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Cape Gazette FRIDAY. MARCH 2 - MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012 9 It's a bit of history - good history - or so this writer thinks, an inspiring moment which occurred on March 11, 2010 when three newly elected young Congressmen: Eric Cantor, VA; Paul Ryan, WIS; and Kevin McCarthy, CA, met in Washington, DC with french fries, water and diet Pepsi. Together they shaped an informal conservative format which I believe will create an agenda formany, many, many years. "The party now understands that the people expect a decent level of honesty and humility, in contrast to being the Party of No. We must find tough leaders and have a well- defined agenda." Ryan "We have lost ideas and we have lost our core. Now we are back to being doers again. We see what the Democrats offer, how they plan to transform this Country into a cradle-to-grave European-type welfare state and forever bury the dreams of our forefathers." These new founders agree in principle that both major parties, Republican and Democrat, have been obsessed with earmarks, by the way in which individual Congressmen vote for each other's special interests in order to provide support for their respective constituency. They also agree that Congress has become too involved in serving its own special interests as opposed to those of their own constituents. In 2010 Republicans finally 'won control of the House of Representatives and, led by John Boehner. Speaker, and the Young Guns enacted a moratorium on earmarks. Ryan said, "We must cleanse ourselves of the corruption which has gathered in both houses of Congress, even when Republicans were in power." Cantor "Democrats assumed they had a mandate. They assumed there has been an ideological shift toward big government and that they had a license to change the country. Somehow they believe it is time for a new world order, a time for even more entitlements and real distribution. Ryan "They shocked the American people. They shocked me. And then - barn - out of the gates Obama and company went hard left and very, very fast. They used our rhetoric of the freedom of choice and opportunity to sell an inherently statist agenda, one that was the opposite of this Country's dominant and solid conservative principles." Conservative columnist, Fred Barnes, staggests that Eric Cantor leads, Paul Ryan thinks, and Kevin McCarthy is the strategist. The Young Guns believe the Party Establishment has been dedicated to incumbents at all costs, i.e. John McCain. However they plan to dedicate their efforts to the election of challengers, often overlooked by the party, who will be loyal to the party's most basic principles: a limited government, lower taxes, and freedom of choice - including religion. You may be interested in a few excerpts from their meeting on March 11, 2010. McCarthy "Recruits are new like the Reagan years, with new blood coming in, reinforcements to get the country back to its roots and back to Reclaiming America." McCarthy "They believe that they can make government so big and the debt so large that it will be impossible to reverse." Cantor "However all of this has given the Country an opportunity to compare what the Democrats are doing to what has actually worked in the past, clearly entrepreneurship, free markets and a level playing field. I believe we must re-focus our agenda toward the future and the young people and the people of all races. We are the party of Lincoln." "It is our responsibility to re-build public trust by getting our fiscal house in order and-more important, prove to Americans that, yes, we get it, we mean it, and by Rod we will do it!" Cantor "I begin to feel as if we are back on offense. During Reagan we were positive. Twenty-one million new jobs and industries booming. But through Bush this momentum fell into a serious spin." "Then came our big win in 2010, 63 new Congressmen, including the Young Guns, the sleeping elephant is bringing us back to a Party of Lincoln." Readers and friends, let's all vote in 2012. We can take over the Senate and the good Lord willing, the Presidency. Charles Dickens Tiny Tim said it best, "God bless us everyone!" Respectfully, DANIEL G. ANDERSON Excerpts from Young Guns, a New Generation of Conservative Leaders, by Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy, Simon & Schuster, Inc.. 2010. Paid Advertisement