Over the course of the last few months all we can talk about is potential Presidential candidates. Discussions of who’s in, who’s out, who’s still undecided, and who’s just in it for the book sales overwhelm our news feeds. But I contend we’re focusing on the wrong priorities.
There is a bill before the Florida Legislature that would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry on campus. This bill will probably be one of the most debated policies considered this year. If you can’t tell from the title of this article, I am pro-campus carry. There are a few facts that I feel should be the center of this debate.
Marie Harf is the deputy spokesperson for the US Department of State and a former spokesperson for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Reagan had a way with words that remains unequaled. He was able to connect with and describe the struggles of every American. He spoke with respect and used humor, when appropriate, to articulate a point. Ronald Reagan is the best thing that ever happened to the Republican party. Here are just a few of the many reasons Ronald Reagan is still our political Valentine.
He knew government is the root of the problem and individuals are the solution.
“Government does not solve problems. It subsidizes them.”
“I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.”
Reagan saved America from Jimmy Carter in the 1980 Presidential Election.
“Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.”
Just last year Jimmy Carter said he would have defeated Reagan had he been more ‘manly’
Somehow he managed to articulate political differences, and even differences in political theories, in a way the average man could understand.
“Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.”
“Sometimes when I’m faced with an atheist, I am tempted to invite him to the greatest gourmet dinner that one could ever serve, and when we have finished eating that magnificent dinner, to ask him if he believes there’s a cook.”
“Socialists ignore the side of man that is the spirit. They can provide you shelter, fill your belly with bacon and beans, treat you when you’re ill, all the things guaranteed to a prisoner or a slave. They don’t understand that we also dream.”
“Our government needs the church, because only those humble enough to admit they’re sinners can bring democracy the tolerance it requires to survive”
“I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.”
Reagan used humor to connect with people and lightheartedly make a point.
“I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”
“Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.”
“I have left orders to be awakened at any time during national emergency, even if I’m in a cabinet meeting.”
From acting in old westerns to his foreign policy, Reagan was a man’s man.
“Here’s my strategy on the Cold War: we win, they lose.”
“Since I came to the White House, I’ve gotten two hearing aids, had a colon operation, a prostate operation, skin cancer, and I’ve been shot…damn thing is, I’ve never felt better.”
Reagan wouldn’t be Reagan without Nancy by his side; she was graceful and classy. They’re perfect together!
Ronald Reagan inspired all of us to dream bigger and work harder and in our pursuit of the American Dream. He gave us an appreciation for American Exceptionalism and pride in the nation that we are.
“If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.”
“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”
“There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.”
”America is too great for small dreams.”
God bless Reagan’s legacy. God bless America.
The 2014 elections were good to Republicans. We took back the US Senate. Illinois elected a Republican Governor Bruce Rauner. Utah elected black Republican Congresswoman Mia Love. 18 year old, Saira Blair, was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates. South Carolina sent black Republican Tim Scott to the US Senate.
Our state reelected Gov. Scott in what was expected to be a much closer race and we restored a super majority in the Florida house (one of the new members being Republican Jennifer Sullivan, the youngest female ever elected to the Florida House). Our party’s representatives are young, energetic, smart, and ready to serve…. The antithesis of Hilary Clinton, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Elizabeth Warren.
Top down we demonstrated exactly what we believe in and stand for. We have the Democratic Party shaking in their boots at the thought of what we’re capable of if we keep this up heading into the 2016 election. But let’s not forget the outcome of the last two presidential elections. What lesson did Republicans embrace this year?
We as Republicans seem to have contempt for primary opponents (Case in point: Mitt – Jeb sorority-esque drama 2 years out). But if you take a good look at the races with tough primaries you’ll see they often result in a candidate that is prepared to face a Democratic opponent in the general election.
In 2014 Republicans opposed Primary Election entitlement, and in doing so we recognized strength comes from a robust primary battle.
Tough primaries fuel a desire to win and a work ethic to make it happen. Candidates who want to win realize their #1 priority is their neighbor the voter, and they become committed to serving them and hearing their concerns. This is a priority that the candidate carries with them into public office, and keeps them from complacency in their commitment to service.
Our greatest challenge in 2016 is to pursue the debate. Let’s not be so afraid of division that we weaken ourselves, and therefore our opportunity to lead the nation from the White House.
We can prove to the whole nation that we are prepared to lead, but first our candidate must prove it to us.
In 2016 let’s fight for and earn our opportunity to serve our nation in the executive branch.