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McConnell on debt: America looks like 'a third world country'

Senator Mitch McConnell addressed the CPAC 2012 audience just before noon, to a slightly better than lukewarm ovation.  The focus of the speech was, as expected, a vault against President Obama and the Democrats in Congress.

He opened talking about the gains made by Republicans in Congress, and the needs that still exist.  This transitioned into a verbal lambasting of the President and the failures of policy that have come from the White House.

The Kentucky Senator railed about spending, debt, and other pressing issues.  When talking about the national debt, McConnell said that we look like a “third-world country rather than the last best hope”.

After the policy portion of the speech, the Senate Minority Leader looked towards the November elections, saying “When November rolls around… they [the American people] will know his [Obama] record”

McConnell, who is not necessarily known for his oratory abilties, put together a superb policy and campaign-year speech, which earned multiple applause breaks and moments of laughter.

McConnell is much more engaging in person than he is on television.  The packed house in the Marriott Ballroom was shouting affirmations, validating the points Senator McConnell raised about Obama failures, Congressional misdeeds, and the government’s lack of faith in the American people.

He concluded the speech with talk of campaign finance reform, and telling the crowd to “keep up the good fight”, and thanking the room for their determination in fighting for the Constitution.

Sarah Palin Announced as CPAC 2012 Closing Speaker

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced former Vice Presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will deliver a special keynote address at CPAC 2012 – the 39th annual Conservative Political Action Conference. America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists will be held Thursday, February 9 – Saturday, February 11, 2012, in Washington, DC. The FOX News contributor and New York Times bestselling author will conclude the three-day event, a slot occupied by Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and U.S. Congressman Allen West in the past three years.

“Few national conservative leaders in America today energize and inspire our grassroots activists like Governor Sarah Palin. Her strong record of leadership, championing of our shared principles and magnetic personality have made Sarah Palin a hero to millions of conservatives across the country,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “As we ready for the critical 2012 election, I’m honored to welcome Governor Palin to the Conservative Political Action Conference for the first-time ever.”

Every year, the ACU brings thousands of grassroots conservatives and conservative leaders together in Washington, DC for three days of blockbuster speeches, policy discussions and networking opportunities – all celebrating the shared principles of smaller government, a strong national defense and traditional values.

CPAC 2012 features an all-star line-up that also includes Ann Coulter, Senators Jim DeMint and Marco Rubio, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Governors Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, Congressmen Jim Jordan, Steve King, Paul Ryan and Allen West, former Senator Rick Santorum, Governor Scott Walker and many more.

Hurricane Herman Rocks Florida in GOP Straw Poll [Analysis]

While the sensational-ism screaming media-maniacs across the nation are trumpeting Herman Cain’s impressive blowout of the 2012 GOP presidential field as some kind of anomaly that really shouldn’t have happened, this Floridian simply wonders why it didn’t happen sooner. Herman Cain has been very impressive and pretty much gaff-free in all of the debates leading up to this one in Orlando, Florida.  Just like most of the nation today, Florida is a very divided state due to the dangers of the D.C. debt machine and the class warfare that comes with it. Herman Cain is a proven common sense problem solver, and lord knows we have some huge problems to deal with starting in 2013, when Barack Obama will attempt to slap another four years of high unemployment, inflation and stagnant-to- negative  economic numbers onto the backs of working class taxpayers across the nation in his reelection bid.  Predictably, America will not fall for that con job again.

 

Hurricane Herman Cain won the Orlando GOP straw poll by a landslide. The Liberal media will have a field day trying to make this out to be anything other than this this truth:  We have one of the most diverse, powerfully conservative Republican Presidential candidate fields in all of American history right now before us, some 13  months before the elections. 

Eventually, this field will have to be narrowed down to five or six candidates as 2012 fast approaches. Herman Cain now appears to have to have cemented his place in that field. Herman Cain was very impressive in this debate, but let’s not discount the powerful speech he made at the Orlando CPAC  on Saturday. During this speech we saw just how far Herman Cain has come in his ability to communicate with an audience in the last 6 months or so. Just like a Florida hurricane, Mr. Cain started his speech by building a quiet momentum, slowly emphasizing his conservative principles and his idea of what it will take to pull America out of the largely proven to be Democratic mess of recent years.

