In a recent interview, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said the country will view the administration of his brother, George W. Bush, in a more positive light in the future.
Bush explained, “In (my father’s) four years as president a lot of amazing accomplishments took place. So my guess is that history will be kind to my brother, the further out you get from this and the more people compare his tenure to what’s going on now.”
As a philosophy Laissez-faire works fine in the commercial marketplace, but it does not work in the marketplace of ideas particularly when your opponents are unstinting in their efforts to demonize Republican policies and elected officials. The unkind contemporary treatment the most recent Bush administration received is one of the main reasons the country is saddled with the Obama administration today.
Instead of making the case for Bush policies, many Republicans ran for cover.
Waiting on the sidelines for a future history professor to salvage the administration’s reputation will do nothing to persuade voters to adopt conservative ideas today. Republicans and conservatives must be strong advocates right now if we expect to be around to enjoy positive approbation in the future.
Our country faces an unprecedented threat to the ideals and philosophy of our nation’s founders. During the darkest days of the revolution the founders did not focus solely on the military dimension of the conflict, confident that future historians would recognize the rightness of their cause.
While George Washington was on an actual battlefield, Tom Paine was fighting for the revolution on the battlefield of ideas.
We can do no less today. Looking at the current media landscape, it is certainly less stressful to wait for a final judgment from a university history department, but that will do nothing to turn the tide running against conservative thought today. We must aggressively advocate and defend our ideas, regardless of how hostile the media are.
And by “we” I don’t mean just elected officials and commentators. Conservative businessmen should be in this fight, too. Which is why it’s promising that the Koch brothers, Charles and David, are interested in buying or investing in the Tribune company, publisher of the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, and six other major daily newspapers.
It goes without saying the liberal mainstream media was appalled when word leaked out that wealthy conservatives were interested. They would prefer a wealthy liberal buy the publications and failing that, the newspapers become public utilities supported by taxpayers.
Compare the current response to the apathy displayed last year when Warren Buffet bought all the Media General newspaper properties. The MSM had nary a complaint, since at the same time Buffet was using his secretary as a prop to help Obama raise taxes.
The Koch brothers, on the other hand, have spent millions funding candidates, think tanks, and organizations working to advance the conservative cause. No wonder members of the MSM are worried about their interest in the Times, while we should be encouraged.
If our ideas are worthy, they are worth fighting for today. The stakes are too important for conservatives to sit on the sidelines waiting for a lifeline from academia.
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is the founder and chairman of The Reagan Group and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Click Here Now.
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