Last week 80 conservative activists gathered at the Leadership Institute headquarters for an intense four day Campaign Management School (CMS).
One attendee from last week's training was Dean Allen, a tea party leader from Charleston, South Carolina. He said, “I have been involved in politics since I was the Galveston County youth chairman for Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential race. I ran Ronald Reagan's GOTV operation in Galveston County. I consider myself an expert in politics who is well trained and knows the ropes very well. I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of instruction, the broad scope of activities covered, and all the things I either did not know as in depth as I had thought; or, at the technology and newer methods that are more efficient. I learned a huge amount every day! I strongly recommend the educational programs of the Leadership Institute to any conservative activist who cares about the future of our republic and plans to be involved in the process of saving America.”
Yesterday the Leadership Institute welcomed Art Carden, assistant professor of economics at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and 129 others for LI’s monthly Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast. "Redistribution doesn't solve poverty; it's economic freedom that solves poverty in the world,” he shared yesterday. "When we redistribute land from private owners to government, we are lowering economic growth in the long run."
This past year—2012—was record-breaking for the Leadership Institute. LI’s staff and 349 volunteer faculty trained 13,896 conservatives—the most ever in any year of the Institute’s 33-year history—bringing the total trained to 116,800 since its 1979 founding. LI hosted 359 trainings in more than 30 states and 13 countries.
Twelve stories on LI’s CampusReform.org made national news, making the site America’s #1 source for campus news online with more than 2 million unique hits. LI’s 25 field representatives helped conservative students start 269 new independent student groups into LI’s unique network of 1,511 student groups on 616 college campuses, the largest such network in the nation.
LI’s Career Services Center hosted 985 attendees at job fairs, offered 120 hours of personal career mentoring, and placed 104 conservatives in jobs. LI’s 37 interns came from 33 colleges, 19 states, 6 countries, and spent 3,429 hours combined in LI training.
The Leadership Institute welcomed Kate Obenshain, writer, speaker, and frequent Fox News guest, to its monthly Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast. More than 90 conservatives came early Wednesday morning to hear her discuss Divider-In-Chief, her latest book, and how President Obama has deceived Americans with his hope and change rhetoric.
Kate specifically focused her speech on young Americans and how the Obama administration has affected them.
As she wrote in her book, “Barack Obama has played young people. He reached out to them with soaring speeches championing unity, and they responded to his call to transcend differences and engage in a new kind of politics. In fact, they responded with more enthusiasm, more genuine hope than any other demographic. And the president repaid their trust with betrayal—becoming not the great united, but the most divisive president in history. He has robbed them of current and future prosperity, perverted their understanding of the value of hard work, ambition, and the American dream, and poisoned their optimism—the very optimism he used to soar to victory in 2008.”
Click "read the full story" to watch her full remarks by video.
Know what you want to say. Say it in a simple manner. Look and sound the part.
These were basic principles of the last Friday’s Introduction to Television Techniques Workshop taught by Beverly Hallberg at the Leadership Institute.
The 16 students learned to effectively communicate via broadcast media: what to wear, how to present themselves, and the type of language to use. Many students came away with the same observation: it’s the little things that make a difference.
Nicole Hudgens, an intern with the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation, remarked, “I’ve had a lot of communication classes since it’s what I got my degree in, but this covered some things I had not heard before and I really enjoyed it! Beverly gave great practical advice and I’d love to go to another workshop.”
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.
“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.”
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, www.CampusReform.org:
Join the Leadership Institute's staff this weekend at the Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C. and at the Liberty Political Action Conference at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia.
LI is partnering with Family Research Council for the Values Voter Summit and with Campaign for Liberty for the Liberty Political Action Conference.
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld met with friends and supporters of the Leadership Institute this morning at the monthly Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast. Secretary Rumsfeld was America’s 13th and 21st U.S. Secretary of Defense serving in the Bush and Ford administrations.
“Let me just thank the Leadership Institute for all you folks do,” Secretary Rumsfeld said. “This is a terrific organization and what LI is doing is enormously important…LI is something that deserves recognition.”
In his remarks for breakfast attendees, Secretary Rumsfeld gave his thoughts on current affairs and answered many questions from the audience.
“I worry about intelligence,” Secretary Rumsfeld shared today at the Leadership Institute. “I worry about the fact that we live in a dangerous and difficult world and there are a number of closed societies. It’s very difficult to have a good grip on what’s taking place in the world. It’s even more worrisome that weapons have become increasingly lethal and the proliferation of highly lethal weapons has increased.”
He continued, “What worries me most is American weakness. Throughout my adult life, the United States has been an important presence in the world. The fact that we’ve existed and the fact that we’ve behaved responsibly with respect to how we’ve managed our economy…that provided stability in the world, a deterrent. It suggested to people that the United States was there, we were part of the rib cage in the world, the structure, and people had to take account of that.”
Click to read more and watch his full video remarks.