The first day of the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) set the stage for what could be a raucous weekend of exciting events in Washington, D.C. Though the attendees of this year’s conference are of a broad spectrum, it appears that the majority are youthful and energetic, and an abundance of them are fans of Congressman Ron Paul. And this year, they came to be heard.
Much to the chagrin of constitutionalists across the country, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was presented the “Defender of the Constitution” award at the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Tensions were high during this evening’s ceremony, which took place at the Marriot Ballroom in the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, as audience members openly booed and jeered the recipient and loudly declared that the award should have gone to Texas Congressman Ron Paul.
The ranking Democrat on the House Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology Subcommittee began the first hearing on the Federal Reserve Bank in the new Congress with dramatic ad hominem attacks on Loyola University Maryland Economics Professor Thomas DiLorenzo. Rep. William Clay of Missouri accused DiLorenzo of having racist ties for being an adviser to the League of the South, a states'-rights organization, and then failed to address any substantive questions on economics to DiLorenzo with the dismissive remark: "I do know that I have no questions for you."
Senator James Webb the conservative Democrat from Virginia who defeated incumbent moderate Republican Senator George Allen in 2006, has announced his retirement from the Senate. Retirement may not be the right word, given that Webb served just one term. But he is leaving elective politics nonetheless.
An internal memo has been uncovered that proves that the Centers for Disease Control in fact did cover up abortion data. Surprisingly, the memo was discovered by the left-wing group Media Matters for America and publicly exposed by RedState.
With “don’t ask, don’t tell” scrapped by congressional vote late last year and open homosexuals now free to be all they can be in the armed forces, activists determined to force social change on America’s military have once again turned their efforts toward placing women into combat roles.
The White House has announced that it plans to make a change to the regularly scheduled Emergency Alert System (EAS) tests that declare, �This is a test�this is ONLY a test.� According to the Federal Communications Commission, the tests will soon include presidential announcements.
Despite the recent judicial decision that ObamaCare is fundamentally unconstitutional, the White House continues to assert that it will implement the health care law. According to the ruling of a federal judge who sided with 26 states that filed a lawsuit against Obama�s signature law, the law is unconstitutional and the decision should serve as �the functional equivalent of an injunction� against the law. Nevertheless, White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs indicates that the Obama administration will �rightly� implement the law.
When John McCain announced his choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate on August 29, 2008, the only foreign policy experience or expertise the Republican vice presidential candidate could point to was her 20 months as Governor of the only state between Canada and Russia.