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Life, Liberty, Return to Happiness in 2024

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This could be an enormous year for Republicans for a hidden reason. Yes, if Democrat congressional retirements continue, if Biden remains unpopular, if Democrats keep drifting left, November could mean a route. But the bigger issue is what that means – for 2024.

First, look at Democrat retirements, a cascade. Already 18 Democrat House members are leaving, another eight not running for reelection. Many are seniors, including the Chairs of the Transportation, Science, and Budget Committees.

Why is that happening? Because they see writing on the wall, want out before that wall falls on them. What writing? Biden’s poll numbers for one, and their party’s left lurch for another.

Biden’s popularity is near record lows. A Rasmussen poll last week shows total approval at 38 percent, disapproval of 60 percent, strongly disapproves of 49 percent. That is abysmal in year one. See, Biden Approval Index History.

Meantime, Democrat leadership is captive to the Hard Left, those pushing race riots, wild socialist bills, overspending, defunding police, downsizing the military, Marxist “Critical Race Theory,” anti-energy independence, open borders, flipping state-level electoral integrity laws, pushing cancel culture, mandates, transgender sports. All this infuriates centrist voters.

The bigger picture is this: If Republicans win the House or Senate, they need to act. Winning Congress stops Biden’s crazy lurch left but it is only half the battle. To win the day, restore the country to common sense, less hysteria, more ballast, and centrism, the mission is bigger.

Needed is forethought on what to do with power, once secured. A Republican Congress – unless veto-proof margins – can only stop bad ideas, so must prepare for 2024. 

The goal must be to think ahead, set up 2024 wins in the House and Senate, as well as the White House, for more than holding power and preventing leftism. The idea must be framing and advancing positive, meaningful, all-American legislation, what most Americans really want.

Needed is a clear, forward-looking agenda, a thoughtful, honest, historically rooted, liberty-centric empowerment of people, something that lays the foundation for a big 2024 win.

If the GOP can shape policies for 80 percent of the country – economic, public safety, cultural, foreign, national security, and elevating personal liberty, they can get a whopping win in 2024.

How is this to be done? One idea – which helped in the mid-1990s and informed the 2000s, was the Contract with America, ten priorities that returned government to the people, with wide agreement. A majority behind a new Contract with America could be decisive, saving America.

What might go into it? The list is long. Basics might include holding the government accountable, ending public corruption, restoring law and order, fiscal discipline, lowering taxes, halting overregulation, freeing markets to clear and prosper, lowering our national debt.

Other ideas include incentivizing US businesses to “decouple” from China, diversify supply chains, restore energy independence, reduce cancel culture, high tech, and restore free speech, plus stop federal intrusions on education, religion, diversity of ideas, and the military.

As Ronald Reagan and others demonstrated – with presidents of both parties – if you have the core ideas, stick with them, believe firmly in them – and they resonate, you bind wounds, unify, help the country to prosper. When we lose sight of the ideas and respect for history, we flounder.

So, time is now to think long term, win the day in 2022 – and with integrity convert that win to a bigger win in 2024, using a new Contract with America. Winning power is not enough. It must be used to restore respect for life, liberty, prosperity, and the pursuit of happiness. So, let’s begin!


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Common Man
6 months ago

Newt would be a great running mate for Trump in 2024

Jorge L Rios
6 months ago

We as a nation must brace ourselves to hit the brakes hard, then make an honest and open minded evaluation of where we are and where we are going. As we do this we will realize that as that well known song states “We were lost but now we are found, we were blind but now we see”, then we must make a sharp U turn and get back to our founding principles in our faith, morals, family values, and overall culture, otherwise we are following in the footsteps of the Romans, and we all know how that turned out.

GTPatriot
6 months ago

Excellent statement in a few words. Yes, can we lead if and when we get the chance and how will we do it ? The dims have learned that they are too divided to lead. They have no consensus. Progress does not mean “progressivism”. Progress means attaching a huge majority of your own party to a significant number of independents so that a consensus is formed. Biden’s failure is extremism. A change cannot consist of super-conservatism or liberalism. Change must be balanced or nothing happens. That’s how we work and its how it should be.

PAUL
6 months ago

Left, Right, Voting, CRT, Defund the police, boys can be girls all a distraction to keep us pitted against each other. No election can fix this, the family unit must be fix first. Until then this fall will continue something Evil is in charge it must be purged, paper money backed by a printer, hopefully people realize this cov-19 was there social security fix. This must be fixed at the local levels thru Faith in our Creator.

Caroline W
6 months ago

Thank you, Mr Charles , for this straightforward article with excellent foresight. A breath of fresh air! I do hope those in Congress and those hoping to win come November will take all of this to heart. It will be a real winner!!

