Gerald R. Ford Leadership Forum

Debate: Abolish the Administrative State


23 Oct 2023    
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Today’s American government would be unrecognizable to the Founding Fathers. Over 100 years of executive and administrative overreach and agency-making has weakened Congress, empowered unelected bureaucrats, and pushed inherently political questions to be decided by the judiciary instead of by the People. Conservatives have long bemoaned these developments and promised to reform the administrative state and end delegation of Congressional power to a class of “administrative experts” in agencies like ATF, CDC, and EPA. However, not all conservatives see broad executive power as a challenge to a free society; on the contrary, some argue that the development of administrative government frees Americans to live their lives without worrying about the complexities of modern life, and not fear that they will be left behind by society. According to this perspective, the administrative state offers an opportunity for conservatives to advance a conservative agenda around family and community, and uphold conservative priorities such as law and order, the dignity of work, strong borders, strong families, and a thriving economy.

Join us as we explore the ever-ancient, ever-new question of “who should rule?


RSVP by Friday, October 20, 2023.

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