Jeff Sessions: GOP Must Make the Moral Case for Conservatism

Editor’s note: Below is the video of Senator Jeff Sessions’ keynote speech at the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s 2013 West Coast Retreat. The event was held February 22nd-24th at the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, California. A transcript of the lecture follows.

Senator Jeff Sessions from DHFC on Vimeo.

Jeff Sessions: David, and the Freedom Center, we thank you so much for hosting this event, and, David, for your profound contribution to the conservative movement.  I really liked “A Point in Time.”  If you haven’t read that, it is a good book, a wise book, well in the tradition of the Western heritage of faith and reason, and gives us some perspective about who we are.

And recently, reading “Radicals,” I hit the last chapter lying in bed, and I awakened myself and had an epiphany, because he was talking about our President.  And I’ve been wrestling with — how do we deal?  How has this been working, and how can we do better, and how can we understand better how to respond to his quite successful tactics politically?  So I was so moved I called him, and he gave me some ideas.  He’s written some papers.  I’ve passed them around, the draft, to a bunch of senators, and shared those thoughts.  And I know Ron Johnson — I don’t know if Ron’s still here or not, but he and I definitely have discussed what you shared with us.  And it’ll make a difference in the way we approach things.

So how can it be that those of us who treasure the unique heritage of American values, the exceptional values, are so ineffective in promoting and even defending those values?  I think we’ve been too ineffective.  And that has been a concern of mine for some time, and it’s been more urgent since the past election.  From my conversations with you during this conference, I know you share that same concern.  Really do.  And I know Michele Bachmann and Louie Gohmert and Ron Johnson share those views, too.  And Ron has been particularly valuable as a new senator, successful international businessman, never been in politics — a Tea Party candidate, basically — just challenging us — and he will not back down — that we need to develop a strategy, do it in an effective way and execute a systematic strategy that will appeal to the American people.  And I think he’s fundamentally correct on that.


The truth is that the power is outside the Senate and House chambers.  The power is with the American people.  And how can you negotiate in secret with somebody who has, he believes, the support of the American people?  Or he’s confident that there’s a showdown, he can spin it in his favor, and he will come out on top.  That’s not a position of strength.

So I’m convinced that we need to develop methods to communicate to the American people to be more effective, to try to point out that the sequester was put in as a result of Barack Obama’s idea.  The House has twice passed a legislation that would maintain the cuts, not raise taxes; but make the cuts more fair and even across the whole government — the kind of thing that a responsible legislative body should do.  But if you listen to the media, somehow, everybody seems to think that Republicans are obstructing the ability to fix the sequester and make it more logical.

So you’ve had a good day.  You’ve listened to some of the finest minds in America, no doubt.  And you’ve had a lot of stimulation intellectually today. So I would assume at this time you’re about ready to go home, if you’re not awake, but not gone to sleep.

Here’s the situation that I would share with you.  President Obama has framed every fiscal issue and his own reelection campaign as a choice between his compassion and Republicans’ uncaring fiscal discipline emphasis.  According to this fiction, Republicans are the protectors of the rich, while the President and his party are champions of the poor and the middle class.  The Left’s big spending policies are portrayed as expressions of concern for those in need, while conservatives’ desire to achieve financial stability and economic growth are portrayed as heartless and uncaring.  To an alarming degree, the President has succeeded in framing the debate around this fundamentally egregious falsehood.

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats have not even produced a budget in four years, for political reasons and no other.  Harry Reid said it’s foolish to have a budget.  What he meant was it’s foolish politically, not foolish for the interests of the United States of America.  And so we now face the greatest systemic debt threat this nation has ever faced.  I am telling you, it is not going to be fixed by a little economic growth.  It is a systemic and deep problem that needs honest leadership.  And we need a President who would at least look the American people in the eye and tell them that’s true — that we need to do something, instead of pretending that it’s not a problem.  It’s just amazing to me.

So their strategy has been to rhetorically savage the GOP efforts to solve our financial problems around budget — pushing little old ladies off the cliff — right, while they merely offer no plan to help the Americans that are trapped in poverty and joblessness.

