We must get out there and push our message, seemed to be the overall message at the Friday morning session. That goes along with the official theme of this Conservative Leadership Conference, “Unleashing Freedom”.
Donald Bryson, NC Director of the Americans for Prosperity (AFP), said his group is the largest grassroots organization in the nation. In North Carolina, they have over 192,0oo activists, he said and they know how to push the message.
Bryson said AFP doesn’t “do drugs or guns” but they support economic freedom. One such issue is Educational Freedom, and this was repeated by many speakers throughout the day.
Bryson told his audience,
in 2013 we brought in a new Governor, a new Lt. Governor, and continued with our conservative state legislature. Thanks to them and to the AFP activists, we now have the state’s first voucher program. That means more educational freedom for children and more choices for parents.”
Bryson did not mince words when he said that they his group will “hit an elected official over the head”, proverbially speaking, when they make a poor decision.
He added that the “middle way is no way.”
Those who waffle about in the middle, Republicans included, are not popular with AFP The non-partisan group is thrilled educational partnership that teaches the issues so people can speak to their elected officials.
By appearing at town halls, and writing letters, grassroots can stop bad legislation or encourage their elected officials to support AFP causes.
He closed by urging the audience to work to stop the “Certificate of Need” in North Carolina.
Raleigh, for example, has used it as a way around voting for an unpopular bond issue to build or purchase something the citizens do not want. That way they can use a law that was meant to purchase emergency equipment, like fire engines, to get their liberal agenda accomplished..