Senator Mike Lee gave a spirited defense today of conservativism, arguing that it relied on community and was not, as President Barack Obama has frequently argued, an individualistic, non-communitarian political vision.
“The reason we fight for individual freedom is the strength, vitality, and value of the communities free individuals form,” Lee said at the Value Voters Summit.
“Conservatism,” Lee stated, “has never been a vision of isolated loners.”
Unlike liberals, conservatives understand “that in America, freedom doesn’t mean ‘you’re on your own.’ Freedom means ‘we’re all in this together,’” he said. “The value we place on community is based on the value we place on the first and most important human community of them all: the family.”
He also took aim at the Left’s rhetoric on inequality.
“From Wall Street to K Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, we find special interests increasingly exempted and insulated — by law — from the rigors of competition and the consequences of their own mistakes,” Lee said. “All of this points to what really is an inequality crisis in America today — a crisis not of unequal wealth or income, but unequal opportunity.”
Read his full speech here.