- The Washington Times - Friday, May 8, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Joseph Curl’s article (“GOP listens in drive to thrive,” Page 1, Sunday) leads me to believe that some in the Republican leadership have no backbones and no principles. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, in referring to the nostalgia of the Reagan days, is quoted as saying: “It’s great, but it doesn’t draw people toward your cause.” Mr. Bush went on to say, “And then, hopefully - God willing - [we] embrace our conservative principles and take those new ideas and present them to the American people.” Your cause, Mr. Bush, is presumably much of what Ronald Reagan’s was - limited government, lower taxes and commitment to an enduring (not a “living”) Constitution.

Nostalgia aside, the main reason to look at the past is to learn from it and not to repeat the same mistakes. How is it that the Republican majority of just a few years ago could have messed up so thoroughly that they were voted out? They failed to practice what they preached, and what they preached was what got them elected in the first place.

F. MICHAEL STUBBS

Springfield

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