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In the 20-plus years that I have worked as a conservative activist, I’ve spoken on almost 200 university campuses — usually to Republican and conservative groups. Over time, I have observed changes in attitude among many young Republicans — and I believe these shifts help explain the rise of Ron Paul. Where young Republicans once had a sense of purpose and traditional values, now many don’t want to hear about “values” such as marriage, life, or family–just talk about the economy.
Some conclude that Republicans must water down the conservative message and nominate a moderate. But Americans crave answers, clarity and leadership. This call will not be answered by ambiguity. We need a conservative leader who unwaveringly believes that a return to freedom and moral clarity is what this nation needs.
We stand at a critical crossroads today in clarifying the role of government in our free country. President Obama was correct to say in Osawatomie, Kansas recently that “this is the defining issue of our time.” Ours is no longer, in our president’s take on things, the land of the free and the home of the brave. America now is the land of the envious and the home of the victim.
Last year, a one-year cut in the payroll taxes that working Americans pay to finance Social Security was enacted in the name of so-called economic “stimulus.” But, like the rest of the economic stimuli that have come from Washington over the last three years, the only thing that has been stimulated is the growing hole of national debt into which we sink deeper and deeper. Now, unsurprisingly, our president and his Democratic colleagues want to continue, and possibly expand, this payroll tax holiday despite its obvious failure.
According to a recent report comparing attitudes in Europe and America, only 49 percent of Americans now feel that American culture is superior to others. This is down from 60 percent in 2002. What the study does not examine is what we mean by culture. Culture is about the prevailing core attitudes of a society. And, when we look further into this same study, we find that American attitudes are distinctly different from their European counterparts and that these attitudes very much reflect what is uniquely American.
If you’ve never heard Medved’s Thanksgiving story, then you are about to have all your assumptions about our Thanksgiving holiday challenged. Particularly, Medved talks about the economic model the pilgrims tried when they first came to New England. Medved tells when the pilgrims arrived, they instituted a socialist collective where everyone would work together and everyone would get a share of the crops. It turned out to be the same kind of debacle socialism always turns out to be.
As ObamaCare heads toward the Supreme Court, is it not sad that most basic violations of individual liberty are not intuitively obvious to so many citizens and members of Congress? It’s obvious what’s wrong today. We’ve either forgotten what being American means, or we no longer care.
The Wall Street Journal calls the economic implosion now taking place in Europe “a crisis of the welfare state.” For America, this is a time for decision and definition. Not a time for splitting the baby. Are we going to continue in the direction of materialism and bureaucracy and share the fate of Europe? Or will we make the tough decisions to get back on the path of prosperity, the path of faith and individual freedom?
Santorum may be dragging the rear in the line-up of Republican presidential candidates, but I am grateful to him for being the only candidate who insists that the so-called “social issues” remain an integral, explicit part of his agenda. I think it is a sign of our deeply troubled and lost society that so many don’t grasp the validity of Santorum’s claim that morality and economy cannot be separated.
Last week, one of the Republican Party’s young stars, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., spoke at the Heritage Foundation about the values that made America great. Our economic machine is sputtering today as a result of departure from these values. Today’s task is to restore them and get America growing again, which will benefit everyone. Americans must recapture what made this the world’s greatest, most prosperous nation.
Disrespect for life and disrespect for property go hand in hand. We can’t divorce our sexual promiscuity from our fiscal promiscuity. Restoring personal responsibility in both areas is what we need today to get our nation back on track. The “right to abortion” culture is simply a subset of the entitlement culture, the culture that says your life is about making claims on others rather than personal responsibility.
America needs a new president who loves freedom and has the guts to pursue it without compromise. Freedom is not about warmed-over conventional wisdom. It’s about ideals, humility, originality — and embracing the unexpected and unanticipated. The Republican Party establishment needs to start listening to grassroots Americans and asking why no one is exciting them like Herman Cain.
