Posted by: Deborah D | April 14, 2010

Lead, follow or get out of the way.

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Lead, follow or get out of the way.

That old Lee Iacocca quote should be the Tea Partiers’ and the rank and file Republicans’ motto as we near the elections in November. Now is not the time to revert to type in the Republican Party and go along to get along in D.C. Some prominent Republicans are standing up and saying so after some would take the easy route and just give in to Democrats and not fight for repeal of the health care bill.  Well, it’s time for courage, not cowardice.

Do Republicans have the courage?

With some Republicans, even North Carolina Senator Richard Burr, getting cold feet about repealing the health care legislation, Marc Thiesen reminds Republicans that this law is anathema to a broad spectrum of the American people, and they should be bold in their rebuke of the Democrats and their actions. This is from the Washington Post.

Republicans need to recognize how weak the Democrats’ hand really is. First, most of the benefits in the bill don’t kick in until 2014 — three election cycles from now. The charge that Republicans are “taking away your benefits” will hardly ring true for Americans who don’t yet enjoy those benefits. Second, with all the backroom deals the Democrats cut to pass their bill, including with the pharmaceutical industry and insurance industry, it should be hard for them to argue that Republicans are the ones in bed with big business. Third, recent polls show that large majorities of Americans think the legislation will push the country further into debt, make the quality of their own care worse and increase their own health-care costs. There is no danger in pledging to repeal a bill that Americans believe will explode the deficit, lower the quality of care and increase care costs for many.

Finally, Democrats face a massive enthusiasm gap on health care. Polls show that supporters of Obamacare are lukewarm, while the opponents are vehement. Many see Obamacare as just one element of a larger campaign by the Democrats to transform our country in the image of Europe by dramatically expanding the size and reach of the federal government. They want Republicans to repeal those efforts, not simply tinker around the edges.

This is why Newt Gingrich — who led the successful Republican takeover of Congress before — told the Southern Republican Leadership Conference last week that Republicans should think even bigger, and pledge to repeal not just Obamacare but also the economic stimulus and any other big-government legislation enacted by what he calls Obama’s “secular socialist machine.” To those Republicans who say repeal is a false promise — because even if Republicans win both houses of Congress, Obama will still veto any repeal legislation — Gingrich offered a two-stage solution: Stage one, win control of Congress this fall and promise that the GOP will refuse to fund Obamacare. Stage two, take back the White House in the next election and commit that “a Republican president and a Republican Congress in February and March of 2013 will repeal every radical bill passed by this machine.”

Gingrich cautions that the GOP must be the “Party of Yes” and explain how it would replace Democratic legislation with something better. He is right. But without a pledge to repeal Obamacare, that message will fail. If Republican leaders can’t commit to repealing a radical health care scheme that the Wall Street Journal correctly called the “worst bill ever,” they can hardly expect Americans to say “yes” to a GOP Congress in November.

Republicans need to understand that there is so much at stake here. Our country cannot go on with the status quo in Washington, D.C. It is time to face reality and find the strength to either lead, follow or get out of the way. And, we rank and file out here should demand no less of our leaders. If they can’t do that then they should be replaced. Read it all here:

No more profiles in caution.

Tony Blankley reminds Republicans of their problems in the past with ridding the country of the left’s handiwork, but that slow-moving statism has been exposed by Obama and Democrats with their fast-moving efforts toward statism over the past 15 months. The frog is out of the boiling pot now, and the country is behind their efforts to repeal. Republicans   should not revert to caution like they did in the past. This is from National Review Online.

The Republican party must break with its long-established instinct for caution and make a bold stand for first principles of freedom and constitutional limitations on government — from full repeal of Obamacare to rolling back multitrillion-dollar deficits. This is not so much a reproach of past Republican conduct as it is a recognition of new opportunities.

The post–World War II conservative movement was born in the shadow of towering liberalism. As a result, when conservatism intermittently gained political power via the Republican party, there were practical limits to how much liberalism they could plausibly try to dismantle…

in 1982, Reagan’s Department of Education (where I was deputy assistant secretary for public affairs) tried to dismantle itself. But we could not find even one Republican member of the House Education and Labor Committee to introduce our bill.

A dozen years later, when Speaker Gingrich (for whom I was press secretary) again proposed killing the Department of Education, the opposition (even among Republicans) was so powerful across the country that further effort became futile.

There has been a strong national presumption of legitimacy for most of the statist programs, policies, and rulings introduced by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon Baines Johnson, and the Supreme Court. To challenge them drew sneering ridicule, not just from the usual liberal suspects, but from most mainstream Republican voters.  Snip –

As a result, Reagan, Gingrich, and the conservatives who supported them could, by and large, only slow the growth of government

…Republican congressmen, senators, and governors — even staunch, principled conservatives — developed the instinct to propose only modestly less statist policies…

But the financial panic and economic collapse of 2008 and Washington’s shocking new proposals, laws, deficits, and debt have changed the consciousness of a broad majority of the nation. The trillions of dollars of national debt incurred in the past year has, almost simultaneously across the nation, induced a common revulsion: How dare Washington indebt and impoverish our grandchildren?  Snip –

Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion — every action has a reaction equal in magnitude and opposite in direction — also applies to the political physics of the body politic. The suddenness and radical magnitude of actions in Washington these past 18 months have induced an equal and equally radical reaction.

It is in this context that I urge the Republican party to abandon its — until now — justifiable instinct to be cautious and limited in its call for traditional American freedoms and constitutional limitations on government.

As Republicans revert to type, like  victims of Stockholm Syndrome, we must be there to remind them that there is more to be gained in repealing and replacing this monstrosity than there is in sucking up to their captors (leftist Dems and leftist media) on Capitol Hill. As the country adjusts to the Brave New World that the leftists have brought into our lives, we must continue to encourage those Republicans who get what’s happening to the country and educate those who don’t. Read it all here:

Ryan: Should Americans bid farewell to freedom?

Rep. Paul Ryan (D-MN) is one Republican who not only gets it, but also has a workable plan to bring the country back from the brink. In a recent speech to the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, Ryan eloquently voices the concerns of many patriotic Americans, especially those with children.

We are challenged to answer again the momentous questions our Founders raised when they launched mankind’s noblest experiment in human freedom. They made a fundamental choice and changed history for the better. Now it’s our high calling to make that choice: between managed scarcity, or solid growth … between living in dependency on government handouts, or taking responsibility for our lives … between confiscating the earnings of some and spreading them around, or securing everyone’s right to the rewards of their work … between bureaucratic central government, or self-government … between the European social welfare state or the American idea of free market democracy.

What kind of nation do we wish to be? What kind of society will we hand down to our children and future generations? In the coming watershed election, the nature of this unique and exceptional land is at stake. We will choose one of two different paths. And once we make that choice, there’s no going back.

Please read it all here:

Herman Cain’s speech.

If you want a real uplift, take a few minutes and watch Herman Cain’s speech to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. He also hints (at the very end) that he might throw his hat in the ring in 2012.


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  1. Your blog has been one of my favorites of all time. … Thanks for writing such a great blog. I always enjoyed reading it,

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