Finally someone says it – It’s time to move past Reagan.

Ronald Reagan is dead.

There is no doubt Ronald Reagan was a great president, he was able to pull the country out of the Jimmy Carter nosedive and defeat the Soviet Union, cut taxes, bring the idea of smaller government into the mainstream (though it was later abandoned by his own party), but that was a while ago.  The challenges and issues Reagan faced are not the challenges of today.  Learn from his principles but it’s time to get over looking for “the next Reagan” because there isn’t one, and we don’t need one. 

Kudos to Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana for having the courage to just come out and say it, unlike the Republican debates where all the candidates were falling all over themselves to say they were the second coming of what we’d already had.

What we need is the first someone else.  No one said Reagan was the next Goldwater, they were their own people, they created and energized a movement, and that’s what we need again.  Someone to pick up the ball where it is and move it forward…


5 Responses to “Finally someone says it – It’s time to move past Reagan.”

  1. April 21, 2008 at 10:36 am

    This will come as a surprise, but I

  2. April 21, 2008 at 10:39 am

    whoops, as I was saying, I agree with this post. Our politcs are so far apart, that we never agree. The ideas that many Republicans and Democrats cling to like Reagan, like Kennedy, like Clinton have left political junkies reeling. For my side, it is surely why Barack Obama is refreshing. On that note, I even applaud Gov.Daniels.

  3. 3 PJ
    April 21, 2008 at 10:43 am

    Where have all the leaders gone?

  4. April 21, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Pj, a question long asked by the left and right sides of the aisle. While it has long been said “it’s all bought and paid for”, you guys are not that thrilled with McCain, and the base of the Democratic Party is downright disgusted with Clinton. Barack Obama was not my first choice, yet I have been supportive of his campaign over the last year. The media told us who was electable, and that is unfortunate. Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich being excluded was not promising in what is supposed to be a democratic process. Senator McCain’s free pass, and Clinton and Obama’s rock star treatment left leaders behind because it apparently is “historic”. Ahhh, Democracy at it’s finest.

  5. 5 PJ
    April 21, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Ghost, I couldn’t agree more. When people get upset when Ralph Nadar runs “because he is going to take votes away from the Dem.” that is a weak argument. It means that people aren’t satisfied with that candidate because if the candidate was strong in the first place it wouldn’t matter who ran against whom. (I’m neither for or against Nadar. If someone wants to run, let them run.)

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