Conservatives Gather in Washington, DC
2006 Conservative Political Action Conference, February 9-11, 2006  ...More >
"Real change requires real change."  In a much anticipated speech, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich outlined three core principles to guide conservatives.  First, he said, there is too much power in Washington and not enough power in the grassroots.  Second, Gingrich said, the structure of bureaucratic government does not work.  Third, he said, conservatives have to have the courage to face the big truths.  Despite the threat of an oncoming snowstorm the room was packed and Gingrich kept the crowd in their seats until the end.  Interestingly one of the first specific points Gingrich addressed was the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA).  "The McCain-Feingold law is explicitly an assault on the First Amendment," Gingrich stated.  Gingrich said the response to Hurricane Katrina showed that "something has failed" and the bureaucratic structure should be replaced with with a totally different model, "a 21st century intelligent, effective government."  Citing the lessons of history, Gingrich said a strong stance must be taken on the threat posed by Iran.
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