Morally grounded issues?
Besides having a weird first name (couldn't resist), he just doesn't sit well with me. As Speaker, he played hard-ball politics for the benefit of his party and at the expense of the American people. He comes across as an opportunistic politician, especially with his latest moves, that preys on the ignorance and reactionary senses of voters, resulting in political gain, but not much else.
His eleven points for victory this fall for Republicans are interesting, as in completely misguided and out of touch. His first goal is to make English the official language. With a couple thousand dead soldiers, terrorists still actively seeking to attack, and record breaking profits by oil companies at a time when millions of children go without health insurance, I think there are more pressing moral concerns.
What will officializing the predominant language do, anyways? Please explain to me how prejudice does not play a part in this move, as I have a difficult discerning a pure motive. Will it outlaw signs in Spanish? Do we have a sudden problem of immigrants not learning English? Furthermore, doesn't that essentially curb freedom by compelling someone to learn the predominant language? If someone wanted to live the American Dream, wouldn't they naturally seek out ways to learn English on their own?
Further, how is the death tax a "morally grounded" issue? Or property rights and energy dependence? I'm sure moral aspects of these issues exist, but from the view here they make up a minority of the reasons to pursue that agenda. Hunger, illness, and the growing gap between rich and poor all seem to have clearer and more urgent moral components, don't they?
Finally, I believe he is completely off-base about his proposal to fix the failing schools of Detroit. Something tells me that pulling federal funding is simply of punting an issue that only bolsters the Republican agenda while leaving poorer Americans worse off. An explanation of why teachers aren't able to help students graduate faster would be a start. A purely economic view is a cheap and souless perspective that ignores the human element of the issue - a bit of sociology is needed to comprehend what's really happening.
These eleven issues were written in a way to "return to the American values that twice elected Ronald Reagan and returned the House to a Republican majority with the Contract with America." Democrats lost in 1994 because they "had lost touch with the American people."
Mr. Gringich, you've lost touch with the American people. Maybe making English the official language will help Republicans win in November, but how does America benefit as a whole? The list you are proposing is simply a shallow attempt to divert honest and distressing discourse from issues that contain much clearer moral components.