I’m going to meet two candidates for Congress this week. Neither has a voting record. In light of our nation’s multi-generational slide from freedom and prosperity, I will ask questions in an attempt to understand their philosophy of government.
I want to determine to my personal satisfaction if they have the requisite knowledge to initiate and lead necessary government reform.
As one elected member of the Central Committee of the San Diego County Republican Party among many, I feel that is the best I can do with the trust placed in me by my friends and neighbors, while upholding my oath to protect and defend that old piece of paper.
Dear Candidate, with all due respect for your prior area of expertise, please don’t think your success as a physician, pilot or soldier translates to the science of government. I think the record and history adequately demonstrate that it does not.
My personal thinking is that just because one is a fine soldier does not (necessarily) mean one will be an excellent surgeon or vice-versa. Different skill sets. Medical school does not translate to knowledge of law and economics. And if I may say so, I don’t think a successful record in business necessarily connotes an understanding of free markets. Thinking of a certain presidential candidate but I regress.
I want to know how deeply your thinking goes on the subjects of law and economics. When the next Goldman Sachs Treasury Secretary pays you a personal visit, pleading for San Diego tax payers to foot the bill for a multi-billion bailout for a “too-big-to-fail” corporation, how will you respond? Will your legs buckle because your education was insufficient to respond or will you help the Cabinet Secretary understand the appropriate response with an inspired articulation of the great ideas upon which our nation was founded?
Please understand. Even if I think you are one of the nicest and most authentic human beings I have ever met, I may withhold my endorsement. To do otherwise would make me culpable for more tyranny and poverty not only for my own children but for those of my neighbors who have placed their trust in me.
With that said I look forward to learning more about you.