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October 25, 2013

Marching with Lee: a countercultural vision forward

Senator Mike Lee is a man to listen to. Washington, D.C., Congress and some Republican senators are not the most popular people in America today, but suspend your judgment for just a moment. Consider his indictment — of American politics and even conservatism — and his vision for the future.

At the Value Voters Summit, held during the final days of the government shutdown, the junior senator from Utah cautioned against something we had been witnessing in the media over the last weeks. “Conservatives,” he said, “often fall into a trap StrokeStyle/$ID/Solid— defining ourselves by what we are against: Big government, debt, higher taxes and regulations, Obamacare. But we haven’t invested nearly as much time and energy in communicating what we conservatives are for. I’m talking about more than simply the policies we advocate. Conservatism is not about the bills we want to pass, but the nation we want to be.”

It’s worth noting that strategic misfires are sometimes born of true conviction. Much of MSNBC these days consists of assuming Sen. Ted Cruz was simply trying to advance his presidential primary credentials by talking down Obamacare and tolerating a shutdown. But his intention is to address existential threats born out of fundamental questions about who we are and where we are going.

During his speech, Lee addressed this: “Too often in this town we stop thinking about the things that matter most. We get so caught up in the thick of things that we not only stop thinking big StrokeStyle/$ID/Solid— we often stop thinking at all StrokeStyle/$ID/Solid— which leads to other things StrokeStyle/$ID/Solid— like $17 trillion debt, widespread dysfunction, and much more.”

It’s not just a Washington problem, is it? We get set in our ways and stop realizing our lives can be different, better and about something more than the coming StrokeStyle/$ID/Solid— or missed StrokeStyle/$ID/Solid— deadline. Further, we can help others: out of poverty, out of depression, out of feeling alone in the world.

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