I know Vincent and I too have been devestated by the re-election of a man who we consider to be the worst thing that has ever happened to America. At times the battle seems insurmountable. A Congress without courage, a press dedicated to promoting everything Obama and giving him and his ilk political cover at every turn, instead of calling our political leaders to task, as is their proper role. And a commander in chief bent on weakening America at every opportunity. Add to this an electorate, steeped in progressive attitudes through education in government schools and a leftist media, who are bereft of any understanding of how the world works, who are entitled to everything they think they want or need, and you have a recipe for disaster.
However, I agree with Jerry, we cannot give up. I am hoping that ObamaCare will collapse under its own weight, that our credit rating will again be downgraded, and act as a wake up call for America, and that it will not be too late to save our country.
I am hoping that the American Spirit can overcome all that is happening.
I read Vince’s valedictory blog, “End of America” and it both scared the sh*t out of me and broke my heart. I got a short email from a friend Wednesday morning (he’s working in another country) that said simply: “America’s done. We’re going the way of Europe.”
Well, I might be an idiot, but although I understand the reasons for everybody’s despair, I’m not gonna yield to it. Honestly, not to sound like Pollyanna, but I have faith in the Constitution, this country, and this country’s people (well…I’m admittedly not so sure about that last one!): one man can’t bring it down. Again, it sounds corny, but I strongly believe that our population’s enduring can-do spirit, our historical appreciation of entrepreneurship, the overall wide-open aggressive self-confident American attitude–none of this is going to change because of any particular regime or single election.
And, not to be a wise guy, but throwing up our hands would be un-American, in my opinion. Our task now is the same as it’s always been: to be, wherever possible, optimistic, hard-working, cooperative, and kind. I know you guys know this already, but the way that old-fashioned values got to be old-fashioned is that they work! No matter who the so-called Commander in Chief might be and no matter how gloomy the headlines.
We disagree as to whether we ARE a great people with all of the great qualities you listed as opposed to the great people we ONCE WERE with those same bygone qualities. But people change, republic’s morph into democracies where the uninformed mindless majority rules by the force of numbers and the people’s wants and entitlements are no longer tempered by their elected representatives. We’ve morphed slowly but most assuredly into the latter and the founder’s fears of the rabble running the country, (as was then exhibited to their horror in the French Revolution) would eventualy bring down the republic they so carefully and wisely crafted. The Constitution they so carefully crafted word by word was meant to be a document for all times not a ‘living’ document subject to the will of a judge, group of judges, progressive legislators or the “wise elite” who know what’s best for us, all of them disassembling it bit by bit over the last 150 years. They built in an amendment process so it could with considerable deliberation be changed.
In politics, and totally the opposite as it is in biology, there is an ongoing reverse Darwinian force in motion.
People and their structures devolve, while they perceive their structures and cultures as evolving. That’s why Conservatism is such a necessity. Sometimes not all new things are good. Sometimes some things should be ‘conserved’. Things like the family structure, children being parented by two parents, children knowing who their father was, things like marriage between a man and a woman, things like, we get our rights from God and not from the government, things like individualism as opposed to making all equally mediocre, things like freedom of thought and educating our young to think critically and to ask questions rather than being programmed by a state school.
So I hope you are right and yes I’m disappointed in myself for throwing in the towel. I think it’s time I realize that I and others like me are the new minority and therefore I’ve concluded that THEY are in the ascendancy and WE are in decline. The America in which I grew up, filled with work being rewarded with success and boundless aspirations being fulfilled are a thing of the past. Now people want only to be cared for by the other guy. When the other guys, like me, are gone and the government’s printing presses can no longer print enough funny money with no intrinsic value, who will support the sick, the truly needy? We will be a nation of takers without the support of the givers.
Maybe I’ll get re-invigorated if I see some sign or maybe it will take a catastrophic event like another 911 or the financial cliff to bring sanity back into the marketplace of ideas. I think we are in a very bad place with a president in way over his head, a head by the way filled with socialist concepts that have been proven to not work over and over again always landing in the trash bin of history. And in the next four years he will be unencumbered, since he will not be held accountable to the people whose lives and fortunes he will have undoubtedly destroyed.
