Charles Skelley: A beginning, not an end

This Presidential preference campaign has been exciting, and I want to commend editor Jim Nintzel for his efforts to help all of the Project White House candidates. I also want to thank the people of Arizona who voted for me.

My own campaign has emphasized “change for the better” and also “conservatively trying to keep the US from self-destructing”. If a society does not learn from the past — it follows that when such a society is heading downhill, there are many impulses to continue doing the things that are self-destructive.

For example, since 1971, the US Federal Government has been following president Nixon’s statement, “We are all Keynesians now.” But Keynesian economics is essentially a price-supporting tool, not a method of stimulating the productive part of a nation’s economy. Keynesian economics tends to make the long-term outlook much worse, in exchange for a very small benefit in the present time. By contrast, Adam Smith’s economics is the proper and effective method to use when trying to stimulate a nation’s economy, and Smithian economics was used successfully in the US from 1776 to 1971.

Eventually the Federal Government will either drop Keynesian economics, and switch back to Adam Smith’s economic principles — or the US will soon collapse under a mountain of debt, and a shortage of Productive activity.

My campaign has been trying to teach the general public, including the media, that the US needs to have its political candidates declare that they intend to follow Adam Smith’s economic principles. I have been showing examples of where and how Adam Smith’s principles can be applied.

It would not be proper for me to concede on these campaign principles.

On another topic, I want to draw attention to a very positive trend in Republican politics this year on the national level. A Republican candidate with a comparatively small budget, and none of the traditional Republican spin-strategists, is gathering big percentages of the Republican primary votes in several states. That candidate is Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas.

Due to the “favorite son” phenomenon of John McCain in Arizona, Huckabee did not draw a large percentage of Republican votes in Arizona. But let’s not be misled by our local Arizona situation for Huckabee (opposing a favorite son candidate). A big change appears to be taking place in Republican politics at the national level, where modest funding can produce big results. For future encores of Project White House, I feel it would be beneficial to partially imitate this year’s campaign of Mike Huckabee. By that I mean starting substantially earlier before the preference election, obtaining small amounts of public and/or private funding for Project White House from activist organizations, and making more public appearances.

This year’s campaign has been a beginning – a constructive beginning. The future can be even better.


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