I just heard about the death of Cong. Jack Kemp. Jack was a staunch warrior for the Reagan Revolution (and the Reagan campaign from the get-go), and was a free-market trailblazer in the Congress while the Carter Administration was apparently wrecking capitalism. When Jack got into Congress, the top marginal tax rate was 70%. When he left, it was 28%.
I'll never forget his sweet retort in the Congress to those Demo-Marxist attacks on Ron Reagan's first big tax-cut legislation in 1981: "These people want capitalism without capitalists, and wealth without the wealthy!" YEEHAAAAAAHHH!! I gotta say, the guy had more charisma and wit than the top 10 GOP leaders today, all put together.
Jack was a ferocious and eloquent anti-communist, and Israel never had a better friend. He was pro-life, pro-family, and pro-gun. He also had a sorely-missed common touch and concern for non-typical GOP voters (e.g., blacks, Hispanics, and blue-collar workers) that would go a long way today.
Many of us were very disappointed by Jack's poor performance in the 1996 campaign, but that shouldn't make us forget his many outstanding accomplishments, and contributions to a string of conservative successes. His biggest failing was that he was just a little TOO positive for his own political good--he was a GOP "happy warrior," but needed a little bit of meanness to deal with his domestic enemies.
Mais c'est l'histoire. We are all a little poorer today for the loss of this man, who provided so much wisdom and inspiration for our country. Prayers for his family.
[Oh, and did I mention the man was pro football (AFL) champion and all-star?]