There’s a whole lot of serendipity built into politics, and if you’re going to be a public servant, you have to live in some degree of serendipity. And that’s experience and opportunity colliding.
I don’t know him well, I’ve met him a couple times, but my sense is he’s his own person, that he’s willing to go against conventional wisdom.
I think it’s a young man in search of masculinity.
I got into politics in ways that maybe were a little non-traditional. I never saw myself running for office; I used to make fun of people who were crazy enough to run for office.
I believe in a limited government that is based first and formost on “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for its people. I believe in the states doing more of the work that increasingly is being done by Washington, consistent with the tenth amendment. And I believe in a healthy dose of libertarianism: balance the books and get out of our lives. And we’ve drifted from that, and those were some of the core tenets of Republicans that I still believe in, but the party has wandered here and there. And I think it’s about time we get back to our original tenets that I think are still viable and real today.
Now’s a perfect time to be having this conversation because — you know what? — the numbers at the border are pretty much flat. I think they’re as low as they’ve been in 40 years, since 1970; people aren’t coming. So you take a lot of the sting out of the discussion, it’s a little more dispassionate, and now we put some good ideas on the table and let’s fix it once and for all. But you can’t fix it unless you’re willing to have a realistic conversation about 11 to 12 million people in this country, and how to build some sort of pathway. It isn’t, you know, whatever was described in the past election cycle [self-deportation]… They’re here, they’re living in our communities, they’re attending our churches, they’re working in our companies, and they become part of our community, and we have to recognize that and just deal with the reality. It’s a tough one but it can be resolved. And now’s the time to do it.
Will there be other movements spawned and alternative approaches developed, no question about it. [But] a two-party system is good, you know, when you can make it work. We’re better off with a strong two-party system. You’re never better off with a dominant one-party system and so I’d like to see the Republican Party get back in the game, for that very reason. And every American should hope that we end up with a strong two-party system because it’s good for everybody, but the clock is ticking.