When I first got involved with the Republican Party, I was excited to meet people like Eric Andersen, Brian Brady, and Barry Jantz, leaders who could sit down at a computer and put their thoughts together to clearly articulate what it means to be a conservative and to stand up for our values. Former Chairman Tony Krvaric wouldn’t have hesitated to make a statement about President Biden’s speech last week in which he attacked all Republicans. But there was no local Republican response.
It’s in the tradition of these men that I submit to you the following:
|I consider myself a Reagan Republican. I was in the fourth grade when President Reagan was elected; I developed a love and admiration for Reagan when he survived the assassination attempt on his life.
I was a kid who lived in Michigan and as luck would have it, my parents’ business would take us to Los Angeles to sell University of Iowa Rose Bowl merchandise in 1981. We were staying at the Century Plaza hotel and President and Mrs. Reagan were staying under the same roof. We gave the Secret Service a Rose Bowl t-shirt to give to the President. His picture was in the Los Angeles Times, holding up the shirt. In return, some presidential swag was sent back down to us.
It was a different time in history — when a 12-year-old boy could make friends with the Secret Service and they let me know when and where to watch the President’s motorcade leave the Century Plaza garage. Equipped with my trusty Polaroid camera, I snapped a photo of President Reagan in his limousine as his motorcade sped out of the parking garage.
The days of the Reagan administration were filled with ups and downs. I became an avid watcher of the news. I delighted when the Iran hostages were released from Iran on Reagan’s first day in office, the launch of space shuttle Columbia later that year made me proud to be an American, and I saw bold leadership when Reagan fired the air traffic controllers.
Over his eight years in office, Reagan developed relationships with foreign leaders, brought down interest rates, and more importantly, he set in motion the events that would bring down the Berlin Wall.
Reagan’s second term ended when I was a freshman in college and throughout those eight years I never felt that he talked down to anyone, let alone American citizens that were a member of the opposite political party. I saw him as a tough fighter and a bridge builder.
Which brings me to the point of this post, the spectacle of President Biden’s speech last Thursday in front of Independence Hall. Biden’s behavior was the polar opposite of the leadership that Reagan would have shown at this time in our country’s history. Independence Hall is one of the one of the most important sites in our Nation’s history. On the same site where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted by the founding fathers of our country, stood the current President of the United States delivering one of the most hateful speeches I have ever heard in my life. Biden’s hate was focused on his fellow Americans.
The visuals were bizarre; the President’s lighting was straight out of an old monster movie. The red lights against that beautiful historic building looked evil. The scene of two members of the United States Marine Corps, being used as pawns as they stood at attention as Biden delivered his speech, was inexcusable.
No, this wasn’t President Reagan delivering a firm, unifying, or hopefully speech. Rather, it was a President looking down his nose at half of the citizens of his country.
I cringe when I hear the term “flyover state.” It is a derogatory term used by out-of-touch politicians and the news media to describe the middle of the country — the area of the country where I was born and raised. They look down on hardworking Americans that raise our crops, raise our livestock, build and produce so many things that make America’s economy run. If you drive the highways in the Midwest, you will see the lanes full of semi-trailer trucks, delivering goods produced there to the entire country.
In essence, Biden reduced Republicans to “flyover citizens.”
It was billed as a unity speech on Thursday, but it was the most divisive speech I have ever seen made by an American president. Straight out of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, Biden employed Rule number 13 “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
Biden said “and here, in my view, is what is true: MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution. They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people.” He wasn’t speaking of the people who were involved with the events of January 6, he was speaking of all Republicans.
Don’t forget that it was members of the Democratic party that encouraged the rioters in the summer of 2020, the people that burned American cities and caused billions of dollars in damage to cities across this country. Don’t forget that members of the Democratic party raised funds for the rioters and helped bail them out of jail after the rioters burned their cities.
The speech was the best example of gaslighting that I have ever seen. It was as if the President was a hypnotist, telling the country that the Republicans are to blame for what his party and his administration has done to the country. Biden left the country thinking the Republican party is full of criminals and is illegitimate. What’s left when you do that to a political party? You have a one-party state.
Biden said “too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal.” I agree with him. It isn’t normal. It isn’t normal for a President to stand at one of our Nation’s most historical spots and demonize half out his country’s citizens.
Biden’s speech should be a clarion call to all of us. It should motivate all of us to work hard to get good Republicans elected. It should be a call to all of us to communicate with voters what our party believes.
We believe in:
Let’s not forget the words of the Preamble to the Constitution:
“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Building “a more perfect union” does not include demonizing one political party. Be more like Reagan, President Biden.
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Well written, Brad. Would that we have congenial men like Reagan at the helm again…
I’m afraid that’s nostalgia, though. Democrats have been denying election results for 22 years, obstructed Republicans from governing, and playing the Alinsky-Esque division politics since 2006. It’s not about issues as much as it’s fomenting balkanization .
I loved Reagan but the DeSantis approach is how we have to confront these radicals. Shine the light on their bad deeds and never let them define us.
Thanks for the mention and the great article.
You forgot that we believe in freedom of religion and the 2nd amendment, HUGE conservative values.
Very well said.
I’m sorry, but if you’re a MAGA Republican and you haven’t condemned the events of January 6th, or you’re voting for someone who hasn’t, then you’re the problem and a direct threat to democracy.
Devisive speech? Haven’t listened to Trump much, have you? He even wants to pardon the rioters who beat up the cop. Talk about gaslighting, this article is a textbook example.