The Tea Party movement is protest against abuse of political power and the increasing marginalization and disrespect for truths, such as protection of life, liberty and property that define American freedom. Occupy Wall Street is about lust for political power, about defining what others should have, and redistributing and spending what belongs to some else.
President Obama recently chided the Congressional Black Caucus for “complaining, grumbling and crying.” The black Caucus is not criticizing Barack Obama because his big government answers don’t work. They are criticizing him for not doing enough of it. When people refuse to learn, when they refuse to look at the truth, they shouldn’t be surprised at the results.
The Republican presidential debates are looking more and more like symptoms of the problems we’ve got than part of the process of solving them. Maximum style, minimum substance. Focus on sizzle, forget about the steak. It is a symptom of the big problems of our country that we appear incapable of having presidential debates with serious questions.
When it comes to government borrowing and spending as a way to “create” jobs, the Black Caucus is possibly the last vestige of the triumph of hope over experience. Or in Einstein’s famous definition of insanity, “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” What they should do is get behind “enterprise zones,” geographic areas of high unemployment that would qualify for special tax and regulatory relief to encourage investment and establishment of businesses.
If your bank made you wait longer to withdraw your savings, or cut your interest rate, would you put up with that? If not, why would you tolerate it from your government? If Americans prefer getting negative returns on what they pay in order to save an unworkable government system, we deserve the mediocre, second rate nation we are becoming. But I don’t think most want this. It’s why we need politicians with the courage to tell the truth and citizens with the courage to be free.
Florida’s young Republican Sen. Marco Rubio recently gave an important speech at the Reagan Presidential Library in California that has set off the liberal talking-head universe. He had the temerity to suggest that the huge growth in government’s role in American life over the last century “actually weakened us as a people.” The resulting onslaught from liberal blogs and cable hosts comes as no surprise because Rubio directly took on the idol at which liberals worship — Big Government.
Two names loom large in today’s news. Two names that ordinarily we wouldn’t think about together. But, in the great struggle now unfolding before us for our nation’s future, it seems to me these two quintessential Americans are worth thinking about in light of each other. One is Steve Jobs. The other is Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.
Election of our nation’s first black president is delivering an unexpected message to our black population. Blacks are discovering that what a man or woman does — their actions — is what matters, not the color of their skin. It seems ridiculous to point out that this was supposedly the point of the civil rights movement: Purge racism from America. But blacks themselves have been the ones having the hardest time letting it go.
We need a leader prepared to tell the American people what they don’t want to hear. We need a leader obsessed with truth, not focus groups. A clever candidate, like Romney, may exploit current dissatisfaction and get nominated, and maybe elected, by smooth talking and avoiding hard truths. But then we’ll have a leader who won’t lead and where will we be?
Obamacare is a masterpiece in its achievement of leaving no corner of our personal freedoms unviolated. It hijacks our pocketbook, our autonomy of action, and our conscience. The result is to leave us economically and morally impoverished. Americans need to sober up. Repeal of Obamacare is on a growing and most challenging list of things to do.
A life of government guarantees and controls is not a formula for building wealth. Freedom and capital markets are. Blacks need to decide which they want. And entrepreneurship must become part of black culture. Blacks need to get that poor people are not poor because rich people or rich. The formula for more black wealth: less government, more ownership and initiative.
Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is also Democratic National Committee chair, suggested that the nasty email she got from her state’s Republican counterpart Allen West, responding to her attack on him in the House of Representatives, resulted from him being “under pressure.” Of course, Allen West is under pressure. As is every freedom loving American, as we watch our great country sink. Given the damage inflicted by Wasserman Schultz and her party to our nation, Allen West has been quite the gentleman.
Many whites that initially had supported our president are now crediting him for our current misery. But blacks, despite suffering far more, are far less inclined to hang it on Obama. The message that massive government spending and borrowing does not grow the economy has not reached blacks. Is this a racial thing? Whites will jump off the ship run by a black captain in a minute while blacks will ride it out until it hits the iceberg?