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one's mind cannot be questioned by anyone else. the individual often seeks not just society's tolerance of this personal truth, but an affirmation of it. here rests the support for transgender equality. the demands for government payment for medical or surgical treatments and access to all sex based public roles and privileges. he says with this article advocates for the transgendered have persuaded several states, including california, new jersey, massachusetts to pass laws barring psychiatrists, even with parental permission from striving to restore the natural gender feelings to a transgender minor. the government can intrude into parents' rights to seek help in guiding their children indicates how powerful these advocates have become. now, he is saying that psychiatrists must challenge this and he makes the great
point i brought up on the radio show, what an incredible irony that states have passed laws that say you can't take a child to a psychiatrist, psychologist, counselor for what is only in their head to get them help for only what's in their head. no physical manifestation. and as he says here, the orders of consciousness represents psychiatry's domain. declaring them off limits would eliminate the field of psychiatry. you get that? doesn't that make sense? he says you won't hear it from those championing transgender equality but controlled and follow up studies reveal fundamental problems with this movement. when children who reported transgender feelings were tracked without medical or surgical treatment at both vanderbilt university and london's portman clinic, 70% to
80% of those lost those feelings. 20% did have persistent feeling. what diffreference 80s those individuals remains to be discerned. think of the damage we're doing to kids. not just the poor girls or women that have been sexually abused, having a man walk into them in their most important privacy. that's about enough. but what about the damage to the little child that is confused and we are not allowed to help that confused child. he points out that 2011 study at the institute in sweden produced the most eliminating results yet regarding the transgender. evidence that could give advocates pause, unfortunately, it hasn't. but he says the study up to 30 years followed 324 people who had sex reassignment surgery, the study revealed beginning
about ten years after the surgery, the transgender began to experience increasing mental difficulties, most shockingly their suicide mortality rose 20 fold above the comparable non-transgender population. this disturbing result has yet no explanation but probably reflects the growing sense of isolation reported by the aging transgendered after surgery. the high suicide rate certainly challenges the surgery prescription. i didn't read this but it turns out johns hopkins, the first hospital in america to do sex change surgery quit doing it years ago. because they found we're not helping and we're probably hurting so we should not -- as they've said be cutting up normal organs. this is serious and i know it's unpleasant to talk about. that's why so often we lose.
people are afraid of being called crazy or phobic of some kind. y'all, i have one phobia. and that's a god phobia. i have a fear of god and we're told that's the beginning of wisdom. i got a long way to go, but that's the beginning, [ applause ] he finishes his article. he says at the heart of the problem is confusion over the nature of the transgender sex change is biologically is impossible. this is the guy that knows more about transgender. he's saying sex change is biologically impossible. people who undergo reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. they become feminized men or masculinized women claiming this is civil rights mat arand encouraging surgical
intervention is promoting a mental disorder. i said well the new dsm-v the manual that over the years it changes and evolves and it has what is the accepted diagnosis that a physician can prescribe or list. and they've changed this mental disorder, transgender to the term transgender dysphoria. and dr. mchugh said on the radio with me he said that dysphoria may be more descriptive. it means that you have a general feeling of dissatisfaction with something, in this case being with your female or masculine
gender. it's a generalized sense of dissatisfaction. and for that you want to cut off organs and destroy people's lives? and now this administration says we're going to have the va do sex change operations. really? do we not have enough veterans committing suicide without you increasing that 20 times? [ applause ] enough is enough. and we have to stand up for our veterans. we're the huh dladults. we have to stand up for our children. let me give you this last final story. wow, even when he was a judge he made international headlines. i had a guy come before me for stealing a car. i was a felony judge. the state legislature had made that a mandatory probation. i look at this guy's -- he's got this long rap sheet, all of this
convictions. i wouldn't have given him probasprob probation but that was mandated. i get to set the terms of condition. i couldn't bring this up but his lawyer brought it up first that my client has aids so we want to make sure that if you send him to subsstance abuse treatment that he gets this medication that keeps him alive. i said i understand the state will take care of that. one of my jobs is to make sure with the conditions of probation that i protect the public safety. and it has occurred to me that. when you go for surgery a doctor has to by law give you all the risks of which they're aware of the surgery. and then once you've been informed of all the risks you have to sign a statement of informed consent that you understand those risks and you wish to go ahead with the surgery. otherwise, the doctor is liable
to you. i said i got to thinking about this and i said i don't know where you got the hiv virus and for our purposes, it doesn't matter. but i bet when you became hiv positive you wished the person that gave it to you had told you about the risks inherent to having sexual relations. and so here's one of your conditions of probation. you will not have sexual relations with anyone unless you first advise them in writing that you have aids, that they could get it and they could die. doesn't that sound fair? he nodded, yeah, that seemed fair. and everybody thought that seemed fair. and then we had all of these gay rights groups came after me, grievances filed, aclu filed an appeal, all this stuff. it made international news. which is how i found out about gomert relative in europe. anyway, they read about me in a european newspaper.
anyway, so i had judges across texas say, wow, that was really smart. i love what you did. i said oh, you want the forms? are you crazy i don't want the grief you've been getting. anyway, that was i believe in 1994. now most states have made it a crime if you knowingly -- if you have aids and you knowingly expose other people to that. somebody had to stand up at the beginning and be called crazy and a homephobe. when all i was doing was caring about people. we've got to do the same thing. that's why you're here. that's why we've got hope. we know the creator and we know the source of our strength. my time is up. but your time is not. let's stand together and make our voices heard. thank you, god bless you. [ applause ]
♪ >> let's give a welcome to our new community out reach leader jesse dean. >> it says you work in a church. an army ranger who is running an out reach. >> i'm thinking of starting boxing training. >> boxing at a church? >> step aside. >> i'm referring to the clinic that's across the street. >> it's a family planning clinic, right? >> and they also have about 5-20 abortions day. >> what are we doing? i tell you what we're doing, nothing. >> someone addressing the situation? >> i just told you i'm working on it. >> will i see my baby in heaven? >> the church has changed. >> do you know something like
this could do to a church? >> protesting, reporters now a death across the street. >> there's been death across the street for the past six months. >> never question where god is leading you. even if sometimes it's a bit uncomfortable. >> this is what god would want. >> are you sure it's god leading you or guilt? >> when you have a chance to save someone's life and they die don't you always feel like you could have done more. >> keep doing your boxing, mr. dean. at least you're swinging at something. >> this is what you were talking about, right? take action. >> isn't it our responsibility to protect these children, regardless of the consequences? >> this is about being a voice for the voiceless.
