News Archive: 2012

CEO of Saxo Bank in Denmark Tours the U.S.

Lars Christensen, CEO of Saxo Bank in Denmark, is touring the U.S. this week and meeting with many groups and media to share his experience of European-style socialism.


Yesterday he spoke to D.C. conservatives at the Heritage Foundation.



"Our prosperity and security is to a much larger degree than we realize due to the U.S., and both are threatened by the U.S.' extreme acceleration towards chaos. A chaos that to a large extent is caused by Obama’s economic measures that damage and indebt Americans -- and the rest of the world." Op-ed in Danish newspaper Berlingske, February 2009


"His indictment of European-style socialism is stunning. His command of history and free-market principles make his presentation enthralling," Leadership Institute President Morton Blackwell said. "As America stands at a crossroads between capitalism and prosperity or European-style socialism and economic decline, his message could neither be more timely nor more important. That’s why I hope you’ll join me on this speaking tour to hear Lars Seier Christensen, CEO of Saxo Bank in Denmark, discuss his country’s socialist policies and why we don’t want them."


Click to learn more about where else Lars will be this week.


From 14-Year-Old Campaigner to Capitol Hill Chief of Staff

Raised in Ridgeland, South Carolina, Eric Dell volunteered on political campaigns from the age of 14.


In college, Eric majored in political science at the University of South Carolina (USC), where he was chairman of USC’s College Republicans chapter and first heard about the Leadership Institute.


“I attended my first Leadership Institute Youth Leadership School in the early 1990s during my undergraduate years at the University of South Carolina,” Eric said. “I have used this knowledge in each of the political campaigns that I have been involved in since the training.”


After finishing law school at USC, Eric ran congressional campaigns for Rep. Floyd Spence in 2000 and for Rep. Joe Wilson in 2001. He got ready for those roles with a second Leadership Institute training.


“I attended the Leadership Institute’s Youth Leadership School again in July 1998 and it prepared me for my role as the deputy campaign manager for the Floyd Spence for Congress Campaign,” Eric shared.


After his campaign work, he served as the chief of staff for the South Carolina State Senate Transportation Committee.


Now, Eric is the chief of staff to Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-02) in Washington, D.C., and has been so for nine of the 11 years Rep. Wilson has been in office. (Eric took two years off, from 2006 to 2008, to practice real estate law in South Carolina and lobby at the federal level.)


“The Leadership Institute has been very helpful to me in my professional journey,” Eric said. “My first LI class prepared me to succeed in leadership positions in college and in my political, private sector, and government sector careers. The Leadership Institute helped me establish a basis for leading organizations, which has helped me in both my private sector and government careers.”


Colorado Student Learns Liberty; Now, He’s Educating with Films and Economic Courses

As a student at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Todd Hollenbeck attended College Republican meetings. But it wasn’t until he read books by Frederic Bastiat, Milton Friedman, F.A. Hayek, and Ayn Rand in a college course that he began his personal pursuit of liberty.


“That class completely blew my mind and opened my eyes to the way the world is and how it could be and ought to be,” Todd shared with the Leadership Institute.


Now Todd is the college program coordinator at the Foundation for Economic Education and the executive director of the Free Minds Film Festival LLC.


His story has been years and many internships in the making.



Reviving the Goldwater-Reagan legacy during breakfast

“This message is of hope—it’s also of despair,” began conservative pundit Jack Hunter at Wednesday’s Wake-Up Club Breakfast at the Leadership Institute. The breakfast, held the first Wednesday of each month, brings a leading conservative to speak to LI supporters.


Jack encouraged the audience of 70 at this month’s event to responsibly vote and hold elected officials accountable. Jack is a columnist for The American Conservative and the Charleston City Paper, and is a Contributing Editor to Young American Revolution. He also regularly appears on Sirius XM and is involved with many other organizations.


“The core definition of conservatism in the United States is something I like to call—and I didn’t coin this—the Goldwater-Reagan legacy. The idea that the government that governs least governs best,” Jack said. “The idea that government is bad: that is American conservatism.”


Jack echoed Reagan’s 1981 inaugural address, “Government is not the solution to our problems. Government is the problem.”


This is the main ideological discrepancy between true conservatives and their liberal counterparts, Jack argued.


“The conservative grassroots desperately want that limited-government champion Republicans have always promised—and yet so many times, time, time and again, have never delivered,” Jack lamented. “They want the real deal.”



LI President Thanks Attendees of the Values Voter Summit's gala

Thank you for your support as I accepted the 2012 James C. Dobson Vision and Leadership Award.  Your attendance at the Family Research Council’s Faith, Family and Freedom Gala was a tangible display of your commitment to defend traditional values against those leftists who seek to fundamentally transform (i.e., ruin) our country. 


In the late 1960s and 1970s, left-wing efforts to undermine traditional values prompted social conservatives to get involved in politics.  Like many of you, I took action.  The subsequent formation of ad hoc coalitions grew into today’s conservative movement. 


Despite numerous conservative victories since then, the assault on family values and religious faith continues.  Click to read more about just a few chilling examples of leftist bias and abuse my staff exposed this year through the Leadership Institute’s campus website,



Who won more votes on Election Day: Barack Obama or John McCain?

