From the matchless Newt Gingrich, a Contract With America for 2010.
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9) Protect Americans, Not the Rights of Terrorists. Let’s put an end to the nonsense about treating invading terrorists as domestic criminals and see them for what they are — enemy combatants.
10) Defend America. “Rebuild our capital investment in the powerful defensive force in the world.” If done properly, this can be reconciled with balancing the budget.
Ever the tactician, Newt also offers a set of guidelines for shaping and unveiling the new Contract:
1) Concentrate on real issues that already have voter approval.
2) Present the document as a forward-looking alternative, not a backward-looking recrimination.
3) Stay positive and optimistic.
4) Keep the document a House of Representatives affair. Invite the Senate to join but don’t negotiate. “The House is inherently a team institution while individual Senators have enormous power.”
5) Give the deliberations plenty of publicity over the summer holidays but don’t unveil the final document until after Labor Day, when people really start to focus on the campaign.
I don’t know about you but all this sounds like a winning formula to me. The Republicans can’t just sit back on their recent election triumphs and expect November to follow the same script. A dozen things can happen and the whole political landscape may change. The economy could start improving, unemployment may drop, the Administration is already tacking tack away from some of the more volatile issues like civilian trials for 9/11 terrorists. Then Democrats will be dusting off their old slogans about a Republican victory being a return to the bad old days of George Bush.
The Tea Party Movement is giving the Republicans enormous electoral impetus. But somebody’s got to channel this energy down a useful path. I think Newt’s got the right idea.
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