Notes on conservatism and Republicanism:
The Jeffersonian yeoman farmer is still a powerful archetype for conservatives. But have even they gone beyond that? Consider "The pencil" -- conservatives argue it takes thousands of people to make a pencil.
But is this close to liberalism's picture of people needing to cooperate?
And trust busting. Was Teddy Roosevelt on to something? Must government act to keep companies from becoming too big, thus distorting the political scene, a la GM?
Economists are still arguing about the causes of the Panic of 1837! Not to mention the Great Depression. And no one one knows what's going on now.
But maybe it doesn't matter. Maybe at a certain point in the growth it doesn't matter. Something will tip over the structure.
Now, that may not be a bad deal. Twenty-some good years, a couple of bad ones.
But can GOP sell that to voters?
And is the real Reagan the hard money guy? Were tax cuts almost a diversion, like blockers sweeping left, while quarterback runs right?