Texas Governor Rick Perry kicked off the second day of CPAC with a speech that prompted loud applause and cheers.
“I’m reminded this morning of words that speak to the American soul,” Perry said in the early part of his speech. “Words spoken by Thomas Jefferson, who said, ‘a little rebellion now and then is a good thing’.” And after making mention of record debt, a stagnant economic recovery and America’s weakened place in the world, Perry said, “So I have a simple solution. It’s time for a little rebellion on the battlefield of ideas.”
It was the last couple of minutes of Perry’s speech that drew the most reaction from the crowd, as he began the conclusion with this:
“It is time for Washington to focus on the few things the constitution establishes as the federal government’s role: defend our country, provide a cogent foreign policy, and what the heck, deliver the mail – preferably on time and on Saturdays.”
“Get out of the health care business, get out of the education business. Stop hammering industry. Let the sleeping giant of American enterprise create prosperity again. My fellow conservatives, the future of this nation is upon you, it belongs to you. You have the power to change America.”
Watch the full speech below: