BIRMAN: America still the shining city on a hill

GOP must not abandon its principles

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As Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is fond of saying: “malarkey!”

There is a better way. Let us pledge to all new Americans that we will preserve the same ideals that drew them here — limited government, individual liberty and free enterprise — for those who are yet to come. Let us boldly champion these principles. Then, the natural audience we already enjoy by virtue of our common affinity for freedom is bound to turn into a timeless bond.

Our nation is fortunate not to have seen the chilling crescendo of Margaret Thatcher’s truism: Socialism will always run out of other people’s money.

I saw it firsthand. As the Soviet Union slid deeper into fiscal, political and moral bankruptcy, I remember watching the ideology that ruled that vast land through the eager muzzle of a gun completely collapse.

Now Republicans have a fleeting chance to join forces with survivors of such painful lessons from every corner of the world in order to save this nation from a similar fate.

To do that, our postelection marching orders could not be clearer. As Shakespeare wrote, “This above all: To thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day, thou cannot then be false to any man.”

Igor Birman is chief of staff to Rep. Tom McClintock, California Republican.

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