This column was co-authored by Jeff Bell, Policy Director for the American Principles Project.
America needs a quarterback. America needs a leader, an optimist, a coalition-builder, and a visionary.
America needs Jack Kemp back.
Kemp was an American legend. A quarterback of the pre-Super Bowl era who led the Buffalo Bills to consecutive championships in the American Football League, Kemp went on as a Member of Congress to lead the Republican Party to historic legislative victories. Known as a champion of supply-side economics, Kemp was one of the earliest promoters in the Republican Party of pro-growth tax rate cuts, arguing in his book An American Renaissance that “a rising tide lifts all boats.”
Given his success as a leader of the conservative movement in the 1970s and 1980s, an interesting question is: what would Jack Kemp be doing if he were alive today?
Frank Cannon is president of the American Principles Project.