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HISTORICAL QUOTE OF THE WEEK - "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other." ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Sunday, January 27, 2008

RONALD REAGAN'S ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT AND 2008 - THE SUNDAY COMMENTARY

As a conservative and a Republican I have had to do a bit of soul searching over the past week. I was a staunch Fredhead because I believed Thompson to be the only Conservative that the GOP had to offer for the 2008 Presidential nomination. I have always considered myself a Conservative first and a Republican second though I have been a card carrying member of the GOP since I turned twenty in 1976.

I have always backed the GOP candidates but like many of you who have been disappointed in the GOP for the last couple of years. I have been frustrated over the direction that the party has gone and have not been real, "Gung Ho, " about the candidates that remain in the running for the nomination.

Like many of you I have misgivings about each candidate and have written about them. Well this week as I have considered who I might support or not support I began remembering Ronald Reagan and have been reading the book, "The Reagan Diaries." A book that I highly recommend as it is a complete detail of the personal daily diary of one of our greatest Presidents.

I was a very involved part of the Reagan Revolution but over the years as President Reagan has risen even more in stature some of what happened during those great years has drifted into the realm of forgotten. One of those forgotten memories about President Reagan that I was reminded of while reading the book is that when he first began his crusade which turned the country around. Conservatives within the GOP accused Ronald Reagan of betraying conservative principles because he, out of necessity was forced to give a little to a very powerful Speaker of the House, "Tip, " O'Neal and a liberal Congress in whom he had to contend with in trying to get his conservative agenda passed.

Though he did not cave to the Democrats , Reagan did have to give some in order to eventually get all that he planned and the results , as history have shown turned a hurting, depressed nation with a devastated military into an optimistic people with a renewed Patriotism. A military unmatched in history, a growing economy and the victor over the Soviets.

President Reagan once said the following when asked about why he found compromise with the Congress though a staunch man of Conservative principle:

“When I began entering into the give and take of legislative bargaining in Sacramento, a lot of the most radical conservatives who had supported me during the election didn’t like it.
“Compromise” was a dirty word to them and they wouldn’t face the fact that we couldn’t get all of what we wanted today. They wanted all or nothing and they wanted it all at once. If you don’t get it all, some said, don’t take anything. I’d learned while negotiating union contracts that you seldom got everything you asked for. And I agreed with FDR, who said in 1933: ‘I have no expectations of making a hit every time I come to bat. What I seek is the highest possible batting average.’ If you got seventy-five or eighty percent of what you were asking for, I say, you take it and fight for the rest later, and that’s what I told these radical conservatives who never got used to it.“

Reagan new that in order to win one must give a little and if getting seventy five or eighty percent meant that getting it all was an eventuality then that is what must be done. He understood that giving some without compromising principles or beleif was necessary to get what was worth fighting for. In this election year we Republicans are faced with a similar situation as President Reagan was at the beginning of his eight year Presidency. We may not have everything we desire in a candidate but in each we do have seventy five to eighty percent of what we may want.

President Reagan also had an eleventh commandment that he lived by as a Republican and it was, "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican." Reagan realized that though we may have our ideological differences within the party that the only way to beat a Democrat was to present a united front and not bicker among ourselves.

In this election year we face a danger that has never appeared in this nation before. The top contenders for the Democrat nomination, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are Socialists. They may claim otherwise but as one researches their policy statements and the massive entitlements and other government expenditures that both propose, even Socialism may be a little right of where they really stand.

Combine this with the distinct possibility that a Democrat/Socialist President would likely have a liberal Congress willing to pass the Socialist agenda and we face a national disaster that even a new Congress and new President in 2012 may not be able to repair or reverse.

It is therefore a necessity that the GOP win the White House to prevent this Socialist catastrophe from happening. Though our candidates may not be 100% of what we want each would fight the Democrats with the VETO pen and fight to prevent the Socialist agenda from destroying this nation as it has other nations in history.

We are a free Republic and we owe it to our heritage and the generations who follow to keep this nation free and provide a less intrusive government of the people and by the people. Democrats view the people as an inconvenience preventing government from controlling every aspect of our lives.

Though we may have certain issue differences with the remaining candidate it is imperative that we adhere to Reagan's eleventh and unite as a party to defeat the Democrats in 2008. In our eventual nominee we may not have all we want but the seventy five or eighty percent we do have will give us a strong basis from which to fight for the rest because Republicans still believe in the power of the people and understand that the people are the nation and not the government.

We can win this year. We MUST win this year to prevent a Socialist catastrophe lead by Hillary or Obama. We Republicans, we Conservatives and we Moderates must unite as one to give our party a chance in defeating the onslaught to come by the Democrats. Do not forget the lesson of 2006 when many Conservatives because of the disappointment with the GOP Majority did not vote and the current do nothing Democrat Congress is the result of our failure to unite in defeating the Democrats.