So in the Senate, I’m ranking Republican on the Budget Committee, exactly where my wife thinks I should be, since I’m a tightwad, grew up poor —


— and don’t like to spend the dime.  But I’ve come to see these slanders up close and personal.  And we’re determined to rebut them.  Now, not only will we rebut these attacks — David, you’ve been giving me encouragement in this thing — we’re going to rebut these attacks, but we’ll explain how our policies will work, will rescue and uplift Americans that are hurting and economically trapped by the failed government programs.  I think that’s what we have to do.

All of us here in this room tonight know that as conservatives we’re motivated by deep conviction — that with free markets, free people thrive.  That uplifts the poor, while state-dominated economies produce human misery, social destruction and economic suffering, environmental degradation and lots of other problems.  And we are motivated by the deepest concern for those who are struggling to get by and are determined to defend our heritage, our history of values that have made this country the most prosperous the world has ever known.

We love our fellow citizens.  We know they’re hurting.  But we believe the values that made America great are the things that will be most beneficial to them.  We oppose federal spending programs and policies that already are hurting them every day and could result in a disaster in the future.

We’re going to be having hearings soon.  I expect to call witnesses that will testify that the current debt of America, the gross debt, is over 100 percent of GDP — that that is already slowing economic growth.  The joy of spending now and throwing the debt off later has hit a point where it is already hurting people today — not just our children and grandchildren, but people today are beginning to feel the impact.  And I think that’s why for a number of years now economic growth has been less.

So the President’s narrative just assumes that even the slightest reduction in the growth of government spending is inherently harmful to society and destructive to the poor.  And those who propose changes do so to harm the have-nots who benefit the haves.  So it’s a serious challenge we face in Washington.

Consider some of these remarks from a prominent Democrat — Budget Chairman with whom I serve, Patty Murray, said this — quote — I will not agree to a deal that throws middle-class families under the bus, forces them to bear the burden alone.  Unless Republicans end their commitment to protecting the rich above all else, our country is going to have to face the consequences of Republican intransigents.  They pay lip service to deficit reduction.  But what they actually seem to be concerned about is cutting taxes for the rich and starving programs that help middle-class families and most vulnerable Americans.

That’s good bipartisan rhetoric.


Sweet talk from our sweet, compassionate Democrat.

Jay Carney said this recently in the White House — we will not accept deficit reduction that is borne solely by seniors, solely by families with disabled children —


— solely by families trying to send their kids to college, or other vulnerable groups — closed quote.

So this is the kind of thing that we have decided we’re not going to take anymore.  This is baloney.


Now, too often, the response has been to simply ignore these charges, dismiss them as class warfare, insist that the Democrats are not providing leadership while we’re the grownups in the room, and those kind of things, right?  Most importantly, such responses fail to rebut the Left’s core slander — that the GOP policies are morally wrong.  And this is a direct attack on the integrity, character, of Republicans and conservatives.  It’s a direct attack on who we are as people, our decency as people.  And I’m not sure Republicans are a lot better, but I think they are a pretty good bit better on matters of representing character and decency and support for our fellow men, in contributions to good causes and working to improve our republic.


Now, Dwight and I were talking about this.  It’s also an attack on you, is it not?  Those of you who share our views, this is an attack on you.  And I think you’re entitled to expect your elected representatives to defend you and the good values that you have that have helped make this country [correct].


To paraphrase Larry Elder — you know, I think he said — you want to bring a gun to a knife fight, well, Republicans tend to bring pie charts to a gunfight.


We got to do better.  I’m learning, David, I’m doing the best I can do.


Therefore, we must and will make the moral case for conservative reform, and explain the fundamental truth — that our ideas are the only real way to reduce poverty in America.  Truth is always the best defense against slander.  On issue after issue, our policies will work to lift the poor and working Americans, while the policies of the Left create poverty and dependency and damage the moral integrity of the people they pretend to help.

Consider energy.  This is something we talk about a lot.  This is more than about gas prices, which is important.  It’s also about putting millions of Americans to work in good-paying jobs that can support their families, that has a healthcare and a retirement benefit.  At a time when so many Americans are out of work, living from one unemployment check to another, how can the Left morally justify depriving Americans of these jobs?  These are natural resources.  They belong to the people of the United States.  And the people have a right to benefit from them.  And we must defend the American worker on the world stage.  We must really mean it, and we must really do it.

