The final day of CPAC 2010 (Saturday 2-20) did not disappoint. An array of conservative heavy-hitters, panel discussions and film offerings kept things interesting and conference attendees engaged. The exchange of ideas and the inherently intellectual exercise that is conservatism was fully in evidence.
Things got off to a rousing start with a short but passionate speech by Andrew Breitbart, best-known for his websites BigHollywood.com, BigGovernment.com and most recently Bigjournalism.com. Breitbart’s message was simple and direct: The so-called “mainstream media” can no longer distort and suppress the truth with impunity. There is now a rapidly expanding new media extant which is not afraid to tell the truth and to expose the lies of the Left. This is all-out war – and we are coming after you when you tell lies to the American people and attempt to destroy honorable individuals who dare to expose the non-politically-correct truth. Be scared ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC. Be afraid New York Times. You no longer control the narrative and we WILL hit back and hit back hard when you engage in personal destruction and obfuscation.
Next I attended a screening of one of Citizens United’s newest films: Atomic Jihad: Ahmadinejad’s Coming War for Islamic Revival. About 90 minutes in length, this documentary provides important insights into why Iran’s Islamist regime is pursuing nuclear weapons technology, and how the Obama administration’s policies are enabling it. The film includes a detailed overview of Islam’s history from 622 to the present, including its many territorial conquests and setbacks. It explores why Muslims consider Israel to be an intolerable blight upon Arab territory which must be destroyed. As with all of Citizens United’s productions I have seen, Atomic Jihad is very well-produced and conveys vital information in a compelling and accessible manner. You can read more about Citizens United and all their films here.
At noon, Ann Coulter packed the house and delivered a speech consisting primarily of one-liners, followed by a short Q&A session. Some of her best lines:
“Well, what a difference a year makes! This time last year according to the media the Republicans were finished, dead, moribund – it was the beginning of the Democrats’ thousand-year Reich….The fact that a Republican is now in former Senator Ted Kennedy’s seat must have him rolling in his grave – probably spilling his drink.”
“I might be in favor of national healthcare if it would require all Democrats to get their heads examined.”
“(Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings) has even written the introduction to a book titled Queering Elementary Education…and yes, as some of you may have guessed, it’s a pop-up book.”
“Bill Clinton was recently rushed to the hospital with chest pains.When the doctors asked what his symptoms were, he said he felt like 2 interns were sitting on his chest. He’s fine now, he just had to have a stent surgically inserted into his boxers once they got the interns out. While he was in the hospital he had some minor surgery, while he was there he had Sidney Blumenthal’s lips surgically removed from his buttocks.”
“CNN called the opponents of big government tea-baggers, which is the gayest term I’ve ever heard on CNN other than Anderson Cooper.”
“Ironically since Obama was elected, for the first time in my life, I’m sometimes not proud of my country!”
“You’ve been a great crowd, especially since you’re all paid shills for the insurance companies. Anyway, thanks for being here, Keith Olbermann is a girl, God Bless America, and remember – Keith Olbermann is a girl.”
Later in the afternoon I attended a panel discusion: Saving Freedom from Enemies of Sovereignty. It featured Michael Farris of Patrick Henry College, Wendy Wright from Concerned Women for America, Steven Groves of The Heritage Foundation, Jeff Gaynor from Americans for Soevreignty, and Frank Gaffney, Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy. The discussion focused on the ways in which the Left uses United Nations committees and resolutions to devise trans-nationalist laws which violate the traditional concept of national sovereignty. All the panelists were articulate and offered unique perspectives on this issue.
The final highlight of the day was of course Glenn Beck’s closing speech. In an address lasting about an hour, Beck captivated the packed hall with his trademark mixture of humor, history lesson and passionate articulation of conservative principles. He referred to progressivism as a disease existing in both parties. He called it a cancer in the system which must be removed.
Beck reminded the audience that he has been predicting the coming of an economic holocaust for about 4 years now. He believes that the worst is still ahead for us, but also that we will triumph over the coming adversity. He also spoke of his personal struggle with alcoholism and the lessons it taught him – lessons, he said – that are similar to the ones America must re-learn. Finally, in an emotional and passionate appeal to first principles and doing the difficult but honorable things necessary to restore American greatness, Beck invoked Ronald Reagan’s “Morning in America” theme, ending with tears in his eyes. The speech was a fitting conclusion to this three-day celebration of America’s founding principles. You can view it in its entirety here.