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January 20, 2014

"The Next Ronald Reagan Is The Leader Who Rediscovers Something Very Basic"

Stephen Hayward:

There is a broader point to be taken from this history lesson. It is usually a sound principle to survey what liberals predict about any subject, and then expect the opposite. It didn’t take any special insight to know that promises of lower costs from Obamacare would turn out to be disastrously wrong. . . .

Defenders of the true classical liberal order need to step back and take stock, beginning with the question: how did we arrive at this current pass? The fault lies partly with ourselves. The defenders of liberty became complacent in the aftermath of the Cold War, and forgot that the Left’s drive for political control is relentless and protean. We stopped arguing the first principles of liberty, in part beguiled by the partial concessions to our point of view from neoliberals like Bill Clinton and Tony Blair.

See also "Reagan’s Farewell Address at 25". This terrific paragraph is from that address:

Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words: “We the People.” “We the People” tell the government what to do; it doesn't tell us. “We the People” are the driver; the government is the car. And we decide where it should go, and by what route, and how fast. Almost all the world's constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are. Our Constitution is a document in which “We the People” tell the government what it is allowed to do. “We the People” are free. This belief has been the underlying basis for everything I've tried to do these past eight years.

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