View Full Version : "A Tempting Call"

03-02-2008, 10:45 PM
I thought I would repost this here, maybe it come could in handy if you ever meet a Republican leaning towards Obama.

Many commentators and observers have stated that Obama has tapped into the same vein of hope that Reagan tapped in 1980 - reaching across party lines and bringing people together. Indeed, the term “Obama Republican” has gained use as a descriptive term for those Republicans who do the crossing. But this stems from a vast misunderstanding of what Reagan stood for, and represented.

Reagan ran for President in a time when the country was in the process of soul searching. We had endured crisis after crisis, scandal after scandal, and were very much looking for a way out of the state of “malaise” that we were in. Reagan noted that in times like these, it was tempting to believe that things were simply “too complex” to solve ourselves, and that we had no hope but to defer to a Government run by the elite. But to Reagan, the solution lay strictly within us. His belief that “we the people” could govern ourselves far better than those in Washington led him to oppose the mass of regulations and intrusions put on the American people by the Government which got in the way of this self government. We would have freedom’s restored, and with these freedom’s we would be able to escape the malaise ourselves. Therein lay the hope of Reagan’s message.

Today we are once again drifting sideways, with many problems facing us. It is no less tempting to believe that there is no hope but to defer to the Government, that things are too complex to solve ourselves. But rather than stand up to this lack of faith in the American people, Obama is championing it. He believes that the federal government can better handle our finances, our health care, our education, and all of the various issues facing us today, than “we the people.” This is not a message of hope - it is a message of hopelessness. That “we the people” cannot, and that we must turn to our government. Despite the frequent refrain of “yes we can” employed by his campaign, “no we can’t” seems far more accurate in regards to his philosophy.

Like Reagan, Ron Paul believes that the solutions to the issues which face us today are best found and employed by “we the people.” That we know how to spend our money far better than those in Washington. That we should have the freedom to choose which health care we want. That with less regulations, and less intrusions, we will be better able to solve these crises. This is the true message of hope. But with the media paying so little attention to his campaign, and no other Republican candidate offering this message, it is no wonder that some have fallen for the siren’s tempting call. But this call is no message of hope.