Monday, March 10, 2008

The Reagan Reality

Throughout the past few months, there has been an increase in the talk of who is more Reagan-like than the other. A look into the man they are being compared to, and you may say that none of the candidates represent who he was and the ideals that he held. Somehow, Reagan understood a common sense approach to how the government should have been run.

As a conservatist, one's patriotism must be held to a high priority. Many people look to their leader as a means for understanding in a time of war. When candidates looking for election spread an idea that as a nation we are failing, an unnerving sense of lack of patriotism is abundant. How is a military force to draw strength from one of these candidates if one is elected?

One other thing that we can draw strength from as a society, is the direction in which our economy will be led. An important factor that must be noted, is how big the government should be and how much they should control. Reagan is quoted saying that "the basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom." What can be taken from this? First off, conservatism is based on individualism vs. the power that a group can have over them. What does that sound like? Big government. As a conservatist, one must take into account the betterment of the person as opposed to the growth and power of the government.

That power of the government should be limited to the maintaining of a strong national defence and the enforcing of the laws that it created, not the fixing of the problems brought on by the people, unless those problems undermine the effects of defence and the laws. Society should be held to a higher standard when it comes to the issues they create. The people need to right their wrongs, and keep big government out of them. The government should not be looked to in times when individuals didn't take the time to thoroughly read a contract they were entering into. When the government steps in and tries to resolve problems like this, it always points to an increase in inflation and an increase in the unemployment rate. Does that remind you of anything pressing this country today.

So, what can we take away from what Reagan idealized or what many claim to be Reganomics? We need to reduce the growth of the government and it's spending. We need to control the supply of money to slow and reduce the rate of inflation. We need to reduce the amount of regulation they have. And most of all, reduce tax rates on the individuals income and put more money into their hands. The individual knows what is best for their money comparatively to that of what the government deems best.

Let's get this country where so many of the great men of the past wanted it to be. Lincoln summed it up in his address when he said it was "of the people, by the people, and for the people." Raise your VOICE against what big government wants and put the power back in the hands of the people. Raise your VOICE for a REAL change. Not for the change you will be left with after big government gets into your pockets.

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