Highlights from Ben Sasse’s 2016 CPAC Speech:

I am an American first, and I am a conservative second, and I am only a Republican third, although I am happily a Republican….

It’s been a bad seven years for the Republican party. It’s been a bad seven years for conservatism. But even more importantly than that, it’s been a real bad period for those of us who believe deeply, who cherish, who love the American idea…

American exceptionalism is not some sort of ethnic claim, that because of something we received in the bloodstream, Americans are better than other people, American exceptionalism is a claim about history. American exceptionalism is a claim about what happened in the American founding, and if we don’t understand why the American founding was extraordinary, you can be sure that our kids won’t understand why America is extraordinary.

Watch the whole speech.

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