tv Sen. Marco Rubio and Speaker Paul Ryan at Faith Freedom Coalition... CSPAN June 8, 2018 8:18am-9:01am EDT
-- dunk. i keep my promise that ain't going to happen. if need be i will pull his shorts to the ground but he is not getting to the rim. [shouting] >> so i played high school ball. i was a mediocre high school player. i rode the bench a lot. and i remain about a mediocre high school player. so i ask for your prayers that i at least once hit the rim and ideally have the ball go in. and more importantly than at the end of the day, okay come in a perfect world i would like to see jimmy kimmel with spalding imprinted on his four head, but the perfect world i hope that jimmy writes a $5000 check and helps out kids in texas and so ask for your prayers and i thank you for your incredible support for our nation. [applause] ♪
>> i am so privileged and honored to welcome our next speaker. i will never forget when i first sent out about marco rubio. i got a call. i was in my office one day in 2009 and i got a call from representative david baxley who was a former head of the christian coalition in florida and he said, ralph, i've got a guy that i served in with the statehouse who was speaker. i served under him and he's not running for the use senate and a think is going to win i do want you to meeting and i want you to help them. and i said, dennis m he's running against charlie crist who is the incumbent governor who has $6 million, who's been endorsed by the entire republican leadership in the u.s. senate. i said, i'm sorry but this looks
like a wing and a prayer to me. and he said i just want you to come down here and want you to meet him. and i came down to speak to a republican women's group in orlando, and marco was speaking that morning. i got up and sat in the back of the room, and i can tell you i have sidestepped an awful lot of political horse collection in my career, that this man had a greater level of authenticity, knew who he was, new who's he was, and knew why he was running in just about anybody that i have ever seen in my career. this is a man who is the son of cuban immigrants who came to this country and i-26 with virtually nothing to their name, and because his parents had to flee the country that was devolving into tyranny and authoritarianism, our next speaker knows that freedom
doesn't come for free. it is precious and it comes with a price. and my friends come , he not one that primary, he drove the incumbent governor of his own state out of the party, and he had to run as an independent. he was then elected and a landslide come in from the time he arrived in the u.s. senate until today, he has been one of the most fearless, articulate, and eloquent voices for faith and for freedom in the united states senate, not only of our time but at any time. and because of him, not just because of him but primarily his effort use senate were able to see a doubling of the child tax credit to $2000. he went to the floor in the waning hours to make sure that it was as fully refundable as
possible to help working-class families and middle-class families. he worked with president trump to reverse barack obama's policy of appeasement towards castro in cuba. he has a 100% pro-life and profamily record, and most importantly, most important like is a miami dolphins fan. please welcome to the podium not just my friend but our friend, friend of faith and of freedom and a family, the senator from the great state of florida, marco rubio. let's give him a warm welcome. >> take you, , buddy. god bless you. i love you. thank you. thank you very much. thank you. thank you, ralph. you know where dolphins fans it takes a lot of faith.
but, and i come ralph reminds me of the election of never forget her i was running against governor crist and was a headline in one online sites that says rubio takes on christ. i said that the bad luck. we've got to get that changed. talk about fake news. but thank you for having me. to honor to be with you today. what i thought i would do is point is back to seven decades ago when the united states emerged from the second world war as an optimistic nation, optimistic about the future, confident of what we could achieve after the enormous sacrifices that were made to win that war. americans were ready to, and get on with the rest of their lives. we forget less than two years after the japanese surrendered, america faced a new set of threats and new challenges the internet creating a sense of fear. much of the world was left in ruins by that war.