Your exuberance is more than offset by my pessimism. And I pray to God you are right and I am wrong.
I fear for the future of my country. We should all be very afraid. The fearless captain of our ship seems to be not only not trying to avoid the icebergs of rampant inflation, systemic unemployment, politburo control of healthcare, increased taxes on the wealth creators, industry crippling regulatory rules, unsustainable deficits and debt and overwhelming illegal immigration, he actually seems to be aiming the ship of state to purposely collide with all of them. There is ample historical evidence that the policies he is enacting, bailouts instead of bankruptcy, Cap and Trade, mandated National Universal Health care, increasing taxes instead of lowering taxes, massive deficit spending, the ticking time bomb of another trillion more dollars of ARM conversions, more and more trillion dollar crony handouts without any accountability, trillions more of unfunded Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid obligations and on and on CAN ONLY LEAD INEVITABLY TO NATIONAL BANKRUPTCY. No one, not even he, can be that stupid. I can only conclude his actions are intentional. He no longer deserves the benefit of the doubt. He was, is and always will be an acolyte of The Saul Alinsky School of overwhelming the system to bring it down and then replace it with a federally centralized collective of controlling elites who can then impose their notions of redistributive justice.
The dollar is headed for collapse. The laws of commerce are as immutable as the law of gravity. Unemployment will continue, investment and job creation incentives are gone, China will at some point pull the plug and the USA will go down the drain of history. They will do to us what we did to the USSR. They will have won the economic war and it will happen with a whimper and without the sound of the bang of one bullet being fired in anger.
To make matters worse, Obama is sending the wrong message to our former allies and to America’s suicidally inclined enemies. He continuously blathers on with all of his hollow platitudes and outright lies and he can blather all of the demagogic platitudes he wants. Experienced world leaders, friends and foes alike, are laughing up their sleeves at his total incompetence. The savages at the gate can both wait and watch as we destroy ourselves or they can hasten the process by planting a few well-placed bombs throughout the USA to go off simultaneously. If you think the financial aftermath of 911 was something, wait for the next cataclysmic event -or- his being elected for another four years!
We’ve endured his first four years, the next four with him as an unrestrained lame duck president at the helm are likely to be our last years in the sunshine of freedom and prosperity. The sun will finally have set on that shining city on the hill.
As I did in 2008 I believed that the public could not be that stupid, I was wrong, they are. One hundred years of the Progressive’s slow encroachment on our rights and freedoms and the change from self-reliance to reliance on the central government has taken it’s fatal toll. Now Obama’s dream of “fundamentally transforming America” will be our new reality. The America of our youth I fear will be gone forever. They now have the presidency and the Senate and the upcoming Supreme Court vacancies will guarantee replacements with 2-3 leftist jurists who will change the balance of that court for the next 20-40 years. The Politburo in DC are now leading a nation of sheep being led to their slaughter. Like George Burns used to say, “Say goodnight Gracie”.
Chief Justice Robert’s opinion makes no sense, legal or otherwise. His rationale for finding Obamacare to be constitutional is ridiculous and literally invents an argument that Obama himself rejected and one his bumbling Solicitor General defending the law not only never proposed or forwarded but actually argued against it being a tax! Robert’s opinion states that the law could not stand under the tent of the much abused and overused Commerce Clause. He then goes on to explain that although it fails to pass muster under the Commerce Claus, hee then supplants his own invented argument that it is in fact constitutional under the government’s power to tax. In effect he has finally closed the Commerce Clause barn door only to open a larger hangar Tax Clause door through which a voraciously unappeasable and unlimited federal government will relentlessly continue to pass through its progressive agenda upon an indefensible ‘we the people’. I thought the idea of this republic was to be rid of having rules imposed from above. King George would have been proud of Chief Judge Roberts today.
