Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan served as the nation's 40th president.

I happened to run into my editor the other day, and he asked if I was going to submit some more columns. Without thinking, I responded, well it’s an embarrassment to be a conservative right now. What I meant is that the rock bed, Barry Goldwater-Ronald Reagan conservatism that I cut my teeth on no longer exists. Today’s political climate is embarrassing.

In the old days, conservatives possessed clearly defined principles, and liberals understood and largely respected our commitment to those values. Both major parties found middle ground and enacted legislation that was good for the country. My friends included both Republicans and Democrats, and we shared debate while breaking bread. Huntley, Brinkley and Cronkite were fair and impartial arbitrators and almost never picked sides. Elections were never questioned, and expanding voting rights for minorities was the American way.

What is happening in politics today is frustrating and hurtful to Americans on the left, right and middle who want to be serious about addressing the critical issues facing this great nation and obscuring the American dream. It appears that both major parties are being manipulated by the national media and massive lobbying organizations that divide us and pit us against each other like mindless roosters. I have never been a conspiracy theorist, but I sometimes wonder if a group of wealthy Europeans are sitting around a table in Stockholm laughing uncontrollably as we blindly tear one another apart and destroy the unity that made America great, which happened long before that phrase became a divisive political slogan.

I love America and the unbridled potential she offers. America is exceptional because Americans – all Americans – are exceptional, and our founders provided a framework that works for those who are willing to work. During my lifetime, John F. Kennedy, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Dwight Eisenhower – passionate, inspirational presidents – set the bar for decorum, bipartisan cooperation and good manners. Under their leadership, exceptional things were accomplished: the end of American apartheid, the interstate highway system, putting mankind on the moon, the elimination of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. These accomplishments made us all hold our heads high and earned America the respect of the world.

Then came Watergate, followed by one scandal after another, until the presidential halo had been too tarnished to be renewed. The once sacred respect the media had for the office has turned to jaded disdain.

There is a solution for our current madness and problematical deadlock: accomplishment. We need to retire the worn out, trite, incorrigible, ill-mannered, uncooperative, traditional politicians and discover, develop and elect a new crop of fresh, bipartisan, innovative, humble servant-leaders who do not want to become lifetime politicians and will commit to working together to do the following: developing a sensible plan for immigration; to titivate our economic system to make accomplishment possible for everyone who desires financial independence; to find a commonsense compromise that protects women’s health while providing protection for the innocent unborn; to renovate our crumbling infrastructure and antiquated housing stock; and to stop focusing on the argumentative cause of climate change and refocus the STEM community to the protection of our country from the same climate generated consequences that destroyed the world’s three greatest ancient civilizations.

To quote Michael Douglas in “The American President:” “Serious times demand serious solutions.”

Do you want to keep fighting or start finding solutions?

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Fred Snowden is a Loudoun County businessman and educator. He serves as the director of research and education for the Loudoun Freedom Foundation.

(27) comments

amerigirl

workhardgetahead, first you do not need to break any law to be impeached. What 3 witnesses, name them? It is not up to the witnesses to say what is an impeachable offense and unless they were lawyers how would they know what laws may have been broken? Remember the impeachment process for Clinton started over him having an affair, is that breaking a law? The trial will state what was broken, be it laws or the constitution. IMPEACH!!!

workhardgetahead

High Crimes and Misdemeanors. Get it right?

amerigirl

read the actual constitutional reasons for impeachment: Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors. You get it right instead of half right.

workhardgetahead

What is Treason and Bribery? A crime. What is a Misdemeanor? A crime!!. Again, get it right

ChickenChucker

In many states an affair, adultery, is against the law. BUT, in this preceding anything that Schifty says is impeachable is impeachable. doesn't matter what the law or constitution states. Per his own testimony he makes it up as he goes. It is funny how Schifty testifies more than any actual or second hand witness, and he tries to tell every body that it's the truth even when he has no first hand knowledge. Pure trash and no orange hair, jüst beady eyes and a scrawny neck. A disgrace to America compared to Trump, he makes Trump look like a saint, and I don't even like Trump. HE is more refreshing than what we ha.vie has lately, BUSH, CLINTON, AND O'VOMIT.

workhardgetahead

After watching today's impeachment hearings the democrats should be ashamed. What a sham!! When will this end?

amerigirl

It's hard to be ashamed of the truth.

ChickenChucker

Trump is better than you, that's nothing for you to be ashamed. Start promoting your favorite for the next election, you have a lot to choose from. [crying]

amerigirl

Chicken, what are you talking about? You think a liar is better than what? Does the truth scare you?

ChickenChucker

It seems you are very afraid of the truth since it doesn't fit your agenda. You continually accuse Trump of which you are guilty. You accuse everybody that doesn't agree with you of something or other, just read your comments for proof. Go write on the black board 100 times: Trump its Great.

Too give credit where credit is due, you write much better than I do.

amerigirl

Chicky, you got some splaining to do. What truth am I afraid of? Please don’t feed me another conspiracy theory, just plain facts. What am I guilty of? My blackboard is covered in trump is a liar. Oh yeah I clicked on myself and there were no accusations other than 1 well deserved one and that was about the comment not the person.

workhardgetahead

Amerigirl, who said the following? If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. Benghazi was caused by a You Tube video.

