January 22, 2006

Good words...

Karl Rove made a fine speech recently...(I could not find a direct link, but it's posted at Hugh's blog)

....Four decades ago, the Republican Party was relegated to the wilderness – and today Republicans control the White House, the Senate, and the House; a majority of governorships; and in the last several elections, more state legislative seats than in 80 years.

More importantly, we have seen the rise of a great cause. Three Republican Presidents and Republican Congressional majorities have achieved a tremendous amount in two-and-a-half decades. The Cold War was won – and today we are winning the war against Islamic fascism. Millions of people who lived in tyranny have been liberated – and freedom is spreading across the globe. Republicans rebuilt our national defenses; cut taxes and spurred economic growth; ended “stagflation;” limited government’s growth; reformed welfare and insisted on accountability and high standards in education; took important steps to protect and strengthen marriage and the family; and stood up against judicial activism and for constitutionalism.

But there is much more to be done...

Rove's speech is mostly about the power of ideas to bring about political change, which I agree with completely. "Much more to be done" That's for sure. My hope and estimate is that Republicans are just getting warmed up, and the future holds things that will make lefties fling themselves off cliffs en masse.

Here's a bit more--a cautionary tale...

...The GOP’s progress during the last four decades is a stunning political achievement. But it is also a cautionary tale of what happens to a dominant party – in this case, the Democrat Party – when its thinking becomes ossified; when its energy begins to drain; when an entitlement mentality takes over; and when political power becomes an end in itself rather than a means to achieve the common good.

We need to learn from our successes – and from the failures of others. As the governing party in America, Republicans cannot grow tired or timid. We have been given the opportunity to govern; we have to continue to show we deserve the trust of our fellow Americans....
Posted by John Weidner at January 22, 2006 10:21 AM
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