In the course of American history, if either liberals or conservatives disappeared entirely from the American scene, leaving the right or left to pursue their best ideas and most flawed excesses alike, this country would be in far worse shape than it is today.
And anyone who thinks that completely vanquishing "the other side" in American politics would produce good results for very long is naive at best...
This seems obvious to me, but I thought I'd state it since a lot of people disagree, or at least talk and act as if they do.
Care to name who these "lot of people" are? Or cite an example? I'm sort of at a loss for what bloggers, thinkers, writers, or partisans I interact with who hold such thoughts. Yes, generally speaking I think the Republican ideas are misguided and ill-informed but that doesn't mean we'd be better off with no conservative thought in American politics. And I can't think of anyone who disagrees, but maybe Conor can name these "lot of people" and enlighten us.