As a former Senator, and now as a member of the Transportation Board, I’ve watched our politics roll downhill. Make no mistake: Our political system has broken. One way to correct that is to return to politics built around principles. Principles are not only the foundation for a decent life, they also offer a scale to weigh every issue. Do we want Washington to run our lives, or do we respect people’s right to make their own decisions? Do we want more government or less government? I’m a conservative – and politics based on principles will clean up the mess.