A Call For Optimism!
The election of 2006 is two weeks over and Republicans lost both houses of Congress. As a result, the Party has spent the past fortnight reviling its leaders and choosing which of those leaders need to be thrown beneath the bus.
We’ve had our pity party, now it is time to roll up our sleeves and get back to work. It is the time for both the Republican Party and the American people to regain their natural optimism.
In the words of one of the most optimistic Americans we have ever known:
"The culmination of men's dreams for 6,000 years were formalized with the Constitution, probably the most unique document ever drawn in the long history of man’s relation to man. I know there have been other constitutions, new ones are being drawn today by newly emerging nations. Most of them, even the one of the Soviet Union, contain many of the same guarantees as our own Constitution, and still there is a difference. The difference is so subtle that we often overlook it, but it is so great that it tells the whole story. Those other constitutions say, ‘Government grants you these rights,’ and ours says, ‘You are born with these rights, they are yours by the grace of God, and no government on earth can take them from you.’"
It is time to return to the optimism of President Ronald Reagan. It is important to remember that President Reagan was not fortunate enough to have a party in control of both houses of Congress. He, in fact, faced a House of Representatives much more heavily Democrat than the one facing President George W Bush today. And yet he was able to push through congress the policies he believed important to the American people and to the prosperity of our nation.
It was his vision, and his ability to articulate that vision to the American people, more than anything else, that brought about the longest period of economic prosperity our nation and the world has ever known.
What President George W Bush lacks in verbal skills, he more than makes up for in Reaganesque-type optimism. While many of us might question this President’s commitment to conservative principles and ideals, let none of us question his optimism and belief in the goodness and righteousness of the American nation, and the American people. It is time that we rejoined him in that optimism!
Especially at this time, as events throughout the Middle East and the world cast a pale across the American landscape and psyche of its people, remember the words of the man who stared down the Evil Empire, the man who orchestrated the downfall of Communism in the USSR.
"Well, I don’t believe the people I’ve met in almost every State of this Union are ready to consign this, the last island of freedom, to the dust bin of history, along with the bones of dead civilizations of the past. Call it mysticism, if you will, but I believe God had a divine purpose in placing this land between the two great oceans to be found by those who had a special love of freedom and the courage to leave the countries of their birth. From our forefathers to our modern-day immigrants, we’ve come from every corner of the earth, from every race and every ethnic background, and we’ve become a new breed in the world. We’re Americans and we have a rendezvous with destiny."
Like President Reagan before him, President Bush believes it is the American destiny to fight for freedom throughout the world. Like President Reagan, this President is confronted with an enemy that seeks the destruction of all that we hold dear. While we might disagree with our President about specific policies or agenda items, let us never question his commitment to the American people.
Now that the election has past, positive new is beginning to trickle out of the MSM. We are beginning to learn that this, “the worst economy in the past 50 years,” is, and has been booming for the past two years. Inflation is being kept in check, unemployment is for all intents nonexistent, and both productivity and real wages are up throughout the country. Now that this news has begun to be reported, we are told, that consumer confidence has begun to rise as well. I predicted, by the way, all of these events, two weeks ago.
While events in Iraq, Iran and North Korea should continue to concern us, we must confront them with the optimism demonstrated by President Reagan.
He managed to project the optimism of Roosevelt, the faith in small-town America of Dwight D. Eisenhower and the vigor of John F. Kennedy. In his first term in the White House he restored much of America's faith in itself and in the presidency, and he rode into his second term on the crest of a wave of popularity that few presidents have enjoyed.
Even in contemplating his own humanity, he remained optimistic, if not for himself, then for his nation. On Nov.5, 1994 speaking of his own impending battle with Alzheimer’s he called it a "journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life, I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead."
Paul Kengor in NationalReviewOnline said this:
That choice of words was astonishing: Alzheimer's is a horrific disease that robs memories. In just a few years, Reagan wouldn't even remember the White House.And, lest you somehow believe that President Ronald Reagan did not understand the fate that awaited him, he knew. He knew, and yet was unafraid. He was, in fact, optimistic.
Alzheimer's, said Reagan, is an "indiscriminate killer of mind and life" — a "devastating" sickness that "deprives its victims of the opportunity to enjoy life." It "ranks among the most severe of afflictions, because it strips people of their memory and judgment and robs them of the essence of their personalities. As the brain progressively deteriorates, tasks familiar for a lifetime, such as tying a shoelace or making a bed, become bewildering. Spouses and children become strangers." "Slowly," reported Reagan, "victims of the disease enter profound dementia."
We will all, one day, confront our own humanity and its imminent end. Few will have as clear a picture of what lies ahead than did President Reagan. May we all face that uncertain future with the hope and optimism of that great man.
We can begin today, by working to build the world we want to see for our children and our children’s children. Let us begin the work of building a better tomorrow, today!