Matters of Principle

Author: Gary Hart

Matters of Principle

            Matters of Principle has been a decade-long effort to focus conversation on the foundation of this democratic Republic—the principles upon which civil society, the rule of law, and the structures of a democracy are based.

            At least until the Trump insurrection began in 2016, and culminated on January 6th, 2021, an effort was made here not to contribute to the dangerously wide partisan chasm in America.  But Trump did what those who knew him best predicted he would do and that was to try to replace democracy with authoritarianism with himself in the role of the authoritarian.

            True patriots had no choice but to rise up and resist as our principles required.

            Which now leads me to thank all of you for joining, in various ways, the resistance.

            The turmoil in America will continue, because too many individuals, causes, conspiracists, malcontents, militias, and agitators want it to continue.

            So, your deeply felt convictions, expressed so often and so well on this site must continue.  Thomas Jefferson, among many others, wanted you to continue.

            It is time for the author and host of this site to step aside, however, and explore other ways to contribute to our nation.

            A young president told me, I thought directly, to ask what I could do for my country.  And I have done so and will continue to do so throughout whatever of life remains.

            Matters of will remain open for a time and moderated or curated for you to continue to communicate with one another or offer thoughts appropriate to the day.

            I close with my favorite quote, one from John Buchan’s book Montrose:

            No great cause is ever lost or ever won.  The battle must always be renewed

            and the creed restated, and the old formulas, once so potent a revelation,

            become only dim antiquarian echoes.  But some things are universal,

            catholic, and undying—the souls of which such formulas are the broken

            gleams.  They do not age or pass out of fashion for they symbolize eternal

            things.  They are the guardians of the human spirit, the proof of what our

            mortal frailty can achieve.

                        Blessings on you as we all journey forward.

                                                                                                            Gary Hart

4 Responses to “Matters of Principle”

  1. Brian C McCarthy Says:


    Thank you for the many years of sharing your insights and concerns through this blog. I hope you will continue to do so in one form or another and wish you the best in whatever paths you choose to travel.


  2. Stephen D. Pillow Says:

    Dear Senator Hart,

    I think back to the first time I ever met you in 1987 in Atlanta, Georgia at Bob Patrick’s request during those early days of your 1988 Presidential Campaign. I was honored to serve you and your campaign for the duration of the quest, and humbled to have had the opportunity to spend time with you as you traveled through Georgia during that campaign. It was a privilege to have been with you and Lee on several of those occasions, but especially for the Democratic Presidential Debate at the CNN Center in Atlanta.

    My daughters still remember the train trip around Atlanta and having dinner with you and Lee at the end of your campaign swing through south Georgia. I have a photo of you and me on the train, where you are signing my copy of the “Blue Book”, which was the guiding light throughout your campaign, and which I still have today and refer to often.

    Thank you for your service to our nation and for the opportunity to have worked with your at that time. I personally will miss your wonderful and powerful commentary on this platform.

    I wish you and your family all of the best in the years to come.

    Very respectfully,

    Stephen D. Pillow

  3. Kathy Teti Says:

    Gary, so sorry that you will be “stepping aside.” Matters of Principle has been that constant reminder that there is always work to be done; we have to earn our freedom. I remember you once said to me that in order for things to remain the same, they need to change. It’s up to us to understand what we need to do in order to keep our precious freedom. Thank you for your dedication. I await your next visionary gift.

    Kathy Teti

  4. Edward Goldstick Says:

    I concur with all that has been said wish and want to add that Matters of Principle was essentially unique in my experience on the Internet. Your discussions of current events and their historical and philosophical origins were always thought provoking while also evoking responses that were neither syncophantic, phantasmagorical, nor conspiratorial while never timid. I will miss the community of contributors who enriched these pages, and I will miss, in particular, your vision as to how we should try to see “the moment” as both the culmination of a process while an state of affairs that stands apart.

    Best wishes in all your future endeavors.

    Peace be with you…


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