Show me people who were brought up on "the wrong side of the tracks" with an alcoholic father, or absent mother, but because someone took an interest in them (a teacher, a mentor), managed to make something of themselves.
How about an example of a man who was mired in debt but decided to stop spending money he didn't have, paid his bills and is now debt free with a good credit rating? He could provide an example for what government should do.
America has always been a storytelling nation. We love stories of people overcoming through hard work and personal integrity. The late radio broadcaster Paul Harvey made a career of telling inspirational stories. Why aren't Republicans telling positive stories, instead of so often labeling and condemning people? The smallest light can pierce the darkest room. Hope dispels despair. Confidence builds strength. "You can do it" beats "you'll never amount to anything."
Republicans should find people in small towns and big cities who would tell their stories. That's what voters want to hear and see. It's called leadership. It inspires people to believe in themselves and, ultimately, in America. It's what Reagan did. Go to YouTube and watch that 1984 campaign commercial "It's Morning in America."
For too many Republicans, the sun is setting on America. The return of Daylight Saving Time isn't going to help.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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