We cannot allow that to happen this year. We must stand together in that party unity and fight for the principles we believe in, for the country we love and for the future of our nation. Beating back the Socialist onslaught of the Democrats and renewing this nation to the founding principles that made us the greatest nation in history.

Ken Taylor

21 Comments:

Blogger Gayle said...

Great post, Ken!

Reagan was right. Radical conservatives are also a great concern of mine. I remember in 06 where one of my readers (I'll name no names) was ticked off at the GOP and refused to vote. Wordsmith and I believe it was Mike, both came into my comment section for days attempting to talk him into changing his mind. Their effort proved to be of no avail. He withheld his vote as many other radical conservatives did, and it got us what it got us, which wasn't very pleasant!

Some people never learn the art of compromise, but knowing how to compromise is essential in order to get at least part of what you want. I would much rather get only part of something than nothing. I learned not to cut off my nose to spite my face a long time ago. :)

3:50 PM, January 27, 2008  
Blogger Rivka said...

That was a very introspective and well said post. Great job!

You are hitting a nail on the head here and honestly I was thinking if Huckabee or McCain got the nomination I would consider not voting. I about died hearing myself say that. I voted for Dole even when I wasn't sure of him, of course he was more conservative, but I didn't really like him.

I am in an election funk.. Althought it isn't stealing my peace away, but it is not exciting at all. I totally agree that a president has to compromise to get things done. One is living in la la land if he thinks that isn't the case.

I agree with you, however, that Hillary and obama are very dangerous. They are the same but Obama is further to the left and more likeable and charismatic. That man can mesmerize anyone who listens to one of his speeches.

I agree also that if we allow them to win they could get 8 years and the damage may be irreversible by the time we get back in power.

I hate to say this and I do hope I am wrong, but there is a HUGE chance they will win. I am almost certain of it now that the REpublicans are finding it hard to come together to get behind a candidate.

We will see what happens.

4:08 PM, January 27, 2008  
Blogger Rivka said...

By the way,I am going to vote, I just freaked myself out even considering not voting.

I agree with Gayle that when I heard of the republicans who didn't vote because they were mad I about lost it. That is so stupid and they have no right to complain about the way things are going because of it.

4:11 PM, January 27, 2008  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Gayle, It hurts to even think that because of GOP voters who are not excited about the candidates ro the party will allow a replay of 2006.

This time the consequences are far worse than 06.

Rivka, so very glad to here you are voting. We must unite or Hillary or Obama will be the next President. Hillary is very beatable because she is so polarizing.

Obama on the other hand is as you said mezzmerizing and very likable like Bill Clinton was and that carisma and likability put him in the Oval Office twice!

5:49 PM, January 27, 2008  
Anonymous Seth said...

Excellent post, Ken, and very timely, indeed.

I've been experiencing a lot of internal struggle in attempting to decide, once again, upon who I will vote for in the primaries.

The gist of my research has been toward deciding who presents the highest percentage of conservative agendas vs which agendas they are.

Re the Hussein vs Hillary contest, while I still believe that Clinton will likely get the Democratic nomination, between Obama's appeal and the growing incidences of negative press Hillary's been receiving from fellow portsiders, I think it will very close.

7:26 PM, January 27, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter, you are too late. The conservatives have driven the party so far right that the middle won't vote for it and everyone else is voting democratic to stop the Bush legacy.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - There were two true stunners Saturday night: the size of Sen. Barack Obama’s margin of victory over Sen. Hillary Clinton — 28 percentage points — but just as significant this number: Total turnout for Democrats in their primary was greater than the turnout for the Republican primary in this state, which is one of the most loyally Republican in the nation.

10:06 PM, January 27, 2008  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I think there's a good chance we may lose in 2008; but as far as anonymous, no it's not an absolute certainty. In 2004, I bet you were stunned when George Bush won reelection.

Though he did not cave to the Democrats , Reagan did have to give some in order to eventually get all that he planned and the results ,

This reminds me of what Lincoln went through, in terms of political maneuvering. Excerpt from Thomas Sowell book review:

Just one fact should give pause to Lincoln's critics today: When Lincoln sat down to write the Emancipation Proclamation, the Supreme Court was still headed by Chief Justice Roger Taney, who had issued the infamous Dred Scott decision, saying a black man had no rights which a white man needed to respect.


This was a Supreme Court that would not have hesitated to declare the freeing of slaves unconstitutional — and Lincoln knew it. The Dred Scott decision was not yet a decade old at the time.


There would have been no point in issuing an Emancipation Proclamation that didn't actually emancipate anybody. Ringing rhetoric about the wrongness of slavery would not have gotten the Emancipation Proclamation past Taney and his Supreme Court.


