Friday, January 30, 2009
The last couple months, leading up to the inauguration of President Barack Obama, Americans have been hearing a lot about Martin Luther King, Jr. The two have been mentioned in the same sentence frequently. Countless emails have been circulating around the globe, the message being that Dr. King's dream has finally come to fruition and that he would be most proud. I never did buy into that. The only connection I see between Dr. King and President Obama is skin color. I'm not so sure what we gave birth to in America is the dream Dr. King had in mind, for one of the most quoted sentences of Mr. Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech was, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." We all know that this did not happen on November 4, 2008. In fact, reverse that sentence, and you'll have what actually took place.
Enter Michael Steele. "We're going to say to friend and foe alike: 'We want you to be a part of us, we want you to be with us.' And for those who wish to obstruct, get ready to get knocked over," Steele said. "There is not one inch of ground that we're going to cede to anybody," he added. Here is a man who is going to take the message for the betterment of America to all people--but is not going to bow to political pressure.
What do conservative Republicans believe in? In part, we believe in limited government, fiscal and personal responsibility, low taxes, a strong defense, the value and potential of all human life, traditional family, and the constitutional right to bear arms. We do not believe in bankrupting our children and grandchildren by making them pay for bailouts of auto companies, financial institutions, newspapers, pornography and abortion industries. We do not condone tax breaks to people who don't pay taxes! We believe that government should be working for the people--not vice versa. We believe that it is detrimental to America to take from our businesses and consumers and spread the wealth around. No, if we allow our businesses to keep more of what they earn, jobs will be created, people will spend money, and that is what will stimulate the economy--not a humungous stimulus package, which is mostly a spending package designed in part to pay people back for election support. (You know, a quid pro quo; in other words, one hand washes the other.)