The WSJ has an interesting op/ed on "Whole Food Republicans" that really nailed my own ideology when it comes to Republican thinking. For fear of calling myself an "intellectual," I do believe that Republicans can be the "smart people" party. There is a lot that can be said for how government should work in conjunction with the private sphere, as opposed to a replacement of the same. I feel that this is a much more mature position than "The private sphere can't do it, so lets have the government save the day" as if there is some track record indicating that the government could do so if it was so inclined.
I find it interesting that the author is affiliated with Whole Foods and titled his article "Whole Foods Republicans." Did George Washington warn us about the partisanal-industrial complex? Ha ha.