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Good Outcomes Require Good Leadership

Good leaders do the right thing and let the chips fall where they may.

James Anthony
April 12, 2024

A key to how the quality of life has improved so much [1] in so many ways [2] has been that social organization in the USA is decentralized.

Customers relentlessly shift power to better producers [3]. If some people who are locally powerful produce bad results, others have regularly gained power and become a good alternative.

The social organization of USA governments also is decentralized.

Like customers, voters can shift power to better leaders [4]. Key opportunities to shift power are provided by caucuses and primaries [5].


The Republican presidential primaries are now destined to culminate in the party attempting to return power to former president Donald Trump. But the record strongly indicates that even if Trump is elected, this will not bring good outcomes. I’ll explain.

Every major expansion of government power and tyranny has been brought about by congressmen from both parties who have been Progressive. To counter this, Grover Cleveland vetoed his own parties’ bills 81 times. Calvin Coolidge, 50 times. Trump vetoed his own parties’ bills 0 times [6].

Trump killed Obamacare repeal [7]. He recommended and signed jailbreak [8], and massive inflationary spending increases [9]. He empowered public health tyranny [10] and created and pushed genetic therapies [11] that caused heart attacks [12], strokes [13], and reduced immune function [14]. Trump hasn’t accepted responsibility for his actions or exhibited the self-awareness that he would need to not risk causing further massive deprivations [15].

Voters had good options. Florida governor Ron DeSantis decreased spending as a proportion of GDP [9]. He blocked public health tyranny. He convened a grand jury to investigate the genetic therapies [16]. Independent candidate Robert Kennedy has demonstrated that he would try to address the covid tyrannies and prevent more.

So, early Trump-endorsers could have endorsed DeSantis. Since they were Republicans, they would not have endorsed Kennedy, but they did have the alternative option of simply not endorsing anyone. Instead, they endorsed Trump.

Alternative Leaders

Governors, state legislators, and national legislators can serve as alternative sources of leadership [16].

Their caucuses and primaries are yet to come in this election cycle. Their future caucuses and primaries will keep coming as quickly as every two years.

What defines support for the Constitution [17], and therefore support for freedom [18], isn’t platforms, and, in most cases, isn’t talk [19]. What defines support for the Constitution is action [20].

Democrats and independents, for example in the current senate, have reliably voted to support the Constitution no more than 30% of the time, and excluding just two outliers, no more than 10% of the time, decreasing freedom [21].

Constitutionalists are needed who, with few exceptions, will vote to support the Constitution 90% of the time, increasing freedom.

Reliable scorecards [22], [23] give voters useful lagging information on incumbents [24]. Endorsements of Trump while DeSantis was still running give voters useful leading information on all candidates, in all jurisdictions [25].

Here’s the short list of the national legislature’s genuine leaders: the politicians who, in their most-recent major votes, supported the Constitution at least 80% of the time, and didn’t endorse Trump over DeSantis:

Freedom Index 118 2,  1/23/2024

Doing the right thing by standing up against the Trump establishment is politically dangerous [26]. Politicians who do this are true leaders.

Prospective candidates who do this are true leaders too. Prospective candidates have been watching in real time as the Trump-establishment trainwreck has been speeding down the rails. These people can take action now. They may win now. Plus, they will at minimum build up name recognition so they can win in the future.

Voters have the key power. Money, media, name recognition—these things matter only to the extent that these things translate into votes. And the power of voters is the strongest in caucuses and primaries.

Now and always, voters need to support good leaders. Our best next opportunities to nominate and elect the leaders we need are coming up in the remaining caucuses and primaries [27], and in future elections’ caucuses and primaries.


