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Friday, October 30, 2015

What to do with the excess Republican presidential candidates? Lowman Henry has ideas.

 A New 'Team of Rivals'

By Lowman S. Henry

Once again this week the field of contenders for the 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination continued to grow. There is great diversity in what is shaping up to be a historically large field of would-be presidents.  Diverse not just by gender, race and ethnicity, but collectively the candidates bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the contest.

A few years back the historian Doris Kearns Goodwin penned a book entitledTeam of Rivals which went into great detail as to how President Abraham Lincoln brought those who competed against him during the nomination process into his cabinet.  President Lincoln was both secure enough in his own abilities, and wise enough to recognize his erstwhile opponents had talents the country sorely needed.

If Republicans reclaim the White House, the large field of contenders will give the new president a deep pool of qualified individuals from which to pick his, or her, cabinet.   Just for fun, let's take a look at the Republican presidential contenders and see how they might fit into a new administration:

The big four cabinet posts are State, Defense, Treasury and Justice.  U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has emerged as one of the leading voices on foreign affairs making him well qualified to become the next Secretary of State.  Both the current Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton had competed for their party's presidential nomination and served in the U.S. Senate prior to becoming the nation's top diplomat, so Rubio would be following a well-worn path.

For Secretary of Defense U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham would be a perfect fit.  He, along with Senator John McCain, for a decade now have traveled extensively to the mid-east and other areas of global conflict.  He would be well positioned to begin restoring the confidence in America's resolve which has been lost over the past six years.  And George Pataki, the former New York governor who led his state in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, would be an excellent fit for Secretary of Homeland Security.

Nobody on the campaign trail speaks as well or argues as effectively as the U.S. Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz.  His passionate defense of conservative principles and strict adherence to the U.S. Constitution would make him an ideal candidate to become the next Attorney General of the United States.  And, who better to be Secretary of the Treasury than the man who has made an $8 billion personal fortune - The Donald, Donald Trump? 

As we continue to build the ideal GOP presidential cabinet let's put the former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum in as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.   Santorum cares passionately for families and could walk in the innovative footsteps of another conservative icon, Jack Kemp, who proved that housing policy could be compassionate and realistic at the same time.  Along those lines, Dr. Ben Carson - a highly respected neurosurgeon, would be an ideal fit as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

For Secretary of the Interior, former Texas Governor Rick Perry would be ideal. Western states need an Interior secretary who will fight for their interests. Perry is steeped in the issues, a passionate and effective advocate for his causes, and as a westerner would be widely acceptable in that role.  Alternately, he would fit well as Secretary of Energy.

Conservatives would applaud the appointment of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as Secretary of Labor.  Walker has successfully battled the labor unions in Wisconsin and intrinsically understands how the nation's current labor policy environment is hindering the economic recovery.  Pair him with Carly Fiorina as Commerce Secretary and they could put the nation's economy back on the right track.

His support for Common Core standards aside, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was an innovator and strong supporter of school choice making him a good pick for Secretary of Education.  Ohio Governor John Kasich would be effective as White House Chief of Staff.  And, to really make liberal heads spin, let's put Senator Rand Paul on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Finally let's appoint New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as Secretary of Transportation.  Who better to rebuild our nation's roads and bridges . . . OK, well, maybe not. 

Those are my presidential cabinet picks.  Of course, one of these folks would have to end up as president, and another likely vice president, but the bottom line is the GOP has a wealth of talent which could be called into service if the party prevails in November of 2016.

(Lowman S. Henry is Chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute and host of the weekly Lincoln Radio Journal.  His e-mail address islhenry@lincolninstitute.org.)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Read the Full Text of the Third Republican Undercard Debate

Four minor Republican presidential candidates met in Boulder, Colorado, for the third undercard debate Wednesday.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former New York Gov. George Pataki were all on stage at the 6 p.m. debate, hosted by cable business news network CNBC.  Visit:
Read the Full Text of the Third Republican Undercard Debate

Monday, October 26, 2015

Not All Black Lives Matter | LifeNews.com

The Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network has been instrumental in helping those who have been denied medical care to receive the care they need.  Sadly this 20 year old black man has not been given the care he needs in three medical facilities.  Visit: Not All Black Lives Matter | LifeNews.com

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

January 2016 Students For Life Conference

Students:  Make Plans to attend the National Students for Life Conference  For a list of topics and speakers visit:  Schedule | 2016 Students For Life Conference

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Congresswoman: “Planned Parenthood Doc Will Have to Find Another Way to Get Her Lamborghini”

A leading pro-life congresswoman had the perfect response to today’s news that Planned Parenthood will stop selling the body parts of aborted babies. Instead, the abortion giant announced that it will harvest and donate the body parts of unborn children victimized by abortions.
 Diane Black, a pro-life Republican from Tennessee who has been spearheading the drive to de-fund Planned Parenthood, told LifeNews that Planned Parenthood’s decision is essentially an admission of guilt.
Congresswoman: “Planned Parenthood Doc Will Have to Find Another Way to Get Her Lamborghini”

Doctors Said to Abort Because Their Baby Had a Brain Tumor and Down Syndrome. They Said No.

Please pray for this family.

Doctors Said to Abort Because Their Baby Had a Brain Tumor and Down Syndrome. They Said No.

What Life Looks Like at 18 Weeks

Rep. Webster on Why He Should be Speaker

Monday, October 12, 2015

Friday, October 09, 2015

Pro-Life College Student Engages in Incredible One-Woman Protest of Planned Parenthood

Pro-Life College Student Engages in Incredible One-Woman Protest of Planned Parenthood

In Pennsylvania, 25-year-old college student Kaytee Moyer decided to take action after watching the Planned Parenthood videos exposing the company’s organ harvesting business. The Blaze reports that Moyer was initially hesitate to watch the footage released by The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) but afterwards was so disturbed by it that she decided to call some of her friends and organize a protest.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Speaker Boehner resigns: The tragedy of strategy

More relevant to the Speaker’s resignation was the Henrico County, Virginia electorate’s ouster of his former Majority Leader, Eric Cantor (R-Va.]) in June of 2014, when a relatively unknown conservative Republican, and Tea Party favorite named Dave Brat mounted an old-fashioned, door-to-door campaign and wrested his party’s nomination from a man who, at the time, was the second most powerful Republican in Congress.   Visit:  Speaker Boehner resigns: The tragedy of strategy