The law itself overtly and repeatedly calls what Judge Roberts calls a “tax”, a penalty. Obama himself vociferously argued with an interviewer when the ‘penalty’ was referred to as a “tax”. If you read Robert’s opinion, one wonders if he is non compos mentis. His argument for constitutionality falls by presenting false arguments that he himself and the majority have literally invented. What law in the future can be ever found to be unconstitutional now that we have given the justices of the Supreme Court the power to inject arguments the proponents of the law never contemplated or put forward???
While the dissenting opinion makes total sensesince it was written bya Judge with a first class mind, Judge Scalia, it is clear that Judge Roberts is clearly out of his mind or the drugs he takes to control his epilepsy have affected his brain function. Here is a portion of the beautifully artfully written dissenting opinion:
• Dissenting opinion by Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy and Samuel Alito:
“What is absolutely clear, affirmed by the text of the 1789 Constitution, by the Tenth Amendment ratified in 1791, and by innumerable cases of ours in the 220 years since, is that there are structural limits upon federal power, upon what it can prescribe with respect to private conduct, and upon what it can impose upon the sovereign States.”
“To say that the Individual Mandate merely imposes a tax is not to interpret the statute, but to rewrite it. Judicial tax-writing is particularly troubling. Taxes have never been popular, see, e.g., Stamp Act of 1765, and in part for that reason, the Constitution requires tax increases to originate in the House of Representatives. That is to say, they must originate in the legislative body most accountable to the people, where legislators must weigh the need for the tax against the terrible price they might pay at their next election, which is never more than two years off.”
The fragmentation of power produced by the structure of our Government is central to liberty, and when we destroy it, we place liberty at peril. Today’s decision should have vindicated, should have taught, this truth; instead, our judgment today has disregarded it.”
The values that should have determined our course today are caution, minimalism, and the understanding that the Federal Government is one of limited powers. But the Court’s ruling undermines those values at every turn. In the name of restraint, it overreaches. In the name of constitutional avoidance, it creates new constitutional questions. In the name of cooperative federalism, it undermines state sovereignty.
The Constitution, though it dates from the founding of the Republic, has powerful meaning and vital relevance to our own times. The constitutional protections that this case involves are protections of structure. Structural protections—notably, the restraints imposed by federalism and separation of powers—are less romantic and have less obvious a connection to personal freedom than the provisions of the Bill of Rights or the Civil War Amendments. Hence they tend to be undervalued or even forgotten by our citizens. It should be the responsibility of the Court to teach otherwise, to remind our people that the Framers considered structural protections of freedom the most important ones, for which reason they alone were embodied in the original Constitution and not left to later amendment. The fragmentation of power produced by the structure of our Government is central to liberty, and when we destroy it, we place liberty at peril. Today’s decision should have vindicated, should have taught, this truth; instead, our judgment today has disregarded it.
For the reasons here stated, we would find the Act invalid in its entirety. We respectfully dissent.”
Dear Mr. President,
I have just listened to a campaign speech you gave in Maine yesterday and am very surprised that you think Republicans don’t care about people and how their “you’re on your own” approach to economics is somehow un-American. Well, Mr. President, I think you have a mis-understanding of how the republicans really feel and what real American tradition is. Republicans believe that part of the reason our country became as great as it has is because we have a tradition of independence and a “can do” attitude. We really don’t believe in free handouts. And, we certainly want to help every American in need. What we want to avoid at all costs is creating a dependant class. That is more caring and loving than to have people become dependant upon others for their welfare. Giving free stuff to people doesn’t make them free. Giving things for free doesn’t free people Mr. President, that enslaves them. We both know that it is generally human nature to take the easy way out. If people can get things free, why would they work?
If more and more people can get free things, fewer and fewer people would want to work. Then we would wind up like many European countries that have promised their citizens so many free things that now they are going bankrupt. And, once you give something to people it is hard to take it away.
People are rioting in the streets in Greece because the government now has to raise the retirement age from 50 to 51. Isn’t that crazy?
Please have one of your advisors review your American History. When the Jamestown colony tried to survive on a socialistic basis where everyone contributed everything they earned and everyone took what they needed, they almost all starved to death. Only by instituting a plan, where people kept what they produced and traded freely , were the leaders able to save the colony. That is kindness that works for everyone and makes everyone’s life better.
