On February 6, 1977, a former-governor of California told a packed hotel ballroom in Washington, DC, “The New Republican Party I envision will not be, and cannot, be one limited to the country club-big business image that, for reasons both fair and unfair, it is burdened with today.”
“The New Republican Party I am speaking about is going to have room for the man and the woman in the factories, for the farmer, for the cop on the beat and the millions of Americans who may never have thought of joining our party before, but whose interests coincide with those represented by principled Republicanism.”
More than three years later, that former-governor, Ronald Reagan, was elected as the 40th President of the United States, ushering a decade of conservative dominance in Washington.
Yesterday, at The Heritage Foundation, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) quoted from that very same Reagan speech, reminding his party, “If we truly believe in our principles, we should sit down and talk. Talk with anyone, anywhere, at any time if it means talking about the principles for the Republican Party. Conservatism is not a narrow ideology, nor is it the exclusive property of conservative activists.”