|New Year’s resolutions must focus on elections|
Letter to the Editor:
As we take stock of the year just past and look forward to the new, we find that for most Americans the recession is still very much with us and attempts to redistribute income, in the mistaken belief that the economy would be reinvigorated, have proved ineffectual.
The Affordable Healthcare Act has become a fiasco that might well turn into a disaster, affecting at least one-sixth of our economy as it rolls out to full implementation. And nothing whatever has been done to stimulate a resurgence of business and private-sector jobs.
On the contrary, the administration continues to add tax burden and regulatory
uncertainty to private-sector business, retarding growth and job creation to the point that the “recovery” we are experiencing is the slowest since the Great Depression. Moreover, we continue irresponsibly adding to a dangerously high sovereign debt, which threatens not only our economy, but our national security as well.
America’s lead from behind foreign policy has resulted only in offending our allies and emboldening our enemies: Russia is blatantly reassembling its pre-cold war empire while Vladimir Putin publicly disdains our president. China has extended its borders into the Pacific and openly harassed our seventh fleet.
In Egypt, we did nothing to support the uprising against the Muslim Brotherhood, which turned out not to be the benign secular organization we were assured it was. And by failing to support Syria’s democratic uprising, we opened the door for radicals to take it over.
The president drew a red line with respect to chemical weapons, then failed to act when they were used, choosing instead to surrender our hegemony in Syria to the Russians. In Iraq, radical Islam has retaken much of the country we fought to free, and our announced departure from Afghanistan has emboldened the Taliban and placed our troops in greater danger.
Incredibly, a nuclear Iran now appears to have been at least tacitly accepted by this administration and the Mullahs are publicly mocking a weak United States. A radicalized Middle East and Afghanistan threatens our allies — India, Pakistan and Israel — while weakness in the Pacific directly threatens South Korea and Japan.
Since the founding of our republic, the record of race relations has been the darkest chapter of our history. Of all the promises made by Mr. Obama four and one-half years ago, the one we all wanted to believe was that at last the chasm between the races would be bridged. But instead of being a healer, Mr. Obama and his administration have exacerbated racial tensions to the point where we are more polarized today than at any time since reconstruction.
Given our present situation domestically and internationally, I don’t believe that it is an overstatement to conclude that in the 224 years of our history, we have never been in a more perilous position. The transition from an ideal of equal opportunity to one of universal entitlement is nearly complete.
Therefore, I believe that our New Year’s resolutions must focus on the elections of 2014 and 2016, as they are the only opportunities left to reassert the primacy of individual freedom and a free market economy. Republicans, conservatives, libertarians and independents must unite in forging a platform that will restore freedom as our national ideal.
|Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:47 AM|
|Last Updated on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 11:06 AM|