In a hotel outside of Washington, D.C., the Conservative Action Project hosted an event Thursday to re-energize and regain control of the Republican agenda.
According to the Washington Post, the group is alarmed by a resurgence of the GOP establishment in recent primaries and what activists view as a softened message, drafted demands to be shared with senior lawmakers calling on the party to “recommit” to bedrock principles.
Those principles include strict opposition to illegal immigration, same-sex marriage and abortion and are the hot-button issues that many Republican candidates are trying to avoid as Republicans try to widen their appeal.
According to Chris Matthews on Hardball, “At that meeting, conservative activists sounded their battle cry, lead by Ted Cruz, who told the crowd, ‘Some say ‘Yay, our team is winning’… But we win when we stand for principle, and we lose when we give in to Washington’s status quo.’
Activist Brent Bozell III told the Washington Post: “Conservatives out not to delude themselves that if Republicans win the senate majority, it will somehow be a conservative majority.”
President and CEO of FreedomWorks, Matt Kibbe, appeared with Matthews on Hardball. “I’m actually more optimistic about it. We’re defining the agenda. I actually think that we reset the table,” said Kibbe.
Robert Costa, who wrote the news piece in the Washington Post said that the Tea Party movement isn’t holding its ground: “There is a fear that Republican establishment is ascending and that the Tea Party, though popular with the base in 10 and 12, it doesn’t have the power it once did,” he said.
Kibbe said anti-GOP establishment movement has a long history of ruffling feathers.
“They’ve made a lot of promises, and they haven’t been willing to keep them. The tension between the grassroots and the GOP establishment goes back to 1976 when Ronald Reagan took on a sitting Republican president. It’s not a new problem.”
And these grassroots group has differing opinions from one another, as well. On the topic of gay marriage, Kibbe said, “I’m a Libertarian, and I don’t understand why the government, particularly the federal government, is involved in marriage. I want the government out of it.”
Kibbe had a strong opinion of government’s involvement in schools, as well. “I don’t want politics deciding what’s taught in school. I want parents deciding. I don’t want government in school,” he said.
Kibbe is one of the leading libertarian thinkers who just launched a new book that helps liberty-minded Americans articulate the message of freedom. In his book, Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto there are six simple rules: don’t hurt people, don’t take people’s stuff, take responsibility, work for it, mind your own business, and fight the power. Special thanks to Kibbe who helped us advance a bill in South Carolina to stop Obamacare. Unfortunately, it was the Republican controlled senate who defeated our bill. We won’t stop fighting though, Liberty Is Rising!