You should re-think your stand on giving everyone what they need without asking for anything in return. History has shown, it doesn’t work.
Carl: The author and your definition includes the following quote “While modern social conditions hold the potential to maximize the individual freedom and pleasure of all, there is much work to be done to dismantle the vestiges of inequality, exploitation, and repression. This struggle for the good society in which individuals are equal and free to pursue their self- defined happiness is the one mission truly worth dedicating one’s life work to achieving”. Whether or not you include or as you have, exclude Capitalism, that statement can easily be applied to a Conservative. What Conservative does not desire to maximize individual freedom, pleasure for all (“the pursuit of happiness”) and the noble human aspiration for autonomy, equality and prosperity? What Conservative would argue against dismantling the vestiges of inequality, exploitation, and repression? The difference is where you start and where you stop!
I think these are all noble pursuits and fit the Classical definition of what was then called Liberalism, now called Conservatism. I think it’s a question of degree. The Conservative, as well as the Liberal wants all those things, but the Conservative’s rules for achieving those goals is different that the Progressive. The Conservative views uncontrolled spending towards those goals and its inevitable and resultant taxation as a ‘taking’. The Conservatives holds that his rights end where your rights begin while the Progressive knows no such limits. Once you have this unfttered dynamic there will be a natural rise of a class of rabble rousers that see the Progressive’s unfettered goals as a way to power. The more they give the more they get elected. The more of them that they get elected by the slowly rising slave class (generation after generation of welfare addicts) the more power accrues to the elected and by straying away from the precepts that made America great the less free we become. It’s normal for humans to take the easy path, stay home and collect welfare, free health benefits, food stamps? Or go out and break your ass competing for a job and a good wage and a good life? It’s easy to understand why we move slowly and inexorably toward total dependence on the state. Once we were slaves to an English King and government now we have become slaves to our own elected officials and the bueaucracy they erect to give or deny permission for our every decision. You and I know that this will end badly as every such egalitarian social justice cult has ended. No one can name one successful society that practiced what is defined as progressivism and succeeded. They must fail because at some tipping point there are inevitably more takers than givers. It’s the ultimate Ponzi scheme except in a Ponzi scheme people make a voluntary decision to participate, you and I have no such choice as long as we are outnumbered, and while the media and academia and the education system is controlled by the Left. The leftists truly believe the Alinski principle (and the Jihadist principle) that the ends justify any means to achieve their goals.
I have just received this month’s issue of Reason magazine and was intrigued by an article by Jonathan Haidt, a psychology professor at the University of Virginia. He tries to explain why some people become conservatives and others become liberals or progressives. Simplifying his theme to the extreme, he thinks “it’s in the genes”. What grabbed my attention most in his thesis is his description of each side’s “Grand Narrative”.
For years, I have been trying to figure out the rationale of progressives or the left. How can it be, I asked myself that so many seemingly intelligent people can be so blind and so oblivious to the flaws in their political logic that they come off seeming like they are unable to follow a logical argument, or, are incapable of making the next logical step in their argument. Why do they not understand why their vision of the future would never work. Well, thanks to Mr. Haidt, I may have found an answer.
In his assessment of things, Mr Haidt says, each side, progressives and conservatives, and I suppose everyone else for that matter, in order to make sense of the world gradually constructs his own “Grand Narrative”. A person’s grand narrative is a morally based view of the world, how it works, and his or her role in it.
