This is an excellent and well stated post. The reason we are faced with the choices we have now is due to the GOP straying so far from the principles laid out by Jeff Goldstein above.
We need more Milton Friedman too
The causes are numerous, political, social, and a general erosion of education are to blame. These are basic fundamental principles and should be taught in grammar and high school civics classes. If you really want to make America great again, this is the prescription. These are the fundamentals that we need to return to. I recommend you read it.