A friend recently asked what was wrong with relying upon a person’s private sector experience as the lodestar for determining who the GOP’s presidential candidate should be. I have only a small response you may find of interest:
If anybody thinks they can take comfort from the ‘optimistic’ forecast that Obama is weak and that we’ll beat him, let them do so. If anybody thinks that it is okay to place electability over track record and specific solutions, let them do so. It is certainly the easier way, but it is the death sentence for our party, our principles, and our children’s future. You will not beat Obama that way. You will merely hold the line in the place where the last Marxist moved it.
That a GOP candidate has successful, private business experience in the private sector is of no great moment. The principle of business is to grow a company and make it more efficient so that it makes more money. Is that what we think we’re getting? Someone who will grow our government and make it more efficient? Do we really think our government needs more money?
And that, is precisely the problem. We need no CEO to streamline government for government is not a business. We need a candidate who will say that her first duty is to divest herself of the power she has been given, who will pledge to cut its size, and promise to chain the government to its constitutional moorings. We need a person who will say “no” a thousand times and can explain why it’s okay to say no. We don’t need a businessman.