Replacing Big Government with Civil Society

Senator Mike Lee
2013-03-20 09:21:37
US Senator for Utah, Mike Lee [image = lee.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/eCard-header-mountaingoat.jpg] * Conservatism Means Replacing Big Government With Civil Society* The president's second inaugural address was an advertisement for the biggest, most expensive government the world has ever known. It was a pitch for new government solutions, more government programs, and the promises of government-made utopia. Of course, no mention was made about the future cost of the president's vision for the country, how to pay for it, or the damage that will occur from increasing our debt. Conservatives hear this message and get pulled into a debate over the proper size of government, or whether a certain policy represents good government or bad government. We argue for a smaller or more limited government, or one that is more efficient or more affordable. Unfortunately, this is often where we lose attention of the American people because it fails to articulate a positive vision of what America looks like under the type of government we are striving to create. It is time for conservatives to reframe the debate. It is time to focus on the principles that will lead us to the kind of country and society we want for our future and ourselves. Here is the principle I ask conservatives to consider: The opposite of bad government is not good government. It isn't even limited government. The opposite of bad government is a Civil Society. A free and strong civil society is built on the innate desire of Americans to freely contribute to the betterment of the community. * Read the rest of this opinion editorial here [link 1] �* * "Let's Talk" Tele-townhall Recap* I would like to thank everyone who participated in my "Let's Talk" tele-townhall last Wednesday.� Our next event will be on April 10 at 7:00 p.m. MST.� If you haven't already signed up to participate in these events you can sign up here: www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/tele-townhall-meetings [link 2] We have posted video clips of several of the questions that were asked during the last event for those who were unable to attend the event. We had many questions about how the sequester cuts will impact Utah.� Here is my response: youtu.be/C8aG3wfM6rE [link 3] We also had several questions about what I am doing to protect Americans' 2nd Amendment rights.� You can find my response here: youtu.be/2Gbc21kEctk [link 4] This week Democrats will be introducing a budget for the first time in four years.� Here is a discussion I had with a caller about the budgets we are considering right now in Congress: youtu.be/_Glg2shU77Y [link 5] * Update Your Preferences* In an effort to improve my dialogue with Utahns who are subscribed to this newsletter, I have recently updated the subscription options.� You can visit the new subscription page to update your profile: lee.enews.senate.gov/mail/util.cfm [link 6] You will find that I will be sending a monthly newsletter, legislative updates, vote updates, and topic-specific newsletters.� For the next 60 days we will be sending those who are subscribed to my newsletter a sampling of these offerings, and in the meantime I strongly recommend that you update your preferences to receive the news that interests you the most.
March 20, 2013

Conservatism Means Replacing Big Government With Civil Society

The president's second inaugural address was an advertisement for the biggest, most expensive government the world has ever known.

It was a pitch for new government solutions, more government programs, and the promises of government-made utopia.

Of course, no mention was made about the future cost of the president's vision for the country, how to pay for it, or the damage that will occur from increasing our debt.
Conservatives hear this message and get pulled into a debate over the proper size of government, or whether a certain policy represents good government or bad government.

We argue for a smaller or more limited government, or one that is more efficient or more affordable. Unfortunately, this is often where we lose attention of the American people because it fails to articulate a positive vision of what America looks like under the type of government we are striving to create.

It is time for conservatives to reframe the debate. It is time to focus on the principles that will lead us to the kind of country and society we want for our future and ourselves.
Here is the principle I ask conservatives to consider: The opposite of bad government is not good government. It isn't even limited government. The opposite of bad government is a Civil Society. A free and strong civil society is built on the innate desire of Americans to freely contribute to the betterment of the community.



 

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