Sunday, January 06, 2008

Jim Ehl takes a page from Pat Buchanan

By Jim Ehl

For those of you who have read my stuff know that one of my "soapboxes" is noting how the Republican Party's inability, or unwillingness, to 'clean house' has lead, or is leading, to the destruction of the party. I just received a fund raising letter (like many more) from the NRCC, that would have me believe that ALL the problems and excessive spending in the government is the fault of the DEMOCRATS. When is the party going to 'get real'?

We are now in the election year, and daily more folks register as Independents. Any idea why? And, you may have read how Independents flocked to the Democrats polls in Iowa. Why? Anyone ever consider faith in the party? Even Jessie Ventura writes "Ventura writes in the book, due in stores in April. "The government is supposed to be us, and it's not us anymore. It's been hijacked. Just when is somebody going to do something?" Now, just who is "somebody"? Me? You? Yeah, lets make a sign, get a box and head for the nearest busy street corner. That should make for some success? Or, the party?

Pat Buchanan (and many of you are not Buchanan fans as you have told me) said, and I copied it below, "The Party of Reagan is losing the country because it is no longer the party of the principles, policies and persona of Reagan, as applied to the problems of our time." If anyone wants to dispute what I noted below, I'll be more than happy to follow up with your response on the Arizona Town Crier. It is incumbent on all party members to demand that the party return to it's principles. Probably, most of you received, or receives, mail from the NRCC. That's a good place to start.


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On issue after issue, the Republican Party, if it stood true to its beliefs and purged the twin heresies of neoconservatism in foreign policy and Wall Street Journal ideology in trade and immigration policy, would still stand well with Middle America.

Most Americans are traditionalist on right to life, homosexual marriage, a polluted culture and Hollywood values. Most Americans believe in a defense second to none, while staying out of wars that are not our quarrels.

Conservatives never believed in the United States going into nation-building abroad because they never believed in government nation-building at home. Nations grow organically. They rise from the soil of their own history, culture, faith, traditions.

Republicans believe in conservative judges and strict-constructionists justices like Antonin Scalia, who do not write the laws, but interpret the laws we have written through our elected representatives.

Democrats know this. Thus, they are not promising us any new Ruth Bader Ginsburgs.

What has alienated America is the Bush bellicosity, the my-way-or-the-highway free-trade ideology, the refusal to defend the border with the implication that anyone who wants to preserve the country he grew up in is some kind of bigot. The Party of Reagan is losing the country because it is no longer the party of the principles, policies and persona of Reagan, as applied to the problems of our time.

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