Our annual Patriot Voices Day was a huge success with an in-person audience on Capitol Hill as well as those attending digitally via Zoom. While it was officially off-the-record, we always knew bloggers would probably be listening but wanted to create a space where we could have a conversation about important issues.
We had a great line-up of speakers! Congressman Andy Biggs from Arizona spoke about the lockdowns and war powers. Congressman Mike Johnson from Louisiana spoke about the opportunities ahead for us as conservatives. Congressman Byron Donalds from Florida gave a powerful speech about critical race theory. We also heard from other members who spoke about the crisis at the southern border.
With all the challenges our nation is currently facing, our voices are needed now, more than ever. We are the voice for the unborn babies, for the victims of religious persecution, and for working families.
I made the important case that the U.S. Senate was created to slow down legislation in order to build consensus. Yes, that is a good thing! It gives “the people” the time to read legislation, understand the consequences, and come together to make wise decisions about what is really the best way forward for our country. The filibuster is important because it gives us that important space and requires broad support to invest power to or divest power from the federal government.
We also are proud to have mentioned several Democratic Senators because we still believe that we should work together from time-to-time. Our country is worth the bipartisan effort. In fact, it may be the only way forward for our country past the ugly dialogue we are seeing on social media.
Thank you to those that attended and support Patriot Voices' important work! Let’s continue to work towards policies that support families, life, and freedom!
America lost a great patriot, Foster Friess, on May 27, 2021. He was one of Patriot Voices' first supporters who shared our mission to support working families and approach political disagreements in a civil way. In the past, we had supported some of his projects with Foster's Outriders, including his "coffee challenge" encouraging us to invite someone with whom we disagreed to have coffee. One of his favorite projects was to surprise struggling families that had a child or family member with a disability with a vacation, often to Disney World. His generosity and kindness brought a real joy to those around him, and certainly made the world a better place. Senator Rick Santorum had the opportunity to give the eulogy at his funeral that you can watch here. Rest in peace, dear friend, we are glad to have the hope we will be together again.
"This is totally consistent with our world view"
Read this interview by Focus on the Family with Patriot Voices President Nadine Maenza and author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.
We were right to be confident in him as we doubted Trump.
Wall Street Journal op-ed by Rick Santorum
Twenty sixteen seems like a lifetime ago, but it’s been fewer than five years since conservatives like me were struggling to accept Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president. Mr. Trump was a thrice-married New York casino magnate, who had given thousands of dollars to liberal politicians including Chuck Schumer and Kamala Harris. Now he was poised to lead the Party of Reagan?
I had my own personal confrontations with Mr. Trump. In 2011 he called me a “loser.” I immediately phoned to remind the not-always successful developer that not winning at everything doesn’t make you a loser—that learning from your defeats makes you a winner. He told me I was “too conservative” and “too pro-life.” A few months later he endorsed Mitt Romney.
So when he was about to secure the 2016 nomination, conservatives like me needed reassurance that he would follow through on the campaign promises he was making. Much of that reassurance came in the form of Mike Pence.