I Support Shadegg

by Mike on January 18, 2006

in Politics

The following are my views and do not necessarily reflect those of my fellow members of the Axis of Right. John Shadegg is the man who should serve as the next Majority Leader. Shadegg’s piece in today’s Wall Street Journal tells me this is a man who understands why conservatives support the Republican party.

The spirit of 1994 is exactly what the Republican party needs to recapture or this election will turn into the election of the next House Minority Whip. Limited government, lower taxes, respect for life, reform, personal responsibility, and a strong national defense are the bedrock principles of conservatism and those principles should be adhered to and advocated by the Republican party. Unlike many in our party, Shadegg has consistently fought for the principles we hold dear.

The Republican party of 1994 supported term limits based partly on how power can affect otherwise good people. The Republican party of 2005 is a perfect example. Their instincts to do good remains, but can anyone seriously overlook the abuse of earmarks in the budgeting process? How is it that the Republican party has allowed spending to grow out of control? Why did the Republican party create a new entitlement with their Meidcare prescription drug plan? I support President Bush as much as the next conservative, but isn’t it the responsibility of the legislative branch to reject the bad ideas of the other, even when the other branch is occupied by a member of your own party?

Please don’t misunderstand me and let’s not get carried away. Today’s Republican party governs far more responsibly than the Democrats ever could. Every liberal who utters the word “deficit” loses credibility when they talk about inadequate spending in health care, welfare, education, etc. They even lose credibility by opposing tax cuts which generate more revenue through economic growth. Of course this assumes liberals have credibility in the first place but I digress. The Democrat party is inferior even to a Republican party which appears to be losing its way, but this is no excuse to abandon our ideals. We are Republicans because the Republican party stands for the bedrock principles of conservatism.

The person best equipped and most committed to implementing those principles as Majority Leader is John Shadegg. A Republican who quotes Barry Goldwater by saying “a government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away” is a Republican who gets it. Not since Newt Gingrich and Ronald Reagan has a Republican leader articulated the benefits of limited government. Too many in our party seem to be forgetting why they were elected. John Shadegg hasn’t forgotten, at least not yet. Perhaps they day will come when Shadegg forgets. Then we will have to do this all over again. At this point in history, Shadegg is the man deserving to be a heartbeat away from the Speaker’s chair. Let’s capture the moment and return to the values that make the GOP America’s great political party. Shadegg for Majority Leader.

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Sal January 18, 2006 at 3:54 pm

I agree

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Ryan January 18, 2006 at 8:06 pm

I agree too.

However, I like Newt and think that he should be behind the scenes helping the Republican Party get back its fire. There was so much energy in the 90s about civic responsibility and renewal and the great “what if”– a Republican dominated gov’t in the Congress and White House.

I also think that “Clinton fear” is a psychological disorder that many moderate Republicans who may have leaned conservative in another life are now afraid that by taking strong principled stands, they will alienate the “moderates” and the insidious Bill Clinton will rise from his political grave and make them look bad. It sounds ridiculous, but the “no-tax-but-spend-anyway” Republican is in danger of becoming the new moderate Democrat (since so many in that party are running off the cliff). And like the old moderate Democrat, destined to lose votes.

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Iwanski January 21, 2006 at 4:55 pm

I agree. Of the three running, Shadegg is the only one with true moral character.

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