'View from the Mount'
When Nelson Rockefeller ruled New York like a personal estate in his South
American holdings, residents of the Empire State resigned themselves to his
liberal version of government. Who can forget the battles that were fought
for the heart and soul of the Republican Party back in time when conventions
were more than mere PR rhetoric? Lines were drawn and party loyalty took
second seat to Ideology and Principle. For those within the broad Taft
tradition, these were the good old days. So what causes the current
generation of operatives to forget the reason that makes one become a
As with most mistakes that are continually repeated, people seldom learn the
lessons from the past. Limited Government and Individual Liberty are the two
fundamental tenants for the Grand Old Party. Forget the nuisance of Abraham
Lincoln and his abuse of authority, and focus upon the reasons why America
has failed in the last century. Reject the international subversion of Teddy
Roosevelt, and concentrate on the proper role for government. And ignore the
foolishness of Richard Nixon, and look at the betrayal of the meaning of
being a Republican.
The foreign policies of Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt adversely
altered the complexion of America permanently. Their effect upon the
expansion of central government can not be overstated. The implied
acceptance of these abuses which were once benign neglect has evolved into
the mortal sin of endorsement. The struggle for America is the same combat
that resides within the Republican Party. Only a total victory is
acceptable. If MacArthur would not accept a substitute, why should we? Then
why is it permissible for the Republican Party to seek a compromise with the
The answer is very simple, while being unpleasant. The aspirants who cherish
career over principle are all too often the advisors, fund raisers,
operatives and candidates that concentrate on obtaining power at any cost.
The moral high ground as the spokesman for the rights of the Individual
always trumpet the 'so called' social justice of the Democrat agenda of
diminished Liberty. When osmosis is practiced in the transfer of this social
disease into the body politik, the end result is the desolation of the
cause. The essential question for Republicans is what is more important.
Perceived cooperation as a means to retain office or victory for the minds
of the voter as path to meaningful reform?
Congress was won in 1994 because the message inspired hope with specific,
detailed policy. The decline since that historic accomplishment is apparent.
Its cause is even more obvious. No Leadership in the principles of reform .
. . Adapting to the majority never took place. Aggressive attack upon the
Liberal Philosophy and Policy, did not happen. And because of this
abandonment of that which paved the way in ascendancy, produced the
miserable record of late.
What is it within the mainstream of the Republican Party that it seeks to
dislodge the very people that produced victory? The vast apathetic hordes of
the American public desperately want to follow a serious change in the
status quo. The reason that so many have dropped out of the process is
because the nature of the Republicans resemble the mirror image of a
Democrat, only in a better suit. As long as this condition continues,
becoming the minority will become inevitable.
No one is naive to conclude that the juggernaut of the federal bureaucracy
will be tamed with words. It will demand action to reduce the role of
government intervention and programs. But where is that record of commitment
to reduce budgets, eliminate departments, end programs and roll back
involvement into our lives? Is the present career officeholder more
concerned with their re-election and pension, than going into battle?
Milquetoast acquiescence is a sure formula for the loss of the Republic.
Administrative style of the board room alienates the public. They know that
they have no golden parachute and that they will be called upon to pay the
freight for the privileged elites. Politics is more than photo sessions,
images and poll results. At its heart is the ability to inspire, and to
rally to a cause, the energies and dreams of the citizen. For that to
happen; courage, vision and the will to slay the dragon of a corrupt and
bankrupt 'Collectivist Ideology' must be demonstrated.
At this point the Republican Party has shown no sign of learning these
lessons. Their failure to call Clinton's bluff on the government impasse,
was not a hazardous shut down, but was the greatest opportunity to prove to
the public just how well their lives would improve with the absence of all
the bureaucrats. The loss of nerve, sealed the fate for decades of continued
federal expansion. When Reagan set the tone during the PACO strike, a lid
was placed upon unrestrained public greed. Where is that commitment now?
The youth face an employment future full of uncertainty in job stability.
But they all know that they will be required to pay a much greater
percentage of their income to support the enormous expansion in the role of
government at all levels. That reality does not even consider the loss of
their own ability to live the kind of free lives that previous generation of
American took for granted. When will the Republican Party reverse their
direction and take a stand? You are not better off without the Pat's,
Buchanan and Robertson. You need the Ross Perots' the Howard Phillips' and
the Harry Brown's. But more important you need 'Principles' to live by and,
yes die for . . .
The way you are going, you are infected with melanoma of the spirit. If you
refuse to confront your errors, your future will ensure a premature death.
You are long overdue to meet your Existential destiny, and restore the
reason why we were once called a Republican.
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