We’ve been following Reps. Paul Ryan and Jeb Hensarling series of editorial in the Washington Examiner (Part 1 and Part 2) and the concluded with the grand finale…a push for Ryan’s “Roadmap for America’s Future.” Shocking I know, though probably not to anyone who has read this blog before.
They did bring up an important point, and one that was echoed in Arthur C. Brooks “The Battle.” Brooks describes the latest front in the culture war as “…not the culture war of the 1990s. This is not a fight over guns, abortions, religion, and gays. Nor is it about Republicans vs. Democrats. Rather, it is a struggle between two competing visions of America’s future.”
Ryan and Hensarling lay out the two visions…
This is more than a battle of ideas. It is a battle for an idea: the American Idea.
Do we want an opportunity society with limitless growth and a sturdy safety net for those that truly need it — or — do we want a stagnant cradle-to-grave European welfare state? The European model is not only mathematically unsustainable, but also an affront to our founding principles — limited government, individual liberty, self-determination — principles that have made us the freest, most prosperous nation in the history of mankind.
We must reapply those founding principles to the challenges of the day. We must not back down from this fight if we are to reclaim the promise of our exceptional nation, and continue that great American tradition of giving the next generation greater opportunities and a brighter future.
So, which do you choose?