A Message From Michael Steele

No one can say that the Republican Party has not changed since the Reagan era. Everything changes over time. Sometimes for good, sometimes for bad. But like a tree or a tall skyscraper swaying in the wind, it is the core that must hold firm to prevent a collapse. Republicans have core beliefs that must not be deviated from and we have held those beliefs firm over the last thirty years. We must continue to hold them firm.

That is the message from former Maryland Lt. Governer Michael Steele. From his latest column:

Republicans stand on the precipice of conservatism, ready to throw each other off because we feel as if we’ve lost our grip on what conservatism means; indeed, what it means to be a republican.

But, we should never lose faith first and foremost in our belief in the power and ingenuity of the individual to create the legacy of a nation through hard work and self-discipline. Conservatives must stand firm once again in our belief that government should be limited so that it never becomes powerful enough to infringe on the rights of the individual. We must reaffirm the principle of lowering taxes so that individuals might keep more of their hard earned wages, and realize the economic power that it generates. Republicans must promote business regulations that encourage entrepreneurs to take risks so that more individuals can enjoy the satisfaction and fruits of self-made success; and our party must always remain steadfast in its defense of a colorblind society, so that each man or woman is treated as an individual and not as a member of some hyphenated class or group.

Do you, as a Republican still believe these things? Then you need to stick with your beliefs and help spread the message.

Are you a Democrat or Independent who believes these things? Then you should come over to the Republicans.

And Mr. Steele’s most important message:

The Party of Lincoln is the Party of ideas and leadership that have made and will continue to make this nation great. Republicans must now gather strength from within as we enter a critical period in America’s history. We must work to restore faith in our Party by standing on those principles that not only unite us as Republicans, but as Americans. Republicans need to stop looking for Reagan and start acting like Republicans.

You can access the complete column on-line here:

Uniting The Republican Party
Michael Steele
TownHall.com
April 8, 2008

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