The Hurri-Cain ( spelling intended) then picks up speed and intensity in his somewhat ministerial style as he belts out the following statement: “Stupid people are ruining America.” The loudly enthused audience at this time has been shocked into quiet murmuring while they ponder the weight and truth of that last statement. It is not unlike when people hear hurricane warnings here in Florida, choose to ignore them, and then stand there starstruck at the reality of the destructive power upon actually seeing a hurricane bear down on them. (Yes, while it is blatantly stupid to ignore hurricane warnings and not take shelter to avoid being killed by it, just as it is  stupid to ignore the dangers of the Obama-debt machine of today and the dangers it poses to All Americans in order to vote for race-based class warfare and a largely undefined hope and change con job.)

‘ The Hurri-Cain then calmly reengages the crowd with very detailed bullet points after the ‘stupid people are ruining America’ statement, which is very similar to the calmness inherent in the eye of a hurricane when it pass over an area, such as say,  Orlando Florida, as it did this past weekend. Then the Hurri-Cain really picks up steam again in his Orlando CPAC speech and really snatches up the attention of the  crowd with the power of his words and the truths they carry. I found myself waiting for the Hurri-Cain to smash the podium to pieces as he ratcheted up his speech to feverish heights near the end.  Then, just like  a Florida Hurricane after it completely ravishes an area and moves on,  The Hurri-Cain calmly waves at the crowd and exits the stage leaving them breathless. Just in case you missed what I consider to be the best, most powerful Conservative speech of the Orlando CPAC event this past weekend, just watch The Hurri-Cain rip up Orlando in the following video of his CPAC- Orlando speech:

Cain’s CPAC speech-  http://video.cpac.org/video/herman_cain_cpac_florida_2011

Here’s Cain describing his 9-9-9 tax plan:

 

Nice job in speaking for all concerned  Americans today, Mr. Cain and congratulations on a well deserved straw poll victory. Stay tuned, as the Hurri-Cain could very well soon be coming to your town or state with his forceful conservative message for America!

 

 

Exploring Possible 2012 Presidential Candidates: Gary Johnson

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson could very well be the sleeper no one expected to win, candidate in the 2012 presidential elections. This budget hawk was the Governor of New Mexico for 8 solid years in which he proved a formidable foe to big spending State politicians from both parties. In another surprise, he also placed 3rd in the recent CPAC 2011 presidential straw poll beating the likes of big name con-servatives such as Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Sarah Palin,, and Mike Huckabee. Of note is that the CPAC straw poll was dominated by Ron Paul and his supporters once again, as Mr. Paul won with 30% of the votes.  Also of note is that many people consider Mr. Johnson to be a Ron Paul- type Libertarian, yet when we take a close look at Mr. Johnson’s credentials we see two very different politicians. For all of Ron Paul’s bluster, he simply hasn’t accomplished the budgetary success, or proven to be as effective at slowing down big government, as Mr. Johnson has.

29th Governor of New Mexico*
In office
January 1, 1995 – January 1, 2003
Lieutenant Walter Bradley
Preceded by Bruce King
Succeeded by Bill Richardson

Born January 1, 1953 (1953-01-01) (age 58)
Minot, North Dakota
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Dee Simms (1977-2005) (divorced)
Alma mater University of New Mexico
Profession Businessman
Religion Lutheranism

Another fact to consider is that Mr. Johnson could run as a Republican, Libertarian, or even on the Teaparty ticket if the GOP forces the forming of another party by not heeding the warnings of the 2010 mid-term elections. This man also doesn’t fit the mold of the big spending old guardGOP RINOS that helped spend us towards $15 Trillion in national debt the last decade. That is a huge plus for a presidential candidate to woo the voters who are fed up with business as usual in DC. I  am already seeing Democratic operatives trying to downplay Mr. Johnson’s credentials, and pass him off as some kind of Ron Paul light, which should tell the voters that he would be a formidable opponent to far left Barack Obama in 2012.

