What Conservatives are For

Senator Mike Lee
2013-04-30 20:16:47
US Senator for Utah, Mike Lee [image = lee.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/eCard-header-sunset-silhouette.jpg] * What Conservatives are For* I recently delivered a speech at the Heritage Foundation where I articulated the need for conservatives to focus on what we stand *for*. �In Washington, we debate public policy so persistently that we can lose sight of the fact that policies are means, not ends. We say we are for lower taxes, or less regulation, or spending restraint. But those are just policies we advocate. They�re not what we�re really for. What we�re really�*for*�are the good things those policies will yield to the American people. If you would like to watch the speech, you cand find it by clicking this link: www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2013/4/what-conservatives-are-for [link 1] I also wanted to share a few excerpts from this speech: � *Ours has never been a vision of isolated, atomized loners. It is a vision of husbands and wives; parents and children; neighbors and neighborhoods; volunteers and congregations; bosses and employees; businesses and customers; clubs, teams, groups, associations� and friends.* *The essence of human freedom, of civilization itself, is cooperation. This is something conservatives should celebrate. It�s what conservatism is all about.* *Freedom doesn�t mean �you�re on your own.� It means �we�re all in this together.�* � *What, exactly, are all those supposedly cut-throat, exploitive businessmen and women competing for? To figure out the best way to help the most people.* *That�s what the free market does. It rewards people for putting their God-given talents and their own exertions in the service of their neighbors.* *Whatever money they earn is the wealth�they create, value they add to other people�s lives.* � **Freedom*�doesn�t divide us.�*Big government*�does.* *It�s�*big government*�that turns citizens into supplicants, capitalists into cronies, and cooperative communities into competing special interests.* � *The great obstacle to realizing this vision today is government dysfunction. This is where our vision must inform our agenda.* *What reforms will make it easier for entrepreneurs to start new businesses? For young couples to get married and start new families? And for individuals everywhere to come together to bring to life flourishing new partnerships and communities?* *What should government do � and just as important,�not do�� to allow the free market to create new economic opportunity and to allow civil society to create new social capital?* *We conservatives are not�against�government. The free market and civil society depend on a just, transparent, and accountable government to enforce the rule of law.* � *The biggest reason the federal government makes too many mistakes is that it makes too many decisions. Most of these are decisions the federal government doesn�t have to make � and therefore shouldn�t.* *Every state in the union has a functioning, constitutional government. And just as important, each state has a unique political and cultural history, with unique traditions, values, and priorities.* There are a lot of other great points in the speech, so I hope you will take the time to watch it or read through the transcript [link 2]. �However, I wanted to end on the note of federalism and role that each state plays in contributing to the diversity of our nation. �I believe I represent the greatest state in the nation, and if any state is poised to offer proven solutions to our nation's problems, it is the state of Utah. �I like to refer to the unique mix of individual liberty, voluntary civil society, and principle-focused governance as The Utah Model. �I am always looking for ways that I can bring the strengths of The Utah Model to Washington. I will be holding my next tele-townhall on May 8 at 7:00 p.m. MST, and I would like a part of the focus of this event to include a discussion on how I can bring the strongest elements of The Utah Model to Washington. �If you haven't signed up already to participate in my monthly tele-townhall meetings, you can do so here: www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/tele-townhall-meetings [link 3]
April 30, 2013

What Conservatives are For

I recently delivered a speech at the Heritage Foundation where I articulated the need for conservatives to focus on what we stand for.  In Washington, we debate public policy so persistently that we can lose sight of the fact that policies are means, not ends.

We say we are for lower taxes, or less regulation, or spending restraint. But those are just policies we advocate. They�re not what we�re really for. What we�re really for are the good things those policies will yield to the American people.

If you would like to watch the speech, you cand find it by clicking this link:

I also wanted to share a few excerpts from this speech:

 


Ours has never been a vision of isolated, atomized loners. It is a vision of husbands and wives; parents and children; neighbors and neighborhoods; volunteers and congregations; bosses and employees; businesses and customers; clubs, teams, groups, associations� and friends.

The essence of human freedom, of civilization itself, is cooperation. This is something conservatives should celebrate. It�s what conservatism is all about.

Freedom doesn�t mean �you�re on your own.� It means �we�re all in this together.�


 

What, exactly, are all those supposedly cut-throat, exploitive businessmen and women competing for? To figure out the best way to help the most people.

That�s what the free market does. It rewards people for putting their God-given talents and their own exertions in the service of their neighbors.

Whatever money they earn is the wealth they create, value they add to other people�s lives.


 

Freedom doesn�t divide us. Big government does.

It�s big government that turns citizens into supplicants, capitalists into cronies, and cooperative communities into competing special interests.


 

The great obstacle to realizing this vision today is government dysfunction. This is where our vision must inform our agenda.

What reforms will make it easier for entrepreneurs to start new businesses? For young couples to get married and start new families? And for individuals everywhere to come together to bring to life flourishing new partnerships and communities?

What should government do � and just as important, not do � to allow the free market to create new economic opportunity and to allow civil society to create new social capital?

We conservatives are not against government. The free market and civil society depend on a just, transparent, and accountable government to enforce the rule of law.


 

The biggest reason the federal government makes too many mistakes is that it makes too many decisions. Most of these are decisions the federal government doesn�t have to make � and therefore shouldn�t.

Every state in the union has a functioning, constitutional government. And just as important, each state has a unique political and cultural history, with unique traditions, values, and priorities.

There are a lot of other great points in the speech, so I hope you will take the time to .  However, I wanted to end on the note of federalism and role that each state plays in contributing to the diversity of our nation.  I believe I represent the greatest state in the nation, and if any state is poised to offer proven solutions to our nation's problems, it is the state of Utah.  I like to refer to the unique mix of individual liberty, voluntary civil society, and principle-focused governance as The Utah Model.  I am always looking for ways that I can bring the strengths of The Utah Model to Washington.

I will be holding my next tele-townhall on May 8 at 7:00 p.m. MST, and I would like a part of the focus of this event to include a discussion on how I can bring the strongest elements of The Utah Model to Washington.  If you haven't signed up already to participate in my monthly tele-townhall meetings, you can do so here:

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