CPAC's Last Day Encourages American Conservatives
(The New American) -- by Raven Clabough --
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.
The day began with an impassioned call from Tea Party favorite Andrew Breitbart, who has built a formidable internet-based, non-mainstream media empire at Breitbart.com. He is perhaps most infamous for his release of the Shirley Sherrod video footage that revealed the underlying racism of the NAACP, and the ineptitude of the Obama administration as it reacted to the video in haste.
Breitbart has made a living by exposing the deep hatred and violence of community organizers such as ACORN and the SEIU.
According to Breitbart “I don’t know why I originally decided to take on the Institutional Left, maybe because I thought it would look good on a resumé, but I realized it’s so much fun.... I don’t know if I’m a sick, twisted person, but I’m always on Craigslist looking for rallies just to go.”
Breitbart humorously regaled his audience with tales of his numerous encounters with the Left, particularly organizations like Code Pink, ACORN, and unions. Based on his experiences, he has determined these groups to be “hate-filled, racist sheep.”
“These people I’ve confronted are monsters,” said Breitbart.
His overall message was that the average citizen can take on community organizers.
Following Breitbart was Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi, whose strong leadership and fiscal conservativism helped him turn a $720 million budget deficit into a budget surplus. This remarkable turnaround helped earn him the 2006 Governor of the Year award. Additionally, the Americans United for Life named Mississippi the safest place for an unborn child as a result of Barbour’s pro-life agenda.
Barbour’s message was highly critical of the Obama administration, but he indicated his confidence in the newly elected Republican officials.
However, he added that the 2010 midterm results should only be considered “a good start”; the true success cannot be measured, he said, until “we have a Republican president in 2012.”
David Horowitz, the former Marxist radical-turned-anti-communist, surprised his audience when he delivered a controversial speech about the questionable connections between members on the panel of the American Conservative Union — the organization that is responsible for the annual CPAC conferences — and the Muslim Brotherhood.
In an exclusive interview with The New American, Horowitz stated that while he may not be invited back to CPAC in the future as a result of his speech, “It is my mission to wake up the conservative movement.”...
One of the most anticipated events of the day was the announcement of the results of CPAC’s 2011 presidential straw poll. This year’s winner was Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who surprised the establishment last year when he won the CPAC presidential poll for the first time. Those in attendance this year were unsurprised by the results, as the support for Paul was evident throughout the entire three days of events.
Paul won by with 30 percent of the vote, followed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who held 23 percent of the vote...MORE...LINK