Progressives/liberals/Democrats love – no, live — to control the lives of others and orchestrate a society. Mainstream Republicans love to control the lives of others and orchestrate a society, albeit a slightly-different one. The former control and orchestrate groceries, shelter, jobs and wages, healthcare, and so-called “welfare” programs to promote so-called “equality”, while the latter control and orchestrate national defense and agriculture; both destroying everything they touch. Power is addictive, government is a magnet for nonangels, and spending money – other people’s money in particular – is just gobs of fun.
Each group is like a symphony orchestra, playing the music on the score in front of it. Each group has a composer or composers, a conductor, and assistants – the concertmaster (first chair violinist) and first chairs aka “principals” in other sections — who keep those who stray back in line, in step, on the page.
On the Progressive/liberal/Democrat side, clearly President Barack Obama is the composer and conductor (The President of the Senate, Joe Biden, just stands in the wings, stage right, and says stupid things.) while Harry Reid is concertmaster and Nancy Pelosi and Dick Durbin are first chairs. On the GOP Mainstream side it would seem that John Boehner is conductor with Mitch McConnell concertmaster, with Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy among the first chairs. It might work to consider the House as the full orchestra with the Senate as the chamber orchestra.
While Democrats are pretty-homogeneous philosophically, Republicans are starkly-heterogeneous, with the Mainstream believing in substantial government from the top-down, and liberty-loving constitutionalists, subsidiaritists, and Tea Partiers believing in small-as-possible government, low taxes, low intrusion. When We the People are exposed to messaging from Democrats or, for that matter, the GOP Mainstream, it comes both visually and aurally, a composed, choreographed, practiced, scored symphonic concert performance . . . in uniform (tuxes). When We the People are exposed to messaging from non-Mainstream Republicans, it comes both visually and aurally, an unscripted, unrehearsed, New Age jazz improvisation, small stage, from a trio or quartet, no uniforms. No one in either the audience or on stage knows a moment in advance what will be played or heard. And the improv means that from night to night it will never be precisely the same.
When in early 2008 I attended my first rally ever, a Tea Party rally, I found thousands of others there for whom it was their first also. For Progressives/liberals/Democrats, and for GOP Maintreamers as well, life is a series of rallies with scored music – aka “talking points” — playing. For true conservatives, for liberty-lovers, for Tea Partiers life is personal, forever being invented, improv.
Active learning beats passive learning, and it’s hard to hum along with improv. Then again, I can’t remember a ride home from a symphony concert when either my wife or I didn’t start the humming — which soon became duet — of the melody of the, say, concerto we’d just left.