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I was particularly impressed with Rep. Thaddeus McCotter.  McCotter represents the 11th district of Michigan and I had never heard of him or heard him speak before.  He spoke softly but powerfully about the intellectual and ideological basis for conservatism.  His sense of duty has a Calvinistic ring to it.  Congressman McCotter is determined to do right no matter what.  Try to catch him on the third day of SRLC on C-Span.  He is the chair of the House Republican Policy Committee.  He travels every week to DC for sessions.

McCotter is at about 3:45.  He began with a sentiment I agree with:  Sharing in the prayers and mourning of the Polish people in the loss of their president and many leaders. 

Several McCotter highlights:

“I am just a simple country lawyer from Detroit.”

They sometimes ask in the grocery store:  “Are you him?  [pause]  That depends on if you like him or not.”

McCotter asks:  Can a nation based on self-evident truths survive “the cancerous growth of moral relativism”?  Could Calvin has said it better?  Nor would Francis Schaeffer.  His answer is no:

“Our truths are self-evident not relative.”

McCotter also said that, “Liberty is from God not the government.”  I told you he sounded like a Calvinist!

“Our prosperity is from the private sector not the public sector.”  AMEN!

McCotter said there were two fundamental differences between President Obama and the GOPers at the Blair House Health Care Summit.  Here’s his second (and most important):

“No administration…has the right to defy the American people’s judgment on their own health care.”

Finally this brilliantly cadenced coda:

“They measure progress by the expansion of big government and bureaucracy and we measure progress by the expansion of self-government and liberty.”  Wow. 

Calvin Coolidge said the business of America is business.  McCotter says much the same thing.  His ending is too long for me to dictate from this video.  It’s powerful.  Listen to it.

If a speechwriter wrote this short address, he deserved a bonus if not a raise.  If Thaddeus McCotter wrote it, he is one of our most eloquent leaders today.  He uses cadence and language as a chessmaster would develop his pieces.  One my one he biuilds power until you are beaten.  I am keeping an eye on this representative for the future.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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