"Those in leadership give us tax increases and tell us we must also do with less. Have they thought about those who have always had less? Especially the minorities. This is like telling them that just as they stop on the first rung of the ladder of opportunity, the ladder is being pulled out from under them. That may be the Democratic leadership's message to the minorities, but it won't be our message.
Ours will be we have to move ahead. But we're not going to leave anyone behind.
Thanks to the economic policies of the Democratic party, millions of Americans find themselves out of work. Millions more have never even had a fair chance to learn new skills, hold a decent job, or secure for themselves and their families a share in the prosperity of this nation. It's time to put America back to work. To make our cities and towns -- make our cities and towns resound with the confident voices of men and women of all races, nationalities, and faiths bringing home to their family a paycheck they can cash for honest money.
For those with or without skills, we will find a way to help them get new skills. For those without job opportunities, we will stimulate new opportunities, particularly in the inner cities where they live. For those who have abandoned hope, we'll restore hope, and we'll welcome them into a great national crusade to make America great again." --- Ronald Reagan
A great national crusade to make America great again. So how can we do that?
May I suggest we spit ourselves out of this mess, this back and forth (Yes, he did! No, he didn't! It doesn't matter! Yes, it does!)? It's a nightmare, and it's going to do the same thing we did to our society in the 1990s. It made us more callous, it made us more divided --- and the unknown repercussions weren't known for at least ten years.
Let The Media Scream About Collusion, Congress, While You Do Your Job
With the Democrats and the Trump administration so distracted right now, it's the perfect time to actually get something done. Let them scream about collusion. Let them scream about treason. Let them scream about it, whatever they want to say. Meanwhile, why don't we focus on demanding Congress finally do what the people want, the people who are always the ones who actually make the difference in this country and elected them into office.
Congress is afraid of you. Congress won't come out against Donald Trump right now. Just watch them on television. They're all there, kind of supporting Donald Trump, but not really. Why? Because they're afraid of you. Good. They should be. Let's tell them they should be afraid because we'll vote them out.
Pass Tax Cuts Now, Congress.
We'll vote them out unless they pass tax cuts. President Trump will sign it. If they put it on his desk, he will sign it. Pass tax cuts because those of us who have businesses who are struggling will create new jobs if they give us a tax cut.
Make it clear to Congress that they work for us. We demand that they get this done. You see, we've been convinced that we shouldn't call them. That they won't do anything. I've been convinced in the last week they're so afraid of the Donald Trump voter they think turning against him on Russia is going to hurt. They're afraid of Donald Trump turning on them because he'll unleash you on them. That's a proxy war. You're nobody's proxy. You have the power. Call Congress and demand they pass tax cuts now.
Repeal Obamacare now, Congress, and reform health insurance in the free market.
I don't care about Obamacare reform. I care about reforming the insurance industry and giving real insurance a chance to lower our costs. I actually care about the people who are struggling.
When my daughter, who has cerebral palsy and seizures, came home and said, "Dad, my insurance no longer covers my medicine, and it's $3,000 a month," what is she supposed to do? What am I supposed to do? I'm in a very blessed situation, but God forbid her dad lost his job. Who or what would pay for her medicine then? She was raised in a family that doesn't take handouts, doesn't take government charity --- but she must have the medicine. And so must the woman down your street.
The members of Congress are in a very blessed situation. They get everything covered. They have a health issue? No problem. For the rest of their lives they're covered on health care. Demand that they repeal Obamacare, and then get off our backs and stop the regulations that are driving the cost of health care through the roof.
We need to let Congress know that while the focus is on Donald, Jr. and Russia, we don't care. Repeal it. Repeal it now and reform health insurance.
Congress, Secure the Border, Reform Immigration and Stop Caving to Income Inequality
I don't care what's happening with Russia. I don't care. They're going to solve that, and it's going to take a year. But in that year, we'll struggle while no one creates a job. We demand tax cuts now. Take action and forget about Donald Trump and Russia. No matter what Donald Trump tells us to do, we'll vote your ass out.
We want the border secured. It's astonishing to me that the most powerful and innovative nation in history can't do something as basic and as necessary as secure our border.
Pass a tax cut so our corporations are not paying the highest taxes in the world. Germany just reported they're not having a hard time finding really high skilled workers in Germany because the Americans are answering the jobs. Americans are saying "move me over to Germany, and I'll take the job."
Stop caving in, Congress, to income inequality. It's Marxist rhetoric. Do what Reagan did --- lower the taxes and spark the economy.
Your Work for Us, Congress
There are 320 million of us and only 545 of them. It's time to remind them who is in charge. And gee, 2018 is right around the corner. That's how our country works. We put them in place to do our work, not the other way around. We don't vote for them so they can pass laws and we do their bidding. For too long now, we've been beaten down, believing that we don't matter, that our voices don't count, that we can't do anything. It's a lie.
Tucker Carlson was on two nights ago talking about American exceptionalism and American values and pooh-poohing them: "Come on, we all know that that's pretty much a Frank Capra dream." Bullcrap. Don't you listen to that. What Frank Capra tells us in It's a Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is true in its spirit --- as long as we demand that it is true, as long as we keep it alive.
Look, here's a great thing. We have a window of opportunity here. The media is falling all over themselves. They're not paying attention to anything else. This is the greatest watch-the-other-hand misdirection I've ever seen come our way. They are foaming at the mouth right now about Donald, Jr. In the meantime, Congress is doing nothing. Are they crazy? Now is the time to go, Congress.
What Makes America Great Is Her People
The last decade has been tough, and it's only going to get tougher and more frustrating. But I believe, most Americans believe, in the idea of what makes America great is not a leader. What makes America great is the neighbor down the street that finds out about another neighbor that is struggling and helps them. What makes America great is that we serve one another.
You want to serve? Let's do it. There are six fantastic nonprofits that we mention on air all the time. Help serve the person that is having a hard time and just needs their porch painted. Help us educate the next generation. Help rescue children from slavery. Find the person who is struggling, who feels alone and unheard and reach out to make their life a little better. You may disagree politically, but that's not what service is about.
We're caught up in madness right now. The entire world is going over the cliff of madness. I'm not going over the cliff with the rest of humanity because it's madness --- and that's not what Americans do. While the world goes over a cliff, we turn to each other --- and we say we deserve better. We can do better. We are better. Our children deserve a future. Mankind deserves a future. And as bad as things are, we are still the last greatest hope for the whole world. If America falls into madness, the entire world loses its freedom.
I don't believe one man can make America great again because that's not what made America great in the first place. But I do believe in making America great again --- and America is great because America is good. So let's serve each other. Let's listen to each other. Let's do everything we can to heal the wounds as Abraham Lincoln said with charity for all and malice toward none, and let's get on the phones right now and call our congressman.
Call your senator and say pass a damn tax cut now. Repeal Obamacare and reform health insurance now. Protect our borders now.
They're afraid of being perceived as going against Donald Trump? That's not what they should be afraid of going against. It's not Donald Trump. It's what Donald Trump said --- tax cuts, immigration reform and repealing Obamacare. That's why Americans elected him and expect Congress to follow through. And if they don't do it now, they're going to have one really bad 2018.