In 2001 the new Bush Administration was seen by most conservatives as a rebirth of the Reagan Revolution begun by my dad but left unfinished, with much to be done to get this nation back on the right track after years of floundering in a morass of socialist schemes and the accompanying fiscal irresponsibility.
It was a massive job, and Ronald Reagan went a long way towards getting it done and what he was able to do was invigorated by a majority of Americans, with both Republicans and Reagan Democrats firmly in his corner.
That was a big part of his legacy–the rebirth of America’s inborn conservatism. It helped carry the Reaganesque George W. Bush into the White House. Bush was my father’s natural heir, and he was expected to pick up the torch of the Reagan Revolution and carry it on.
The President tried hard but found himself facing a hostile Democrat contingent in the Senate that over the last four years made obstructionism its strategy and battle cry. The Reagan Revolution stalled.
Last Tuesday the Democrat’s paid the price when obstructionist-in-chief Tom Daschle went down to an ignominious defeat and the Republican majority swelled to the point where the President can now expect to push much of his agenda through. The Reagan Revolution can now move forward.
George Bush has won the election–for the next four years he doesn’t have to worry about being re-elected. It’s now time to start limiting government. It’s time to get back to fiscal responsibility and to do all the things Republicans are supposed to do: work for less government, fewer taxes, and implementing the ownership society. President has four years to streamline this country and make it run like a smooth engine.
If he does these things we won’t have to worry about Hillary becoming President in 2008. We can look forward to the next President being a Republican because Republicans were able to reform government and take those issues away from the Democrats in the future.
Here’s what the President must do:
These are some of the things that will revive and advance the Reagan Revolution.