As Obama speaks, what would Reagan say?
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There are, unfortunately, some who apparently need what many of us consider an unnecessary reminder of the effects of big government. But there is a reason the tide of history is — yes, even to this day — moving in the direction of conservatism. That reason is self-evident in the program put forth by the other side. Yet again it is showing that it is virtually bankrupt of ideas, even as it is busy bankrupting so many of us. It has nothing more to say, nothing to add to the debate beyond yet another recitation of the tax and spend principles behind the discredited idea of trickle-down government. It has spent its intellectual capital (such as it was) and it has done its deeds. With mere days into its new session it has already begun restricting the freedom of entrepreneurs by having the government mandate so-called “fairness” in pay. In fact, it seeks to do the same deeds of this type over and over for eternity, inflicting one unsuspecting generation after another with a continuous stream of Fannie Mae-style disasters in everything from public education to bailouts.
We on our side are currently out of power as we once were for almost fifty years. The other side, then as now, did win support. And the result was chaos, weakness and drift, all of which eventually became starkly obvious. A second depression within a depression in 1937, an unsuspecting and unready military in 1941 and again in 1980 even as policies of 1930s style appeasement brought murderous disaster to Southeast Asia in the 1970s. When Americans are led into a retreat from the principles of freedom and liberty, this puts free-loving men and women around the world not only on the moral defensive but the intellectual, military, political and economic defensive. Let’s not forget such gems as school busing or the skyrocketing crime rates as liberal-run cities faced little short of anarchy or the malaise of the Carter era, or the near bankruptcy of Social Security and Medicare.
Ultimately these and so many other failures yielded one great thing — conservatives. They will bring forth conservatives of the future who will profit in the same way as conservatives of the past — because ultimately they will win the contest of ideas. Now, as then, we have the opportunity to be the party and the country of brilliant and dynamic minds — young and even not so young.
Conservatism will once again be represented by those with character, passion and integrity. I remember these kinds of people from years ago, running around scrawling Laffer curves on table napkins, going to symposia and talking — correctly — about how social programs did not eradicate poverty but entrenched it — writing studies on why the latest weird and unnatural idea from the social engineers is weird and unnatural.
All of a sudden we were not the defenders of the status quo but the creators of the future.
My fellow Americans, it will be again. So I leave you with this request: Don’t just mark time. Make a difference. Make the City on a Hill that is America freer and be sure it is always in good hands. With a good conscience your only sure reward, with history the final judge of your deeds, go forth on this winter day to lead the land we all love. Asking His blessing and His help that here on earth, God’s work must truly be your own.
And so, one last time, good-bye, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online