I was reading Edward Hudgin's article "The Battle for the Republican Soul", and while recalling various leadership over the past 40 years, he cited the 1980 Republican platform and this particular plank -.
Free Individuals in a Free Society
It has long been a fundamental conviction of the Republican Party that government should foster in our society a climate of maximum individual liberty and freedom of choice. Properly informed, our people as individuals or acting through instruments of popular consultation can make the right decisions affecting personal or general welfare, free of pervasive and heavy-handed intrusion by the central government into the decision-making process. This tenet is the genius of representative democracy.
As I read this, I couldn't believe it. How far the Republican Party has strayed, and under Bush, deceived the public by intent or sheer stupidity. Take the truth about Islam. Is it by intent or sheer stupidity? What about 'muliculturalism' and 'undocumented immigrants' and amnesties that aren't amnesties or out of control spending or intrusion into the media; after all, this Administration thanked the media for not showing the cartoons and told them it was a 'bad idea', causing those Muslims offense and the inevitable seething and violence. And this Administration panders to Muslim taqiyyamasters.
Yes, the Democrats are worse, they are truly the anarchists consumed with their righteousness, just like the Muslims. But the next Republican President must be smart, must read meaningful books, must understand Islam, must insist on integration of our immigrants and sealing our borders. Two more years.