The Reagan Legacy
The current Republican majority in our state and federal government is due to the vision and leadership of Ronald Reagan. By adopting a national defense policy of "peace through strength," he rebuilt our military and stared down the Soviet Union, which ultimately lead to the end of the Cold War. We would not have been poised and prepared to respond to the terrorist attack of 9/11 and overturn the murderous Saddam Hussein regime if we had not increased our military build up during the Reagan years.
Reagan's advocacy of lower taxes and increased personal freedom to pursue the natural incentives of free enterprise are what stimulate the economy and cause revenue to flow to the government. With only a modest recessionary dip, our economy has hummed along at record levels for more than twenty-five years. The Reagan Vision has clearly been validated. Today, however, Congress spends like Lyndon Johnson, which is what has created the current entrenched bureaucracies and entitlement programs that so few in Congress seem willing to address. This level of runaway spending and borrowing (which has pushed the national debt to nearly $9 trillion) cannot continue.
Government has become so large and complex that voters are often tempted to throw up their hands in despair and feel hopeless in the face of such conditions. However, Reagan confidently declared that "as Americans, there isn't a problem we can't solve if the government will give us the facts, tell us what needs to be done, and then get out of the way and lets us have at it." That is what this election is all about.
We must diligently study, discuss, and come together to identify the challenges and the problems of our day. Then, by applying correct principles (those that have stood the test of time and have given us the granite foundation of sustained progress over two hundred years), there is no crisis and no challenge we cannot handle. Just give us the facts and we will apply our combined American will. No wonder Reagan would affirm that for America, "there will always be a bright dawn ahead." Only if we lower our sites and settle for less than principled and effective representation in Congress could we be robbed of such a promising future.