On Election Day 2008, who received more votes? Was it Senator John McCain or Senator Barack Obama, who won the election?


The answer might surprise you: Senator John McCain.


With the rise of early voting, you must plan for a month of get out the vote efforts.


As Jeremy Bird, National Field Director for the Obama 2012 campaign, told the Wall Street Journal: advantage in early voting goes to "whoever is most organized."


Let's get organized.


Find your state's early voting and absentee voting deadlines in the table below. Then register for LI's free, live webinar this Wednesday at 7pm EST: Early Voting Strategies to Win.


You'll learn from and talk with LI faculty about what you must know about early voting -- and how you can apply these lessons to a campaign you care about.


Can't make the webinar? Check back on Thursday for a replay.


Webinar replay: effective door-to-door

The key to winning an election is much more than simply turning out more voters than your opponent. You must learn the techniques that successful campaigns have been using for years, and then adapt them to fit your winning formula.

A successful door-to-door effort could be the difference you need to win!

Learn how to run a winning door-to-door effort in this free webinar replay. Click "Read more" to start th video.

Ivy League College Senior Brought Conservatism 101 Course to Campus

Although Chicago native Terrence George is just a college senior, he’s become a leader in Rhode Island politics.


He was appointed to the Rhode Island Commission for National and Community Service, which oversees the state’s 11 AmeriCorps programs, volunteer center, programs staff, and a $4 million budget. He’s also on the Rhode Island Republican Party’s State Central Committee and Executive Committee.


Terrence is also chairman of the College Republican Federation of Rhode Island and a national board member on the College Republican National Committee, for which he serves on the Credentials committee.

On campus, Terrence is president of both the Alexander Hamilton Society and the Republican Club at Brown University. In his spare time, he enjoys debating, campaigning, and conducting legal research when not studying for his major—philosophy.


But, one way he’ll be remembered for years to come is how he began the first Conservatism 101 political science course at an Ivy League university.


“I started our class on conservatism at Brown University because I perceived a hole in our course offerings,” Terrence told the Leadership Institute. “Though I’ve taken classes that have given me overviews of liberal and Marxist thought, I had not encountered the works of conservative thinkers in any of my classes and I felt shortchanged.”


Protecting the Inherent Dignity of Caribbean People

This week kicked off with Constitution Day, celebrating one of our founding documents.


Remember the Constitution’s Preamble: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”


Sarah, a graduate of Leadership Institute trainings, has devoted her professional career to speaking on behalf of those that have little to no voice and working for those whose rights are violated.


Born in the Caribbean’s Saint Lucia island in the 1960s, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun founded and is currently running the Caribbean Centre for Family and Human Rights (CARIFAM), a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting families.


“We believe that the right to life is the most fundamental human right from which all other rights gain their validity, and as such, the right to live must be protected from conception to natural death,” Sarah told the Leadership Institute. “We believe that the natural family is the fundamental cell unit of society and must be protected because strong, healthy families are essential for building strong healthy societies.”


CARIFAM’s programs seek to alleviate poverty, improve access to quality health care and education, and give people the tools and information to empower themselves and their communities.


But for Sarah, CARIFAM isn’t the first time she’s advocated for the freedoms of people. She’s a public servant at heart.

A Movement Conservative Perspective

Morton Blackwell delivered this speech at the Faith, Family, and Freedom Dinner of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 15, 2012.

Thank you for the great and undeserved honor you pay me tonight.  Previously you have given this annual award to people who deserve recognition far more than I do.  
The honor is increased for me because I have such a deep admiration for the great achievements of the Family Research Council and your president, Tony Perkins.
Tony and I are both from Baton Rouge.  We both are conservative movement activists.  Tony and I both now find ourselves leading conservative non-profit organizations officed in the D.C. area.  And both of us understand that we depend on generous donors for everything we accomplish.
Unlike me, however, Tony is famous.  And he deserves his fame.  His frequent and eloquent appearances in national print, broadcast, and online media directly reach millions of people, encouraging them and guiding them to take principled actions on public policy questions.
In my line of work, I seek out people who are reasonably conservative, persuade them that they owe it to their philosophy to study how to win, and then help them learn how to succeed in government, politics, and the news media.  
Generous donors have also enabled my Leadership Institute to build a national network of more than 1,350 active, independent, local conservative student groups to fight leftist abuses and bias on college campuses in every state.
My Leadership Institute staff deserve more praise than they get for their remarkable skills and dedicated work for conservative principles.
I aim to build a movement, not an empire.  Increasing the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders by teaching them how to win is not inherently newsworthy, and news coverage of political training programs sometimes is less than helpful.  
Primarily for that reason, a complete file of the news releases I have generated regarding my work would fit into a slim folder.
When conservative graduates of my training win elections, I counsel them that the way to continue successfully in politics is to keep their principles, keep their word, keep their pants on, and keep their fingers out of other people's wallets.
Tonight I intend to speak briefly about three matters:  
1. The rise of social issue conservatives in politics
2. The creation of a powerful conservative movement from ad hoc coalitions
3. The 2012 elections and what happens afterward.
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