Thoughts February 2010

By Tim Rudd
Clermont Republican Party Chairperson

From a liberal viewpoint no president should have been more in favor of government programs than our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was born onto a relatively poor family and his father hired him out as field laborer for wages at a young age. This led to an aversion for manual labor for Abe who would seek his life ambitions by using his head.

An autodidact he became a lawyer by studying under older attorneys and became a successful corporate attorney, then congressmen, then a failed candidate for United States Senate and eventually President of the United States. He did all of this basically by himself along with the aid of friends and supporters but not with the aid of some large government agency.

In fact Lincoln’s view of government was simple and conservative: “The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all, or cannot do so well for themselves, in their separate and individual capacities”.

2010 stands to be a pivotal year for the conservative voters supporting the Republican Party. All statewide offices, the apportionment board, the Ohio General Assembly, the U.S. Congress and various local races are up for grabs. As the Republican Party moves forward into 2010 we should keep in mind the above quoted maxim of Lincoln.

Lincoln believed that the fundamental document of our nation’s founding was the Declaration of Independence and the following statement: We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal , that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…

The fundamental belief inherent in that beautiful sentence is that man is a fallen creature or if you rather that man is not perfectible. We must recognize that there are immutable laws that not only regulate nature but also human behavior. We recognize that the greatness of our country lies in the decisions made daily by a free people interacting with one another freely in a free market.

Therefore any solutions that government proposes should be limited, should enhance the liberty and freedom of its citizens, and should enhance our free market economy. We totally reject the notion that a few elites know better the solutions that effect millions than the millions themselves. We also totally reject the notion that a few should pick the winners and losers in our free market economy.

Last summer saw a revolution begin on the streets of our nation, a revolution that became known as “The Tea Party Movement”. Much hand wringing and consternation has been done in party circles regarding the movement. Let me be plain, if the intentions of the movement is to hold the Republican Party to core conservative values then you are welcome. You will find that the vast majority of party members, central committee members, and elected Republican office holders in Clermont County are true red conservatives.