CPAC 2010 came to a close last night with Glen Beck as the Keynote speaker. His speech was an impassioned one about his own trials and tribulations. He spoke about his own battles with alcoholism that caused him to lose virtually everything. He was broke; living in a one room apartment, his marriage failed which caused him to lose the everyday contact with his children. He had hit bottom. From this bottom he rebuilt his life. This was his “Come to Jesus” moment. The question that he was asking is that has the American government had theirs.
Beck didn’t hold back on republicans. He certainly wasn’t there to make nice to the GOP. And I say yeah. The GOP needs to hear that the problems that are going on in our country cannot be blamed all on one party. The truth is we are all to blame; the politicians who are out of control and the American electorate who sat by passively and allowed it to happen.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Beck without the chalkboard, which by the way got a standing O. His speech went into some history of the progressive movement, starting with Teddy Roosevelt. I read around some blogs that he is mischaracterizing Roosevelt’s presidency and ignoring the good things that President Roosevelt accomplished. As usual his point was lost on some. President Roosevelt accomplished some good things while he was in office, but a part of his legacy was the first building block of progressivism. That cannot be denied. My gosh, even Hillary Clinton has gone back to Roosevelt at different times throughout her career; a “modern day Teddy Roosevelt”. John McCain has been quoted as saying that Teddy is one of his favorites. Two progressives that start on different sides of the spectrum, but end up in the same exact place; out of control big government. Teddy Roosevelt was the President that took the first step towards big government in this country, leading us away from the founding principles of limited government that leads to individual liberty. The main point that Beck was trying to make was that party affiliation does not matter; it is the policies that matter.
He quoted the right’s beloved President Reagan and said it is still morning in America. We all just have to stand up and demand that our government start behaving in a way that will allow us to still see it.
A belief in the written constitution. The belief that we are responsible for ourselves and for our families. The belief that we are allowed to fail. The belief in a strong national defense are a few of the things that make me just a conservative girl.
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini
"I say this not to the teachers, but to their unions: If education were a war, you would be losing it. If it were a business, you would be driving it into bankruptcy. If it were a patient, it would be dying." Bob Dole
Yes, House Republicans have been in power for 5 hours and they have not passed their entire agenda. The New York Times things they should be canned and Democrats put back in charge. Don Surber
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"So I say huzzah to the 112th congress for reading the Constitution, for acting like it matters. It does. The Constitution may not be sacred, but the sacred has no better friend than the Constitution." Pat Archibold
"53% of Democrats have a postive view of socialism. 100% of republicans think those 53% are morons." Mark Levin
"Corrupt the young. Get them away from religion. Get them interested in sex. Make them superficial; destroy their ruggedness." First plank of the communist strategy for revolution - confiscated in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1919
"If you believe this isn't going to cost the government anything, you are likely to see leprechauns riding on unicorns with pots of gold circling the capitol" Rep. Devin Nunes, CA-21 on healthcare "reform".
"Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views". William F. Buckley, Jr.
"The Republicans were laughing and waving the American flag, and I thought that was ourtrageous behavior" Maxine Waters
"The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of 'liberalism' they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened." Norman Thomas
I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress. Frederick Douglas
Don't go around saying that the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. Mark Twain
I freed thousands of slaves, and could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves. Harriet Tubman
But I think the most important thing I have figured out was how not to lose hope even when things are bad and it feels like it won't get better. It will get better. You just have to keep working at it and moving forward. Homeless & Conservative
The way to crush the middle class is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. Vladimer Lenin
There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. F.A. Hayek