WWRD-“What Would Reagan Do?”

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Do you remember those silly bracelets several years back donning, "WWJD"?  I remember asking a couple of teenagers what that meant, after the fad had apparently taken off.  They looked at me as if to say "Where have you been?"  When they translated it for me, "What would Jesus Do?", I was underwhelmed.  And this was confirmed for me when I began to observe the slogan being put to use.  I noticed that it would frequently be used to say, be "calm", "peaceful", "loving" in the face of evil.  The underlying meaning, was to never be critical, throwing out the window the Lord’s righteous indignation at the money changers in the temple, or the many of His saints who stood up to evil.  They apparently would not fit the "WWJD" model.  WWJD became a recreated idea of Jesus, not an actual Person

Fast forward to 2004-2005, with the nearing and eventual passing of America’s beloved Ronald Reagan, I was amazed at the increasing revisionist history of Republican leaders to make Reagan out to be someone who never confronted evil in his own party, using his "11th Commandment" which said "Speak no ill of your fellow Republican".  The revisionists used their version of Reagan to dissuade Republican primary candidates to avoid criticizing their primary opponents, even to compare their positions on issues, throwing out the window his Republican primary speech where he harshly criticized his Republican opponent and incumbent president Gerald R. Ford. 

I guess the reason the WWJD slogan bothered me is the same reason the new WWRD vendors bother me.  The WWJD slogan suggests no relationship with Jesus or His teachings, but a reference to a fictional character.  The new WWRD (Reagan revisionists vendors) seek to fictionalize Reagan and demonstrate no real understanding of his principles, meanwhile making him into some sort of pseudo-god for Reagan-ites to pay homage to, when it seems we’ve wandered "too far to the right".  As a Reagan-ite, let me give them a reminder: Jesus is God.  Reagan is not. 

And I wouldn’t be the first to say that Reagan occasionally made mistakes in public policy.  Sometimes they were big ones, having far reaching consequences.  As governor of California, his biggest ones were on abortion and on no-fault divorce.  As president, his Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, otherwise known as "amnesty for illegal aliens".   Before you believe the WWRD vendors, you must read what Ed Meese, former Attorney General and close advisor in the Reagan administration has to say in Reagan Would Not Repeat Amnesty Mistake.

WWRD-”What Would Reagan Do?”

Cbreagan
Do you remember those silly bracelets several years back donning, "WWJD"?  I remember asking a couple of teenagers what that meant, after the fad had apparently taken off.  They looked at me as if to say "Where have you been?"  When they translated it for me, "What would Jesus Do?", I was underwhelmed.  And this was confirmed for me when I began to observe the slogan being put to use.  I noticed that it would frequently be used to say, be "calm", "peaceful", "loving" in the face of evil.  The underlying meaning, was to never be critical, throwing out the window the Lord’s righteous indignation at the money changers in the temple, or the many of His saints who stood up to evil.  They apparently would not fit the "WWJD" model.  WWJD became a recreated idea of Jesus, not an actual Person

Fast forward to 2004-2005, with the nearing and eventual passing of America’s beloved Ronald Reagan, I was amazed at the increasing revisionist history of Republican leaders to make Reagan out to be someone who never confronted evil in his own party, using his "11th Commandment" which said "Speak no ill of your fellow Republican".  The revisionists used their version of Reagan to dissuade Republican primary candidates to avoid criticizing their primary opponents, even to compare their positions on issues, throwing out the window his Republican primary speech where he harshly criticized his Republican opponent and incumbent president Gerald R. Ford. 

I guess the reason the WWJD slogan bothered me is the same reason the new WWRD vendors bother me.  The WWJD slogan suggests no relationship with Jesus or His teachings, but a reference to a fictional character.  The new WWRD (Reagan revisionists vendors) seek to fictionalize Reagan and demonstrate no real understanding of his principles, meanwhile making him into some sort of pseudo-god for Reagan-ites to pay homage to, when it seems we’ve wandered "too far to the right".  As a Reagan-ite, let me give them a reminder: Jesus is God.  Reagan is not. 

And I wouldn’t be the first to say that Reagan occasionally made mistakes in public policy.  Sometimes they were big ones, having far reaching consequences.  As governor of California, his biggest ones were on abortion and on no-fault divorce.  As president, his Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, otherwise known as "amnesty for illegal aliens".   Before you believe the WWRD vendors, you must read what Ed Meese, former Attorney General and close advisor in the Reagan administration has to say in Reagan Would Not Repeat Amnesty Mistake.

How Serious is the GOP About Ending Abortion?

