Cal  Thomas

Too great for small dreams. What an inspirational line. Reagan believed the strength of America was not in Washington, but in the people. If the people can catch that larger vision, he believed, they could fulfill their greater dreams.

This is what too many Republicans seem to have forgotten. They debate the size and cost of government, but ignore the one thing that will reduce that size and cost more than anything else: self-reliance. To paraphrase that famous line from Kennedy's inaugural address: Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for yourself.

Liberty isn't just a word that ought to be applied to governmental structures. Liberty is mainly individual: liberty from debt; liberty from dependence on others; liberty to make personal choices and not be dictated to by government.

Got it, GOP? Altogether now:

"Take off the gloomy mask of tragedy,

It's not your style;

You'll look so good that you'll be glad

Ya' decided to smile!"

An added benefit is that Democrats will wonder what you're up to.

Cal Thomas

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Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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