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The Golden State and The Lone Star State

From 1989-1991 our family lived in Tallahassee, FL–host community to Florida State University.   Head football coach, Bobby Bowden, lived around the corner from our church and worshiped with us occasionally.  His Seminoles destroyed the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Fiesta Bowl of 1990.   The next spring, Nebraska Head Coach, Tom Osborne, turned his squad over to his assistants, swallowed his pride, came to Tallahassee,  and observed Bobby’s spring training to learn how he did it.

Ironically, the next year, NE and FSU met in the Orange Bowl for the national title and FSU won by a whisker.  No blow out this time.   And Osborne, who had never won a title, won two championships before he retired.

Our most populous state and second largest both in acreage and in number of residents are a study in contrast.    One is bankrupt and the other is thriving.   Texas Governor, Rick Perry, was on FOX after the mid-term elections and spoke about the hundreds of California companies who relocated in the Lone Star State just since January 1, 2010.

Why have these businesses done this?   Because Texas does not punish success with high taxes, and it is business friendly which means, among other things,  Texas does not over regulate.   Texas has also learned what California has not–no state or nation, no matter how wealthy, can support a huge welfare program.    The late Milton Friedman pounded on this during the Reagan Administration.   Bill Clinton was dragged into this conclusion by Newt Gingrich and the new Republican Congress elected in 1994.   Clinton signed Welfare Reform which assured his second term and led to a stronger economy.

What did California do in the mid-terms?    Returned the ultra-partisan Barbara Boxer to the U.S. Senate and Jerry Brown to the Governorship.    Brown could learn as Tom Osborne did by leaving spring training (also known as the transition time) in the hands of staff and fly to Austin to spend time with Governor Perry.   The leaders of New York and Illinois, states also headed for insolvency, might consider the same.

However, pride will prevent this.   Besides the Far Left lives in denial and does not believe in the Texas approach.   But this is key to our recovery beginning in 2011 under the Republican House and in 2013 when the GOP captures the Senate and the White House:   We must not bail out CA, IL, NY or any other state.   First, we cannot afford it.   Second, this is buying drinks for the alcoholic.   It will go right on.   They must take the cure if they are to recover.

My father is a WWII marine.   He has the biggest hand in the county and was not afraid to employ it when I needed discipline.   I did not like it at the time but now thank him for it.   The adult grown ups are in the GOP.  They must discipline the adolescent Democrats in CA, IL, NY and beyond.    If not these children running around disguised as adults will never grow up and they will ruin the country.   Are all ready to be led by real men and women?   Churchill told Britain he had nothing to offer but blood, toil, sweat and tears.   The Brits got behind him and they were vital to stopping the Nazis as we prepared to enter WWII.  

Demosthenes (384-322 B.C.)  was a Greek statesman and orator.   He was asked how Athens could halt their decline.   His answer was both simple and profound and sage advice for our land today as well.   Demoshtenes said,  “Stop what you are doing now.”  Are we ready to stop what we are doing  now?   I hope so.


Waiting in the Wings

On August 10, 1974, I boarded a train in Chicago for my sister-in-law’s wedding in downstate, IL.   My wife and I spent that summer working with kids from Cabrini Green, the most infamous housing project in the nation, and with youngsters from the Latin community, and with Appalachian whites who had left the hills for the city.   She had preceded me to help prepare for the happy occasion.  But it was not a happy day for the nation.

I boarded armed with all four of the major Chicago dailiesThe Chicago Tribune, The Sun-Times, The Daily News, and The News Sun.   Why four newspapers?    Because on August 9, 1974, Richard Nixon had resigned the Presidency, and I wanted as many perspectives as possible.    Mike Royko of The Chicago Daily News,  often a sarcastic journalist, had a poignant comment on the resignation and the state of the nation.   He said, “At the time of the writing of the Constitution we were a nation of 2.5 million.   Those few produced our brilliant Founders.   Today we are a nation of 210 million (1974).   Richard Nixon was an able man not honest.   Jerry Ford is an honest man not able.   Among 210 million can we not find even one leader both able and honest?”   It was that kind of day and Mike Royko could not have known that a man named Ronald Reagan was waiting in the wings to send Ford’s successor, Jimmy Carter, back to his peanut farm in Georgia.

Once again we find ourselves in serious crisis.   We are led by an incompetent, Radical President and a Democrat Congress that is no better.   Either of these make it difficult.   Together they are a disaster.   But help is on the way in November and into this breach steps Hillsdale College and their September 16 and 17 Constitution Day Celebration.   The closing speaker was George Will, brilliant columnist for The Washington Post.    His address was entitled “Why We Celebrate Constitution Day.” 

He appealed to the Father of the Constitution, James Madison, to make the case for limited government and away from the Welfare State and entitlements which are about to sink us.   But he said he liked to close on a cheerful note and he mentioned Winston Churchill who was half American.   Will said that Churchill loved this nation as much as he loved his American mother.   The great British Prime Minister said, “You Americans always do the right thing–after you have tried everything else.”

Having tried everything else we said “Nuts” to the peanut farmer and turned to a giant named Ronald Reagan who had perfect pitch for the time.   Having tried a radical from Chicago who is waiting in the wings?   PalinRomney?  Newt?    Mitch Daniels?  Someone we have not yet thought of?   Churchill would say they are there just as Reagan was.

Having tried Pelosi and Reid and an appointed Senator Michael Bennet, now affectionately known as Rubber Stamp Man, and Cap N Trade Betsy, let us turn to Reagan Conservatives, Ken Buck and Cory Gardner in CO, Bill Brady in IL, and others of their timber across the land.    Let us do the right thing on November 2 and begin to retire Barack Obama as well.  Our Republic  of 310 million still produces men and women both able and honest.  It is just that most of them are not in Washington right now.  

George Will said this election will be known as The Great Awakening.    It has already started.   Don’t miss it.   We all need to be engaged.   Vote for Conservative courage.   Vote for honor.