Finally, someone in the G.O.P. is talking the truth about challenges in our party — I.V. editor
By Leonard Curry
The Republican Party needs to be forward-thinking and visionary about the future of our nation while considering the mistakes of the past to ensure we do not repeat them.
While the leadership of our party lost sight of our fiscally conservative principles over the last few years (we spent like Democrats), this should not prevent us from pointing out the ills of the ways of the Democrats and their efforts to further spend away our children’s future with greater debt.
And while some in our party lost focus of the need for open, ethical, honest, transparent and accountable government, the whole of our party believes in these principles and the pursuit of liberty and personal responsibility over big government.
As the chairman of the Duval County Republican Party, I, too, advocate liberty, freedom and independence from government strings and red tape. I believe these core principles will ultimately be what will improve the economy, health care, education and other matters impacting our nation.
Since taking office in January, President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress have accelerated spending at such an alarming rate that it seriously endangers the future economic security of our nation.
Despite the administration’s plans to collect more revenue by raising our taxes, it’s projected that the national debt will more than double by 2019.
The Congressional Budget Office is predicting that Obama’s spending proposals will result in deficits that approach $1 trillion every year for the next decade.
It is shameful that the Obama administration and most Democrats in Congress feel that spending is the solution to our current problem.
Spending, my friends, is what got us into this mess in the first place.
Big government programs are not the path to sustainable prosperity.
It is the small business that is the cornerstone of innovation. Americans need lower taxes and less government interference in the marketplace.
As our nation’s work force becomes increasingly independent and mobile, the notion of fixed employer-based health care has become obsolete for many.
The answer to this problem is not to have government step in, but rather to allow the free market to help people take ownership of their health care.
I don’t know about you, but when it comes to making decisions about my health I would trust my doctor to advise me, not some government bureaucrat. We must embrace free market solutions.
The world is changing rapidly, and our public school classrooms are relics of an era long past. Students deserve an education grounded in the fundamentals of reading, writing and arithmetic, and classrooms that are free from liberal indoctrination and subjective revisionism.
A stronger sense of respect and discipline are also needed in our schools.
If that kind of environment is unavailable, parents need to have the right to use vouchers to find a private school that will meet their child’s needs to make them competitive in the global economy.
The American people are angry at their elected officials, and rightly so.
Obama sold change, hope and reform. But his administration has brought us government bailouts, indecisive leadership and the same old tax and spend policies that Democrats have always been known for.
The message is simple: People want responsible leadership.
As Americans, we must move past anger and fully engage ourselves in a fight to put America on the right track once again. We must put aside partisan differences and work together so all join hands for the betterment of future generations.
We must do this by electing responsible candidates who are willing to make tough choices, political sacrifices and provide us with what we need as opposed to just giving us what we want at the expense of our children’s futures.
The Republican Party is the true party of ideas and innovation, grounded by our belief in a small and efficient government that values liberty and self-determination.
Following those principles will be our path to victory and a better America.
Lenny Curry is chairman of the Duval County Republican Party. This column originally appeared in the June 2, 2009 edition of the Florida Times Union.