September 17, 2017

ONLY GOVERNORS EVER RUN ON IDEAS:

A  Lack of Ideas Has Consequences : Adjusting to a novel political era. (JAMES W. CEASER, 9/26/17, Weekly Standard)
  
Something has gone missing from American politics. Since the beginning of the new administration in January, public debate focused on general ideas has largely disappeared. Yes, President Trump has a few issues he consistently supports, such as limitations on immigration and lower taxes; and yes, some members of Congress remain strongly wedded to a general theoretical position, which they sometimes promote at the tail end of news shows. But the existence of an integrated set of ideas stemming from a single principle, what some used to call "ideology," is absent. In its place is the daily run of news stories and commentary focused on assessment of the president's personality and character, on charges of misdeeds and scandals, on personnel battles and rumored changes of White House staff, and on temporary reactions to decisions that change with each particular policy. There is no public discussion about these matters that fixes a framework of debate, no connective tissue of thought that links what happens on one day to the next.

In fairness, Donald does have an ideology--white male supremacy--it just isn't popular.

Posted by at September 17, 2017 4:01 PM

  

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