I reviewed several websites of Republican presidential candidates. If the names of the candidates were removed from these sites, we would be hard pressed to correctly guess which web site belonged to most candidates. Most use the same generic prosperity, national defense, cut spending verbiage. None are specific or unique enough to identify a personality, except perhaps foreign relations-challenged Ron Paul.
If I ran for president, this is what I would put on my website under the “Issues” menu:
Role of Federal Government:
The role of the federal government has grown to dysfunctional proportions – radically beyond anything our founding fathers and generations after them ever had nightmares about – until the 20th century “progrssive era.” Words that now describe the size of the federal government include bloated, wasteful, usurpers, meddlers, busybodies, unwelcomed.
The federal government desperately needs a crash fiscal diet and lessons in constitutional intent and free enterprise. Several departments and agencies need to be drastically reduced in size or totally eliminated. Among these are the Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Transportation, Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Grants and handouts to the so-called “arts”, controversial women’s abortion advocates, and other entities who’s interests clash with the great American Middle Class must be stopped. The military’s mission must be redirected from “nation building” in areas whose populations despise us no matter what we do - to protecting our own borders. Three quarters of our troops could go home to their families, saving billions of dollars.
Restoring fiscal sanity:
Picture the US Government as a faimily. They would be making $58,000 a year, they would spend $75,000 a year and have $327,000 in credit card debt. They are currently proposing BIG (ha!) spending cuts to reduce their spending all the way down to $72,000 a year. Don’t laugh. These are the actual proportions of the federal budget and debt reduced to a level that we can understand. This is insane!
Once the federal government is downsized to entrepreneurial-friendly size it will become much easier to restore fiscal sanity. We should not spend more than our revenues. Our budgets should be balanced. In fact, at least 10% of our budget should go toward paying down the national debt each year. We need to amend the constitution to require a 2/3 super-majority of both houses of Congress to exceed that constraint – and only in the event of a Congressionally declared war or national emergency.
Restoring The Great American Middle Class:
The middle class is shrinking. Federal policiees discriminate against personal initiative, marriage, child rearing, and the middle class in general. The federal government encourages an entitlement dependency attitude on its “subjects.” This must change. Once federal policies encourage independence, personal initiative, and self-sufficiency, the shackles will be removed from the human spirit and the middle class will increase and thrive once again. Those trapped in a federally controlled entitlement menatality will find new opportunities to merge with The Great Middle Class. This is a far cry from the teaching of the church where President Obama spent 20 years which declared war on “middle classedness.”
Believing in America and her values:
Closely allied with restoring The Great American Middle Class is restoring the Great American Values. The latest “in thing” is mocking our values, our Judeo-Christian religious ideals our country was founded on, and our national pride. Even the mere attempt to define our values is belittled by those who don’t distinguish between the reasons for our historical successes and the ideology of 3rd world Middle Eastern backwaters. Attention of federal policy needs to be directed toward enhancing our historical values, not tearing them down. The ethnic, religious, a moral fringes of our society should be encouraged to appreciate traditional American values, not the other way around.
Foreign and domestic defense:
Our military “nation-building” adventures are a waste of lives and resources. They are a waste because we have not yet come to grips with the enemy who has declared war on us. The enemy is traditional, orthodox, Muhammadan Islam – not “radical Islam”, not merely the so-called “terrorists.” Islam is not a relgion as much as it is a fascist, supremacist ideology that through seditious design is intent on replacing our system of law, morality, and governance into a dark ages hell. It is a fascist ideology that substantially destroys the liberties and prosperity of any country it rules. Our nation must face the facts and develop and carry out military and domestic defense policy accordingly.
So, that is my set of issues if I ran for President. Would any candidate, even if he is worthy presidential material, be elected with that platform? Snowballs chance in hell. Such platform would offend too many ignorant and self-absorbed people. We as a nation are beyond consensus building unless we come across some sort of Messiah (which the left and clueless middle saw in Obama.) All that remains for us to do is change our national motto from E Pluribus Unum to E Unum, Pluribus. The Congressional debt ceiling fiasco amply demonstrated that condition.