- Always try to decentralize power as much as possible.
- Earmarks are corruption.
- The louder they scream “emergency,” the more suspicious you should be.
- There’s always something to attack in a government program.
- The grassroots are your friend.
- Tie everything back to how it helps the people.
- We will never control spending unless we change the system.
- You’ve got to believe in your heart that Americans want responsible government.
- We don’t need new laws; we need reform.
- It’s better to kill a bad bill than improve it.
I will say, though, that for Republicans perhaps the most important rule is one which Hawkins touched upon with a glancing blow — for much more than a year now, I’ve said that Republicans need to boil everything down to the proper role of the federal government. Everything, right down to pet social issues. There’s so much budding libertarianism in this country on both sides of the traditional political spectrum that it would be a squandered opportunity to do anything else.
On the rest of it, though, Hawkins is right on. I especially like No. 3. After all, liberal ideas standing on their own are anything but palatable. Therefore, liberals either need to lie about the nature of the idea, or use manufactured crisis to implement it.
I’d also like to use this as an opportunity to gripe a little about Townhall’s Web site. I know I’m nobody to talk. I know I don’t get even a fraction of the traffic they do. But still, as a guy who has to quickly navigate around political sites, I ask that Townhall scraps that annoying pop-up ad which appears shortly after content is opened.
Unless it’s the most lucrative advertising spot on the site (and it can’t be, because I can’t believe anybody would be reading an intelligent piece from Hawkins or Malkin or anybody else and see a pop-up ad and decide to follow it instead), the folks in charge there should realize that it takes away from the otherwise excellent content.
That’s all. I love the site otherwise.