In truth, this election — I think it’s fair to say, and a lot of experts agree — was lost because millions of dutiful Americans didn’t think we cared about people like them.  That’s the question the pollsters asked.  We must prove we do.  And one way to do that is — as was discussed this afternoon — make sure that we ask the tough questions about how immigration — is that going to help the working Americans have a better salary?  Is it going to help them get promoted?  Is it going to help their children find a job if we legalize 10 million people?  I don’t think so.  The Chamber of Commerce isn’t very concerned about that.

Excessive debt, studies show, is already pulling down growth.  And we’ve got fewer job openings out there.  And should we remain on our current fiscal course, we will experience a debt crisis that will be economically catastrophic for all Americans, especially the poor.  Is it not morally wrong to deprive future Americans of economic opportunity in order to fund today’s profligate spending in Washington?  Isn’t it morally wrong for our President to not even honestly discuss this with the American people?

One area where government policy has been particularly harmful is in welfare.  Here we must confront the Left directly with the social and economic harm their policies create.  Consider a city like Baltimore, governed exclusively by the Left for many, many years.  One in three people in Baltimore are on food stamps.  One in three youth are living in poverty.  At what point is the Left to be held accountable for these kind of activities that they produce?

Back in 1965 the economist James Tobin wrote this about the welfare system that was beginning — quote — it is almost as if our present programs of public assistance had been consciously contrived to perpetuate the conditions they are supposed to alleviate — closed quote.

Since President Johnson’s Great Society, as Ron Johnson told us, we spent $16 trillion on the war on poverty.  And yet, poverty is up, not down.  The surging welfare costs are now the single largest item in the federal budget.  Did you know that?  The 83 programs together are larger than Medicare, larger than the Defense Department, larger than Social Security.

So it’s time to return to the moral principles of 1996 welfare reform.  That was guided by the principle that unmonitored welfare programs are damaging not merely to the Treasury but to the recipient.  Our moral and compassionate objective is to work with our fellow Americans and to help them transition from dependency to self-sufficiency, to independence, to prosperity.

You remember the dire predictions that were bandied about — most of you can remember 1996, how we were going to sink into the ocean, and poor people would be starving if we passed welfare reform.  But as Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institute reported afterwards, this — quote — until the mid-1990s, never-married mothers seldom worked outside the home, had poverty rates over 60 percent, and were at least five times more likely than married couples to be poor.  Between 1996 and 2000, when the bill was passed, the percentage of never-married mothers in jobs increased about a third, while the poverty rate for those mothers and their children declined by a third.  For the poorest of the poor, this large an improvement based on their own efforts was unprecedented.  Yet, even in the worst recession since the Depression, more are employed, and they are less poor than they were before the 1996 law — closed quote.  That’s the Brookings liberal institution view of it.

Bob Woodson, the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise — we had him testify.  I asked him to come to the Budget Committee.  African American, great — he’s been involved in this for a lot of years.  And had a nice lady who’d moved out of poverty.  And they were citing her as a good example.  And he said — well, what is it about our welfare programs that have absolutely no concern about the character, the moral integrity, the work ethic of the people involved?  This lady obviously had those kind of qualities.  And we need to look for a welfare system that helps promote those, rather than depress those.  And he was very critical of the damage he believed welfare had done to the African-American community in America.

Welfare spending has increased every single year, regardless of whether the economy is improving or declining.  Based on the Congressional Budget Office data, it is projected to increase another 80 percent over the next decade.  Welfare spending will increase 80 percent over the next decade.

Now, our super budget staff has studied that.  You can be pleased to know that if it increased at 60 percent instead of 80, we’d save $1 trillion, which is half the sequester, which is the biggest cuts we’ve ever had.  And if you increased it 30 percent rather than 80, it would save $2 trillion.  So converted to cash, we spent enough on federal welfare today to mail every household living beneath the poverty line a check for $60,000.  Spending on food stamps has more than quadrupled since 2000, four times, from $20 billion to $80 billion.  And the federal government actively promotes food stamps to those who say they don’t need them.

You’ve heard the Spanish-language soap operas.  One recruitment worker in North Carolina was given an award because she had overcome mountain pride, and talked people in the hills in North Carolina into taking food stamps when they said they want them and didn’t need them.  And this is where we give awards out there.  Overcoming mountain pride.  If that doesn’t make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, I’m not sure what does.

