For the umpteenth time the Heritage Foundation has summarized what it and political conservatives stand for. Hey, I’m not complaining, I think it’s great to say things over and over again in a lot of different ways — heck, I do it all the time. What we need Heritage to do more of, however, is reach the lost…what Paul told Timothy — “do the work of an evangelist.” I disagree with those who say our message needs a lot of work. It’s my view that we need to reach people with it — and I’m talking about words to eyes, sound to ears. We haven’t been up until now — the high number of low information voters proves that. (And yes, I know I just said the same thing over again in a different way.)
Anyway, here is my favorite think tanks’ latest big picture summary; first up, the intro to this pdf:
By Edwin Feulner and Sen. Jim DeMint
Ideas have consequences, but ideas alone are not enough. Ideas must have power behind them, for unless we turn our ideas into actions, they cannot accomplish anything.
Every year, The Heritage Foundation is doing more to put the power of the American people behind the ideas to build an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society fl ourish. That is our vision and the cause of every Heritage member and associate.
Second, the opening of this post:
It’s time to get to work.
Too many Americans are either out of work or have altogether given up looking for employment. Overall compensation is flat, and economic growth is anemic. Uncontrolled spending and a surging debt are driving America into bankruptcy. High taxes and the crushing weight of endless rules and regulations burden our economy.
Americans were told by the Obama Administration that prosperity requires more spending, more government, and more taxes. The country continues down this phony path even though most Americans think government does too much.
Important questions are unsettled, and our politics remain divided: The presidency and the Senate are in the hands of one party, and the House of Representatives and a majority of state legislatures and governorships are in the hands of the other.
Some argue that conservatives should accept all of this. They say we must be resigned to permanent economic stagnation, bureaucratic rule, and national decline.
We disagree. We believe this is the time to reaffirm the principles that guide us, to champion our ideas of opportunity and upward mobility, and to redouble our efforts to change America’s course.