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CPAC 2013: Donald Trump

Businessman Donald Trump speaking at the CPAC convention 2013 {photo: ibtimes.com}
Businessman Donald Trump speaking at the CPAC convention 2013 {photo: ibtimes.com}

Written by Juliana Simone

National Harbor, MD – The man known for more than a decade to native New Yorkers as “The Donald” took the stage this afternoon to address an enthusiastic crowd convened for the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference celebrating its 40th anniversary on the shores of the Potomac River in Maryland. Self-made billionaire Donald Trump opened his monologue by telling the audience our country is in terrible trouble.

He cited we owed seventeen trillion dollars and have more than a trillion dollar deficit a year. “No country’s ever heard of numbers like this!” he observed. “Likewise, the Republican Party is in terrible trouble,” he continued. “As you get more and more conservative – they get nasty. They don’t like what we say.” Trump segued into the mainstream media and how the President is given unprecedented media protection.

To offer solutions on how we solve our country’s problems, Mr. Trump first pointed out how even the Tea Party, who he loves dearly, says to leave their Medicare and Social Security alone. “To keep these things affordable then the solution is to build a great economy.” “We don’t have one,” he noted. “China does.” “We have to make America great again,” he said in appeal to the room.

On the issue of immigration, Trump stated that when it comes to immigration, eleven million people will be voting Democrat. He believed a candidate can be out in front but (when it comes to Election Day) those eleven million will be voting Democrat. “Republicans are on a suicide mission,” he said. “You’re just not going to get those votes.” Donald Trump inquired further, “Why aren’t we letting Europeans in?” and told the attendees how he had many friends who want to move here and work here – that have been educated here – but we throw them out of the country after earning a degree at Harvard or Wharton and say you can’t move here – so they work somewhere else and work against us. “How stupid is that?” he asked.

The realtor and casino owner gave a nod to fellow Republican Newt Gingrich next saying he loved Newt because he was a member of his club down the road. Trump said he loved anyone who was a member of his club and jested maybe Obama should become a member. He talked about offering to build things at his own expense for Washington but never heard back from anyone.

“Conservative Republicans have to win elections,” he proclaimed. In his observations on the Republican Party, Trump said “Governors are saying it’s the stupid party.” He thought this was a horrible statement for a Governor to make because it was something that could come back to haunt you when the Democrat’s now will turn around and use it against you. Trump told fellow conservatives he believed a Party that spent four hundred million dollars on ads that made Obama look like a super hero was a failure, and that spending money like this with not one victory showed something was seriously wrong.

About himself, he revealed he’d made over eight billion dollars in his life and employed tens of thousands of people. When he filled out his financial forms (when considering running for President in 2012) people were surprised. He said he was continually criticized by “total light weights” – guys in dirty shirts who would say about him, “Donald Trump? He’s nothing.”

Donald went on to explain people liked success and though he liked Mitt Romney, he felt the one mistake he made was that he didn’t talk enough about his success and the great things he did. He reflected they were on the defensive instead of being on the offensive where they should have been.

In regards to Iraq, Trump said we spend 1.5 trillion dollars there and we lose great great young people – for what? He said at first he was told it was for the oil, so he thought, okay, I get that – but we didn’t take the oil. He reminded viewers we’re the second largest oil reserve after Saudi Arabia. He believes for soldiers that are killed we should give those parents a million dollars for the son they lost because a million dollars is nothing compared to the money over there.

He described how he just had to place a huge order for televisions from South Korea. Why? People asked him why he didn’t buy the televisions here. “We don’t make televisions here anymore,” he explained.

“We’re run by either very foolish or very stupid people. Our country is a total mess. What we need is leadership,” he opined. He projected if we build and grow our economy, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security all can be affordable again when we have a strong economy. North Dakota has a great supply of energy, but we can’t go get it, he mused, so we go to Saudi Arabia to get it! They can’t believe what they’re getting away with. “The Republicans, and the Democrats, say we gotta cut, we gotta cut, we gotta cut…it’s because we’re not cutting the mustard!”

In closing, Trump said, “We have to bring money in and take back our jobs from China. We have to start building again, manufacturing again and our problems will be solved. Let’s make this country strong again!” The Donald left the stage to strong applause.

Businessman Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2013 (photo: newgroopspeak.com}
Businessman Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2013 (photo: newgroopspeak.com}

Ed.: This article written and reported by Juliana Simone, also appeared on  a CT internet news site.

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Update: David Bossie: The New Trump Deputy Campaign Manager

Why He’s A Great Choice

September 6, 2016

Written by Juliana Simone

Donald Trump and David Bossie as new Deputy Campaign Manager {photo: Breitbart}
Donald Trump and David Bossie as new Deputy Campaign Manager {photo: Breitbart}

 

Republican nominee for the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, along with his advisors, made a smart decision the other day. They hired Citizen’s United President, producer of the documentary, “Hillary The Movie,” among many others featuring conservative political voices, and contributing author to Breitbart, their new Deputy Campaign Manager. He currently is also the Chairman of the Super PAC Defeat Crooked Hillary.

To the chagrin of most liberal publications, and the talking heads of the mainstream media, this is not good news. Bossie has a long association as an anti-Clinton advocate. Material in this chosen subject is rich, so his choice was an easy one which started back in the early-nineties when first investigating then Arkansas Governor/Democrat POTUS nominee, Bill Clinton.

In researching this update, and reading numerous posts on the news of Bossie as the new DCM for Donald Trump, the spin on Bossie from the left was priceless. Describing him as dogged in his investigation of Clinton’s sex scandals (Bill’s), Whitewater, more currently the record of Mrs. Clinton, as the former Secretary of State, and the Clinton Foundation, a reader/listener would think there was no reason to look into any of these things…why, the Clinton’s are as pure as snow…just ignore the mountains of evidence.

One of the first articles I archived on In My Vue, was the piece I wrote about David Bossie from CPAC 2013, which was posted in April of this year. Impressive then and now, he is a formidable addition to the Trump campaign, who brings a treasure trove of information about the Clinton’s long history to the forefront for voters today.

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CPAC 2013: David Bossie

Written by Juliana Simone

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David Bossie, leader of Citizens United and producer of “Hillary: The Movie”, is seen in his office in Washington on March 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

March 15, 2013

National Harbor, MD – United Citizen’s long-time President David Bossie took the stage on Friday to tell the Conservative Political Action Conference participants that as CPAC was celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year, United Citizen was proudly celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. He told the group in one of the strongest speeches of the day that “conservatives really need to think of new and innovative ways to deliver our message…and film is one of them.” [Under Bossie’s tenure Citizen United produced five feature film documentaries including “Hillary: The Movie” in 2008 which was not allowed to be shown due to established unlawful electioneering communication; Citizens United sued on First Amendment grounds, but initially lost until in 2010 the Supreme Court found in their favor in a landmark decision that now allows profit and non-profit groups to air political material without limits on spending or timing of release.]

