If the primary season reveals no decisive front-runner, and if conservative delegates head toward the GOP convention with the nagging feeling that our best candidate wasn’t in the race, we urge them to consider acting on what so many Republicans and Reagan Democrats are thinking. Drafting Newt Gingrich is a real solution to the current leadership problem. Even as a vice presidential choice, Gingrich would solidify the ranks and reinforce the GOP’s position as the party of bold ideas, but as a presidential choice he could bring about a truly needed Second Reagan Revolution.
While the Democrats argue over campaign process but have little to contribute other than their usual 1960s “cultural revolution” and “old government” top-down dictates, there is one man who has not hesitated to be genuinely forward thinking. Not only is Newt Gingrich making impressive proposals at American Solutions.com that could unite the country in some positive ways, his track record in Congress during the 1980s and ’90s can leave little doubt that Reaganism would get new life in a Gingrich White House.
Of course, the Reagan ’80s are long gone, but as Gingrich recently told Rush Limbaugh, Reaganism itself is “not only not over, it is timeless, it is enduring and it is the core organizing principles for a successful country.” To that, traditional Americans emphatically say, Amen.
As we approach the 25th anniversary of President Reagan’s famous anti-Soviet “evil empire” speech, it’s a good time to point out that Reagan also cautioned us against overreaching government power here in the United States, especially in its modern secular form. Still with us today, federal secularism back in 1983 had even then long since rejected what Christian Americans including Reagan called “the rule of law under God.”
“Now, I don’t have to tell you,” Reagan told the National Association of Evangelicals, “that this puts us in opposition to, or at least out of step with, a prevailing attitude of many who have turned to a modern-day secularism, discarding the tried and time-tested values upon which our very civilization is based. No matter how well intentioned, their value system is radically different from that of most Americans. And while they proclaim that they’re freeing us from superstitions of the past, they’ve taken upon themselves the job of superintending us by government rule and regulation.”
Sound familiar? Just listen to the Democrat candidates – listen past the warm and fuzzy rhetoric and you’ll hear the words, “government rule and regulation.” Make no mistake, Ronald Reagan’s struggle continues. There’s a reason why a prominent conservative like Sean Hannity increasingly asks his national radio and television audience to consider a simple question – “What would Reagan do?” – and why Heritage Foundation has joined him in that effort. There’s a reason Rush Limbaugh reinforces Reaganism at every opportunity. It’s about America, and who we really are as a people in relation to the government we created.
As speaker of the House, and for his entire political career, Newt Gingrich has faithfully resisted what Reagan called “the cult of the state.” He shares Reagan’s staunch belief in the creativity of individual Americans and in our innate ability as a free people to come up with solutions that secular government bureaucracy couldn’t even see much less implement. This unwavering “under God” Americanism is a key to understanding both men.
No, Reaganism itself will never die, and Newt Gingrich is the man who most represents those core conservative principles, not only in his original thinking, but in his political track record, and most importantly in his irrepressible determination to act out those “tried and time-tested values” with real solutions for 21st century America. Traditional Democrats and Republicans are looking for someone who “gets it.” We believe that man is Newt Gingrich of Georgia.
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Perry Atkinson and Bob Just are daily radio co-hosts at thedove.us serving Southern Oregon. Atkinson is a former chairman of the GOP in Oregon and a board member of United Christian Broadcasters International. Just is a longtime Reagan Democrat and a WorldNetDaily columnist who worked on Sean Hannity’s book, “Deliver Us From Evil.”