Yesterday I heard a FoxNews host say that as they and their associates have often said, if Ronald Reagan were running today he couldn’t be elected. I disagree. America needs leadership and Ronald Reagan was a leader.
America needs leaders with conscience and with spines – and John Boehner and John McCain are lacking both, plus they are lacking integrity. Boehner has shown his ability to talk tough and cave dramatically getting nothing in return. McCain is a contumacious old sot still cashing in on his celebrity as a POW. Something, that I, as an unflinching supporter of our military, seriously question, but that’s a topic for another day.
Here’s my point. Would Ronald Reagan be a Tea Party candidate today? That’s a good question. The one thing we could count on from Ronald Reagan is that he would do what he promised. When he said he would do something, it would be done. When Ronald Reagan spoke of the American people, he spoke of a people he loved and respected. When Ronald Reagan looked at America, he saw the greatest country in the world, hampered by the worst politicians in the world (sic). Today there is a prevailing opinion that the politicians are the best in the world and America is their backdrop.
I believe Ronald Reagan embodied everything that the Tea Party is concerned about. He wasn’t afraid to put the interests of the people over the interests of politicians and special interest groups. He understood that more government and higher taxes weren’t the answer, less government, lower taxes, and a favorable climate for business to flourish is what is needed.
Ronald Reagan never in his life, took to the public airwaves and berated the American people – something Obama has made a practice of and something that Republican leadership does in surreptitious, left-handed, backdoor ways.
We will never have another Ronald Reagan, but we can have a person of conscience and a person with backbone. But whether or not that happens is up to us. We can continue to buy the lie of party hierarchy that promotes worthless candidates like Romney and Jeb Bush, and in the pass like Arlen Specter and Mike Castle.
It is up to us to stand firm. Let the party hierarchy be upset. We should not send our money to the Republican National Committee. We should not buy the lie of if don’t vote for their bad candidate, the liberal bad candidate will win. Ronald Reagan isn’t here today and quite honestly I think we do an injustice to his memory to inject him into today’s debate. The Tea Party is the voice of the people. It is comprised of persons from every walk of life and every political party.
My opinion, for what it is worth, is that the way we take control of things, is by taking control of things. We must demand that those we elect represent us. It is imperative we let congress know that we are watching and that contrary to what Obama condescendingly suggests, we do understand what is going on and we don’t approve. We must let them know that they are all replaceable. We must let them know that we’ve decided on the best term limits available today. We decided on term limits by performance, i.e. do what is best for us, be financially responsible, or be replaced in their next term.