It would be great if we could find a new Ronald Reagan, right? But what the country really needs, in Glenn’s opinion, is a president like Calvin Coolidge! Why would Glenn invoke this oft-ignored president as an example for leaders today?
“Reagan modeled himself really after Calvin Coolidge. I mean, when it comes to economic policies and things like that. Coolidge dismantled Wilson. I mean, I'd take Ronald Reagan in a heartbeat. But in two years' time we are not going to be sitting in the Carter years. In two years' time we are going to need much more dramatic and the times have changed,” Glenn said.
“Technology has changed. Everything has changed. Community organizing has changed. Why is how can you defeat community organizing? There is a way. How can you defeat it? You defeat the kind of community organizing that is happening right now by allowing it to continue to be bottom up. Right now all the community organizing is orchestrated and paid for by the top,” Glenn said.
“The problem with the Tea Party and to some extent the 9/12 project is that there isn't any framework at the top. It's a very delicate balance. Because once you get into the framework at the top, well, then you get into corruption. Then you get into personalities and everything else and then it becomes a contest for power. Well, what are the principles and the values that are driving it? And does that power still allow it to change constantly?
“Real true empowerment starts at the local level and the state level and then the last place it comes from is Washington, D.C. It's the opportunity now to dramatically change things. And it's required,” Glenn said.
“Beyond that, foreign policy, go back to what was on the coin. And really in domestic policy as well. On our first coin it did not say "In God we trust." It said ‘Mind your business. That should be our motto for a while: Mind your damn business, foreign and domestic. Get out of my face; I'll get out of yours. If it neither picks my pocket, nor breaks my leg, what difference does it make to me?”
And what qualities should a leader have on military and foreign policy? Glenn explained, “One: Don't go unless you absolutely, positively have to go; two, if you have to go, define and declare. Because it stops all this bullcrap just lasting forever. Define and declare. Three: If you do have to go and you've defined and declare, when you go, fight to win. Win. And four: When you do win, because you know what winning looks like because you've declared and defined, come home. Period.”