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Saturday, August 13, 2005

This Week's Imprimis

"Grover Norquist argues that we are in the midst of an historic shift in American politics awayfrom liberalism and Democratic Party dominance and toward a conservative “Leave Us Alone” coalition that is led by Republicans but that is actually broader and more profoundthan any party label suggests. His remarks were delivered at Hillsdale College’s Shavano Institute for National Leadership seminar, “The Future of American Business,” in Sarasota, Florida in January 1996. The seminar and this month’s issue of Imprimis were made possible by the Edward Lowe Foundation, a private nonprofit foundation devoted to free enterprise education.

"On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall opened for the first time. That crack widened until the wall fell and the entire Soviet empire was overthrown within three years.

"Five years later, almost to the day, we awoke to the news of another revolutionary change. On November 8, 1994, the American people went to the polls and for the first time in forty years elected a Republican majority in the House and Senate. House Republicans campaigning on the promise of a 10-point “Contract with America” to reduce the size, scope, and power of the federal government elected 73 new Republicans and gained a net 52 House seats. Senate Republicans gained eight additional seats. Then five Democrat House members and two Democrat senators switched parties and gave the Republicans a 235-200 majority in the House and a 54-46 majority in the Senate.

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