even before the war ended the soviet union had transformed from an ally into a geopolitical competitor, and at home the industrial powers that we harnessed to create weapons now needed to be harnessed to create jobs for millions of returning veterans. how americans responded at that moment in our history we determined that just the fate of the american idea that it's fair to say the fate of western civilization itself. they responded by mobilizing this nation to confront the historic challenges that were before them at that time. the federal government played a key part in that. the g.i. bill helped many returning veterans go to college and into the workforce. the interstate highway system created access to sunbelt cities and suburbs. loans insured by the va and the federal housing administration helped the financing of millions of home purchases across the country. but the most important move made by the federal government was
dramatically cutting spending and taxes, even ending price controls and rationing and as result of over 202% increase in private investment. the federal government at the time mobilize helping rebuild the nation's that had been destroyed by the war and created the international monetary fund and the world bank, and the result was the emergence of foreign market with the products that america was making. traded an and international ecy that played by the rules that america helped write. perhaps the best-known phenomenon of this. involve not just government but involve the families. the number of marriages after the war skyrocketed while divorce rates remained very low. people got married younger and they stayed married longer. those marriages produced what came to be known as the baby boom in which 75 million new americans were born from 1946-1964. these new families are deeply engaged in the life of the communities they formed and joint churches, health clubs, bowling leagues, pda.
they didn't do it just to socialize but to support causes and to support one another. while america at that time i made a nation still haunted by racism, sexism and other forms of inequality there was a unifying and shared belief even among those who themselves were not fully benefiting from the promise of this land quite yet. it was a shared and unifying point america was a great and special country whose commitment to limited government and free enterprise liberty and justice for worth preserving at all costs. it was this economically prosperous cyclically engaged and deeply patriotic america which rebuild a world destroyed by war that put a fellow citizen on the moon. and it confronted, reversed and defeated soviet communism because they did what needed to be done. that generation of americans often would become known as the
american century. we stand seven decades removed from that time where our nation once again faces a new set of challenges. challenges that will again determine what this generation will be remembered for and it will come to define the 21st century. at home there are millions of jobs which provided people with secure middle-class lifestyles that are now being transformed and often eliminated by machines, biotechnology, by globalization. all over the world the democracies that we helped to take root, to expand and to protect, are now being challenged by autocratic regimes that offer people order and stability and prosperity in the time of chaos, uncertainty and economic displacement. and a new geopolitical challenger, china, is systematically executing on a plan to do something soviet
union never came close to doing, supplanting the united states to become the world's remailer technological, economic, geopolitical and military power. these are all significant challenges, but i would say they pale in comparison to recovering from the second world war or living under the threat of a third world war. i would say our greatest obstacle isn't that her problems are too strong. our greatest obstacle that is that the institutions that make us strong have grown weak. weakened by economic elite is that has replaced a commitment to the dignity of work with a blind faith in financial markets and that views america simply as an economy instead of as a nation. with a shortsighted view of americans as consumers whose happiness is solely based on what they can afford to buy, instead of viewing americans as human beings with confidence and the resources they come from a good job.
our institutions have been weakened by a cultural elitism that seeks to replace the family and the values that it teaches with government and laws that it passes. our cultural elitism that marks and even discriminates against the norms, the customs, the ethics developed over 2500 years in western civilization. weakened by a toxic crew of runaway secularism, irrational partisanship and a grievance-based identity politics that has eroded the trust in norms needed to act together in pursuit of shared goals. this has isolate us from one another. it's left us vulnerable to conspiracy theories, susceptible to the daily cycle of outrage. it's cause us to stop speaking to family members and longtime friends because of who they voted for. weakened us by increasing loss of patriotism, , patriotism were
in the belief that america is an exceptional nation, a strong america can solve any of the problems that we currently face, but we cannot be strong if the pillars of our strength are weak. the first pillar is an economy that is built on the dignity of work. from the pharmaceutical event of the homestead act to buy land with her labor, to the factory workers who powered america today to end a second world war and then again in the cold war. americans have always benefited from a labor market the loudest to earn high wages and fulfilled the american promise that if you work hard and live responsibly, you and your family will have the opportunity to flourish. but today economic debate is not built on the dignity of work. economic debate is built on a valueless financials of interest and on review of americans as consumers. there are immense consequences to these.
