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The right is on the way back
By Michael Moriarty
The governor-elect handled himself superbly during the debate with his opponents. He was not only clear about his administration's priorities, but he also kept a remarkable sense of humor about himself and his fame as a movie superstar.
A true conservative — unlike Brian Mulroney, Tom Long and Joe Clark, Schwarzenegger has not spent time in backrooms with the Liberal opposition and worked out a power-sharing deal, giving Canadians the illusion of democracy. True conservatives stand on the floors of Parliament and Congress and conduct the debate in public. Their words go on the record.
A true conservative does not conserve his or her right to bleed labor. He or she is committed to Winston Churchill's definition of the common denominator of the English-speaking peoples: "Individual freedom. We are its creator, its protector and its guarantor."
The California governor-elect kept his program wonderfully simple. His priorities are three: 1- The children of North America come first. 2- Adults must realize the gifts and responsibilities of individual freedom. 3- If a farm boy from Europe can come to North America and make all his dreams come true, so can anyone.
Only a man with Schwarzenegger's charisma can overwhelm the cynicism and anti-Americanism so virulent around the world. The American Dream, so satirized and demeaned by Hollywood, will be reinvigorated. It will take flight yet again on wings over the world.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was an Austrian farm boy. He proved that, in North America, with hard work, persistence and the right attitude, the sky's the limit. The human race needs to be constantly reminded of Ah-nold's example.
The true meaning of America and the entire English-speaking world — individual freedom and hope — can and will be proven as reality. It is not — and never has been — a pipe dream.
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actor who has appeared in the landmark television series Law and Order, the mini-series Holocaust, and the recent mini-series Taken. In 2002 he won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his work in James Dean.
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