>> ladies and gentlemen, please help me welcome the founder and chairman of the faith and freedom coalition, excuse me wrong line, sorsy. ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the stage the president of the family research council tony perkins. >> thank you i thought i got a job there for just a moment. i want to thank ralph reed for inviting me to be part of this event. you have great speakers and what a great group of patriots here in our nation's capital. thank you for being here and bringing some sanity to washington, d.c. on the weekends, i am usually back at home in louisiana. and one of the questions that i often get at church on sundays is, what are those people in washington thinking? i mean, literally, the world is imploding because of america's
failed foreign policy. our economy sputters. terrorist attacks are happening on our own streets. and what is the president of the united states focused on? he's focused on the locker rooms and bath rooms of america. i am tempted to say they are not thinking. trust me, they are thinking. this is the fulfillment of the president's pledge to fundamentally transform america. this is what americans despise what takes place here in washington, d.c. can i interject a little levity? it doesn't matter, i will anyway. there were these three men who were traveling and missed their connecting flight and they were standing at the gate to get a new flight. they realized they weren't going to make it on to another flight and they -- as they were talking they realized they were going to the same city. they said let's go and get a rental car and drive there tonight. they got in the car and headed
off squm off. they got into a rural area, late it night, the car broke down and they were in front of a farm house. this was an eclectic group. there was a ort orthodox rabbi, a politician and a hindu. they knocked on the farm house and the farmer said you can stay in the house and a barn. the rabbi said, look, you two take the bedroom and i'll go out to the barn. so the farmer put the two men up in the room and showed the rabbi out to the barn. and went back in the farm house locked the door got in bed. five minutes later there was a knock at the door. he goes to the door and there was the rabbi. i'm sorry about this but there's a pig in the barn i can't stay there. so the hindu overheard it said not a problem i'll go out there in the barn you can have my bed.
the farmer showed the hindu out there. came back got in bed. five minutes later knock at the door. goes to the door there was the hindu. i'm really sorry there is a cow in the barn, i can't stay there. the politician who was getting agitated said i'll go out there, don't worry about it. al the farmer shows the politician out to the barn. goes back in the house o goes through the routine, gets in bed. about to go to sleep. knock at the door. he goes to the door. opens the door and there was the pig and the cow. now, i'm a recovering politician, so i can tell those kind of jokes. it's easy to point to the politicians when we talk about america's problems. but in reality, we cannot blame the problems, all the problems of our nation on politicians,
nor can we expect them to fix it. what america is faced with and the solution is a job for the american people. less than 100 miles from here in a little country town named gettysburg president abraham work incapsulated america's greatness when he spoke at the dedication of the national cemetery four and a half months after the battle of gettysburg. he concluded with these words, quote, we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in veain. this nation under god shall have a new birth in freedom that the government of the people by the people for the people shall not peri perish from the earth. today in the year 2016 we find our nation divided again. the lines of division are not geographical. this is a division of ideology
and of vision. there are no gun battles raging between the blue and the gray and the fields and farmlands of america. there is a battle of world views being waged all across this land. it is a battle, my friends for the very heart and soul of our nation. once again we stand at a point where america needs a new birth of freedom. so that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from this earth. let me say again, this is not a job for the politicians, it is a job for the american people. it is a job for you and for me. in his book, the butterfly effect, how your life matters, andy andrews recounts the story of a 34-year-old school teacher. joshua chamberlain. a professor of rhetoric, chamberlain found himself as a
colonel in the union army at gettysburg. his 300 men stood at the far left edge of a group of 80,000 soldiers that strung out in a line across fields and hills. chamberlain was told whatever you do you cannot let them come through here. if the confederate army overran them the rebels would gain the high ground and the union army would quickly be defeated. at 2:30 p.m. the first charge came from the 15th and 47th alabama regiments. they attacked uphill running as fast as they could and firing at chamberlain's men who were stationed behind a rock wall. the 20th main stopped the rebel charge and pushed them back down the slope. only to face a second and a third charge. on the fourth assault a bullet hit chamberlain dead center in the belt buckle. he wasn't seriously hurt and realized he got back to his feet leading his men to fight and they halted the enemy's charge forcing the rebels to retreat.
as they waited for the next charge, chamberlain later recalled that he felt sorry for his men and wrote this. their leader had no knowledge of warfare or tackics. i was only a stubborn man. that was my greatest advantage in this fight. i had deep within me the inability to do nothing. chamberlain continued i knew i may die. but i also knew i would not die with a bullet in my back. i would not die in retreat. i am at least like the apostle paul who wrote, this one thing i do, i press toward the mark. end quote. the attack came again. on this fifth charge the confederate forces broke open the wall and fighting raged on both sides. with no time to reload the men were engaged in hand to hand combat. but somebody chamberlain's men pushed the rebels down hill another time. after the fifth charge
chamberlain had only 80 of his 300 men remaining. there were no reinforcements that could come to their aid. they were out of ammunition. as chamberlain was assessing their situation a scout positioned in a tree shouted the alabama regiments were being reinforced by a texas regiment and were forming to make another charge. one of the nco's said colonel we won't hold them again, sir. his brother tom who was one of his officers echoed the warning. chamberlain stepped to the top of the rock wall in full view of the confederate soldiers crossing his arms staring down at the advancing army. joshua, his brother said do something, give an order. chamberlain continued to stand there for a moment, considering his options. we can't retreat he thought. and we can't stay here. when i am faced with a choice of doing nothing or doing something, i will always choose to act. he turned his back then on the
advancing rebels looked down at his men and said fix bayonets. turning the colonel pointed his sword directly downhill. slashing the blade through the air and roared charge to his men. the remaining 80 men followed their leader yelling charge as they tumbled over the wall. and into history. the confederate troops when they saw chamberlain begin charging down hill they turned and ran. many of them threw down their weapons. they thought somehow the 20th main had been reinforced. in less than five minutes he had his sword at the throat of a confederate captain saying you sir, are my prisoner. the confederate captain turned over his loaded revolver. within five more minutes without ammunition they had captured
over 400 confederate soldiers. the choice to act determined the outcome of a battle. which determined the outcome of a war. which determined the destiny of a nation. my friends, it is time for each and every one of us to choose to act. right where we are. right with what we have. so that this government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth. my friends, it is up to you and i to act, to save america. god bless you. [ applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen please welcome to the stage political strategist john mclaughlin. [ applause ]
>> hello, for those people who expected the fellow on tv, tv makes you look a little older, but i'm not that old. anyway, i am friends with ralph reed been friends with him for years. he wanted he here because of my southern accent. south bronx. good. good. we got the slides. hopefully i can make this work. we're going to go through some poll numbers. and although i've done polling for over 30 years our job is to change the polls to make them come out the way we want to do that. i did recently last year, i did work for prime minister netanyahu in israel. he said i was the best irish pollster he ever met. i said how many you got here. i thought it was a complicate. when we were opposed by barack obama's people. they set up a super pac there.
it was headed by jeremy byrd and four americans. the whole goal was to beat prime minister nooetanyahu. the day after the election his campaign manager said that pac had spent more than any other party. at the right time, sometimes god lets the good guys win and thank got he won. we're going through the same thing here in the united states because it's time we take a look at making sure that president obama does not have a third term. and we make sure that hillary clinton loses this election. [ applause ] you can clap at that. the numbers i'm going to show you are on our website mclaughlin online.com. it shows you the trends that are going on in the country. for full disclosure recently i have known donald trump for
years, good man, always been honest and polite with me. been a strong supporter for republicans that i've helped over the years. but i recently joined him team and i've been doing a little work for them. good. this works. very high tech. you'll see there, that is barack obama's job approval rating. in spite of what the media tells you he has not been in positive territory except last month by one point since he got reelected. the majority of american voters are polarized on the job this person is doing. what's important for us to remember is if he's -- when you think about people getting elected, ronald reagan made sure he did such a good job, george bush got elected after him. you've got to make sure this president's his real record is known. right now, if he goes into positive territory, he gets more likely that hillary clinton could be elected. and there you see his job
approval. you'll notice there it's split with independents, 49% 47%. republicans, 86% to 14% he's doing a bad job. stronglep strongly disapproved. 34% to 20%. opinion of hillary clinton. this is one of my favorite numbers. you'll notice there, as people, as the campaign has progressed her negatives across america, unfavorables have gone up. at the time we took the survey in midmay, it was clear she was going to have more problems. and one of my theories about polling on hillary clinton is her negatives are hard to go away. because you've known her for 25 years. and when we hear -- really known her. when you hear about the scandals with e-mails, the national security scandals of the clinton foundation, it brings back memories from 25 years ago, travelgate, whitewater, it's
been constant for 25 years. when you ask them what they like least about hillary clinton it's no surprise the number one answer is dishonest. her negatives, i mean, with the undecided voters she has a 71% unfavorable rating. independents it's 60% even with hispanics, 49% and african-americans 27%. at the time we took the survey in midmay, donald trump's negatives were still high but were coming down. and since we took the survey, "the washington post," abc, fox news, have demonstrated his negatives are coming down precisely because he's taking the battle to hillary clinton. as he contrasts with hillary clinton he can get better. his numbers can improve. bernie sanders. i'm going to miss him. do you know what's amazing? he did well. not because he was bernie sanders, they were voting for a 74-year-old senator from
vermont. he did well because he was the not hillary clinton candidate. he was the one who was running against hillary clinton and going the longest. what's amazing in our surveys, four to ten of the bernie sanders favorable voters favor smaller federal government with fewer services. they were voting against hillary. that's a generic ballot for congress. the last time republican numbers spiked up it was november of 2014. when we realized barack obama was still president we couldn't give him the keys to the car. now it's in that same back and forth. it's up for grabs. when you go into senate races, et cetera, it's important we try to keep the senate majority and house majority should take care of itself. they need to develop their own agenda. the next slides will go through the message slides. approve disapprove of the affordable care act also known as obamacare, 52% disapprove.
