While addressing the American Legislative Exchange Council in Indianapolis, Indiana on Wednesday, former Texas Governor Rick Perry said that the reason recent months have been such a hectic time for the conservative movement is because “fewer Americans remember how well liberty can serve them and their families.”
“When Ronald Reagan left office in 1989, America knew—and the world knew—the value of individual liberty and limited government,” Gov. Perry told the crowd.
He continued, “Whether you lived in East Berlin, Germany or East Bernard, Texas—whether you were a multi-generation Texan or an immigrant from Vietnam—you knew that conservative principles would make your life better, and those of the people around you.”
Gov. Perry pointed out that a large portion of millennials were not alive when President Reagan was in office, and don’t remember a time when liberty and economic prosperity thrived in America. He was optimistic about the future of the Conservative Movement, saying, “It’s up to us to leave our country better off than we found it.”
“America has never been perfect—no country composed of imperfect beings ever could be,” Perry noted. “But there is no country that has achieved more than the United States of America. With new leadership and durable reforms, America can be freer and stronger than it has ever been.”