The annual Heritage Action Conservative Summit this year featured a speech from North Carolina’s Rep. Mark Walker, who serves the 6th Congressional district.
Heritage has posted the video of his remarks, which I have posted below. View the full remarks here.
— But today, my hope is not just to discuss these social issues, but to talk about “the what, the how, and the why” of the social values and the traditional values that are the foundation, that I believe, of this country.
— But the American Dream is social at its very nature. It begins with life. Common sense tells us any organization, any business, a flower, most important…life is the beginning of any opportunity. It is our most foundational right. If we will not fight for the most basic human rights, then what else are we trusted to fight for? This may be the greatest human rights issue of our day.
— And if we truly believe in such noble things like religious freedom and opportunity, then we mush push forward, hand-in-heart, to eliminate every tax-payer dollar that goes into Planned Parenthood. There is no other freedom-robbing, opportunity-destroying, and life-killer that is more intentional than Planned Parenthood.
— You see, our freedom to live and work in accordance to what we believe has been placed in the crosshairs by an administration that mocks those who dare cling to their guns and Bible.
— Life, religious liberty…the American Dream has a very clear point of growth…the community. And the building block of the community is the family. The family, which is the very starting point for education!
— Until we focus on these values…like life, community, religious liberty, education, and the family…the American people will continue to hunger for hope.
— Let me tell you folks today, in my opinion, it’s OK to be angry. It’s OK to talk about what needs to be done. The majority of our classrooms are being indoctrinated left and right, from kindergarten through post-graduate work with this progressive secularism. Instead of teaching our children to view the world through the eyes of truth, we are teaching them things like more political correctness, more tolerance is OK. I’m upset about that. I hope that you are, as well. I’m angry about that!
— Not only is it important to be discerning, but you also want to be compassionate. I think this is important. People who are informed at the level that you are can be two dimensional. We can hold those leaders accountable, those who are making these decisions, but at the same time, we have the ability to horizontally share that compassion.
— It’s okay to be a loud voice, as long as you’re doing more than just making noise. Let me say that again. We see this sometimes in politics. It’s okay to be a loud voice, as long as you’re doing more than just making noise.
— We have to talk about these issues. Why wouldn’t we want to? We have the truth on our side. To be able to share what is important. To be able to go into these communities. One of the greatest privileges that I have is to go into some of these places and they have never heard of individual liberty, they’ve never heard about hope and opportunity. The only thing they’ve heard is how they should grow up and be dependent on a federal government for every need: Physically, financially, emotionally and even spiritually. That’s the opportunity that we have when we are compassionate.
— I walked away from a ministry career, took no salary for a year to run for office and share these foundational truths that I believe can make a difference. WE have to continue to talk about these issues. But we only win back to hearts by being discerning, showing compassion and staying engaged. Don’t look past people.
— The moral foundation of this country is undeniable because our rights are not derivative from man. As you believe, they come from Almighty God.
— The fertile soil is not Washington, it’s your families, it’s your neighborhood. And if the wind is going to unfurl the sails of this great nation once again, it must be led through our local citizens, our homes, our towns, our churches, and not from this overreaching arm of the federal government. But I am convinced that if we discover just a fraction of that indomitable spirit, our great nation can once again sail majestically. The time is now, may god provide the path and may we have the courage to follow.