CASPER, Wyo. — After President Barack Obama’s re-election to the White House last year, many Americans wanted to give up on politics, said Liz Cheney, a Jackson resident, the daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney and a Fox News analyst. But now is not the time to give up, she said.
“I’m here to tell you that is the recipe for disaster,” Cheney said Thursday at Casper’s Parkway Plaza Hotel and Convention Centre. “You know, I’ve learned over the years some rules of negotiation. And one of them is there is no successful strategy that involves pre-emptively capitulating. Doesn’t exist.”
Cheney was the keynote speaker for a luncheon of about 45 people assembled for a Wyoming Retail Association meeting.
In political circles, there is talk that Cheney is gearing up for a run for the U.S. Senate, intending to represent the Cowboy State. Last year, someone established a Twitter account named DraftLiz2012, which was described as a grass-roots effort to push her to run for some public office.
Cheney described Obama as “the most radical man to ever sit in the Oval Office” and said there was no room for compromise.
“You know, we all believe in compromise for the good of the nation, but when you’ve got a man with as radical of an agenda as this president in the Oval Office, compromise is not possible,” she said. “And we can’t go along to get along. I believe we need leaders who will say, ‘In this instance, stopping the president’s radical agenda is not obstructionism, it’s patriotism.’ It is our duty. I think we need to be really clear as Americans about what we stand for.”
Cheney said she believes Americans stand for limited government, low taxes and strong national defense. She believes the free-enterprise system raises more people out of poverty than other economic systems and that the president has launched a war against the Second Amendment, religious freedom and fossil fuels.
America is fundamentally a conservative country, Cheney said.
“If you look back throughout history, there have been turning points in the lives of nations,” she said, such as the elections of Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.
“I would say to you I think we stand at one of those moments,” she said. “And the question for every one of us who cares so deeply about this nation and this country is what are we going to do about it?”