44% approve. it's been consistent this year that it's been 5-4 negative. and it's precisely because in spite of what they tell you, in spite of what the president says your premiums have gone up your co-pays have gone up your deductibles have gone up. it's costing you more and you're getting less. the undecided voters for president disapprove of obamacare 52%, 38%. do we want smaller government or larger government, it's been constant, 5-3 we want a smaller federal government with fewer services. and when you look at, again, at those who are undecided for president, they favor smaller government, 45-29. independents favor smaller government 50-28. moderates 47-33. we have the messages. if you want to know -- you're in the beltway. i'm the outside the beltway pollster, i don't live inside washington. america wants a smaller
government. we need to run on that. and no matter what they tell us, the country is on the wrong track. 2/3 of the voters consistently tell us the country's on the wrong track. 67% this month. the media polls have this. the key to us winning, are those voters who think we're on the wrong track and not voting for conservatives, they're not voting for donald trump. that's where we can go to get the election. because the person who is going to put us on the right track is not hillary clinton. the undecided voters, they say we're on the wrong track, 68-18. independents 69-22. even among democrats, you have 46% saying the country is on the wrong track. we need to let everybody know the country for the last eight years we've had a flat economy. no growth. our national security is in jeopardy. we're worried about terrorism and certainly our values are declining in the country. and if we go with that message we should be able to win and
should draw a real clear contrast on that. this is a question we started asking last september. we used to ask if obama is president do you want your congressman to be in checks and balance. this question we started asking, would you like the next president and congress to continue the policies of president obama or change direction and move away from the policies of president obama. 56-34 they said change. and it's been constant. every vote we can get exists in that. we need to draw a clear contrast with barack obama and the democrats on policies on the direction of the country. and not be afraid of it. the voters are with us. the undecided voters they say change 55-23. the independents, 55-28 change. moderates change 50-36. african-americans 16% want change. hispanics 45-40 they want
change. men and women both want change. so when you look at these poll trends, and then you look at the ballot for president, it was closing at the time we took it survey it was closing and we wrote an article that's on our website saying the race is tightening. this is donald trump's to win. because there are so many voters who want smaller government, they want change. they know the country's on the wrong track. and since we took this poll, fox news had us ahead, a little behind as of yesterday. we'll come back and get that. because hillary clinton is stuck at 42%. and she was at 46% in this poll, she lost since then. even when abc and "the washington post" poll come back and the media polls start telling us we're even or ahead. we can win the race and it's months to go. it's a long race. so with that, it's your job to make sure that we win this next race. that donald trump's elected the next president. and we keep conservative majorities in congress in the senate. thank you very much. [ applause ]
>> ladies and gentlemen please welcome fr welcome from focus on the family. tim gegline. [ applause ] >> good morning, everyone. it is great to be with you. you know, for those who are sitting closest to the podium or perhaps watching on your screens the words faith and freedom are below me. there is a reason in the american context that these words go together, isn't there? let me summarize it if i may. are you ready? no freedom without faith. do you agree? [ applause ] i think it is possible that
louisiana governor bobby jindal said the most important thing that has been said in the run up of the republican primaries and caucuses. when he said very simply, and very elegantly, that america did not create religious liberty. that religious liberty created the united states of america. [ applause ] in the american context, our founding fathers and mothers disagreed about the biggest things you could possibly disagree about. should there be a standing army? should we have one system of money exchange or 13? should there be a permanent
national bank? in the founding era those were gigantic issues. in many ways, they remain big issues. for all of their disagreements, they did not disagree about the biggest issue there was, and it's the way that 1776 directly connects with 2016. our founding fathers and mothers believed that you could not have liberty and freedom over time without virtue in the people and especially in the leaders. and they preoccupied themselves with a question that directly relates to faith and freedom. and is as timely and relevant in this gathering today, in this remarkably pivotal year among
all years in american history. the question was, in the american experience, how do you nurture, nourish and create, the virtue that is necessary for the sustenance of liberty and freedom over time? and they said that in the american experience that came from the judeo christian tradition. from the holy scriptures, from a very wide berth for the religious liberty and the work of churches and synagogues. they said here's the individual and here is government and in the middle we need a lot of civil society. a lot of nurturing of the virtue that will sustain and create and extend freedom over time and through all the years. and they were as right then as those principles are today.
why do i begin remarks? the road to majority and faith and freedom in this context. i go back to that remarkable dissent written almost one year ago today by the late great justice scalia. i would like to have us give a standing ovation to the remarkable live and legacy of justice antonin scalia, [ applause [ applause ] god rest the soul of that great man. he wrote in his dissent where five supreme court justices
arrogated to themselves a new creation of marriage, a new definition of family, and marriage and therefore, parenting. he wrote in that dissent overwhelmingly not about marriage. and he wrote overwhelmingly not about sexuality. in his dissent, one of the most important dissents ever written in the history of the supreme court, justice scalia said that when five unelected supreme court justices find in the constitution and redefine for a whole nation a new definition of marriage, he said what you eventually end up with is the taking away of the ability of the decision of the american people of self-government.
what justice scalia in that dissent calls our first liberty. the gift from providence of self-government. my friends, if our religious liberty is insecure, if our rights of conscience which come not from the government and constitution but directly from providence himself, if our religious liberty and rights of conscience directly related in this wonderful relationship between faith to freedom, if our religious liberties are insecure all of our other liberties are insecure. for that reason, religious liberty and the rights of conscience is the number one
issue for men and women of faith in the united states going into the 2016 elections. because the issue of relings liberty and rights of conscience relates to the question of family marriage parenting. it directly relates to self-government. if you take away our religious liberty you end up with a country very unlike the united states of america. so let me close my remarks by saying the following, in 2016, a year unlike any other year, if we all live to be a 1,000 years old, we will never forget the events of 2016. letmy close by saying despite
this period of time when it's tempting to be a defeatist and discouraged and in despair, let us remember the following, that despair and discouragement and defeatism among men and women of faith is a sin. because it negates the reality of hope. and for those of us who are christians it is the hope of jesus christ. and why should we in 2016 during this very difficult time for our country, our chuulture and civilizati civilization. why should we be faith? because we know our redeemer lives. god will never be out maneuvered. thank you, god bless. and god bless the united states of america. [ applause ] thank you so much.
