Open exclusively to Participating Organizations, Platinum and Diamond members, with tickets going for around $250 and up, the Ronald Reagan Banquet was among this year’s prized events at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
This year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has dealt with a number of controversies, ranging from the disputed presence of the homosexual Republican organization GoProud to the American Conservative Union’s naming of Donald Rumsfeld as this year’s Defender of the Constitution recipient. However, none of those controversies have been quite as prominent as the speech delivered by renowned author David Horowitz, in which he implicates a number of ACU board members for potential ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
During the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week, Liberty PAC, Ron Paul’s possible presidential campaign PAC, sponsored an event entitled “Repeal the ‘Patriot’ Act” that included (among others) libertarian authors and speakers Ivan Eland and James Bovard (photo at left). Earlier in the week, the U.S. House of Representatives had defeated legislation to extend expiring sections of the Patriot Act. But the vote occurred under a suspension of the rules that required a two-thirds majority for passage, and the House is expected to vote on the Patriot Act renewal again on Monday, February 14, this time with a simple majority required for passage.
The closing day of the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday did not disappoint as speaker after speaker wowed audiences, thought-inspiring symposiums encouraged political action, and the winner of the 2011 CPAC presidential straw poll was announced.
Attendees of the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) engaged in a voluntary presidential straw poll that often serves to indicate the ebb and flow of the conservative movement. Last year’s results revealed a surprising change in trend as Texas Congressman Ron Paul won the vote, defeating (among others) former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who was CPAC’s reigning victor for three consecutive years. If you were an attendee or guest at this year’s conference, and thus were able to observe firsthand the enthusiastic support for Ron Paul among the attendees, it would come as no surprise to learn that Congressman Ron Paul once again won the CPAC straw vote.
In 1987, homosexual activists Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen penned a provocative manifesto entitled "The Overhauling of Straight America", which was published in Guide Magazine, a homosexual publication. Their essay outlined an aggressive agenda to popularize acceptance of homosexuality. The co-authors further developed their plan of "subversion" and "propaganda" (their words) in their 1989 book, After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear & Hatred of Gays in the 90s.
The second day of the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), held at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., proved to be eventful as it boasted an array of prominent speakers and educational/inspirational symposiums.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul delivered his impassioned CPAC address today to an energetic crowd of Republicans, Constitutionalists, and Libertarians. Paul’s speech stayed true to his Libertarian, non-interventionist, pro-Constitution beliefs, drawing applause from paleo-conservatives and ire from some neoconservatives.
About mid-January, plastic signs with the number 5320 on them (similar to those pesky political signs) began appearing across Oklahoma. They were mostly on public rights-of-way or in front of vacant businesses. Soon "5320" was seen on electronic as well as traditional billboards, splashed across the sides of public transit buses, and even on placemats in restaurants and coasters in wine bars.
The House of Representatives will once again take up a vote on the PATRIOT Act next week, and is expected to vote for extension in their second vote on the legislation within just a few days. Next week's expected vote will differ from last Tuesday's in that it purposefully curbs Tea Party clout on the issue, and instead, will be undertaken under conditions more conducive to its passage.
In a nation where individuals were treated as equals before the law, a person’s racial and ethnic identity would be irrelevant to public policy. But in a nation in which there is much to be gained politically by identifying oneself with a particular racial or ethnic group, such classifications are the stuff of knock-down, drag-out fights.