The Congressional Budget Office finds that a strong incentive is created by the welfare system that we have to, quote, put in fewer hours or to be less productive, closed quote.  That’s the CBO’s analysis.  And how horrible is that?  We got a program that makes people less productive?

In one example, contained in a Pennsylvania study, a single parent with two children, earning $29,000, would have a net income including welfare benefits of $57,000.  But the individual — get this — would need — this is what their report found — would need annual earnings to jump from $29,000 to $69,000 pretax, a $40,000 increase, to maintain the same standard of living without welfare benefits.  That’s an incredible, dangerous condition that should not continue.

Undoubtedly, as we propose, these reforms that reflect our concerns for the poor — the Left will launch their predictable attacks.  But we will stand firm.  We will reply.  We are fighting to protect Americans from the consequences of your policies.  We’re trying to replace the jobs you have destroyed.  We’re trying to alleviate the economic suffering that your deficits and government policies have created.  We will offer real jobs, real independence and prosperity to the American people.  The real measure of compassion, we will explain, is not how much money we spend on poverty, but how many people we help to rise out of poverty.

Thank you so much for allowing me to be with you.  It’s been a great time together.  And I appreciate all you do for this group, for David; and all you do for America.  God bless.

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  • truebearing

    I agree that we must make the moral case for conservative reform, but even that may fail in a country where morality is increasingly seen as a nuisance, or obsolete. It is getting to the point where we have to explain to the American voter why morality itself is essential for the survival of the nation. Obama lies through his teeth with every flick of his forked tongue, yet Americans aren't outraged over his pathological dishonesty.

    If we can't convince the majority that morality is the human survival code, and the key to this nation's success, past and present, we are going to have a difficult time turning people with moral arguments. We are assuming a predicate that isn't there.

    In the process of making a moral case for conservatism, we better do a better job of translating exactly what that means to the average individual in this country. Well reasoned polemics and eloquent appeals to our constitutional heritage aren't going to be enough. We need to acknowledge that we live in a nation that has fallen into narcissistic folly, therefore start teaching people how our principles, morals, etc are going to make them more prosperous and happy. We need to talk benefits, benefits, benefits.

    • No tea for me

      It is talk like this that nobody takes you people seriously. It is talk like this that is convincing the GOP to distance themselves from you. You people actually have a small handful of good points , a very small handful , but whatever points you have lose any and all credibility to us sane people because your delivery is about as bad as it can get. I have been reading about McCarthy and the John Birch Society and I realized something. You people have been screaming communist for 50 years. You have been flat wrong and you continue to be flat wrong. Your ten minutes are up and the GOP is ready to declare war on you. You do not have the numbers to compete with them. Bye bye and good riddance.

      • reader

        "I have been reading about McCarthy and the John Birch Society and I realized something. You people have been screaming communist for 50 years. You have been flat wrong and you continue to be flat wrong. Your ten minutes are up"

        I have been reading your post and I realized something. Your 15 seconds are up.

      • Maxie

        "You people have been screaming communist for 50 years. You have been flat wrong and you continue to be flat wrong"
        Actually its been closer to 80 years. The Soviets had spies in place in the pre-WWII FDR administration (Read the Venona Transcripts and look up Alger Hiss). Here's a link to get you up to speed currently.

        P.S. McCarthy was right.

      • truebearing

        No brains for you either, apparently. Why didn't you just admit that you didn't understand a word of what I wrote instead of wasting everyone's time with that load of irrelevant nonsense?

        Next time you attempt to refute someone, make sure you understand them first, if you can, then provide an actual argument, not just a string of childish opinions.

  • JacksonPearson

    The GOP have to cut the double talk, and quit acting like democrats. They must make peace with, and embrace the Tea Party Movement, because conservatively, united we stand, or divided we will fall.

    There's nothing wrong with standing up smaller government, lower taxes and the free enterprise system with less regulations. American business does not need a government boot on their necks.

    • No tea for me

      Yeah because that worked out great in 2008.

      "The GOP have to cut the double talk, and quit acting like democrats. They must make peace with, and embrace the Tea Party Movement, because conservatively, united we stand, or divided we will fall. "

      You mean compromising. Compromise is key to prevent a room full of babies from shouting all day and getting absolutely nothing done. They will not make peace from you. They are going to declare war on you and and as Buckley did in the 70's they will expose you for what you are : a bunch of paranoid crazy people who want to crash our government. And conservatively they will stand and you will fall. And I will be applauding. Your ten minutes are up.