Discussing the Republican Party, Mr. Bossie observed to CPAC members “unfortunately, some in the Republican establishment are trying to divide us.” He explained conservatives want to win every election but RINO’s (Republican in Name Only) want us to sell out our values just to win; if we sell out our principles, then the conservative movement is a ship without a rudder.

The author and activist brought up well-known political strategist for the GOP, Karl Rove, who is under some controversy lately for believing the tea party costs Republicans elections. Rove and the establishments “Conservative Victory Project” believes this groups candidates need to be replaced with party insiders who have more moderate agendas and appeal.

Bossie asked the audience, “Why does Karl Rove think he’s the only one who wants to win? Did some conservatives lose their elections? Sure, but establishment candidates lost more.” He continued by saying he likes Rove, and he’s a smart guy – the Architect.  “He and Bush were architects of policy disasters,” he quipped.

Moving his observations to President Obama he said, “Obama all but declared war against conservatives in his second inaugural address.” He noted that Obama’s soaring rhetoric from his keynote address at the Democrat convention was replaced by his clear agenda where he used the expression “collective action,” words that Castro or Khrushchev would use in a speech to their starving people.

Remembering Obama’s promises to clean up Washington, Bossie mused “the only thing Obama cleaned was our Treasury.” Bossie affirmed the mainstream media is in his (Obama’s) pocket covering all of his mishaps, the latest of which is Benghazi. The former Washington investigator reminded the audience that not since (President) Jimmy Carter, for thirty years, have we had one of our ambassadors killed overseas. He cited a House Bill that was a transparency bill for families with loved ones killed overseas.

In regards to the second amendment, Mr. Bossie suggested Washington look into Hollywood on-screen violence before taking our guns away.

On immigration, Bossie stressed we should finish building the fence and enforce existing laws on immigration before discussing immigration reform. On “Obamacare” (the Affordable Care Act) he told CPAC listeners he was pleased to see (U.S. Rep.) Ryan defund Obamacare in his budget plan and that this should be every conservative’s priority – to defund Obamacare and his socialism.

He repeated President Ronald Reagan’s ideology and plan for our country that included free enterprise, strong national defense and pro-family social policies as things that would make America sound again. In his final words he appealed to conservatives, “the grassroots of our movements must not sit on the sidelines…double your efforts.”

Archives: On the Street Interview with Elizabeth Esty

May 5, 2013

Kent, CT – Elizabeth Esty is asked about controversial campaign donations and her views on the second amendment.

Ameriborn News Exclusive Interview with U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty

Written by Juliana Simone

 

Kent, CT – Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-5) who took over this formerly held seat by her fellow party member Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy after the 2012 elections, was speaking to a small circle of constituents in Litchfield County about some of the issues that came up this Saturday afternoon on her “Congress in Your Corner” tour. A beautiful May afternoon allowed the United States Representative to stay and mingle with a handful of interested constituents who reside in one of the districts forty-one towns.

“I was delighted to see so many people show up today,” she told the group. Congresswoman Esty was pleased there were a variety of topics that were a mix of local, state, federal and environmental issues, among them Bulls Bridge and the Appalachian Trail which are pertinent to the area. In regards to the Appalachian Trail which runs 2,181 miles from Maine to Georgia, concerns about unsupervised swimming where there was a recent fatality, parking, safety and trash were discussed.

The Appalachian Trail is mostly maintained by the National Park Service one Esty and a member of the circle concluded but Esty asserted if the parking spaces were on a state road then this would be a state issue.  A man told the Congresswoman the newly created parking spaces were for CL&P so she wondered if this then was deeded land or an easement and concluded that state, local, federal and non-profits will have to figure this out.

Before departing the group, she was asked about Statico, and whether this had been resolved, and U.S. Representative Esty replied she would have to get them an update and reminded them a couple of people had asked about this today in her appearance at the Kent Memorial Library.

With time constraints where the Congresswoman had scheduled to look at local artist paintings before leaving Kent, she excused herself and then gave Ameriborn News Network some of her time. Here is a transcription of the two questions asked of Representative Esty and her responses along with the accompanying video of the interview:

Juliana Simone: Congresswoman, can I ask you a couple of questions?

Rep. Esty: Well, it depends…

Juliana Simone: Well, they’re different subjects but I was just wondering…

Rep. Esty: I’m sorry. You’re with whom?

Juliana Simone: Ameriborn News.

Rep. Esty: Okay.

Juliana Simone: We endorsed you over Donovan in Campaign 2012…(Esty laughs)

Earlier this week, you had to return some campaign donations from Northeast Utilities involving you and your husband (because of him) being the DEEP commissioner in CT…Are you going to return the rest of the individual donations that Jon Lender mentioned in the Courant?

{A toddler rides his scooter between the interviewer and Esty and Esty asks him, “are you going through?”  She says, “He’s enjoying his scooter,}

Rep. Esty: Um, No. The NU made a decision it was an (obstruction) but I have worked in the field of energy and environmental issues for a long time. I served well before my husband’s appointment. I served on the Energy and Technology Committee and the folks are aware of my work there…

Juliana Simone: At the House?

Rep. Esty:  In the House of Representatives here in the state of Connecticut…and that’s firm support from people over the years in communities and around the country…and a lot of those folks are people elsewhere around the country who are very concerned about having knowledgeable people in Congress who are making national – {ed.: indiscernible} to address these national, and frankly, international concerns.

Juliana Simone: Okay. Thank you. (Rep. Esty nods.)

And, about the death penalty…I know that you’re against the death penalty, so I was wondering, you know, unfortunately, the Fifth Congressional district in Connecticut had two of our most heinous national stories about murder – with Cheshire and the home invasion, and then our Newtown Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy…Now, I know you voted against the death penalty when you were a state representative and that included the Cheshire home invasion gentlemen, and now, if the Sandy Hook shooter…

Rep. Esty: I’m not answering any hypothetical about that, you know?

Juliana Simone: But I was wondering if he didn’t commit suicide, and he was found and convicted would you have voted for the death penalty against him?

Rep. Esty:  “I gotta tell you I don’t answer any hypotheticals about that, you know…my job is focused at this point on representing Newtown and all of the citizens of (that) district…and trying to make sensible gun control laws and gun safety laws so that we minimize the risk of any other communities going through what happened in their communities…

and today we had a number of gun owners who came to speak to me and we also had a very good conversation – because there is so much misinformation.  Part of the problem right now is there’s a lot of heat but not a lot of light about what’s happening…about we need to have real information about what the safety laws are and what those proposals would do…and I think if people look at them they’ll see how sensible they are and how important it is to get this done, to save the lives of children every day…

and police officers every day are just making sure that all of the law abiding gun owners are going through background checks, too…and so does everybody else…so they can’t choose to avoid going through a background check…which is what allow right now…and that’s just bullsh*t…”

The press liaison for Congresswoman Esty interjected there was no more time as she had to go view the paintings of the local artists.