when right and wrong is based entirely and sold on profitability, then there is nothing immoral about shipping jobs overseas or surrounding key american technology and innovation to china. when happiness is measured solely by how much someone can afford to buy that a check from the government is viewed just as good as a good job. i saw the devastating impact of this kind of thinking firsthand during my campaign for president. i saw it in the factory towns hollowed out by the companies who ship those jobs overseas to turn a bigger profit, and were the dignity of work has been replaced by food stamps and disability checks and opioids. in order to make america strong we must restore the dignity of work as our primary economic goal. not with the policies which offer the false promise of a universal basic income or a check or doing government work so they can afford to buy more
things, and not with the policies based on the false choice of narrow economic growth with redistribution versus narrow economic growth without redistribution. instead, we need policies that you americans as human beings who cannot flourish without the sense of accomplishment and pride and sufficiency that comes with a good paying job. policies built on the realization that our people need real and productive jobs that allow them to pour themselves into a task, turned ever to do productivity and allow them to use that productivity to invest in themselves, their families and their community. creating these jobs were quite as to make sure we feed the world and making advanced goods and technologies which is why we cannot allow china to continue to cheat and to steal their way into a position of dominance. we need to spur american investment in manufacturing of the future and support american companies when they are helping
american workers. [applause] the second equal pillar of our strength is family. it is the central institution in any society. it is been through strong thumbs that america has passed out our values, love, work, work ethics, the traditions. sadly you do not need to run for president to see the state of the american family. in the 1950s fewer than 5% of children in this nation were born outside of a marriage. today the number is over 40% of the children born in america, and adding to this, too many families are being constantly buffeted by economic pressures that discourage family life and by social engineering that seeks to replace family life. this is why we need both policies and we need a culture
that will value and support the family the way the faith and freedom coalition supports the family. [applause] by the way, it is why i feel passionately fought even against some in my own party to expand the child tax credit as part of taxi for big it's also why i intend to fight just as hard alongside the president and alongside ivanka trump to expand access to take family because after all how can we find hundreds of billions of dollars, find hundreds of lines of dollars to get to multinational corporations, many of which feel little loyalty to america, but not also cut the taxes of hard-working families trying to make ends meet and provide for their children. if being a parent is most important job anyone will ever have, how do we not make it easier for working parents to find time for their growing families without facing financial ruin? because while i support lower
taxes and the social safety net, what tax cuts and what government programs could possibly contribute more to our national well-being than strong families and empowered parents? [applause] the third pillar of our strength is the ability to work together in community. our churches, neighborhoods, schools, sports leagues, especially when my sons youth football team beats the neighbors team. these are the space of each of us with the bulk of our lives. they are what give and receive love and strength, the people we know best. the very concept of community, social organization separate from the government that values serving one's neighbors is a strong guard against the radical you on your own individualism promoted by our government and by our society over the last 30 years. one good example of how divided and iceland we have become from
each other come from a speech given several months ago by hillary clinton in india. she told her for an audience that she won in places that represented two-thirds of american economic output, gdp. she called this places the ones that are optimistic and diverse, dynamic, and moving forward. implicit in that comment is that the rest of the country, the ones who didn't vote for her are the people who are angry, white, stagnant and backward thinking. i will say at least secretary clinton openly admitted with the widely held belief among those who dominate our cultural institutions such as our universities, show business and the media, but it would be unfair to claim that this isolationist and vision is only coming from the left. there are many people in positions of influence and authority in finance business and politics who also subscribe to the flawed logic that being
wealthy and being good are the same thing. that's how we had a financial elite that outsources american jobs to countries that do not share our values and views, the traditional belief of regular americans. that's how we have multi national corporations have no problem chasing a profit in the repressive communist dictatorship like china but they won't do business in the state of north carolina. it's how google won't help develop technology for the american military, but they willing to partner with chinese spy companies. they have chosen financial self-interest and ideological division over country. instead of working together in community, our nation feels like a democracy which pits us against each other on the basis of how much we make and how much can we buy, where we went to school, whether we practice
religion and if so which one. which race or ethnicity we are and who we voted for in the last election. these divisions did not just paralyze us from taking action. they are used as against us by our international adversaries. it's why by the way vladimir putin sought to it for an election. his call was to weaken us by exploiting our divisions and are bitter politics so that no matter who won the election, we would find it hard to mobilize and take action. it's how authoritarian figures around the world .2 these divisions, this info to take action as an argument for why authoritarian models that their offering provide more stability and more security and more prosperity. that's why we must do everything we can to reinvigorate communities. we must continue to defend religious liberty. we must create space of which
are canaries can flourish and motivated by our faith provide positive examples of moral communities advance a vision of the common good. [applause] should continue to support the conscious rights of barry's face increased against unlawful infringement. more than that we must share with her head and her feet are good to our country that comes from taking care of our neighbors kids come from coaching, from volunteering and afterschool programs. feeding the second the elderly. the final pillar of our strength is the belief that doing all of this is worth it. because america is a special country. be leaving america's a special country does not require us -- i would say how we overcame those sins is a testament to a special our nation truly is.
