Kevin Williamson is his usual perceptive self at NRO when he says:
The Republican apparatus may be cowardly, craven, and more than a little corrupt, but it is not the main obstacle toward achieving meaningful conservative reform. The main obstacle toward achieving meaningful conservative reform is the same as the main obstacle to the success of the Libertarian party: Americans do not want what they are selling. The tasks of conservatives is to explain to Americans why they should. It will not be easy.
What is amazing is that he is right. It has not been easy and it seems to get harder. Kevin covers the the positive side of what Deidre Mccloskey calls the Great Enrichment. Although he knows it well, in this article he does not bother to take the time to cover the failure of the alternative that we see so starkly in Venezuela. Here is the December 2016 Venezuela travel warning from the US Government. Here are some stories on the economic disaster in Venezuela. Remember that Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves.
So we know that capitalism works and socialism doesn’t. Why were the 2016 presidential nominees from both parties so repulsed by capitalism? Why is capitalistic success a hard sell and the hope that socialism won’t fail for the umpteenth consecutive time an easy sell? We try to stick at it but it is a challenge to point out the obvious over and over again. We give Kevin credit for creating new and pointed ways to make the obvious obvious.