  1. Anthony, James. “Economic Growth Is a Natural Effect of Christianity.” rConstitution.us, 3 Dec. 2021, rconstitution.us/economic-growth-is-a-natural-effect-of-christianity/. Accessed 23 Sep. 2022.
  2. Tupy, Marian L., and Gale L. Pooley. Superabundance: The Story of Population Growth, Innovation, and Human Flourishing on an Infinitely Bountiful Planet. Cato Institute, 2022.
  3. Anthony, James. “The Forgotten Customers.” rConstitution.us, 4 Nov. 2022, rconstitution.us/the-forgotten-customers/. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.
  4. Anthony, James. “High-Reliability Self-Governance.” rConstitution.us, 23 Sep. 2022, rconstitution.us/high-reliability-self-governance/. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.
  5. Rothfeld, Mike. “The Real Nature of Politics (Clips).” Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership, facl-training.org/real-nature. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.
  6. Peters, Gerhard, and John T. Woolley. “Presidential Vetoes.” The American Presidency Project, www.presidency.ucsb.edu/statistics/data/presidential-vetoes. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.
  7. Bandler, Aaron. “So, Whose Bill Is the Atrocious Obamacare Replacement?” The Daily Wire, 8 Mar. 2017, www.dailywire.com/news/so-whose-bill-atrocious-obamacare-replacement-aaron-bandler. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.
  8. Horowitz, Daniel. “US Sentencing Commission Expands Jailbreak of Violent Criminals under Trump-Era First Step Act.” Blaze Media, 24 Apr. 2023, www.theblaze.com/column/opinion/horowitz-us-sentencing-commission-expands-jailbreak-of-violent-criminals-under-trump-era-first-step-act. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.
  9. Anthony, James. “Trump-Biden: Tag Team.” Lew Rockwell, 30 Dec. 2023, www.lewrockwell.com/2023/12/james-anthony/trump-biden-tag-team/. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.
  10. Tucker, Jeffrey A. “Dr. Birx Praises Herself While Revealing Ignorance, Treachery, and Deceit.” Brownstone Institute, 16 July 2022, brownstone.org/articles/dr-birx-praises-herself-while-.
  11. Ladapo, Joseph A. Letter to Robert M. Califf. Florida Health, 6 Dec. 2023, www.floridahealth.gov/about/_documents/12-06-2023-DOH-Letter-to-FDA-RFI-on-COVID-19-Vaccines.pdf. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.
  12. Hulscher, Nicolas, et al. “Autopsy Findings in Cases of Fatal COVID-19 Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis.” ESC Heart Failure, 14 Jan. 2024.
  13. Berild, Jacob Dag, et al. “Analysis of Thromboembolic and Thrombocytopenic Events after the AZD1222, BNT162b2, and MRNA-1273 COVID-19 Vaccines in 3 Nordic Countries.” JAMA Network Open, vol. 5, no. 6, 14 June 2022, e2217375.
  14. Seneff, Stephanie, et al. “Innate Immune Suppression by Sars-Cov-2 mRNA Vaccinations: The Role of G-Quadruplexes, Exosomes, and MicroRNAs.” Food and Chemical Toxicology, vol. 164, June 2022, 113008.
  15. @emeriticus. “Trump remains unapologetic for handing the country over to Fauci during COVID. In fact, he wants you to thank for him it. Right before he died, Angelo Codevilla wrote that during the pandemic ‘Trump’s complaisance made possible the American people’s submission to scientifically nonsensical regulations that ended up solidifying the oligarchy and transferring more wealth and power from one class to another, possibly, than ever before in mankind’s history.’ Now Trump has been able to completely rewrite the record of what happened and avoid any consequences because Republicans are cowards.” X, 22 Jan. 2024, 5:54 p.m., twitter.com/emeriticus/status/1749581443196494066.
  16. Stanage, Niall. “DeSantis’s Record on COVID-19: Here’s What He Said and Did.” The Hill, 2 Feb. 2023, thehill.com/homenews/3840143-desantiss-record-on-covid-19-heres-what-he-said-and-did/. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.
  17. Anthony, James. “Do You Support the Constitution? Take This Quiz and See.” rConstitution.us, 10 Dec. 2021, rconstitution.us/do-you-support-the-constitution-take-this-quiz-and-see/. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.
  18. Barnett, Randy E. “Is the Constitution Libertarian?” Cato Supreme Court Review, vol. 8, 17 Sep. 2009, pp. 9–
  19. Anthony, James. “Learning from Trump.” rConstitution.us, 2 Sep. 2022, rconstitution.us/learning-from-trump/. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.
  20. Anthony, James. “Conservatism Is Action Conserving and Building Freedom.” rConstitution.us, 17 Sep. 2021, rconstitution.us/conservatism-is-action-conserving-and-building-freedom/. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.
  21. “Freedom Index 118-2: Senate.” The New American, thenewamerican.com/freedom-index/report/fi118-2/. Accessed 23 Jan. 2024.
  22. Anthony, James. “Votes Matter When a Party Requires Good Voting Scores.” rConstitution.us, 6 Nov. 2020, rconstitution.us/votes-matter-when-a-party-requires-good-voting-scores/. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.
  23. “Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution.” The New American, thenewamerican.com/freedom-index/. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.
  24. Anthony, James. “Voters’ Dilemma.” rConstitution.us, 17 June 2022, rconstitution.us/voters-dilemma/. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.
  25. “List of Donald Trump 2024 Presidential Campaign Primary Endorsements.” Wikipedia, 21 Jan. 2024, en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_Donald_Trump_2024_presidential_campaign_primary_endorsements&oldid=1197730921. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.
  26. Horowitz, Daniel. “Trump Owes His Supporters Answers to These 6 Questions.” Blaze Media, 17 Jan. 2024, www.theblaze.com/columns/opinion/trump-owes-his-supporters-answers-to-these-6-questions. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.
  27. @RMConservative. “The primaries are not over. They are just beginning. Every House Republican who destroyed last year’s majority is up for re-nomination in the coming weeks and months.  About 5 liberal GOP senators are up for re-nomination. Do we even care to change the party, or will we sleep through yet another primary cycle? I’ll be working hard for those who put themselves on the line to challenge the system, which has not changed one iota this past generation.” X, 21 Jan. 2024, 6:00 p.m., twitter.com/RMConservative/status/1749220353568616642.

James Anthony is an experienced chemical engineer who applies process design, dynamics, and control to government processes. He is the author of The Constitution Needs a Good Party and rConstitution Papers, the publisher of rConstitution.us, and an author in Western Journal, Daily Caller, The Federalist, American Thinker, Lew Rockwell, American Greatness, Mises Institute, Foundation for Economic Education, and Free the People. For more information, see his about and media pages, fresh takes, and overview.


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