What Happened to my Party?
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This is my first attempt at blogging though I have commented a couple of times. I want to know what happened to my party or what I thought was my party. I became politically aware during the Carter presidency. I remember high interest rates and high unemployment and I remember I was supposed to be ashamed to be an American.
Then came Ronald Reagan, and I learned about the Rebublican party and what I felt were Republican principals. First, a trust in the ability of the individual. Second, a distrust of large Government. I specifically remember a railing against deficit spending and the expansion of entitlement programs. Third an emphasis on equal oppurtunity not equal results. Fourth, with his "evil" empire depiction Reagan made it possible to love America again. Despite our flaws as a Nation we still had much to be proud of including a political system that allowed change to be brought about.
As I looked at these positions I became convinced they were closely aligned with the intentions of our founding fathers and as a result I have voted Republican since I turned 18 in 1984. I was never prouder than 1994, when we finally got hold of both Houses of Congress, through 2000 when we controlled the deficit.
I was ecstatic when President Bush won in 2000 and we had control of Congress and the Presidency. We spent the next 8 years not adhering to the principals I'd always voted on. Where were small government, fiscal responsiblity, individual responsibility, and the rule of law.
I've come to the point I ask myself what is the difference who is in office? Do any of the politicians out there really listen? Do they have principals that guide them or do they just want to get elected? We spent money on prescription drugs, on no child left behind, on a variety of pork. We expanded the size and scope of Government like FDR.
I look at our Candidates for president today.
In regards to immigration do they believe in the rule of law or not? I think myself like most Americans beleive in fair play and not rewarding someone who breaks the rules.
In regards to Small Government who in this slate of canidates do I really believe will lessen the role of the Federal Government? I want spending cuts not decreases in the amount we're raisng spending.
What happened to the principal of equal oppurtunity not equal results? Why are taxpayers going to be bailing out people who made bad decisions on the houses they purchased or the mortgage they signed? When did education become a right instead of a priviledge? Was it at the same time it began to indoctrinate our children into the world of political correctness instead of teaching them to read, write, and do arithmetic?
How many of our candidates first instinct is that government is not the answer? How many stand up and say I love the USA, I love who we are and what we stand for. I love that America provides an atmosphere where if you want to, and work hard, you can be a success. I believe our greatness comes from providing oppurtunity, not guranting outcome. I believe the Federal govt should spend money to provide oppurtunity but never should it spend money to gurantee an outcome.
I look at our slate of Candidates and the only one who seems to have the principals to govern as a Republican is Fred Thompson. I look at the previous primaries and where Fred stands in the Polls today and I say; What happened to my party?
I look at Rudy Giuliani, his position on abortion and say how could my party consider electing a man who doesn't believe in the sanctity of life? What happened to my party?
Sadly I'm beginning to wonder if what happened to my party is it never really stood for what I thought it did at all. Thankfully, I see what Gov Jindal is doing and saying in Louisiana and have some small hope that my party isn't totally gone.