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It depends on who you ask.  This column from a year ago by Eleanor Clift, Abortion Politics, if you can get through her revisionist history about the Alito confirmation hearings, will give you a good glimpse into what many Repubilcan politicians on the hill really think about ending abortion. 

Now that the GOP is within striking distance of overturning Roe,
they’re having second thoughts. The public is not ready to abandon the
landmark case legalizing abortion, and neither is the Republican Party.
They used abortion as a wedge issue because the politics worked; they
really didn’t think abortion would ever be banned. "Any activist will
tell you they’d rather have the issue out there than to have it
resolved," says this pro-choice Republican, who has worked on the Hill
and for various Republican interest groups. "If Roe were overturned,
we’d be electing Democrats as far as the eye can see."

I wouldn’t necessarily discount this due to her pro-abortion leanings.  After all, what interest would she have in soothing the fears her fellow pro-aborts have of GOP leadership?  This rhetoric coming from her un-named pro-abortion Republican politician is nearly identical to the stuff you can find at Republicans for Choice.  Perhaps the winter pruning that took place in November wasn’t so harsh after all.  There’s still more to do be done, to be sure. 

On Tancredo’s Chances for the Presidency

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More support for Tancredo, now from World Net Daily columnist, Jane Chastain:

Tom Tancredo is
well-known and deeply appreciated by the party’s conservative base and
he’s got charisma that fills a room and literally oozes out the doors
and onto the street. It is the kind that comes from deeply rooted
convictions that rise up from the soul and excite those around him, not
the kind manufactured by Madison Avenue that, after the initial
excitement, leaves you with an empty feeling and a bad aftertaste.

On his accross the board, conservative and pro-life credentials:

He has received rating
of "A" or better on his voting record from the American Conservative
Union, the National Right to Life Committee, the National Rifle
Association, Family Research Council, Americans for Better Immigration
and the National Federation of Independent Business.

Jane gives us this reminder though:

His is a candidacy that
can ignite the grass roots. His fate, however, depends on our
willingness to put early money behind our rhetoric.

Have you contributed yet?  If not, go here.

Meanwhile,  V-Dare has this piece on the challenges Tancredo faces in building a conservative coalition paired with his ability to mobilize a movement on the issue of illegal immigration, including "Lou Dobbs Democrats".  The question is, will our pro-life movement broaden our perspective, take the right position on illegal immigration and join Tancredo’s movement?    

On Tancredo’s Chances for the Presidency

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More support for Tancredo, now from World Net Daily columnist, Jane Chastain:

Tom Tancredo is
well-known and deeply appreciated by the party’s conservative base and
he’s got charisma that fills a room and literally oozes out the doors
and onto the street. It is the kind that comes from deeply rooted
convictions that rise up from the soul and excite those around him, not
the kind manufactured by Madison Avenue that, after the initial
excitement, leaves you with an empty feeling and a bad aftertaste.

On his accross the board, conservative and pro-life credentials:

He has received rating
of "A" or better on his voting record from the American Conservative
Union, the National Right to Life Committee, the National Rifle
Association, Family Research Council, Americans for Better Immigration
and the National Federation of Independent Business.

Jane gives us this reminder though:

His is a candidacy that
can ignite the grass roots. His fate, however, depends on our
willingness to put early money behind our rhetoric.

Have you contributed yet?  If not, go here.

Meanwhile,  V-Dare has this piece on the challenges Tancredo faces in building a conservative coalition paired with his ability to mobilize a movement on the issue of illegal immigration, including "Lou Dobbs Democrats".  The question is, will our pro-life movement broaden our perspective, take the right position on illegal immigration and join Tancredo’s movement?    

Minuteman Project Endorses Tom Tancredo for President

Today, Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman Project made the following statement:

The Minuteman Project will provide its full and unconditional
support to Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-Co.) in his efforts to represent
America as the next President. Mr. Tancredo is the
political pioneer that inspired me to create The Minuteman Project.

The millions of supporters of all the minuteman/woman groups across
the nation stand ready to give their time and resources to a great
American who will humbly and sincerely strive to represent all
Americans and who will guide this nation back to governance by the
people and under the rule of law.

There is no better candidate for president of The United States of America than Colorado’s honorable Tom Tancredo.

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Visit Team Tancredo for more information and to support Tom!

SOURCE: The Minuteman Project

And if you think that those opposed to the Minuteman Project, or those who are entering our country illegally are good Catholic Hispanics with family values, you need to see the hate mail that the Minuteman Project gets.  (Warning: Not suitable to read or view with your children sitting in the room.)