Wake up!

May 18, 2011

By Brent Bozell, Chairman, ForAmerica

There are points in history where all great peoples reach a crossroads and must make fundamental decisions about their future direction. One road leads to continued greatness, the other to decline and, for some, ruin. In 1776, our Founding Fathers were faced with a choice: continue to submit to British rule or stand up and fight for a new nation based on the concepts of freedom, individual responsibility, and the pursuit of happiness.

Once the war was over and the states were considering adoption of the Constitution, Benjamin Franklin was asked what kind of government America was getting. His answer: “A Republic, if you can keep it.” What followed was the unfolding of the most radical — and most radically successful — experiment in the history of man: a nation guided by the notion that central government should be limited so as to provide maximum freedom for the individual.

For almost 250 years we kept it. Is it over now? Is this extraordinary experiment in Constitutional governance — finished?

Under the leadership of President Obama and the radical Left, we have reached another crossroads: Will we return to our principles of limited government or if we will continue to slide toward European-style socialism, as represented by ObamaCare, bailouts, and calls from Democrats for trillions of dollars in new taxes to pay for evermore reckless federal spending which is draining our treasury of our last reserves?

The 2012 election should seek to answer this fundamental question. On every front, economic, social and foreign policy, there are monumental decisions to be made. It is at this point — this moment, now — that Republicans should be responding to this socialist pull with dramatic and consequential policy counter-measures. The country desperately needs them and millions upon millions of activists are standing by, awaiting the order to carry the banner of freedom forward.

Instead, incredibly, the GOP is… gliding. Most of its leaders in the Senate make the term “Senate leadership” an oxymoron when applied to the GOP. In the House, where so many promises were made to constituents who gave them one last chance in 2010, there is growing indecision. There is the growing consensus that the present line-up of declared and would-be declared presidential candidates has failed to capture the imagination because none is bringing forward the bold leadership times of crisis require. When they do make “bold” statements, it is to defend their own leftist records, or to attack the few Republicans who are putting forward serious proposals to save America.

Conservatives are fed up with this nonsense. The American people do not want ObamaCare and they do not want NewtCare. The American people wholly reject the individual mandate, whether it comes from Barack Obama or Newt Gingrich. But the former Speaker did not stop there. He felt compelled to take shots at Paul Ryan and the House Republicans’ budget. Is the Ryan plan perfect? No — but it is serious, and it is bold, and it is courageous, and it would reverse the slide to economic ruin and socialism set by President Obama. Paul Ryan deserves the highest applause from conservatives, but rather than acknowledge that he is busy pulling the arrows from his back.

The GOP leadership, and most especially its presidential candidates, need to get with the program. If the GOP is incapable of articulating a vision that returns America to Constitutional conservatism, then maybe conservatives should start thinking the unthinkable: a new party. There is no luxury of time to debate and discuss and, as usual, postpone the tough decisions. They are upon us. Will we continue on the path to European socialism, or will we once more be a nation based on individual freedom, a virtuous and principled society and limited government? It’s time the GOP step up or move aside.

Comments

  • Valery Jameson says:

    It is indeed time for the GOP to step up. Step up or get out of the way for someone else to take care of business.

  • Randy says:

    I am an American and I DO NOT “wholly reject the individual mandate.” If you talking heads would do some research, you’d find that the “mandate” WAS the Republican position UNTIL Obama wanted to do it.

    Just admit you can’t handle a black man being President – Then, and only then, will you be telling the truth.

    As for Newt, …he was an idiot in 1998 and that’s why he got voted OUT

  • James says:

    You are free to do as you wish but understand that as soon as you leave the Republican Party that only one thing can happen — the Democratic party grows stronger. It’s very arrogant and naive to believe that a splinter group could elect a Senator or President. For goodness sakes, Murkowski beat the Tea Party candidate on a write-in vote. Yes, there were some minor wins for the tea party in 2010 but Angle, McDonnell, and Miller didn’t have a chance and they were backed primarily by a splinter group. They were backed because they said what some wanted to hear and without regard for qualifications they were elevated to to top of a party’s platform. What a wasted opportunity to seize control of the Senate. To truly create change you should accept that some form of communication other than blustering and whining should occur. Yes, you may even have to consider compromise. Alien to some but necessary to most as a method or means to achieving an end. What do you think Reagan was known for? Compromise. And he is the epitome of what most conservatives want in the White House. Radical’s, not so much. I’ve voted Republican my whole life without regret…it would be a shame to have the party consumed by those unwilling and unable to listen to others. Maybe you should get with the program.

  • Bill says:

    “Is the Ryan plan perfect? No — but it is serious, and it is bold, and it is courageous” are your words and I suggest to you as a long time conservative that the Ryan plan is nothing more than a novel idea to create the illusion that GRANT’S are free. This is and outrageous attempt to lure the public to believe that the government can shift the cost burden to the states with grants that are free. Non-sense and anyone that understands how grants are funded within the Federal Government knows this is only and accounting trick that has a cost that maybe even higher than the cost to supply the current Medicare and Medicaid systems. Yes, the Federal Government is supposed to save the cost of managing the programs but when have we known the government to save anything but them.

    Ryan, a very young man, with promise, is promoting a system that has the potential to extend the working time of a person’s life into their late 70′s. You proudly credit him with a brave and bold plan, I credit his plan as fatally flawed, and perhaps, most if not all of it will never see the light of day. In fact, it has already gone dark, as it should.

    I agree with you points about Obama Care or Newt Care but reject with good reason the Ryan plan for it comes closer to the words you dislike social placement into another class, translated as men and woman working longer and longer before they can retire. That I submit to you is social manipulation of people’s lives at its finest.

    Before we can have bold, we must have the highest caliber leadership in place and you point out that is very much a lacking component today so approaching bold without a change in leadership is but a dream.

    Bold is considered attacking the so-called entitlements programs and I believe bold begins with the recalibration of public service salaries and benefits with the private sector and cutting the operating cost of government by no less that 30%. That is the low hanging fruit and then resumes a hard look at entitlements. Eliminating the redundancies alone will bring about a cost reduction of at least 20% of the 30%. The government is organized as if a bowl of spaghetti with lots of long stands that never connect to the next stand they just lay there disconnected and overlapped.

    In addition, if congress keeps fanning the small flame of the primal fire, with its debt limit dance, and it goes out so does this country.

    I too want bold and not over 10 to 15 years. Cutting now is late tomorrow will be even later. Neither the country nor its proud hard working citizens cannot continue to be nibbled to death by a duck.

    Just one man’s opinion.

  • Chris Palmer says:

    I agree. They are stripping the term “leadership” from it’s meaning. If someone doesn’t step up and say enough is enough, when is it going to happen? You’re right. Step up or step aside.

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