(Centennial Fellow) After the stunning recall of two Democrat state senators who led the legislature’s lurch to the loony left, maybe there’s still hope for freedom in Colorado after all – but only if more Coloradans become fierce defenders of their freedoms. Continue reading
The United States enjoys and is benefitted by a wonderful attraction to immigrants, people who lawfully come here from other lands to live and be a part of this exceptional nation. Unfortunately, it also attracts migrants who either cross our borders or enter our ports illegally, Continue reading
After a moving speech by Mia Love, encouraging insights from Governor Mike Huckabee, and a profound expose of the left’s moral bankruptcy by Bill Whittle, Colonel Allen West took the stage to bring the fourth annual Western Conservative Summit to a close. The former Florida U.S. Representative touched on the topics that had been echoed throughout the weekend by such speakers as KT McFarland, Jonah Goldberg, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and others.
“So here we are, on the Lord’s Day, committed to the timeless principles of conservatism that have made us, America, the envy of the world,” West began. His remarks were Continue reading
Thank you! It is an honor, a pleasure, a privilege to be able to speak to you today! What a rush it is to be with this wonderful group of freedom-loving, God-fearing American patriots. Though only in its fourth year, the Western Conservative Summit has already become Continue reading
Director of the Centennial Institute, John Andrews, posed a question to the three person panel that is at the heart of this weekend’s summit. Even with the right message, Andrews asked, “Are we talking to a Country that just doesn’t want what we have to offer?” Are we still a center right nation? The question is at the heart Continue reading
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee opened his remarks with some light hearted humor about his weekly trip to New York for his Fox News television show. In response to whether or not he would ever consider living in New York, the Former Governor simply said “I’ll consider living in New York, when Mayor Bloomberg will let me duck hunt in Central Park.” Huckabee talked briefly about Continue reading
Earlier in Today’s Western Conservative Summit, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) called on American conservatives to start signing a petition asking for the defunding of Obamacare. Cruz explained that when the time comes to vote for another Continuing Resolution, Cruz – along with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) – have vowed to vote against any CR that includes funding for Obamacare. After Cruz’s announcement Continue reading
Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland, a national security expert and commentator, opened up day two of the Western Conservative Summit, in Denver Colorado. McFarland held national security posts in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan Administrations, a regular contributor to Fox News, and received the Defense Department’s highest civilian award. Her expertise and decidedly conservative world views was a welcome opening for Saturday’s line up of speakers. With the slew of recent foreign policy issues that have been circulating in the news, KT had little trouble finding topics to discuss in her opening remarks.
McFarland began her remarks by asking the room whether they thought America was on the decline, or on the verge of a new renaissance. “Many of the other major world players are about to have significant, fundamental, problems,” she explained. McFarland also explained how she believes America has the opportunity to not only stay strong, but grow over coming years.
China was one of the primary examples she gave for her optimistic outlook regarding America’s position in the world. “They have had major economic growth,” she conceded. But that growth, she insisted, is coming at a high price. First and foremost, China’s pollution problem is a growing concern in not only China, but surrounding areas. Secondly, McFarland insists, there is a ticking demographic time bomb. While China’s one child policy gains little traction in discussions regarding foreign policy, McFarland highlighted the deteriorating female population in China. By some accounts, said McFarland, in years to come China will see 50 million less women due to China’s one child policy, and their cultural preference for sons.
After discussing the perpetual war between Shiite and Sunni Muslims in the Middle East, McFarland turned her attention to what is benefiting America. “We elect our leaders,” she pointed out while discussing the inherent values in America’s transitional government. “In fact, part of the Arab awakening is because they didn’t have a system” for changing government, McFarland pointed out.
Most unique in world history, according to McFarland, is America’s Civilian control of the Military. “When, or where, in world history has there been a military as powerful as ours that has not tried to run things?”
In addition to our democratic republic’s transitional government, civilian military, and natural borders, McFarland mentioned demographics and social progress. “Women in the workforce adds anywhere from 15 to 20 percent to GDP.”
But most beneficial to America’s future, according to the National Security expert, is our natural resources. The potential for American oil and natural gas is the “golden opportunity of this generation,” according to McFarland. “We have at least 100 years of oil, and maybe even more natural gas” under America. Such exploitation of our natural resources would create jobs; but most importantly, McFarland says, “cheaper energy would repatriate American manufacturing.”
Additionally, such access to natural resources would greatly reduce America’s military involvement across the globe. “Since WWI, most wars have been fought, at least in part, over industrialized nation’s need for more energy,” she said.
For all those reasons, we have “a golden opportunity,” she promised the crowd. McFarland then pivoted her remarks to what America still needs in order to seize this “opportunity.”
“This [resurgence of America] will only happen if Americans decide that we are willing to take our destiny into our own hands.” McFarland spoke about the need for a youth resurgence within the conservative movement. “This conference is so great, because you’re looking at the next generation of leaders,” she observed while discussing the need for more youth involvement.
Closing her time on stage, McFarland noted, “This is going to be a great time [for America], but it is up to you.”
Ron Packard, CEO and Founder of K¹², introduced Friday Night’s keynote speaker for the Western Conservative Summit, Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker. Recent education initiatives were just one of many examples Walker would touch on in his remarks. School Vouchers have long been considered a touchy subject, making headlines again throughout Wisconsin as the deadline passed last week for Schools to take part in the program. Along with vouchers, and open enrollment, Walker touted Wisconsin’s recent changes to labor laws, leadership and the American Ideal.
Walker quoted Ronald Reagan as saying “The Federal Government did not create the states, the states created the Federal Government.” Listing his accomplishments in the State of Wisconsin, and highlighting some of their most innovative reforms, the Governor spoke in detail about the importance of State based reform efforts, and conservative involvement in local government.
Scott Walker began his remarks at this year’s Western Conservative Summit with an immediate reference to the now infamous recall attempts made against him. Speaking about his victory in the recall election, Walker credited his success to citizen’s desire for Leadership. The Governor’s success was a hard won fight, and one that helped propel Walker to the top of certain conservative circles.
As the issue of education reform took center stage in Walker’s remarks, he played to the anxious crowd with a simple phrase that summarized his numerous reform efforts: “Teachers now can be hired and fired on merit” Walker exclaimed to an explosion of applause.
The meat of Walker’s remarks, and no doubt the best received passages, were focused on American Leadership, and the American Dream. Describing the conservative vision for America and her communities as a belief that “success should be measured by how many people no longer need public assistance.”
Under Walker, the once very blue state of Wisconsin has seem a slew of conservative initiatives gain a foothold. Education reform, including voucher programs and changes to teacher’s tenure requirements, were bitter battles in Madison. The Republican Governor has been highly praised in conservative circles for his ability to connect with average voters, and make inroads in the most unlikely of areas. Walker shared with the attendees his recipe for conservative success when he stressed to the audience that conservative need to overcome their image of insincerity, adding at one point that “compassion is about giving people the tools they need to get back into the game.”
“I don’t remember growing up, hearing anyone say ‘when I grow up, I want to be dependent on the government!’” Walker circled back to the idea that Independence is rooted in an independence from Government; saying at one point that Dependence on the government should be temporary, and rare.
Walker’s remarks were well received in a crowd decidedly right of center. His success with reforms previously thought impossible, highlighted the strong optimism that was already present in the room. The Fourth Annual Western Conservative Summit was called to order as attendees cheered on one of the Republican’s most recent success stories.