right kind of strongman could deliver, then I’ve found your ultimate nemesis. James Madison is the original “cuckservative.”

The Father of the Constitution wrote the rulebook for the American political system, and he specifically wrote the rulebook for what’s supposed to happen to political factions. He explained this in The Federalist No. 10. Everyone should read this essay and thoroughly understand it, and almost no one does. But you can’t understand politics and can’t do politics until you do.”

Tracinski points to The Federalist No.10, so let me add the title of No.10 -“The Same Subject Continued: The Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection”.  I mentioned in a recent post that there is no excuse for failing to understand the basics of our own governmental structure.  If you’re online, you can access fathoms deep sources of history, literature, science – all for free.  Hillsdale College put together a series of short lectures on The Federalist Papers earlier this year.  You just sign-up and watch them at your leisure.:


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