The progressives’ grand narrative goes something like this: “Once upon a time the…majority of people suffered in societies and social institutions that were unjust, unhealthy, repressive, and oppressive. These…societies were reprehensible because of their deep-rooted inequality, exploitation and irrational traditionalism. ..But, the noble human aspiration for autonomy, equality and prosperity struggled…against the forces of misery and oppression and eventually succeeded in establishing modern, liberal, democratic, welfare societies.* While modern social conditions hold the potential to maximize the individual freedom and pleasure of all, there is much work to be done to dismantle the vestiges of inequality, exploitation, and repression. This struggle for the good society in which individuals are equal and free to pursue their self- defined happiness is the one mission truly worth dedicating one’s life work to achieving”
In contrast, the modern conservative grand narrative goes something like this: “Once upon a time, America was a shining beacon. Then liberals came along and erected an enormous federal bureaucracy that handcuffed the invisible hand of the free market, the source of our great prosperity. They subverted our traditional American values and opposed God and faith at every step of the way. ..Instead of requiring people to work for a living, they siphoned money from hardworking Americans and gave it to Cadillac-driving drug addicts and welfare queens. Instead of punishing criminals, they tried to “understand” them. Instead of worrying about the victims of crime they worried about the rights of criminals..Instead of adhering to traditional American values of family, fidelity and personal responsibility, they preached promiscuity, premarital sex and the gay lifestyle and they encouraged a feminine agenda that undermined traditional family roles,… instead of projecting strength to those who would do evil around the world, they cut military budgets, disrespected our soldiers in uniform, burned our flag and chose
negotiation and multilateralism…, Then Americans decided to take their country back from those who chose to undermine it.”
Two very different narratives. Both sides claiming the moral high ground. It is easy to see why no compromise can be reached, why there is no congeniality between the parties. The one side wants to tear everything down, the other wants to protect the great society we have created.
Conservatives view the opposition as a bunch of morally bankrupt radicals, attempting to physically bankrupt the country and destroy everything that conservatives hold sacred so that they can live hedonistic , selfish, irresponsible decadent lives supported by the efforts of the moral, hard working conservatives who the radicals intend to destroy.
Progressives, on the other hand see conservatives as a backward looking bunch of individuals intent upon the continual and criminal repression and exploitation of the working classes, intent on maintaining the status quo so that they can continue living comfortable lives at the expense of the masses and use religion and tradition to accomplish there desires. Unconcerned about their fellow man, conservatives consider redistribution of wealth a confiscation of their hard earned money. Insstead of looking at government benefits as a way of helping individuals, conservatives think government handouts weaken the society and the individuals receiving the handouts.
Both sides claim the moral high ground. Neither one understands the other and in an effort to reconcile their differences, each side demonizes the other.
Compormise seems unattainable. Where do we go from here
*I have deliberately left out the original quote “…liberal, democratic, capitalistic, welfare societies…” because I do not agree that progressives believe in capitalism as a good in the world, and I think that better describes their grand narrative.
My blog partner Carl and I although we agree wholeheartedly on Conservative principles, disagree only on which of the two leading candidates has the most honestly held Conservative core principles. I believe Mitt Romney does while Carl thinks Newt is the best choice to both unseat Obama and lead a Conservative movement. Just read Romney’s concession speech to CPAC in 2008, every last word of it, and then tell me who best expresses the Conservative precepts this nation must adopt to survive and prosper:
I want to begin by saying thank you. It’s great to be with you again. To all of you, thank you for caring enough about the future of America to show up, stand up and speak up for conservative principles.
As I said to you last year, conservative principles are needed now more than ever. We face a new generation of challenges, challenges which threaten our prosperity, our security and our future. I am convinced that unless America changes course, we will become the France of the 21st century—still a great nation, but no longer the leader of the world, no longer the superpower. And to me, that is unthinkable. Simon Peres, in a visit to Boston, was asked what he thought about the war in Iraq. “First,” he said, “I must put something in context. America is unique in the history of the world. In the history of the world, whenever there has been conflict, the nation that wins takes land from the nation that loses. One nation in history, and this during the last century, laid down hundreds of thousands of lives and took no land. No land from Germany, no land from Japan, no land from Korea. America is unique in the sacrifice it has made for liberty, for itself and for freedom loving people around the world. The best ally peace has ever known, and will ever know, is a strong America!”
And that is why we must rise to the occasion, as we have always done before, to confront the challenges ahead. Perhaps the most fundamental of these is the attack on the American culture.
Over the years, my business has taken me to many countries. I have been struck by the enormous differences in the wealth and well-being of people of different nations. I have read a number of scholarly explanations for the disparities. I found the most convincing was that written by David Landes, a professor emeritus from Harvard University. I presume he’s a liberal–I guess that’s redundant. His work traces the coming and going of great civilizations throughout history. After hundreds of pages of analysis, he concludes with this:
If we learn anything from the history of economic development, it is that culture makes all the difference. Culture makes all the difference.
