Terry Paulson

As we come closer to celebrating what would have been Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday, we should follow his advice: “I appealed to their best hopes, not their worst fears. To their confidence, not their doubts.” Republicans shouldn’t race to the center; they should stand strong for the rock-solid conservative principles that guided Ronald Reagan into political victory as governor and as president. He believed in the American people—its workers, entrepreneurs and citizens. He wanted empowered individuals, not bigger government.

Democrats keep asking what Republicans will do to fix the economy. They don’t plan on passing more programs, regulations or stimulus plans. They plan on getting out of the way to let people DO what they DO Best—innovate, work hard, spend their money where they want it spent, create businesses to provide a product or service someone will actually pay for, and re-energize the private sector that has been over-controlled and over-taxed.

Want to revitalize the Republican Party, then stop talking about Republican politicians and start promoting the real answer—real citizens, entrepreneurs and hard-working Americans who are busy making the American Dream work. Let them fund ads that catch Americans working and let their success inspire others to do the same. Politicians aren’t the stars of the GOP—the people are!

As Reagan said from the White House, “I’m not taking your time this evening to ask you to trust me. Instead, I ask you to trust yourself. That is what America is all about… It’s the power of millions of people like you who will determine what will make America great again.”

Reagan wouldn’t want us to wait for another election. We’ve had enough of eloquent politicians who think they have all the answers. We need a party that believes in us and proves it by cutting taxes, cutting spending and minimizing big government dependence. Get out of the way and give “We the People” freedom again—freedom to fail and to succeed!

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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