[applause] the ending of the slavery, women's suffrage, civil rights movement, the end of segregation, every single one of our great social causes has been effort to bring us closer. all men and women are children of god born with a right given to them by the creator, not by the leader and not by the government. this is what made the american revolution so unique. it was a revolution that sought not to establish a home for people bound together by common blood or common soil. it sought rather to establish a home for people united in a quest to protect and preserve our god-given right. and so while it is true we have never been completely true to our founding idea, it is a testament to america's greatness
that for over two centuries each generation has fought and succeeded in moving us closer to it. that's why pledging allegiance to our flag or standard for national anthem, it is not about ignoring what our nation has gotten wrong. it is about honoring a 253 year old revolution that continues to this day. [applause] nothing is more american than the belief, nothing is more american than the police all men are created equal. nothing is more american than the belief that every human being is endowed by god with the inalienable rights to life and liberty and to pursue happiness. this is the kind of new nationalism that we need in this is the kind of new nationalism we should embrace. not a nationalism of race or ethnicity but an american nationalism built on a commitment continuing the work of forming a more perfect union, union of many races, many face
and many points of view. when people committed to equality of opportunity at protecting our god-given rights, and american nationalism that doesn't get america as just a piece of land that is shared by 326 million individuals. but rather a collection of families and friends, neighbors and coworkers, a fellow citizens with equal rights under the law, but also fellow citizens with a responsibility to each other. an american nationals in which we are not our brothers keeper but we should always stride to be our brothers helper. an american nationalism that understands it is not possible to have an american that is good for some of us if it is not also good for all of us. in conclusion let me say that my journey over the last seven years has provided me with the benefits of a broader perspective, a perspective that comes a to meeting with new pee and learning new things.
it's provided me with the blessing of adversity, the kind of lessons that are rarely learned in victory but are common in defeat. i return to be a sin against my initial wishes but i'm glad the people of florida allowed me to come back. as long as my health and my family and the people florida allow me to be here, i intend to try to make a difference and that's what i chose to give this speech to you today. each generation has been called to confront -- i believe with all my heart that not it is our turn to do the same. i believe despite our divisions and dysfunctions, i'm convinced that somehow someway at some point we're going to do this. i believe this because of the american isn't is an error to e dreams of immigrants, pilgrims or slaves, literally in our veins runs the blood of people who left behind an old world for the new one. in our veins runs the blood of
slaves driven by the police that one day we shall overcome. of the men and women who overcame great obstacles because in spite of that, the burning desire to live the life god created them to live. it is literally in our dna to confront great challenges and to do great things against great odds. this is what we've done for over two centuries and this is what we are called to do once again. we are blessed with the liberty to debate and argue and vote on the best way to preserve and nurture the god-given rights of all people, and we should do so with all the passion and energy that this powerful truth merited but we can never decide the fact that no matter how angry we may get one another, none of us is going anywhere and, therefore, just as we had to do and her own family where there are those with whom we will never agree on many things, but because we must live together, if something is
important to them it must become important to us. this is not an unrealistic idealism. it's not the platitudes of someone seeking to beale thinks all people. this is the true reality that sooner or later we will confront the stark truth that of us with regard way to solve our problems by working with the people with whom we do not agree, we will all pay a terrible price. what would that terrible price be? it would be that our children will inherit a nation in which they defied work is available only to a few. it will be our children will inherit a democracy that is an island in an ocean of tyranny and it will be that our children will live in a world dominated by china where they will have to depend on them for the latest medical advantages in technology and privacy and free speech and religious liberty and human rights are no longer protected because china, the world's most powerful country at that point, is a serial violator of each one of these things.
