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Educating Rep. Adam Kinzinger On Reagan's Campaign Against Carter

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Illinois RINO congressman Adam Kinzinger spent his Monday on Morning Joe on MSNBC and Outnumbered on Fox sticking up for his guy Jeb Bush and taking shots at GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

Part of Kinzinger’s line of attack on Trump during both shows was to say that Trump was angry and that wasn’t how Ronald Reagan campaigned against Jimmy Carter in 1980, saying that Reagan campaigned on hope and continually spoke of the “Shining City on A Hill” and didn’t berate Carter for his pitiful economy.

That is a horrible rewriting of that historic campaign, but what else would you expect from a Bush guy.

Yes Ronald Reagan spoke of America as a “Shining City on a Hill” at every opportunity but he also used those speeches and other appearances in the late 1970s and into inauguration day in 1981 to hammer Jimmy Carter and the failures of Statism.

This is from Ronald Reagan’s speech announcing his candidacy for President in 1979:

There are those in our land today, however, who would have us believe that the United States, like other great civilizations of the past, has reached the zenith of its power; that we are weak and fearful, reduced to bickering with each other and no longer possessed of the will to cope with our problems.

Much of this talk has come from leaders who claim that our problems are too difficult to handle.  We are supposed to meekly accept their failures as the most whichhumanly can be done.  They tell us we must learn to live with less, and teach our children that their lives will be less full and prosperous than ours have been; that the America of the coming years will be a place where – because of our past excesses – it will be impossible to dream and make those dreams come true.

I don’t believe that.  And, I don’t believe you do either.  That is why I am seeking the presidency.  I cannot and will not stand by and see this great country destroy itself.  Our leaders attempt to blame their failures on circumstances beyond their control, on false estimates by unknown, unidentifiable experts who rewrite modern history in an attempt to convince us our high standard of living, the result of thrift and hard work, is somehow selfish extravagance which we must renounce as we join in sharing scarcity.  I don’t agree that our nation must resign itself to inevitable decline, yielding its proud position to other hands.  I am totally unwilling to see this country fail in its obligation to itself and to the other free peoples of the world.

That sounds a lot more like a [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] or a Donald Trump than the doldrums that comes from Jeb Bush.

But if that wasn’t enough for Adam Kinzinger to get that Reagan was an anti-establishment insurgent who fought for the American people and the American ideal and not for the insiders, the crony-ist, and special interests how about Reagan’s famous speech on Labor Day in 1980 at the foot steps of the Statue of Liberty two months before the election.  Kinzinger would have you believe that Reagan never went after Jimmy Carter for his disastrous economy, Adam clearly knows nothing about Ronaldus Magnus:

Today a President of the United States would have us believe that dream is over or at least in need of change.

Jimmy Carter’s Administration tells us that the descendants of those who sacrificed to start again in this land of freedom may have to abandon the dream that drew their ancestors to a new life in a new land.

The Carter record is a litany of despair, of broken promises, of sacred trusts abandoned and forgotten.

Eight million out of work.  Inflation running at 18 percent in the first quarter of 1980.  Black unemployment at about 14 percent, higher than any single year since the government began keeping separate statistics.  Four straight major deficits run up by Carter and his friends in Congress.  The highest interest rates since the Civil War–reaching at times close to 20 percent–lately down to more than 11 percent but now going up again–productivity falling for six straight quarters among the most productive people in history.

Through his inflation he has raised taxes on the American people by 30 percent–while their real income has risen only 20 percent.  He promised he would not increase taxes for the low and middle-income people–the workers of America.  Then he imposed on American families the largest single tax increase in history.

His answer to all of this misery?      He tries to tell us that we are “only” in a recession, not a depression, as if definitions—words–relieve our suffering.

Let it show on the record that when the American people cried out for economic help, Jimmy Carter took refuge behind a dictionary.  Well if it’s a definition he wants, I’ll give him one.  A recession is when your neighbor loses his job.  A depression is when you lose yours.  Recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.

If that wasn’t enough to convince you that Reagan was something totally different than the chararicture created by Adam Kinzinger how about this famous moment from the one and only Presidential debate in 1980 between Reagan and President Carter, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

Ronald Reagan in the 1980 campaign, and before(and after), was all about inspiring the American people to the greatness they inherently were capable of and educating them to the failures and fallacies of liberal polices.  Two things establishment Republicans are incapable of doing, especially Jeb Bush.