Reagan’s son, to speak in Steamboat, urges return to his father’s vision
August 20, 2009
DENVER – Michael Reagan, the eldest son of the late President Ronald Reagan, said Thursday the country should return to his father’s vision.
Reagan will be the keynote speaker next week at the Steamboat Institute’s Inaugural Freedom Conference. It’s being billed as “the ultimate town hall for conservatives.”
Reagan said he plans to talk about how America can be the “shining city on a hill” that his father envisioned.
Reagan said his father was able to bring major changes to government because he was a coalition builder. He said the new movement is not about the Republicans and Republican values, it’s about conservative values, and he said those values do not belong to any one party or organization.
Reagan said voters want to see results, not campaigns, and he believes conservatives have dropped the ball.
“You’ve got Reagan conservatives, conservatives in the Democratic Party, independents and what have you. I really think it’s time to take back our position on conservative issues, tell people who we are, what we are, and be leaders and not followers. One of the big mistakes that conservatives make is we look at elections as end points instead of beginning points,” he said.
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Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn, who also will speak at the conference beginning on Aug. 28, said conservatives now have a chance to win back elected offices because voters who wanted change when they elected President Barack Obama “looked into the change they’ve gotten and rejected that change.”
She said many voters are now proud to identify themselves as conservatives, including Democrats who are refusing to vote along party lines.
“It’s not about partisanship, it’s about conservatism,” she said.
Jennifer Schubert-Akin, chairman of the institute, said the institute was founded to promote conservative values and the organization, supported by donations, does not take positions on issues like illegal immigration and other social issues.
She said the nonprofit Steamboat Institute promotes what it calls the five basic founding principles of the United States: lower taxes, free markets, strong national defense and individual rights and responsibilities.