“In America, the test of any political movement is not what it’s against, but what it’s for.”

Senator Mike Lee begins his tea party response to the President’s State of the Union address here by pointing out that the Boston Tea Party would have been little more than a footnote in history about individuals unhappy with an abusive national government–protesting the kind of government they didn’t want–had they simply stopped there. It took 14 years to get from Boston to Philadephia where, with the Constitution, they established the kind of government they did want. That is, “The founders made a point in Boston Harbor, but they made history in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall.”

Following are some of my favorite of his comments:

In America, the test of any political movement is not what it’s against, but what it’s for.

The Republican establishment in Washington can be just as out-of-touch as the Democratic establishment.

The President and his allies insist the real problem is inequality itself. But where does this new inequality come from? From government, every time it takes rights and opportunities away from the American people and gives them instead to politicians, bureaucrats and special interests.

Obamacare all by itself is an inequality Godzilla that has robbed working families of their insurance, their doctors, their wages, and their jobs.

Six of the wealthiest counties in the U.S. are suburbs of Washington D.C. (A reference to the self-interest and cronyism of the ruling class without actually saying it is.)

The President has promised an economy for the middle class, but all he’s delivered is an economy for the middle men.

My own party has been part of the problem, too often joining the Democrats to rig an economy to benefit the well-connected at the expense of the disconnected.

Others are working on proposals…so that business profits are won from customers, not through political connections. After all, if we’re going to reform welfare, we really should start with corporate welfare.

When it comes to health care, we know the best way to repeal Obamacare is to deliver better solutions. We can’t just return to the old system. Health care policy used to give too much power to insurance companies. Obamacare now gives far too much power to government. We know that real reform will put health care dollars and decisions where they belong, in the hands of patients, families and their doctors and nurses.

All of these proposals within the new Conservative Reform Agenda, along with many more to come, mark the road to Philadelphia. These principles and policies will work and will put Americans back to work, not by just cutting big government, but by fixing broken government, [and my favorite part of this segment…] not by just making government smaller, but by promoting bigger citizens, stronger families, and more heroic communities. [Standing ovation…from me, anyway.]

I’m confident that our best days as a nation are ahead of us, not because of government, but because within America’s diverse society of individuals, and families, and neighborhoods, and churches and businesses and communities, freedom doesn’t mean you’re on your own. Freedom means we’re all in this together.

There is much more. Sen. Lee outlines specific, proposed, common-sense legislation that will bring about relief for taxpayers and reinforce our freedoms, while helping those who need it. Thank you, Sen. Lee. You’ve given me hope that there are a few in Washington who believe it really is about “We the People.”

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