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Listening to snippets from some of the guest speakers at this year's CPAC was mortifying! Rather than a humble and grateful party, eager to roll up their sleeves and get to work and make it right, it was like deja vu! I thought I was watching the arrogance of the Obama party, after elections, feeling empowered with the 'mandate' of the people wanting CHANGE! The AUDACITY! Wow!...fresh from the win in Massachusetts, the LOSERS in 2008 -- the Republican party -- have themselves ARROGANTLY trotted out on to the stage and instead of talking about issues, CHANGE, chose pot shots at the Obama Administration; made ludicrous remarks; and behaved with absolutely NO CLASS! Felt like screaming 'Sit down and Shut up!'
Come on! What is it, some 'cone of silence' that surrounds these people in Washington they just don't hear the people? It is not about Obama bashing it is about FIXING what is broken and getting this country back on an even keel -- and doing it quickly. It was an abomination and embarrassment to hear the counter productive things said while not hearing the 'way forward' being laid out. America has awakened; they are no longer trusting; they know what needs to be done and it is not bickering and name calling. It is rolling up the sleeves and making the hard decisions: fixing the mess that has become us.
Watching Glenn Beck's keynote address was a great beginning. It was encouraging to hear him take the time to really say it like it is to the Republicans without nary a word about the Dems. YES! As his speech moved along, it was curious to think if the fervor that was evident in the room would leave that building and return to work. Will it be there on Wednesday next when they meet to 'discuss' things -- with the Blackboard? Will they retain the salient points of Glenn's speech or merely reminisce about the great speech and get back down to the same oh same oh?
A single victory does not a party ex-sponge! Scott Brown has already begun to say he will be the 41st voice sometimes and the 60th others. Hope he chooses his battles wisely.
What is surprising was the poll taken for the best candidate for president... Following is the top contenders:
2010 CPAC Straw Poll Results
Ron Paul 31%
Mitt Romney 22%
Sarah Palin 7%
Tim Pawlenty 6%
Mike Pence 5%
Newt Gingrich 4%
Mike Huckabee 4%
The preferred leading candidate is Constitutional, limited government, largely Libertarian, Ron Paul! Who'd have thought it? And while Glenn did not reference Ron Paul specifically, when you take the context of his speech and match up to the one on the political scene most likely to embody the ideas, it is Ron Paul! It will be very interesting to watch the RNC deal with poll results. Looks like Sarah, Tim, Newt and both Mikes have a bit of work to even catch up with the top two. Romney's comments slighting the current administration were beneath him. I have to agree with a statement Bill O'Reilly made on Friday's show: 'Comment about the administration's policies but do not make it personal'.
The next month or so will be telling. Will they swallow their pride and humble themselves or will they continue down the same wrong path the pompous Obama cadre did thinking because they were voted in they could just move in and kick American Ideals and Principles right out the door. Will the somber words from Beck cause them to pause and rethink their posturing? Will they continue the petty sorts of things that were said and wind up losing bigger than they thought they would win? Will the American people lose hope of ever finding anyone who will step up and do what is right? Sure hope not! Hope there emerges truly motivated candidates who will not flip once their feet hit the steps of the capitol. Surely they won't forget the message from the PEOPLE: BRING BACK AMERICA, HONOR LIBERTY!
The RECAP: Fix what is broken. Don't make it worse by playing the same game that has been played. Limited Government; reduced spending; lower taxes; revamp entitlement programs; return to founding principles, do what is RIGHT, HONOR LIBERTY!