Justice, Not Chaos Needed For A More Perfect Union

Conservative Action Project — Friday, June 12, 2020

Washington, DC

Conservatives are confronting a country at unrest. Peaceful demonstrations over the unjustified murder of George Floyd have turned violent, exploited by individuals and organizations using Floyd’s death to pursue their own agenda of social conflict and destruction.

Some of the videos of the unrest all over America during the last ten days clearly show some protesters breaking the law by looting, for their own gain and, apparently, their own great amusement. Are we to condemn all protesters because of the relatively few arsonists and looters?

One thing remains perfectly clear: The killing of George Floyd was undeserved, unwarranted, and horrific. The officer who perpetrated it, and those who stood aside and did nothing, are charged and under arrest. They should be held to account.

The treatment of George Floyd has raised deeper, more fundamental issues about the character of America and our institutions. America is not a racist country. But we are also not a perfect one.

In America’s story, black Americans and communities of color have dealt with pain and abuse, pain that makes it harder for some to trust the police. And, indeed, like all walks of life, there are bad actors who commit criminal acts.

But we reject the sweeping claim that all of law enforcement is racist. Rather, the majority of police officers – many of whom are black – are noble individuals protecting all the people in their communities.

The unalienable, equal rights of all Americans to life and liberty cannot be secured without the rule of law – and that requires a police force. Defunding the police, an outcome that many now seek, puts at risk those who need this protection most: low-income neighborhoods and those who live there.

The relationship between police and these communities can be strained and distrustful. But it is more vital now than ever that the police – and the communities they protect – engage in the dialogue and communication that builds trust.

Part of securing that trust comes from holding people accountable. President Trump should direct the Attorney General to use the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division to vigorously investigate the actions of police and the ongoing riots and take action against anyone who violates federal law or rights protected by the U.S. Constitution.

America is not racist, and it is not evil. Rather, America, and the American character, are fundamentally good, founded on the radical idea that all men and women are created equal.

Americans continue to strive relentlessly to honor that principle, bettering themselves and their country in the face of obstacles and imperfections. It is this fierce belief in the dignity and equality of all that has made America the greatest barrier to racism and tyranny that the world has ever known.

As conservatives, we remain unceasing in our commitment to these principles, and in our striving to help America live up to these ideals.