>> ladies and gentlemen, tim head. [ applause ] >> well, once again, i'm -- we're catching a lot of different perspectives here, right? we're getting charts and graphs and a little bit of pep rally. so hopefully you're taking notes as well as getting a little cardiovascular here. we are the faith and freedom coalition among other things, we work on legislation here in washington, d.c. we also work in state capitals across the countries. we have grass roots organizes in cities and towns across the united states. but, really, one of the core functions we believe not only is to -- as we say sometimes to inform and to inspire, but then to ignite people to action. and so one of our -- really our
biggest and i would say actually our core function is to mobilize christian and catholics across the country to engage in the civic arena and engage in the government and have their voice heard loud and clear. in 2014, the faith and freedom coalition was engaged in all 50 states. we wound up with a total of almost 102 million distinct voter contacts in each of those states across the country. we focused in particular in four or five strategic states, including elaborate digital out reach phone out reach and even block walking. and kind of pinpointed communities and neighborhoods and suburban and rural areas. i want you to understand when we come to conferences like this we're obviously looking to kind of glean information.
but really none of this stuff ultimately takes root or takes effect if each of us don't carry that message. i'm going to harken back a little bit to what senator langford was talking about earlier, we have to heed this call. you know, i actually was in ministry before i joined faith and freedom a couple years ago. and it's not an uncommon separate train of thought as to sunday morning or saturday night mass. we got to understand that faith must lead to action. and so we urgently and desperately need your help in your own town or community, wherever you're coming back to after this weekend. so our hope, just throughout the weekend this year as you're finding noticing different people, either with faith and freedom shirts or badges or
whatever the case may be, just staff members, we would love to talk with you more about how you can specifically personally be engaged wherever you're from. just last night at dinner ya had a great conversation with folks that are from arkansas and others from south carolina and also from north carolina. they're saying, i mean, this is, obviously, a generational shift that we desperately need. it's an all hands on deck endeavor. so, you know, my desperate desperate plea to each of you is to go ahead and pull us aside over the course of the weekend and just say, you know, the here am i, send me kind of sentiment that we're looking forward to having thousands of folks from this weekend and ultimately that kind of snowballing into tens of thousands of people. in the fall we're in the process of organizing similar one day or half day evening four or five
hour events in order -- either churches or universities up and down the east coast and places that a lot of leaders and either in church communities themselves or in faith based higher education communities are saying, you know what? we can no longer afford to send e-mails and complain about this stuff. it's time for us to put our shoulder into this and push. and so we'll look forward to announcing a string of probably 12-15 of those large scale events in local communities from really basically from new york all the way down to miami and across. so you know, my charge i guess to each of us is really to own this, right? so our faith that we are not just hearers, that we truly are doi
doers as well. i would say if we can -- one of the benefits to me of conferences like this is to actually be able to connect with our peers. we talked about this a little bit when we were at the capital yesterday. as you network and build relationships, certainly the ambassador showroom across the hall here, great resources that are -- various sponsors and organizations we partner with, they can be helpful. they are either subject matter or technological expertise can be a tremendous resource for you as you yourself are trying to engage with your local community, the organization that you lead or the church you're trying to get off the tipping scale. so, you know, i think that the networking piece and even the sponsorship piece across the hall we were trying to find
resources and offer resources to everybody here. that you leave the weekend with a full tool belt and a full arsenal. so with that said, as we're kind of coming to the climax i guess you could say, there's a gentleman that i think in a lot of ways needs no introduction, nonetheless, the reform effort to restrain fiscal restrictions across our federal government, really the genesis of that came in a idea in a man's head a couple decades ago. would you join me in awarm, warm reception for grover norquist, the president for american tax reform. [ applause ] >> there are a number of things
at stake this election year one of them is the direction of the economy overall. and a first step to getting an economy back on track and give you some idea of how bad this is, the present economy, if we had grown economically, we've been in recovery since six months since the president obama administration. there have been a number of recoveries, this is the worst. if we had grown as rapidly as we did during the reagan recovery when reagan reduced tax rates, reined in spending as much as as he could with the democratic congress, reduced regulations as much as he could with the courts and trial lawyers, if we had grown as rapidly during the obama recovery as the reagan recovery, there would be 14.7 million more americans at work today.
more than -- 14.7. almost 15 million. 14.7 million american families have a father who is not working, a mother that works that can't. a somebody in that family is not working. and there's a reason why there's so much pain and agony in the country today, because this recovery is not up to par, had we not done obamacare and the spending and the stimulus and the 20 tax increases in obamacare, we could have grown at reagan rates. so, what we need to do is get back to the lessons we learned successfully under ronald reagan. step one, do not raise taxes. if you stop tax increases, you force a conversation about spending restraint and government reform. tax increases are what politicians do instead of reforming government. instead of making decisions,
instead of prioritizing, instead of saying, this didn't work, they say, well, we'll just keep going. do everything we've been doing. and we'll raise taxes and do some more stuff that might work some day. the difference between the two presidential candidates on taxes, donald trump said he wants a 15% business tax. that's corporate rates right now 35%. the american corporate tax rate. 35%. [ applause ] the average tax rate in europe is 25%. stupider than france is not where you want to be on tax policy. yet our corporate rate, where we have to compete internationally is 10% higher than the european average. the number of countries like ireland are significantly lower than the 25. what donald trump has put
forward in his tax plan is a 15% business tax. not just for companies, but for self-employed people, people who have subchapter s corporations, who pay their personal business tax, personal tax, 15% rate for those self employed and those who work, as well as general motors. that will turbo charge the economy. and is extremely important. [ applause ] getting rid of the debt tax finally. [ applause ] that tax was put in to pay for the civil war. i went to public school, but recently was watching the history channel and learned that war has been over for some time. [ laughter ] the death tax is still with us. the 3% federal excise tax on your phones put in to pay for the spanish-american war is
almost all gone. the liberals, the left, the status have a hundred reasons to put in taxes and then they spend it however they want to. but there's always an emergency that tells you that they want to do that. so the trump plan, 15% corporate rate, four rates. 0% family earning less than $50,000, would pay 0%. you get a postcard that you can send back to the government that says i win. 10%, 15%, and 25% of the personal rates. no death tax. no amt tax. it's a fine pro-growth plan. [ applause ] it's a particularly interesting plan when you compare it to hillary clinton's plans, plural. three major tax increases, business and individual. the total, by her admission, this is what she admits to, $1 trillion over the next decade in higher taxes, on top of the 20
taxes that obama put in. and then hillary wasn't even as clever as obama and her husband. bill clinton when he ran said he would never raise taxes on anybody who wasn't in the top 2%. that lasted until he went after people who drove cars and used gasoline. he raised prices on gasoline. then obama said he would never raise taxes on anyone who earned less than $250,000 a year. that lasted three weeks into the administration. when he passed taxes on middle income people, and then seven of the 20 taxes in obamacare are direct hits on middle income american families. so when a liberal tells you, i'm only going to raise taxes on the rich, they haven't finished the sentence. i'm going to raise taxes on the rich first. then you. and hillary couldn't wait until the election to break her promise, which was she wasn't going to tax the middle class. she was going to work for obama, work for my husband, i'll do it,
too. then they had the tax increase on soda pop in philadelphia. and asked about it, she said, yes, that's a great idea. and sanders was asked on a tax like europe, work for the first dollar in, she said, i two sign that also. she also came out for 25% tax on guns, mixing her interest in disarming the american people, violating the second amendment and raising taxes all in one stupid bill as opposed to dividing them up into dructive pieces of destructive pieces of legislation. there is a stark, stark difference between the two parties, between the two candidates, on whether taxes are going down or up. and how dramatically. dramatic pro-growth set of tax cuts. one of the reasons we know if president trump gets elected as president trump, he could pass that. [ applause ] his plan looks a great deal like
the other 16 republicans who are running, and the house plan and the senate plan. there is unity on the center right on what pro-growth tax reform looks like. and it would be a very quick piece of legislation to pass. and turn this economy around. hillary would continue the problems we've had. another thing at stake in this election. and that's the sharing economy, or the gig economy. you've heard of uber and air b & b. there are 400,000 people who work for uber. sometimes it's full-time, but a third of them are full-time. others are doing it on top of whatever else they're doing. doing it between jobs. it's tremendous flexibility. hillary has made it clear that she would make that illegal. 400,000 people at uber, and many others at lift, and other companies, air b & b, somebody letting somebody stay at their
house to make money to meet mortgages, for families to support themselves, that would become illegal. why? gaus she wants to, in her words, crack down on independent contractors. the theme of this election is that hillary clinton wants you to have a boss. she does not like self-employed people. they cannot be made to pay union dues. they cannot be as easily taxed as employees. because that general motors would tax all the employees and give you one big check for everybody. then they collect the union dues and hand it to the labor unions. that hillary understands. but where hundreds of thousands of people are doing things and taking care of their families and doing what they want to do when they want to, they don't punch a clock, and paid on an hourly basis, or one job at one time and another job another time, the flexibility that the
new economy has given us, hillary wants to take it back. she wants to take us back to the 1920s, or '30s, back when the labor unions had control of workers, and treated them badly, and they were the boss and nobody else was not. one other thing on economics. it used to be that energy workers in the united states, people who dug into the ground and got oil, and natural gas out of the ground, we're spat on regularly by the liberals. i'm from massachusetts, i heard about them all day. before emigrating to the united states, i moved to massachusetts. it made some sense when everybody in the business lived in texas, louisiana, oklahoma, are alaska, republican states, so you have this shower of hatred towards those kind of workers. fracking making it easier to get
into oil and gas that's in between levels of shale, is now where? colorado. swing state. ohio. swing state. pennsylvania. swing state. not so funny anymore, mrs. clinton. when she insults these people and tells them, as she said, in a debate with sanders, when he was saying he banned fracking, not sure how presidents do that, but he was pretty sure he could, because most of it's done on private or state land. they've done a lot of damage on federal land exploration, but state and locals flourishing in the country. she said, well, she hadn't promised to ban it, but i think when you see the regulations i put on there are very few places that fracking would exist. if she were president. her words. so she has declared war on the interesting part of economic growth in three swing states.
