COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., December 28, 2014—The Christmas presents have been opened—and possibly returned or exchanged—and Christmas dinner is a fading memory. Visiting relatives are on their way home. As New Year’s Day approaches, thoughts turn to New Year’s Resolutions and the 2016 Presidential election. The media have already given us the best progressive Democrat candidate (Elisabeth Warren) and the likely progressive Republican candidates (Jeb Bush and Chris Christie).
Unless you’re a member of the progressive media, you’re not so much into the next election already.
For the legacy progressive media, as for progressives generally, it’s all about the struggle. The way forward, the march to the socialist utopia, the ceaseless fight—that’s what give their lives meaning. In an earlier age, these people might have been Christian missionaries but today they are far too evolved to believe in anything as primitive as a Savior born in a manger. They are the people they have been waiting for!
Most Americans are worn out by the whole thing.
So while progressive elites dream about who the next progressive president will be, most Americans are thinking about quitting smoking, going to the gym more often, getting their finances in better order, or other such equally pedestrian goals.
Here’s my New Year’s Resolution: one which is good for two years and which I will not fail to keep:
I will not vote for a progressive candidate for president. If I am given a final choice of two progressives, I will vote for neither.
So there: I’ve finally come down on the side of my doctrinaire libertarian friends who decry voting for the lesser of two evils. The lesser of two evils is still evil. In either case we continue heading down the road to serfdom.
In practical terms, what does that resolution mean?
No more Clintons, no more Bushes
A plague on both their houses! This country has been afflicted with Clintons since General Sir Henry Clinton arrived in Boston in 1775 and rose to become Commander-in-Chief of British forces in North America. We’ve had our own Commander-in-Chief in President Bill Clinton (no relation). We don’t need another one. Hillary Clinton got the proverbial midnight call on Benghazi and failed. Enough is enough.
No more Bushes either. While Bush 43 was more progressive than Bush 41, Jeb Bush wins hands down. One of the founders of Common Core, he’s a non-starter with conservatives. He reportedly consulted with John McCain on how to avoid being attacked by conservatives. Here’s the answer (although McCain probably didn’t give it to him): don’t run.
No more half-baked senators
The current president didn’t even finish his first term in the Senate before being elected President. He spent most of his term running. How’s that working out for us?
Elisabeth Warren comes from the same mold as Barack Obama—only more so. Democrats probably figure that since they got a left-wing black man elected president, electing a further left-wing faux-Native American woman is a piece of cake. They’re wrong.
Not Rand Paul, Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz either. Conservatives love them to death but that’s no reason to put them in the White House. Leave them in the Senate to finish the work of remaking it into the great deliberative body it was before Harry Reid. Let one of them—or Mike Lee, or one of the newly-elected conservatives—eventually rise to become Majority Leader.
The legislative branch was meant to be the predominant branch and we need good, strong conservative leadership in both Houses, a thing we haven’t had in almost a century.
A governor but not that governor
Most of our presidents, and certainly our very best presidents, have been those with executive leadership backgrounds: generals or governors. Think George Washington and Ronald Reagan. Having that background doesn’t guarantee a good president, but not having a shred of executive experience pretty much guarantees failure. Think Woodrow Wilson.
It’s not only about managing the executive branch but also about knowing the difference between the roles of the states versus the federal government. Jeb Bush did improve education in Florida but the federal government has no constitutional role in education.
In other words, we don’t need someone who bills him or herself as a “centrist” or a “builder”—they’re just milder forms of progressive. We need a constitutionalist. We need someone who will hang up the phone, put down the pen and faithfully discharge the laws as written.
There are a number of Republican governors who have done well by their states; it’s too early to tell who might make a good president. The Democrats may have a governor they want to put forward, but at this time they seem more interested in finding someone who is ideologically pure (like Warren) rather than someone with real administrative skill.
This year, let the progressives stir the pot and fret over the succession.
I’m going to the gym.