â€œThis is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.â€
â€”Ronald Reagan, from a speech delivered 27 October 1964, Los Angeles, CA
Mind you that wasnâ€™t just a speech; that was â€œThe Speech,â€ as it is now known but was actually titled, â€œA Time for Choosing.â€ This was a nationally televised speech that Ronald Reagan gave on behalf of the Republican presidential candidate, Barry Goldwater. Ronald Reagan was once a staunch Democrat but he became Republican because he was foremost a conservative and he knew the Democratic Party no longer held conservative views.
Todayâ€™s Republican Party is not breathing; oh it may be on life-support, but it is definitely not breathing on its own. Todayâ€™s Republican Party does not hold to the ideals of limited government; government has grown with Republicans in power, particularly in the area of discretionary spending. Hard as this may be to believe, discretionary spending under the Bush Administration is more than double that of the Clinton Administration. (Has anyone seen the Presidentâ€™s veto pen; itâ€™s been missing for six years!)
Whenever you try to revive a patient who is not breathing, once the airway is clear, you must first give two full breaths and see if the patientâ€™s lungs fill up and then deflate. The two breaths needed for the Republican Party is getting discretionary spending under control and out in the open, and securing the border.
Discretionary spending needs two fixes: 1) the line-item veto; and 2) the greatest abuse of discretionary spending is the use of earmarks and yesterday President Bush finally called for an end to this pork-barrel form of spending: â€œCongress needs to adopt real reform that requires full disclosure of the sponsors, the costs, the recipients and the justifications for every earmark. Congress needs to stop the practice of concealing earmarks in so-called report language. And Congress needs to cut the number and cost of earmarks next year by at least half.â€ (Presidentâ€™s remarks in Rose Garden, Jan. 4, 2007) The President also called for the line item veto.
The second breath needed is securing the borders. Now many politicians believe that the immigration issue is more important, but we must first secure our borders and then come up with a comprehensive immigration plan, or at best simultaneously. But securing our borders must happen; it is a matter of national security. Many voters stayed home because of the border issue and it can no longer be politicized or obscured by political correctness.
Here are two easy ways to fix the immigration issue: 1) stop calling illegal aliens â€œundocumented workers.â€ Thatâ€™s a bunch of PC mumbo-jumbo. An alien is defined as â€œa resident born in or belonging to another country who has not acquired citizenship by naturalization; a foreigner,â€ and they are not here legally; hence the term â€œillegal alien!â€ 2) If youâ€™re going to give amnesty as part of a guest worker program and/or â€œcomprehensive immigration reform,â€ then call it amnesty. Americans arenâ€™t stupid and you can slap whatever PC label you want on amnesty, but we know what it is.
Whichever Republican politician or candidate takes these two issues as two of their main goals to fix, that person will take a giant leap forward and attract much attention from the mass of disgruntled GOP voters. After that, we can return to the patient and check for circulation. The GOP is bleeding and its circulation is weak.
Next, weâ€™ll look at stopping the bleeding and restoring the â€œcirculationâ€ of the GOP!