Words of truth from Michael Reagan – May 7, 2009 (weekly column).
If some media reports are correct — a dangerous assumption nowadays when media skepticism has given way to unquestioned Obama worship — former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says the GOP needs to abandon nostalgia for the Reagan era.I’m inclined to doubt the accuracy of that report since Jeb Bush was probably the best governor Florida ever had, and one who clung ferociously to the Republican principles exemplified by my father, Ronald Reagan.Even if he did say something silly like that, my argument with him and Mitt Romney and the other participants in the so-called listening tour is not about my dad, but about the absurdity of a listening tour designed to tutor Republican bigwigs on what the public really wants from government,My short answer to that question is that I want the government to get the hell out of our way and let us act like the free people our founding fathers wanted us to be, and not like subjects of an all-knowing, all-powerful federal government.The listening tour is nothing but Republican gimmickry. The reality is that had they been listening over the past four years of the Bush presidency they would have seen the disaster of 2006 coming and they would have seen the catastrophe of 2008 coming.
Instead, they turned a deaf ear to the Republican conservatives not only on Capitol Hill, but to those out across America.They lost in 2006 and 2008 because they stopped listening to the “nostalgia” for the conservative principles which guided my dad’s administrations.They receded backwards to the principle of losing elections, a habit that gripped the GOP until Newt Gingrich came along and showed them how to win congressional elections by standing for something, and my dad showed them how to win gubernatorial and presidential elections by championing the principles that made us the wealthiest and most-powerful nation in world history.The lesson they taught was that you don’t win elections by saying “me too,” and trying to substitute a Republican version of big-government, wild-spending quasi-socialist agenda for a Democrat big-government, wild-spending quasi-socialist agenda.Democrats know how to be socialists, Republicans don’t. They can only try to imitate the real thing, so you end up as Benito Mussolini, half-socialist and half-capitalist, and not as Joe Stalin, socialist all the way to the death camps of Siberia.If the GOP listeners want to know what the conservative majority among voters want and are thinking about, all they need to do is listen to Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and — in all modesty — Mike Reagan.Our voices are the voice of the majority of Republican voters and open-minded independents. We don’t have tens of millions of listeners every day because we have a message that contradicts the opinion of our audience — we have such a vast army of listeners because they recognize that we are echoing their own opinions and telling them they are right in thinking as they do.They recognize gimmicky when they see it. Watching TV this morning, I saw a pornography star who is running for the United States Senate announcing that she is on — guess what — a “listening tour,” to learn if voters want her to make the run for Capitol Hill. It seems Republicans aren’t the only ones using gimmickry these days.If Republicans had really been listening, they’d still be in control of the House and Senate and there would be a Republican in the White House.They didn’t listen then, and they aren’t listening now. If they start listening, what they’ll hear is a demand that the Republican Party get back to the principles and beliefs embodied by Ronald Reagan, and get back to the principles of genuine conservatism which echo Thomas Jefferson’s sage advice that a people who fear government cannot be free, but a government that fears the people is a government where the people are the masters and the state is their servant.Finally, it isn’t nostalgia for the Reagan era we need to forget, but the big government, wild-spending of Jeb Bush’s brother George’s administration.
©2009 Mike Reagan. Mike’s column is distributed exclusively by: Cagle Cartoons, Inc., newspaper syndicate. For info contact Cari Dawson Bartley. E-mail Cari@cagle.com, (800) 696-7561.
for an outreach of love perpetrated by my children!
From the cake from daughter, Crysta (along with numerous other lovely gifts) to the wonderful necklace from daughter (from Barry’s previous marriage), Amanda
to the various phone calls and text messages from sons….
all of these things made my first Mother’s Day without Mom not only bearable, but joyful and full of love!
Father, You know every emotion – every feeling – I will feel. You have moved mountains, and Your very word tells of our ability to move mountains in faith!
In Your predestination of me, You knew this would be a very difficult time for me – and You held me closely to Your bosom. You loved me so much that You moved my children to step up to the plate, in subtle ways, to comfort me
There is no thing You cannot do, and there is no thing You will not do for Your beloved. I cannot sing Your praises enough – I cannot give You enough glory for Your love.
I pray You will accept this offering of praise from me – and I pray it in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ.
I heard Glenn Beck talking about the book “Animal Spirits”, which is a current MUST READ for the Obama administration. This book, basically, talks about how to control – and market – the economy. It is a propagandist look at how to manipulate people and their spending habits, in a nutshell.
So, anyway, Glenn had all this information that I really didn’t get to hear… HEY, I was travelling with my sixteen year old. You have any idea how hard it is to listen to talk radio with a sixteen year old female in the car? It was something about the difference between the 2008 budget and this new budget proposed.
Well, we are really currently on the 2009 budget – which was proposed by George W. Bush. Now the 2009 proposed budget was $3.10 TRILLION dollars. The Democrats went WILD about this – how irresponsible they were being!!!! And now, Obama has come out with the 2010 proposed budget of $3.60 TRILLION! The Democrats are saying this is soooo necessary!!! Well, Obama’s administration did not prepare for the national backlash of his proposed budget. Seems we redneck, gun-toting, nut-job, God-fearing, Conservatives know a bit more about numbers than he expected.
So he said he was going to trim $100 million from the budget – big number, right? Well, it didn’t fool the people! So, now he is going to trim the budget by $17 billion.
Here’s some plain and simple (straight forward) math for you to digest:
Now I know some “economist” out there is going to whine – “But, you’re not taking XYZ or ABC into consideration!” And that is true. Because I am of the mind that if your math can’t be straight forward there’s an even bigger issue!
I’m just saying…
Today is the three month anniversary of Mom’s passing away. I miss her – hardly a day goes by that I don’t think “Oh, I should call Mom…” or “Mom will get a kick out of that….”
I’m not maudlin about it – it doesn’t fill me with saddness or dread – I just have this place that is empty that Mom used to fill. I would not wish her back to life. She was miserable, struggling with colon cancer. She was not well, and she did not have the quality of life she wanted. BUT! Mom knew the Lord. So, in her passing she gained the victory over her colon cancer. She is now sitting at the foot of His throne – in total, glorious praise!! How could I wish to pull her back to this life from that wonderful place with Him?
Father, You are Holy indeed. You know every hair on our heads. You know every bent of our beings. You control every circumstance of our lives. I cannot thank You enough for the mercy and grace You have showered upon a wretch such as me!
Thank You, Father, that you now hold Mom at your bosom. Thank You that Your grace is sufficient in her life, both here on earth and eternally with You. Thank You that you comfort me, and my family, through this time of grief. Your word says there is a time for this grief I am feeling, and I thank You that I am not going through this time alone. You are with me – and You always will be.
Thank You for Your gift of salvation – through Your Son, my Lord, Jesus Christ. It is in His name I come to You in prayer. Amen.