We are a nation that has a government -- not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government, which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.
It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the federal government and those reserved to the states or to the people. All of us need to be reminded that the federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government.
Now, so there will be no misunderstanding, it's not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work -- work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it.
What we need to do is focus on what CORE REPUBLICAN ideology IS. Fix what others are doing wrong with it. Then you might have a LEADER emerge that can implement CORE RPEBLICACN ideology. It’s not about Reagan. It’s about CORE IDEOLOGY for the Republican party. This new core ideology for Republicans resembles Demoncrat light.
Who cares what Reagan would do. The question is what are we going to do?
The Republican party of Reagan was about a free people with strong God-given rights who actively, and with design and intent, gave a specific and limited amount of power to institutions that they created to provide self governance.
With the exception of Fred Thompson, none of the Republican candidates appear to understand that. None but FT are a standard bearer for the personal freedom that my 17th century ancestors fought so hard to establish and secure. It is now all about the Katrina mentality of what is the “government” going to do to come up with a bureaucratic program to solve our problems, fix our plight, make life more fair or force others to live by our religious rules.
If this is where the party is headed with its candidates, then I am looking elsewhere for my leadership. I want someone who protects my individual freedom and my rights from government and all the populists who want to take control of my life and property from me. If FT surrenders, I have no reason to stay.