Among the Tea Party’s brightest stars, Sen. Mike Lee addressed the 2014 Conservative Political Action Convention (CPAC) with advice for individuals seeking to effect change in America. The Western Center for Journalism is covering the three-day convention, during which Lee asserted that, as voters, patriotic citizens have more power than too many choose to exercise.
“A new generation of conservative ideas must come from a new generation of conservative leaders,” he said, explaining individuals are responsible for choosing those who can “clarify and unify the republican party.”
The Tea Party insurgency of 2010 brought with it many of these capable, principled leaders.
“We have concrete specific proposals to help lower income families,” he said, along with plans to “rescue at-risk communities with too few jobs, too few fathers, and too little hope.”
Still, Lee noted, the nation is in need of even more voices of freedom and liberty.
“This party needs this new conservative reform,” he told the conservative crowd, “and that’s where you come in.”
Concerned Americans can no longer afford to take politicians at their word, Lee insisted.
“When candidates ask for your vote, make them earn it,” he said, urging voters to “focus on their policies” instead of their rhetoric.
“Don’t settle for spin,” he said, “ask for specifics. The kind of leaders we need won’t just tell you what they’re against; they’ll tell you what they’re for and why.”
It’s not enough to talk in terms of individual freedom and limited government, he continued.
“Stop talking about Ronald Reagan and start acting like him,” he exclaimed.
Moderate Republicans in today’s political climate do themselves a disservice to consider their positions safe from grassroots conservative efforts to reclaim America.
“The Washington establishment,” he concluded, “can join us, follow us, or get out of the way.”
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