Thursday, May 19, 2005

Hold Politicians Accountable

Liberals bemoan change. They want to change not only government and society, but our language and the way we think. Conservatives, on the other hand, understand that "motion is not progress." In other words, you can run around in circles quaking, shaking and salivating all afternoon, but if you're not accomplishing anything, your gyrations are only producing wind.

More and more first-time conservative politicians are being elected to state and national levels because they have offered innovative solutions for solving America's ills. Have they made good on their promises? American voters are demanding they live up to their election promises by following certain principles:

  • Accountability.
The government is too big and spends too much. We need to make government more accountable and efficient, ensuring that taxpayers get their money's worth. Government needs to start working for the people and not just special interests.

  • Responsibility
Winston Churchill once said, "The price of greatness is responsibility." Government has failed the American people in its responsibility to maintain safe and secure neighborhoods. It must encourage people to become self-reliant, responsible individuals. How long will Washington continue pouring billions of dollars into the problem? Until people begin taking personal responsibility for their own actions, all the midnight basketball games in the world are not going to stop crime.

  • Opportunity
We need to restore hope for people to achieve the American dream by promoting individual liberty, economic opportunity and personal responsibility through limited and effective government and performance standards.

If our children are given hope, America won't continue seeing (to paraphrase Ralph Reed) half our high school kids dropping out of school, 30 to 40 percent of our nation born out of wedlock, half the marriages ending in divorce and our inner cities resembling the streets of Beirut.

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