Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz, will be the keynote speakers for the fifth annual Freedom Conference in August.

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz, will be the keynote speakers for the fifth annual Freedom Conference in August.

Steamboat Institute announces Dick and Liz Cheney as keynote speakers at Freedom Conference

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Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, will appear with her father as a keynote speaker at the fifth annual Freedom Conference in August.

— Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his oldest daughter, Liz Cheney, were announced Saturday morning as the keynote speakers for the fifth annual Freedom Conference in August.

A program of The Steamboat Institute, the Freedom Conference takes place Aug. 23 and 24 at The Steamboat Grand with the Cheneys speaking at the top of the Steamboat Ski Area gondola during the Aug. 23 dinner.

Rick Akin, vice chairman of The Steamboat Institute board of directors, said Saturday that the group has been working for years to secure an appearance from the 46th vice president of the United States.

The joint-speech format is going to be something a little different.

“Liz Cheney will essentially be interviewing her dad,” Akin explained. “It’s going to be a 'torch is passed to a new generation' kind of theme. I think people will find this very interesting — more interesting than just having the vice president by himself.”

Dick Cheney’s storied political career reaches back more than 30 years into U.S. government history.

He served as a U.S. congressman for his home state of Wyoming, White House chief of staff for President Gerald Ford, secretary of defense for President George H. W. Bush and CEO of Halliburton Co. before he was asked to be George W. Bush’s running mate in 2000.

It’s Cheney’s experiences in Washington that Akin thinks will provide an inside view to the Freedom Conference audience.

“He’s been, as we’d say, in the belly of the beast,” Akin said. “He has insights you or I wouldn’t have. He has insights some of our speakers who are more academic don’t have. The idea is to give a real education in that area.”

Liz Cheney also has amassed significant political experience. An attorney and specialist on U.S. Middle East policy, she earned her undergraduate degree at Colorado College.

She most recently served as the principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs and co-wrote her father’s memoirs. She is a regular contributor to Fox News.

Tickets are on sale for the Freedom Conference at www.steamboatinstute.org. The cost of the event is $250 per person for the two-day conference, with discounts for students and young professionals and add-ons for VIP tickets and reserved tables.

No individual tickets for the dinner will be sold, Akin said, and the event is capped at 300 people.

Several more speakers will be announced in the weeks before the annual conference, which in the past has hosted speakers including Karl Rove, Jonah Goldberg and a February 2012 dinner with Ann Coulter.

The Steamboat Institute aims to promote principles of limited government, including low taxes, fiscal responsibility, strong defense, free markets and individual rights and responsibilities.

"We're extremely proud that The Steamboat Institute continues to attract some of the greatest conservative leaders of our generation,” founding board member and chairwoman Jennifer Schubert-Akin said in a news release. “We are looking forward to a robust exchange of ideas at our summer conference.”

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com

Comments

Scott Wedel 1 year, 9 months ago

Well, I'm sure this will be profitable for the SB Institute.

And if not then the Democratic Party might want to contribute. The more the public hears from Dick Cheney the less they like Republicans.

For someone as prestigious as Dick Cheney being in the area, it will be interesting to see how many locally elected Republicans show up. It is already hard enough for a Republican candidate to win in Routt County, but being a "Dick Cheney Republican is probably the kiss of electoral death.

I wish the SB Institute would just admit they bring in the polarizing conservatives because that is what attracts enough of a paying audience. Their annual suggestion that their conferences are a source of new ideas is laughable. It is a source of old tired divisive ideas. Nothing wrong with that, for both sides of the political spectrum, it is always easier to sell tickets by comforting your audience with the same old ideas than to challenge them with new ideas.

Neither side will bring in someone like Andrew Sullivan whom actually has ideas, but so many ideas that challenges people because probably no one agrees with all of his ideas.

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Harry Thompson 1 year, 9 months ago

Scott, you always have such mindful, intellegent things to say. I'm surprised you can find anyone of your intellect to talk with.

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Bob Smith 1 year, 9 months ago

i thought that ann c was outrageous....wow!! man, I really hope I see this guy around town or better yet ride up with him on the gondola - I've got a few things i'd like to day to old dick!!!

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Bob Smith 1 year, 9 months ago

oops...a few things i'd like to say...actually, more then a few. can't wait!

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Bob Smith 1 year, 9 months ago

"...He’s been, as we’d say, in the belly of the beast..."

wrong. he IS the beast.

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Matthew Stoddard 1 year, 9 months ago

So who in the Stmbt Institute audience is going to challenge Cheney on the "Deficits don't matter" mantra that he reiterated that exact same thing as of last summer. Of course, he meant that deficits don't matter...as long as it's for what your particular party wants to spend money on.

No, Cheney will be lauded as a true fiscal conservative, I'm sure.