Those are just a few. Who said those lies?

amerigirl

Work, Good luck finding more mistakes. At least Obama didn’t deliberately lie to people. They did try to fix the ACA so you could keep your doctor but the republicans would not let the democrats bring any legislation regarding the ACA to the floor. They wanted it to fail, they still do even when it has been so successful. Their only reason is that Obama created it. Benghazi was bad intel, you know that, the world knows that. Obama updated that as the intel came in. Who lies about stupid things like crowd size? Who, just 2 days ago tweeted “Today I opened a major Apple Manufacturing plant in Texas that will bring high paying jobs back to America” and claimed that they didn’t have to pay tariffs? The plant that opened in 2013 and it’s more expensive to assemble Mac Pros in the US, not just because of labor and production costs, but explicitly because of the tariffs Trump has placed on intermediary goods. The day before he said "Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, and the rest of the corrupt Democrats made a promise to their crazy left-wing base that they would impeach me even BEFORE I took office." In fact, Pelosi and Schiff long resisted calls by other Democrats for the current impeachment inquiry. A few days earlier tweeted “Many of the people in DACA, no longer very young, are far from “angels.” Some are very tough, hardened criminals” also tweeted: "DACA recipients with arrest records: 53,792! That is a very large proportion of the total." U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, which reviews DACA applications, terminations and the arrest history of applicants. None of this data shows that immigrants with significant offenses are enjoying DACA protection. That’s just a few of his lies in the last 10 days.

amerigirl

Trump is not better than anyone, in fact he is the prime example of what happens when you refuse mental health or let syphilis get too advanced.

BobOhneiserEsq

Chris McHale, Love your post and most of the article. The only suggestion I could make is to add focus on DEFINING the Problems not fight over solutions. Just as one example of a real problem being avoided we have a repository problem in the USA forcing all power companies to store their highly hazardous waste onsite yet DC can only see whether YUCCA Mountain, Nevada should be open or not. Accept the definition of the problem and then work the solution but don't ignore the problem. How often do we demand our Congressional representatives to define the problems they are working on versus clapping for them if they are in the same party we are? Imagine - competent representatives more interested in defining and solving problems than running for re-election for them selves and for others in the same party. It is such a good idea perhaps this is what the founders of our country intended! :-)

workhardgetahead

The writer doesnt seem to watch the news. The President has solutions for problems but every step of the way he is being obstructed by the dems. Immigration, Trade deals (USMCA) etc. Its the democrats that dont want solutions, they want obstruction, even to a point where they want to impeach this president. For what? Nothing even comes close to what their narrative is. I'm a proud conservative and I am not ashamed and I'm am not ashamed of this president. I'll tell you what Im ashamed of though, Biological men playing women's sports and transgender bathrooms among other things that democrats tout. Those are both democrat ideas and they are completely insane and shameful.

CandiCupcakes

Transgender people have been playing those same sports and using those same bathrooms for decades. It was widely known in the 80's. But now that King Trump say it's a problem, we must obey and hate it!

amerigirl

The only thing getting in his way are laws and the Constitution, which he calls phony. Trade deals, those are some of the worse deals anyone has ever made, it has cost jobs, companies and in the Midwest, it cost farms not to mention that their suicide rate has risen. How can you not understand that letting foreign countries interfere in elections is wrong? He tried to bribe a foreign country to further his agenda. He had Erdoğan to the white house after Turkey invaded Syria killing many of the people we were there fighting ISIS with. Tell me that had nothing to do with his properties there. That alone you should be ashamed of. Also, that he has ripped Christian families apart at the border causing trauma and even death to children and babies. There are so many things that he has done that should embarrass every American that it would be impossible to list them all here. Don’t be a sheep, you know there has to be some things that he has done that you don’t agree with. Speaking of “Biological men”, it’s alright to say that you can grab them and kiss them without permission? Transgender people have always been around they have had to hide in a closet because they are such a minority and most white men can’t accept anyone that doers not fit their standards. If they had a choice do you think they would have been asked to be born this way? Iota is shameful that you can’t accept a person for how God made them.

workhardgetahead

He tried to bribe a foreign country? Were you part of the democratic focus group on about which words sound better for impeachment?

What a ruse, SHUT IT DOWN!!

workhardgetahead

You invoked the word God, I thought you were a democrat.

amerigirl

Sorry work, I’m not going by the talking points that the white house is putting out, you know the ones they accidently sent to the democrats along with the republicans. We had a good laugh on that one when all those republicans started using them right after they were read aloud on CNN and MSNBC. It was your party that said his words didn’t amount to a crime so Pelosi used a word that is actually in the Constitution. They are just running out of excuses. Of course, he tried to bribe a foreign country, what else could you call it? He also wanted them to interfere in the elections. The thing is you are just another follower and no matter what he does or did you will never admit that there was anything wrong with doing it, even if he started selling of states you could somehow justify it. The word God, that is crazy. Most Democrat along with republicans believe in some sort of God. Personally, I don’t because I am atheist. But I assume you do and the statement was put to you and your beliefs.

workhardgetahead

Again, what proof do you have tha th any law was broken. We had 3 witnesses up on the hill that couldn't say a law was broken or an impeachable offense. ADJOURN!!!

ChickenChucker

God didn't make them that way girl. But you yourself have said you didn't believe in God. Is God now shameful for saying that homosexuality is an abomination? Now you got out your race cards, calling me a white man. How dare you. I am a German, Scottish. Irish American, sorry no Indian, but my mother was born in India. But I guess Socialists have no shame. Next you'll be calling us all monkeys. [scared]

ReasonableVoice

Judging by the usual comments on here I would agree.

RoundHillGuy

right now its all about being the most woke. why think when there is so much offense to be outraged at. oh yea, and Orange man bad.

Chris McHale

I couldn't agree with the letter more. The 2 sides have become polarized. Until we find new moderate candidates we will never stabilize. I would suggest going to term limits but since Congress won't even hold themselves to such laws as insider trading I have little hope for term limits. At least with the WH we are guaranteed a new leader every 8 years. If you don't like the current President you at least know for a fact he's out in 2024 (if not sooner). So at least there will be change. Congress has had members from BOTH parties who should have been out years ago.

CandiCupcakes

That's a concept both parties agree on. But they won't ever allow it to change.

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