Mr. Johnson took a controversial stance while Governor of New Mexico in 1999, when he advocated the legalization of marijuana. Citing the huge costs of  States prosecuting and jailing drug offenders, he suggested it be treated as a health issue instead of a criminal issue. He also admitted to self-medicating himself with marijuana after a very serious hang gliding accident in 2005, yet today he says he abstains from all recreational drug use, including alcohol, caffeine and some sugar products.

Mr. Johnson is also a very successful businessman, turning his handyman service into a multi-billion dollar construction company with over 1000 employees. Now that is what I call job creation, contrary to President Obama’s agenda of government intrusion into the private sector businesses. Mr. Johnson has traveled to over 30 states recently, possibly to give himself name recognition for the 2012 primaries and elections. He re-buffed invitations to join the Libertarian Party in the 2000 elections and endorsed Ron Paul for the 2008 Republican Presidential nomination. Looking back at that election, endorsing Ron Paul over the other candidates doesn’t look like such a mistake on Johnson’s part, considering where we are today. Bottom line is that people need to look at proven track records and experience when voting today, and ignore the media hype and party-line propaganda. In Mr. Johnson’s track record we see some very impressive  statistics against big government spending, which is the most pressing issue in America today. He fought against both parties in his eight years in office, to cut spending and balance the budget successfully. He used the line item veto thousands of times, more than all 49 other governors combined. He cut the growth rate of New Mexico’s government in half. He currently lives in Taos, New Mexico and has 2 grown children. He was married to his wife, Dee Johnson for 28 years and they divorced in 2005, and she passed away in Dec. of 2006 of heart disease.

This man is a proven fiscal hawk along the lines of Paul Ryan, with the proven ability to work with both parties to cut down the size and scope of our government. He will have great appeal to the Teaparty and independent voters alike. The main problem is whether the Old Guard GOP would be willing to extend a hand to him to break their pattern of nominating proven Crony-Rinos, which would only ensure Obama gets reelected in 2012. This man certainly deserves a serious consideration for the Republican nomination for President in 2012.

*Stats provided by wikipedia  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_E._Johnson

CPAC11 Wrap-up and Extra Awards

    CPAC11 finished up on Saturday with some marvelous speakers and closed the conference with freshman Congressman Lt. Col. Allen West of Florida giving a very moving, firm message about true American Patriotism, and its importance in restoring America to the greatest, free nation on Earth.  Ann Coulter gave a wonderful speech that had us laughing  in our seats as she pointedly proved the hypocrisy of the Liberals time and time again. Ms. Coulter also shined some sunlight on the fact that Liberals are using the gay movement to solely bash Conservatives and Christianity and that, based on their beliefs of freedom to chose how they want to live their lives,  they are really a natural fit with Conservative ideology. Considering that certain major sponsors and deep-rooted conservative groups  boycotted this years CPAC, Mr. Keene is to be commended for holding it all together, and making it a wonderful Conservative conference that was also very educational for our youth. Well done Sir.

   CPAC11 drew an amazing record crowd of over 11,000 Conservative leaders and activists this year. As everyone expected, once again Libertarian Ron Paul won the CPAC/ Washington Times Presidential straw poll, with 30% of votes, followed by Mitt Romney at 23%, and surprise ! , former budget guru Gov. of New Mexico, (and Ron Paul-like Libertarian) Gary Johnson tied the absent Chris Christie at 6%. People came from across the nation to see of dozens of exhibitions, panel discussions, film and documentary premiers, and social events to engage other conservatives.  This was truly an uplifting experience for everyone attending and the millions more watching it on TV and the Internet. I would personally like to see them get the whole thing televised live, from start to finish next year, as some can’t see it on a computer. Maybe CSpan could drop the obscure book report shows and make room for CPAC 2012. Surely someone in this country will step up and let Americans see this wonderful, informative event.

