Whitman VisionS -- It's My Party Too: The Battle for the Heart of the GOP and the Future of America
Whitman (and Reagan) Visions...
Lee Edwards, the Heritage Foundation Distinguished Fellow In Conservative Thought, raises these questions: "Will conservatives succeed, or is the conservative revolution over? Where is conservatism headed: for the mountaintop or the ash heap?" (The Conservative Revolution, 1999, p. 333)
To Lee Edwards' questions, Christie Todd Whitman offers an (implied) answer: to the ash heap...unless....
The answers can be found in Whitman's It's My Party Too: The Battle for the Heart of the GOP and the Future of America (2005)...And...at the website: www.MyPartyToo.com.
Today (January 27), I watched Christie interviewed on CNN by Lou Dobbs and on FOX by Sean Hannity. All sub-brands of Conservatism should welcome the constructive debate and leadership demonstrated by Whitman...and Gingrich...and others.
As a strong supporter of George Bush, I welcome the critique offered by Whitman and others. W. and Team W should welcome the Whitman critique, which is largely constructive. Yes, Christie may be too harsh on some social conservatives, but other social conservatives have been equally harsh on social moderates.
Conservatism will not grow and gain permanent market share (55++%) unless it includes BOTH social conservatives and social moderates.
And until all sub-brands of Conservatism accept largely the role of Purple Federalism, Conservatism will stagnate. (For the role of Purple Federalism, see my essay Diffusion of Con-Fusion: The Birth of a Political Brand -- posted-published on December 1, 2004 here at the Pro-Con R&R.)
The Mission of Pro-Con Whitman:
"Inspired by a drive to get back to the fundamentals of the Republican Party, this website advocates for the historic Republican principles of liberty, individual responsibility, and personal freedom." (www.MyPartyToo.com)
Pro-Con Ronald Reagan could have written Christine Todd Whitman's mission statement, I think.
If you doubt my claim and comparison, then check out Reagan In His Own Hand: The Writings Of Ronald Reagan That Reveal His Revolutionary Vision For America (2001).
For example, here is how Reagan concludes his (July 6, 1977) "Property Rights" radio speech: "Yes we support the ideal of Human Rights and in our concept of Human Rights [our] ownership of private property is included. Indeed it is basic to our liberty & our pursuit of happiness. This is R.R. Thanks for listening."
We should (continue to) listen to Reagan.
We should now listen to Christie Todd Whitman...with her leadership, Conservatism is headed to the mountaintop...and beyond!
Note: Don Devine of the American Conservative Union Foundation sent me the following links for Ronald Reagan's speech "Our Philosophy of Government" (March 20, 1981): www.acuf.org/principles/p_philos.asp and www.acuf.org/principles/index.asp.
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