The follow up question to Rep. Esty given more time would have asked about all of the gun owners who aren’t law abiding and do not go through background checks to acquire their weapons but hopefully both our state and federal legislators will include this issue in their future discussions, proposals and legislation.

 

 

CPAC 2013: Michele Bachmann

Written by Juliana Simone

 

March 16, 2013

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U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann 2013 (2007-2015) (photo:Twitter)

 

{Editor’s Note: After hearing a nationally syndicated talk radio host today struggle to remember this fine former U.S. Representative and candidate for President, with the finest respect, I had to add this impressive and extremely accomplished woman to my archived articles category. As a media person at this venue, I was fortunate to be among a small group of reporters she talked in a private room after her speech. She outperforms the current 2016 Democrat candidate, Hillary Clinton, by leaps and bounds, and as a female, would be far more worthy to attain the coveted title of the first female President of the United States.}

 

National Harbor, MD – The United States Representative from Minnesota, who is the Tea Party Caucus Chairman, opened her speech on Saturday focusing on the Benghazi scandal where our Ambassador from the United States was assassinated overseas along with three others. Rep. Bachmann told the convention that President Obama knew about the attack in the first hour and then went AWOL; he then went to Vegas to meet with Beyoncé and K.C. to talk about his campaign.

Michelle Bachmann reminds fellow conservatives that soon after this tragedy, Barack Obama then says in a speech to the United Nations, “the future must not belong to those who insult Islam.” Bachmann clarifies he should have said to the U.N. assembly after the Benghazi incident, “the future does not belong to the low-life murderers who kill innocent Americans!” (Cheers)

In a clear and rapid summary, U.S. Representative Bachmann clarified the many things that are wrong in our country under Obama and his administration right now:

Six trillion more in debt is a war on our youth; the President borrows millions from our enemies; federal bureaucrats earn higher salaries than anyone without a government job; seventy cents of every dollar that’s supposed to go to the needy and poor goes to the government and their salaries. She asked supporters, “How does he show he cares for the poor?”

Describing the First Family’s life of excess to viewers, she described how on Air Force One the Obama’s keep five chefs. In the White House home, they keep two film projectionists on hand night and day to run a movie for the Obama’s if they suddenly feel like taking in a movie. They have a paid dog walker on staff. The 2012 Republican Presidential candidate asked “Why are we paying for this when we can’t even get a disabled vet into the White House for a tour?”

(Cheers)

Talking about caring, she described President Dwight Eisenhower, the former WWII General, who wiped out polio in the United States by distributing the vaccine to the populace. Comparatively, she noted five million American’s suffer from Alzheimer’s today and a cure can be found if money were dedicated to this cause. To distribute that cure would cost one hundred seventy two billion dollars right now – but in the future, when millions more will have contracted Alzheimer’s, the amount to cure these patients will be twenty trillion – a figure greater than our entire debt today. All the money will be spent on care.

Scientists tell us we can have a cure for Alzheimer’s in ten years if we only cared. The same for Parkinson’s and other diseases – they could be cured if our government cared. But greedy litigators and over-taxation is more important than this. “We need big innovation and big ideas, not big government to solve this,” she declared.

“The people who call themselves progressive are the last to want progress. We are the ones who actually want progress.”

“We’ll make sure your sister has the gun to keep her safe,” she promised in regards to the second amendment and current gun law proposals in Washington. She added we are the ones that care about [cures and medicine.] “It’s our duty to pay forward for the next generation. We do it because we love; we do it because we care; this is who we are – we care,” she said resolutely in her parting words.

CPAC supporters are quite familiar with the fact that the Congresswoman’s powerful speeches continue to strike a nerve with the Democrat Party. House Minority Leader U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi for years has made it a partisan objective of the highest priority to get Bachmann out of Congress. Bachmann is as conservative and constitutional as Pelosi is liberal and in-step with her colleague’s goal of rewriting the Founder’s constitution.

U.S. Rep. Bachmann stands resolutely on some of the toughest positions the government takes on  – issues many legislators won’t address as retaining their seat in Washington is their most important goal. After Bachmann’s striking appearance at the CPAC convention Saturday, the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee is hinting to reporters that she is number one on their list for defeat in 2014. Bachmann’s voice for freedom is one the left wing would love to mute, and her voice is one of the last that should be silenced – as a citizen, as an American, as a Congresswoman and as a potential future President of the United States.

 

Ed.: This article written and reported by Juliana Simone, also appeared on Ameriborn News Network, a CT internet news site taken down in October 2015.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum: The Dedication Ceremony

 

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United States of America President George W. Bush (43) with former First Lady and wife, Laura Bush at the opening of their library.

 

Written by Juliana Simone

April 25, 2013

Dallas, TX – The four former United States of America Presidents, plus the country’s current Commander-In-Chief, attended this morning’s ceremony on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

Presidents Jimmy Carter, George Herbert Walker Bush, Bill Clinton and the honoree George W. Bush were in attendance, as well as, President Barack Obama.

An estimated crowd of ten thousand came to witness the ceremony. What is probably the most intense security in our country’s history, was positioned to protect all of the notables on hand from possible terrorism.

Some of the many guests included former Bush Administration members like Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Vice President Dick Cheney and Colin Powell, former world leaders like England’s Prime Minister Tony Blair and Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and sports figures like former Dallas Cowboy quarterback Troy Aiken. Rice, a close friend to the former President, also spoke at the event.

All five wives of the Presidents were on hand including Hillary Clinton who is not seen very often in public with her husband Bill. If pundits are correct, and Mrs. Clinton, currently 65, is seeking the Democrat Party’s nomination for a second time in 2016 when Obama’s second term ends, the shrewd former First Lady would not make the error to miss this feel-good publicity moment among peers and voters.  The five Presidents spouses appeared lively and well.

With the namesake of the library and museum speaking last, the other four men were to speak in chronological order starting with Jimmy Carter and leading up to our current sitting President Obama. George W.’s father, who preceded him in holding the title of President of the United States, spoke after Carter and before Bill Clinton.

The Democrat Presidents put politics aside and noted accomplishments of Bush’s they admired under his two terms, such as his unwavering response to terrorism after 911, when over three thousand people died when the World Trade Center’s two towers fell to the ground after Islamist terrorists hijacked American commercial jets, and flew them into the buildings without warning.

Jimmy Carter, delivering his words in sunglasses, told George W. Bush, “I am filled of admiration for you and your contributions to the most needy people on Earth.” This was in regards to Bush’s influence on Congress to give funding for AIDS relief for Africa among other humanitarian deeds.

The senior Bush, escorted out by a military usher, told viewers and onlookers in a brief speech, “It’s a great pleasure to be here to honor our oldest son. Thank you all for coming.”  He received a standing ovation. He jested about his speech to his son after leaving the lectern, “too long?” They laughed. Later he said modestly “We are happy to be here. God Bless America.”

