tv Nikki Haley Speaks About the Future of the Republican Party CSPAN October 15, 2021 12:18am-12:58am EDT
former governor and un ambassador nikki haley talks about the future of the republican party at an event hosted by the ronald reagan presidential foundation and institute in a semi valley california. nikki served at the un under the trump administration for nearly two years before stepping down at the end of 2018. she was elected twice as south
good evening, everyone. welcome to all of you this evening. thank you for coming. in honor of our men and women in uniform who protect and defend our freedoms around the world please stand and join me for the pledge of allegiance. [applause] i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands onend nation under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. please be seated. [applause]
before we get started, i'd like to recognize a few special guests we have in the audience with us this evening. [applause] our second a special guest with us tonight is a member of the board of trustees. for those of you that have had the chance to work with him, you know he is no stranger to civic duty. jerry has been called into public service by five united states presidents. he served as the assistant secretary under president nixon and ford at treasury, member of president reagan's counsel on productivity, a member of president george hw bush export council and as a member of
president george w. bush's commission tous strengthen socil security. closer to home he served on the reagan foundations board of trustees for 26 years and was personally responsible for some remarkable achievementsac during that time. as the chairman of the investment committee he's overseeing our endowment fund one that's nearly quadrupled. when he's not busy securing the foundation, his other job involves serving as the chair man of an investment firm based here in los angeles.
he is kindly agreed to act as the host this evening and has the honor of introducing our featured speaker. ladies and gentlemen, mr. jerry. [applause] good evening. i want to thank john for those kind words and on behalf of my fellow trustees, thank you all for being here. it's an honor to welcome you to the latest installment of the reagan foundations speaker series, a time for choosing. as most of us know, is a phrase made famous byt the pivotal 1964 speech as has been said at the start of each of these events, that speech referred to as the speech, set in motion a chain of events that would launch a political career, define a conservative movement and reshape a party. today the party once led by rronald reagan is facing its on
time for choosing. what are its core philosophies if any? what should the party stand for? what domestic policy and foreign policy positions are absolutely essential? in may, june, july and september, guests at the library heard from speaker paul ryan, vice president mike pence, secretary mike pompeo and governor chris christie. they offered their own views and their own perspectives in answer to these questions critically important to the republican party's future. tonight's speaker will provide her vision. nikki haley is no stranger to facing her own times for choosing. whether to challenge an incumbent in her own party, to
launch a political career, how to leave through tragedy and bring down a flag in order to lift up a state. how to confront enemies of freedom on the world stage with trademark grit and grace and when to step down from a diplomatic post where the ambassador led so capably and when to take issue as a matter of principle with anyone. with that experience it's only natural so many are looking to ambassador nikki haley for direction. after all it's a rare political figure that can win widespread praise for experience in both domestic policy and foreign relations. so we are honored to have her here with us tonight. i daresay the speaker series would be incomplete without her.
of course while we all hope tonight's speech w may give us some insight into the ambassador's next steps -- [applause] [cheering] [applause] it's really all about the direction of the party. as has been said before, this is not a forum for slogans or personal attacks. it's a place for serious and thoughtful discussion. it's also not a time or place to remake the past. president reagan believed in the future and upholding his legacy means always looking to tomorrow, not longing for yesterday. as he said in the speech, quote, you and i are told increasingly
we have to choose between left or right. i would suggest, he said there there'sno such thing as left or. there's only up or down. so what will the republican party look like tomorrow? next year? were next decade in order to go up? please welcome ambassador nikki haley. [applause] [applause] thank you for your very, very kind words and thank you all for being here. it is a privilege to be back at the reagan library.
this is truly an incredible place and most fitting tribute for our 40th president. ronald reagan's life and leadership provides so many important lessons for the country. i wish every american could visit this library and learn from it especially right now in this extremely challenging time. it's become fashionable in some circles even in some conservative ones to dismiss the relevance of ronald reagan. they say we must move beyond reagan. times have changed, they said, and it'ss only right to change with them. of course it's true that every era has its unique challenges. no period in history provides an exact map for today. but dismissing the lessons of ronald reagan makes no more sense than dismissing the lessons of lincoln or washington. we must not reject the profound wisdom of our past because it
would be a sure way to destroy our future. and it turns out there's a great deal of similarities between reagan and ours. history isn't exactly repeating but it is rhyming. think about it. growing inflation, runaway federal spending and debt. rampant crime in our cities. radical leftists running our universities. radical islamists holding americans hostage. and the evil communist empire aggressively spreading its influence in the world. am i talking about 1980 or am i talking about today? the answer is both. many of the biggest challenges of our time look and awful lot like the ones reagan faced.