      • reader

        "Your ten minutes are up."

        You said 15 minutes are up 20 a minute earlier. Your 10 seconds were up 80 seconds ago.

      • Pontotoc Bill

        Compromise? To Democrats, a republican who compromises is one who surrenders to them.

        The Democrats need to practice compromise first, not Republicans.

        You are such a funny, non-coherent, no fact liberal.


      • truebearing

        "conservatively they will stand?"
        "They will not make peace from you."

        More brilliant offerings straight from the epicenter of confusion.

  • Chezwick

    Informal poll of FPM readers…..

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    Social Conservatives, thumbs up here

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    Libertarians, thumbs up here

  • Chezwick

    PS – Please resist the temptation to thumbs-down the opposing view….so that we can get an accurate head-count. Thanks.

  • pierce

    Dear No tea for me, you have to be a Democrat, after your above comments. What a waste of sperm.

  • VLParker

    But if you listen to the media, somehow, everybody seems to think that Republicans are obstructing the ability to fix the sequester and make it more logical.

    That's because liberals have controlled the schools, media and pop culture for the last 100 years. As a result half of the US population are a bunch of brain-dead dolts who are totally uninterested in morality or reality. They only want to know if Kim Kardashian had her baby yet or if they can be Beyonce's bitch.

    It will take 50 years or more to turn our schools around. The blogosphere is doing a good job of making inroads into the MSM bias, but it still doesn't have a large enough audience to cause a major shift in American political opinion. It will take some time, but web-sites like this one are slowly making a difference. You don't undo 100 years of democrat brainwashing (while republicans have been asleep) overnight..

  • Asher

    Most people who consider themselves Conservatives are for fiscal responsiblity, a balanced budget, less taxes, more jobs, and Godly principles, some Independents agree with this, along with even some Democrats….the nation fell from grace because we have become a nation of corruption, debt, abortion, gay marriage, lack of a values based society, and the destruction of a 2 parent American family. When you elect people who operate on an entitlement mentality, foreign oil, destruction of 50 million babies a year, and promoting every kind of evil and perversion that exists, its going to be the end of your civilization, and by the Way…we need to pull out of the UN, they are a bunch of commies!

  • Loyal Achates

    Morality? Are we talking about social control – clamping down on sex and expressions on non-majority tastes – or are we talking about MORALITY, which is peace, kindness, generosity, and human sympathy?

    • trickyblain

      Morality = Leviticus. Kill goats or send them out in the desert to appease the wilderness demon; kill actual people who don't share your religious views and let you know about it. Bats are dirty birds. God hates four legged birds. He really likes doves though, so tear off their heads under some running water for Him. After that sprinkle their blood everywhere – cures leprosy!

      The moral among us also make sure to ostracize our women for at least a week if and when "that time of the month" rolls around. Because, you know, anything she touches during that time is disgusting and unholy. It's almost as bad as wearing linen and wool together: they don't mix!

      After you rape a slave, don't kill her, just beat her up pretty bad. Not her fault she's a slave.Unless of course she comes from the land of the Molech worshipers. Then stone her to death. Same with gay people, people who cheat, or basically have any kinky tendencies at all.

      • truebearing

        The Left's morality: kill 150,000,000 people (citizens) because they won't submit to the party line, or criticize the dictator. Kill the old to end hunger. Kill the babies to reduce health care costs. Abort black babies because minorities need to be purged from society. Commit genocide on the Jews. Lie with every breath.

  • VLParker

    But if you listen to the media, somehow, everybody seems to think that Republicans are obstructing the ability to fix the sequester and make it more logical.

    But if you listen to the media, somehow, everybody seems to think that Republicans are obstructing the ability to fix the sequester and make it more logical.

    That's because liberals have controlled the schools, media and pop culture for the last 100 years. As a result half of the US population are a bunch of brain-dead dolts who are totally uninterested in morality or reality. They only want to know if Kim Kardashian had her baby yet or if they can be Beyonce's bit**.

    It will take 50 years or more to turn our schools around. The blogosphere is doing a good job of making inroads into the MSM bias, but it still doesn't have a large enough audience to cause a major shift in American political opinion. It will take some time, but web-sites like this one are slowly making a difference. You don't undo 100 years of democrat brainwashing (while republicans have been asleep) overnight..

