It's often been said that there are two kinds of people in the world, a statement invariably followed by the speaker's perception of some human dichotomy. I should like to add my perception of what those two kinds of people are – good republicans and bad republicans.
Good republicans follow the precepts of a republic, the first of which is adherence to the law. The law is the bedrock foundation of a republic. It is the thing that defines the republic and the only thing that can assure the republic's continuation and its prosperity. In America, the law is the Constitution of the United States.
Bad republicans, on the other hand, are deluded that they can override the law if they can manufacture a specious public opinion that the law ought to be overridden. But that's not how a republic works. In a republic, it makes absolutely no difference if you can bribe, blackmail, or propagandize 99.99% of the populace to agree with you that guns ought to be banned. The law says you can't ban guns. Period!
Good republicans recognize that the core strength of a republic is a critical and well informed citizenry. A republic is a rare treasure, and there will always be those who are trying to steal it from us. A republic, therefore, is a responsibility – a demanding responsibility upon every republican to be ever vigilant and aware of the threats to our republic, and to be ever ready to defend our republic against all enemies foreign and domestic.
Bad republicans are ill-informed, slip shod individuals who would rather just believe whatever someone tells them to believe than to expend the effort to find out for themselves. As a result, they are easy prey to the forces that are intent on destroying our republic and stealing form us the liberties and opportunities that that republic affords us. And when bad republicans do, on rare occasions, become cognizant enough of their surroundings to realize that their rights are being eroded, whom do they blame? Good republicans.
Good republicans are of necessity pragmatists. You can't run a republic on whims and wishful thinking. A republic is a real, living, breathing, and evolving entity that exists in the real world of success and failure. And good republicans know that in order to maintain a republic, you must live constantly in the real world of true and false – the world of possible and impossible.
Bad republicans think in fuzzy terms of "right" and "wrong." They have no concept of whether the rigid laws of the universe would admit the imposition of what they think is "right." As a consequence, they are continually running around promoting such impossible dreams as socialism, income distribution, and racial equality. They seem to think that their ability to assemble a paid and deluded "majority" is enough to obviate the immutable laws of nature.
Good republicans and bad republicans will never be compatible. Their base philosophies are too divergent to admit of intelligent discussion. Good republicans are practical, objective, and independent, while bad republicans are idealistic, narcissistic, and desperately in need of someone to take care of them. Fortunately for bad republicans, good republicans are also responsible, and like adults watching over petulant children, we protect bad republicans from harming themselves.
Good republicans know they have to work and fight to preserve and protect the republic for all republicans – good and bad.