and lastly, let me leave with one thought. she wants a 25% tax on guns. she said this in senate testimony. i would urge you to go to the website, the americans for tax reform, the group that i run, put up called high tax hillary.com. because there isn't enough time for us to go through all the tax increase she's suggesting. it's entirely too confusing for me to understand, and it's a tax increase, but she won't tell us how much because the numbers aren't quite clear. she wants to tax stock trading, so people who want to trade stocks in new york, they'll do it in london. that's a smart move. and she wants an exit tax which countries that people flee, they put up an exit tax. so she must have plans for how ugly it will get, the first thing you want to do is put up border guards to make sure people don't leave the country after she gets done with the other taxes. high tax hillary.com. the list of taxes she's put
forward. if she put the numbers on them, we have them there. she also called for a 25% tax on guns. as a way to go after the second amendment. and i would suggest that hillary's position on gun owners, families who want to take care of their self defense, she learned about this a long time ago. and she's older, okay? when she was a first lady, 1 million people had concealed carry permits. today, 13 million americans have active concealed carry permits. [ applause ] 13 million people. it was 3 million or 4 million in the middle of the '20s. it's growing very rapidly. that is a voting block of people who have made a decision to take care of themselves, and their families. they don't take kindly to the
idea that hillary says she wants fewer gun owners. that she wants to deliberately tax them and regulate them, harass them, so that they are not able to make those decisions for themselves. and a couple of numbers, if you're counting, florida, 1.5 million conceal carry permit, active conceal carry permits. 1.1 million in pennsylvania. think of the map. these are swing states. 450,000 ohio. 650,000 in michigan. 300,000 in wisconsin. swing states. i believe that by going after the sharing economy, new technology economy, she is on the wrong side of history, on wrong side of the economy, the wrong side of the future by going after the second amendment, she makes the same decision. by deciding to tax anything and everything that moves. she's reminded people that her interests is in funding the state, not taking care or
working with the american people. ladies and gentlemen, high tax hillary.com, check it out, see what the latest atrocity is. and vote. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage the president of the iowa faith and freedom coalition, steve schefler. [ applause ] >> it is my honor and my pleasure at this time to introduce a friend and a mentor that i've known for many, many years. and i know a lot of us may take him for granted. but ralph reed has the keenest political mind in this country. he came to iowa, even after i'd known him for several years, and talked about having affiliation with the national faith and freedom coalition. after he laid out the plan and all that has been done since then in our great state of iowa, making us a force to be reckoned
with, i can't say enough about this organization. they've done more than any other nonprofit organization to move the political needle. so without any further ado, my great friend and my mentor, ralph reed. [ applause ] >> thank you very much, steve. how are you all doing? are you having fun? good. are you looking forward to hearing from donald trump a little bit later this morning? [ cheers and applause ] well, we have just two more speakers left. we put carly fiorina right before donald trump. we thought that was creative scheduling. they get an opportunity to interact as one was leaving and the other was coming. and we're really honored to have them, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, the other
speakers that we've had already this weekend, senator chuck grassley, many others. senators, congressmen, congressional leaders. make no mistake about it, as important as they are, the most important people in this room, and the most important attendees this weekend are you. and the reason why, my friends, is because 150 days from now, over 130 million americans will go to the polls to choose a new president. and the pressing question this weekend is not who we are for, the most pressing question is who stands with us. and more importantly, who shares the values and the convictions and the beliefs that beat in the hearts and give meaning to the souls of millions of americans
for whom their faith in almighty god and their personal relationship with christ is the most important reality in their lives. that's the question that we want answered this weekend. and the verdict that we will render in 150 days will not be only about the candidates. it won't be only about their character, and their qualifications. because by our voices and our deeds and ultimately by our votes, we will reveal our own character in ways that are both intentional and in ways that are not. you see, this election is not just a window into the soul of two candidates for president. it is also a mirror held up to the american people.
that reflects our character and reveals what we believe. the french philosopher joseph demattery said, every nation on earth has the government it deserves. that is a pretty sobering truth. particularly given the government that we have right now. and to that point, you know, tony perkins said earlier, it isn't just a situation that we rely on politicians to solve, because there is a spiritual malady that ails our nation and our people as well. i was recently at a function on criminal justice reform where a judge got up to speak and said that in the 6,000 cases that had come before him of offenders
whose violations were being adjudicated before his court, he said, how many of those 6,000 individuals do you think came from a home where the father and mother were both present in the home and where that individual had a high school diploma. he said that the answer was 16. not 16%, 16. if we have particularly young men and particularly young men in the inner cities and in other places that are hopeless where jobs have left, without both a mother and father present in that home, and without the ability to read and write and without the ability to compete and get a job, if we allow that to continue, then, my friends, we have asked for and we will
receive social chaos like we have never seen in american history. no matter who we elect. [ applause ] a year ago, at this same conference, we had 15 candidates for president who addressed the road to majority conference. this year, there will only be one. and it was not the one that most of the pundits expected to be here this weekend. i can assure you. and unlike a lot of our friends on the other side, we're not looking for a political ma sigh a. because we already have a messiah. we don't need to find one in the political arena. [ applause ] you see, we understand that perfection is not the measure that should be applied, not only to any political leader, but to any man or woman.