  • Pieder Beeli

    I just posted an article about taking the moral high ground and exposing the moral hypocrisy of black politics at

  • cynthia curran

    The problem is that never married or two family low wages usually take some form of welfare. Illegal immirgants that Republicans repeat work hard are the highest percentage on free an reduce lunch programs in the country. Its not justing getting a job but getting a better job that reduces welfare. Working poor are still on the dole like earn tax creidt and free and reduce lunch programs. Getting rid of millions of immirgnats will rise wages and get rid of a lot of welfare programs.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    ~ A concise definition of a liberal is someone who wants to be philanthropic with other people's money and work ethic.

  • marios

    Dem's, leftists, liberals,,, whatever they named themselves to fool gullible people at least 50 years ago seized control over MSM and Educational system. Rep's made huge mistake for paying no attention to it. Now Dem's have tight bonds with source of Islamo-Nazis terrorism Saudi Arabia and overall with Islamo-fascists. Saudis financing our the most prominent Universities as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc promoting Islam in our country. Rep's should use some Dem's ideas in their advantage. For instance, Dem's and their President BHO demanded "equal time" in radio talk shows for liberals. Great, Rep's should've demanded immediately "equal time" on all TV channels (CNN, MSNBC, ABC, etc) for conservatives ones. "Moral case'" idea must be heard but MSM will keep silence and just bury any great idea. Rep's should work on taking more control over Media and Educational institutions.

  • EssEm

    The GOP is the Party of White People. 90%….90% of Romney's votes came from the 60% of Whites who supported him. And yet the GOP sees this only as a flaw. In 30 years, the Historic Majority is going to be the Newest Minority. No one, no one, has the least desire to speak out for White's as a future minority in America. It should be the GOP, but they are all too trapped in the Civil Rights scam which forbids them from being aware of or mentioning their race except when regretting or repenting something. The Whiteness of the GOP is the main reason why Blacks, Asians, Browns, gays and Jews will never support it. It's appropriate that the GOP symbol is an elephant, cause it's the Big Elephant in the room that they will not address.

    • Western Spirit

      1) Politicians concern themselves with majorities, not minorities, because that's who win the vote for them. 2) Jews are white people, however, many of them don't seem to know where their best interest lie so vote against their best interest instead of in the best interest of their race, which is white people's best interest because that's who they are.

      For the most part Hitler constructed the Aryan race giving the impression Jews were of a different breed than the rest of the white race, but they are the same. They simply come from the Semitic branch of the white race.
      3) Many white people are now imitating black people who feel the white race owes them something, no longer have a father in their home, don't get married much less for keeps and no longer have a work ethic so live off of the public dole.

      So the decline of the white race both in morals and numbers simply has a deleterious effect on the country they founded and adds nothing to their credit or to the benefit of the other races, either.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    RE: "Jeff Sessions: GOP Must Make the Moral Case for Conservatism"

    ~ Conservatives should BOOT the Eastern establishment RINO$ back to Kennebunkport.

    Beginning with Karl Rove.

    Not since 1984 and the landslide victory of Ronald Reagan have the Republicans had a more winnable election than the 2012 presidential election.

    Yet the Coulter/Rove/cornyn and our "friends" on FOX & Republican Establishment-types managed to CRASH, derail, and lose to the worst and most vulnerable President in modern history,

    ~ with a candidate that fewer than 25% of the GOP wanted.

    Read more:

  • cynthia curran

    Romeny was good on the immirgation question until the Republican elites got to him. He had Romeny care but wasn't going to do it at the national level. I still liked him since he was a moderate republican that wanted to deal with the illegal immirgation problem not a Rand Paul type. Pete Wilson was the best of the republican governors since he was the last to deal with it. Tex cutting doesn't mean a thing if you are always importing poor people.

  • DebbieOhio912

    Members of our patriot group have discussed this dilemma many times. How does one exactly "get the word out" to liberal voters that conservatism is the best policy? Yes, we can talk to our friends and neighbors, but what about populations outside of our comfortable realm? How does a conservative go into the ghetto and be considered credible? Do we stand on a street corner and just preach away?

    Please, these are serious questions, and I would really like some suggestions on how to get started. Perhaps FPM can give us some guidelines. Anybody?