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A Checklist For The Hopeful GOP Presidential Nominee

Since the Republican Party (the one that I hopefully kid myself still exists) lays claim to conservative ideas, reckon which of the current line-up of Hopeful Nominees would most pro-actively govern by these concepts if elected?

  • Freedom is indivisible – there is no ‘s’ on the end of it. You can erode freedom, diminish it, but you cannot divide it and choose to keep ‘some freedoms’ while giving up others.
  • Our natural, inalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation from government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment.
  • I hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts.
  • The federal government has taken too much tax money from the people, too much authority from the states, and too much liberty with the Constitution.
  • What is euphemistically called government-corporate ‘partnership’ is just government coercion, political favoritism, collectivist industrial policy, and old-fashioned federal boondoggles nicely wrapped up in a bright-colored ribbon. It doesn’t work.
  • You can’t be for big government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy.
  • Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
  • We don’t have deficits because people are taxed too little. We have deficits because big government spends too much.
  • Government does not tax to get the money it needs; government always finds a need for the money it gets.


If you haven’t already guessed it, these are quotes from Reagan, the last conservative President elected.