His wife, Barbara, was at his side to join in the event of the library and museum dedicated to her son. Some of her comments to the press and guests showed she has lost little of her wit and spunk that made her a favorite First Lady.

An interview between George and Laura Bush, and veteran reporter Diane Sawyer, the night before the library’s dedication on ABC, showed many Americans for the first time President Bush was a painter among many other things. President Ronald Reagan was known for his doodles, and collectors spent good sums for them. Bush takes his artwork up a step. Sawyer’s interview revealed some of his paintings that show the forty-third President is quite talented.

Noting this, former President number two on the list, Bill Clinton, remarked on his colleague’s artistry, and used the wit and smile that made America forgive him time and time again through each scandal to win over the crowd. After expressing his opinions of Bush’s artwork and referring to self-portraits of a personal nature where Bush is bathing, Clinton, a Democrat, said he considered asking Bush to do a similar painting of him, but then thought better of it. “Those bathroom sketches are great, but at my age, I think I should keep on my suit,” he mused. (laughter)

Clinton, though a member of the opposing party, became close to George W.’s father, Bush 41, when they worked on different humanitarian projects together. Clinton and Bush even appeared side by side in commercials together promoting their cause that mixed humor and urgency. They are both Yale University graduates.

Sitting Democrat President Barack Hussein Obama, opened with some kind and thoughtful words where he expounded on recollection, “The last time we all got together was just before I took office.  And I needed that.  Because as each of these leaders will tell you, no matter how much you may think you’re ready to assume the office of the presidency, it’s impossible to truly understand the nature of the job until it’s yours, until you’re sitting at that desk.

And that’s why every President gains a greater appreciation for all those who served before him; for the leaders from both parties who have taken on the momentous challenges and felt the enormous weight of a nation on their shoulders.  And for me, that appreciation very much extends to President Bush.

The first thing I found in that desk the day I took office was a letter from George, and one that demonstrated his compassion and generosity.  For he knew that I would come to learn what he had learned — that being President, above all, is a humbling job.  There are moments where you make mistakes.  There are times where you wish you could turn back the clock.  And what I know is true about President Bush, and I hope my successor will say about me, is that we love this country and we do our best.”

He continued, “…we know President Bush the man.  And what President Clinton said is absolutely true — to know the man is to like the man, because he’s comfortable in his own skin.  He knows who he is.  He doesn’t put on any pretenses.  He takes his job seriously, but he doesn’t take himself too seriously.  He is a good man.

But we also know something about George Bush the leader.  As we walk through this library, obviously we’re reminded of the incredible strength and resolve that came through that bullhorn as he stood amid the rubble and the ruins of Ground Zero, promising to deliver justice to those who had sought to destroy our way of life.

We remember the compassion that he showed by leading the global fight against HIV/AIDS and malaria, helping to save millions of lives and reminding people in some of the poorest corners of the globe that America cares and that we’re here to help.

We remember his commitment to reaching across the aisle to unlikely allies like Ted Kennedy, because he believed that we had to reform our schools in ways that help every child learn, not just some; that we have to repair a broken immigration system; and that this progress is only possible when we do it together…”

But later he seemed to politicize the event and use the occasion to lobby for current legislation under his party’s proposal that is not very popular with Republicans and even among some immigrants. Many commentators agreed post-ceremony this was not the occasion to talk about D.C. agenda. Obama, who has been notorious throughout his Presidency among critics for “blaming Bush” (Bush 43) for all of his woes as the current Commander-in-Chief even years later into his second term, seemed today to do so one more time in an indirect way.

Bringing up the issue of immigration reform, he surmised if this is passed it’s because of Bush who was the first United States President to seek some solution to this major task. “…If we do that, it will be in large part thanks to the hard work of President George W. Bush…”

The major difference is George W. Bush sought answers to this populace out of compassion. Obama, and his equally minded democrat strategists, press to pass this law to increase their numbers at the polls on Election Day and assure the locking in of their party’s majority in Washington for generations to come.

The forty-third President of the United States and the man whose history as our country’s elected two term leader is the namesake of this library and museum was the final speaker.

He presented a memorable speech that melded traditional self-deprecating humor with poignancy. He joked briefly about a library being named after him when it was the last place you would have found him as a youth.

“One of the things about democracies is people are free to disagree. It’s fair to say I gave people plenty of opportunities to exercise that right,” Bush said with a chuckle.

On a more serious note, he told the thousands on hand and millions of viewers that in accessing his own legacy he believed future generations would see “we stayed true to our convictions…and it wasn’t easy…”

Bush said in regards to his father in an understandably emotional delivery, “Dad taught me how to be President. Before that, he showed me how to be a man.”  The second member of the Bush family to swear to preserve, protect and defend the constitution told his father the forty-first President, “it is awesome you’re here today” for this dedication.

After his speech, he held up his three-fingered W sign with his right hand to the people alongside his smiling wife Laura. A procession of military guard carried flags off of the stage and the five Presidents with their wives followed them as the ceremony came to an end.

George H.W. Walker had recent serious health issues with a bronchial infection that made his presence on stage at the age of eighty-eight especially meaningful for his son. He also suffers from Parkinson’s disease. The veteran hero and navy pilot who America fell in love with when watching the footage of his being rescued at sea after bailing out of his jet airplane after being shot down, chose to parachute out of a plane on his 75th birthday. He continued this fete for five years and resumed the event on his 85th birthday after hip replacement surgery. It was the seventh jump for the father of six.

As for future politics, the Bush family which is a true picture postcard of real family values, seemed split about the idea of George W.’s brother Jeb, the former Governor of Florida who was also on hand, running for President. His brother supported him whole heartedly saying, “He would be a marvelous candidate.”  His mother discouraged the notion saying in her view, as a Bush through marriage, there have been enough Bush’s now. Even if Jeb decides to pass on a run for the highest office, there are many younger generations of Bush’s who could someday make history by becoming the third member of a family to hold the title of United States President.

On a final excerpt of the Diane Sawyer interview shown this evening on ABC Nightly News, Laura Bush is shown giving a tour to Diane of the new museum and shows her a tube of “hanging chads.” (they laugh) {Editor: “hanging chads” was a paper ballot ‘condition’ which included “dimpled chads” which was conceived by the Gore campaign after losing the 2000 Presidential election to George W. Bush by an electoral vote count. Gore contested the win and it came down to which candidate won the state of Florida. Gore’s attorneys hoped if enough ballots thrown out because the vote cast was not discernible, after being combed over a second time for any “hanging” or “dimpled” chad, he would overturn the outcome and be declared President. The most rabid Gore supporters and mainstream media reporters could not come up with the missing numbers to overturn the election.}

The admirable former First Lady also reminded Sawyer about her husband’s “No Child Left Behind” work for education reform. While working on this, 9-1-1 suddenly happened and everything changed, she said. She shows Sawyer a big piece of metal on display in the museum that is from the point of impact in the second tower. They mention how President Bush’s relief saved millions of lives in Africa from malaria and AIDS. The tour concludes with Laura showing Diane an exact replica of the Oval Office while her husband occupied it, including the desk that became famous during President John Kennedy’s term while being photographed with his son John Jr. hiding underneath and peering at the photographer as a young boy. An excerpt of the last address of George W. Bush as President is broadcast where he tells American citizens, “I will now carry the title that means more to me than any other – citizen.”

