The American Spectator held its annual Robert L. Bartley dinner last night at the Capitol Hilton in Washington, DC. The dinner included speeches from the Spectator’s President Alfred S. Regnery, it’s Editor-in-Chief R. Emmet Tyrell, and Republican Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana.
Pence rallied the crowd with a thoughtful address about the need to preserve the ideals of the American Revolution.:
“According to our second President, the real American Revolution was a revolution of self reliance and independence, casting off dependency on the crown, in the hearts and minds of the American people. It was a rejection of the spirit of dependence in favor of a society of free and independent people.
“As Thomas Sowell wrote, ‘What the American Revolution did was give the common man a voice, a veto, elbow room, and a refuge from the rampaging presumptions of his “betters.”’ And, I submit, it is that revolution of independence and self reliance that liberal elites are seeking to overturn. Barney Frank recently said, ‘We are trying on every front to increase the role of government.’ Not just the size but the role.”
The Indiana congressman also criticized President Obama for ignoring the country’s economic troubles while visiting China this week.:
“And where was President Obama this week? In China visiting our money and being lectured on monetary policy by communist dictators. But seriously, the image is striking: a President of the United States, flying on one more foreign junket, to one more glamorous capitol, as our nation continues to struggle in the city and on the farm and unemployment rises to record levels.
To get this administration to focus on creating jobs, maybe the president should spend less time at the Great Wall of China and more time at Wal-Mart!”
The conservative magazine also presented various awards to several recipients. The Wall Street Journal’s Dan Henninger received the 2009 Barbara Olson Award, while conservative ACORN busting activists Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe were honored with the Spectator’s Young Journalist Award, before they were whisked away by Andrew Breitbart for an appearance on Fox. The evening was capped off with dancing to Swing era music and libations.