"We can't be a party of small government, free markets and low taxes while supporting bailouts and nationalizing industries, which lead to big government, socialism and high taxes at the expense of individual liberty and freedoms,"
said Solomon Yue, an Oregon member and co-sponsor of a resolution that criticizes the U.S. government bailouts of the financial and auto industries. Republican National Committee Vice Chairman James Bopp Jr. wrote the resolution and asked the rest of the 168 voting members to sign it.
Republican Party officials say they will try next month to pass a resolution accusing President Bush and congressional Republican leaders of embracing "socialism," underscoring deep dissension within the party at the end of Mr. Bush's administration.
Those pushing the resolution, which will come before the Republican National Committee at its January meeting, say elected leaders need to be reminded of core principles. They said the RNC must take the dramatic step of wading into policy debates, which traditionally have been left to lawmakers. Full story here.
Solomon Yue, a refugee from Red China:
I was born in Shanghai, China, in 1959 into a capitalist family and spent the next 21 years under Communist rule.
I am very grateful for what this country has done for me. It not only provided me a safe heaven, but also gave me liberty and freedom that I never had before. It offered me opportunities to be the best I could be. Today I could speak my mind without fear since all my rights are guaranteed by the Constitution. What a great country it is. Serving you as your National Committeeman is my way of paying back my debt to this country.
To me, America is more than the land of the free and the home of the brave. America is a beacon in the night, the liberator of the oppressed, the moral compass of the world, the defender of rule of law, and the last bastion of capitalism. America has been paying for its leadership in the world with not only its treasure, but also its blood. We should never ever apologize for who we are, what we believe in, and what we stand for.
Complete speech Defending Freedom By Solomon Yue, Jr. Republican National Committeeman for Oregon 02/13/04 here. Great read when you have the time. You're almost finished reading todays blog, hang in there!
SOLOMON YUE JR’S AMERICAN DREAM takes concrete form in his 8,500-square-foot custom-built home overlooking the Willamette Valley, a marble and mahogany-lined palace with a sweeping spiral staircase and an acoustically engineered performance space for chamber music.
When his father first saw the house several years ago, he said, “Holy cow, the Communists could have fit 20 families in here.”
Yue, 47, was only 7 when China’s Cultural Revolution started, but his voice grows tight with anger when he recalls the day the Communists forced his parents to give up two rooms of their Shanghai house for poor families. He’s since lived in defiance of communism – a life that turned around when he set foot on U.S. soil.
“Oct. 23, 1980: I consider that my freedom day,” Yue says. “I understand the desire to come to this country for freedom or economic opportunity.”
Comparing quotes from past and present should be alot of fun and revealing at the same time.
A refugee from Red China gets it.