because in all of recorded history, there has only been one perfect person who walked on this earth. and he wasn't a candidate, and he wasn't a political figure, his name was jesus christ. [ applause ] and wherever he went, if you were blind, you saw. if you were hungry, you ate. if you were thirsty, you drank. if you were lame, you walked. it is his name that is above every name, and it is he, and he alone, who is the ruler of the nations. not any king, not any prince, and not any president. [ applause ] you're going to hear a lot this weekend about the strength and importance of the evangelical vote. but let me tell you one truth. the most important truth, that
you're not likely to hear in the analysis of what we're going to do this fall. and that is, that we are christians first, we are americans second, and we are members of a political party third. and we don't forget the order of those three. [ applause ] we follow a man who by his words, by his life, by his ministry, and ultimately by the passion that he demonstrated, by hanging on a cross for us, the ultimate symbol of shame and humiliation. jesus taught that humility is the first step on the journey to spiritual redemption. he taught that the first shall
be last, and the last shall be first. and that the meek, not the proud, would enhinherit the ear. one of the first bible verses i ever committed to memory as a teenager was paul's words to the first letter that he wrote to the church at corynth. he said god has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise. and he has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong. that, by the way, if you're looking it up is 1 corinthians, not 2 corinthians. but neither the world of politics nor the world of media is known for its humility. and in spite of that, there have been an awful lot of people who have had to eat humble pie in the past year.
because every week, really every day, the press and the pundits assured us, and then insisted, and then demanded that the leading candidate would implode and go away. to their surprise, and then to their shock, and ultimately their outrage, that candidate's appeal spanned the spectrum and only grew stronger. perhaps that is why chesterton once said, i prefer to predict the outcome after the event. [ laughter ] and perhaps most surprisingly, the one that left them scratching their heads more than anything, is that he did so with the votes of men and women of faith. because the 2016 republican primaries saw the largest
turnout of voters of faith in modern political history. going into tuesday, and the california primary, there were 25 million votes that had been cast in the republican primaries. that was 10 million more than were cast just four years earlier. there were 21 million votes that had been cast in the democratic primaries. that was 4 million votes lower than when hillary clinton and barack obama squared off eight years ago. that is a flip of 14 million votes in turnout. [ applause ] 14 million. and on the republican side, half of all the voters who shadowed, darkened the threshold of a voting booth since the primaries began in early february, self-identified as born-again
evangelical christians. that means 5 million of these new voters were evangelical christians. if just these voters alone who voted in the primaries turn back out again in november, they alone represent more than barack obama's entire margin of victory in 2012. [ applause ] now, what that means is that the most dynamic, the most vibrant, and the most important single constituency today is the evangelical vote. in fact, according to a 2014 survey, by public opinion strategies, not an exit poll per se, but one conducted after people had finished voting, that night and early the next morning, they found that 32% of
all the voters who voted four years ago were self-identified conservative christians. about 23% were evangelicals. and about 10% were faithful, frequently mass attending catholics. my friends, that is bigger than the union vote, the african-american vote, the hispanic vote, the feminist vote, and the gay vote put together. just that one vote. [ applause ] at faith and freedom coalition, our goal in 2016 is to turn that vote out in even larger numbers. we will distribute 35 million nonpartisan voter guides in over 117,000 churches, and houses of worship all over this country. [ applause ]
we will make 15 million phone calls from phone banks and other volunteer centers. we will send 20 million e-mails and text messages to 7 million voters of faith in key battleground states, like florida, ohio, pennsylvania, iowa, wisconsin, colorado, and others, and every one of them will get a text message on the day early or absentee ballot voting begins in their state. and if they haven't turned in their vote by election day, they'll get another text message that includes a map that they can click to that sends them directly to their polling location. [ applause ] and if they haven't voted by 4:00, we're going to go to their house in a car, or on a bike, or in a van, and we're going to get them to the polls. we will knock on over 1 million doors in just the states that i
mentioned. now, why are we going to do this? i'll tell you why. we're going to do it because we dare not sit on the sidelines during what i believe is the most important election in our lifetimes. there are some who counsel timidity and retreat. and they recommend that people of faith retreat to the cold comfort of a stained-glass ghetto, and decline to muddy our boots with the mire and the muck of politics. but that is not an option for followers of christ. you see, we're called to put away our "my way or the highway" pride, to forsake cynicism, to reject negativism, to engage fully, always cheerful, always
ready to make a positive case for our faith. and in so doing, address the hard moral choices that providence has presented to us in our time, in our eternal mission of advancing good and resisting evil. there are some, you've heard them on the radio, you've seen them on tv, you've gotten their e-mails, who say that this election is just a choice between two deeply flawed candidates who simply represent the lesser of two evils, and, therefore, as men and women of conscience, we really have no stake in the outcome. my friends, the exact opposite is true. and if you go back and you look at what ronald reagan said when he addressed the national association of evangelicals in
1983, in one of the darkest days of the cold war, a struggle that many predicted we not only could never win, but they believed we were fated to lose. and he said this, and i quote, beware the temptation of pride, the temptation of blythely declaring yourselves to be above it all. and label both sides equally at fault. he said to simply declare a pox on both houses, and, quote, thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong, and good and evil was inconsistent with our faith. now, reagan spoke about the arms race and the struggle between soviet communism and western democracy. but he could have been talking about the great evils that you and i face in our own time. consider the following.
the most common surgical procedure in america today is not an appendectomy, it's not heart surgery, it's a procedure called abortion that takes the life of an unborn child in its mother's womb. and today one out of every three pregnancies in america ends in abortion. that is an unspeakable tragedy. and yet one candidate supports abortion on demand for any reason at all, or no reason at all, including for sex selection, and including when the child can survive outside the womb. she even said, just a few months ago on national television, and i quote, the unborn person doesn't have constitutional rights. she said the right to life, and
again, i quote, is not something that exists. today, as donald trump is preparing to address the faith and freedom road to majority conference, hillary clinton is a few blocks away speaking to planned parenthood, paying them back for their endorsement in the primaries, and pledging her support to not only the largest abortion provider in the western world, but also an organization that has been found in violation of multiple state and federal laws, including trafficking in field tissue, including medicaid fraud, and is currently under investigation by the u.s. congress, and i don't want a president who owes their presidency to an organization like that, not now, not ever. [ applause ]
or take the institution of marriage. the most time-honored institution in the history of western civilization that is the foundation of our civilization. it has been redefined by five votes on the u.s. supreme court, an act of judicial fiat as brazen as any that has occurred in our history, and if overturned with the stroke of a pen, not only federal law, but the laws and state constitutions of 37 states, one candidate for president says they agree with that decision. in fact, after she resigned as secretary of state, her first statement on any matter of public policy was not about terrorism, or national security, it wasn't about genocide or health care or the economy, it
was a statement in which she came out in support of redefining the institution of marriage, which she once called in a speech on the senate floor, and i quote, a sacred bond between a man and a woman. now, my friends, our dear departed friend justice antonin scalia's untimely death has created one of the few vacancies on the supreme court that has ever occurred in an election year. one candidate released a list of the kinds of jurists that he would choose from to fill that vacancy. including many conservatives and originalists and constitutionalists. make no mistake about it, this fall, not only is the presidency on the ballot, but the supreme court and the federal judiciary are on the ballot, and the supreme court ultimately
decides, sadly, just about every issue we care about, whether it's life or marriage or religious freedom or obamacare. you choose it. partial birth abortion ban, the first ban on an abortion procedure since roe v. wade upheld by the supreme court in a 5-4 decision. the hobby lobby case which protected the right of closely-held businesses and corporations to not be compelled to violate the conscience and trample on the faith of christians and other people of faith, that decision, a 5-4 decision. today we have a 4-4 evenly divided court. we need a president who will ensure that the current vacancy caused by the untimely death of antonin scalia will be filled by someone who respects the rule of
law, and will not legislate from the bench, and will view themselves as operating under rather than over the constitution of the united states. [ applause ] secretary clinton was the leading architect and the leading foreign policy figure in an administration that drew a red line in syria, and then refused to enforce it, an action or more accurately an inaction that has led to the death and slaughter of 300,000 innocent civilians. an administration that has presided over the rise of isis in iraq, an isis affiliated of a terrorist government controlling some of the most important parts of libya, the worst refugee crisis since world war ii, a
russian reset that has led to the seizure of crimea, and the strangling of ukraine, and the most sus tsystematic struggling of the jewish state since 1947. other than that, it's been a pretty good record. in addition to that, secretary clinton, we now know, began the secret negotiations that has led to a nuclear deal with iran that will allow the mullahs and the madmen in tehran to gain access not only to the most advanced ballistic missile technology in the world, but also, the nuclear weapons to be delivered by those missiles, threatening israel, intimidating moderate arab states in the middle east, and ultimately threatening our homeland. now, that in brief is the choice
that faces us. that's what's on the ballot come november. on the sanctity of life, on religious freedom, on support for israel, on marriage, on the confirmation of a new justice to the supreme court, and on whether or not we're going to actually enforce the iran nuclear deal, this is what's on the ballot. and we can't escape that choice that is before us. william wilbur force, who led the battle to abolish the slave trade and ultimately to abolish slavery in great britain, died a month before parliament passed legislation that banned and eliminated slavery in all the territories of the british empire. he died just a month before the greatest political triumph of
his entire career. he knew something about hard choices in a fallen world. in talking about the different personalities and leaders that led that great struggle, wilbur force said this. he said, we all have different forms assigned to us in the school of life. different gifts that are imparted by god to each of us. all is not attractive that is good. iron is useful, but it does not sparkle like a diamond. gold is valuable, but it does not have the fragrance of a flower. so different persons have different modes of excellence. and we must have an eye to all. how many of you know that we serve a mighty god who uses imperfect people, including every one of us to achieve his perfect will. [ applause ] amen?
