This Is Why Being “Moderate” and “Middle-of-the-Road” Is A Position Doomed To Failure — Reagan Quotes — Part 2


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It’s an interesting complaint from the, so-called, “moderate” Republicans.  It’s why I’m not a Republican, rather a Conservative.  “Democrat” and “Republican” are parties.  Liberal and Conservative are ways of life.  I’m often faced with the notion that the GOP should be more accepting – more open – more middle-of-the-road.  It’s perplexing to me really.

This quote from Ronald Reagan is direct and clear.  Pick a side.  Stand firm.  Don’t waiver — but, do it with a smile and a welcoming nature.  Here’s a classic example of what I mean.

I don’t generally do the topic of abortion on my shows unless the news of the day dictates it.  I think it’s a cop-out topic utilized by lazy hosts.  “Abortion, for or against?  Call 1-800-Blah Blah.”  What I learned is, for the most part, I’m never going to change your mind and you’re not gonna change mine.  I am vehemently against abortion as a form of birth control.  The only time I’m okay with the idea of aborting a child is when the mother’s life is truly at risk.  I think if someone told me I had the choice between living or dying or my child living or dying — I would choose to let my child live.  But, when there’s a risk of me dying — I should get to make the choice.  Otherwise, no abortion.  When this topic needs to be broached, I’ll always get a call from someone who says something to the effect of, “Pags, you and I agree on 99 percent of the issues, BUT — I am completely against abortion but FOR the woman having the right to choose.”  Huh?  Say what?  That’s actually not possible.  

Think about it, as a conservative guy, I’m firm in my beliefs.  I’m completely against gay marriage, period.  I’m completely for the death penalty, period.  I’m completely for lower taxes, period.  I’m completely against large, over-controlling-over-powering government — and I’m against abortion.  Those are bold, solid, bright positions.  There’s no “but, ifs” there.  To say you’re against abortion but, for the right for a woman to choose — you’re saying you’re for abortion.  That usually leads to an exclamation, “No way!  Not true! Don’t put words in my mouth!”  Think about it.  What are the choices involved in the right to choose?  You can choose to NOT abort or to ABORT.  For you to say you think a woman should have that right, you’re saying you support those who choose to kill the baby.  That’s a bold statement — but, at least you know where I stand.  You cannot have it both ways.

Similarly, if you say, “I’m completely against higher taxes, unless it goes to pay for more food for the hungry.”  Umm, what?  That means you’re not completely against higher taxes.  I am completely against higher taxes.  As I write this, I’m actively railing against a nearly half-billion dollar bond issue in my local school district.  I’m a firm believer that if there’s a need, a community will rise up and find a way to fulfill it.  I don’t trust nor want government to administer to all of our needs.  I think it takes our incentive away to go out and get it ourselves.  If there’s a shortfall in how much food is available for the hungry, donate to the food bank.  If there aren’t enough beds for the homeless, donate money or a bed to the local shelter.  If there isn’t enough money at the local school to house the children, ask the parents to step up and foot the bill for a portable or two.  This is how it used to be.  Today, we sit back and watch the government siphon more and more of our money in the form of taxes and watch them build palaces to education and give every child a laptop or iPad.  I’m against that.  And, am not afraid to say it.  Even in the face of the chants, “it’s for the children.”  

Case and point: recently Senator Ted Cruz of Texas spoke for nearly 22 hours on the Senate floor to raise awareness of the problems with the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  It was a way for him to fulfill a promise he’d made to the voters of Texas should he win the election.  He did, and followed through.  He took a stand.  Whether you agree with him or not – that’s what he did.  He boldly stood there in the face of the majority in that house who called him “radical, extreme, extremist,” and more.  But, he didn’t waiver.  Some did, however.

It was expected that those from the opposing party and even the media would excoriate Cruz for this brash act.  How dare he?  He’s grandstanding!  He’s doing it for attention.  He let that all roll off of his back.  But, what may have not been expected is how his colleagues — fellow Republicans would flock to the other side with the opposing view.  Long-seated Arizona Senator John McCain even went as far as to call what Cruz did “insulting.”  He took Cruz out of context and let him have it.  What McCain and others did in not only NOT supporting Cruz but, coming out against him, is set the party — and the values we thought it held —  back generations.  We need a return to real beliefs, real backbone, and less compromise.