and if god for bid that day should ever come, it will again because those of us you know about it happen. therefore that they must never come. we cannot, will not be the first generation that has failed to leave their children better off than themselves. each generation before us is called to the task of preserving a passing on to the next and america better than the one they inherited. and now our time has come. julie behind the tribute to confront the challenges and embrace the opportunities of her time so that when our children right our store they will say that like each generation before, we, too, lived in a time of great uncertainty and we did not falter. we did what needed to be done. we authored and a new american century and left for our children what our parents left for us, a more perfect union, by the single greatest nation in history of all of mankind. so thank you for having me today. god bless all of you. thank you.
[applause] ♪ >> thank thank you, senator rub. our next speaker, we're so excited to have him come is a fifth-generation wisconsin native. who came to washington in the early 1990s as an age of jack kemp at a conservative public policy organization called empower america. he returned to his native wisconsin was elected to congress in 1998, and from the minute he arrived in congress he was an impact player. he rose to be chairman of the house budget committee and chairman of the house ways and means committee. and from those posts he provided
leadership that pointed to north on pursuing policies that create jobs and economic opportunity for every american, and enforce fiscal sanity is spinning a washington, d.c. in 2012 he was the republican nominee for vice president, and in 2015 he was elected by his colleagues as speaker of the house. and as speaker you pass the most sweeping and deep tax cuts since the reagan era. he has helped pass the pain capable abortion act to put an end to late-term abortions in the united states. [applause] america's churches could speak out on civic and public policy matters once again will in america without being harassed and persecuted by the irs.
he has passed the toughest federal human trafficking bill in modern history. he passed the first step act reform our criminal justice system so that it would be based on the biblical principles of redemption and restitution. and he has always, always, not just as speaker, but as a man, as a husband, as a father and as a public servant, he has been unswervingly and unapologetically and courageously committed to his christian faith and to his pro-life view. and if he comes out to address us, the speaker of the house, i am pleased on behalf of faith and freedom to present the 2018 friend of the family award to speaker paul ryan. let's give him a warm welcome. [applause] >> thank you, brother.
♪ a note. >> what do i say? i have known that cover 20 figures. he looks exactly the same. 25 years ago. thank you. it's great to be back. it's great to be back at the faith and freedom coalition. i just tell you, you come to milwaukee, you come to d.c. every year. it is so nice to see so many friends in fake. ralph, and this entire organization and clean everybody in this room, has been so critical to all of our success. when this conference started in 2009 2009 i was there. ralph turned it, wrote a majority.
a lofty goal and one that took some time to follow through on. but guess what. we made a kind of progress. in 2010 we won back the house. then it took four years, in 2014 we we captured the senate. and then finally, finally we took back the white house in 2016. [applause] sora for everyone who's been with us the whole way, you know that the road to this majority was long and it was bumpy. but because of your efforts, because of your relentlessness and because of your abilities that we can have a better, a more faithful country, we are hard at work in washington today as that unified majority party. thank you for that. [applause] want this majority just to have
this majority just so we could sit on our hands. we ask for this majority so we could make it work. we've outlined exactly what we would do with control of government and we've been spending the last 18 months making good on those promises. we are now more than a full year into having justice neil gorsuch on the united states supreme court. [applause] and he has been exactly what he said he would be, an independent judge that interprets the constitution from what it says and not what he wants it to mean. what an immeasurable victory his position on the court is for every american who values their civil rights. you know, we also promised that we would champion free markets and empower people by reform the tax code for the first time in more than three decades, and we got that done, too.