[ applause ] so when the final 150 days, let's pray like we've never prayed before, and work like we've never worked before, to achieve not our will, but his will for the greatest country the world has ever seen. the country we love, the united states of america. thank you all very much. god bless you, and god bless all you're doing. [ applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the president of concerned women for america, penny nance. [ applause ] >> so great to be here with you. and i ask for the honor to introduce one of my heroes, carly fiorina.
[ applause ] yeah. now, we know a lot about her already. we learned so much early on about her rising from being a secretary from a little real estate company, to becoming the first ceo of a fortune 20 company. we learned that she is a survivor of breast cancer, and of deep suffering, the loss of a child. and we learned, and many of us who know her, know she has a deep personal faith in jesus. but the other thing that we didn't know, and we've learned in watching her in this political cycle, was what great dignity she brought to this election process. [ applause ] it was so encouraging to see her deep command of the issues, particularly foreign policy. and how deeply she understood the complexities of energy and
the economy. and so much that she brought to the debate system. we were so proud of her as we -- as mothers, we got to watch her example for young women, and our young women for america leaders, as they're coming up and watching their mentors. now, unlike hillary clinton, she refused to play the gender card. she stood on what she knew to be true and her principles. and she took on the issue of planned parenthood head-on. [ applause ] and they worked so hard against her. she took them head-on in the debate, talking about their selling of little baby parts, and their butchering of one in every four abortions in this country. but i'm so grateful for her. and i'm so grateful for the great dignity she brought to this election process. and carly, many of us weren't
able to vote for you when it came time for us to vote, but let me just tell you, every single one of us are proud of you. and grateful for your principles. thank you so much. and join me in welcoming carly fiorina. [ cheers and applause ] >> hello! how are you! so great to be with you. thank you so much. thank you. it is wonderful to be back here at faith and freedom. you know, wow, we've had quite a week this week, huh? so, first we had mrs. clinton claim inevitably the nomination. and, you know, i was interested to see that she rolled a movie with many suffragettes, and women who had struggled before her. what was interesting to me is so
many of those suffragettes would have disagreed strenuously with hillary clinton, but they also would have defended her right to disagree with them. i bring this up, because unfortunately, feminism is no longer a term that's used to enable or empower women. it turns out to be in so many people's eyes, and hillary clinton's eyes, kind of a way to bludgeon people into a left-wing litany of causes. let me say to every woman and girl out there, don't let anyone tell you what to think. don't let anyone tell you who to vote for. don't let anyone tell you what you should believe. [ applause ] i've had a lot of women from the left tell me that i'm an enemy of women. because i'm pro-life. well, you know what? here's what i think feminism is. i think feminism is when every
woman has the opportunity, just like every man should have the opportunity, to use every single one of their god-given gifts and live the life they choose. whether that is home schooling their children, or becoming a ceo. and mrs. clinton, news flash, i'm a feminist and i'm not voting for you. [ cheers and applause ] now, the week also brought something else. we now know we have, you know, proud progressives locking arm in arm, elizabeth warren, bernie sanders, barack obama, hillary clinton, they're all going to go lock arms and go talk to america about their progressive vision. and while they like to talk about progressivism in terms of people that they're trying to help, free education, whatever
it is, you know and i know what progressivism really is. progressivism really is the collection, the concentration of power in too few hands, so that too few people tell the rest of us how we're going to live our lives, what opportunities we're going to have in front of us, what we should think and what we should do. progressivism, pure and simple is the tyranny of the few over the many. [ applause ] it is what our founders feared most, actually. it is one of the reasons they wrote the constitution, to prevent the concentration of power. i will return to that in a moment. but when we think about those proud progressives locked arm in arm, speaking to americans all across this great nation, we know this fight matters.
this is a fight that we must win. but you know, ladies and gentlemen, how we win matters. our faith tells us that a victory at all costs is no victory at all. our faith tells us that the ends do not justify every means. and so it's important for us to remember as we wage this battle, for the future of our nation, who are we. what do we stand for. you know, george washington in his farewell address to the nation warned us about the rise of political parties. he warned us that political parties, he didn't quite use this analogy, but what he was saying to us was that, you know, political parties can become like sports teams. and root for the guys with your jersey on them. and he said to us in his farewell address, that parties could become so concerned with
winning, that they would forget about governing. that they would forget about the ideas and the values and the principles that matter. we must not forget our values, our principles, our policies, and our ideas, because they matter. we need to win the right way. [ applause ] as i want to talk to you today about who we are, and what we believe, because i think in times of consequence and danger. and these are most definitely times of consequence and danger. it's important to remember who we are. and to do that, i actually have to start somewhere way far away. i need to tell you a story of an experience that i had in january of last year, january of 2015, in the slums of new delhi, india. i was in india, because prior to running for the presidency, i was chairman of a couple major charities in this country, one
of which is called opportunity international. opportunity international is a christian-based organization. it is the largest microlender in the world. we have lent $8 billion, $100 at a time, and lifted millions of people out of abject poverty. i was in new delhi, india, to run a global board meeting. at the conclusion of that board meeting, i wanted to go visit with some of our clients. and so i traveled to the slums. now, i don't know if you've ever been in the slums of new delhi, but let me tell you, they are grim places. mountains of trash, marauding animals, sewage in the streets, people piled on top of each other. and as i climbed a rickety ladder to get to a rooftop to meet with ten of our clients, i steeled myself to see desperation in their eyes. the desperation of the circumstances that i saw all around me.
