Saturday, July 25, 2009

Freedom: The Defining Issue in 2010?

I have long believed that the foundation of the Republican Party is built upon three basic principles: responsibility, security and freedom. As the issues and public opinion continue to crystalize it will become clear that the fundamental issue that currently separates Republicans and Democrats is freedom.

Since January the Democrats have made it clear they want Americans to have less freedom. Nationalization of industries. Increased regulation of our lives. Higher taxes so we have less money to spend personally. And now, socialized medicine where the federal government will decide what kind of health care you will receive, if any at all.

Others are noticing this as well. As Peggy Noonan points out in her Wall St. Journal opinion piece, Americans are beginning to understand that the Democrats' agenda means less freedom:

So this might be an unarticulated public fear: When everyone pays for the same
health-care system, the overseers will feel more and more a right to tell you
how to live, which simple joys are allowed and which are not.

Americans in the most personal, daily ways feel they are less free than they used to be. And they are right, they are less free.

Who wants more of that?
The Republicans are clearly on the side of the American people on this defining issue. Nancy Pelosi, Tom White and their fellow liberal Democrats are clearly on the wrong side.

After all: Freedom beats Hope.

1 comment:

  1. Mark...Our loss of freedoms is not limited to Democrats...and it is not unique at just the national level either.

    Check out mercatus org and search for Freedom in the 50 shows were Nebraska ranks nationally in our personal freedoms. Professor Harbison unearthed this nugget.