Restoring the Heart of America

This past week, throughout our long history, has seen a great deal of bloodshed, frustration, confusion, fear, anger, and turmoil. Law Enforcement vs. the People and visa versa. So many lives have been take on both sides. There is no question both sides need to answer for these grivences, and our justice system needs many reforms

One of the major disconnects we face is the lower socioeconomic status of many minorities. This creates a negative stereotype that suddenly connects the color of one’s skin to their pocketbook, their zip code—to their worth. 

We can change this. Jack Kemp gave us the solution many years ago. Economic Development Zones for our most disadvantaged communities. In lifting every American’s quality of work, education, and life can we take America forward and truly realize the dreams of our forefathers. 

Turning our poorest cities into our brightest can solve a plethora of issues we face: minority unemployment, home ownership among minorities, quality of schools—quality of life will rise. Dignity for every American.

This police brutality must end and so must the anti-police sentiments. We must not give heed to the voices that wish to divide us. We must work to raise the quality of life for every American. In doing so, I think we’ll see the out-of-wedlock births fall and the incarceration rate fall among minority communities. But that can only happen when we lift them up instead of tearing them down. Giving them a hand, not giving them the finger.

And maybe one day, #BlackLivesMatter won’t just refer to the young men and women taken from us by police brutality and gang violence but the black lives that never make it out of the mother alive. What about those lives? In an edition of The Atlantic: “An African-American woman is almost five times likelier to have an abortion than a white woman, and a Latina more than twice as likely, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” It doesn’t have to be that way. As a nation we can provide the moral foundation and support to change the tide, give every life meaning, and every woman respect and dignity. 

Back to this belief in growing the middle class through economic freedom, Conservatism, has the potential to cure these ills. Conservatism can save the American family. Fiscal prudence and financial literacy will take us out of debt, personal and national.  Giving millions of Americans a chance at achieving the American Dream.

Because no American should have to doubt the validity of their hopes, dreams, or asperations because of the color of their skin or the uniform they wear. We can overcome the odds and stack the deck in the favor of justice and personal freedom. There are millions of stories, stories that shine upon the triumphs of human spirit. 

This crisis we face is one of the heart. Are we, the American people, capable of delivering on the promise we made to one another on July 4th, 1776? That everyone has the right to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”? Of ensuring that a “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not parish from this earth.” We can deliver on that promise and secure the blessings of liberty, but it must be for all. Not just some. 

What do you think? Am I off base? Share your perspective with me in the comments below! 

Why I Consider Myself a ‘Reaganite’

If you know me at all, you’ll soon find our that I have a deep appreciation of President Reagan. On Instagram, I’m known as @ReaganRevolution and I’d make it my twitter handle too, but it’s too many characters. I was recently accused of not knowing what a ‘Reaganite’ means because of my age. And in the words of President Reagan, “There you go again.”

So, the question is, What Makes Nicholas Bique a Reaganite?

I’ve got a stack of books in my room on the President for Christmas and I haven’t finished them all, but I can tell you why I have them. President Reagan had it right. Big Government is the enemy of liberty. Good intentions don’t mean anything if they have adverse results. I wish government could find the solutions to the woes of our society.

But it can’t.

Government can’t even deliver the mail properly; yet, leading politicians think it can provide Health Insurance to the millions uninsured. Government’s first job is to protect the people, not run their lives. It is by that principal that I believe in small government.

Being a ‘Reaganite’ means working with those across the aisle. President Reagan and Tipp O’Neil became good friends working on tax reform. President Reagan didn’t always get what he wanted, like a balanced budget amendment, but they managed to take off the financial burden off the tax payers.

The key to being a ‘Reaganite’ is optimism. I believe in our cause. This American cause. The cause of peace and freedom around the world. It can only be secured if we keep our chins up in solving the problems our nation faces and will face. President Reagan loved America. He loved the opportunities she offered because her golden gates stood tall, proud, and open to anyone willing to work hard and pull their weight.

I do not believe President Obama loves our country in this same way. He sees an America that is mean and too strong and too wealthy for it’s own good. He doesn’t see the best in our countrymen. He assumes the worst. He isn’t brave enough to call ISIS what President Reagan called Soviet Russia, an Evil Empire.” Former NYC Mayor and 2008 Presidential Candidate, Rudy Giuliani was absolutely right in his assertion towards the President. And I am convinced that no one else but Mayor Giuliani and President W. Bush could’ve seen our nation through 9/11. No one else.

President Reagan believed that a bad day in America only meant that we’d see a better tomorrow. He could always see the sun through the storm, it was just about adjusting the sail. Reagan recognized that success was a result of hard work. There is no such thing as luck. Hard work is essential to success and everything else is a result thereof. It used to be nothing was handed to you in this country. Nowadays, everyone gets a ribbon. That sense of competition, entrepreneurship, ingenuity, and pride isn’t there. There is a culture of entitlement.

President Reagan grew up in what seems to have been a simpler time in America. The days of Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover. Live within your means and work hard today so you will not want for tomorrow. Small Towns and Main Street, USA. When everybody knew everybody and the fellas hung around a shop listening to the salesman tell an anecdote. That salesman was Jack Reagan. Everywhere he worked, people wanted to hear what he had to quip. That’s where Reagan got his niche for acting.

As I have made clear in previous articles and posts, I believe President Reagan and I have many similarities. We are from humble christian families, pretty ok actors, student government members, and both our father’s had diseases. Granted, Reagan’s Father suffered from alcoholism, whereas my father has synovial sarcoma (cancer) in the lung which originated for the right foot. But there is very much so an adversity and turn to God and following Christ.

President Reagan had a gift. When he spoke, you left with a deeper sense of pride and hope for America. Many Americans saw themselves in Ron and Nancy. Just a couple of ham actors in the White House, no intention to diminish the office or the Reagans, but it’s true. In 1960, if you had asked then-actor Reagan if he intended on going into politics, he might have quipped a line from Jimmy Stewart’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington or Spencer Tracy’s State of the Union, he might have even said, “Politician? Well, I’ve never even played one!” with a laugh.

It is these traits and these beliefs of limited government and peace through strength that make me a Ronnie Reagan Conservative. A 3rd Generation Reaganite.