The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)
Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
President, Republic Book Publishers
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Chairman
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
Jenny Beth Martin
Chairman
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
The Honorable Kay Coles James
President
The Heritage Foundation
Bridgett G. Wagner
Vice President, Policy Promotion
The Heritage Foundation
Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.
Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.
President and CEO, First Liberty Institute
Ginni Thomas
President
Liberty Consulting, Inc.
The Honorable Jim DeMint
Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute
Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)
Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project
President, Conservative Partnership Institute
Herman Pirchner, Jr.
Founding President
American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC)
The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
President
The Leadership Institute
Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Partner
Foley & Lardner LLP
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)
L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center
Christopher Malagisi
Executive Director of Outreach
Hillsdale College
The Honorable Tony Perkins
President
Family Research Council
The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel
U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)
U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)
Marjorie Dannenfelser
President
Susan B. Anthony List
The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio
The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
President
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
William L. Walton
President
Council for National Policy
Penny Y. Nance
President & CEO
Concerned Women for America
Michael Farris
President & CEO
Alliance Defending Freedom
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council
David N. Bossie
President
Citizens United
James C. Dobson, Ph.D.
Founder & President
Dr. James Dobson Family Institute
The Honorable Scott Walker
President-Elect
Young America’s Foundation
Marc Little
Chair
Center for Urban Renewal and Education
The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director for President Reagan, 1985-1989
Matthew Tyrmand
Principal
Matthew Tyrmand LLC
Steve Berger
Pastor
Grace Chapel
Lee Beaman
CEO
Beaman Automotive Group
Father Frank Pavone
National Director
Priests for Life
Richard Norman
Founder and President
The Richard Norman Company
Art Ally
President
Timothy plan
Eric Georgatos
Executive Producer
America Can We Talk?
Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property
Bob Carlstrom
President
AMAC Action
Gerard Kassar
State Chairman
NYS Conservative Party
Floyd Brown
Publisher
The Western Journal
Charlie Copeland
President
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Joseph A. Morris
Partner, Morris & De La Rosa
Assistant U.S. Attorney General (Reagan / Meese)
Kevin Freeman
Founder
NSIC Institute
Jason Jones
President
HERO Inc.
Seton Motley
President
Less Government
The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
President
American Values
Allen Hebert
Chairman
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston
Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
CorsiNation.com
Ron Pearson
Executive Director
Conservative Victory Fund
Kathleen Patten
President & CEO
American Target Advertising
C. Preston Noell III
President
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
William Haywood Shaker
Chief Executive Officer
Washington Marketing Group
Tom DeWeese
President
American Policy Center
Susan A. Carleson
Chairman/CEO
Carleson Center for Welfare Reform
Richard D. Hayes
Partner
Hayes Berry White & Vanzant LLP
Marlin Sharp
Field Director
STAND Foundation, Inc.
James L. Martin
Founder/Chairman
60 Plus Association
Dr. Seymour Fein
Managing Partner
CNF Pharma, LLC
Randy M. Long
Founder
Long Business Advisors, LLC
J. Christian Adams
President
Public Interest Legal Foundation
Lori Roman
President
American Constitutional Rights Union
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
President
60 Plus Association
Gary Marx
President
Madison Strategies LLC
Susan Federer
VP
Amerisearch
Robert Keith Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith
Peter Thomas
Chairman
The Conservative Caucus
Kent Glesener
President
Paradigm Construction & Engineering Inc
Lewis K. Uhler
Founder and President
National Tax Limitation Committee
The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.
Managing Editor
ConservativeHQ.com
Gregory Quinlan
Founder & President
Center for Garden State Families
Ron Robinson
President
Young America’s Foundation
Elaine Donnelly
President
Center for Military Readiness
William W. Pascoe, III
Board Member
Tea Party Patriots Action
Dr. Richard Rounsavelle
Trustee
Media Research Center
Kielle C. Horton
President
The Lindsey Foundation
Ambassador Henry F. Cooper
President Reagan’s Defense and Space Negotiator
Former SDI Director
Joan Holt Lindsey
President
Lindsey Communications
Michael J. Horowitz
CEO
21st Century Initiatives
Kay R. Daly
President
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Roxanne Phillips
Member, Executive Committee
Council for National Policy
Ralph Benko
Chairman
The Capitalist League
Craig Shirley
Reagan Biographer
Presidential Historian
Austin Ruse
President
C-Fam
Colonel Jack Jackson
Jackie Jackson Enterprise LLC
Rebecca Hagelin
CEO
United in Purpose
Dr. Paige Patterson
President
Sandy Creek Foundation
Jon Schweppe
Director of Policy
American Principles Project
Robert D. Thompson
Former Administrator
The Weyrich Lunch (1999-2016)
Terry Schilling
Executive Director
American Principles Project
Dr. Rick Scarborough
President
Recover America Now
Melissa Kaye Ortiz
Blogger/Administrator
DC Belleon wheels
Paavo Ensio
Chairman
Universal Minerals Group
Steven Ertelt
Editor
LifeNews.com
Tim LeFever
Chairman
Capitol Resource Institute
Richard Manning
President
Americans for Limited Government
Rob Gluskin
Managing Director
Gluskin Investment Partners
Amapola Hansberger
President
Legal Immigrants for America
Charles H. “Chuck” Cunningham
Lifelong Conservative Leader and Activist
Glenn P. Story
CoFounder & President
Patriot Mobile
Grace-Marie Turner
President
Galen Institute
Jay Mount
President
MDS Communications Corporation
The Honorable Penny Pullen
President
Life Advocacy Resource Project
Jim Backlin
Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Christian Coalition of America
Andresen Blom
President
Hawaiian Values

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The Conservative Action Project (CAP) was founded in 2008 by many conservative leaders, with former Attorney General Edwin Meese III serving as Founding Chairman. The group works to facilitate conservative leaders working together on behalf of common goals. CAP routinely issues "Memos to the Movement" demonstrating consensus among conservatives on key issues.