It’s difficult to remember how rabidly pro-war Republicans were in 2008. They were basking in the glow of the perceived victory of the Iraq Surge. Their rhetorical trick of painting everyone who disagreed with them as weak, unpatriotic or disdainful of the troops was still effective. Seven years after the September 11th attacks, the anger and fear was still deep.
Interesting perspective with the blue ocean strategy. I had never heard of that.
Great article! I think you nailed it about how to be a principled, political standout. Personally speaking, I'm a younger guy in my mid twenties who was a soft MAGA supporter. I used to like Trump's border wall, but I am warming up to the idea of open borders after some thinking. I'm still working out where I stand on the issue, but here are my thoughts so far: 1) people have freedom of movement except on private property, and countries are not private property. 2) the American economy would benefit from a wider pool of talent in the labor force, thus making open borders of benefit to American citizens. 3) conservatives fear a massive influx of dangerous criminals pouring into the country with open borders; however, it is impossible to "pre-screen" people for crimes that they may commit in the future. Current immigration policy proves ineffective at this anyways.
But this is where I get stuck with open borders. We cannot feasibly "pre-screen" criminals, so if a crime is committed then how is it fair for taxpayers to support the offender while serving jail time? I would love to hear your thoughts, and I'm looking forward to the next article. Thanks!