                                             My CPAC 2011 Award Winners

Best Overall Speech:             1- Newt Gingrich   2 – Tim Pawlenty  3- Allen West

Most Patriotic speech          1- Allen West   2 – Donald Rumsfeld    3- Mitch Daniels

Most Presidential speech   1- Newt Gingrich   2- John Thune        3- Donald Trump

Funniest speech-                     1- Ann Coulter      2- Ann Coulter      3- Ann Coulter

Most Dysfunctional speech-  1- Ron Paul       2- Ron Paul                 3- Ron Paul

Most Inspirational Grassroots Patriots  –   Herman Cain and Michelle Bachmann

CPAC Beauty Queen of 2011  –   Margaret Hoover

Most Disrespectful Group – Ron Paul Supporters

Missing in Action – Glenn Beck, Sen Jim DeMint, Speaker Boehner, Bill O’Reilly, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Gov. Christie, Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. Jan Brewer, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Rep Darrell Issa.

Top Emcee –  Steven Crowder

Exposing the Leftist Agenda Champions  –  Newt Gingrich and Ann Coulter

Special Mention to Gov Haley Barbour for proposing the top solutions for repairing our economy.

   These are my personal choices. If you disagree or have some of your own personal awards you would like to see up here, contact me via Mirac777 @ twitter, or put them in the comment section and I will add them if you like.  This can include new nominees or new categories I may have missed. Thank you.

 

 

CPAC Straw Poll Reveals Its Own Irrelevance .. Again

By now, most of you have already heard that Ron Paul has won the CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) Presidential Straw Poll for a second straight year with 30% of the vote.

Ron Paul ran in the 2008 Presidential race but was never much of a contender for the Republican nomination. To top it all off a Public Policy Poll of the top eight prospective candidates has him much closer to the bottom.

Presidential Candidate Poll January 2011

Graphic from CDN, Data from Public Policy Polling 1/21/11

While the Ronulans boisterously supported their favorite candidate at the conference, it is likely that his base was more motivated to participate in the straw poll as Sarah Palin didn’t even attend. With no truly announced candidates in the race, this poll was nothing more than a way to keep Paul’s supporters energized.

Further proof of CPAC’s poll’s worthlessness is seeing Mitt Romney (he who created socialized health care in Massachusettes) come in with a very strong second place finish (23%). Romney had managed to win the CPAC straw poll in 2007, 2008 and 2009 but still didn’t manage the 2008 Republican nomination. That’s 0 for 2 there CPAC pollsters.

Paul and Romney are the last two candidates that have a chance at the Republican nomination .. well, other than Newt Gingrich.

CPAC 2011 Rocks on Day 2

Many big name conservative stars hit the stage for day 2 at the Conservative political Action Conference of 2011. With the rowdy applause and cheering reminiscent of a 70’s rock concert, the enthusiasm was pumped up to incredible levels by a wide variety of solid, hard-hitting, Patriotic speeches. While the messages contained the basic conservative Teaparty theme of smaller, more accountable government, less taxes and regulation, with a return to our Constitutional principles, we learned that these messages could be expressed in an amazingly wide variety of ways.

Day 2 saw the emergence of  idiotic attention seekers such as a Sarah Palin look alike and the asinine antics of an appearance of Jimmy McMillan of the Rent is Too Damn High Party.  CBS was even foolish enough to headline it “Jimmy McMillan Takes CPAC by Storm.” I will not link to the  CBS attack piece on all things conservative by one Brian Montopoli, as it is nothing short of childish liberal rubbish and not even close to real journalism. This does show how low CBS will go today in promoting the Obama-led Liberal trashing of America. Just when I thought they couldn’t get any lower in the respect department, they did.

