Mission And Purpose
The purpose of this campaign is to spark a needed conversation as Republicans on what it means to be a Republican, and a larger national debate on why spending and debt, institutions – and civility and humility should still matter in politics.
We focus on spending, debt and deficits because our present course leads to financial disaster, jobs lost and grave injury to the American dream. Our debt is a clear and present danger to our republic – and a symptom of me first politics, conservative ideals lost and political tribalism.
In doing this we have three goals and three focal points.
Currently there is no debate on debt, deficits and spending in the Presidential race. To stay on this path will prove most costly for all of us. The Democratic presidential race is now a competition of more versus more and Republicans have capitulated to the President’s current stance of not dealing with debt and spending. Attention here is vital. Surely we can have a greater focus on what the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff described as the greatest threat to American security? The same holds true on the forgotten importance of institutions in balancing power, and in how needed civility and humility are in making the debate of ideas possible across the more than 300 million that make up America.
You can't fix a problem you don't perceive, yet today’s political climate seems to be punctuated by nothing more than charge and counter charge, reaction and counter reaction. You can't solve problems this way, and America has some problems that are desperately in need of solving. Once again, a primary focus will be on debt and spending, given the degree to which its not being talked about by either party. Concurrently we would focus on the importance of Republicans re-embracing conservatism. In this instance this means not throwing out 200 years of tradition with institutions that have been vital in balancing power key to a conservatives belief in liberty. It also means being conservative in embracing new social norms that shatter what so many of us have tried to teach our children on measure in interacting with others. In short, the “new normal” is not sustainable. As Republicans shouldn't we talk about it?
3. To win and make policy changes in line with the beliefs outlined above. This is a long shot, but wins in other forms are not.
A.) Presidential primaries have proven to change outcomes and debates. The future of our Republic is tied to the sustainability of our spending. A debate is vital here and if we are successful in changing the debate the campaign effort will have proven worthwhile.
B.) We would like to enlist ten million voters who believe we can't go on adding spending and debt as we are now. This army of concerned voters is vital going forward in producing legislative change that limit government.
C.) A change to the republican platform. Spending is now given lip service and blame is simply assigned to President Obama. This needs update and focus to refocus lawmakers on what is being ignored on spending.
Doing so would represent a win for each of us as Americans.
THREE FOCAL POINTS
This is the sleeper issue of this Presidential debate. It needs to be discussed now. We can't wait another four years to have a debate on our country’s finances. We are indeed walking our way to the most predictable financial crisis in the history of man, and with it would come frightening financial implications for each one of us and our country.
2. We believe that part of being a republican means being conservative on changes to our institutions and the political norms that have supported them.
President Trump has been very good in recognizing what's been ailing many Americans, but he has not been as skillful in producing the “hows” of fixing what's wrong. In many cases he has simply railed against the system, and while there are big parts of Washington that need repair, throwing out institutions and traditions that have tempered the fiery spirits of politics for more than 200 years would be a mistake – particularly if you are a conservative.
Ours is a system of checks and balances by design. Our belief in markets and trade over government edict, our belief in a free and independent media – even when we don't like many pieces of their reporting, our belief in institutions over the hunches of one man – all point to two simple things central to the American experiment. One, that we are a nation of laws and not men. Correspondingly our belief is in the institutions, traditions and systems of our country over the instincts of any one person, no matter how great they might be. And two to keep America great, we have to honor the things that made it great. Our founding fathers feared too much power in one place and so divided it formally across government, but also informally with power held in institutions, norms and traditions. I believe it would be wise to be most conservative in challenging things that have served us well here for more than 200 years.
They say is that they never care how much you know until they know how much you care. I believe conservative solutions are common sense and represent sound solutions to many of the problems confronting America, but in presenting them, style matters. The President's approach is confrontational and exhausting. It invites reaction and today's cycle of “he said she said” is undermining our chance for real debate on issues that affect all of us.
People against him, or his ideas, are “losers.” Aside from sounding like the 5th grade bully, this approach makes it very difficult to expand an audience for conservative solutions. I applaud many of his ideas and insights, but to continue on a path that does not include more civility and humility means that we will forgo real debate over the next four years. We will be left with many battles, but few wins on change vital to sustaining the American dream.