Five takeaways from the letter above
We are getting ready to go over the cliff financially, and the Trump Administration is accelerating our speed to, and over, the cliff. The Administration’s spending, debt, and deficits are well above President Obama’s, and financial restraint needs to be a part of this Presidential debate.
2. It’s time for a conservative approach to the political norms and the institutions the Founding Fathers created.
We should change many things in government, but in the process not tear down people’s trust in the institutions that have sustained freedom for 243 years. The first is needed change. The second breaks down what the Founding Fathers necessarily created to balance and contain power. President Trump is doing the second and needs to be stopped because our political norms sustain the very institutions that balance and divide power in America.
3. It's time we get back to the basics of leadership governance to produce results that better our lives.
The idea of buying Greenland is kind of fun and the President’s Twitter slap downs certainly provide good talking points for the media. But it’s an unnecessary and dangerous distraction. The American way was devised to maximize individual liberty, private property, the rule of law, competitive free enterprise, limited and frugal government, strong local communities, fiscal and personal responsibility and civility in public life. The guidebook to sustaining and building the American Dream is there in the form of the United States Constitution, and once again in as much as we adhere to its limitations there will be expanded opportunities for all of us.
4. It’s time for a conservative approach in re-embracing civility, humility, and respect in the public sphere and the Oval Office.
Tweets are not leadership. Insults don’t produce productive change. And we can't look the other way at behavior that fits that of the school yard bully. Do we want to make normal behavior that would send our fifth grader to the Principal’s office? The President is shattering norms here and recalibrating what we consider acceptable; this will harm us and those we love.
With Truman/Kefauver in 1952, Johnson/McCarthy in 1968, Reagan/Ford in 1976, Carter/Kennedy in 1980 and Bush/Buccannan in 1992 presidential outcomes were changed as a result of a primary challenge. In each of these races, not one of the challengers won the nomination, but in each race debate, focus and outcome was changed.