Once again we saw hecklers seeking their 15 seconds of fame when Senator Orin Hatch was decent enough to answer questions. While one person asked the question of why Hatch voted for the wall street bailouts, the crowd rudely screamed and would hardly let Hatch even answer the question. Again, these people are an embarrassment to all conservatives across the nation, not to mention the fuel they will add to the Liberal attack pieces sure to point out their childish antics. If we want our reps to answer questions to get an insight of why they did something, this is no way to go about it. Plus, this will also make them hesitant to take the stage next year. It got so bad at one point that the panel’s moderator had to step in  and express his disgust with these people who seemed more intent on scolding and screaming at  Senator Hatch, then letting him explain his position at the time of his vote for the bailouts. He apologized for it, yet they continued to act more like SEIU thugs than conservatives or teapartiers.

Day 2 at CPAC was launched by another Presidential hopeful in 2012, Mitt Romney. While his speech did contain an all encompassing rally against the Liberal big government of today, he seems to have skirted the Obamacare debate all together. Many consider him unelectable due to his creation of the failed Romneycare of Massachusetts. Compared to the rest of the firey speeches to come on Friday, Romney’s speech was pretty much forgotten an hour after it was given.

Rep. Tom Price (GA) took the stage at 11;15. Mr. Price said that there was an energy at this year’s CPAC that he didn’t remember being their last year. Most of that energy was good. Mr. Price mentioned the nasty heckling that Cheney, Rumsfeld and Hatch endured in stating, “That’s part of CPAC, isn’t it?”  Why can’t we all just get along may have been a more appropriate question there. Mr. Price addressed the gay conservative group GOProud being at CPAC  as the more conservatives the better. Rep Prices speech seemed to be well-written, with a theme he summed up with a quote from Samuel Adams. ”  It doesn’t take a majority to prevail – but an irate and tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” With statements like that Rep Price has certainly aligned himself with the grassroots Teaparty of America.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN) used her time at CPAC to concentrate on the FCC and their attempt at regulating the internet with no Congressional participation. While her speech detailed the need to stop the FCC,  she largely ignored the many pressing issues the 112th Congress is facing today, such as raising the debt ceiling, Obmacare repeal, Patriot act extensions etc. While I enjoyed her speech, my research showed her to have voted for many Liberal big gov’t policies such as increased foreign aid, increased UN payments, and pretty much increased spending across the board. No wonder she ignored the issues that have led to 14 trillion in debt today. She has voted to increase that debt at every turn. Do you hear me Teaparty members and conservatives from Tennessee? How did this big spending, big government RINO get invited to the CPAC ?

At noon on Friday they gave out an award for the Conservative blogger of the year. It went to Mr. Javier Manjarres of  The Shark Tank, which happens to be here in my Florida and to which get daily updates from. I have to be honest here, in stating that I know of no less than 30 more qualified conservative bloggers who were more deserving of this award, IMO. Who voted for this ?

Next to speak on Friday at CPAC 2011 was Sen. John Barrasso (WY) who also happens to be a doctor. His main topic was Obamacare and he addressed it’s failures and unconstitutionality very well. Sen. Barrasso gave us a Doctors perspective as to why Obamacare must be repealed, filled with many real life examples of the coming danger to America’s healthcare system that Obamacare will bring. Of note, Barrasso said the new House Republican majority had “kept its promise” to voters by advancing a repeal of the healthcare law. “Now it’s the Senate’s turn,” he said.  In my opinion, this is one Senator who might make a good President if he chose to run.

Next to speak was my pick for President in 2012, Sen. John Thune. (SD)  In his low-key speaking style, Sen Thune took a big swipe at the Obama administration and big government Liberals with the statement of, “”President Obama likes to talk about winning the future, but someone ought to tell him: You can’t win the prosperity of tomorrow if you’re mortgaging it to pay for the big government programs of today.”  That sums it up very well, in my opinion. No one candidate will be perfect in 2012, yet i will put Sen. Thune’s record of staunch conservative principals against any other candidate mentioned today.

Later on , former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty also received a rousing ovation when he took the stage. Take note that at this time it was reported that many Ron Paul supporters had entered, and I addressed some of their rude behavior in my Day 1 report here at CDN.  Pawlenty captured the audience with personal stories of his life and growing up in St Paul in a blue collar family that endured many hardships, including losing his mother while a teenager. He summed it all up in saying, “”At a young age, I saw up close the face of loss, the face of hardship, the face of losing a job and I saw in the mirror something else: the face of a very uncertain future,” he said. “I know Americans are feeling that way today. I know that feeling ? I’ve lived it.” Mr. Pawlenty certainly has to be appealing to grassroots conservative voters disgusted with out elitist, out of touch government of today.

