Daniels Makes Controversial Statement About Reagan
Speaking to a group in Washington, D.C. Gov. Mitch Daniels made the controversial statement that conservatives and Republicans need to let Ronald Reagan go. According this source, Daniels said “Nostalgia is fine and Reagan’s economic plan was good…But we need to look towards the future rather than staying in the past.”
If Governor Daniels was urging us to look to the future and dream big dreams about how we’re going to apply conservative principles to new problems (and Reagan, for all of his good work, didn’t solve every problem, there is much work still to do) then he’s right. On the other hand, I tend to disagree with him if he was advocating that we move beyond Reagan and stop measuring our party’s leadership by the principles Reagan espoused. While no individual will ever fully match up to any other individual, it is important that we still stick with the principles that Ronald Reagan lived out in his governing. The principles weren’t Reagan principles, they were common-sense conservative principles and Ronald Reagan was the great communicator of those ideas.
Over this past election cycle while there were still numerous Republican presidential candidates, I got tired of hearing each of them claim the mantle of Ronald Reagan. It is one thing to respect Reagan and quote him, it is another thing to simply say “I’m a Reagan Republican” and let the Ronald Reagan label do your thinking for you. Labels should never be used as a cover-up for one’s own thought process. If you believe in conservative principles, instead of telling us you’re like Reagan, tell us what your principles are and how they will influence your decisions.