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The Political Party Illusion

Jeff Thomas

by Jeff Thomas: Making
Sense Out of the Great Unraveling

has been said that every great nation has its rise and fall; that
its rise occurs as a result of the population (in general) becoming
determined to work hard to create a better life, and that its fall
occurs when the population becomes spoiled, then complacent and
then finally, apathetic.

of the First World has reached this latter stage, all (to varying
degrees) at the same time. Unfortunately, from a historical standpoint,
the period of apathy is almost invariably followed by a period of
bondage – a marked

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The Oily Dollar, RIP

Marin Katusa

are swirling that India and Iran are at the negotiating table right
now, hammering out a deal to trade oil for gold. Why does that matter,
you ask? Only because it strikes at the heart of both the value
of the US dollar and today’s high-tension standoff with Iran.

Tehran Pushes
to Ditch the US Dollar

The official
line from the United States and the European Union is that Tehran
must be punished for continuing its efforts to develop a nuclear
weapon. The punishment: sanctions on Iran’s oil exports, which are
meant to isolate Iran and depress the value of its currency to such
a point that the country crumbles.

But that line
doesn’t make sense, and the sanctions will

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Explaining Newt’s Second Surge

Newt Gingrich surged to win South Carolina (44 of
its 46 counties) and closed Mitt Romney’s 23 percentage point lead
in the
because of several solid debate performances where
Gingrich convinced undecided voters, some Romney and Rick Santorum
supporters, and evangelical Christians that he would be a
formidable opponent to President Barack Obama.

The GOP nomination process has been volatile,
with candidate after candidate ephemerally rising and then
soon after declining (Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman
Cain, Gingrich, Santorum, Gingrich again). Most conclude this is
the result of party members’ dissatisfaction with party
front-runner Mitt Romney. Voters whimsically grasp hold of new
potential challengers hoping to find an acceptable alternative to
Romney only to find that the candidates are not electable. (See
Gallup’s Positive Intensity Scores here).

During the January 16 and 19 South Carolina debates, Gingrich
masterfully navigated the moderators’ questions to convince voters
that he is electable. He made conservatism look effective—look
obvious. GOP voters would probably eagerly await a debate showdown
between Obama and Gingrich just to watch two master orators
compete. Gingrich’s debate performances may have in fact convinced
wary Romney supporters that another candidate, one who better
grasps their values, could beat Obama. This may have been what
voters were waiting for; they finally had sufficient justification
to give Gingrich their support.

The Debater

Despite Gingrich’s many political weaknesses, debating is not
one of them: He’s sharp, shrewd, and snarky. For instance,
surprising many, Gingrich managed to push himself up onto
the moral high-ground amidst allegations that he asked his ex-wife
for an open marriage. When CNN GOP debate moderator John King asked
Gingrich for his response, Newt lashed back:

I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the
news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to
attract decent people to run for public office, and I am appalled
that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that …
[this] is as close to despicable as anything I can image.

Gingrich again received a passionate standing ovation during
Fox’s South Carolina GOP

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Emily Ekins on Why Newt Gingrich Is Winning GOP Votes

Why is disgraced former House Speaker Newt
Gingrich enjoying a second surge in popularity among Republican
voters? As Reason Foundation Director of Polling Emily Ekins
explains, Gingrich’s string of solid debate performances helped him
convince undecided voters, some Romney and Santorum supporters, and
evangelical Christians that he would be a formidable match against
President Barack Obama.

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