Developing a modernized, principled conservative reform agenda

Senator Mike Lee
2013-10-11 20:29:27
US Senator for Utah, Mike Lee [image = lee.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/eCard-header-mountaintop.jpg] * Developing a modernized, principled conservative reform agenda* Leaders in Washington are rightfully focused on trying to reach an agreement that will end the current government shutdown. I continue to work day and night to make progress toward a solution that will eliminate the uncertainty created by the shutdown and the pain that is being caused by Obamacare. The president�s conduct during the shutdown � blocking WWII veterans from a memorial built in their honor, walling off a parking lot at Mount Vernon even though it has been privately owned for 150 years, and other abuses � has exposed the perils of allowing the federal government to become too big and too powerful.� As these perils have become clearer, there is a growing appetite in this country for a principled, conservative reform agenda that looks far beyond the immediate problems of Washington's current dysfunction For too long, Republicans have put off the difficult work of developing a modernized, principled conservative reform agenda to meet many of the new challenges of the 21st century. There are many reasons why this is so. But I think the biggest is that in Washington, conservatives often fall into a trap � defining ourselves by what we are against: Big government, debt, higher taxes, regulations, or Obamacare. But we haven�t invested nearly as much time and energy in communicating what conservatives are for. I�m talking about more than simply the policies we advocate. Conservatism is not about the bills we want to pass, but the nation we want to be. The real goal - what conservatives are really for - is not an agenda for government. It�s a vision of society. A view of the world we want to build, together. �Together.� That word, �together,� is an essential � and too often overlooked � part of what we conservatives believe. We�re all committed to bedrock principles of individual liberty, individual rights, and personal responsibility. But the reason we fight for individual freedom is the strength, vitality, and value of the communities free individuals form. The alternative to big government is not small government. The alternative to big government is a thriving, flourishing nation of cooperative communities � where your success depends on your service. It�s a free enterprise economy where everyone works for everyone else, competing to see who can figure out the best way to help the most people. And it�s a voluntary civil society, where free individuals come together to meet each other�s needs, fill in the gaps, and make sure no one gets left behind. Today I delivered a speech at the Values Voter Summit where I discussed my plans to develop a conservative reform agenda in greater detail.� I hope you will take a minute to watch it, so you can give me your feedback [link 1] and become part of this important project: * Click Here to Watch [link 2]* [image = lee.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-facebook.png]Share on Facebook [link 3] [image = lee.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-twitter.png]Share on Twitter [link 4]
October 11, 2013

Developing a modernized, principled conservative reform agenda

Leaders in Washington are rightfully focused on trying to reach an agreement that will end the current government shutdown. I continue to work day and night to make progress toward a solution that will eliminate the uncertainty created by the shutdown and the pain that is being caused by Obamacare.

The president�s conduct during the shutdown � blocking WWII veterans from a memorial built in their honor, walling off a parking lot at Mount Vernon even though it has been privately owned for 150 years, and other abuses � has exposed the perils of allowing the federal government to become too big and too powerful.  As these perils have become clearer, there is a growing appetite in this country for a principled, conservative reform agenda that looks far beyond the immediate problems of Washington's current dysfunction

For too long, Republicans have put off the difficult work of developing a modernized, principled conservative reform agenda to meet many of the new challenges of the 21st century. There are many reasons why this is so. But I think the biggest is that in Washington, conservatives often fall into a trap � defining ourselves by what we are against: Big government, debt, higher taxes, regulations, or Obamacare. But we haven�t invested nearly as much time and energy in communicating what conservatives are for. I�m talking about more than simply the policies we advocate. Conservatism is not about the bills we want to pass, but the nation we want to be.

The real goal - what conservatives are really for - is not an agenda for government. It�s a vision of society. A view of the world we want to build, together. �Together.� That word, �together,� is an essential � and too often overlooked � part of what we conservatives believe. We�re all committed to bedrock principles of individual liberty, individual rights, and personal responsibility. But the reason we fight for individual freedom is the strength, vitality, and value of the communities free individuals form.

The alternative to big government is not small government. The alternative to big government is a thriving, flourishing nation of cooperative communities � where your success depends on your service. It�s a free enterprise economy where everyone works for everyone else, competing to see who can figure out the best way to help the most people. And it�s a voluntary civil society, where free individuals come together to meet each other�s needs, fill in the gaps, and make sure no one gets left behind.

Today I delivered a speech at the Values Voter Summit where I discussed my plans to develop a conservative reform agenda in greater detail.  I hope you will take a minute to watch it, so you can and become part of this important project:

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