To quote Ronald Reagan and Zel Miller, "I didn't leave the Democrat Party. They left me."
This is becoming more and more the case with BOTH parties. The Democrats are moving farther and farther left, which in turn moves the center farther and farther left. How do the Republicans react?
"Oh look, we're too far to the right. We need to get closer to the center."
Um...I beg to differ. If you were to judge by where the center was 50 years ago, you would find the Republicans far to the left, and the Democrats falling off the edge of the world. That is why I say to the Republican party, "Be still. Quit being drug to the left by a moving center"
I recently read an inaugural address and decided to share some excerpts from it.
"...the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forbears fought are still at issue around the globe: the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God"
"...the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans--born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage--and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world."
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. This much we pledge--and more. To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share, we pledge the loyalty of faithful friends."
"Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our adversary...We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.
"And so, my fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country."
These quotes are from President John F. Kennedy's inaugural address made on January 20, 1961. While I do not agree with many of the things he did, there is no denying that the Democrats of today have moved far, far left of the Democrats of yesteday. President Kennedy even cut taxes across the board. And now the Republicans are being led in the same direction like sheep following a shepherd.
The Democrats pride themselves on being the party of JFK, yet they say we need to quit trying to be like Ronald Reagan, that his time and policies are a thing of the past.
I wish they would actually start being the party of JFK again.
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