From my latest piece at the Daily Caller:
Americans (including Republicans) know that their personal wellbeing is inextricably tied to the wellbeing of the various communities to which they belong, including the nation itself. Yet for some reason, Republicans seem uninterested — indeed, almost incapable — of speaking to the common good. Republicans are adept at making the case that their preferred policies, especially economic policies, are good for individuals. That’s a case they should continue to make. But they spend far too little time making the case that conservative policies are good for families, communities, and the country as a whole.
To be clear: This isn’t about changing conservative policy preferences; it’s about changing the way conservatives talk about the policies they already promote. From the debt to entitlements to Obamacare to high unemployment — the issues Republicans can win on all lend themselves to powerful appeals to the good of both individual citizens and the country as a whole.
When it comes to making the case that this country could benefit from some restraint in government, the disgrace this President is calling a “budget” would be a great place to start. One doesn’t even need to be a principled, small-conservative to see how disastrous this budget is. The video below is ABC News’s helpful take on this farce. As you watch this, keep in mind what my colleague, Yuval Levin, pointed out: “this document lays out what President Obama wants to do in terms of fiscal policy in the coming years. It is what he would do if he were completely free to act as he chose.”
Gives the President’s favorite word — “Audacity” — a whole new meaning, doesn’t it?
Stephen P. White is a fellow in the Catholic Studies Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. and coordinator of the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society. The views expressed here are his own.