Rebecca Hagelin

After about a month of hearing him complain, one of his buddies finally said, “Come on, Mac! If you’re so concerned about your weight, just ask your wife to send you off with something different.” To which Mac replied, “What you talkin’ about? I pack my own lunch!”

The key question to remember is: Who’s in control here?

Congress might ask itself the same question. We control the spending and the process ... and we wonder how the things got to such a state?

Fiscal integrity and moral integrity are inseparable issues. You can’t complain about the sharks while you’re holding a bucket of chum.

We are not, as a party, bereft of ideas, we are bereft of will -- the will to even consider ideas that might touch on the sacred cows of federal spending. If we are still on the wrong course, it is because we choose to be.

Every day, we sail further into the dangerous waters of Big Government Republicanism ... perilous straits for a society built on personal responsibility and freedom. We risk finding ourselves past the point of no return on the Road to Serfdom.

If we must look over our shoulder to see that shining city on a hill, we are sailing in the wrong direction.

The answer is not mutiny. It’s not time to abandon ship. It’s time for a major course correction!

We need to stop, set anchor and reset our heading based on what we know to be true about the nature of government:

• That government that governs least, governs best.
• That as government expands, freedom contracts.
• That government should never do for a man what he can and should do for himself.
• That societies are judged by their treatment of the most vulnerable: the aged, the infirm and the unborn.

But it’s not enough to know these truths. We need to choose to put them into practice.

The conservative movement is at a crossroads. Are we committed to the ideals of limited government, fiscal discipline and traditional moral values or not?

These are hard questions to face. But we ignore them at our peril. The time to address them is now, before the ship drifts so far off course that we find ourselves -- and the future of our country and children -- wrecked on the rocks of Big Government.  

Rebecca Hagelin

Rebecca Hagelin is a public speaker on the family and culture and the author of the new best seller, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family.
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