NEW AMERICAN REVOLUTION
PART 2 of 3
By Jon Christian Ryter
March 23, 2008
In 1994 Congressman Newt Gingrich [R-GA], the minority whip, proposed a GOP Contract With America that led to the Republican Revolution in which the Democrats—who enacted NAFTA and started the jobs drain that has not let up in over a decade—lost control of both Houses of Congress for the first time since 1952. Under the Contract With America Gingrich pledged, first, to restore accountability to Congress and end waste and fiscal abuse. Under the Contract, the laws that apply to the rest of the country would also apply to those in Congress. The plan would cut the number of House committees and limit the terms of the Chairmen of those committees thus curbing the generational power structure of the people's assembly. Assure an honest accounting of the budget through zero baseline budgeting and most of all, by requiring a three-fifths majority to enact a tax increase.
Gingrich also proposed a legislative agenda and promised to bring 10 specific pieces of legislation to the House floor for a vote within the first 100 days of the 104th Congress. The American people bought Gingrich's pledge and the voters turned control of both Houses of Congress over to the Republicans largely because the Democrats sold them out and sent their jobs packing to Mexico.
Beginning in 1995 the special interest groups and the lobbyists for big business began writing checks in the names of the members of the new majority who kept their pledge during the 104th Congress but began to get used to the graft that poured money like Katrina waters over the broken levees in New Orleans into the campaign war chests of the new movers and shakers on Capitol Hill. Graft may be an acquired taste, but it seems once a Congressman or Senator samples it, the sweet savor of money is hard to resist.
By the time the 106th Congress rolled around the GOP controlled both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. Sadly, by the Election of 2000 many of the brightest members of the Republican Revolution, who had promised they would only seek three terms (after three terms in the House and one term in the US Senate politicians, who succumb to power, become institutionalized) declined to seek reelection and the moral fiber of Congress once again became strained. By 2001 the moral majority in Congress not only forgot their pledge to the people they also forgot their conservative core values.
The previously fiscally-prudent, supply-side, free-market conservatives became pork-barrel economic liberals who easily discarded the Reaganomics of the 1980s that gave America its longest period of sustained economic growth in over 100 years. Had September 11, 2001 not happened, President George W. Bush would likely have followed his father into the history books after one term as president. The invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq would not have happened, and antiwar liberal John Kerry would not have claimed the Democratic nomination. In all likelihood, the nomination would have gone to former Vice President Al Gore, Jr. And, in the grudge rematch for the White House, the man who still believes he is destined to lead the free would would have easily overwhelmed Bush in 2004. (In the event the Democratic Convention in Denver between Aug. 25-28 deadlocks, its very possible the Democrat Party will drag Gore out of mothballs and anoint him as the party's standard-bearer for a second time (something the Democrats almost never do). Gore would likely pick from a short list that would include Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL], Sen Evan Bayh [D-IN], Gov. Ted Strickland [D-OH] and perhaps House Speaker Nancy Pelosi [D-CA] as his running mate since, under California law, she can seek two elective offices in the same election—and because she won reelection in 2006 with 81% of the vote.
What Happened in 2006?
If you listen to the mainstream media they would have you believe that America was weary of the conflict in Iraq and wanted US troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq regardless of the ultimate consequences. The exit polls in 2006 said Americans wanted an end to a war, they thought, we could not win. The exit polls showed a clear majority of those who voted believed the number one issue was the War in Iraq. Yet, polls taken just prior to the election indicated the number one issue on the minds of Americans was sealing the border, evicting illegals and restoring jobs lost to Mexico and China by NAFTA. When you look at the exit polls you discover that roughly 61% of those polled leaving the voting precincts identified themselves as Democrats and only 35% identified themselves as Republicans.
The exit polls in 2006 were skewered because of an anomaly the media chose to ignore—about 35% of the Republican voter base—those who viewed themselves as "patriot conservatives"—sat out the election to protest the selling out of the voters by the GOP majority whom they could no longer distinguish from the Democratic minority. Democrats and Republicans competed to see who could spend more taxpayer dollars on pork that served only to guarantee that more offerings of 30 more pieces of silver were dropped into their campaign war chests. And, a large percentage of the electorate had simply had enough. Seen they couldn't see too much difference from the thief on this side compared to the thief on that side, it didn't make sense to vote for the "lesser of two evils" when the politicians on both sides looked equally evil.
In point of fact, the differences under the skin are as dissimilar as night and day. By sitting out the Election of 2006 the right surrendered to the left, which viewed their victory as a mandate to unilaterally withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan, provide welfare benefits for illegal aliens, provide universal healthcare like the failed socialized medical system found in Canada, and return America to the days of generational welfare. To accomplish this, broad new taxes will be needed. None of the current slate of presidential candidates are against taxes. It is, after all, only money—someone else's.
When Congressman Ron Paul embarked on the quest for the White House these were the things he thought about, and these were issues that troubled him. What also troubled him very much was the fact—and how well he grew to know it—unless the media anoints you as a first tier candidate you are doomed to run the silent race, and the electorate will not vote for you in numbers sufficient to prevail. No candidate can win the presidency without day-in, day-out TV news coverage. And the media only anoints those who get the nod from the crown heads of industry and banking. The fact that Ron Paul—the 5th most senior Congressman in Texas—became the top GOP presidential money-raiser in the 4th quarter of 2007 speaks volumes for the love and respect the American people have for this man.
Dr. Ron Paul has become the "can-do" man. While the merchant princes and lords of industry have placed the White House out of his grasp, Dr. Paul has captivated a nation, and those he has captivated who proudly call themselves soldiers in the Ron Paul Revolution are fighting now to give Dr. Paul the other House—on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue—the US House of Representatives.
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Dr. Paul is offering the American people a new prescription to revitalize America. The Ron Paul Revolution is phase two of the Republican Revolution. Only this time around, no empty promises. Dr. Paul's plan to revitalize prosperity in America is a four-point program that entails tax reform, spending reform, monetary policy reform and regulatory reform. For part three click below.
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