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Bob Smith 1 year, 9 months ago

gee, isn't it nice to see with all the work they got in Iraq and Afghanistan, Halliburton's stock price went from about $6.80 in the summer of 2001 to $40.60 currently. More then a few 1%er's created -- thanks to Dick!! Who said crime doesn't pay.....

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Dan Hill 1 year, 9 months ago

It's hilarious having Dick Cheney talking at a FREEDOM conference. This man believes with all his heart and soul in absolutely unrestrained executive power. If you sent him back to 1776 he wouldn't be supporting Washington and Jefferson and Adams fighting for freedom and liberty. No, he would be squarely on the side of King George, defending for all he was worth the prerogatives of the executive power...

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jerry carlton 1 year, 9 months ago

ALL politicians are THE BEAST! "Absolute power corrupts absolutely."

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Kerrie Cooper 1 year, 9 months ago

I am not religious, nor political but if there is an anti-Christ Dick Cheney is literally IT I'm not saying it to be vindictive but simply based on the roles he has played in 9/11 and the destruction to this planet by Haliburton.

And what man at his age, has a heart transplant when it should have gone to a young child???? Do I need to say more?????

Why anyone would pay to see this dark, parasitic individual is beyond me.

This man should be in jail, not allowed to speak in a public function!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Kerrie Cooper 1 year, 9 months ago

And in the event, the powers behind him do not like what I have to say....I would rather go to jail or die, than stand by and say or do nothing out of fear of such a evil human being.

(I failed to mention Dick Cheney's role in the thousands of patriotic men & woman that have died in war and at home defending what they thought was the safety of this country, only to find out the Iraq and Afghanistan attacks by us, were simply screens to further pad Cheney's bank account and had nothing to do with national security at all!)

As an American per the Bill of Rights, - Freedom of Speech, Press, Religion and Petition "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." If anything I said is not true, I apologize deeply, though I know sadly I am not wrong on any of these accounts.

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mark hartless 1 year, 9 months ago

Ahhhh Yes... There it is... AGAIN... That good 'ole leftist "tolerance". I knew it wouldn't take long for someone to come right out and say it; and Kerrie just did.

Someone's freedom of speech should be withheld because their opinions are not aligned with yours and you think them a criminal.

Wow, if a presumption of criminality is all that is necessary to shut someone up I wonder how our current hypocrite-in-chief is afforded so much as a whimper, much less the ceaseless drivel to which we are daily subjected?

Nope! Don't allow THAT guy to speak, hell this IS Canada, after all...

Furthermore, someone's life should be shortened and their rights to medical care supplanted according to another persons opinions.

And medical decisions should be made not just by Uncle Scam's death panels, but also by "Dr. Kerrie" who, no doubt, was able to assertain the viability, interchangeability, suitability, and compatibility of the transplanted organ; knowing that Cheney's heart would have actually worked in said "young child" , likely without the benefit of even the knowledge of Mr Cheney's blood type. What a talented physician and skilled societal engineer we have in Dr. Kerrie.

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Bob Smith 1 year, 9 months ago

Mark - Kerrie is only half-right. What actually happened with Dick regarding the heart transplant is actually worse then commonly acknowledged. The story goes, Dick actually killed the child (with his bare hands no less) to get the heart. In fact, Halliburton keeps a "crop" of youngsters - 47%ers, so who cares - ready to go at any time should a vital organ be needed. Ever seen star wars? - well, the character Darth Vader is a pretty good image of where Dick is headed. Strike that - of where he is. Also, Halliburton is secretly constructing a death star that will be used when Rand Paul is elected in 2020. Must keep war going.

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Eric Morris 1 year, 9 months ago

Cheney admitted to a reporter, “I had other priorities in the ’60s than military service.” Yet he will spout off how a free society should send others (not he and his friends/family) to bomb and occupy other countries. What a dope and what a crock that this institute claims the "freedom" mantle. Orwellian use of the term.

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Eric Morris 1 year, 9 months ago

Why not change the name to The Chickenhawk Institute? Cheney, Bolton, Rohrbabacher, and Jonah Goldberg would be ranked as Four-Star Generals in a lineup of chickenhawks.

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John Weibel 1 year, 9 months ago

Nice to have such a uniting keynote speaker, as Freedom is a desired goal of both sides of the divide.

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Kerrie Cooper 1 year, 9 months ago

By the way,....isn't having Dick Cheney speak at a "Freedom Conference" similar to the euphemism "'Arbeit Macht Frei' - Work Sets You Free. (The entrance sign to Auschwitz.- the prisoners marched under to their deaths- considering the fact, our Constitutional Rights began to deteriorate under the Bush/Cheney administration, leading to the signing of the National Defense Act in Dec 2012. Sure seems like it to me.

