We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
After years of a pragmatic, uninspiring and relatively non-ideological Bush, the GOP "brand" has become muddied and tattered. Thus we read depressing pieces like this one in the WSJ.
Although I do not consider myself a Republican, I do consider myself to be a Conservative, with erratically Libertarian aspects. I also believe, perhaps wrongly, that it is in the best interest of the Repubs to continue to stand for conservative ideas. However, I am fully aware that it is the only task of political parties to gain power and easy jobs with great benefits for their members, not to marry any ideology. I also predict that Iraq and terrorism will fade as the major political issue - not disappear, but move to second or third or fourth place. Why? Because Bush will have been successful in defusing some of the most ominous threats (yes, I do know Islam will be a chronic threat for many years).
I would like to see a candidate who is able to refresh the brand in a warm, cheerful, optimistic way. Am I asking for another Reagan?
I fully agree with your sentiments, however, I am as cynical as can be about the prospects of either party giving any ground on the power they have attained. Bush has expanded government more than anyone since FDR. People like power and the ruling elites have more than ever. They aren't giving up any time soon.
Here's another reason: the people aren't ready. Compared to 1979- today shame is an alien concept, pride as well. Navel gazing has replaced judgement. We had 3 channels to distract and misinform us. Today the internet has beaten the focus and interest out of every subject of general worthiness, such that you (and I) collect and preach to the choir, all the while thinking these are new doors opening, 'new media' as it were.
So we too are navel gazers and the power structure grows and moves in ways we cannot perceive. Common folk (the numbers required to have another "Reagan") have almost no concept of the problems we face, and therefor could not understand the proper candidate if he spoke golden jewels of truth and justice dawn till dusk.
I invite you to visit the web site of the candidate for Congress in Maine's 1st Congressional District, Dean Scontras, at www.teamdean08.com.
With the theme of "Republican 2.0" as a foundation, Dean is laying out his concern for the future of the Republican Party. As a self-professed "Next Generation Republican", Dean strives to adhere to the Reagan Legacy based on Republican principles, not Republican Party politics.
Inspired by Reagan's response to a question on "Meet the Press" in 1966 as he entered politics by running for governor of California, Dean also believes that it is high time for members of the rank and file of the citizenry to get involved.
As Dean's campaign manager, I encourage you to roam around the web site, read up on his issues pieces, and please provide some feedback.
Dean's passionate concern for the issues, coupled with his humor and joy for life, bring to mind the words of GK Chesterton, "He is a sane man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head."
It is my firm belief that Congress could use a few more sane men. If you like what you see at teamdean08.com, please help it go viral...
BL - Thanks for the heads up on Palin. As a former resident of Alaska, I could easily move back to vote for her. Winning a 5-way primary with 50% of the vote! Wow! I will study up on her and share what I learn with Dean.
Republican 2.0 will sweep the land, from Wiscasset to Wasilla!
Ah, give the Gipper "melancholy" a rest. I loved him too; but let's don't rewrite history. Domestic spending soared under Reagan, we got the biggest tax hike in history, and he cut and run with his tail between his legs after Hezbollah killed 279 of my Marines in Lebanon.
Don't get me wrong. I consider him the most Important President (economically) of the 20th Century. His building up of the Military, cutting away at regulations, and challenging of the Soviet Empire was of Singular Importance.
But, He's Gone. Bush has done a magnificent job on taxes, he's going to win an incredibly important victory in Iraq, and he's stood up to the Euros on Kyoto, and other Socialist ventures. He stumbled on immigration, but now he's enforcing the law.
Some of his fellow Republicans have turned into whining pussies. It's time for the Republicans to quit worrying about not getting invited to the "A" parties, and go to work.