Culture challenge of the week: Loss of freedom
Under the extremely liberal and near socialist reign of President Obama, it is easy to blame America’s drifting away from its founding principles on Democrats. But the truth of the matter is that both parties are at fault and have lost their way — especially the Republican Party.
You can see evidence of the loss of American values and freedom everywhere. We have become a “nanny state” marked by big government and outrageously high taxes, and both parties are contributing to the problem.
Government growth and control of the marketplace occurred under the leadership of Republicans before the Obama era at a rate so fast it boggles the mind. Although Mr. Obama and team have America headed at lightning speed toward financial ruin, the Republican establishment has the same destination but is moving at a slower rate.
The truth is, if you are headed to ruin, you are headed to ruin. What does it matter if you are on a rocket or a train if you end up in hell?
I have to give liberal Democrats credit: At least they acknowledge that they want big government and high taxes. The Republican Party, on the other hand, as Richard Viguerie points out in his brilliant new book, “Takeover,” claims to represent freedom and ideas but is making government bigger at a steady pace.
The Grand Old Party has been hijacked by progressives. As a result, many Americans correctly view the Republican Party as a bunch of old guys who complain about the government but offer no solutions other than watered-down versions of the same ideas the Democrats are offering.
Because the Republican Party is at war with itself, it is self-destructing. Mr. Viguerie argues that you can’t beat liberal Democrats in elections and turn around our country until the Republican Party is saved. He is right.
As Mr. Viguerie writes in “Takeover”: “We’ve been focused on defeating the liberal, Big Government Democrats, when the first, and most important, roadblock to our goal of governing America according to conservative principles is the progressive, Big Government Republicans.
“Until we conservatives control the Republican Party and nominate conservative candidates who will actually fight for and govern according to the conservative principles the party stands for, there will be no coherent alternative to the Democrats’ Big Government worldview presented to the voters, and little likelihood that we conservatives will achieve our goal of governing America according to conservative principles.”
How to save your family: Promote freedom
As one of the founders of the modern conservative movement in America, a great political strategist, and a man of integrity and kindness, Mr. Viguerie needs to be heard. He provides the solution much better than I could summarize, so I will use his words to outline the path forward. Here are some of his most pointed statements:
“The greatest impediment to conservative governance is not the Democrats and liberals — it is the progressive leadership of the Big Government Republican establishment in the halls of Congress, state houses, and at Republican headquarters, especially at the Republican National Committee.”
“If we are to save what makes America exceptional, we the people — grassroots conservatives — must lead.”