Al Sikes, a friend of mine and former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission under George H.W. Bush and Assistant Secretary of Commerce under Ronald Reagan, was a Never Trump conservative Republican. Originally from a small town in Missouri, Sikes, 77, joined Salon Talks in a discussion about his book “Culture Leads, Leaders Follow,”
“I think that over time, the Judeo-Christian ethic has eroded and eroded and eroded. And as it has, that invisible line that I think tended to cause those of us in business and in political affairs to have some restraint, has largely disappeared. So politicians have no greater ambition than their re-election. And when you have no greater ambition than your re-election, then you cease to be a patriot. I believe that if we look today, we would find that Donald Trump was able to be elected because a lot of those restraints have eroded. So when Eisenhower was elected, it would have been impossible for somebody who said the things that Trump said to be elected. When Ronald Reagan was elected, the same.”
Read the full piece at Salon.com.
Carrie Sheffield is the founder of Bold. She is passionate about storytelling to empower and connect others. A founding POLITICO reporter, Carrie contributed on political economy at Forbes and wrote editorials for The Washington Times. After earning a master’s in public policy from Harvard University, she managed credit risk at Goldman Sachs and researched for American Enterprise Institute scholar Edward Conard. She earned a B.A. in communications at Brigham Young University and completed a Fulbright fellowship in Berlin.