Arthur Brooks, at The Wall Street Journal suggests that there’s a bit of a culture war going on about the future of capitalism. The headline suggests that “The Real Culture War Is Over Capitalism “
There is a major cultural schism developing in America. But it’s not over abortion, same-sex marriage or home schooling, as important as these issues are. The new divide centers on free enterprise — the principle at the core of American culture.
I dare suggest Brooks in this quote, has this exactly backward. He’s pointing at a symptom and labeling at the root cause. Not that I blame him, really. It’s been so long since we’ve dealt with things on the level of principle that even the more learned among …
A lot of you have seen the speech, some have not. Overall, high marks for contents. Very high. I think he brought out the right issues, positions, and comparisons with Obama. He’s working out the differences, which he needs to continue to do. Probably the three key areas that he addressed and should continue to address:
- Key distinctions between Democrats and Republicans on social and economic issues.
- Demonstrable track record in leading and doing the right thing both in policy and ethical behavior.
- Bipartisan attitude and effort in pooling ideas and working with all sides to find the best solutions.
Clearly, the convention floor was energized. I would say (as others have also said) that the presentation was not as strong as the content. I’d …