and yet, when i looked in these women's eyes, they were all women. i did not see desperation. i saw focus. i saw determination. i saw pride. i saw hope. i saw women who now, because of the tools, the training, the support, and yes, the loan that we had given them, they realized, i can make something better of my life. i can build a life of dignity and purpose and meaning for myself. every single one of us needs someone to take a chance on us. i sure did. i needed somebody to take a chance on me many times in my life, starting a long time ago when i was a secretary. typing and filing and answering the phones for a nine-person real estate firm. every single one of us needs someone to give us a helping hand. maybe more than several times in our life. i sure have. most especially when we buried
our daughter to the demons of addiction. every one of us needs someone to take a chance on us. every one of us needs someone to give us a helping hand. yet every single one of us is gifted by god. has potential, usually far more than we realize. and what we had done for those women is say, you have potential. you are gifted by god. you can build a life of dignity and purpose and meaning. now, why do i start in india to remind us of who we are? because a long time ago, my mother said to me, in sunday school one morning, what you are is god's gift to you, what you make of yourself is your gift to god. i have learned in the course of my life that each of us are truly gifted by god. every one of us has more potential than we realize, and even people in desperate circumstances have gifts upon which they can rely, and from which they can build lives of
dignity of purpose and meaning. i also know this, having traveled and lived and worked all over the world for decades, it is only in this nation that a young woman can start out the way i did, typing and filing, in the middle of a deep recession, go on one day to become the chief executive of what we turned into the largest technology company in the world, and run for the presidency of the united states. that is only possible in this great nation. [ applause ] and the question, ladies and gentlemen, the question for us is why. because it is the why that is at stake now. if everyone is gifted by god, why is it that in this nation, more things have been more possible for more people from more places than na where else on earth, and it continues to be true. no, we are not a perfect nation. but we are an exceptional nation. because this is a nation of
possibility. it has always been so. why? you know, i studied history in college. maybe that's why i had to start as a secretary. [ laughter ] our founders were students of history, too. and they knew what anyone who studies history comes to learn. human nature doesn't change. times may change, places may change, culture may change, but human nature doesn't change. our founders knew two fundamental things about human nature. number one, they also knew that everyone has potential, that everyone is gifted by god. and so they built a nation on an incredible idea. it was actually radical at the time. the idea they built this nation on in our constitution is here, everyone has a right to life, to
liberty and the pursuit of happiness. those were their words for saying each of us have the right to find and use our god-given gifts and fulfill our potential. and the radical part of that idea was they said that right comes from god. and cannot be taken away by man or government. the constitution protects our rights. and our liberties. but they wrote the constitution for another purpose as well. you see, they knew what you learn over and over again when you study people and you study history, power concentrated is power abused. [ applause ] power concentrated is power abused. and so while the constitution protects our individual rights and liberties, it is also true that the constitution is a
recipe for avoiding the concentration and the abuse of power. it is why the federal government's powers are enumerated. it is why the constitution is very explicit, that if this isn't a federal government job, then that power rests in the citizens' hands of this great nation, and communities and states, not with the federal government. [ applause ] 80% of the american people, 80%, have figured out the federal government is in their words incompetent, corrupt, and way too powerful. what ails us in this nation is too much money and too much power concentrated in the hands of too few. you know, when i ran for president, i met some incredible people. and the thing that breaks my heart, the thing we have to remember as we fight this fight, is i saw too many people who had
a look of powerlessness in their eyes. they did not look to me like those women in india. i have looked into the eyes of coal miners, as they have seen their jobs, their families, their livelihoods, their communities destroyed by an overreaching government, and they wonder why is my government doing this to me. i have had veterans, proud, strong, fighting men who come up to me with tears in their eyes and tell me that they feel powerless to navigate through the byzantine bureaucracy of the veterans administration, and to get the care that they have already so richly earned. i have looked in single moms' eyes who are trying to raise a couple kids and say, i want to move forward in my life, but every program of dependence tells me to fall back. or parents' eyes who wonder why they cannot get their children the education they know they deserve. no one in america should feel
powerless. and too many americans too feel powerless, because power has gone to the wrong place. too much power is concentrated in the hands of too few people, and the progressives want to concentrate even more. ours, ladies and gentlemen, ours was intended to be a citizen government, of the people, by the people, for the people. that is what our founders intended, and we must stand for that citizen government. we must not be the party that concentrates power further. instead, we must be the party. we must be the warriors who say no. power must be released out of the hands of people in the city and returned to citizens, to families, to small business owners, to communities and to states where it belongs. [ applause ]
and to do that, to restore a citizen government, we have to be empowering people all up and down the ballot. that is why i will spend so much time between now and november to make sure we have good conservatives up and down the ballot. this is our fight. this is our fight. we can't hand it off to politicians. it's our fight for our nation. and how we win and what we stand for matters. i have to tell you another story. this one took place in new york city. maybe about a year ago now. i went to interview with "the view," the ladies of "the view." [ laughter ] well, we have to talk to people who don't yet know they agree with us. right? that's how you win. now, my second interview with "the view" turned out to be a public brawl with whoopi goldberg about whether or not planned parenthood was in fact harvesting body parts for profit. i think the record is clear.
she called me a liar, as did so many others. but my first interview ws a little more friendly. as we were sitting and chatting, i was having a chat with rosie perez, one of their hosts. and we were talking about vladimir putin and a meeting i had had with him in an economic conference. we were having this chitchat and she said, you know, carly, i really like you. she sounded surprised, honestly. [ laughter ] and then she said to me, you know, i'm not a republican. i said, wow, rosie, i'm shocked. [ laughter ] and then she said, why are you? why are you? and ladies and gentlemen, this is the question we have to answer to win. and so i said, rosie, i'm a conservative. because i know that every single one of us is gifted by god.
all of us have the capacity and the desire to live lives of dignity and purpose and meaning. and all throughout time, work if done well brings us dignity. family brings us purpose, and lives. and i know that our values, our policies, our principles work better to lift everyone up regardless of their circumstances. this, rosie, is not what progressives believe. progressives believe some are smarter than others, some are better than others, so some are going to choose for others. this is not what this nation can stand for. that's why i'm a conservative. [ applause ] ladies and gentlemen, we are the party of lincoln. lincoln stood on a bloody battlefield, not so far from
here, and challenged his fellow citizens to fight so that a government of the people, by the people, and for the people will not perish from this earth. that is our fight. as citizens and conservatives, we know that each of us are gifted by god, that all of us can live lives of dignity and purpose and meaning and we know that it is only when the power, the opportunity, the right to fulfill your own potential and use your god-given gifts to build the life you choose, only when we do that will we have made this the nation that lincoln challenged us to fight for. when we say the pledge of allegiance, i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republican for which it stands, one nation under god indivisible with liberty and justice for
all, think for a moment about liberty and justice. and what they tell us about who we are. i think every day, actually, about lady liberty. think about her. she stands tall and strong, which is the way america must always be. she is clear-eyed and resolute. she doesn't shield her eyes from the realities or the evils of the world, but she faces proud and strong into the world because she knows she is not simply one nation among many. she is an exceptional nation above all. and that is why she holds her torch high, because she knows she is a beacon of hope in a troubled and tragic world. and a reminder that everything is possible. think about lady justice. she holds a sword in her hand because she's a fighter. she's a warrior.
for the values and the principles that have made this nation great. she reminds us that each of us must be fighters and warriors as well. this is our nation. this is our future. this is our fight. she holds the scale in her other hand. and with that scale, i think she is reminding us, all of us are equal in the eyes of god. and so all of us must be equal in the eyes of the law and government powerful and powerless alike. and she wears a blindfold. and with that blindfold, she reminds us it can be true. it should be true. it must be true in this country, in this century, that it doesn't matter what you look like. and it doesn't matter how you start. and it doesn't matter your circumstances. it doesn't matter who you are. here in this nation, every
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