Amb. John Bolton. Sen. Ted Cruz. Rep. Marsha Blackburn. Donald Trump. Carly Forna. These are a few names appearing at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Organized annually by the American Conservative Union, the event is probably the largest event of its kind in the country. In addition to the big name speakers in the main room, there are always great breakout sessions to gather information. In the evenings, screenings for conservative movies and other events keep attendees busy. Plus, there are the dinners, including the Ronald Reagan event.
As in years past, we will be there to cover it, so we can share information that could help you be a better activist. Mark your calendar for March 2-5.
NOTE: If you are from North Carolina and you attend CPAC, be sure to send me a tweet at http://twitter.com/katys or tweet to @katys We may want to chat with you to see how you are enjoying the experience..
Friday morning at the Conservative Leadership Conference, presidential candidate Rick Santorum focused on how the Republican Party (RNC) can improve in 2016.
Santorum said that on the Tuesday of the 2012 Republican National Convention, the focus was on businesses. Speaker after speaker, he said, spoke about how they had built their own businesses without help from Obama. It was fantastic he added, “but what about the working person”. The person who works for small businesses that were built without help from the government.
Santorum said there was “not one single worker” that appeared on stage and that the RNC missed an opportunity to appeal to the members of the working class…those who are helped by business being created.
“We must tell people what we support and what we have done to help the working class. Often they don’t hear our message,” due to the drone of unions and the Democratic Party. We must tell them how conservative ideas and action make them better off.
He went on to say that “we must tell people what we have done.”
We need to discuss, he added, the how “government has caused the breakdown of the American Family”.
An example he used was bowling. “Americans used to bowl. They took their families to the bowling alley or they joined leagues with other married couples.”
Today, everyone wants to sit at home and communicate with the world on their laptops. People aren’t joiners anymore. We are spearated from one another. People need other people.
He mentioned his latest book, It Takes A Family. Santorium believes kids need families, rather than villages, he said without invoking the name of the woman who came up with the cliche “it takes a village”.
Recently at CPAC, a moderate attendee asked him, if Santorum “was he too religious to be elected president.”
Later that week, he appeared to a packed house of 2,000 at Yale University. The students came “armed”. Santorum made his speech, than spent an hour and a half answering their questions.
The Yale students told him that they had never even heard of such conservative ideas.
The candidate continued speaking on marriage and family. “The role that the government has played in our lives has lead to the decline of the family.”
He urged the CLC audience to “stop self-censoring”.
“Don’t be afraid to talk about social issues, as well as fiscal issues during the next campaign. We are too afraid to push our morality to give every child a chance.
He appreciates Governors Sam Brownbackand Mike Pence. Santorum likes how they restored vocational education to high schools to help students who want to work in those areas. Those two states have successful graduates of those programs.
The candidate closed by urging all conservatives to get out and spread the message, especially about morality.
Editor’s Note: I was at that 2012 Republican Convention and it was the most fun I’ve ever had at a political event. I covered it on my former blog, Katy’s Conservative Corner. The RNC did a great job but there are always room for improvements.
I look forward to covering the the next RNC convention..
The 2015 edition of CPAC is upon us and speakers are beginning to be announced. As a veteran of more than 20 CPAC conferences, this is the big year as every single Republican and conservative candidate will be there. If they aren’t asked to speak, they will make their rounds of the parties and make certain to shake many hands.
We at the North Carolina Beagle Watchdog, will be bringing you the action from the main ballroom, as well as from strategic breakout sessions. If you cannot make it, we will be certain to have updates for you here.
This blog is an update of Katy’s Conservative Corner, the first conservative blog in North Carolina, and it appeared on two other platforms before setting down on WordPress. This time, it’s being co-written by other bloggers.
Speakers Currently Announced:
John R. Bolton– Attorney, diplomat, Fox News contributor and former Ambassador to the UN. Currently with American Enterprise Institute (AEI).
Tim Scott – United States Senator (SC-R) from our neighboring state to the south, lots of fun to be around, firebrand traditional conservative, and a favorite of mine. Should run for president but probably doesn’t have the name ID. Scott spoke to the NCGOP convention a few years back, in Wilmington, while a Member of the U.S. House.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN-R) Popular speaker from my home state of Tennessee. She is especially well-liked among women’s organizations.
As a blogger and earlier as an attendee, I’ve been to many editions of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). These are videos that I’ve taken in recent years to give you a nice reminder of how much fun the conference is.
I hope to attend, but don’t have my ducks in a row just yet. (I’ve been too busy getting my new business off the ground and it just hit me today.)
Join me in jumping in the wayback machine and remember the days with these videos:
2010 Phyllis Schafly Discuss how conservatives defeated the moderate “RINOs” and her suggestions for the future of the conservative movement
In 2011, someone appeared dressed as Sarah Palin, and doing a pretty darn good job of it. Her fans were not happy but at first, people followed her around like she was the real thing:
Also in 2011, I caught up with Herman Cain at a CPAC Party and asked him about his position on jobs. This originally appeared on my former blog, Katy’s Conservative Corner.
In 2012, Rick Perry visited the Blogger Room yet said he had too much going on in Texas to run for the Presidency:
The late Andrew Breitbart discussed his participation in “Occupy Unmasked” with Citizens United and gave kudos to the right-wing media:
Here’s the entire Breitbart Presentation shot by another blogger with a tripod:
Wow, I need to get back to CPAC and I hope you attend, too!.
Hi and welcome to North Carolina Beagle, a conservative watchdog blog.
I’m Katy, the founder and main writer and I plan on continuing much of the work I did while writing Katy’s Conservative Corner (KCC). For the better part of 16 years, that was my baby and I was the first statewide blogger in North Carolina. Fellow activist, Frank Williams, had started NC Republican Roundtable, but it wasn’t quite a blog and it wasn’t quite statewide. But thanks to him, I got the idea and the blog took off.
Today, there are many imitators and there are a few excellent blogs. There are also groups that have moved in to fill the niche. I appreciate the NC Civitas Institute, NC Americans for Prosperity, the John Locke Foundation and others for doing the heavy lifting (research) and sharing it with we bloggers and activists.
After a two-year hiatus, it was time to make a return. I also felt it was time for a name and look change and I enlisted Michael Savage and his company, Red Metal Box.
They did a fantastic job for a great price! I highly recommend them as I’ve used him on several other sites that I currently run or have run.
I make no money on this blog and probably never will. It will be nothing but expenditures, so at times, I’ll have to curtail my travel when financial circumstances call for it.
I hated missing this weekend’s NC Republican Party convention. It’s usually a must-attend and for personal reasons, I couldn’t go. But, wait until next year…