Next up came Libertarian and former presidential candidate, Rep.. Ron Paul (TX). While most conservative Americans can agree with many parts of Ron Paul’s libertarian values, we all know he is as Donald Trump stated, “unelectable.” Maybe that was at the heart of the Paul supporters rudeness at CPAC this year. I have admired Paul’s firey speeches for many years and he usually makes a solid presentation of his views of how America should be. While he did that again this year, there was also something else evident in his speech: He either has some serious health issues or he appears to becoming mentally unstable at times, or both. Watch his speech and judge for yourself.  I mean no disrespect to Mr. Paul and his many years of serving our country here, but when we see signs of instability in someone,  especially a member of our government or congress, its high time we speak up and make arrangements to have them removed for the good of the country.

After Ron Paul’s speech came what I viewed as the best speech of the CPAC so far, from Texas Governor Rick Perry. It was very emotional, yet delivered in a way that  has to vault him to the top of possible 2012 presidential candidates, should he chose to run. This was an amazing conservative shout-out to all Americans opposed to the Liberal mess of a government we have today. Gov. Perry threw the crowd a curve-ball when he asked them to pull out their phones and text “FED UP” to the number he gave them. A return text from the number asks supporters to visit www.NoGovernmentBailouts.com, which features a petition to stop the “pervasive embrace of bailouts.”  A smooth move by Gov. Perry to get more people involved in stopping  the big gov’t expansion we see today. Gov. Perry closed his speech with the statement,  “We can restore this nation to its preeminence in the world. There is no other greater cause in our time.” Well said Governor, now about 2012………

Herman Cain, former Godfathers Pizza CEO, a Teaparty favorite and potential presidential candidate in 2012 was up next, and he fired up the crowd with his hard-hitting unique style of telling it like it is. The crowd roared when Mr. Cain said, “the American Dream is under attack,” and that “stupid people are ruining America.” As they say, sometimes the truth hurts people, and Herman certainly put a hurting on the ignorants running our country into the ground up in DC today. I love this guy’s attitude and approach towards the need  for real tough conservatism today. Cain’s speech included a swipe at liberals playing the racist card saying,  “They call me racist too just because I disagree with a President who happens to be black,” he continued. He told the crowd: “You are not racists — you are patriots.” Mr Cain concluded, to a standing ovation: “The United States of America will not become the United States of Europe.” This man is the exact opposite of Barack Obama. He is a successful businessman, not a career rabble rousing community organizer who needs to play the race card to hide his incompetence as Obama has shown to be. Mr. Cain believes in the U. S constitution, which Obama skirts and ignores at every chance he gets today. Mr. Cain relishes the chance to talk and answer questions about the direction our country is headed and possible solutions. Barack Husein Obama hides like a Tyrant and avoids the very people he is supposed to serve when they demand answers for his blatant Anti-American policies . Yes sir, Herman Cain is the Anti-Obama. He will definitely make the primaries in 2012 very interesting to say the least. I would love to see a debate, moderated by a Teaparty member with no pre-set questions between Herman and every single one of the RINO pretenders in 2012.

CPAC 2011 was certainly rocking on Friday!   Saturday should be very interesting with Andrew Breitbart, Haley Barbour, David Horowitz, John Bolton, Jonah Goldberg, Ann Coulter, and Lt Col. Allen West among the speakers scheduled.

