- - Tuesday, July 19, 2016


The first requirement of leadership is the courage to take a stand against determined opposition. The Republican platform adopted at the opening of the party’s National Convention in Cleveland is a firm foundation on which America can honor its exceptional heritage and build a better future. These are things that Barack Obama and the Democrats promised and failed to deliver. Promises can be hard to keep, and now voters will expect Republicans to deliver.

No. 1 goal is the restoration of the American dream. The party reaffirms a fundamental belief that the Democrats by and large reject: “Government cannot create prosperity, though government can limit or destroy it.” It’s slightly less to the point than the famous Reaganism: “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Juxtaposing the $8 trillion in lost economic output with a poverty class that has grown by 7 million clearly reveals President Obama’s failure to lead the people to prosperity.

No. 2, the rebirth of constitutional government depends on reaffirming “the Constitution’s fundamental principles: limited government, separation of powers, individual liberty, and the rule of law.” Federal rules imposed by unelected bureaucrats was never the intention of the Founders, who envisioned, as John Adams proclaimed, “a government of laws and not of men.” Democrats scheme to rewrite the founding document for the 21st century. But why? Human nature doesn’t change, so why should the proven blueprint for government?

No. 3, the nation has been blessed with abundant natural resources, and Republicans must be “the party of America’s growers, producers, farmers, ranchers, foresters, miners, commercial fishermen, and all those who bring from the earth the crops, minerals, energy, and the bounties of our seas that are the lifeblood of our economy.” Stewards of the nation’s treasures have an obligation to ensure that the wealth is shared fairly across the population down through the generations. Locking the treasure away, as Mr. Obama has done, denies Americans their birthright and shrinks opportunities. Industry is no crime.

No. 4, government reform is something everyone talks about but weak leaders, as Israeli diplomat Abba Eban said of the Palestinians, “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” Voters are sick with disappointment. The Republican platform notes that Mr. Obama has exploded the national debt from $10 trillion to $19 trillion and set a course of overspending that will lead to $30 trillion by 2026. Republicans say they will apply the following test: “Is a particular expenditure within the constitutional scope of the federal government? If not, stop it.” Fine words, and not to be honored only in the breach.

No. 5, Republicans offer a wealth of solutions to the sins and shortcomings that threaten the American way of life. No task is more important — or more endangered — than preserving the family, and the platform proclaims that “it is the foundation of civil society, and the cornerstone of the family is natural marriage, the union of one man and one woman. Its daily lessons — co-operation, patience, mutual respect, responsibility, self-reliance — are fundamental to the order and progress of our Republic.”

The party of Lincoln recognizes that in a nation of strong families all things are possible. Under the Democrats’ anti-family leadership, every institution, including health care, education and criminal justice, crumbles.

No. 6, George Washington’s admonition — “To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace” — informs the party’s stance in an increasingly hostile world. Rebuilding the Army and the Navy, caring for veterans, securing the border and backing America’s allies are the crucial components of a resurgent nation. The Republican platform promises to lead Americans home. The promise needs only the leader who can lead.

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