Before you walk away from this thinking I’m intolerant or insensitive, I’m not.  I don’t want people to be persecuted nor prosecuted for having a different value system than I.  I just don’t want them setting policy.  The Conservative sensibility is the most like our value system.  And, it’s incredibly welcoming, tolerant, accepting and firm.  If you don’t get how all of that can coexist — then you need to reexamine why you’re so wishy washy on your own beliefs.




10 thoughts on “This Is Why Being “Moderate” and “Middle-of-the-Road” Is A Position Doomed To Failure — Reagan Quotes — Part 2”

  1. I agree one hundred percent, Joe. If you don’t stand for anything, you will certainly fall for everything. I look forward to the weekend on WOOD radio just to hear your show pn Saturdays. Keep up the good work.

    Thank you

    Tom Kooienga

  2. I totally agree that conservatism is the idealology that reflects the moral conscience of America. There are good people on both sides but conservatives demonstrate the will to right the ship at their own political peril.
    Here’s one one abortion you might enjoy.
    A worried woman went to her gynecologist and said:

    ‘Doctor, I have a serious problem and desperately need your help! My baby is not even 1 year old and I’m pregnant again. I don’t want kids so close together.’

    So the doctor said: ‘Ok and what do you want me to do?’

    She said: ‘I want you to end my pregnancy, and I’m counting on your help with this.’

    The doctor thought for a little, and after some silence he said to the lady: ‘I think I have a better solution for your problem. It’s less dangerous for you too.’

    She smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request.

    Then he continued: ‘You see, in order for you not to have to take care of 2 babies at the same time, let’s kill the one in your arms. This way, you could rest some before the other one is born. If we’re going to kill one of them, it doesn’t matter which one it is. There would be no risk for your body if you chose the one in your arms.’

    The lady was horrified and said: ‘No doctor! How terrible! It’s a crime to kill a child!’

    ‘I agree’, the doctor replied. ‘But you seemed to be OK with it, so I thought maybe that was the best solution.’

    The doctor smiled, realizing that he had made his point.

    He convinced the mom that there is no difference in killing a child that’s already been born and one that’s still in the womb. The crime is the same!

  3. I agree totally with everything you stated and could not have said it better. I believe you either stand for something or fall for anything. Keep up the great work as many people cannot handle the truth.

  4. I think conservatives (myself included) need to stop putting Reagan on such a high pedestal. Don’t get me wrong. The guy was a great president. But we have to be able to admit to ourselves where this breed of conservatism came from that is in control of the Republican party. They didn’t just come out of no where. Many of these guys have very much modeled their political careers around Reagan. Reagan, in my opinion, was very much the first “Big Government” conservative to capture the Presidency. Many of his policies could very easily be construed as progressive. In fact, the gang of 8 immigration bill being introduced was very much modeled around Reagan’s immigration bill. We need to stop singing praises to Reagan while slapping the Republican leadership around while not recognizing how very much the two are related. It’s time for true conservatism to regain control of the party.

    1. Jared —

      You need to go back and do some checking on your version of history. Reagan took over for Obama-lite — Carter and brought us back from the brink by lowering taxes. Yes, he agreeing to give amnesty to the 3 million illegals here at the time backfired. The Dems promised him they’d enforce the still immigration laws on the books if he did it. They lied.

      1. I am not discrediting what Reagan accomplished. Nor am I really even stating that he was any where as extreme as the Progressive RINOs that we have in office right now. I am just saying we have to recognize where they came from.

  5. I couldn’t agree more with what you say . I remember a few years ago Rush Limbaugh said the home of conservatism is in the Republican party . I don’t believe that any more . I feel the hierarchy of the republican party have been sucked in by the same corruption as the left . They are as much a part of the problem as the democrats . I’m like you I consider myself a conservative not a republican . That makes me a little sad because Ronald Reagan I truly admired as one of the greatest presidents this country has had . I was proud to call myself a republican when he was in office . I believe if Reagin was alive today he would join the tea party .

  6. Well said. I am tired of Democrats and the Democrat-Lites who call themselves Republicans. All those Republicans espouse is going bankrupt a bit more slowly than the Democrats. I take stands and irritate people who think I and others like me should cave in on my positions while they themselves stand firm. That’s why this country has gone to hell.

    I am very close to renouncing the party my family has proudly supported since 1854. As Governor Reagan said about the Democrats, I am not leaving the Republicans – they have left me.

    Good riddance.

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