Pstricia Ssche
6 months ago

I forwarded this to Facebook and hope they not only read it but subscribe.

Texas Resister 64
6 months ago

Newt G says that a new Contract with America is percolating among Republican reps and we’ll see something before the end of the summer. I hope he is correct, and that it has a net positive spin.

Texas Resister 64
6 months ago

The reference to the Book of Daniel 5:5 is almost always misstated. What caused apoplexy in the Babylonian king was not the writing, but the hand writing on the wall–which he rightly interpreted as divine judgement.

Mohave50
6 months ago

I think a lot of people think 2024 will fix this. It won’t. The Repubs are happy to be rid of Trump who made them all look bad and they have really not made much of an effort to fix 2020. Why would anyone think they will ever win any election again? The cheating has been shown in many States. Ho Hum from Congress. We saw cheating on TV from surveillance videos. Ho Hum again. NO ONE has been held accountable. The States are slow walking any possibility of indictments and the Democrats now know they can cheat their asses off and no one will hold them accountable. Federal election Interference is a crime. Is anyone in jail yet? Nope.

How can We the People be so clueless to imagine we will EVER win again? The massive cheating was right out in the open and the Dems got a pass. Why will 2024 be different?

Welcome to the United Soviet Socialist States of America.

Morbious
6 months ago
Reply to  Mohave50

My congressman, a military vet who i called perhaps a hundred times, never mentioned trump once and just retired midterm to scoop up cash via a gravy lobbying job. The reaction of the rino party to trump proves to me what they are. Theyre vichy france, eager to please their masters. The french fired on our boys in the North Africa campaign. Unless this changes, the republicans taking congress will only slightly slow the sickening lurch leftward .

PaulE
6 months ago

Lots of “ifs” in this article. The two “ifs” you left out of this rosy scenario is “if” ALL the states ensure that a repeat of the voting practices of 2020 are NOT repeated, via the necessary state legislation enacted to prevent it via the midterms and beyond. The second “if” is that the Republican Party radically needs to step up its current lethargic campaigning.

So far the first one, securing the vote, is way behind schedule and the pace of state legislatures still needing to get this done needs to speed up as the cut-off date for making such changes ahead of the midterms is rapidly approaching. Otherwise, the bid landslide you’re hoping for may not materialize in both chambers of Congress.

As for the second, so far Congressional Republicans are not offering anything substantial as a reason to vote FOR them. They all come on TV or give print interviews and just say how bad Biden and the Democrats in Congress are and how history has shown that the party in the minority always picks up congressional seats. We shouldn’t be relying on history when substantial parts of the country are still going to be pushing mail-in balloting. Congressional Republicans also need to offer a positive vision, with some real, tangible commitments, to the American people and it has to be what ALL Republicans are running on. Yes, a unified message as much as that might offend some. Kim below suggests a sort of new Contract for America, although given the squishy style of McConnell and McCarthy, that might be expecting a little too much. Neither one speaks or acts as forcefully as Newt Gingrich did back in 1994. So a consistent verbal message will have to do.

Do we have a good chance to win back both chambers of Congress in 2022? YES. However, we shouldn’t think it is either a slam dunk or some kind of cake walk, where the Republicans don’t have to put in any real effort. Democrats will be pulling out every dirty trick they know to try to hang onto Congress this year. We have to work smart to ensure they don’t succeed.

Boz
6 months ago

Unless Dominion is dealt with, don’t even think about 2024.

Kim
6 months ago

For a long time, I’ve thought a new Conservative Proclamation was needed to unite us and to lay out a blueprint for real progress in America for every American. Perhaps a reminder of this sort is needed every generation. Quid pro quo–there must be consequences for not following the blueprint. Otherwise, no one will be held to account when those promises vanish in the dust with the next pandemic, recession, global conflict…you name it, politicians have used every excuse in the book.

President Trump’s promise to repeal several regulations for each new one introduced is a good start. Committing to whittling down the national debt by dedicating certain revenues to the purpose is another. Protecting Americans and our allies overseas will put the great back into Make America Great Again. We’ve become the laughing stock of the world thanks to the current weak and incompetent president and his cabinet leaders.

A clear and sensible vision of this country’s future should calm the angst between the 2 main parties and provide the security we crave. If only the MSM will get on board instead of fomenting strife all the time. I’m very optimistic about the outcomes in 2022 and 2024. Please, candidates, don’t mess it up!

