We should look back to the '80s for our future

Nov 09, 2020 at 09:19 am by robmtchl

The populist conservative movement known as the New Right enjoyed unprecedented growth in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It's greatest salesman was Ronald Reagan. It appealed to evangelical Christians; anti-tax crusaders; advocates of deregulation and smaller markets; advocates of a more powerful American presence abroad; disaffected white liberals; and defenders of an unrestricted free market.

The rise of this "New Right" had it's nexus in the so-called Sunbelt, a mostly suburban and rural region of the Southeast, Southwest and California, where the population began to expand after World War II and exploded during the 1970s. Many of the new Sunbelters had migrated from the older industrial cities of the North and Midwest (the "Rust Belt"). They did so because they had grown tired of the seemingly insurmountable problems facing aging cities, such as overcrowding, pollution and crime. Perhaps most of all, they were tired of paying high taxes for social programs they did not consider effective and were worried about the stagnating economy. Many were also frustrated by what they saw as the federal government's constant, costly and inappropriate interference.

During and after the 1980 presidential election, these disaffected liberals came to be known as "Reagan Democrats." They provided millions of crucial votes for the Republican candidate, the personable and engaging former governor of California, Ronald Reagan, in his victory over the incumbent Democratic president, Jimmy Carter. Reagan won 51 percent of the vote and carried all but five states and the District of Columbia.

Reagan's campaign cast a wide net, appealing to conservatives of all stripes with promises of big tax cuts and smaller government. He advocated for industrial deregulation, reductions in government spending and tax cuts for both individuals and corporations, as part of an economic plan he and his advisors referred to as "supply-side economics." Rewarding success and allowing people with money to keep more of it, the thinking went, would encourage them to buy more goods and invest in businesses. It changed America financially and, as Reagan said" a rising tide raises all ships". Through the '80s every socio-economic class saw in increase in income.

Just as Reagan was the political poster boy of the 1980s; American manufacturing and industry had one of her own. Lee Iacocca, the mastermind behind the Ford Mustang and the straight-talking captain of Chrysler's historic U.S. rescue and 1980s turnaround that brought him acclaim as America's most famous CEO and car salesman. His optimistic enthusiasm and vision saved the Chrysler Corporation with a return to the basics and a marvel of marketing and engineering, the K car!

"I think America is getting an inferiority complex about Japan," Iacocca lamented before a group of Chrysler executives in one late 1980s TV commercial. "Everything from Japan is perfect. Everything from America is lousy ... now that's got to stop."

In the early 1980s, with the U.S. auto industry on its heels amid soaring gasoline prices, inflation and rising Japanese imports, Iacocca's optimism and fierce competitive spirit helped revive Chrysler and renew Detroit's fortunes.

"The most amazing thing about the guy is that he just never gives up," the late Ben Bidwell, a Chrysler vice chairman, once said of Iacocca. "Every day he gets up and every day he attacks. You get discouraged yourself. But he just never, never, never gives up on the company, on its products, on whatever."

Iacocca was hailed as "Detroit's comeback kid" in a March 1983 cover story in Time. Two years later, when asked to name the person they most admired for a 1985 Gallup Poll, Americans ranked Iacocca third -- behind President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II. The next year, Iacocca placed second in the survey, behind Reagan and ahead of the pope.

The 1980s were the era that defined American politics and psyche for the next 40 years. Two salesmen drove the vision; Reagan politically and Iacocca in manufacturing. Iacocca saved Chrysler and led a new focus on exceptionalism in American manufacturing. What we need today is another 1980s style revival of political and financial faith in American values and the American worker. We are great, America. What we lack is self-confidence. What we lack is a desire to not give up when things get difficult.

Just as in a game of chess one must look ahead to see the potential best moves in a game to insure success; so must we plan and look forward in the American political experience. We must be like Iacocca and Reagan and never give up. We must understand that we can no longer afford to succumb to a victim mentality. Americans root for the underdogs because we are a nation of underdogs that fought and rose to greatness. We celebrate America's success not because it was easy but because it was hard. We have done it before, we will do it again.

Are you with me, my America?


Excerpts Taken From: Can You Be Politically Correct & Still Know Jesus? Can You Be A Christian and Claim to be Liberal? Matthew 16: 24-26 “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” It is for sure brethren as we liveth that many people do not know Jesus. Also it is for certain that many people that claim to know Jesus really do not know Jesus. Therefore at the outset of this Essay we declare that we are speaking to the people that know Jesus and also those that are confused who believe they know Jesus but embrace things ungodly. Thus we want to make it very clear that we are not speaking to those that are confident in not knowing God and Christ. Meanwhile it is a sad commentary that many people in the Black community move in many foolish ways. But it is for sure that not all people in the Black community embrace things ignorant and flirt with stupidity. Only those that claim the insane notion of being African and American who are born in America with enslaved ancestors fit this description. Furthermore those that embrace the baggage that comes with being politically correct also accept many things ungodly. Obedience to God and Christ has a great conflict with the politically correct philosophy. In fact the politically correct philosophy is one that discriminates against those who reject the New Liberalism of these contemporary times. There has been a devilish shrewd trick played on Black people. For the record the Black middle class by its nature in regard to social and economic advancement is not necessarily negative. However, the sentiments of a bourgeois attitude comes into existence as many of these achieving Blacks that gain educational credentials join various clubs, organizations, fraternities and sororities. Most if not all of these organizations etc. become class conscious. This class conscious attitude also becomes void of any independent thinking. Thus most of the accepted local and national leadership structure is derived from this basic class base. Among these people are those that have been given the right to declare the basic interests of Black people. For the most part these people have embraced all things politically correct. Even among those that profess to be Christians the priority seems to be going along with the basic ideology that grows out of the middle class that embraces a bourgeois attitude. Meanwhile these non-thinking people are clones and clowns to rules sent down by the charlatan leadership elements that govern this group. Therefore what is important for these people who all were once Negroes and Black? Those in this group that claim to know God surely do not keep God first as they are more interested in getting along with the alleged African and American leadership structure than God. I would imagine that the ministers who embrace things politically correct are the saddest of the lot. The Prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 23… Woe) declares a special reckoning for these folk. But there are a multitude of Blacks within the Black middle class that also forsake God although they attend church on a regular basis. Again what is most important for these people? The Sages and all the brethren engaged in conversations in Black America are very saddened by these circumstances. Vow taking organizations and various elements of Human Rights Organizations have seduced many Black people into an Anti-Christ allegiance. Thus many people of the alleged Black middle class follow these organizations and leaders first while God sits and watches in dismay. But if we have a middle class made up of mostly a bourgeois element what about the masses of Black people? First of all can you share the views of the Black middle class and be poor? Do poor Blacks make up the majority Black population throughout America? Do the Black masses have any power? For the most part do they also follow the philosophical vision handed down by the Black elite? Do the majority Black community feel that since the Black leadership structure are politically correct it is also the belief system that they also should embrace? Jeremiah resigned in great thought. He knew for sure that the only way to Heaven, Peace and Paradise is by keeping God and Christ first in your life. Thus no man or woman that has left God would rule his life. Have all people once been with God? No one can fool God. If you do not love the Lord He knows so. God knows the heart. You cannot have a heart and mind cluttered up with the immoral agenda of this world and still know God. Peace and Paradise, Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press Friday 18 September 2015 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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