Ralph Benko: What Conservatives & Progressives Don't Get


Ralph Benko, editor-in-chief of the Committee To Unleash Prosperity's Supply Side Blog and contributor to our very own Transpartisan Review, recently asked a compelling question in a recent article on Forbes Online...

What don’t the reigning politicos and policy wonks of our day get?

A question like that will generate a laundry list of answers, of course, varying greatly on political perspective. Benko ignore's perspective, pointing his finger at conservatives and progressives alike...

What don’t the reigning politicos and policy wonks of our day get? Spoiler Alert: They don’t get the pursuit of Happiness. America was founded on a very simple proposition: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

In his uniques style, Benko explores this thought throughout his opinion piece Killjoy Was Here: What Conservatives And Progressives And Washington Don't Get, turning to the Tao Te Ching, H.L. Mencken, and Larissa MacFarquhar's recent, "mesmerizing" New Yorker essay to explore the possibility that a solution to many of our current issues lies in the United States' most basic principals.

But what do you think? Is it as simple as drilling down to the most inalienable of inalienable rights?

Comments (2)
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Can you be more specific? I don't necessarily disagree, I'm just not clear on what your specific criticism is.


Too simplistic, I think it relies too much on a concept without a universally agreed definition or “translation,” which inherently breeds problems.