Barrack Obama likes to say that conservative America wants to return the “failed ideas of the past.” Are you better off than you were 50 years ago? Has America become more than it was as a result of 50 years of liberalism? Has Europe? Has anywhere?
About the time President Johnson was signing into law Medicare, and other aspects of his “Great-Society,” man was taking his first steps on the Moon. American rockets, made in American factories took him there. American science, and American will, brought him back.
The society to which these men returned to was, for the most part, despite the restless youth, self-reliant, prosperous, united. To be an American meant something more than just geography. Our confidence in ourselves, our future, and the possibilities for both, was limitless. We were in complete control of our destiny.
This last year reality finally had to be recognized…the “Great-Society” is bankrupt. We also retired our last Space shuttle, withdrawing from manned space flight entirely. What a difference a half-century can make…
What was that difference?
Liberalism and Progressivism were new ideas at the turn of the 20th Century. Western Civilization took a chance on these ideas mid-century. Those ideas which had given rise to the most prosperous society in the history of man, were replaced with an academic theory, and a State managed society, which was to pursue “fairness,” and “equality.” Ivy league double-talk that was sold to the American people as the next great leap forward in the “evolution” of man. It has failed, and in the process of failing it has replaced ancient traditions, institutions, and a united people, with a dysfunctional society filled with misery, division, and economic slavery for millions dependent on the State.
I do want to return to the principles of the past, and the political policies which assert, and nurture those principles. When you take a wrong turn, the most effective way to get yourself un-lost, is to turn around and go back to a place that you remember.
We took a wrong turn a generation ago, perhaps for noble reasons, but now is the time to right that wrong.
So yes Mr. President, its time to go back to the policies of the past. Individual responsibility, limited Government. A free-market economy with largely free trade. State sovereignty, and Constitutional Government with limited enumerated powers, and co-equal branches.
Any more questions?