Reagan Right, Rubin Wrong
I remember when America had a president who loved the country so much he kissed the flag, instead of the President we have now who bows to Arabs. Mark Levin posted an article yesterday by Jennifer Rubin criticizing Reagan and modern Reagan conservatives. For those of you unfamiliar with Jennifer Rubin, she is one of those Potemkin journalists who pretends to be conservative and then constantly criticizes conservatism.
To paraphrase Reagan, Jennifer, the trouble with you is not that you are ignorant. It’s just that you know so much that isn’t so. Unfortunately the GOP appears to have gotten over Reagan many moons ago but the true conservative who understands him will never get over Ronald Reagan. You see, Reagan isn’t “mythical” as Rubin puts it, he is “legendary” and there is a difference. The name of that difference is Truth.
I was still rather young when Reagan was President and I didn’t know him personally but he changed my life then; his legacy still plays a role in my life, and I watched him change the world. It would be one thing for dishonest people to change Reagan’s presidency a hundred years from now but watching people do it now with such audacity when all the people who witnessed it are still alive is astonishing. I feel honored to have lived in the Reagan era and I will tell everyone about it and shout it from the roof tops until the day I die.
Rubin says “But that myth has become a burden for the modern GOP. It has bound Reagan’s followers on the right to policies and positions that were time-specific. The old guard has become convinced that Reagan’s solutions to the problems of his time were the essence of conservatism — not simply conservative ideas appropriate for that era.” This absolutely disgusts me. Reagan mastered problems due to his knowledge of history, philosophy and faith. He agreed with our founders that the principles that founded this nation, the ones you can clearly see spelled out in the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution are ageless and timeless. Liberty, individual sovereignty, limited federal government and personal property rights are everlasting ideas. Rights are ubiquitous because they are from God and the Constitution is not the “living, breathing” document that liberals try to sell. Capitalism and entrepreneurship will beat socialism and big government regulation in any debate regardless of the year.
Rubin goes on to say “The public face of the GOP can no longer be aging, ill-tempered Reaganites such as John McCain and Jim DeMint but must give way to a diverse, media-savvy generation that understands the America we actually live in.” First off, John McCain and Jim DeMint are nothing alike. They are actually night and day and if she is merely criticizing them for their age, one could point to many political Tea Party conservatives much younger than them such as: Palin, Rubio, Paul, Cruz, Lee and others. I have spent decades marketing to the 15- 25 year old age demographic. I can tell you from my travels around the country that there are many young unknown conservatives out there. Young people do not like over bearing iron fisted government. They tend to rebel against this type of authority which is why conservative ideals appeal to them. Liberty is appealing to both sexes, all races and all creeds instinctually. Rubin runs around in circles as she touts liberal ideas like amnesty, same sex marriage and abortion, and similar to many others in the media, once again insists that the GOP needs to be a lite version of the Democrats. Wasn’t that what McCain and Romney were? Maybe that’s why many of the 80 million evangelical voters stayed home on Election Day in 2012. Romney was the first presidential candidate to win the Independent voters but lose the election because he did not appeal to the base.
Rubin calls moderate Republicans like Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and New Jersy Gov. Chris Christie conservative, thereby distorting the meaning of the word. This is a trick that liberals play. Conservatives are being attacked by two foes; Democrats as well as moderates in their own party.
As Obama started his presidency, the media repeated the mantra that it was the worst economy since the great depression. They conveniently overlooked the devastating Carter economy. Reagan lowered the top marginal tax rates. It was the largest tax cut in American history. He knew that individuals making decisions about their own lives is what makes the free market work. Deregulation and cutting government bureaucracy combined with cutting taxes created a booming economy and years of growth. Reagan knew that lower tax rates and deregulation creates more economic activity which ultimately increases tax revenue. Reagan knew that the liberals had muzzled the self-expression of the people and lowered morale. He rebuilt the American spirit of patriotism as he rebuilt the nation.
Reagan loved peace and hated war but he believed in what Barry Goldwater called “peace through strength.” Having the best military in the world can often be a great deterrent to those who wish to do you harm. After Carter eroded the military much like Obama is doing today, Reagan knew that more troops equaled fewer casualties. Reagan defeated the evil Soviet empire and freed its communist nations. He knew that America does not accommodate socialism and communism, we defeat it.
All of these policies are exactly what we need today. The masses in academia and the media had contempt for Reagan in the 70’s and 80’s and that contempt is still alive today. Reagan was the greatest Republican President in our lifetime and one of the best in our history. Reagan spoke of the 3 legged stool: fiscal issues, social issues and a strong national defense. This is exactly what our country needs at this moment. We should not try to pander on these ideas. Unapologetic faith based conservatism will create Reaganesque landslide victories for the Republican Party. There are young people around this world who aren’t even Americans that love Reagan. This is how large his impact was and how far the ripple effect of his accomplishments spread. Because when people hear the truth they instinctually know it. Anyone who ignores the truth and tries to erode Reagan’s memory is someone with an agenda of their own. The Reagan revolution is on the uprise again. Rubin will eat her words when she sees the resurgence of these ideas again in her lifetime. As Reagan once said “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet”
Mark Levin Responds to Jennifer Rubin on his show last night, April 25, 2013.