My final thought are words spoken to a class I was in studying about the many genocides that have occurred throughout the world, beginning with the genocide of the Native Americans in this country:. "Those that stand by and do or say nothing are just as guilty as those committing the crimes."

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rhys jones 1 year, 9 months ago

Hey, it's only fitting that the man who perfected war-for-profit by privatizing it, stole billions in the process, and gave us two wars to perfect his craft, should be the keynote speaker at this annual gathering of fellow war-mongers, old money, and people who make their fortune on the blood of young Americans.

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Robert Huron 1 year, 9 months ago

Last month at Vet's week everyone could have seen Mr. Cheney's legacy first hand. One of the young men there had lost both legs and one arm in Iraq. He is one of the tens of thousand of Americans who lost their lives or where disabled thanks to this man who led the march to war in Iraq. These brave souls or their families live everyday with this burden thanks to Mr. Cheney. His friends in the Defense Industry especially Halliburton laughed all the way to the bank and our troops paid the price. He is famous for telling us we would have a mushroom cloud here if we didn't invade because Sadam had bought nuclear material in Africa. What he left out was the CIA had told him months earlier that this was false yet he had Pres. Bush use it in his State of the Union address in 2003. This was used as the reason to go to war. This is just one of his false statements that led to the deaths of so many Americans. I would rather see him in Gitmo not Steamboat. .

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david gibbs 1 year, 9 months ago

The lack of accountability for the powerful seems to be a cancer on our society. The pathology is not confined to one political party or one sector of the corporate world. It seems the only time the powerful are held accountable is when they are caught with their pants down. Clearly the democrats in congress have done nothing to hold the Bush administration accountable for alleged war crimes and nor will the republicans hold Obama accountable for his alleged crimes and disregard for the rule of law.

Freedom is afforded to the bankers that launder millions for the drug cartels but not for the dime bag dealer on the street. Freedom is afforded to the commander that authorizes torture but not the young private caught in a photo carrying out the order. Freedom is afforded to the oil executive for polluting the gulf but not for the fisherman that has fished the waters for decades and can't afford to move. Freedom is afforded to the Wall Street tycoon for creating the synthetic CDO's and betting against them but not the teacher that lost her retirement and has to work at Walmart to survive. Freedom is afforded to the venture capitalist who breaks up a union by sending the jobs to China but not for the family that looses their home because working two minimum wage jobs won't cover the mortgage. Freedom is afforded to the Commander in Chief for authorizing illegal wars and droning American citizens but not to the dead and wounded theft behind.

We have been successfully divided with propaganda and lies. Our attention is diverted to emotional issues and we have been pitted against our neighbors. The cancer continues to spread because we remain focused on the left and right and not on the wrong.

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rhys jones 1 year, 9 months ago

Dr. Seuss' "The Sneetches" is oddly prophetic, and guess who's Silvester McMonkey McBean:

And he laughed as he drove In his car up the beach, “They never will learn. No. You can’t Teach a Sneetch!”

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Scott Wedel 1 year, 9 months ago

The funny thing is that there are people willing to pay to hear him talk. And they don't expect him to explain how such mistakes can be made, but to give his opinions on current events.

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rhys jones 1 year, 9 months ago

I HOPE there is a God and Judgment, so the perpetrators of the most complex smoke-and-mirrors shell game ever foisted upon Mankind, will one day pay for their Sins.

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Mike Isaac 1 year, 9 months ago

This is the WAR Criminal that was behind the false flag known by most as 9-11, he had a hand in the Patriot ACT and paved the the way for our newest Fascist President Barak Husan Obama to pass the NDAA, a bill that allows Obama to lock up or kill Americans without trial. But what I find so funny is how simple the people are that think this guy is so great and Obama is so bad or how Obama is good and Cheney is bad. Grow up people, learn to look past the D or the R and learn some history and just maybe you will be able to see how screwed up our 2 party system is. Lets make this guys visit to Steamboat one he will never forget and hit him with the TRUTH not 4th grade left vs right politics.

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rhys jones 1 year, 9 months ago

Reps, Dems, Right, Left, Rich, Poor, Conservative, Liberal, Us, Them -- everybody keep blaming the other guy, like good citizens should... just don't look behind that curtain!!

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mark hartless 1 year, 9 months ago

I suppose there is plenty of blame to go 'round.

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jerry carlton 1 year, 9 months ago

Congress stands at the front of the line for blame. They set their own retirement, health care, salary, all the money they get for the flunkies who supposedly do some work that the congressperson takes crdedit for. This is what they get legally. The real money comes from insider tips on the stock market, junkets ( read worldwide vacations) on the tax payers dollar, and out and out illegal bribes. They might go into congress middle class on rare occasions but they retire as one %'rs.

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Bob Smith 1 year, 9 months ago

whenever someone says "Barak Husan Obama" I think = racist hick

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mark hartless 1 year, 9 months ago

My guess is that whenever someone says ANYTHING you disagree with you think "racist hick".

