The RNLA's 2011 National Policy Conference Celebrating Ronald Reagan's 100th Birthday and Legacy of American Leadership was a rousing success. Please go to our Facebook page for pictures from the Conference and related receptions but below are some highlights from media reports. The 2011 Ed Meese Award winner Rudy Giuliani listed one of the many reasons the RNLA chose to salute President Reagan this year:
Rudy Giuliani called for a return to American exceptionalism Friday, telling a group of GOP lawyers gathered in the nation’s capital that Ronald Reagan fundamentally changed how Americans felt about themselves.
Before Reagan was elected, Giuliani said, much had been written about America’s decline and how it was a country of “limited possibilities” that had run its course.
“Sounds familiar, right? There are people who believe that today in America. In fact, some of them are running America,” Giuliani said in a speech to the Republican National Lawyers Association, where he appeared to received the group’s highest honor, the Ed Meese Award.
“The idea that we’re either no better than anyone else, we’re just another country with our set of problems or our set of assets, or maybe we’re not even as good as others. Ronald Reagan found that to be totally wrong, not a correct view of this country and he changed in a very short period of times how we felt about ourselves.”
America's Mayor also made news when he said:
Asked whether he had decided to launch a 2012 White House bid, he said “not yet,” but that it’s a possibility.
“I will sure think about it. … It’s too early and I want to see how it all develops,” he answered. “My major goal is to elect a Republican in 2012. If it turns out that I’m the best one to do that, I can probably be talked into doing it or convince myself to do it,” he said.
“If I thought somebody else had a better chance of doing it, I would be a very enthusiastic supporter of somebody else,” he added.
That is a good example of Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment. For all Republicans would agree that President Obama is doing a terrible job, especially on the economy. But as Ambassador Bolton pointed out, President Obama is even screwing up national triumphs.
Bolton said Obama’s public relations shambles surrounding the bin Laden information release has tarnished the good news and has possibly jeopardized future national security opportunities. “He’s taken what is a great national triumph and it’s being frittered away in the way it’s been handled very unprofessionally,” Bolton said. “I particularly object to leaking out aspects of what we may have learned in terms of information that was in the compound. I think you need much greater discipline to exploit the potential intelligence that we had and certainly you don’t alert other potential targets that, number one, we gathered a treasure trove of intelligence, and I wouldn’t have even started there.”
While the news media focused on Bolton and Giuliani, there was much more to the conference. Starting with our salute to recently passed longtime RNLA Co-Chair Mrs. Murphy. The first speaker at the conference was Senator Orrin Hatch was a close friend of Mrs. Murphy's. Senator Hatch spent part of his time describing the unprecedented power grab of the Obama NLRB.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican, expressed confidence that Republicans will win the fight against the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) power grab in South Carolina. “We’re going to win that one,” Hatch told The Daily Caller, referring to the NLRB’s recent charge against The Boeing Company for plans to open a non-union factory in the southern state.
In remarks to the Republican National Lawyers Association at the National Press Club on Friday, Hatch compared what the NLRB is doing to judicial activism.
. . . “The NLRB, at the behest of Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon, has taken unprecedented legal action against The Boeing Company to prevent it from expanding productions into South Carolina, a state that assures workers the freedom not to join a union as a condition of employment,” the letter reads. “We consider this an attack on millions of workers in 22 right-to-work states, as well as a government-led act of intimidation against American companies that should have the freedom to choose to build plants in right-to-work states.”
. . .Becker and Solomon were both recess-appointed to the NLRB and, in Becker’s case, all 41 Republican senators wrote Obama to urge him not to make Becker’s recess appointment after the Senate rejected his nomination the first time around. Solomon has not yet appeared before the Senate for confirmation.
After Senator Hatch, RNLA Conference Chair JC Boggs led an enlightening and intimate discussion with President Reagan's White House Counsels, A.B. Culvahouse and Fred Fielding. This was followed by the reading of a letter from James A. Baker by RNLA Board of Governors Member Dick Wiley which said in part:
I want to sum up as best I can the most important thing that I think Ronald Reagan gave our country: his own unique brand of leadership. Through dynamic policy, sound wisdom, and inspirational words, he launched the Reagan Revolution and showed us how to be the very best Americans we could be -- citizens defined by optimism, determination and self-reliance.
Next came the Reagan Legal Legacy all-star panel led by RNLA Board of Governors Member Chuck Cooper and featuring John Bolton and George Terwilliger. This was followed by a politician of today that continues the Reagan legacy of defined leadership, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
At lunch, we took a break from the law to hear Del Wilber, the author of Rawhide Down, a fascinating page-turner of a book detailing the critical minutes after the assassination attempt on President Reagan's life. Mr. Wilber stayed to autograph his book and it seemed every conference participant bought one.
We next turned to our outstanding breakout sessions on Tax, Trade, Financial Services and Labor. These outstanding panels not only entertaining but they informed on substantive areas of the law.
The conference closed with the presentation of the RNLA Ed Meese Award to Mayor Giuliani and, last but certainly not least, a speech by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. Chairman Priebus speech included this thank you to RNLA members:
I know how dedicated this group is to the voter integrity. I can tell you as Chairman of the Party, you've always done a great job of sending us the best and brightest in to our state, assisting efforts in Wisconsin, making sure that we can do everything we possibly can do to help run elections fairly and as accurately as possible.
Thank you to all who attended and especially our sponsors for helping make this Conference possible. If you attended, please feel to reply with your thoughts on what the highlights of the conference were.