WASHINGTON, March 18, 2013 — The final day of CPAC brought out some familiar rock stars and some new ones. As expected, the minority conservatives despised by the media for existing and breathing air delivered, and delivered strong.
Yet in between them was a calm, quiet, unassuming man named Scott Walker, who happens to be the Governor of Wisconsin. Without raising his voice, this man did what every conservative in America should do. He fought back against the worst of liberal bullies, and he won. The bullies did what they always do. They ran away crying. All Governor Walker did was cut taxes and create job growth. In other words, he is the anti-Obama.
When he spoke about merit pay for teachers, he and the crowd got energized. “We are the ones who care about fixing things.” He implored the GOP to be “optimistic,” “relevant,” and “courageous.” He called entitlement reform “moving people from government dependence to true independence.” Governor Walker is not a fire and brimstone orator. His speeches have a shelf life of several minutes. Sometimes he can be downright boring. The man is not a talker. He is a doer, and one of the best. The crowd does not leap to their feet for what he says. They love him for what he does.
Yet CPAC is also about rousing speeches, and the last day would not end without a couple of phenomenal ones.
Sarah Palin remains a rock star to the party faithful. Those who despise her at this point should just shut up and deal with it. There is no polite way to say it. Every attempt to marginalize this woman has failed. She still after all this time electrifies crowds.
This time she mocked New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for trying to ban soda. She downed an extra large drink on stage, as the crowd went wild. The “intelligentsia” (elitist snobs) still loathe her. Normal Americans still love her.
She fought back against President Obama’s war on the Second Amendment right to own guns.
“Background checks, yeah, I guess to learn more about the person’s thinking and associations and intentions. More background checks? Dandy idea Mr. President – should have started with yours.”
She hammered Obama on his brazen lack of ethics.
“Now, he’s considered a good politician, which is like saying Bernie Madoff was a good salesman, the difference being the President is using our money.”
She laced into his less than stellar work ethic.
“Mr President we admit it, you won. Accept it. Now step away from the teleprompter and do your job.”
The 2013 CPAC keynote speech was delivered by freshman Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. In past years Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck have delivered the keynote address. Ted Cruz was welcomed to the big time, and he showed why.
Without saying the words, Cruz made it clear that we are the United States of America, not the People’s Republic of France. On every issue from guns to drones to debt to the U.S. Constitution itself, Cruz had a simple question for the audience. “Do we surrender or do we stand up now?” He thundered that it’s time to “stand up now!”
Senator Cruz’s father Rafael Cruz spent time in one of Fidel Castro’s jail cells. The Cruz family knows the evils of leftism firsthand. They love America for its freedom, and will not accept America turning into Cuba.
In a strange set of circumstances, the straw poll that Libertarians obsess over and everybody else ignores was taken before Senator Cruz spoke. He brought the crowd to its feet, and showed why he is a rising GOP star. He is not an establishment puppet. He is what CPAC is all about. He is an authentic, real conservative. William Buckley once said that he would be standing in front of history yelling “Stop!” CPAC 2013 closed with a man trying to prevent Dianne Feinstein, Chuck Schumer and other leftists shred the Constitution simply because they hate guns. Cruz yelled stop, and the world listened.
CPAC 2013 is now in the books. It was a total and complete success. The 2012 presidential election was lost by the Republican Party. CPAC is not the GOP. CPAC is conservatism. The media leftists keep insisting the GOP needs to moderate, which has resulted in two straight presidential losses. CPAC is another reminder that when Republicans run as conservatives, they win virtually everywhere. When they keep their word and govern as conservatives, the result is successful policies and political victories.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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