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Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?

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I am very excited to be writing a guest column for www.PunditHouse.com.  I am not the most eloquent or technically perfect writer of all time. In fact, I sometimes end sentences with prepositions and dangling participles. I write the way I talk: No nonsense, possibly a bit long winded, but with passion and a steadfast desire to be part of the solution to the problems our country faces today, and for the foreseeable future.

Before you proceed with the rest of this column, I have one favor to ask of you. Simply, I want you to drop your political label and let go of your preconceived notions. So, if you are a Conservative, a Liberal, an Independent, Libertarian, Republican, Democrat or any other number of labels, let it go. Instead, apply to yourself the label that really matters – that you are American.

Now that you have agreed to drop all of your other labels and just be American, it is important to think about what it means to be American. Our country, arguably, is the greatest country in the history of humankind. That does not mean we are free from fault, but to this day, America is still the envy of the rest of the world. From our founding, we have defined America as a place where opportunity, self-reliance, freedom and liberty mean everything. Throughout our history, and still to this day, people leave their homeland and come to America to achieve their American dream.

Over the past 18 months, since launching Take Back The Republican Party, I have had the great fortune of meeting thousands of people and having real, one-on-one and small-group discussions. What I have found during my unscientific experiment is that no matter who we are or where we are from, the overwhelming majority of us share these American values. What I have found to be the most promising aspect of this journey, is that when people let go of their media-inflicted labels and talk about what they believe in, we agree on far more than what divides us. The frustrating part is that we continue to allow the media to tell us what is true and false, what is real and conjured, and what we should and should not believe.

To that end, here’s what Americans believe in:

–         We believe our taxes are too high. 

–         We believe our government is too big and too intrusive in our daily lives.

–         We believe our personal freedom and individual liberty are to be promoted and protected at all cost.

–         We believe that the private sector is the only true mechanism to lasting and sustainable economic growth and stability.

–         We believe the Constitution must be defended and protected at all cost.

The beauty of these American beliefs is that these 5 things happen to be the “Principles of Republicanism”. This means that we do not need to start a third party. We simply need to reform the Republican Party. As I have been known to say, it’s time to make the focus of our party on governing principles. And it is time to force the “5 Principles of Republicanism” back into the Republican Party.

I believe it is time to realize that many people who have left the Republican Party want to come back, but they stay away because Republicans for too long, once elected to power, have acted more like tax-and-spend liberal Democrats than fiscally-responsible and freedom-loving Republicans.

America needs the GOP to focus on governing. What’s required to be a Republican is a belief in the “5 Principles of Republicanism”. Bill Clinton became President on the back of “It’s the economy, stupid”. It is time for Republicans to understand that Republicans are the only hope to save America. And the only way we save America is to have laser focus on making our party and our candidates dedicated to governing in accordance with the Principles of Republicanism. And we must understand that anyone who agrees with the “5 Principles of Republicanism” IS a Republican – even though we may not all agree on every other issue, we agree and focus on those 5 things.

The most important thing for you to do, Mr./Mrs./Ms. Citizen, is to turn your protesting into actual activism. The Republican Party is not an entity. The Republican Party is not “THEM” or “THEY” – it is “WE” and “US”. We will welcome you and your contributions with open arms. You may not always get your own way on every issue; but let’s face it, if we cut taxes, shrink government, promote free enterprise and individual liberty, and defend and uphold the Constitution, we will be well on our way to fixing America.

The ONLY way we make this happen is to come together upon the common ground we share and reform our party and our country. And, at the end of the day, you are either part of the problem or part of the solution. Which will you choose?

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