The Republican debate last night was a mere blip on the radar screen. For the talking heads, Election 08 is in full swing. For normal Americans, it is only May 2007 and we are interested in more pressing issues; building businesses, spring landscaping, getting the kids through the school year, etc.
Interestingly, even at this early date each candidate seems to have latched on to a pet issue. For Giuliani, it’s terrorism; for Tancredo, it’s immigration; for McCain it’s restricting free speech and partnering with Ted Kennedy.
Single issues aside, none of the candidates are focusing on the right topic. Although each is a self-professed “Reagan Conservative” they are far, far off the mark. I wish one of the candidates would frame their positions in terms of freedom. After all, that is the fundamental that drives everything we do.
Taxes: We should be FREE from the heavy handed, non-producing government, which imposes draconian taxes on it’s most productive citizens and leaves non-productive citizens alone.
War on Terror: Every bullet fired and wire tap issued serves to secure our FREEDOM from those who would kill or oppress us.
Religion: Progressives, liberals and socialists would have all religion stripped out of anything remotely observable by the public eye. They seem to forget all about “…the FREE exercise thereof.”
Abortion: All men are born FREE, but before that you can kill them at will.
Immigration: FREEDOM means being able to protect your property and the collective right of Americans to protect the sovereign United States.
Gun Control: The very name of this issue says it all. Americans are FREE to own guns. This freedom is expressly guaranteed in our constitution. History shows us that the very first thing a despot does in rising to power is to disarm the public. (See Stalin, Mussolini, and Hitler for reference.)
Virtually every single aspect of American politics can be boiled down to the cause of FREEDOM. It is telling that almost without exception, leftist “freedom” includes dependancy on government. That’s not freedom at all, that it tyranny. It would be most helpful if our group of ten condidates would choose this as their agenda item, instead of some sound bite that may get talk time from the aforementioned heads.