the world gather and exchange pleasantries. [laughter] ms. haley: socializing is encouraged and confrontation is discouraged. on the surface, everyone plays nice. but just underneath the surface it is very different story. a very ugly story. at the united nations and in the world at large, the unfree countries outnumber the free countries. they do truly evil things and
get away with it. when it is time to vote and condemn them, a majority of the world usually takes their side. it sickens me to think about what those countries do. and how many times the united nations refused to hold them accountable. in syria, a brutal murder with chemical weapons against women and children. in north korea, a tyrant expands his nuclear arsenal while starting his very own people. in iran, theocratic lunatics are building their own nuclear arsenal and growing terrorists -- pink rolling terrorists. in venezuela, a socialist tater crushes freedom and tortures protesters. and in china, the communist party is guilty of genocide. genocide that is happening right
now at this very hour. yet as we saw when he spoke to the united nations, joe biden can't even call out china by name. make no mistake, our enemies are not just people with a different view about how best to govern. they are barbaric. they want to roll back history to a very dark time. they have spent many years of their strength. and >> >> never great to be angry
course not know number of troops could've done that nationbuilding never should've been our mission. but we did we did have enough to stop the taliban from taking over and renewing a safe haven for terrorist and that was vital for american security. and then biden pulled everything out with no conditions. the worst fears were realized within days everyone saw it coming except the president who promised why come from that is a fireable offense. now the taliban is back in power. the flag is flying over our embassy. weston they give al qaeda free reign to plot attacks on america. this time will be no different. so you can that they are
hatching plans to attack us. so to think otherwise is naïve and dangerous america is in greater danger today than we were just three months ago. joe biden things retreat as a sign of strength. he doesn't even realize that his option that america is to week to stand up for itself. the consequences of the failure is echoing across the world. now they are not one bit to radical islamic regimes in the world afghanistan and iran they are different in some ways but they are united in their hatred for america. and because of this administration's policies with strength and determination you can bet they will push advantages because joe biden has proven he will fold.
russia is happy. vladimir putin is thinking about how he can swallow more of ukraine and the southern neighbors and with the fullest concession the media relentlessly falsely calls donald russian stooge and an eight months in office joe biden has done more to improve russia's economic and strategic and trump ever did it is disgraceful and then the worst threat of all, communist china so the biggest opening it has ever had. japan, south korea, india, australia all starting to wonder if they stand alone. they to are wondering if the american era is over.
it matters if our enemies think america will not protect our friends and allies and even more if they think we will protect ourselves and our way of life. that is exactly china russia and the islamic terrorists believe so the bad guys think the good guys lost the will to win. our enemies have always hope this day would come. they know from history that when america retreats, freedom falters. but i also know that when america steps up our enemies to back the barbarians fear nothing more of a confident and strong united states of the courage of their
conviction as to stop the national self-loathing and regain our convictions. [applause] protecting our freedom starts at home. in particular it starts with an uncomfortable reality. i recently came upon an observation of an imminent historian bernard lewis. the roman empire in the medieval islamic empire they were conquered by less civilized peoples and in both cases what make the conquest possible is that things are going wrong within society so that it was no longer able to offer effective o resistance.
is he talking about rome or america? had things gotten so badly wrong in society that we are unable to resist the forces of evil? for many americans, the answer would be yes even my hatred of america it is a pandemic much more damaging than any virus people think living in the land of the free is a curse, not a blessing. you hear it on the news. you read on social media you see it on our streets. the freest most prosperous country is not better than any
other. if that's the case how many summary haitians are under the bridge in texas last month? [applause] it income here because america was evill that because america is free. my parents always reminded me and my siblings i even on her worst day we are blessed to live in america. [applause] this also existed in reagan's time jimmy carter spoke of a national malaise and those of the corporate board rooms and the back rooms of government?
they own the commanding heights of culture and politics and then to turn americans against each other and against our own country. this problem runs deeper than being woke. it is bigger than critical race theory those things are dangerous but the anger toward america is the bedrock belief of the american west as my great predecessor kirkpatrick said inn reagan's time the left was happy to blame america first today's democrats don't even believe in america. we have reached a place for the president and the vice president of the united states routinely accuse america of systemic racism virtually every elected democratic politician agreesor with them.
this is an astonishing turn of events. seventeen years ago barack obama gave the speech that launched him on h his way to the white house. after 2004 democratic national convention this is one of the most noted passages from his speech, then senator obama basaid ", we are one american family. not a black america and white american latino or asian america. there is the united states of america. we are one people all of us pledging allegiance to the stars & stripes. can you imagine any prominent democrat making that statement today? [laughter] i can't. democrats have given up as a colorblindnd society it's more profound than the strength the
massive progress and punish anyone who disagrees and quick to praise those that attack america and eager to attack those who praise america democrats have abandoned barack obama unifying message on race and national identity. republicans cannot make the same mistake that message was our message first. we must once again take it to the american people it is discrimination has ended not embraced or censorship is rejected and free speech is protected. we want a country that cherishes the principles and takes pride in progress the only way to bring out the best in america is to believe in america. we must not be ashamed of the american story.
