'Save the Nation' Legislation

Jed Gladstein
The Republicans are poised to take back the House of Representatives, and possibly the Senate. That gives them a chance to save the nation. The legislation that they pass out of Congress in the next two years must do two things. First, it must fund the programs that support national security. Second, it must defund programs that cripple national security, including the ones that cripple the American economy. In this latter category, of course, are the programs enacted into law or implemented by Executive order since January of 2008. But that is only the beginning.For many generations, Americans have allowed their national government to grow exponentially, and that growth has been at the expense of individual liberty and middle class prosperity. Today, the Federal government's involvement in the health, education and welfare of the American people is so extensive that it affects every aspect of our lives. Using criminally confiscatory tax measures, the government has misappropriated the wealth of the middle class and used it to create a domestic entitlement class that now threatens the survival of the nation. To save the nation, that must end.

But a nation, like a person, is an organic whole. It is therefore susceptible to system shock, and the stupefaction that comes with shock. In recognition of this, the Republicans must adopt a gradualist approach to their program of national redemption. Complete defunding of programs implemented since 2008 is feasible because that will simply nip them in the bud. But defunding a host of "Great Society" programs from the 1960s will require a series of staged rollbacks, so that the American people and their institutions have an opportunity to make appropriate adjustments.

The Republicans will fail in their task to save this nation if they misconstrue the results of the upcoming election. They are not going to be on the receiving end of a Republican mandate. But they will be positioned to take advantage of pandemic voter outrage at the suicidal perversity of tax-and-spend politics. Beginning with the new Congress, federal legislation must recognize that the people have a preeminent right to keep what they earn, and that the states have a preeminent right to legislate on matters that affect the health, education and welfare of their citizenry. That is how our Constitutional Republic was designed to function, and when it functions that way it functions well.

So, for every Republican who isn't simply a RINO, let's see a real commitment to the American people. Let's see some Save the Nation Legislation!


The Republicans are poised to take back the House of Representatives, and possibly the Senate. That gives them a chance to save the nation. The legislation that they pass out of Congress in the next two years must do two things. First, it must fund the programs that support national security. Second, it must defund programs that cripple national security, including the ones that cripple the American economy. In this latter category, of course, are the programs enacted into law or implemented by Executive order since January of 2008. But that is only the beginning.

For many generations, Americans have allowed their national government to grow exponentially, and that growth has been at the expense of individual liberty and middle class prosperity. Today, the Federal government's involvement in the health, education and welfare of the American people is so extensive that it affects every aspect of our lives. Using criminally confiscatory tax measures, the government has misappropriated the wealth of the middle class and used it to create a domestic entitlement class that now threatens the survival of the nation. To save the nation, that must end.

But a nation, like a person, is an organic whole. It is therefore susceptible to system shock, and the stupefaction that comes with shock. In recognition of this, the Republicans must adopt a gradualist approach to their program of national redemption. Complete defunding of programs implemented since 2008 is feasible because that will simply nip them in the bud. But defunding a host of "Great Society" programs from the 1960s will require a series of staged rollbacks, so that the American people and their institutions have an opportunity to make appropriate adjustments.

The Republicans will fail in their task to save this nation if they misconstrue the results of the upcoming election. They are not going to be on the receiving end of a Republican mandate. But they will be positioned to take advantage of pandemic voter outrage at the suicidal perversity of tax-and-spend politics. Beginning with the new Congress, federal legislation must recognize that the people have a preeminent right to keep what they earn, and that the states have a preeminent right to legislate on matters that affect the health, education and welfare of their citizenry. That is how our Constitutional Republic was designed to function, and when it functions that way it functions well.

So, for every Republican who isn't simply a RINO, let's see a real commitment to the American people. Let's see some Save the Nation Legislation!