CPAC 2011 Observations from the First Day’s Talking Points

     My how things have changed from last year to this one at CPAC. This year has seen a rowdiness that turned into downright rudeness at times that was very unsettling to me.  Surprise appearances by Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld drew boos and interruptions of nasty rhetoric from what are reported to have been Ron Paul Libertarians. Whoever you are, shame on you, I hope your names were noted and you will never be allowed near CPAC again. Your rudeness is a disgrace to Conservatives nationwide, and I find it totally unacceptable. In what should be a galvanizing conservative conference you chose to try to be divisive and petty, not to mention disrespectful to true American Patriots who have served this country for decades. I wonder how Ron Paul will address this embarrassment, since these are his supporters we are talking about.

    There are many new faces representing Teaparty groups and assorted conservative blogging groups across the nation at CPAC this year. While this was refreshing, it also brought about a sometimes disorganized feeling to the conference, as some people were not suited to speaking publicly, yet took the stage anyway. Laurie Rothof USA Today Radio, while being a seemingly sympathetic choice for hosting the CPAC,  I found her failed attempts at humor very annoying to put it politely. Hopefully they will smooth out these bumps  for next year to make it the totally enjoyable experience that I found it be last year.  This years inclusion of the controversial group of gay conservatives with GOProud has also been a source of division at this year’s CPAC.  It has caused conservative stalwarts such as the Family Research Council and The Heritage Foundation to pull their sponsorships, and also caused Senator Jim DeMint to boycott this years CPAC. That is a lot of solid conservative muscle to give up for allowing gay participation at CPAC and so far it shows. I also have to wonder if this is part of the reason Sarah Palin has refused to give the closing keynote speech this year, after initially expressing a keen interest in attending. This year’s CPAC has still managed to draw a list of confirmed all-star conservatives and special awards will be given out, along with the straw poll for the 2012 Presidential election.

                                                                                          Thursday, Feb 10th, 2011

        David Keene, the CPAC Chair and American Conservative Union Board of Directors got things started on Thursday and introduced the first speaker, Michell Bachmann. (MN)  Say what you want about Michelle Bachmann, I think she was a great choice to open up CPAC 2011 and she didn’t disappoint. Every Liberal reporter and blogger in America was whining and complaining about Bachmann signaling some kind of  Teaparty takeover of  the GOP because she was chosen to open the keynote address.  For anyone sick of Liberals and the so-called Main Stream Media controlling the message today in politics, Bachmann really blew them away with her now famous statement of Obama ushering in the unwanted  Socialism of  America. Good for you Michelle, stick to your Teaparty principles while sticking it to the left at every chance.

       Senator Ron Johnson (WI) called out  the Obamacare truths of lower quality through rationing and hindering innovation as being his main motivator in taking on and defeating Russ Feingold for the Senate seat after being apolitical most of his life. Obamacare’s passage was the final straw in making his decision to get involved in the fight against the leftist Obama agenda and we can be thankful for Senator Johnson getting involved today. He is proving to be a solid conservative on all fronts. Senator Johnson also called for more more conservative allies in the Senate after seeing what we are up against there. Lets get him some help in 2012 people.

     Senate freshman Pat Toomey was up next and came to CPAC to pitch his first proposed bill, which would obligate the U.S. government to make it a priority to pay down the interest on the national debt, if the debt limit is not raised. The bill is designed to give Republicans additional leverage in extracting spending cuts and budget reform in exchange for their votes to raise the debt ceiling, since it would make sure the government does not default on its debt if the ceiling doesn’t rise. This should be the main priority in Congress and this issue will come to a head one way or the other by March. Democrats have attacked it as a plan to “Pay China First.”  Toomey also urged the crowd to call their legislators and ask them to support the bill, which he said has earned co-sponsorships from about half his Senate GOP colleagues and inspired a companion bill in the House. Pennsylvania can be proud in electing such a solid American to represent us in the U. S. Senate.

     Freshman Rep. Kristi Noem (SD) was like a breath of fresh with statements like, “We don’t know a lot about how Washington, D.C. operates, and frankly, we don’t really care.”  She came to Capitol Hill to change it, not be assimilated by it. She spoke of giving money back to those who actually earned it and criticized the educational system that will create a new generation of youth who won’t receive as good of an education as their parents did.  This lady really represents true American values. I definitely agree with her point that we don’t really care how things used to be done in Congress, as that has us nearing 15 Trillion dollars in debt. Just because we have been stupid for decades of irresponsible spending does not mean we should keep going down that road.