we should tell it everywhere we go. we know that some of that is hard to hear. the founders were not safe they lived in a time where slavery was legal and women's rights were an afterthought. we don't need to make excuses for the obvious injustices but we cannot act like that is all the country is. the left is so focused on what was wrong they missed the profound things that america got right. the american founding remains history's biggest leap forward for human freedom. for the first time the nation proclaimed all people are created equal with unalienable rights and government is legitimate only if it derives from the consent of the governed. what happened in 1776 turned history on its head and billions of people are better for it. so no, america isn't perfect
but the principal at the heart of america are perfect and the story doesn't stop there. the founders set the standard for america to me and they summoned the american people. if you are reading awoke history book you would never know it but if you are reading a real history book, you will meet thero heroes that pursue the promise of freedom of equality and justice for all in the hearts of frederick douglass abraham lincoln and abolitionist who brought slavery to inht and. and the suffragist and all handmade women's rights and then mlk junior told us of the dreams with the end of segregation and theor victory of civil rights. that promise of america has been ast constant in my life i'm
a proud daughter of indian immigrants were the only indian family and a small role smothered on —- southern town population 2500. [laughter] my dadda wore a turban and still does to this day my mom wore a sari i was a brown girl in a black and white world nobody knew who we were are why we were there. [laughter] we face stares and whispers and suspicion and exclusion. but then something very american happened. the community looked beyond skin color. they got to know my family is hard-working people who share their values and slowly the whispers turned into words of friendship they went from
being left out to welcome didn't. not every day was great but nearly every day was better than the one before. i have just seen the american story i have with the american story and take it from me them up first minority governor of south carolina, america is not a racist country. [applause] >> and it's a story they should finish the moral mandate that falls to us in right now and a welfare system
that too many in poverty healthcare system that is too costly and bureaucratic there is a crime wave that claims to many lives ofth black and brown lives and a crisis at the border and undermines our safety and national identity there is too much trust in central planners in the fantasy of socialism too little trust in the genius of the people more than anything else we must have the moral courage. [applause] we need the confidence that the principles are true we won't have the will to enter the fight between freedom and tyranny. america will destroy itself from the inside and ourel
enemies on have to lift a finger. so america deserves our hard work and our love. students need to heare, that message. businesses need to. but then when republicans don't know enough we cannot ignore minorities and women. [applause] the left is leading them a false narrative and moreur often than not it is all day here. it is up to us to provide the truth about america.he the sooner we lead a new awakening of patriotism the quicker we will stop the belief that our country is systemically racist the sooner we rekindle faith in our first principle even making more progress toward justice for
all. most of all by restoring belief in the goodness of our nation and national cause to prepare the country to be the challenges of the 21st century. only a confident and proud american can win the clash of civilization. i have faith feel come to the crisis after all it's only 16 years froml the fall of saigon to the fall of the soviet union. when present reagan predicted the soviet collapse it appeared unimaginable. now nine years later it happened. i believe that freedom and democracy will also lead chinese communism and the criminal regime t in iran on the ash heap of history.. [applause] and when i look to the
american future, i see what others don't and i marvel at it. i see a country proud of principles and its place in the world people at peace with each other to protect our values in the culture shining as a beacon for all to see. and that it seems impossible but not just my vision how abraham lincoln met calling for a new birth of freedom during another terrible time it is what ronald reagan had in mind when he called the last best hope of man on earth and another time of great division in our country. and then to bring up the best of the country and summoned the best of our people. no matter how hard it may seem, those who see america's glory days behind us but i don't believe that.
how could i after all i have seen? as a u brown girl growing up in a small southern town as of the promise of america unfold before me. as governor ofr south carolina i saw the state move beyond hate and violence and unite to take down the flag that did not belong in our state capital. [applause] as ambassador america is still the standard when we lead the world follows when we speak the road listens what we are the world wants i was reminded of the special role every day at the united nations. but one day stands out among the rest. it was the day i stood on the simon boulevard bridge between colombia and venezuela watching thousands of
venezuelans poor in by the thousands fleeing socialist tyranny. i can still see their faces they were hard and sad many had walked many miles in the blazing sun to get the only meal they made that day they were coming from a place where they killed the zoo animals for foodfo entire families past me sharing with few possessions they had and for some it was a stuffed animal. for others a plastic bag with a couple of pieces of clothing inside. i left thee, bridge and went to a nearby shelter run by the catholic church where the venezuelans were all gathered i met a few of them. after a few moments more family started to gather around.
and then it hit me. he didn't care who i was. they cared what i was from. and they saw america and in america they saw hope the time has come to keep that allies and four children and grandchildren ronald reagan said freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction america is now putting that to the test. i have faith we can pass the test like we always have. our challenges our sheet on —- steep but not too steep to overcome as long as we believe in america and fight for america we have no higher calling together with you a pledge to answer that call and inspire our country once again thank you, god bless you and may god bless america.