We want to undo some programs so that we can put in place better programs. We do not want to block the road. We want to open new roads.
Fifty years ago, many Americans worked to end racial segregation. They knew what they were against. To the defenders of segregation, they said no. Perhaps the defenders of segregation thought of them as “The Party of No.”
Yet, integration’s advocates campaigned positively. They coupled their “no” with a very strong “yes.” They said no to segregation. They said yes to greater freedom, dignity, prosperity, and equality. They campaigned for their neighbors, for themselves, and for all people. Opposition to a particular set of laws was a step in an effort to make a better society.
Today, many Americans are protesting the intrusion of law into their lives, the burden of taxation, the accumulation of public debt, and the deliberate devaluation of the dollar. We see the expansion of government imperiling our savings. We see it robbing all of us of the freedom to make choices in our own lives. We oppose the transference of responsibility from individual citizens to public bureaucrats, from local governments to the federal government, and from legislatures to courts. We are determined to make government more accountable to the citizens government is bound to serve. We would make government more effective by limiting its roles. We also seek greater freedom, prosperity, dignity, and equality for ourselves and our neighbors. Our opposition to new spending, new subsidies, and new public monopolies is also a step in an effort to make a better society.
Our message is positive and helpful. We hear critics calling us “The Party of No” but we, like the people who banded together in earlier struggles, are “The Party of Yes.”