Donald Trump at the CONSERVATIVE Political Action Conference

As he says at the start, “I have proved I am a conservative”. And so he is. And very very well received he was.

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26 Responses to Donald Trump at the CONSERVATIVE Political Action Conference

  1. zyconoclast

    Top U.S. conservative event CPAC has been hijacked by LGBT activists. Trust me, I used to be one

    I attended my first Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) nearly a decade ago, while still living as a gay man.

    I had recently undergone a ‘political awakening’ and, as a participant in the Tea Party movement from its inception, had recently co-founded National Capital Tea Party Patriots in Washington, DC.

    At the time, I was dating a guy whose cousin was one of the Republican Party’s famous three “Young Guns” — Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy and Paul Ryan — who were rising in leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives. I felt like that added to my conservative bona fides.

    Soon after walking through the door to CPAC at DC’s venerable Wardman Park Hotel, something unexpected happened: My ‘gadar’ — that mysterious internal instrument that informs gay guys that they are in the presence of other gays — began buzzing off the charts. The needle shot to the upper reaches of the red zone and remained there.

    I was again pleasantly surprised when, as I began leafing through the CPAC program, I discovered that a gay group that called itself, GOProud, had a booth alongside all the other old guard conservative exhibitors.

    Interestingly, while making my way past all the other exhibitor’s tables in order to get to GOProud’s booth, I spotted a very nice looking young man dressed in a Navy pea coat and sporting a great Kennedy-esque head of hair, standing alone near the GOProud booth. I thought for a minute that I might like to meet him.

    As I drew closer, I was overcome with horror. What I had thought was a handsome guy turned out to be MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, no doubt doing undercover reconnaissance work for her show.

    I would like to use my embarrassing Maddow mistake as a metaphor for what I believe is the current state of CPAC, namely that things at CPAC are not what they seem. While at a distance it might seem that CPAC is a solidly conservative enterprise, a close-up view reveals something entirely different.

    Last week I reported that CPAC had abruptly rescinded its acceptance of the pro-family group MassResistance as an exhibitor at its annual national meeting while permitting the pro-LGBT group, Log Cabin Republicans, to remain.

    MassResistance’s founder, Brian Camenker, suggested that CPAC continuing to define itself as conservative is “deceiving.”

    “Similar to the direction of the GOP establishment, in recent years CPAC has become more libertarian-oriented and pro-LGBT – and hardly any pro-family groups have had exhibits or been sponsors. This seems to mesh with the attendees: approximately half are 18-24, and clearly products of modern culture,” he said.

    Camenker is right. The trading of conservative values for values-free libertarianism should come as a surprise to no one. CPAC set itself on this trajectory years ago.

    At my very first CPAC gathering, I quickly came to understand that CPAC was not so much a conservative group as a libertarian one when I noticed that year after year, Ron Paul won CPAC’s presidential straw poll. And it was no wonder he won: The Paul Campaign always made sure that CPAC was flooded with college-aged attendees who are prone to libertarianism.

  2. Confused Old Misfit

    #2644799, posted on February 24, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Where’s our Trump.

    We’re not allowed to have one.
    Our MSM says so.

  3. H B Bear

    Where’s our Trump.

    Can’t happen. Not gonna happen. Welcome to the UniParty state.

    Closest was probably Hawke, not so much as a political outsider rather as someone whose personal popularity allowed them to operate outside the constraints of the party and its factions. Possibly Australia’s best Lieboral PM thanks to Howard’s bipartisanship on good policy taking the usual Senate fruit-loops blocking out of play.

  4. Spider

    Trump despite all his faults (and he’s got quite a few) is always fascinating to watch. He’s never afraid to say what he thinks. You don’t even have to agree with everything he says (I don’t). You’re just mesmerised because most politicians are always checking their speech or parroting talking points. He just says what he believes and be damned.

    Who knows he may implode this year but it’s never dull.

  5. Robyn Todhunter

    The US has a leader.

    We have Turnbull.

  6. stackja

    Our nation’s motto is IN GOD WE TRUST. This week, our nation lost an incredible leader who devoted his life to helping us understand what those words really mean. We will never forget the historic crowds, the voice, the energy, and the profound faith of Billy Graham! #CPAC2018

  7. stackja

    H B Bear
    #2644833, posted on February 24, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Menzies let Australians decide. Then Australians elected Gough. Then Australians elected Kev.

  8. Dr Fred Lenin

    Another seven years of Trumpism ,destroying all of our carefully crafted plans to introduce agenda 21 the Alinsky inspired plan to introduce unelected communist bureaucratic government to the whole world . All of our lying and scheming since the beloved Soviet Union imploded and that traitor Yeltsin usurped the properly unelected government by letting . the peasants vote against us . The other countries are not as well organised as Australia with our clever compulsory and preferential voting which ensures one of the two wings of the national gangrene lieboral party rules to the exclusion of all others . One wonders if,the international personhood of narxist bureaucratic fascists will survive eight years of counter revolution ?

  9. A Lurker

    The Paul Campaign always made sure that CPAC was flooded with college-aged attendees who are prone to libertarianism.

