Too bad the
concern for the future of the Republican Party had not been seriously
addressed in the year 2000 when the Republicans gained control of
the House, Senate, and the Presidency.
Now, in light
of the election, many are asking: What is the future of the Republican
But that is
the wrong question. The proper question should be: Where is our
country heading? There’s no doubt that a large majority of Americans
believe we’re on the wrong track. That’s why the candidate demanding
"change" won the election. It mattered not that the change
offered was no change at all, only a change in the engineer of a
Once it’s figured
out what is fundamentally wrong with our political and economic
system, solutions can be offered. If the Republican Party can grasp
hold of the policy changes needed, then the party can be rebuilt.
In the rise
and fall of the recent Republican reign of power these past decades,
the goal of the party had grown to be only that of gaining and maintaining
power — with total sacrifice of the original Republican belief
in shrinking the size of government.
endorsed this view in order to achieve victories at the polls. Limiting
government power and size with less spending and a balanced budget
as the goal used to be a "traditional" Republican value.
This is what Goldwater and Reagan talked about. That is what the
Contract with America stood for.
Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.