The presidential election of 2016 will be a defining moment for the nation and for the Republican Party.
Not so for the Democratic Party. There’s no controversy among Democrats about what America should be and what their party is about. Big government, welfare state socialism, and secular humanism.
The only question about who the Democratic presidential candidate will be is which welfare state socialist, secular humanist they will nominate.
The picture for Republicans is more complex and this makes Democrats happy. They see Republican Party intraparty dissension as division and weakness which, in their view, can only help Democrats.
Key issues divide Republicans both about principles – what is America about? – and political strategy – what are the best tactics for electing candidates and advancing the party agenda?
So let me say who I see as the Republican “dream team” ticket for 2016 – Senator Ted Cruz and Dr. Ben Carson.
Yes, I can hear Democrats saying “Oh yes, I hope Star is right. This will guarantee another four years of our big government socialism. These Tea Party whackos could never win.”
And I can hear the Republican “establishment” saying basically the same thing (any chance these folks have more in common with Democrats than they do with real conservatives?).
Both political parties are being hammered now in the polls, but Republicans more than Democrats. And among Republicans, the Tea Party is really being hammered.
So how can I seriously say that a real conservative, Tea Party ticket is both the answer for the Republican Party and the country?
First, starting out by looking at polls is exactly the formula for political failure.
Apple co-founder and famed technology entrepreneur Steve Jobs is widely quoted for his disdain for market research. Jobs’ point was that leaders and entrepreneurs don’t start by asking people what they want and trying to give it to them. Visionaries see what the problems are that need to be solved and they deliver solutions that customers are not aware of or never dreamed of.
Political leadership is no different than business leadership in this regard. Polls reflect yesterday. Leadership reflects tomorrow.
What is the relevant information we should be looking at today?
We should be looking at the ongoing dismal performance of the American economy and we should be looking at the ongoing dismal state and breakdown of the American family.
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