In 2012 conservatives are looking to put an end to the progressive agenda that has morally and fiscally bankrupted this nation over the past 100 years. Not since Ronald Reagan has there been the desire AND opportunity in America to push and enact the change that is necessary to put our government back within the constitutional guidelines so that liberty and prosperity can once again thrive as it was envisioned by our Founding Fathers. However, while the opportunity for that kind of change exists the current Republican nominee frontrunners may not share the same desires that conservatives have to do what is necessary to restore this great nation. Here is why:
Romney Flashback: In 2012 Mitt Romney tells MA voters “my views are progressive.”
Gingrich Flashbacks: Newt touts progressive FDR as the “greatest President of the 20th Century.”
Conservatives cannot cheer unions overseas and then be blindly anti-union here at home. There are legitimate historic reasons for workers to organize together, and there is a strong need for a healthy, competitive, union, movement that helps improve the lives of its members and the competitiveness of our country.
Andy Stern, the head of the Service Employees International Union, is the union leader who probably best understands the challenge of the world market and the need to make American union members productive in the face of world competition. Sadly, he is a distinct minority among union leaders.
Referring to Woodrow Wilson, who kicked progressive ideas into high gear during his presidency from 1913 – 1921, Gingrich calls himself a “Realpolitik Wilsonian“:
While these specific flashbacks may not reflect the current views of Romney or Gingrich they do help explain their past beliefs and views. Do they still agree with those ideas? Are they still progressive? Well, consider their record in office. Romney has RomneyCare and Gingrich is full of big government ideas. Will they govern as president the way they believe or will they govern as conservatives and the nation needs them to govern – in a way that restores this nation back to its constitutional founding? Time will tell, but historically speaking the chances are not good for the latter.
To answer the question of this article’s title is – not much. A Republican progressive behind the wheel only drives towards the cliff at a slower pace than a Democrat.