Read the whole thing … before you get past the first paragraph, you will see why Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan lost the 2012 election:
“Thank you very much. I want to thank Mike and everyone at Heritage Action for hosting us today. These are the kinds of conversations we need to be having. These are the kinds of conversations we were having when I was working for Jack Kemp at Empower America. That’s how House Republicans put together the Contract with America.
“I’m a Jack Kemp, Ronald Reagan conservative. They both understood we need to be talking about what our vision is and how we can make it a reality. We need to raise our gaze. That’s how you move America forward. And that’s what I want to talk to you about. …
Frankly, that’s letting the president define us. That’s what he wants us to do. That’s defining ourselves as an opposition party, instead of a proposition party. …
“We want your ideas and your input. As far as I’m concerned, if you have ideas, we’re all ears.
“Because the way I see it, that’s how we turn the country around. In the late 1970s, Jack Kemp and House conservatives put out a plan to cut taxes and restore America to her greatness. It was bold and aspirational. It was so compelling that Ronald Reagan ran on those ideas in 1980.
“And what happened? Reagan ran the tables. The Republican party won a mandate from the people, and the rest, as they say, is history. And Mandate for Leadership was a cornerstone of that moment.
“Well, that is exactly what we need to do today. And the stakes are even higher. So we need to be inspirational. We need to be inclusive. We need to show how our principles and policies are universal and how they apply to everybody. …”
But we should not follow the Democrats and play identity politics. Let’s talk to people in ways that unite us and that are unique to America’s founding. That’s what I think people are hungry for. And that really is the essence of the Republican party—or, more importantly, the essence of the conservative movement. And that is our mission for the next six months.”
The Gipper is still the president. The bold new conservative agenda that will move America forward in 2016 is the exact same agenda coupled with the exact same boilerplate it was in 1980: more tax cuts, more deregulation, more free-trade, amnesty for illegal aliens, and saber-rattling against Russia. Never mind the fact that the Soviet Union collapsed. Never mind the fact that millions of legal and illegal aliens have moved here. Never mind the fact that American workers are competing with workers in Vietnam and Guatemala because of free-trade. Never mind the fact that our culture has been demolished.
Ben Sasse, the new cuckservative heartthrob from Nebraska, whose Senate campaign was bankrolled by the Club for Growth, had this insight in his speech:
“A lot of what is happening in the Republican electorate right now is the downstream effect of a tribalism of race, class and gender identity politics on the left that some on the right have decided, ‘well if they’re gonna have identity politics, maybe we should have identity politics.’ And that is an abandonment of the American idea. …
The idea that we have a strongman who can save us, isn’t true. And if you pretend that if we gave more power to one guy in Washington, but he was ‘the right guy,’ everything would be fixed, I submit to you that that act is the act of saying that everything is already lost in the American experiment.”
Because, the “American experiment” is MLK’s Dream.
Here’s are the facts: From 1975 to 2012, over half the income growth in the United States went to the top 1 percent of households. Women have entered the workforce en masse to make ends meet. Real wages have stagnated for 35 years. The average White middle class and working class household is poorer in 2016 than it was in 1997. America hasn’t ran a trade surplus since Richard Nixon was president and we are rapidly approaching $20 trillion dollars in debt under “conservative” leadership.
But no one should be “angry” about this or anything like gay marriage. These libertarian autists, who believe the real world operates like an Ayn Rand novel, assure us that everything will be fine. All we have to do is nominate Marco Rubio to grin his way to the White House so he can take on the Russian threat and make life easier for hardworking New York hedge fund managers who practice the virtue of selfishness.
Once again, I know that I will take heat for saying it, but these cucks are why so many White Millennials are supporting Bernie Sanders.
BTW, take a look at this at National Review. After Ted Cruz won Iowa by thumping the Bible and touting values, abortion, muh values, and abortion to gullible Evangelical voters and making a fool out of himself with Phil Robertson and Glenn Beck, National Review interpreted the election as a huge victory for principled free-market economics and is having yet another orgasm over ethanol subsidies.