A further guess is that this is a mechanism you and many others have developed as a means of excusing yourself for having weak arguments. Don't need to dignify that racists remarks with a rebuttal, no???

Steve Lewis, for example, has resolved to use that approach with me for some time.

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Mike Isaac 1 year, 9 months ago

The problem Bob Smith is you don't think, many people have middle names, and the fact that you have to resort to name calling tells me you should maybe have finished JR High.

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Scott Wedel 1 year, 8 months ago

It is simply good manners to call a person by the names they prefer. Calling someone by different versions of their name is simply rude. The White House refers to the President as Barack Obama and so should everyone else with good manners.

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Melanie Turek 1 year, 8 months ago

Funny how no one ever refers to Ronald Wilson Reagan...

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rhys jones 1 year, 8 months ago

Star Wars became obsolete when they could see into our bathrooms. Where else to devise our devious agendae...

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Mike Isaac 1 year, 8 months ago

I was hoping to generate a political discussion about Dick Cheney, 9-11 and how Mr Obama is going down the same road as George Dubya Bush but political thought with people like Melanie and Bob Smith is just about name calling and childish games.

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Melanie Turek 1 year, 8 months ago

Mike, I didn't call you names. I was merely pointing out that the only reason for mentioning President Obama's middle name is to mark him as an "other." Like it or not, words and their usage have meaning and consequences; in this case, it is hard to take you seriously because you stooped to that level. That said, I agree that Obama is just as culpable has his predecessor when it comes to abusing all kinds of rights around terrorism and the so-called war against it. He promised to close Gitmo, and didn't; he uses drones to kill American citizens (without trials, but even with trials you can't just go and kill people); he holds people in foreign countries without charges or trials; and he supports the Patriot Act and its subsequent variations, which continue to allow for significant breaches of our rights to privacy.

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Mike Isaac 1 year, 8 months ago

Melanie I like the term " the Others " to describe people like Dick Cheney, Mr Obama, and Dianne Finestine the California Nazi hell bent on burning the Constitution. That is one person I hate more than Dick Cheney and thats a tall task. The term fits. There are people that are pro Liberty and freedom and then there are " The Others "

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Kevin Chapman 1 year, 8 months ago

@Bob....................you SHOULD think racist hick when someone says it that way. You are spot on my friend don't let anyone tell you otherwise. It's hyperbole at it's best.

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Mike Isaac 1 year, 8 months ago

Bob Smith and Kevin Chapman seem to have a big problem with people using Mr Obama"s middle name. At first I thought they were just a couple of simpletons that have never left NW Colorado, dropped out of high school on food stamps and think politics is a simple game of left vs right, kinda like watching MSNBC. But I think these 2 have a big Problem with the Muslim faith. They seem to think Husan is a bad name a slam against Mr O. But that is not the case at all. This country the USA made up lies about WMD"s to invade his nation and that was a lie. In 2002 Sadaam Hussan was selling oil at below markets rates in order to pay off his Debts to the evil World Bank and United Nations. Gas before that war was about $1.20 a gallon and no one worried about driving a Prius instead of a F 250 ( a Steamboat favorite ) Today it is almost $4 a gallon. We killed 1,000,000 Iraq"s for BP, Wall Street, and the 6 Big Banks. On the other hand Mr O is spending over $1,000,000,000 more than he is taking in each year. That is very stupid he should spend about 2.3 Trillion a year about what the IRS takes in each year not 3.6 Trillion. Saddam on the other hand spent less than he took in and sold his oil below market rates to pay off his bills.

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Kerrie Cooper 1 year, 8 months ago

The Last Letter (go to webpage below for full letter) http://www.truthdig.com/dig/item/the_last_letter_20130318/

A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran

To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From: Tomas Young

I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care.

I write this letter on behalf of husbands and wives who have lost spouses, on behalf of children who have lost a parent, on behalf of the fathers and mothers who have lost sons and daughters and on behalf of those who care for the many thousands of my fellow veterans who have brain injuries. I write this letter on behalf of those veterans whose trauma and self-revulsion for what they have witnessed, endured and done in Iraq have led to suicide and on behalf of the active-duty soldiers and Marines who commit, on average, a suicide a day. I write this letter on behalf of the some 1 million Iraqi dead and on behalf of the countless Iraqi wounded. I write this letter on behalf of us all—the human detritus your war has left behind, those who will spend their lives in unending pain and grief. I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.

Your positions of authority, your millions of dollars of personal wealth, your public relations consultants, your privilege and your power cannot mask the hollowness of your character. You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades ago. You were not willing to risk yourselves for our nation but you sent hundreds of thousands of young men and women to be sacrificed in a senseless war with no more thought than it takes to put out the garbage.

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