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The Need to Explain

tom2892 Wrote: Nov 23, 2012 11:27 AM
Mr. Sowell you are correct. Our candidates have little idea about how to articulate the message of limited government nor do they seem to have a clue about the tools of limited government one might use to solve problems. A friend recently said he had voted for Obama because he couldn't really tell the differences in the parties' messages. It is a sad and pathetic message, one that is driving me to consider creating a new party, one that can jetison the baggage of the past, and articulate the wonderful message of federalism. Tom

The most successful Republican presidential candidate of the past half century-- Ronald Reagan, who was elected and reelected with landslide victories-- bore little resemblance to the moderate candidates that Republican conventional wisdom depicts as the key to victory, even though most of these moderate candidates have in fact gone down to defeat.

One of the biggest differences between Reagan and these latter-day losers was that Reagan paid great attention to explaining his policies and values. He was called "the great communicator," but much more than a gift for words was involved. The issues that defined Reagan's vision were things he...