This column by John Hawkins http://www.townhall.com/columnists/JohnHawkins/2008/05/23/we_need_reagans_principles,_not_his_agenda
explains the dilemma facing the Republican party of 2008 and how to solve it.
It talks about the Great Man, former President Ronald Reagan and what I have written about many times. It is not trying to turn back the clock to the Reagan era. It is to remember the fundamentals and how they are always going to work if applied correctly.
And, their in lies the problem.
We have a presumptive candidate, Sen. John "F--- You" McCain who claims to have been a foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution. Yet, time and time again, Sen. "F--- You" McCain seems to forget that the Reagan Revolution had one important element at the core. Government can not solve problems.
Government is not going to cure globaloney warming. We do not even have a serious consensus that there is such a thing. And, even less of a consensus as to whether or not it is caused by man.
Government is not going to cure the health care delivery crisis. If anything, government needs to get the hell out of the way and let doctors, the pharmaceutical industry, private hospitals and yes, even those who believe in a more natural, holistic, herbal way to creating healthy Americans. Remember, it is not that we have lousy health care. It is how it is delivered and the cost of the health care.
I think that Sen. "F--- You" McCain needs to read Mr. Hawkin's piece closely. It would be a great reminder of the rendezvous with history that he now has. Instead of fighting Soviet Communists, we are now fighting radical Jihadist Islam. And, they are without borders and much more ruthless than the Soviet Communists. Sen. "F--- You" McCain needs to understand that as well as the proper role of the federal government, which is to be deferential to the states and as little involved in the day-to-day lives of Americans.
John Hawkins has it right. Every conservative needs to read this and see it as a blueprint to restore the Republican party to that of real, conservative principles. Like Ronald Reagan.