There are twenty-one Presidential libraries throughout the country which in addition to Bush 43 are dedicated to Clinton, Nixon, Bush 41, Reagan, Ford, Carter, Johnson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, Truman, Roosevelt, Hoover, Coolidge, Wilson, McKinley, Hayes, Grant, Lincoln, John Quincy Adams and our Founding Father George Washington. Thirteen are maintained by the Office of Presidential Libraries which is part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and eight are maintained by states or private organizations. The cost of the new library and museum was two hundred and fifty million, the most to date of any other Presidential library, but the expense was all paid for by private funds and donations.

CPAC 2013: Connecticut’s State Senator Art Linares (R-33)

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Connecticut State Senator Art Linares at CPAC 2013

Written by Juliana Simone

National Harbor, MD – Connecticut’s own Republican State Senator Art Linares took the CPAC stage this afternoon to tell the Conservative Political Action Conference his story as a young Republican and newly elected State Senator. Linares is twenty-four years old and was elected in November of 2012. He represents the towns of Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook. Linares is a resident of Westbrook. His tale was one that the Conference likes to feature as a strong voice for the future of American youth.

Senator Linares (R-33), introduced himself to CPAC members by telling them he worked in Washington for Senator Marco Rubio in 2010. Dick Cheney (former Vice President to George W. Bush) advised the young man/staffer if he wanted to make a difference to leave D.C., go home, and put your name on a ballot. He did. He described to attendees how he called three friends on return and asked for their help. They knocked on every door until Linares says he wore out three pairs of shoes “and we won!”

He thought some in the room might wonder what made someone twenty-four want to serve his 100,000 constituents. He explained how his Cuban grandparents lived through the Bay of Pigs invasion. His grandfather was put in jail during the fighting. When he got out, and the invasion had failed, Linares grandparents fled to America to raise their children in a safe and free country.

It is this family history that inspired the new state Senator to embrace conservative values of equal opportunity, hard work and protecting American liberty.

Senator Linares then addressed his fellow young Republicans and conservatives in the ballroom. He told them they are the Y generation and they are one hundred million strong.

He said we have the opportunity to change our nation and get involved in our towns and states. “We have to win elections and we can’t win if you don’t run! I’m challenging you to put your name on a ballot,” Linares shouted. He advised them with energy and passion to ring every phone and wear your soles on your shoes down knocking on doors, and {then getting} another pair.

“Will you lead?” he asked. “Will you put your name on a ballot?”

He thanked the convention with the parting words “God bless America.”

Linares chose to follow in his father’s footsteps when he saw his father become a successful businessman as a free man.

At the age of nineteen, Linares started his own solar energy company out of his basement while earning a degree from Skyes College of Business at the University of Tampa. He majored in entrepreneurship as he developed his company. “Greenskies” is based in Middletown.

As his business became prosperous, Senator Linares chose to take a sabbatical from his solar power company for the opportunity to be on Florida’s Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio staff. While serving Rubio, he learned how to work in public service and with the Senator’s constituents.

State Senator Art Linares serves in the Connecticut General Assembly as a ranking member on the Select Committee on Children and is a member on the Banks, Commerce and Education committees.

CPAC 2013: Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Benjamin Carson, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, delivers remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland Photo:REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Dr. Benjamin Carson, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, delivers remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland {Photo:REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst}

 

Written by Juliana Simone

March 16th, 2013

National Harbor, MD – Dr. Ben Carson, a new and articulate face among conservatives, talked at length about a variety of subjects at the fortieth Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday. The pediatric neurosurgery doctor who practices at Johns Hopkins Hospital, came to the attention of the mainstream media and thus the general public when as an invited speaker he made conservative remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast held by President Obama in February.

It appears the Obama’s knew little about the man before asking him to address their guests perhaps other than his title and race since they took umbrage to the words he delivered that morning that were in direct contrast to their own beliefs and policies. Dr. Carson’s words were not to the liking of the President and his wife, the media with its liberal bias and most of the room since they sharply conflicted with everything the current administration believes and is trying to legislatively push through while time is on their side.

Carson talked about Hillary Clinton and how her choice of words in public speaking engagements changed ‘freedom of religion’ to ‘freedom of worship.’ “Freedom of worship,” the esteemed brain surgeon explained, is something that is allowed in China and was also allowed in World War II Germany.

The definition of marriage is also an attack on freedom of religion the good doctor said…by trying to change the definition of marriage and make churches recognize the new definition. In words to religious leaders, Carson said, “The church needs to stand up and be the church. When did America allow church into the public square?” he asked. He noted that Christians started the anti-slavery movement and suggested to the CPAC audience to please read “A Free People’s Suicide” by Os Guinness.

Carson asked, what’s logical – what’s common sense? “Common sense shouldn’t just be for conservatives, but liberals, too.” Dr. Carson told listeners he’s received many letters since his breakfast speech with President Obama; many letters from seniors who said they’d given up until they heard him speak. He said he got a few ‘nasty grams,’ too, saying ‘how dare you insult my President!’ Some of them mentioned his race and Carson asked, “when did it happen you had to have a certain philosophy because of the color of your skin?” A reporter once asked me why I didn’t talk about race, he reminisced. I said, “Because I’m a neurosurgeon – when I operate and open the Dura I see who they really are…it’s not the color of their skin.”

He remembered how difficult his upbringing was with a single mom who worked three jobs until midnight and told the convention how she made them turn off the TV at some point and read three books a day. Friends would ask him, why were we reading when our mom wasn’t home? He said, “Because back then you did what your parents said.” (laughter) We couldn’t call 911 and complain to someone…he reflected with a hint of sarcasm.

Addressing his experiences at school, he revealed how as a child he went from being nicknamed ‘dummy’ by his classmates to being top in his class – and helping the other kids in seventh grade when they went to him for the answers.

In regards to the election process, Dr. Carson said people go in the voting booth and say ‘there’s a name I recognize – I’m going to vote for that one.’ They have no idea how they represent them. “This is a country that’s for, of, and by the people – not for, of, and by the government.  And if we turn it over to them, we cannot complain about what they’re doing… because this is the natural course of men, and we have to hold their feet to the fire.”

Speaking about what he knows best, Dr. Carson detailed the human mind saying the brain is amazing…it can process billions of bits of information in one second – remember everything – see everything – strategize – not react like animals…People now would rather react than strategize.

