Time for a 2020 Vision, Not Platitudes

Whoever the next President is, he will seek a second term in the year 2020. For the Republicans, they should take advantage of 2020 and tell us with foresight, not with hindsight, what their vision for America is. And I want to extend an invitation to all of them from Jeb Bush, who has announced, to the rest who will announce, to share their vision at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta in August. Several of the candidate I expect to declare have committed. All of them are welcome.

In the seven years of the RedState Gathering, we have never had a theme. But this year is different. I think the candidates need to be able to give us their 2020 vision knowing that is the expectation and knowing we don’t need a blame-fest or 50 point policy plan to do it.

Please let me explain what I mean.

In the next year, we could see close to two dozen Republicans go up and down in the polls, rise and fall in media attention, and scramble for dollars. They will each go on news shows and before the public with multi-point plans to fix problems, change things, and make us safer. The Republican Presidents will blame much of what ails us on Barack Obama.

Frankly, the Republican campaign has the potential to turn into an Obama bashing festival of the first order. Any malady can be blamed on him. Any foreign policy disruption will be placed on his shoulders. But what of the GOP?

This is where Mitt Romney failed spectacularly. He decided to approach the job of President not as President, but as CEO of a large corporation. His rhetoric was in terms of multipoint plans and business acumen. He won the war for the hearts and souls of chief executives and lost the exit poll question “who cares for me?”

Republicans running in 2016 need to spend less time blaming Barack Obama and more time telling the public how the country will look in 2020. They should avoid the platitudes and instead paint the picture.

We know right now that the middle class is stagnant. We know that the rich continue to get rich, but the poor are more and more subsidized and left comfortable with no way to break into the middle class. We know healthcare costs …read more    

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