About Us

Establishment is a journal for the practical, traditional Republican.

Just to give you a quick summary about us: we like philanthropy, cooperation, high culture, and bold ideas. America has a tradition of leading the way on education and technology, and we need to keep innovating on those. We're progressive without being socialist. We believe in fighting it out in the primaries and them coming together for general election. We disagree without being disagreeable. Democrats are our opponents, not our enemies. President Obama is more often wrong than right but, again, he's a political opponent, not an enemy. Gay marriage is OK. The all-or-nothing abortion choice isn't working for anyone. When two fight a culture war, both lose.

Establishment Republicans can't catch a break for cooperating and getting things done. The far right candidate will attack them in the primaries, and the Democratic opponent drools at the thought of a far right opponent in the general election. This journal advocates and defends sanity. It defends getting 90% of what we want rather than digging into the sand and getting nothing.

At it's core, Establishment is here because you don't have to pick between the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street. We can create a movement that rejects "conspiracy" and "tyranny" talk, which respects both individuals and communities, and stays true to the spirit of republicanism.

For lack of a perfect term, call it Republicanism.

Abortion

Twenty weeks. No more, no less. We substantially preserve both life and choice and our line is just as valid as any other.


Gay Marriage

Gay marriage is a social positive and enfranchisement strengthens the institution.


Public Finance

Fiscally conservative, not fiscally libertarian.


The Courts

Moderately conservative, though rejecting of out-and-out judicial activism.


Federalism

We're ardent federalists who believe in the local laboratories of ideas, but we reject tired, do-nothing "states rights". States should begin tackling issues head-on before they become a federal problem. Call it "active federalism", if you will.


Foreign Policy

We're engaged, assertive and enterprising.