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Who will be the
2016 candidates
for President of
the United States?


Republicans


SCOTT WALKER!

Walker has broad appeal to
GOP constituencies and is a
proven winner. Look for him
to select New Mexico
Governor Susanna Marinez
as his running mate.



Who, from among this
strong, diverse field , will
emerge victorious to return
the GOP to the White
House?

COMPETITORS
The road to the White House
leads past the Governor's
mansion. Marco Rubio, Rand
Paul and Ted Cruz need to
go back to their state capitals
and fill out their resumes.
Among governors, Jeb Bush
and Rick Perry are stale, and
worse, remind people of
GWB 43. John Kasich is
unappealing to the base.
Mike Pence is an intriguing
alternative to Walker; the
other Mike (Huckabee) is
NOT!

Democrats


ANDREW CUOMO!????

Look for Hillary to drop out
and open the way for Bill
Clinton's HUD Secretary.
Cuomo, also Cinton's
neighbor in Westchester
County, finished his 2014
re-election with $8.8 million
in the bank, and would have
no problem raising much,
much more. Look for him to
pick MA Senator Elizabeth
Warren - or even Hillary
Clinton! - as his running
mate.



Is Hillary a foregone
conclusion, or will
someone else swoop in and
steal the show?


COMPETITORS
A Clinton run is a 50/50
proposition at best, given
her failures as First Lady
(HIllaryCare) and SecState
(Reset). In the meantime the
prospect keeps her speaking
fees in the stratosphere, and
keeps a path open for the
Clinton's hand-picked
designee: Cuomo. Warren is
an instant contender if she
jumps in. Everyone else is an
also-ran at this point. Webb
is an interesting Presidential
candidate, but a non-starter
in the Primaries: this is the
extreme left Democratic
Party of Sanders and
Warren.

Challenge The Premise is an advocate for political freedom and economic freedom - free peoples, free markets.

The year 1776 was a momentous year for Freedom. It yielded two of the greatest documents ever to espouse freedom.

As most Americans know, the year 1776 gave us that great proclamation of individual liberty, the Declaration of Independence which in turn led to United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Less well known is that 1776 also gave us another work of freedom, this one elucidating the principles of economic freedom – Adam Smith’s “Wealth of Nations".

Political freedom and economic freedom always go together to create individual freedom. When an economy is stifled, opportunity declines and the impoverished will seek to destabilize and overthrow the current order. Attempts to stifle political freedom will also cause societal instability and culminate in upheaval.

That these two documents, coalescing the necessary critical mass of political and economic freedom, were written without consultation, on separate continents, an ocean apart, in the same year, seems a highly unlikely yet supremely fortuitous coincidence. An opportunity for advancing human civilization that was capitalized upon.

Our hard-fought freedoms are unique in the history of mankind. We must not lose sight of that. They have been bequeathed to us, and indeed, the whole world, through the efforts, hard work, sacrifice, blood, and indeed, the very lives of so many who have gone before.

We are in the fourth century since those timeless freedom principles were first brought to fruition. We must ever be vigilant to uphold those freedom principles, lest our liberty, peace, prosperity and happiness decline, and either our country descends into tyranny or is supplanted by some empire whose values we do not share.

Every single world power that has come before us has fallen into decline and been replaced, the last one by us. Why would we not think that could happen to us? Our responsibility is to ensure that what we have received from the previous generation – our values, and our global preeminence with which we can spread those values – are passed on, strengthened, to the next generation. A shining city on a hill, shining brighter.

But as John F. Kennedy said in his 1961 “Shining City” speech, “for of those to whom much is given, much is required”, we “must be as a city upon a hill — constructed and inhabited by men aware of their great trust and their great responsibilities”..

Challenge the Premise wholeheartedly stands behind those convictions expressed by President Kennedy. That along with our rights come responsibilities. We hear so many people demanding their rights, but who many are living up to their responsibilities? Freedom isn’t Free, as the saying goes. The cost to acquire and defend our cherished values from external forces was, is, and always will be great in blood and treasure. But it goes beyond that. If we don’t come to terms with how we conduct our lives as individuals, we will become dependent upon others, we will be forced to sacrifice our freedoms to the collective.

We are convinced that Big Government is the antithesis of freedom.

It is these concerns that gives us our name. So many ideas being put forth, so many laws being enacted, so many public policies being implement, so many based upon ill-conceived preconceptions. So we confront these bad ideas, we…

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defending individual rights
exhorting individual responsibility



QUOTES


"...voters in Wisconsin got to determine who was in charge--was it the big government special interests in Washington? Or the hard-working tax payers...? The good news is that...the hard-working taxpayers won."

- Soctt Walker, August 28, 2012, speech to the RNC

“And I’ll promise you this: I’ll work every day to make Washington, D.C. as inconsequential in your life as I can.”

- Rick Perry, August 13, 2011, announcing run for President

"the era of big government is over"

- Bill Clinton, January 23, 1996, State of the Union

"It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the Federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the Federal Government and those reserved to the States or to the people. All of us need to be reminded that the Federal Government did not create the States; the States created the Federal Government."

- Ronald Reagan, January 20, 1981, Inaugural Address

"That's why I am confident we can effect the reforms I have mentioned—reforms that will get government off our backs, out of our pockets and up to the standards of decency and excellence envisioned by the founding fathers."

- Ronald Reagan, November 3, 1980, the day before his first landslide victory










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