Doc­tor’s or­ders

The Washington Times Weekly - - National - Com­piled by Jen­nifer Harper

“Some have said that Repub­li­cans and Democrats now need to gov­ern from the mid­dle. I dis­agree,” said Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Repub­li­can, in as­sess­ing his party’s de­feat. “We do not need to gov­ern from the cen­ter as much as we need to gov­ern from con­science. When politi­cians have the courage to ar­gue their con­vic­tions and lose their po­lit­i­cal lives in an hon­est bat­tle of ideas, the best poli­cies will pre­vail.”

A physi­cian be­fore be­ing elected to Congress in the 1994 “Repub­li­can Revo­lu­tion,” Mr. Coburn of­fered this pre­scrip­tion:

“The Amer­i­can peo­ple do want ci­vil­ity, but they also want real de­bate. Ci­vil­ity does not mean an ab­sence of con­flict, but a re­turn of honor and dig­nity in our pol­i­tics. Vot­ers are bored and tired of par­ti­san role play­ing in Wash­ing­ton. [. . .] One of the great para­doxes in pol­i­tics is that gov­ern­ing to main­tain power is the surest way to lose it. Repub­li­cans have the ideas to solve our great­est chal­lenges. If we fo­cus on ideas, our ma­jor­ity sta­tus will take care of it­self.”

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