I love coming to CPAC.
For a politics nerd like me, it’s a chance to geek out over some of my favorite politicians, journalists and bloggers. I get to hear some great speeches, reminisce with old friends and meet some new like-minded folks. We also hear a lot of new ideas, debate some old ones and together try to work through the problems our nation faces.
I’m still trying to process a lot of what I’ve heard, seen and felt here the last couple of days, but I’ve got a couple of impressions that are already starting to take shape.
First, today’s conservatives are leading the way when it comes to ideas. If you look at all parts of the political spectrum, from far left to far right, it’s almost only conservatives developing new and different ideas. Our philosophical underpinnings are the only ones being investigated more thoroughly, and our beliefs are the only ones which seem to be maturing in any appreciable way. In fact, everything to the left of us (from far left socialism to the moderate GOP) seem to have the same ideas just in different shades and depths.
The media likes to overlook this fact, but just on Obamacare, we’ve offered DOZENS of different solutions to the questions Democrats have raised. The truth is that this is happening on almost every issue across the board – healthcare, foreign policy, domestic policy, taxes, spending, and even political philosophy. CPAC was filled with evidence of the many ideas, strategies and questions that are coursing through our “tribe” today.
Secondly, our conservative “bench” is loaded. Again, no other branch of political thought is as cutting edge as we are and no other branch has as many capable and qualified candidates ready to serve. Here at CPAC we’ve heard from more than half a dozen candidates who are ready to lead our nation and who could do so admirably. Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio are young, idealistic and passionate conservatives. Governors Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker and Rick Perry are strong, experienced and successful conservative leaders. Dr. Ben Carson has also begun to explain more of his political ideas, philosophies and positions, and is looking more like a seasoned candidate each day. Beyond these seven men are countless others ready willing able to take up the mantle of conservative leader – Tim Scott, Mike Lee, Trey Gowdy, Trent Franks, Jeb Hensarling, Jeff Duncan, Matt Salmon. Amazingly, beyond them are even more young conservative leaders hoping to soon have an opportunity to stand and fight for conservative values.
Indeed, today’s conservative movement may be more vibrant and strong than it has ever been.
Third (and my last observation), modern day conservatism is young, very young. In recent elections we’ve drawn closer and closer with the youth vote, and now we seem to be at a place where, while Democrats may still lead among the young, we definitely have he upper hand when it comes to active participants among the young. Our young people are involved, energized and ready to do whatever it takes to win. They are loud, proud and prepared to work hard. If the young people at CPAC are any representation of what is happening out in America… there is hope.
Is this enough to rally our nation from the greatest depression we’ve seen since our uncertain beginnings? I don’t know. We fallen so far over the last decade or so, and the leaders of both parties have continued to lead us further from the proper path. Turning back will be very difficult, but we have to try, no? Now is that time. We can’t wait any longer. Each day the moderates and liberals in Congress push us further down the road to irrelevance, and at some point in the not too distant future, we will break. No nation can bear under such burdens as the ones our politicians have place on our backs forever. There is a definite breaking point, and we will soon be there.
CPAC 2015 has given me hope that if we can convince Republican voters to choose one of our candidates, then convince enough Americans to do the same… we can begin to stem the flood and begin to turn back the tide. Now is the time to stand up, conservatives. Stand up and fight for our nation, for our way of life and for our children’s futures. If we won’t, then no one will.
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