Now Is Paul Ryan’s Time
CNBC Reporter Rick Santelli is the match that lit the fire February 19, 2009
That fire burst forth in hundreds of cities and towns across America —millions who were Taxed Enough Already focused energy on America’s direction not seen since Viet Nam. But these were not pot smoking, drugged out, good time rock and roll hippies. These were clean, responsible, productive taxpaying Americans. The TEA parties were born. They are the public face of “We the People” who, with moral purpose, are turning the Democrats out and turning the Republicans inside out. The 2010 election was the first step, the first evidence. But it will take the 2012 election to finish the job on the Democrats and the Republicans.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and the Tea Party in Washington, March 20, 2010
The second evidence was an opportunity generously given by Obama-Reid-Pelosi. They did not pass a 2011 Budget. They passed up the opportunity to spend more than $315 Billion/month in 2011 on their own terms. The result was a significant win for “We the People” and House Speaker, John Boehner.
Paul Ryan and The Path to Prosperity will be the central force and focus as “We the People” have our National conversation and do our work leading through the 2012 election.
Ryan declares, “Every individual person is unique.”
The path to Prosperity is not through “solar shingles” and high speed trains, it is through releasing individual freedom. . . . Our debt problem is not just a fiscal challenge involving dollars and cents, it’s a moral challenge involving principle and purpose. The size of the budget is a symptom of deeper causes and it points to different ideas about government. We basically need to ask ourselves:
- What should government be doing?
- What sort of people do we want to be?
- What kind of character do we want our children and grandchildren to have?
The answer to these questions dictates the size of government. If you believe government should be doing more to eliminate every social problem, you cannot be for limited government. Societies potential problems are unlimited. So a government that would solve problems without limit must necessarily have power without limit to do it.
Economic conservatism and social conservatism come from the same moral root. You can’t give up one to defend the other and they must never be separated.
There are some who believe that our problems have overrun our principles and we need something else. I’m not gonna question the sincerity or the good intentions but, without the American idea, there is no future for freedom.
In the long story of civilization, great empires have risen and great empires have declined. We can choose to relegate America to another chapter in the history of declining nations but, why on earth would we make that choice?
We can lift that burden.
All that stands between us today and abundance tomorrow is the burden of public debt, the government’s appetite to spend and the bureaucrat’s passion to regulate. We can lift that burden.
We owe it to the country to give them a choice for the future. . . . Our job in the House is to make sure that 2011 goes right so that 2012 goes well. We owe you the choice. Do you want that opportunity society, that limited government with a safety net based upon the founding principles of limited government and economic freedom, or do you want the European cradle to grave social welfare state? . . . that’s the choice in 2012.
We know where is headed and it’s not too late to turn it in the right direction. . . . We are in this moment. . . . where we get to choose. And, if we [Congress] do our jobs right, you’ll have a very clear choice.
What makes me excited —what makes me optimistic? If we just give the country a choice, we’ll make the right one. . . . Winston Churchill said, “Americans can be counted on to do the right thing only after they have exhausted all other possibilities.” That is where we are. This is our time.