Other than the Georgia peanut farmer turned governor and now a Chicago community rabble rouser turned senator, there is little substantive political difference between President Barack Obama and President Jimmy Carter.
Both have stood on the throat of our economy and told us it was for our own good. Both believe Fedzilla knows what is best for Americans, not individuals making decisions in their own best interest.
Both believe in growing the size of the federal government, raising taxes and increasing spending beyond any conceivable reason.
Both believe in European-style socialism over free market capitalism.
Due to their bumbling, rookie ways, both quickly lost the respect of the international community and the confidence of the American people early in their administrations.
But will the GOP learn from what is old and new again? Will the GOP embrace true conservatism or stick with embracing their warped sense of limited government lip service in their feeble attempt to include the lunatic fringe into their irresponsible big tent?
I am encouraged by many of the candidates emerging for the November election. These candidates appear to be listening to ordinary Americans who are disgusted with the course the Obama administration has set for America. These hard-working Americans want change - real change. They have finally had enough.
My advice to these candidates is to look backward to gain their political ideologies. Go back to Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. In Mr. Goldwater’s wonderful 1960 tome, “The Conscience of a Conservative,” he writes on page 23: “It will come when Americans, in hundreds of communities throughout the nation, decide to put the man in office who is pledged to enforce the Constitution and restore the Republic. Who will proclaim in a campaign speech: ‘I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is ‘needed’ before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents’ ‘interests,’ I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.’ “
Those are the exact words conservatives want to hear from political candidates. Those words echo the sentiments of ordinary Americans who approach me on a daily basis and wonder aloud what the hell has happened to America.
I tell these disappointed and disgusted Americans that America got fat, indolent and lazy. We blindly entrusted Fedzilla with our wealth and watched Fedzilla consume it without producing much of anything except an appetite for more of our wealth. On our watch, we saw Fedzilla dramatically expand in growth and power. Due to our torpor, we did little to stop the Fedzilla juggernaut.
Apathy is the curse of free men everywhere, most inexcusably in the United States of America, for we should have known better.
Some Americans know little of freedom, only an enslavement to destructive entitlement programs. These Americans are ruined and pass their entitlement dependency onto their young, thereby increasing the size of the Fedzilla snowball as it lumbers downhill and grows larger and larger. And too few of us have done a damn thing to stop it.
Now is the time to stop it and dramatically reverse course. Now is the time for all good men and women to rise up and support those candidates who embrace much smaller government, much less spending, and much more personal responsibility.
We have a choice. We can continue to swan dive into the pool of bloodsucking dependency and ultimately inescapable bankruptcy, or we can go the other way and blaze a new political trail back to the American Way.
Let us never forget the prophetic words of Benjamin Franklin when he was asked by a lady what type of government the constitution would provide. Franklin stated, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
Let us keep it. It is worth it.
Ted Nugent is an unstoppable American rock ‘n’ roll, sporting and political activist icon. He is author of “Ted, White & Blue: The Nugent Manifesto” and “God, Guns and Rock ‘N’ Roll.”