March 15, 2013
Heritage President-Elect Jim DeMint at CPAC March 14. Via @JimDeMint
Conservatives can unite Americans around our principled ideas by demonstrating that our policies help them advance their dreams, Heritage Foundation President-Elect Jim DeMint said yesterday at CPAC.
“We must take control of our ideas and our message,” he said during his keynote address to the annual conservative conference. “We must win the hearts and minds of the American people — all of the American people. We must help Americans see the connection between their hopes and dreams and the public policies that will help them achieve their goals.”
DeMint outlined four important steps conservatives can take right now to advance freedom and rebuild America:
- Continue to battle Obamacare. “We cannot give up on repealing Obamacare. Accepting Obamacare is giving up on America.”
- Fix our immigration system to promote lawful entry. “We have to fix the system, but we cannot design our national immigration policies to accommodate those who broke our laws.”
- Balance the budget. “Conservatives must lead with a plan that balances the budget in the next decade without raising taxes.” Or we can balance the budget even sooner, he said, by not passing yet another increase in the debt limit.
- Strengthen families and other private institutions. “Economic and social conservatism go hand-in-hand. They’re natural allies. Strong families, churches and voluntary institutions build strong character and economic independence.”
What do you think of this four-point plan?