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Re James Kirkpatrick’s article Is “Conservatism” Enough? Russell Pearce’s Defeat And The Future Of “The Movement”
From: Paul Streitz [email him]
It is not the ideas that the RINOs hold that is the problem, it is their courage level.
There is a book called Emotion: A Psychoevolutionary Synthesis by Robert Plutchik. It posits eight basic emotions that come in opposite pairs: joy-grief, anticipation-surprise, acceptance-disgust, fear-anger.
The RINO’s are high on fear. That is, they are simply afraid of any pushback for anything they do. Therefore, they compromise on everything. They are not fighters. Also, what they desire in life is acceptance. They want to be liked. When a group objects to what they do, they simply back down. They cannot force their ideas on anyone.
Most of these RINOs come from the upper middle classes and upper classes. They have been trained, been good boys, got good grades, etc., and that is the way they look at life. Do what everyone else does and you will be successful.
Therefore, they cannot go out and pick a fight. The Achieving Society by David C. McClelland states that societies decline because the sons of self-made, ambitious men are raised by slaves (as in Ancient Rome) who do not have the dynamics of their fathers. They are more passive. A book you might take a look at.
James Fulford writes: Libertarian novelist L. Neil Smith has written that “If there were a generic one-word expression for one ‘whose fear of the uncertainties of success moves him to surrender at the very moment of victory’, it would be ‘Republican’.”