Now that we’ve won the election, it’s time to capitalize. I offer three lists as starting points for thinking about what to do next.
Here’s my off-the-cuff list of top political priorities that President Bush and the Republican Congress ought to pursue between now and 2008.
- Redouble the war effort. It’s no quagmire. We have the initiative now, so let’s exploit it.
- Reaffirm the Bush Doctrine. Then beef it up by repealing Section 2.11 of Executive Order 12333, which forbids assassination as a foreign policy tool.
- Stick Osama’s head on a pike. No arrest. No trial. Sure, as a martyr he’ll be an inspiration to terrorists, but he already is. His continued respiration makes us look weak. Kill him, kill his followers, and humiliate his fans.
- Crush the insurgency in Iraq. That means flattening Fallujah for starters.
- Seal our borders.
- Use profiling to catch the enemy here. That means looking more closely at:
- People from countries that support terrorism
- Men of Middle Eastern appearance between the ages of 16 and 40.
- Topple the governments in Iran, Syria, and North Korea. Use diplomacy, sanctions, and internal instability if possible. Otherwise use force.
- Field new weapons systems tailored for this war.
- Kill obsolete weapons systems. Pork be damned.
- Stop worrying about offending American leftists and don’t let them drive your policies. Unabashed conservatism wins and “the new tone” loses. We won, so start governing like it.
- Stop worrying about the media’s opinion of you. They’ll never like you, so get over it. It’s our votes you need, not theirs. Besides, the blogosphere’s here to stay, and the media dinosaurs will either evolve or die … and either way, you win.
- Appoint and confirm conservative judges.
- Cut taxes, regulation and especially spending.
- Pass the Federal Marriage Amendment.
- Boost military pay (especially combat pay).
- Replace the tax code with a national sales tax (or at worst, a flat tax).
- Expand the majority in the Senate and House in 2006.
- Europe is about to come crawling for our forgiveness, because they’re realists and they know we’re in the driver’s seat for good. Be polite, give them some of the financial action, but never defer to their judgment on anything.
- Move the federal budgeting process to a two-year cycle.
- If the Partial Birth Abortion Ban dies in the Supreme Court, pass it again and keep fighting.
- Consider a newer, better GI Bill; ask the troops what they want.
- Leave the United Nations. It’s rotten to the core, and has long outlived its usefulness. This will help with #10, above.
As for the military, there’s still a lot of work to be done.
- Add at least two divisions to the Army.
- Ease up on deployments for the Reserves & National Guard.
- In recruiting, continue the shift from “here’s what you’ll get” to “here’s how you can serve“, because we want warriors and not half-hearted mercenaries.
- Get sophisticated in your recruiting. If your efforts look half-assed, then you’ll get the recruits you paid for.
- Keep women from combat.
- Cultivate frontline warriors among noncoms and junior officers. Get the combat lessons they’ve learned into institutional memory now, before they leave the service.
Last, a list for the conservative blogosphere.
- Destroy the credibility of the mainstream media.
- Repeat #1.
I’ll add to the lists and expand them as things come to mind.