George Will describes the president we need. I had been thinking of doing a blog post on this subject. I started thinking of it when I started seeing the draft Dr. Ben Carson posts, emails and articles. It seems to me that as conservatives, and Tea Party people in particular we are chasing a golden age; a white knight; we are looking for a saviour, someone who will redeem our nation from our evil doings. What we need is a leader, we need idea men and we need action men. They are not necessarily one and the same. We have some great idea men, Dr. Ben Carson is one of them. He does not seem to me to be an action man. We need immediate action but we need the idea men for the long haul, not someone subject to the whim of the voters. When I say men, I mean it as in mankind and it includes women of ideas as well. We have a nice number of them also.
Over the past 10 years, even before Tea Parties, the conservatives were chasing the dream, jumping on bandwagons for presidential candidates with every fresh and new person who came on the scene. If you remember there were a number of them, all good people, all had good ideas but not many were really for the presidency. Of all the names only a few are presidential material in my opinion. Great ideas and action is what it takes to make me think president. Some of the people of the bandwagons: Allen West,Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Herman Cain, Sarah Palin, Mark Rubio, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Michelle Bachmann, and I know I have left some out, but you can fill in the blanks. And I would readily vote for many of these for president.
Just after writing the first paragraph and the first link I continued to read the Washington Post and found this article, What broke Washington and it follows the theme very well. The meat of the article is really this:
Human responsibility should be restored as the operating philosophy for democracy. Only real people, not bureaucratic rules, can make adjustments to balance a budget, or be fair, or change priorities. Democracy cannot function unless identifiable people can make public choices and be accountable for the results.
In concept, restoring responsibility is not difficult. Every law with budgetary impact should sunset, so that lawmakers must reset priorities and adapt to new circumstances. Most laws should be radically simplified into an open structure of goals and principles, leaving flexibility for officials to get the job done.
Apparently those in Great Britain have seen the light and voted for conservatives. What has happened here with the academic elitist and the press was first seen in Great Britain. Hitchens also writes: Will this now turn into a real political change? That is very doubtful. The major parties still have huge resources, especially access to millionaire donors, to state aid and to the special treatment which the BBC gives them under broadcasting rules (not to mention the even more special, but less helpful, treatment it gives UKIP).
And UKIP itself is a formless thing, a mixture of exiled Thatcherites, golf-club nostalgists and now of Labour defectors who might not feel much in common with their fellow-voters. It has no coherent position beyond departure from the EU, no real answer to the Left’s cultural and moral revolution, only one significant or persuasive figure (and dozens of very unpersuasive ones). It makes one wonder if he is describing the many different Tea Party’s we have just in this area alone, (multiply that by the number in the whole of the US.)