Tuesday, August 7, 2012


The Sixth Annual Americans for Prosperity Summit was a great success and experience!  An impressive line-up of speakers and expert breakout sessions were the heart of the Defending the American Dream Summit in Washington, D.C., on August 3-4.

Americans for Prosperity kicked off the summit with a "Hands Off My Health Care" rally on Capitol Hill.  A large gathering of 2,000 activists filled Upper Senate Park on Friday.  Rally speakers included Congressman Paul Ryan, Congressman Jim Jordan, and AFP's President Tim Phillips.  The tenor of the speeches was to remain vigilant to repeal the health care act through the election and beyond.  AFP President Tim Phillips remarked how his organization was committed to repealing the act and providing support to grassroots activists.

Most impressive were the speakers including Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Mark Levin and Michelle Malkin.  

Governor Walker's presentation was one of the best speeches I've heard in many years.  No wonder the man won more votes in the Wisconsin recall election than the general election.  He had a powerful conservative message that connected and held the attention of more than 2,000 attendees during the AFP Ronald Reagan tribute dinner.  His message of economic prosperity and what can be achieved when restoring fiscal sanity rang true with the AFP activists.  

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell continued with a message of the need to actively support free market ideals in government.  Literally talking of how to get government regulation out of the way of businesses so they can grow their businesses and increase employment.  McDonnell touted his ability to curb spending in Virginia and now report robust surpluses.  Virginia now is considered the best pro-business state and has reduced unemployment below 6% (National average is 8+%).

Radio host Mark Levin and author/blogger Michelle Malkin revved up the summit crowd during their speeches.  Levin is a rarity in delivering public speeches, so this was a real drawing card for AFP.  He focused his remarks on how Obama's actions have diminished Constitutional rights and liberties.  He spoke about the importance of this year's election and having all conservatives active now till election day and continuing to more gains in the U.S. Senate in 2014.  Michelle Malkin poked Obama for his "Roanoke incident" statements that 'You didn't build that.'  She pointed to the AFP Summit sign above her titled "Defending the American Dream".  She said, "Obama you did not build the American Dream."  She also spoke about the need for the Romney campaign to become more bold in their efforts to push back against the record of Obama.

Additional speakers included Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Tucker Carlson, and Media Research Center's Brent Bozzell.

There were over 20 break out sessions for individuals to learn about everything from starting a political blog to tax policy to screenings of upcoming expose' of Barack Obama and the left.  Exclusive screenings included 2016: Obama's America and Atlas Shrugged II.

I highly recommend you consider attending next year's Defending the Dream Summit.  A great experience with top flight speakers and extraordinary educational sessions.


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