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Core Republican Ideology
Republican ideology is based on the long tradition of
American self-sufficiency. They believe everyone is responsible for
their own success, just as was the case since colonial days when a man
hunted, fished, and farmed sufficient to take care of himself and his
family. They believe that if one does not succeed in taking care of him
or her self it is his or her own fault.
They also believe that giving "welfare" support for
"failures" is not justified,
(1) because he or she just doesn't work
hard enough, and that's because he or she is lazy, and
providing welfare takes away from other people's ability to support
This is based on the fallacy that because some people can
succeed, therefore All people can succeed (if they just work hard
The fallacy fails to take into consideration differences in
opportunity, differences in ability, and that competition always results
in better off and worse off individuals. Moreover, there is no risk
distribution mechanism in the Republican ideology; it's everyone for him
or her self.
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Ralph E Kenyon Jr.
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