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‘Leave Us Alone Coalition’ offers conservative views in Beaver Creek

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” Grover Norquist is one of the most influential conservative Republicans in Washington.

President and founder of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a coalition of taxpayer groups, individuals and businesses opposed to higher taxes at the federal, state and local levels, Norquist also sits on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association of America and the American Conservative Union.

Norquist has been called “the Grand Central Station” of the conservative movement by The Wall Street Journal, and the “managing director of the hard-core right” by the Nation magazine. He will speak at the Beaver Creek Club on Sunday as part of the Vail Symposium’s Hot Topic Series.

Norquist’s weekly “Wednesday Meeting” at his L Street office has become a must for conservative strategists, drawing more than 120 elected officials, political activists and movement leaders. Moreover, his leadership has also stimulated Democrats, who now have their own tactical meetings on Wednesdays.

In his presentation, Norquist will analyze the political landscape of American politics, dividing it into two diametrically opposed coalitions. Norquist champions the “Leave Us Alone Coalition,” a group that wants the freedom to own a gun, home-school their children, pray, invest their money and control their own destiny, while he describes the opposing “Takings Coalition” as America’s tax-and-spend left.

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Norquist proposes that these two coalitions more aptly describe the divide at the core of American politics than the narratives of “Democrat” or “Republican.” Furthermore, Norquist believes that these two coalitions will continue to rival and shape American domestic policy for the next several generations. He will articulate the strengths and weaknesses of each coalition, thus providing a deeper understanding of American politics.

Norquist’s new book, “Leave Us Alone ” Getting the Government’s Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives,” illustrates his strategic view of how the conservative movement can, and will, grow in power and size during the next 25 years in the face of the opposing coalition. The book will be available for sale at the talk from The Bookworm of Edwards.

In the words of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist is “the person who I regard as the most innovative, creative, courageous and entrepreneurial leader of the anti-tax efforts and of conservative grassroots activism in America.”

Norquist will speak at the Beaver Creek Club on Sunday. Check-in and cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m., and the talk will start promptly at 6 p.m. Admission is $25, or $20 for Vail Symposium Contributors. A special rate of $15 is available for students, teachers, and young professionals. Reservations are recommended. Call 970-476-0954 or visit http://www.vailsymposium.org for reservations or more information.

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