I think it’s time that the National Republican Party gave up their self-appointed title as the conservative party in this country. I find very little about their behavior in the last 34 years that would be considered conservative.
It certainly isn’t their disastrous money management approach or inability to keep government payroll small. They certainly haven’t supported conserving our basic human rights granted by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Their irresponsible focus on reducing taxes while increasing spending has severely impacted our present and future financial health (see any national debt trend chart). The only time in recent history when our national debt decreased was under Bill Clinton. George W. Bush spent Clinton’s $500 billion surplus within months of becoming president.
They have weakened, not strengthened, our ability to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world. Our huge national debt began with Ronald Reagan and has increased under every Republican president since then. To paraphrase Dick Cheney, Ronald Reagan proved that having a large debt as a country was not a problem. It’s been 34 years since Reagan became president and we’ve never recovered from his debt-ridden presidency.
Bill Rutherford, Meridian