Saturday, August 29, 2009

No Statute of Limitations on Freedom

Jeb Bush, GOP: Time to leave Reagan behind
Party leaders go on 'listening tour' with eyes on future

Well "listen" to this, Jeb: You, Colin Powell, Michael Steele and many other GOP leaders don't seem to be getting it. If you keep up with that RINO mantra that seems to have overtaken the Republican Party, you will doom the GOP to remain in the minority for another 40 years.

The solution to Republican Party success is not to become more like Democrats!

Your Dad started it. He couldn't hold a candle to Reagan's conservative values and ended up being a one-termer, losing to Bill Clinton. His 'no news taxes, oops I didn't really mean it' ploy cinched it. Conservatives were so unhappy with his RINO policies they opted for Perot, if nothing else than to avoid voting for a RINO.

Clinton skated for two terms because all we could muster to oppose him was Bob Dole, another 'centrist' Republican.

George Bush talked a good line but soon became a disappointment on domestic issues because he never met a spending bill he didn't like. I think he so wanted support in Iraq/Afghanistan from the Dems that he tried to appease them by signing every budget busting spending bill they came up with. It was the war that carried him -- barely -- for a second term.

Then there's McCain. For years it has done little good to tell him to get back on his side of the isle, because you couldn't tell what side of the isle he belonged on. On more than one occasion I've remarked that he was on of the best Democrats they had on their team. There was no way he was going to pull the conservative vote, especially in light of the popularity of Obama.

I keep hearing from you centrist RINO Republicans that we must leave Reagan behind.

What part of 'Reagan' do you mean?

Are you saying we need to set aside our goal of striving for Freedom? Our quest for individual Liberty? The desire for limited government?

Mr Bush, there is no statute of limitations on these 'self evident truth's'.

Granted, Reagan ran the deficit up. But a large part of that was military spending that was designed to break the back of the Soviet Union. And it worked. I didn't agree with eveything Reagan did. He was not a God or a Supreme Leader. He was a man. He made mistakes. But his philosophy of individual Freedom, Liberty, limited government to allow us to seek the Pursuit of Happiness led to two landslide victories.

One of my favorite quotes from Ronald Reagan, and I'm paraphrasing here, is that he didn't see it as right or left, but rather up or down. Up towards freedom or down to tyranny.

What's old fashioned about that, Mr. Bush?

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We don't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. "

"Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves. "

"Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives. "

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. "

"Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them. "

"Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty. "

"How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin."

"You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or right, but I would like to suggest that there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down — up to a man's age-old dream; the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order — or down to the ant heap totalitarianism, and regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course. "

"Man is not free unless government is limited. "

Which of these Reagan quotes have expired, Gov. Bush?

The fact is there's no Reagan nostalgia here. Reagan is gone, but there is a yearning to get this country back on track moving towards the things Reagan espoused: Individual Freedom, limited government, property rights, lower taxes.

Those things are not nostalgic, Mr. Bush. Taking up the cause for those things are what will get you elected.

"Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we've ever known. "

Larry Wright

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