TOWN HALL: Conservatives converge on Springs (poll)

WAYNE LAUGESEN Updated: April 24, 2012 at 12:00 am • Published: April 24, 2012

Conservatives and libertarians, welcome to Colorado Springs. This is your home away from home. The local culture is overwhelmingly pro-military, pro-gun, pro-religion, pro-family, pro-business and pro-life. We elected the most conservative mayor in the country. City and state laws prevent unrestrained government spending and force politicians to ask taxpayers for new taxes. Yes, it is nirvana.

Already a conservative mecca, our city hosts some of the brightest freedom advocates from around the globe this week.

• “The Atlas Experience 2012” at The Broadmoor, arguably the world’s finest resort, plans to make “Galt’s Gulch” a reality for at least a few days. For those unfamiliar with Ayn Rand’s fictional “Atlas Shrugged,” Galt’s Gulch was the secluded Colorado village in which John Galt, Midas Mulligan and other “men of the mind” went on strike against “unearned rewards and unrewarded duty.”

The event, sponsored by the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, runs through Thursday and features an impressive list of more than 25 free-market speakers. Gabriel Calzada Alvarez, founding president of the Madrid-based classical-liberal think tank Instituto Juan de Mariana, will give the keynote speech tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Former Springs Councilman Sean Paige, deputy director of Americans for Prosperity-Colorado, will contribute to a panel discussion titled “After the Welfare State.” Another intriguing discussion, titled “R.C. Hoiles Legacy,” will honor the late, great founder of Freedom Communications — The Gazette’s parent company. Hoiles was a heroic and uncompromising defender of freedom who used his media empire as a defender of the individual. Hoiles played a disproportionate role in preserving what remains of liberty, and The Gazette’s editorial board strives to defend his legacy.

• Alongside The Atlas Experience, the Washington-based Heritage Foundation will host its 2012 Resource Bank at The Broadmoor. It will feature another impressive lineup of conservative speakers, including former Attorney General Edwin Meese III, and Mark Stevens — a self-made businessman who became a target of written and verbal abuse for advertising on Rush Limbaugh’s show. Two days of seminars will include a strategy session, featuring Paige, titled “The Innovative City: The Colorado Springs Model.” The session will focus on the path of fiscal responsibility that helped the Springs survive prolonged recession.

• Alongside those gatherings will be another: The 2012 State Policy Network’s Networking Breakfast. The State Policy Network is composed of at least one free-market think tank from each state. Topics of discussion will include Medicaid reform, school choice, and pension reform.

• If that’s not enough to gag leftists and transform the Springs into Galt’s Gulch, never fear. There’s more. Americans for Prosperity-Colorado will host its annual meeting of state directors and grassroots coordinators at The Broadmoor.

Colorado Springs stands for freedom, perhaps more than any other American city. So it makes good sense that a collective meeting of men and women “of the mind” would gravitate to America the Beautiful City and the country’s finest resort.

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