Segueing into America’s debt, he added, “If we begin to spend ourselves into oblivion we’ll destroy this nation.” Enjoying his moment in the new political spotlight, he puffed up and supposed to supporters, “Now, let’s pretend you magically put me into the White House.” (cheers/applause; he laughs and takes it back)

“First, I’d divide everyone against each other,” he inflected with irony to point out the current administrations agenda.  “A house divided against itself cannot stand’ a wise man named Jesus Christ once said.”

He continued by laying out a plan that if he were an enemy of the United States, he would set about destroying the nation in four simple steps:

Create division among the people, encourage a culture of ridicule for basic morality, undermine the nation’s financial stability through excessive government debt, and weaken the military. “It appears, coincidentally, that those are the very things that are happening right now,” he observed.  ”And the question is, how do we stop it?  Can we stop it, or must we inexorably follow the same kind of path that other pinnacle nations have followed before their destruction?”

Additionally, his plan would undermine the financial stability and drive it so far into debt it couldn’t rehabilitate, weaken the military and undermine the moral of the military. All of those things are what happened to other pinnacle nations before they fell, he observed.

We all have responsibility to recognize what’s going on and change it.

Dr. Carson, an advocate for education improvement, talked about the scholarship he created for great students instead of all the trophies given out to kids for everything now that he and his wife saw when visiting schools recently.

“Education is a fundamental principle of what made America a success,” he stated, reflecting on the importance of education in his own life, and noting that well-educated people are better equipped to pursue opportunity and provide for themselves – not lapse into social safety-net dependency.   Carson cited the thirty percent high school dropout rate today and suggested a plan to create reading rooms where schools had no libraries. For motivation on the money spent on educating our young, Carson reminded his audience “for every student we save that’s one less person you have to save your family from or pay for in the penal system.” “We can’t afford to throw any young people away,” he professed.

Reflecting on United States history and its industrial empires, Carson reflected American barons didn’t just become European land barons that just passed their wealth down to future generations. They built transcontinental railroads, museums and {became manufacturers.}

On America’s wealthy, the renowned surgeon stated that forty percent of the wealthiest families give half their wealth to charities. “No other country in the world would do that…”

In regards to taxes, he said someone criticized him at the prayer breakfast for bringing up God. “I don’t understand that – it’s a prayer breakfast.”

God – you make ten billion you put in one billion – you make ten dollars you put in one dollar. What’s not fair is when you exempt someone. To me, that’s offensive.

The superior elite people say, ‘there, there, little thing, I’ll take care of you.’ The other ulterior motive is if everyone doesn’t have skin in the game, not everyone will care about raising taxes and you’ll to explain to all.

As he did at the National Prayer Breakfast, Carson warned of the dangers of allowing government to control health care, which represents one-sixth of the economy.  “If the government can control that, they can control everything,” he said.  Instead, he proposes that 80 percent of the interactions between doctors and patients could be easily handled through health savings accounts, a proposal discussed in more detail in his book, “America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great.”

“We need to understand what is going on, because there are much more economic models that can be used to give us good health care than what we have now. And we were asleep at the wheel to let it happen, but we have to find a way still to make it work,” said the neurosurgeon.

Addressing economics, Carson said his critics would say he’s a neurosurgeon so he couldn’t know anything about economics. “It’s not brain surgery,” he mused. (applause)

“Corporations aren’t there to be social welfare programs. They’re there to make money,” he said in terms of pro-business growth. He said there is an awful lot of money floating around beyond America’s borders, and our government could bring it home by “treating businesses as friends, not as enemies.” He repeated his comments about truly fair taxation he stated at the National Prayer Breakfast where he talked about truly fair taxation and a low and flat tax system which would punish no one and exempt no one.

Moving on to social issues and religion, Dr. Carson told the convention “We need to resist this war on God. People don’t want to talk about God and don’t dare mention Jesus Christ. What happened to freedom of religion? Freedom of speech? Let’s let everybody believe what they want to believe,” he countered.  ”And that means, P.C. police, don’t you be coming down on people who believe in God and who believe in Jesus.”

“We need to understand that we are not each others’ enemies in this country.  And it is only the political class that derives its power by creating friction.  It is only the media that derives its importance by creating friction… that uses every little thing to create this chasm between people.  This is not who we are.  We have much more in common with other people than we have apart.  And we have to be smart enough to understand that, and we have to live by Godly principles of loving your fellow man, of caring about your neighbor… of developing your God-given talents to the utmost, so you become valuable to the people around you… of having values and principles to guide your life.  And if we do that, not only will we remain a pinnacle nation, but we will truly have one nation – under God – indivisible – with liberty and justice for all.”

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An interview follows with biographer Eric Metaxas. It is noted Dr. Carson will be retiring from medicine in 106 days. The surgeon will be 62 years of age soon. Carson says he understands why pilots are asked to retire before they crash planes. He’s asked if he is leaving medicine to get into the political sphere. Carson is amused and says he’s very dedicated to education and asks people to go to his scholarship website…then, who knows? The interviewer muses that Dr. Carson must be getting into politics because he didn’t answer the question. {they laugh}

Dr. Carson came into the national political spotlight after criticizing President Obama and his Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, at a national prayer breakfast attended by the president in February, where Carson delivered a staunch defense of conservative and Christian values. His remarks were completely unexpected by President Obama and the First Lady.

 

Ed.: This article written and reported by Juliana Simone, also appeared on Ameriborn News Network, a CT internet news site taken down in October 2015.

 

 

CPAC 2013: Sarah Palin

 

 

Sarah Palin: CPAC 2013 {photo: hollywoodonthepotomic}
Sarah Palin: CPAC 2013 {photo: hollywoodonthepotomic}

CPAC 2013: Sarah Palin

Written by Juliana Simone

March 16th, 2013

 

National Harbor, MD – When Sarah Palin speaks it’s always an invigorating experience. Full of energy, amusing and insightful, she is a breath of fresh air for convention goers and armchair CPAC attendees who have heard hours of speakers. They’re all noteworthy, but Sarah brings the same wit and wisdom to the podium Reagan did…Peppering speeches with folksy zingers that reel their listeners in only to club them in the head with a glaring point. No one can ultimately compare to the former two term Republican President,  but Palin still emits what the more stalwart presenters don’t – amusing antidotes and observations combined with hard hitting facts.

Taking the stage with a humorous and topical prop, the former Alaska Governor displayed a “Big Gulp” cup, a drink purchase a consumer can buy at a fast food franchise or movie theater. This was in reference to New York Mayor Bloomberg’s recent failed litigation to police the food his constituents could buy for the better of their health when the New York Supreme Court found the mandate nebulous in terms of other sugary drinks that could still be bought like sweetened coffees or milkshakes.  Businesses caught selling these were going to be fined two hundred dollars. “Oh Bloomberg’s not around, our Big Gulps are safe,” she jested.

2008 Republican Vice President Nominee started her speech by saying we can have an adult conversation… She asked, “Remember no drama Obama? Now it’s all drama Obama.”  Palin told the crowd, “We don’t have leadership coming out of Washington – we have reality television! And it’s really bad reality TV and everyone tuned it out a long time ago!”

