Mickey Edwards, a former Republican congressman from Oklahoma, is a vice president of the Aspen Institute and director of its public leadership program. After 16 years in Congress (1977-92) as a member of the house Republican leadership, Edwards taught at Harvard, Georgetown, and Princeton. In addition to serving as the national chairman of the American Conservative Union, he was one of three founding trustees of the Heritage Foundation and chaired task forces for the Council on Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institution. A frequent public speaker and media contributor, Edwards has been a regular columnist for a number of newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe. He is the author of Reclaiming Conservatism and The Parties Versus the People and a board member of the Constitution Project and the Project on Government Oversight.
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Bill is joined by former Republican Congressman Mickey Edwards, a founding father of modern conservative politics who now fears the movement has abandoned its principles.
What Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Madison all agreed on was the danger of creating political parties like the ones we have today, permanent factions that are engaged in a constant battle for advantage even if that means skewing election results, keeping candidates off the ballot, denying voters the right to true representation and fixing the outcome of legislative deliberations.
The single most important thing to remember about the sequester issue is that its not about a sequester at all. Its about a political system in which things like fiscal cliffs and sequester battles and fights over debt ceiling increases are not inexplicable, but natural outcomes.
Primaries cater to the fringes, but for a general election, a candidate must be more than a political cheerleader for a particular ideology.