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ONWARD!Today is Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner’s last day in that capacity, and as he departs, he leaves us with an optimistic farewell:
I want to thank you for your generous support, of course, but more importantly, to tell you to remain optimistic about the future. Yes, progressives are on the offensive, aggressively trying to remake our country using a Euro-socialist mold. But this is why we must now redouble our efforts, not lessen or abandon them.
I know that as a patriot, you will do all within your power to ensure that our society will take back the reins from Big Government. I know that you believe in the enduring truth of our ideas of limited government, free enterprise, and individual freedom, and that they will eventually win the day. Freedom is man’s natural state; whenever he’s enslaved, all he thinks about is how to become free once again.
Hopefully we can live up to the challenge Dr. Feulner gives us, which is to “come up with solutions to strengthen the family, civil society, and our nation.” By doing so, we will fulfill the Founders’ vision for “a country of faith, family, and free enterprise” and “secure America’s blessings for future generations.”
There’s been a lot of buzz lately about how the Republican Party can identify better with Americans and begin to win elections again, as they historically have. One article describes some of the common grievances against the GOP:
The Republican Party has won more than 60 per cent of the presidential races since Abe Lincoln’s day. But lately, it has been on a losing streak, having come up short in the popular vote in five of the past six White House elections.
So what gives? Party chairman Reince Priebus and a group of party elders think they have some answers, which they put into an extraordinarily candid assessment released Monday.
They argue that too many Republican candidates come off as scary, narrow-minded and out of touch, and they advocate a number of course corrections.
In light of the myriad attacks on conservatism by liberal media – and the praise they have lauded upon those on the Right who abandon conservative principles – it is uplifting to hear from a true conservative leader, Heritage Foundation President-Elect Jim DeMint.
Mr. DeMint spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference or CPAC, and his entire speech is available on the Foundry.
Let’s just highlight a few great points he made about conservatism.
The conservative movement must get its act together and act now to save our nation.
After the last election, a group of downcast conservative leaders here in Washington asked me to speak to them about the future of the conservative movement. They wanted to know what conservatives should do. My answer was simple: get up, spit out a few teeth, wipe the blood off your lip and get back in the fight.
Alex Cohen is a 17-year-old high school student who founded a conservative club at his high school to “promote and educate youth on Heritage Action’s mission.” Heritage Action organizes grassroots activists and pressures Congress to advance The Heritage Foundation’s conservative ideas.
His first order of business, Cohen told Heritage Action, is “getting everyone on the topic of defunding Obamacare.” He would also like to showcase and explain the Heritage Action Scorecard to the members of his club. Action’s Scorecard grades lawmakers on how they vote to advance conservative principles.
Since Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) has returned to Congress, he has noted “Congress is more dysfunctional than ever.” Today on MSNBC, disgraced Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) explained the dysfunction could disappear if Speaker John Boehner simply cut conservatives out of the loop:
The kind of deal Rangel is talking about is unlikely to address Salmon’s concern that government spending is excessive and government itself is too large.