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Thank you, Rich. It is an honor to be introduced by such a good friend, a man who not only is my favorite education reformer, but brings incredible energy and good humor to such a difficult quest.
It is an honor too to be with so many freedom fighters. From my years on the board of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, I have seen how a state think tank can do so much for the cause of liberty. My thanks to all of you, for all that you do.
As I was preparing this talk, I was wondering what it might feel like to be on the front lines, defending freedom, in times like this.
Do you feel as I do?
Are you still wondering how a President from Texas, a self-proclaimed “compassionate conservative,” could have understood so little about freedom and free markets?
Are you angry with men like Mark Sanford, who with so much promise and so much to give, let personal appetites destroy their ability to serve?
Are you holding the Republican Party banner at arm’s length, like a soiled piece of cloth, wondering if we can ever wash off the stench from politicians who promised one thing to get elected, but spent money like drunken sailors once they were in office?
Does your heart, like mine, cry out for a Buckley or a Reagan or a Thatcher?
I am nothing more than an entrepreneur, a teacher and a father of three. But I have had the honor of teaching with some of the finest entrepreneurs in this country. And I have sat at Bill Buckley’s feet, and watched Margaret Thatcher from up close and studied Ronald Reagan from afar.
If you feel as I do today, please listen closely to what I say next, for it embodies all that I have learned as an entrepreneur and a teacher:
Do not give up hope. For we freedom fighters have three simple truths, ancient truths, entrepreneurial truths, that are the secret to the American dream. Embrace them, master them, and you not only change the world – but you will change yourself as well.
Let me say that again:
Do not give up hope. For we freedom fighters have three simple truths, that are the secret to the American dream. Embrace them and you not only change the world – but you change yourself as well.
I came here today because I believe that some of you in this room will change the world. Not in a small way, but in a profound one. Because I have witnessed how the courage of ordinary people, armed with these three truths, can change the world.
Can the truths change your life as well? Stay with me for these next few minutes and I promise you’ll have your answer. …(Read the rest of the speech here)