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Conservatism brings the American Dream to the Poor and Middle Class

Last week Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) gave a speech at the Sutherland Institute’s Center for Utah’s Economy dinner. In his remarks he explained how the poor and middle class can best be helped by applying conservative principles and policies.


On Facebook, Senator Lee wrote a short supplement to his speech.

In 1861, Abraham Lincoln told Congress that the “leading object” of American government was:

“to elevate the condition of men – to lift artificial weights from all shoulders, to clear the paths of laudable pursuit for all, to afford all an unfettered start and a fair chance, in the race of life.”

In a single sentence, Lincoln explains precisely what poverty is, and what government ought to do about it.

As Lincoln knew first hand, true poverty was, for most people, not an absence of money, but an absence of opportunity – a lack of access to those social and economic networks where human opportunities are created.

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He's also the managing editor at, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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