Their new president is
Perhaps that is because she agrees with me on the issue of liberating poor and minority children from failing public schools and building a foundation that will give them a better future.
In a telephone interview, James tells me school choice for these kids is one of her "top priorities." The left has tried and failed to improve the lives of African-Americans through government programs. As
The last time it was tried, under
A return to the intellectual heft of
James' "inaugural address" hit just the right tone: "Heritage has always promoted economic growth and opportunity -- and why it has never wavered in opposing those who would burden our freedoms and future with the suffocating force of mindless regulations and punitive taxes."
Who opposes growth and opportunity? The debate has been over how to get there. History shows which ideas worked and which failed.
"Success in politics is about issues, ideas and the vision we have for our country in the world," James said.
For liberals who might accuse James of being insufficiently black because of her conservatism, let them respond to this: "When I was 12 years old, I started attending an all-white middle school. To say we weren't welcome is an understatement. Despite the
"So 25 incredibly brave black kids and I tried to change that. For a while, navigating the packed hallways meant being jeered at, stuck with pins, shoved, and even kicked down the stairs. I see it on your faces -- yes, it was awful. But it was worth it. You see, I'd been given a great gift -- the opportunity to fight for something I believed in. And it changed me forever."
When a conservative favorably quotes Dr.
That is an ongoing and never-ending quest, but James, whom I have known for several decades, will do it with a cheerful spirit, a confidence based on ideas that have proved their worth and a charm that can disarm her most ardent critics.
That's a pretty good package that offers an opportunity to retreat from battling each other's personalities, integrity and patriotism and instead focus on the best ideas that will improve any American who embraces them.