What is it about American culture that has led us to become the most powerful nation in the history of the world? We believe in hard work and education. We love opportunity: almost all of us are immigrants or descendants of immigrants who came here for opportunity—opportunity is in our DNA. Americans love God, and those who don’t have faith, typically believe in something greater than themselves—a “Purpose Driven Life.” And we sacrifice everything we have, even our lives, for our families, our freedoms and our country. The values and beliefs of the free American people are the source of our nation’s strength and they always will be!
The threat to our culture comes from within. The 1960’s welfare programs created a culture of poverty. Some think we won that battle when we reformed welfare, but the liberals haven’t given up. At every turn, they try to substitute government largesse for individual responsibility. They fight to strip work requirements from welfare, to put more people on Medicaid, and to remove more and more people from having to pay any income tax whatsoever. Dependency is death to initiative, risk-taking and opportunity. Dependency is a culture-killing drug—we have got to fight it like the poison it is!
The attack on faith and religion is no less relentless. And tolerance for pornography—even celebration of it—and sexual promiscuity, combined with the twisted incentives of government welfare programs have led to today’s grim realities: 68% of African American children are born out-of-wedlock, 45% of Hispanic children, and 25% of White children. How much harder it is for these children to succeed in school—and in life. A nation built on the principles of the founding fathers cannot long stand when its children are raised without fathers in the home.
The development of a child is enhanced by having a mother and father. Such a family is the ideal for the future of the child and for the strength of a nation. I wonder how it is that unelected judges, like some in my state of Massachusetts, are so unaware of this reality, so oblivious to the millennia of recorded history. It is time for the people of America to fortify marriage through constitutional amendment, so that liberal judges cannot continue to attack it!
Europe is facing a demographic disaster. That is the inevitable product of weakened faith in the Creator, failed families, disrespect for the sanctity of human life and eroded morality. Some reason that culture is merely an accessory to America’s vitality; we know that it is the source of our strength. And we are not dissuaded by the snickers and knowing glances when we stand up for family values, and morality, and culture. We will always be honored to stand on principle and to stand for principle.
The attack on our culture is not our sole challenge. We face economic competition unlike anything we have ever known before. China and Asia are emerging from centuries of poverty. Their people are plentiful, innovative, and ambitious. If we do not change course, Asia or China will pass us by as the economic superpower, just as we passed England and France during the last century. The prosperity and security of our children and grandchildren depend on us.
Our prosperity and security also depend on finally acting to become energy secure. Oil producing states like Russia and Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and Iran are siphoning over $400 billion per year from our economy—that’s almost what we spend annually for defense. It is past time for us to invest in energy technology, nuclear power, clean coal, liquid coal, renewable sources and energy efficiency. America must never be held hostage by the likes of Putin, Chavez, and Ahmendinejad.
And our economy is also burdened by the inexorable ramping of government spending. Don’t focus on the pork alone—even though it is indeed irritating and shameful. Look at the entitlements. `They make up 60% of federal spending today. By the end of the next President’s second term, they will total 70%. Any conservative plan for the future has to include entitlement reform that solves the problem, not just acknowledges it.
Most politicians don’t seem to understand the connection between our ability to compete and our national wealth, and the wealth of our families. They act as if money just happens–that it’s just there. But every dollar represents a good or service produced in the private sector. Depress the private sector and you depress the well-being of Americans.
That’s exactly what happens with high taxes, over-regulation, tort windfalls, mandates, and overfed, over-spending government. Did you see that today, government workers make more money than people who work in the private sector. Can you imagine what happens to an economy where the best opportunities are for bureaucrats?
It’s high time to lower taxes, including corporate taxes, to take a weed-whacker to government regulations, to reform entitlements, and to stand up to the increasingly voracious appetite of the unions in our government!
