Thad Cochran Is No Reagan Conservative


It remains fashionable these days for Republicans to cloak themselves in the legacy of Ronald Reagan, especially those who served in Washington during the 1980s.  Thad Cochran and his supporters have already tried to remind the people of Mississippi of his steadfast conservatism.  But don’t be fooled.  Thad Cochran was no soldier in Reagan’s army.

Let us begin our story in Kansas City, at the Republican National Convention in July 1976, the nation’s 200th birthday.  Ronald Reagan, the former two-term governor of California, decided to challenge the unpopular President, Gerald Ford, who had angered a good many citizens by pardoning Richard Nixon before any charges had ever been brought in the Watergate case.  His foreign policy was also a disaster, allowing South Vietnam to fall to the North without any response and signing the Helsinki Accords, essentially handing the Soviets control of Eastern Europe. Continue reading

The Tea Party and True Conservatism


There is a battle raging within the GOP for the heart and soul of the party.  It is not about personality or for control of the machine.  It’s about ideology, principles, and the direction of the country.  It has been ongoing for years and will not abate until one side is totally defeated.

The two opposing sides – the establishment, elite, Rockefeller wing and the resurgent Tea Party – claim to be conservatives and represent true conservative ideology.  But both cannot be right.  The only way to see who best represents the truth is to determine what conservatism really is. Continue reading