    …then the sensible ones grow up and discover that their desire for a fantasy utopia is just a product of youthful idealism which has no practical application in the real world.

    Some, on the other hand, never grow up and the rest of us have to endure the consequences of their utopian dreams.

  10. Kalgoorlie Boy

    I stayed up and watched much of that speech. Throughout most of it I was thinking “why, oh why, can we not have a leader in Australia with beliefs and convictions as strong as Trump”.

    He does truly highlight the weakness in other world leaders.

  11. Chris

    Tony Abbott could be as close to a Trump sd we have

  12. Dr Fred Lenin

    Was comrade turnbull on stage with Donald telling everyone how conservative he was ? Naturally his fellow “liberals “ from Australia would be right behind him in this. Wouldn’t it piss the turnbull socialists and gangrene alp if the grass toots of the lik]berals reinstated Abbott and the “extreme right , “ ( a new name for a non communist ) . Just imagine the distress and anguish amongst the comrades , if Abbott went to the-he election on a cut immigration , anti RET reducing power prices platform ,bet he would win hands down . The people are sick of gangrene communism .i

  13. Chris M

    Tony Abbott could be as close to a Trump sd we have

    No, Cory!

    He’s never afraid to say what he thinks.

    Yes, there is so much freedom in dumping PC and just speaking truth!

  14. mh

    Trump is a conservative in so far as he looks at issues without the lens of the latest trendy views, academic bullshit, or government bureaucracy bullying. Trade is one example; how can you be so brainwashed to think that is somehow positive for your nation for all the industry to leave? Many in the Liberal party now may be labelled economic Wets or Drys, that makes no difference to whether you are a conservative.

    Good speech by Turnbull last night, and subsequent Trump/Turnbull press conference was good too. Although I dislike Turnbull, he is a different class to PM Rudd and PM Gillard when they visited the US President.

  15. mh

    Kieran Gilbert appears at 29:18, a career highlight for him:

  16. classical_hero

    Zyco, I was going to reference that article. Good on posting it.

  17. Tom

    Worth listening to the whole thing — not because he speaks well (he doesn’t), but because he is mobilising a global army of anti-leftists who are saving us from fascism. Who could have believed the working class movement could have become an army of jackbooted fascists? The 20th century left wouldn’t recognise itself among these Nazis.

  18. 132andBush

    Latham is the closest we have to Trump ATM. Yes, I know he’s out of politics.

  19. Tel

    A lot of it is Trump congratulating himself for successful branding, good publicity, etc. The US economy is going OK, but Trump is laying claim to some amazing economic boom that is somewhat overstated.

    I get why that’s important, and without a doubt Trump is great at branding, better than me for sure, better than any of us. Somehow I’m disappointed that some of the most important high level political discussion comes down to an old guy joking around about hiding his bald spot. As for “Fulfilled more promises than he made,” you have to shake your head over that.

    Healthy support for 2nd Amendment. Preaching to the converted, but maybe that’s necessary.

    Removing the individual mandate wipes out Obamacare… I agree. Trump did finally put a stop to the ILLEGAL healthcare subsidy money going to the insurance companies, but it took a long time for him to move on that one.

    Agree with Trump on the Paris Climate crap crap crap ripoff. Also agree on support for property rights, especially regarding landowners, farmers, etc.

    Jerusalem as capital of Israel… personally I don’t get why that’s such a big issue, got through Congress years ago, largely just recognition of current reality. Not really the business of the USA to decide where Israel puts their capital.

    “Build the wall! Build the wall!” — hopefully Trump can understand the massive jaded cynicism that has resulted from repeated political betrayal. I’m a touch cynical about the need for more military spending in the country that has the biggest military by far… but there you go.

    Regarding the school shooting, and gun free zones … agree with the sentiment, there were lots of warnings, so “What are we doing?” Need to defend the schools and make someone genuinely responsible for that defense. I’d be pushing for private security and a system of contracts so if there’s a shooting then you automatically lose the contract next time.

    Gun free zones on military bases … fair point, should be decided by the officers in charge of the base, because they are the ones at risk.

    Regarding choosing the best people as immigrants, we’ve been arguing that for a long time. The theory is fine, just the small problem of getting it working in practice.

  20. Felix Kruell

    Conservatives don’t trash the institutions of government….you know, those ones that are the hallmarks of our western judeo-christian civilisation.

  21. Rafe Champion

    According to BoltA Trump is doing better in popularity rating than Obama at the same stage of his Presidency.
    Given the Trump Derangement Syndrome that is surprising although among the plebs you can understand, at least he is a real person and Obama was just a ventriloquist’s dummy for whoever put his stuff on the teleprompter.

  22. Indolent

    Conservatives don’t trash the institutions of government….

    They do if they’ve been taken over by venal traitors.

  23. Felix Kruell


    They do if they’ve been taken over by venal traitors.

    No, that pretty much makes them revolutionaries.

    Or did you imagine other revolutionaires don’t also think they’re fighting traitors and rescuing their countries?

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