We are just over a year from the election of a new President. For the first time since 1928 neither an incumbent President or Vice President is running. A completely new Presidential field is seeking the office and as we listen and watch the campaigns and the polls I must question whether Americans still really cherish our freedoms.
In poll after poll if the election were held today with all of the current candidates from both the Republican and Democrat Party running polls show that Hillary Clinton would be our next President. She overwhelmingly leads all Democrats and leads in either high single digits or double digits when polled head to head with the leading GOP candidates.
Why does she lead when she is such a polarizing figure ? If one analyzes the polling from week to week her numbers rise with every government entitlement she introduces. In the last several weeks Clinton has introduced in one form or another a new government entitlement program each week. Though some have been smaller than others, each has had one theme in common. Providing government funds and dependency to all or a portion of the American people.
She has introduced programs for government funded Universal Health Care, child care, income for stay at home parents, savings bonds for every child born, the list is endless and the dependency to government for Americans is total. The more government give - aways she proposes the more popular she becomes. Each program gives the illusion of freedom as it provides, "freedom, " from , "worry, " about a certain aspect of our life.
In actuality each not only diminishes individual freedom but through there forced government dependency each program makes Americans slaves to the government, increases the power and scope of the Federal Government and raises the danger of Socialism and blinding Americans to the onset of tyranny through governmental control of our lives.
All of this equals to a strategic and complete destruction
of our freedoms as Americans, our individuality and individual responsibility. All three of which are a cornerstone to the fundamental rights and liberties that have been the essence
of America since our founding and the strength
of our Constitution and our Republic. And if the polls are accurate the American people or at least a majority are buying into this destruction of our freedoms.
The Republican candidates are offering little to combat this attack as Rudy only touts what he did as Mayor of New York but really
offers nothing new. Fred , who I support because of his conservative credentials , has been a little disappointing
in just announcing his consistent
conservatism but giving little substance in ideas. Romney argues with Rudy and in like manner touts his record as Governor while offering nothing new or substantial McCain is, well McCain, and the remaining field is only hanging on by a thread with
little to grasp
onto by voters.
All GOP candidates do have one common thread that shows itself especially in the debate settings. Each are quick to claim the mantle of Ronald Reagan. All have invoked his name in one manner or another during the debates while some have even used his example in campaign commercials
. Yet not one of the candidates understands why Reagan was so successful and so strong as a candidate and as a President
Yes, he was a conservative who believed and created policy that followed the conservative ideas of limited government, strong national defense and less taxation. Each of the GOP candidates are calling for similar ideas in their campaigns but lack the heart and soul of why Reagan was so loved, respected and successful.
Ronald Reagan did not just propose and fulfill
conservative ideals and policy but he continually
reminded us of who we were and why we exist as a nation. He gave us hope in our selves and helped us to understand
that because of our freedoms we as individuals and as a nation had the God given ability to become anything that we chose to be. We could succeed or fail of our own accord as free Americans and that was possible because of our rights and privilege given us under our Constitution and free Republic.
By limiting government size and citizen dependency
to government Reagan proved to us that the strength
of our nation is not in its government but in her people. Today Hillary is telling Americans that the strength of the people is in the power of the government to provide for all of our needs.
But more than limiting government Reagan reminded us that America was a shining city on a hill that had its greatest
days in front of us rather than behind us. In a time when the people were depressed and longing for hope, Reagan told us that hope was within each of us and the freedom gave all of us equal opportunity to succeed. Then he reduced government and gave America back to the people and the people flourished as a result.
Have Americans today lost the vision of freedom and lost sight of the shining city on the hill ? Does the illusion of freedom through government provision as proposed by Hillary cause the people to lose sight of the foundational principles of this nation ? Our individual responsibility and the freedom to succeed or fail. One of the cruelest aspects of complete government
provision is the theft of our freedom to fail because failure is one of our greatest teachers and motivators to better our position in life and make greater provision for our families.
Government dependency weakens our ability to grow as individuals and as a nation. This is one reason why the Founders instilled in our Constitution individual rights and limitations on government. Nations that have yielded to government dependency
become vulnerable to tyranny and dictatorships.
After WWI Germany became a victim
of this very sickness in its drive to Socialism through the Nazi Party. The nation was depressed and discouraged
rose providing program after program that soon brought a dependency
to government which eventually blinded the people to what was truly happening under Hitler. The result was the total destruction of Germany and the Holocaust.
While I am not comparing the Socialistic proposals by Hillary to the despotism of Adolph
forced dependency on government does blind the people to freedom and allows for the weakening of individual responsibility
and slavery to an
Federal Government. Just
the opposite of what our Founders created and fought for when our nation was born and grew into its youth.
The shining city on the hill that President
Reagan reminded us of is still there but is shadowed in a fog of politics that hides the light of freedom and the true essence
of America. Am I an idealist
? Yes, absolutely
is what made America strong. Washington, Jefferson, Adams and Franklin were idealist
. Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, George S. Patton, Robert E. Lee, and of course Ronald Reagan were all idealist
dream and understand that ideas and the freedom to follow and fulfill
those ideas make us strong.
Idealists realize that without freedom we will fall to the slavery of dependency
for the masses. The sunlight of that freedom can burn away the fog of politics that has hidden the shining city on the hill and restore the ideals, liberties and hope that truly is America. The failings of those on the left in Congress with their constant resolutions that look like a fly trying to escape through a closed window, constantly hitting the glass with no results opens a door of opportunity for the GOP and conservative idealism.Their
attacks to private citizens and then when the attack is turned
into a philanthropical
success trying to take undeserved and false equal credit, their daily drive to Socialism
all combining in the lowest popularity in US history has opened the door for an idealist
in the GOP to begin lifting the fog and reveal the shining
city on the hill that is America once again.
The opportunity is here and now. Freedom is precious and fragile and though the polls show that government dependency
is appealing to Americans, I still believe that Americans love freedom and are just blinded to it by liberal politics. If an idealist
like Reagan and remind
the people of the greatness of America and not just tout of past success like the current GOP field, that candidate will not only win but will restore hope in Americans and revitalize the strength
of our great nation.
The Democrats will not do this because they are more interested in power and controlling the people through government dependency
. Never trusting the people to lead and live our own lives like our Founders intended. So it is up to Republicans to take on the mantle of Reagan. Not just conservative policy but American idealism, climb to the peak of our shining city on the hill and re-invigorate the light of liberty and freedom rallying freedom loving Americans to the greatness of our land and the foundational principles of our Republic!
but leaders in the light and hope that freedom and liberty offers to the world and is the American ideal and life!