[applause] the benefits of this law are widespread. the benefits of this law and what it means in the surface is, it's more than just that families get to keep more of their money. instead of giving what you work hard for to bureaucrats in d.c., you won't be able to make a down payment on your children's future. you can make a needed home improvement, you can take a family vacation. can steer resources to a charity or a cost that personally motivates you. tax reform may appear to be fiscal legislation that empowers america's economy to move forward but this law is much more than that. this was a moral legislation. do you know why? it's our government telling citizens that they deserve to keep more of what they earn. it's their money in the first place. that's an important principle. it's washington saying finally
that you no longer need to be stifled by a burdensome tax cut that works -- text of the works against you. thanks to what we did as majority, millions of families will have more freedom to do what they want with their own hard earned money. and not only that, but as a part of the logistic that we established, we've got opportunity zones and social impact bonds. this is something i want you to take a look at what this is. this will inject real dollars from the private sector into some of our country's most impoverished areas. with those new provisions, these new laws will be beating the calling that we all aspire to by helping those around us who are unable to help themselves. this idea for 25 years were used to work for jack kemp. this is conservatism at its best in fighting to get people out of poverty onto the ladder of life. this is the kind of thing that
makes fighting for majority worth it. we've done so much more than that with a unified government. big picture items that we talked about for years are now been passed by congress and signed into law by our president donald trump. the house has advanced more than 500 bills in the last year and a half. it's an incredible pace. we just had a center whose part of the solution but some of these things get a little hung up in the senate. don't ask a guy in house about the filibuster. but irrespective of all those bills that we passed and the many that are still over in the senate, we are racking up policy wins that people in israel have been been working for for so long. [applause] ralph mentioned it. earlier this week as the largest crackdown ever on human and sex trafficking in the united states. [applause]
that's law. i mean, the stories that you hear from these are aboard and our principles tell us that we have an obligation to uphold the importance of every life. we are doing that with this legislation. we are also combating the awful open epidemic that has been dividing families and hurting precious people in this country. we are fighting programs that i access to treatment and recovery efforts. where enabling states to attack this emergency head on. we will keep pressing this issue and keep fighting to save lives to putting into this crisis. and we are not just prioritizing our interest and a values at home. we are doing it abroad. this unified government recommitted america's unwavering support for our closest ally in the middle east, israel. [applause]
think back a couple years ago. no longer do leaders like bibi netanyahu have to question where america is on the big issues. we stand with israel unapologetically. [applause] earlier this year the president proved that by moving our embassy to its rightful home in the capital city of jerusalem. [applause] in congress after years of work we were able to make that taylor forced act the law of the land. this freezes in a from going to the palestinian authority if they continue to support terrorist groups like hamas and finance terrorism to israel is our friend and our partner. america is stronger when our bond with israel is stronger. that's what this new majority does. [applause] and we are making sure that our
country has strength internationally by restoring critical funding to our military. obligor to get secretary mattis the exact funding he requested which is what our troops deserve and what we need to do to keep america safe. [applause] and guess what, our troops deserve the best medical care when they come home which is why we've improved operations at the va and we've given them the resources to fulfill the promises we make to them. that just got signed into law this week by president trump. that's the story of this majority. on some areas we've been phenomenally successful. in other areas we we're still working toward the ultimate goal, but make no mistake, our leaders have with you and we are fighting on the right side of important ethical issues of our time. and i've got to tell you, a catholic boy seeing a bunch of in the audience, nothing is more dear to us than the cause of
life. [applause] so thank you. your hard work has secured important victories that we have sought for decades. here's just one example. in the house we passed mike is law which would ban abortion at 20 weeks went unborn babies can feel and recognize pain. do you know why we did that? we know humanity shines the brightest when you're standing up for those are suffering and when we protecting those who cannot protect themselves. [applause] but beyond that, beyond the policies and the initiatives, you have built this beautiful pro-life movement. it is a movement based on love, of movement based on dignity, based on inclusion. i try to honor this work by inviting kathy dicarlo to be one of my guess at this year's state of the union. you need to meet kathy.
as a nurse in brooklyn, the hospital that kathy worked at, it wanted to force her to assist with a late-term abortion, force her to do it. because of their religious belief, she of course objected, and the hospital threatened her with disciplinary action. in the face of this, kathy stood strong. she didn't give in, and she fought for the religious right that this country guarantees her. .. >> as we think abouted people who inspire us w