It’s over folks. Finally. The primaries are officially signed, sealed, and delivered. As they clean up at the Wells Fargo arena in the city in which the founding fathers put quill to paper and wrote down the principles which have guided the world’s greatest experiment in republican democracy for 240 years – or slightly less if you want to get wonky about ratification and the articles of confederation – a benevolent spirit hangs over the city.

Ronald Reagan.

His shining city on a hill metaphor, his morning in America optimism, infused the rhetoric of speaker after speaker at the DNC Convention of 2016. Even as most – but certainly not all – see government once again as the solution. Rather than the problem. And more than government – the separate and equal powers forged by the founding fathers – some like the president prefer administrative fiat, weaseling it’s way down into every local school board and county.

The father of Captain Humayun Khan, Khizr Khan, could have been quoting Ted Cruz when he delivered the best line of the night, asking Trump if he had read the constitution. The distance between his inspiring and austere dignity and a sweaty Bernie supporter trying to out-chant Hillary’s troops is enormous. Only an optimistic veneer could possibly cover over their differences and present the appearance of unity.

But it is a veneer. Because America is already incredibly over-governed by an enormous and exponentially expanding welter of rules and regulations. So the optimism that draped the normative forms of the rhetoric in Philadelphia is lacking in any substance of real change that the nation is demanding in 2016. It’s substance promises even more – way more perhaps – of the same. More rules. More subsidies. More taxes.

In fact, Hillary attacked Trump on what perhaps is her worst weakness: the egotistical idea that she can produce real change through a thousand policy briefs and administrative rules. A thousand new laws and guidelines. A thousand new regulations pushing businesses to abandon efficiencies and innovate economically unsound solutions. Working with thousands of legislators around the country. She and only she. As a She. More rules. More subsidies. More taxes.

She really needs Donald Trump Jr. as her economic czar, rather than Bill. If she truly wants to release the creativity and power of America’s entrepreneurial spirit. Although perhaps if Bill could have his way, he’d be closer to Donald Jr. than to his wife. But he can’t. He’s an ex. She the man now.

So while the speeches were defiantly and righteously optimistic, the policies that came out of Philly would have made Ted Kennedy proud. Or even blush. And that’s a ways from the man whose spirit the Democrats willfully tried to invoke in Philadelphia.