By Tony Perkins
With a new majority in Congress, conservatives finally have the reinforcements they need to make real changes in this country. And as far as Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) is concerned, one of those changes should be the return to the values that make this country great: faith, family, and freedom.
At a policy summit in D.C. Tuesday, the conservative leader from Utah laid down some priorities of his own for Republicans, including an emphasis on the culture’s greatest asset. “The family is the first and most important institution of our society and it also serves as the foundation of American exceptionalism,” Senator Lee said. “Regardless of what you think the ideal family structure is, or whether you think there is a single ideal family structure at all, our family is where we learn the very first and the very deepest lessons that inform our behavior and shape our personalities for the rest of our lives.”
In a refreshing return to the roots of the GOP, the Senator made it clear that if “the conservative movement and the new majority truly want to be pro-growth and pro-opportunity, our agenda must first and foremost be pro-family in every sense of the word — and not just on some issues, but all of them.”
In a show of leadership that conservatives been waiting for, Lee challenged his colleagues that “everything we do in Congress ought to be informed by the struggles and opportunities, the challenges and aspirations of today’s working American families.” It’s only been two weeks, but if Senator Lee’s talk is any indication, we like the sound of this new Congress!
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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