Monthly Archives: September 2015

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Most of us know the difference between a democracy (majority rule) and a republic (the rule of law). However, can you describe monarchies, oligarchies, democracies, republics, and anarchy in terms of how much power a government has? Watch the short video


 

The Jack Kemp Model for Republicans

GOP candidates in 2016 would do well to echo his message of growth, prosperity and hope.

Rep. Jack Kemp at the Republican National Convention in Detroit in 1980.  Rep. Jack Kemp at the Republican National Convention in Detroit in 1980. Photo: Getty Images

Jack Kemp never became president, but the country desperately needs a leader like him now. When Kemp died in 2009, two themes dominated tributes to his career as a star quarterback, congressman, cabinet secretary and candidate for vice president and president. Conservatives called him one of the most influential politicians of the 20th century who never made it to the White House. He was “among the most important Congressmen in U.S. history,” as a Wall Street Journal editorial put it. Liberals declared that the Republican Party needed, but didn’t have, a Kemp: a leader who cared about the poor, who wanted to make the GOP attractive to minorities and working-class voters, who never went negative and regularly worked across party lines.

Both evaluations were accurate. And both are relevant as the GOP struggles to find its 2016 presidential candidate. Republican voters—Democrats and independents, too—are looking for someone who, instead of raging at the status quo, will shake up Washington, make the economy grow again and restore hope in America’s future. A candidate working from the Kemp model could do all of that.

Kemp was a pivotal political leader because, as the foremost exponent of supply-side economics, he persuaded his party and later Ronald Reagan to adopt his tax-cut plan, known as “Kemp-Roth.” The top tax rate on individual income dropped in 1981 to 50% from 70%. Then Kemp helped pioneer tax reform, and the top rate fell in 1986 to 28%. Middle-income taxpayers enjoyed similar cuts.

After an era of “stagflation” and malaise in the 1970s, Reaganomics produced more than two decades of prosperity, restored American morale, undermined the Soviet empire and converted much of the world, for a time at least, to democratic capitalism. Kemp deserves a significant amount of credit.

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One of the things I liked best about Reagan was his sense of humor. Today’s politicians are way too serious. He poked as much fun at himself as he did others, and never got butt-hurt when someone criticized or made fun of him. I decided to put together this video (in his honor) to capture some of his finest moments. The Cold War era was a spooky time; thank God we had a President that kept things lighthearted enough to get us through it!

“Times have changed. But the basic premise of the Constitution hasn’t changed. It’s still our blueprint for freedom.” – Ronald Reagan

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“Many of the problems we face today are the results of drifting away from principles that kept our country on a sound footing through most of its history. Our Forefathers believed that government should be limited and power should be decentralized.” – Ronald Reagan

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pledge of allegiance

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Democrat morality

“Entrepreneurial capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid.” — Bono

Why does capitalism work?—-> bit.ly/1FwGdAe

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The Reagan Club meets on the first Thursday of every month at The Amazing Grace Community Church ( 541 E 99th Pl, Thornton, CO, 80229) from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. with doors open at 6:00 p.m.. We feature different programs and speakers as we honor the 40th President. The Reagan Club of Colorado seeks to promote the Constitution, smaller government, lower taxes, personal freedom, helping candidates, and educating the public about one of our greatest presidents, Ronald Wilson Reagan.

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