PaulE
6 months ago
Reply to  Kim

I generally agree with what you are saying Kim, but your last paragraph is hoping for a bit much. The country is basically evenly split between two opposing ideologies, that share virtually no common ground. So what you and I might consider “a clear and sensible vision” for the country would generally be completely unacceptable to those that want the federal government to be a cradle to grave nanny state that provides for all their needs and wants.

As for the MSM in this country, given it is populated by liberals, “progressives” or outright hard core socialists from the very top of the ownership suites to the rank and file reporters and on air personalities, they will always promote the values of the socialist agenda. They are just much more open about it now, because we are so close to them obtaining their vision of a transformed United States. Which means they will be fomenting strife and dissention whenever the opportunity presents itself. “News” isn’t actually news in the MSM. It is leftist propaganda designed to promote the socialist policies they believe in. So they will never “get on board” with just reporting real news. That doesn’t work for them.

Kim
6 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

I started to reply, but had to exit to listen to our president… His mouth is like the clowncar, where ridiculous stuff keeps pouring out. (“I’ve made many mistakes, I’m sure.” “I am a capitalist”, and later, “I’m a big labor guy.” “My plan cuts the deficit.” ~”Short of a full-blown nuclear war, Putin’s not in a good position.” Yikes!) Biden repeated several times the fact that the Republicans don’t have an agenda, that there’s not much discussion about what Republicans want (he hinted that he doesn’t hear it because of the MSM), and that he’s clueless as to what R’s want. So here’s our chance to send him a copy.

Of course, we know what our agenda is. But it needs to be put in a document, such as the one Gingrich laid out. Having that blueprint and asking members for consensus is difficult for a party that values independent-minded thinking over the groupthink mentality that keeps all the Democrats voting the same, with few and rare exceptions. That’s why we should delineate the issues that all of us R’s agree with and leave the rest to individuals to squabble over at the dinner table. Keep it really simple so everyone can understand it. Having a physical document gets people to focus on something instead of hearing more “blah, blah, bah”.

True, PaulE, there isn’t much hope for the MSM. I’m an eternal optimist, and am eager to see them fail miserably as Their Man and his administration continue to stumble and fall. How anyone can still assign them any credibility is beyond me. Their viewership is dropping, and I hear quite a few people calling radio stations to say they were registered D’s, but no longer. Inch by inch…

PaulE
6 months ago
Reply to  Kim

Today’s Biden press conference was pretty much what I expected it to be. He started with yet another repeat for everyone to get vaccinated, as if that topic hasn’t been run into the ground by now and then segwayed into a literal hodge podge of snipets from previous speeches all strung together in a disjointed manner. His speech writers must be getting tired or they have run out of new ways to obfuscate the truth to not be readily discernable. His list of so-called accomplishments was literally nothing but a string of either outright lies or gross exaggerations deliver in his usual semi yelling manner for effect.

I did find the Q&A amusing though. We all kind of know by this point what kind of softball questions the MSM is going to toss Biden at these events, but the entertainment value comes from Biden trying to remember people’s names, what the question is, which canned answer he is supposed to give and finally not to drift off and forget where he’s at.

I found his answer about not being overly concerned if Russia just made a “small incursion” into Ukraine. He dodged clarifying a follow-up question as to what “small” meant exactly of course. Nothing like essentially green lighting a go for Putin to feel safe in rolling Russian troops into Ukraine without any concern on America’s part to make the Ukrainians and NATO comfortable. And some people still wonder why we are now considered a joke on the international stage. ;-)

As for the MSM, if you have a chance you should watch Project Veritas’ multi-part series on CNN and another on ABC to see inside how both MSM operations work. NBC and CBS operate the exact same way regarding their so-called news reporting.

Kim
6 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

On the issues of competence in government and then biden’s mental fitness (finally, asked by James Rosen)—totally laughable! He apparently didn’t have a response because his handlers hadn’t included one in his notes. That’s the expected question biden should have paid big bucks for to get a good response…couldn’t come up with one himself.

…”first time working people got a raise.” ~”We’ve gotten more done than any other president.” Putin will do something with or without biden’s threats; it’s not looking good for Ukraine. The gift that keeps on giving.

PaulE
6 months ago
Reply to  Kim

Yes, three more years of an increasingly senile and out of touch president at the helm. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty!

Rik
6 months ago

The biggest “if” is if state legislatures don’t “fix” what cost Republicans the Presidentcy!

dave
6 months ago

Needs fixing now. 2024 will be too late as they will find a different way to steal an election.

SAMSON
6 months ago

Does everyone think we can make it another 3 years with these brainless democrats in charge? Trump did not have enough time to fix the damage from obama and now we have the same thing again with biden and his clowns.

Boz
6 months ago
Reply to  SAMSON

Exactly correct, however, it is STILL 0bama running this show.

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