Respectable righties compete for the Colin Powell Prize.
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Rasmussen found on February 26 that 59% of U.S. voters agree with Ronald Reagan’s statement that “government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.” An April 20 Gallup poll found 55% of Americans “view big government as the biggest threat to this country.” A January 30 Rasmussen poll found 56% of Americans believe that to be successful “the Republican Party should return to the views and values of the iconic 40th President of the United Sates Ronald Reagan.”
Rasmussen polls have also found 55% opposed to the Obama stimulus bill and 54% favoring no further bailouts of auto companies, the financial industry, or financially troubled homeowners. On April 27, a Rasmussen poll found that a plurality (44%) of Americans oppose “a government-run health insurance plan,” and that a plurality of almost half (49%) “still believes a private health insurance is likely to provide better service and more choice.”
In addition, a plurality of 44% support a flat rate tax, 58% believe that abortion is morally wrong most of the time, 52% “think it is too easy to get an abortion in America,” 58% say “the United States needs to build more nuclear plants,” and a plurality of 48% think global warming is due to “long term planetary trends” rather than man made causes.
Reagan to Powell: Go Your Own Way
Ronald Reagan’s famous 1975 CPAC speech came when Republicans were down even worse than today. He began, “Since our last meeting we have been through a disastrous election . It is easy for us to be discouraged, as pundits hail that election as a repudiation of our philosophy….” But, he continued:
I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, “We must broaden the base of our party,” when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents.…When have we ever advocated a closed door policy? Who has ever been barred from participating?
Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand….Let us show that we stand for fiscal integrity and sound money and…an end to deficit spending, with ultimate retirement of our national debt. Let us also include a permanent limit on the percentage of the people’s earnings government can take without their consent. Let our banner proclaim a genuine tax reform that will begin by simplifying the income tax so that workers can compute their obligation without having to employ legal help….Let our banner proclaim our belief in a free market as the greatest provider for the people.
Let us also call for an end to the…overregulation of business and industry….Let us explore ways to ward off socialism, not by increasing government’s coercive power, but by increasing participation by the people in the ownership of our industrial machine….And we must make it plain to international adversaries that our love of peace stops short of “peace at any price.” We will maintain whatever level of strength is necessary to preserve our way of life.
A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency. I do not believe I have proposed anything that is contrary to what has been considered Republican principle. It is at the same time the very basis of conservatism. It is time to reassert that principle and raise it to full view. And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way.
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?