Governor Perry may be out of the Presidential race, but he’s certainly not out of politics or the conservative movement. His speech to CPAC attendees was full of optimism while still managing to acknowledge the challenges we face as a nation. The whole spectacle left many wondering, Where was this Rick Perry when he was running for President?
“America remains the most noble experiment in governing ever offered in the history of mankind,” Perry said before moving on to speak about the Tenth Amendment and the need to de-centralize government power.
Perry continued speaking about the need for reform “from K Street to Wall Street,” but the Governor really hit his stride toward the end of the speech when he reminded the audience that we do not have to settle for the status quo:
“You don’t need to resign yourself to the fate that this country is going to be less in the future than it was in the past. You have an opportunity – oh, I say you have an obligation – you have the power, you have the Constitution on your side to make conservative change based on those founding principles. Take this country back and let the grandest experiment in freedom the world has ever seen go forward powerfully.”
Perry’s speech was a reminder to all that the status quo exists only because we allow it to. 2012 is not just a race for the Presidency. It’s a race for control of the House of Representatives, for the United States Senate, for state governorships. It’s a race for your local city council, for school board, for court justices. Getting involved in our communities – whether in a non profit, a local campaign, or a major race – is vital to the health of our nation.
As Governor Perry said, “If we elect leaders … who preserve the current command and control policies of Washington, DC, then we get the government we deserve.”