Joseph Farah has been carefully observing the behavior of the Republicans and he thinks he knows why they’re screwing up so badly. The answer, I’m sure you’ll be shocked to hear, is that they’re not acting enough like Ronald Reagan. Not the real Reagan, of course, but the entirely fictitious St. Ronald the Magnificent, who exists only in the conservative imagination.
All of this is just vague nonsense, of course. Let’s talk specifics. If the Republicans had looked to Ronald Reagan for guidance on how to handle the debt ceiling fight, what would they have done? Well, they would have raised the debt ceiling without a fight. Reagan did that 18 times in his 8 years in office. During his national radio address in 1986, when Congress was fighting over whether to raise the debt ceiling, Reagan said:
Reagan made the Republican and conservative agenda clear and appealing – even for a jerk like me who was recruited by the cultural and political Marxist establishment inside America to do big things, to get, much like Barack Obama, a free indoctrination at one of their chosen universities, to be one of the leaders of “the movement.”
How did Reagan do that?
- He laid out a positive and clear program for defeating totalitarianism, expanding freedom at home and abroad, growing the economy and empowering the people.
- Rather than play defense against Democrats, liberals and leftists, Reagan fought on offense – laying out his own appealing agenda for rolling back socialism.
- He did these things, all the while being told by media, his opponents and many in his own party that he could never accomplish his objectives.
Since Reagan left office in 1989, the Republican Party establishment has acted like everything Reagan did in his eight years in office was a fluke. Maybe they really think it was.
“Unfortunately, Congress consistently brings the government to the edge of default before facing its responsibility. This brinkmanship threatens the holders of government bonds and those who rely on Social Security and veterans benefits. Interest rates would skyrocket, instability would occur in financial markets, and the federal deficit would soar. The United States has a special responsibility to itself and the world to meet its obligations. It means we have a well-earned reputation for reliability and credibility — two things that set us apart from much of the world.”
Farah, on the other hand, thinks the Republicans are sell-outs and wimps for not keeping the government shut down and for agreeing to raise the debt limit at all. So once again we have a perfect example of conservatives adoring the Reagan In Their Head and pretending that the real Reagan didn’t exist.