Gunwalker and the budget: Crises in the integrity of government

Losing the public’s trust.

The mainstream media are failing to address two central truths about key domestic issues for America this summer.

1.  Agencies of the US federal government created the “Gunwalker” problem.

2.  President Obama is the one who will decide who gets paid after 2 August, if there is no budget deal.

The two issues are largely unrelated, except through the principles on which the Obama administration has handled them and the MSM are dealing with them.  The latter principle is one of Continue reading “Gunwalker and the budget: Crises in the integrity of government”

Free Advice for Liz Cheney

Four principles from Ronald Reagan’s approach to national security policy for Liz Cheney’s new policy group to consider.

I applaud Liz Cheney for starting her new organization Keep America Safe.  Two things are coming together here:  Liz Cheney’s intelligence and acerbic focus, and the fast-emerging – really fast-emerging – need for coherent policy alternatives to President Obama on national security.  Cheney has the pedigree to turn Keep America Safe into a 21st-century Committee on the Present Danger, and become a policy hub for the GOP candidate of 2012.

Following this analogy, I would recommend nothing so much as studying how Ronald Reagan – who famously heeded the analysis and advice of the Committee on the Present Danger – approached our national security policy.  He actually reversed the policy trend of 35 years’ worth of predecessors, and he did it on four key principles that remain centrally relevant today. We cannot do better than to look at those principles to establish a sound basis for national policy. Continue reading “Free Advice for Liz Cheney”

Don’t Worry, Jeb

Nostalgia for Reagan is nostalgia for a politician who exercised rhetorical leadership in the discussion of political principles. That quality will never be outdated.

… You’ve already left Reagan behind


The Washington Times reports today that on a listening tour of America, in company with other GOP luminaries, former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida “said Saturday that it’s time for the Republican Party to give up its ‘nostalgia’ for the heyday of the Reagan era and look forward.”

“…[O]ur ideas need to be forward looking and relevant.  I felt like there was a lot of nostalgia and the good old days in the [Republican] messaging.  I mean it’s great, but it doesn’t draw people toward your cause,” TWT quotes Bush as saying.  “From the conservative side, it’s time for us to listen first, to learn a little bit, to upgrade our message a little bit, to not be nostalgic about the past because, you know, things do ebb and flow.” Continue reading “Don’t Worry, Jeb”