    Senate Minority Leader  Mitch McConnell, (KY) made headlines at CPAC 2011 with the statements like, “A lot of liberals have been saying a lot of nice things lately about Ronald Reagan, and that’s nice to know,” McConnell said. “They want you to forget what they’ve been up to for the past two years, and The good news is nobody’s buying it; the American people are no more convinced [Obama] looks up to Ronald Reagan than they thought  Obamacare would make health care better.”  “You can’t stand up for your principles if you don’t have any,” McConnell emphasized.

   2012 Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich came out swinging, and in his usual eloquent but forceful way also bashed the Leftist myth of trying to equate Obama as some kind of new Ronald Reagan. That hurts me just typing that Socialist ploy here, to be perfectly honest. Newt held up the latest Time mag. propaganda issue and said, ” “I knew Ronald Reagan,” Gingrich said, and I hate to tell this to our friends at MSNBC and elsewhere: Barack Obama is no Ronald Reagan.”

  Rick Santorum chimed in on the  Obama Reagan comparisons with a statement to the Daily Caller, “Ronald Reagan believed in American exceptionalism and that America is the ‘shining city on a hill,’ but Barack Obama runs around the world apologizing for America. There’s a big difference between the hopeful, optimistic greatness and someone who sees America as a force for ill and who criticizes every aspect of our society other than government.”

   Rep Steve King  called for calling the Democrats bluff on the debt ceiling by shutting down the government if they refuse to cooperate to stop the irresponsible spending . Leftists everywhere are crying about this statement. Let them cry. King also fired a shot at all the illegals and those supporting their criminality by saying, “Anybody that brings up amnesty in this Congress, we need to just take the scarlet ‘A’ for amnesty and pin it on them.”  We also need to draw up pink slips for every single member of Congress who thinks they can ignore the rule of law in America today. It’s that simple, and Steve King is just the man to hold these people responsible for breaking the law.

    Another possible 2012 Presidential candidate made a surprise appearance at CPAC 2012. Enter billionaire Donald Trump. Trump said he was worried about the direction of America and that we need an accomplished President, a well-deserved slap at the lack of any real world experience of one Barack Hussein Obama. He also said America is becoming the laughing stock around the world and he hears this in his dealings with people in other countries constantly.

   New Senator Rand Paul received a hearty welcome at CPAC 2011, even from some of his father’s cankerous, rude supporters. Rand Paul pulled no punches, calling for spending cuts across the board and even served notice on the GOP for attempting to make small cuts while expanding the national debt by 3.5 trillion in the next 5 years. He also called out the transparent propaganda of the left and Obama by saying, “The president of the United States wants to sound now like he’s a conservative. He says he wants to freeze spending. But, it’s going to be this much [a small amount] of the budget, with inflated levels of spending,”

   The last keynote speaker on Thursday was Wisc. Rep Paul Ryan. he started out by pointing out that Obama didn’t get the message in the mid-term elections and in 2012 we will take back our country. The crowd  gave Ryan a very hearty welcome which was well-deserved for this no-nonsense budget guru. Ryan blasted the Liberal agenda of  creating a European-style cradle to grave welfare state and emphasized the Obama. Democratic big government agenda with, ” “All that stands between us today and abundance tomorrow is the burden of public debt, the government’s appetite to spend and the bureaucrats’ passion to regulate.” Well said Mr. Ryan.

    This wraps up the main keynote speaker’s summaries for the first day of CPAC 2011. This is 3 long days of wonderful conservative Americans getting together for the betterment of America. If I left anyone out, it is due to my desire to help inform the folks in a prompt fashion of who is saying what at CPAC 2011. Tomorrow I will review Fridays speeches and  other notables, such as in the beginning of this article, where I mentioned the lack of civility from some folks there. I hope that kind of disgusting behavior will cease to be the embarrassment it is for all conservatives on the second day of the 2011 CPAC.

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