And finally, let’s consider the greatest challenge facing America—and facing the entire civilized world: the threat of violent, radical Jihad. In one wing of the world of Islam, there is a conviction that all governments should be destroyed and replaced by a religious caliphate. These Jihadists will battle any form of democracy—to them, democracy is blasphemous for it says that citizens, not God shape the law. They find the idea of human equality to be offensive. They hate everything we believe about freedom just as we hate everything they believe about radical Jihad.
To battle this threat, we have sent the most courageous and brave soldiers in the world. But their numbers have been depleted by the Clinton years when troops were reduced by 500,000, when 80 ships were retired from the Navy, and when our human intelligence was slashed by 25%. We were told that we were getting a peace dividend. We got the dividend, but we didn’t get the peace. In the face of evil in radical Jihad and given the inevitable military ambitions of China, we must act to rebuild our military might. Raise military spending to 4% of our GDP, purchase the most modern armament, re-shape our fighting forces for the asymmetric demands we now face, and give the veterans the care they deserve!
Soon, the face of liberalism in America will have a new name. Whether it is Barack or Hillary, the result would be the same if they were to win the Presidency. The opponents of American culture would push the throttle, devising new justifications for judges to depart from the constitution. Economic neophytes would layer heavier and heavier burdens on employers and families, slowing our economy and opening the way for foreign competition to further erode our lead.
Even though we face an uphill fight, I know that many in this room are fully behind my campaign.” You are with me all the way to the convention. Fight on, just like Ronald Reagan did in 1976. But there is an important difference from 1976: today… we are a nation at war.
And Barack and Hillary have made their intentions clear regarding Iraq and the war on terror. They would retreat and declare defeat. And the consequence of that would be devastating. It would mean attacks on America, launched from safe havens that make Afghanistan under the Taliban look like child’s play. About this, I have no doubt.
I disagree with Senator McCain on a number of issues, as you know. But I agree with him on doing whatever it takes to be successful in Iraq, on finding and executing Osama bin Laden, and on eliminating Al Qaeda and terror. If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror.
This is not an easy decision for me. I hate to lose. My family, my friends and our supporters… many of you right here in this room… have given a great deal to get me where I have a shot at becoming President. If this were only about me, I would go on. But I entered this race because I love America, and because I love America, I feel I must now stand aside, for our party and for our country.
I will continue to stand for conservative principles; I will fight alongside you for all the things we believe in. And one of those things is that we cannot allow the next President of the United States to retreat in the face evil extremism!!
It is the common task of each generation—and the burden of liberty—to preserve this country, expand its freedoms and renew its spirit so that its noble past is prologue to its glorious future.
To this task… accepting this burden… we are all dedicated, and I firmly believe, by the providence of the Almighty, that we will succeed beyond our fondest hope. America must remain, as it has always been, the hope of the earth.
Thank you, and God bless America.
Now that South Carolina is in the win column for Newt Gingrich, Florida seems very attainable and we can get down to the business of getting Gingrich elected. I will admit that not very long ago I almost gave up on the Grinch. His caustic remarks and holier than thou attitude was alienating even the best of supporters, myself included. I did however, think that he was truly the most conservative of the bunch and understands what has made America Great. I think the turning point was how he answered the leading question at the latest debate about his first wife. He called it just right, saying what all of us knew to be true about a biased media and nailed the culprit red handed. The timing of this “latest story” was what gave the media away and Americans are tired of it. The contrast between how Republicans and Democrats are treated by the media has become glaringly obvious to even the most casual observers. John Kerry who is much richer than Romney was never questioned by the media about his wealth. He didn’t even earn it like Romney, he married it. But, no questions were ever asked by the media. We all know how Clintons’s peccadilloes were deftly handled by the media to minimize any possible damage to their wonder boy.
Gingrich’s platform is easy enough for anyone to understand and far reaching enough to matter. Reduce the deficit, Pay down our debt, Work toward Energy Independence, Provide a job not a handout, treat people like they can, not like they cannot, Rid the judiciary of activist judges.
Gingrich knows just how badly Obama has hurt America and what it takes to fix it.
Let’s end the bickering and prepare to unseat Obama in November and deliver a Republican victory in both houses.
God Bless America.