At a recent breakfast of the Denver County Republicans, former Colorado Senator Hank Brown introduced me to what he had termed a "Compact with Colorado". This concept is only in its infancy, however I believe that it has great merit as a way to save our State.
I see the Compact as being a pledge to the people of our great State regarding how we will govern and what our positive vision for the future is. The Compact would be a statement of values. In the book, "Hope is not a Method", former Army Chief of Staff Gordon Sullivan describes the importance of values by stating:
"Shared values express the essence of an organization. They bind expectations, provide alignment, and establish a foundation for transformation and growth. By emphasizing values, the leader signals what will not change, providing an anchor for people drifting in a sea of uncertainty and a strategic text for decisions and actions that will grow the organization."
Similar in concept to the 1994 Contract with America, our State specific Compact with the people of Colorado could be just what we need to define our Republican brand. It could also be an effective way for us to communicate a clear message regarding what we stand for.
If a people are not willing to stand for something, they will fall for anything.
That's the Stone Cold Truth.
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