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Completing the Revolution: A Vision for Victory in 2000 Paperback – April 29, 2002
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- Publisher : Free Press; Original ed. edition (April 29, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0743242718
- ISBN-13 : 978-0743242714
- Item Weight : 11.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.57 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,709,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Back to the book review, Mr. Novak puts forth the conjecture that when the right buys the distortion of the left that the only way it will win elections is to become more centrist in nature, they are in effect destroying the core of the philosophical ideals of the right. Remember, the left over the years has slid farther and farther into the deadly grips of socialism until ideas that were consider middle of the road 20 years ago are now re-characterized as extreme right wing today. The democrats continually try to paint the conservatives as radicals when in reality it is the democrats that have slid into an ultra liberal position and it is they who have become the radicals. What is amazing is that the Republicans have bought into the lie and feel that they must become more middle of the road. So in essence we no longer have two distinct political parties anymore, instead we have Socialist Party A and Socialist Party B. Or in other terms the Republicrats and the Demicans. It is because of this shift to the left that myself and quite a few others that I know have changed party affiliation.
Mr. Novak is aware of this problem and has put forward ten ideas that if the Republican Party embraced they would begin to win elections again. Not only would they win elections they would see a renewal of zeal similar to the Reagan revolution. The ten postulates are as follows:
1 Use the budget surplus to cut taxes for everyone.
This is probably the biggest no brainer on the list. Lower taxes mean less government (socialistic) programs for the masses. Less government means less intrusion and fewer bureaucrats, fewer bureaucrats mean more productivity and wealth for everyone.
2 Endorse a national sales tax to replace the internal revenue code.
In fact I disagree with the national sales tax, but the point is to scrap the IRS code as it is now and replace it with something incredibly simpler. Again, less chance for the government to get you money means less chance that the government will have control over you.
3 Establish true personal accounts for Social Security.
Social security is here to stay, so why not let it work for you rather than against you. Let's all retire wealthier and with less government intrusion into how I handle MY money.
4 Stop reflexively opposing campaign finance reform.
Both parties have become prostitutes of the moneyed interest that has gotten them elected. If we would come up with a sweeping reform and couple it with idea number 10 it would be a boon for both parties.
5 Embrace Global Free Markets.
Although I believe in free markets theory it only works if both participants allow equal access to their respective markets. This is great in theory but in real life it does not always work.
6 Welcome the religious conservatives as force for good.
The religious right - the liberals have done such a fantastic job at brainwashing the masses into believing that the moral majority and their ilk would turn this county into a totalitarian theocratic form of government. Interesting though, the religious right has no such plans. If you still feel queasy about this notion I highly suggest you read a book by Don Feder, yes he's Jewish, entitled Who's Afraid of the Religious Right?
7 Stand firm in support of the right to life.
This is probably the bedrock principal of the Conservative movement. The Conservative Party has always been the party to look out for the most unfortunate and most in need of the society. While socialists will either discard or destroy human beings that don't fit their agenda it has been the conservatives of the world who have ended slavery and put racism behind us. It has always been the noble pursuit of caring for the handicapped through philanthropy and strong families that has shown the main difference between the left and the right. How can anybody with half a brain that is firing its synapses claim they are a pro-choice conservative. People a choice is between Coke or Pepsi, when you can summarily destroy a human being because it might be inconvenient after YOU MADE ALL THE CHOICES to procreate in the first place. By not standing up for human beings who in their weakest most dependent stage of life shows such utter contempt for our race and for the conservative cause that these individuals should join their true party. The party of Hitler, Lenin and Stalin.
8 Reach out to Women and Minorities without compromising the message.
Lets give credit where credit is due, the leftist have always won the propaganda war. The reason the right has morals and believes in the principal of the truth. With that said it sure wouldn't hurt to go after some good PR work and include the people who have been most helped by the philosophies of the right.
And the last two ideas are
9. Endorse a foreign policy based on strength and engagement, but for the right reasons.
10 Don't be afraid of term limits.
I'm out of space enjoy the book.
He describes Republicans as passive, playing not to lose, failing to keep promises, nonconfrontational, intimidated, and frightened, with a leadership that is politically moribund. He suggests that Republicans choose a leadership style from one of two politicians of a century ago . . . Teddy Roosevelt or Tom Reed, affectionately known as "Czar Reed" when he exercised dictatorial rule as Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 1890s. Which does Mr. Novak prefer? Yes, that's right, but read the book to confirm your guess.
He lists ten things Republicans can do to win. One item he claims is popular with voters is term limits . . . three two-year terms maximum for House members. He suggests that Republicans adopt limits even if Democrats don't. So, the House could have Republicans with an average of three years experience, and the Democrats an average of fifteen. Sounds fair.
He suggests "Reaching out to women and minorities without compromising the message." The American electorate divides 40% pro-choice, 40% pro-life, and 20% in the middle. George W. Bush, the presumed Republican presidential candidate, is pro-life. To reach out, considering the divided electorate, one might expect that a vice-presidential running mate would be pro-choice. No way, says Novak. Evidently, "reaching out and not compromising the message" means - let's cooperate; do it my way.
My advice to Republicans? Look this gift horse in the mouth, then send it back to its owner.