Since Lincoln's purpose was to free millions of human beings, not leave some rhetoric to be preserved in the anthologies, he wrote the Emancipation Proclamation in dry legalistic terms that disappointed thoughtless critics in his time and ours, but got it past the Supreme Court.


Nothing in the Constitution gave a President the authority to free slaves. The only thing Lincoln could use to make his actions legal was his authority as commander-in-chief in wartime. But that meant that he could only free the slaves in territory controlled by enemy forces.


It took not only legal shrewdness but much courage to do what Lincoln did. There was no big political support in the North for freeing slaves. In fact there was much opposition to the idea by Northerners who feared that such an action would stiffen Southern resistance and prolong a war that cost more lives than any other war in American history. More than ten times as many American died in the Civil War as in Vietnam.


Lincoln was out on a limb, both politically and legally. He could have been impeached. At a minimum, he expected to lose the next election and was surprised when he didn't. But today we see the spectacle of pygmies sniping at this giant.


As for the other slaves not covered by the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln worked behind the scenes to try to get slave-holding border states to emancipate them by state actions that would be beyond the jurisdiction of the U.S. Supreme Court.


Failing that, he prodded a reluctant Congress to end slavery by amending the Constitution. He did a lot of political maneuvering on a lot of fronts to accomplish his goal.



Gayle writes:
Some people never learn the art of compromise, but knowing how to compromise is essential in order to get at least part of what you want.

Compromise and diplomacy are essential tools; but some will call such cooperation "appeasement". George Bush is not king; neither are Lincoln and Reagan. They can't simply "do as they please".

Excellent post, Ken.

And I've been needing to ask: Who the devil is "John Benton"?!

11:51 PM, January 27, 2008  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Excellent Post Ken,

I am willing to compromise to keep the White House.

It's just I'm back to square one again. I will back whoever our front runner is.

We must also remember (Which the Democrats seem to forget) that we are a Nation at War!

That weighs heavily on my mind.

I will have to pick who is best equipped to handle this important task. And I cant figure out which one is best suited yet, I can however eliminate one, of course Ron Paul.

I dont understand why Ron Paul is still in this race? He doesnt stand a chance!!

I have broken Reagan's 11th commandement several times now considering Ron Paul is running as a Republican.

But he is a true nutjob and needs to get out of the race. It's become annoying at this point.

3:07 PM, January 28, 2008  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Wordsmit - John Benton is a friend of mine who originally started this blog with me. He has taken a rather long break and is eventually planning to start writing again.

3:36 PM, January 28, 2008  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

BTW Marie, Paul is toast. As I have said before HE is the only one who has not relalized it. In fact when I wrote this post I never even thought of him as a possibility. He is one in whom I could not vote for!

3:49 PM, January 28, 2008  
Blogger Gayle said...

So... have you decided who you will back yet? I chose Romney because I feel McCain is doing just a wee bit too much compromising, and after Walt heard McCain actually accuse Romney of saying something he didn't say, Walt decided to back Romney too. But I'll vote for McCain or Guiliani if either one of them is the front runner. If Ron Paul wins (which I agree that he won't) it won't matter whether we vote or not because in his own way he's just as dangerous as the Democrats.

8:13 AM, January 29, 2008  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Gayle, I will back the nominee, which will in most likely be McCain or Romney!

10:02 AM, January 29, 2008  
Blogger Rivka said...

Ken,
DUE to your soul searching post and Peggy Noonan's recent piece regarding the notion that Bush has been the primary factor in destroying the GOP, I decided to voice my thoughts on all of this as well. I have had to really do some thinking about it as well and posted on it this morning. If you are interested, feel free to take a look.

10:03 AM, January 29, 2008  
Blogger Robert (Conservative Commentary) said...

Great piece, Ken. Due to personal things I am delayed in reading it, but you are spot on.

There is a difference between compromise to get along and compromise to reach objectives. Those who refuse to compromise an inch are those that hurt us as much as those who compromise to avoid a fight.

10:07 AM, January 30, 2008  
Anonymous p*ssedoff said...

*sigh*
ok...ok...after reading all this *deep sigh*
I .. will...grudingly....and holding my nose...
and hating it every minute....vote for ....
*mega sigh* McCain ... should he become the
nominee...I truly hate this.

8:12 PM, January 31, 2008  
Blogger MDConservative said...

Mourning Thompson supporter here too.

I will vote in the primary, but it will be a write in for Fred. However, I will vote for the nominee no matter who as long as it is not Ron Paul. Your post is a great one and one of the best regarding the election/right at this moment. We are not compromising our values by voting for McCain (for example), we are simply compromising in order to get as much of what we want as possible.

Great post, finally someone who is looking forward and not just sour over the past….and stuck there.

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