Congratulations to President-elect Barack Obama and the congressional Democrats, who won on the mantra of “change.” If the Republican Party wants change and doesn’t want to remain the minority party, as it was from the 1950s to the 1990s, it will have to make “change we can believe in.” It will have to change from a party that talks fiscal responsibility to one that practices it. It will have to promote and deliver permanent tax cuts, tax reform, no pork and no new entitlements.
It will need to change from a party that talks about the rule of law to one that enforces it. It must enforce existing immigration laws and eliminate voter fraud rather than find work-arounds and complain. It must change from a party that talks about personal responsibility to one that permits it. Let us invest, save and donate our money, and let the market compete rather than having us rely on entitlements, quasi-governmental agencies and excessive regulation.
The Republican Party must change from one that talks about the greatness of our country to one that also explains why it is so great. It must discuss the Constitution and the founding principles — capitalism, federalism, and liberty and prosperity in spite of government, not because of it - and live by them, not just mention them in passing. It must change from a party that panders to the media and plays by its opposition’s rules to one that fights for what it believes. If you are in a war — even a war of words and ideas — the only way you’ll make your enemy happy is if you continue to lose.
Star Tannery, Va.