I’m not ready to concede that they’re “lost,” but they’ve surely been misplaced.
Greg Halvorsen at American Thinker has compiled a pretty good list:
-Religious liberty and the Constitutional protection of moral conscience;
-Abundant, affordable energy–the key to economic prosperity and growth;
-An American military capable of protecting our national interests and projecting power, when and where necessary, around the globe;
-Affordable, accessible, and innovative health care based, increasingly, on transparent pricing, choice and competition;
-A federal budget that averts Fiscal Calamity the result of massive debt;
-Education policies that prioritize parental wishes and that which is best, in respective states, for each child;
-Tax rates that encourage individual initiative and entrepreneurial risk, as opposed to crushing, punitive taxes that stymie opportunity and discourage endeavor;
-Courts – including the Supreme Court – ideologically oriented toward upholding the Bill of Rights;
-An immigration policy that values LEGAL citizenship and creates disincentives to hire aliens who take Americans’ jobs;
-The sanctity of Human Life as a national priority;
-The sanctity of Marriage as a heterosexual institution;
-The sanctity of religious expression as a bulwark of American Life.
… the idea that monopolistic Federal Power, run by a Fourth Rail of bureaucrats, will create wealth is absurd. Barack Obama is to Freedom – to the Constitution and to individual rights – a disease. Those who think otherwise, who either are unaware of or in support of this unprincipled, anti-American demagogue, are a danger to the country. <
And, to themselves.
And every time they fail, their answer is “We just need more power; then it will work.” No it won’t.