“The purpose of politics is to lead and serve,” she told her fans. “They talk about building the party – how about rebuilding the GOP,” she asked. “We can’t ignore though that we just lost a big election – came in second – out of two…Second position on the dog sled team is where the view never changes and the view ain’t pretty,” she mused.

“We’re not here to rebrand the Party – we’re here to rebuild a country!”

“We’re not here to dedicate ourselves to new talking points coming from DC. We’re not here to put a fresh coat of rhetorical point on our party…We’re here to restore America, and the rest is just theatrics. The rest is sound and fury. It’s just noise. And that sums up the job President Obama does today.”

She stated eight percent unemployment rate doesn’t begin to capture how bad things are for everyone…and cited our President fancies himself as the champion of the middle class… but median incomes dropped five thousand dollars even while working longer hours. Gov. Palin noted the family budget has too much to maintain from college costs to the price of gas.

Palin reminded people that no budget has been passed for four years and it’s not just bureaucracy bungling – it’s government refusing to declare what they’re going to do with our money. {Editor’s note: For the first time in four years, a budget was just passed at the time of this posting which adds a trillion dollars of new taxes for United States citizens and made no cuts to the special interest groups that were on the list} “Barack Obama promised the most transparent administration ever,” she reminded members. “Barack Obama – you lied!” (Applause)

“No budget is no leadership,” she continued. “Never before have our challenges been so big and our leaders so small…When we were here last year, we wanted to see Barack pack up and go back to Chicago – but Election Day came and went and the campaign never ended…”

“Leaders take risks for the good of our country. Campaigners make promises they can’t keep. Leaders reach across political differences, campaigners double-down on those differences. Leaders seek to bring Americans together to confront our challenges and campaigners seek to divide and to conquer and to orchestrate crisis after crisis after crisis to exploit. Mr. President, we admit it, you won. Accept it. Now step away from the teleprompter and do your job,” she said. (Cheers)

“The permanent political class is in permanent campaign mode,” she sighed with remorse.  “So where do we go from here?  One of my idols, Lady Margaret Thatcher – she offered this advice after her party lost…She told fellow conservatives not to get lost in abstract debates and green eye shade accounting.  Mrs. Thatcher advised conservatives to focus their concern first and foremost on the people.  She said, “Look at every problem from the grassroots – not from the top looking down.”  She also cautioned conservatives not to go wobbly on their beliefs, to which I offer a hearty “Amen, sistah!”  We could use a leader like Maggie Thatcher today! {former England Prime Minister Margaret}.

Palin suggested imagining a leadership that governs for the people by the people…Imagine leadership that guides by the star…the constitution…that respects the second amendment in our constitution…

Addressing the topical amendment, Palin inquired, “More background checks? Dandy idea, Mr. President. Should have started with yours!” (applause) “Any wonder there was such a run on guns and ammo for Christmas? You should see what Todd got me for Christmas,” she revealed… “Well, it was a rack to put in a four wheeler… I had to get him something to put in the rack – so this go around he got the rifle, I got the rack!” (Cheers and laughter)

The 2008 Republican Vice President nominee told college Republicans in the audience she is so proud of them and tells them they are so bold. “My only advice – you’ve got to be thinking Sam Adams – not drinking Sam Adams!” (Applause) “Just a joke,” she says, saying she doesn’t want to get email, etc. from the Adams people or beer drinkers – but advices students to keep up the good work.

Returning to her vision in this communication, Palin articulates, “Imagine leadership that seeks solutions to real violence…End the poison between different groups and electorates by pandering with different issues; there are no Spanish issues or women issues or African American issues – there are only American issues!”

CPAC must share our message of liberty and freedom to all Americans. They’re not our enemies – they’re our neighbors and friends. Let’s grow. “We’ll never win a contest of ‘identity politics’ – no one’s guaranteed success but everyone’s guaranteed an equal opportunity to success.”

Liberal’s greatest lie is bigger government is a way to this success.

Crony capitalism, green energy, free phones, free prophylactics… “If you don’t have a team of lobbyists in D.C. or a canceled contribution check, well, you’re not at the table. You’re on the menu,” she said. “The last thing we need is Washington, D.C. vetting our candidates…If we had one message to send to Washington, it would be this: Get over yourself. It’s not about you.” She went on to say it was about families finding a half million in tuition fees, what mandates are taxes and coming next…

We the people need to break up the cronyism once and for all. Alaska – read your constitution. Those big resources aren’t owned by big conglomerates – they’re owned by us.

“The next election is twenty months away. Now is the time to furlough the consultants and tune out the pollsters, send the focus groups home and toss the political scripts…because if we truly know what we believe, we don’t need professionals to tell us.”

Creating a government by and for the people means funding candidates willing to lead in your communities – someone whose opinion you trust. Don’t let those in the political bubble tell you who’s worthy and who doesn’t fit the bill. “If these experts keep losing elections, keep raking in millions, if they feel that strongly about who should run in this party, they should buck up or stay on the truck…

“The architect(ssssss…),” Palin said dragging out the ‘s’ with affect to not make it a singular reference to Republican consultant Karl Rove who recently outlined how tea party candidates cost the republican party votes, “can head on back to their Lone Star state and put their name on the ballot, though for their sake I hope they give themselves a discount on their consulting fees…”

There’s more common sense in the solders, students, moms and cowboys I’ve ever met…she proclaimed.

The conservative bestselling author asserted that we need a President who is more concerned with finding the money for the White House to stay open for tours for college students then giving a half million dollars of weapons to the Islam brotherhood.

“With the grace of god we will save our country.”  Sarah Palin carries off the Big Gulp to-go cup she holds up to the crowd…(Cheers)

The former Governor of Alaska and Republican Vice President nominee continues to prevail with her words both spoken and written while the mainstream media and democrat caucus continue to dismiss her. As Albert Einstein said, ““Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

 

 

{editor: this post originally appeared on Ameriborn News – an internet news site Juliana Simone contributed to from April 2010 to October 2015}

 

CPAC 2013: David Keene

Written by Juliana Simone

March 16, 2013

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David Keene CPAC 2013

National Harbor, MD – The National Rifle Association, President David A. Keene, opened his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference on the third day of the event, by saying he was not going to speak about the second amendment. Keene elected to use his time to talk about the GOP divide. “The Republican Party’s been left for dead many times but it’s always managed to come back,” he said.

The former American Conservative Chairman, who held the seat from 1984 to 2011, or over a quarter century, used his experience and expertise to review the Republican Party, past and present.

Under Nixon, he recollected, there was a project known as “Operation Switch.” This plan involved getting Republican elected officials to get Democrats to switch parties. A Republican leader he knew said to him, “we don’t want those people in our Party – they’ll change our policies.” Keene told the audience that he may have been right, because that legislator lost his seat soon afterwards.

