"Where there is no vision, the people perish..." (Proverbs 29:18, KJV)
Now comes the new speaker of the House, Rep.
Appearing last weekend on "Fox News Sunday," Ryan said, "We've been too timid on policy. We've been too timid on vision -- we have none. We fight over tactics because we don't have a vision."
He's right. Ryan might have also added that for too long Republicans have allowed the left to set the agenda and then spent too much time trying to prove they are not who the Democrats say they are.
Continued Ryan: "We have to have a vision and offer an alternative to this country so that they can see that if we get the chance to lead, if we get the presidency and if we keep
That Ryan has to state what ought to be obvious is further evidence that too many Republicans are politically blind. Appearing the same day on "Face the Nation" on
An indication of the uphill challenge Ryan faces can be found in a recent
Here's a radical idea: Ask the people. A major reason for the cynicism in America and the rise of "outsiders" in the current presidential campaign may be that most voters think members of
According to a
Ryan's visionary approach won't be risky if he demonstrates how Republican ideas have solved problems. These ideas work at the state level, where Republican governors and legislators are cutting taxes, streamlining government and creating jobs. He should lead a team off defense and into offense, promoting policies that offer hope, optimism and success, rather than policies that may sound and feel good at the moment. The increasingly (un)Affordable Care Act is just one of numerous government programs that sound good at the start, but don't live up to the hype.
Ryan and the Republican majority can begin with something his
Too much reliance on government has led to addiction and dependency. Self-reliance is in America's DNA, but it may take the equivalent of 20/20 vision to rediscover it.