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Mike Lee
The establishment GOP is not the political home of conservatives, and that needs to change
The establishment GOP is not the political home of conservatives, and that needs to change

The most important battle in politics today is the one within the Republican Party, and the tea party movement didn't start it. The GOP's civil war began in 1912 when Teddy Roosevelt made progressivism the governing philosophy of the Republican establishment. For the 102 years since, the conflict has been between limited-government constitutional conservatives and the proponents of big government — and the big spending that goes with it. It has been waged with conservative Republicans, such as Sens. Robert A. Taft, Barry Goldwater and Jesse Helms, on one side, and big-government Republicans, such as Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon and Ford and New York Gov. Nelson...

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