WASHINGTON, March 7, 2014 – Rick Perry opened the second day of CPAC by quoting Thomas Jefferson: “A little rebellion now and then is a good thing.” He ended his short speech bringing the audience to their feet. Perry’s theme was that we should look to the states and not to Washington for s compared the two visions for America forming is Red States and Blue States.
It’s time for a little rebellion on the battlefield of ideas. – Gov. Rick Perry
Perry contrasted the two visions. Blues States have out of control debt, unfunded pension liabilities and jobs are leaving in droves. In Red States, the reach of government is limited, jobs and opportunity are on the rise, and the individual is valued. He specifically mentioned South Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, and Wisconsin.
Specifically, he cited pension reform in Wisconsin, years of job growth in Florida, and welfare to work in South Carolina. Conservative governors know the freedom of the individual comes before the power of the state, he said.
Contrasting Blue States, he described California and New York. The “New” New York, he said, has “Regulations larger than a 30 oz. Big Gulp.”
Getting to his state, Perry noted that 30% of the nation’s jobs have been created in Texas.
The difference, he summarized, is between a big government nanny state and a limited government red state that respects the individual. The winner of these competing visions will determine the future of the country.
He asked how the greatest nation on earth could spend its way into debt without the bill ever coming due. There is a price to be paid, he said. We don’t have to accept recent history; we just need to change the presidency.
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Listing the enumerated powers of Congress in the Constitution, he vigorously pointed out that nowhere in that list does it say we should federalize classrooms; that the EPA could control every aspect of the environment, or that Congress has the right to federalize healthcare.
He drew increasing applause for each mention of federal government overreach.
Once given power, it is human nature to never give it back, he said. He also noted that is it a bipartisan offense. What we need are leaders who will devolve power back to the estates and to the people.
He concluded by telling the audience that we can revitalize America. The standing ovation showed how well his message was received.