Under Reagan, who got here under Goldwater {the former five term U.S. Senator from Arizona who was the Republican Party’s nominee for President in 1964 and was an advocate for conservatism} and was originally a registered Democrat before becoming a staunch Republican, reminded his colleagues that they needed to accept the fact that when new people come in, they want a voice. Keene said the Party didn’t welcome those either.

Evangelicals came in next, and many today are part of the new/old Republican establishment, Keene observed. The Party didn’t want them. When fully 50% of all votes counted in a Republican primary were cast by people under thirty, the Party didn’t want them. Now, Rand Paul, who became a hero to many, {referring to his recent filibuster on the Senate floor where the Kentucky legislator spoke for thirteen hours in protest to President Obama’s choice to head the CIA} the Party says we don’t want him, regardless of the many young people who support him.

“Establishments grow or die…bring people in or drive people out,” Keene continued. “Our movement is based on ideals and principles…if the Republican Party has exclusion policies, they won’t win and will look back at their glory days.”

The Chairman recalled when Ronald Reagan came to CPAC, but emphasized Reagan and Goldwater didn’t start the conservative movement; writers like William F. Buckley, Milton Friedman and George Stigler did with their publications, along with groups like the Philadelphia Society.

The Eisenhower/Taft war for the Party’s nomination for President also showed the divide within the Party historically, Keene mentioned, and when Dwight Eisenhower won, Taft withdrew his name after speaking negatively about Eisenhower’s win. {Taft was quoted as saying after his loss, “Every Republican candidate for President since 1936 has been nominated by the Chase National Bank.”}

Keene explained further that Goldwater’s book, {published in 1960} “Conscience of a Conservative” made him a hero overnight. “Eisenhower produced Phyllis Schlafly and Goldwater produced Ron Reagan.”

In remembering President Reagan, Keene said Ronald Reagan brought an optimism to the Conservative Party…he had the ability and true belief…he knew we were right and they were wrong; our ideas work and there’s don’t; and he had faith in the common sense of Americans. The course he charted for us brings us to political gains and achievements.

Keene mentions Bill Kristol {founder of The Weekly Standard} and how it’s believed the only reason to be in politics is to gain power. “Wrong,” states Keene, highlighting that “we’re involved because we care…and they’re wrong and we’re right…”

In addressing the present, David Keene suggested to his fellow conservatives, “what we need to do is look at how effectively we communicate our values to those who aren’t as obsessed with politics as we are.”

He spoke about successful political movements and how they start out by electoral wins with good communication. Talking about opponents, he said, “their road is going to lead us somewhere we don’t want to go…our job is to show them this…we’ve done this before and can do it again.” Talking about his fellow conservatives, he said, “We conservatives have our differences. We’re a fractious bunch…we’ve never walked in lockstep and never will – it would be boring if we did.”

Following his observations today, Keene felt a Party that can do this will survive, grow and win, and noted it’s why we strive not to change their appeal. “Freedom is always a better alternative to slavery,” Keene said in parting.

CPAC 2013: Rick Santorum

Written by Juliana Simone

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Former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum CPAC 2013 (photo:charismanews.com)

National Harbor, MD – Republican Presidential candidate 2012 and former veteran Pennsylvania Senator and Congressman Rick Santorum addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday. The articulate legislator who often uses spiritual and historic references in his well-versed speeches told his fellow conservatives “he who has a why to live for can bear almost how.”

Speaking about lower income Americans who are suffering today, he asked if they were worse off than those of the same status one hundred to two hundred years ago. He recognized the old adage without one’s health you’re nothing, but pointed out that healthy or not people on this tier are far better off today than centuries ago due to government assistance and modern advancements.

Regardless, Santorum told the room on culture leadership has robbed them of the why today. He asked, “What is the why of America? What is the American dream?” He told patrons we’re not about ethnicity and we’re all hyphenated in terms of our lineage – Italian-American; Irish-American; African-American. The conservative former Senator surmised it is the Declaration of Independence that brought us together and gave America our soul – “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”

He continued observing that God is mentioned four times in the Declaration of Independence and noted we are the only country in the world whose government was not formed from a sovereign, a King or a legislature. Santorum said in essence, America is a moral enterprise and focused on the human dignity of every person.

Talking about the Democrat Party, the expert law maker noticed the left can always provide “more stuff” through government programs that are paid for with someone else’s money. He said with concern if all we do is offer people a way to get more stuff than we lose and that to gain sometimes meanings losing soul.

“President Obama says he wants to transform America,” Santorum proclaimed. He sneered “leave it to Obama to see himself in such a grandiose way…But, America’s been transforming itself for hundreds of years…he just wants to close the deal.”

Going back into history, Rick Santorum spoke about the French Revolution which followed the American Revolution and how French officer Lafayette wanted to mirror our Forefathers vision for his own country carrying two picture frames with him – one with the Declaration of Independence and one empty with the hope to hold a similar document that would leave something great for the future of France. Lafayette died with the frame empty. Why? Because the French Revolution, though it sounded like us, was not… They replaced a sovereign King with a sovereign mob, Santorum explained, which led to the guillotine and Bonaparte.

The principled conservative leader went on to say that a society that is Godless is without faith – specifically anti-cleric/anti-God – they then believe the Government is the one who cares for us. “This is the President’s New Deal!” Santorum declared. “Give us more power and we’ll take care of you.”

Santorum asks his fellow conservatives how to make a difference. He said he’s done his part. (cheers) He talks about starting his organization “Patriots Voices” and about the film he’ll be presenting to attendees later that day at the convention.

He asked listeners how did we win? How did we win the American Revolution? Because we had bigger guns? Better uniforms? No, because we had the passion. He said the left lives every day to transform us. Talking about Americans today, Santorum said we go about everyday living our lives. We don’t have the passion they do (the left).

“The Founders said the greatest threat to freedom was time,” the Republican Presidential candidate reminded supporters. Their greatest fear was we would lose that revolutionary fervor –  that passion for truth. Senator Santorum said he was out today with his wife Karen because they’re not going to let that happen.

“Don’t look to Washington D.C. to solve this problem. I served sixteen years in the Congress – and there are very few leaders and lots of followers…you’ll be disappointed. The answer is here.” Quoting English author G.K. Chesterton, Santorum asked “what’s wrong with the world? I am.” “We’re part of the problem,” he surmised, urging followers to rededicate themselves to our churches, families, communities and schools.

He told convention goers we have to help those who need it; they don’t want government money – they want your money; not because they want your cash – but because they want what comes with it…your caring.

He pontificated on what’s hailed as America’s ‘greatest generation’ and wondered how this could be for a variety of reasons in terms of argument when for one example people watched Britain get bombed during World War II and just hoped things would get better…

In closing, Rick Santorum asked people to join him on “Patriot Voices” and to text or email him. He asked people to commit themselves to being the next great generation and WE will be the ones who saved America and preserved the next great hope for the world.