I’ve been very disappointed by the apperance of a growing “boycott” against the CPAC 2011 conference by hard core social conservatives. When the World News Daily and Family Research C0uncil skipped out, my reaction was one of “Meh.” But what really hit me hard was the decision by The Heritage Foundation to also skip CPAC this year. There are many reasons why these different groups are choosing not to attend; some are related to GOProud; some are related to fundraising schemes; some are related to dissension with CPAC Board leadership. But the MSM wants the ENTIRE CPAC walkout to relate back to their meme: “Conservatives Hate Gays And Are Punishing CPAC For It.”
Bullshit. (Via Muth’s Truths)
On Friday, Sen. Jim DeMint announced that he was joining a boycott of the oldest, largest, most successful annual conservative conference in the universe next month: CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference).
Why? Because out of a hundred or so sponsors and vendors covering an exhibit hall the size of a football field or two…one of them is a conservative organization he and a few others believe to be a menace to the conservative movement.
“With leading conservative organizations not participating this year,” DeMint’s spokesman told Politico, “Senator DeMint will not be attending.”
Leading conservative organizations aren’t participating this year? Really?
Well, I just checked and here’s a partial list of leading conservative organizations which ARE listed as participating in CPAC this year as sponsors, co-sponsors and vendors:
Human Events, Leadership Institute, National Rifle Association, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, Townhall/HotAir.com, Young America’s Foundation, Citizens United and FreedomWorks.
There will also be: 60 Plus Association, Accuracy in Media, The American Civil Rights Union, American Council for Immigration Reform, The American Spectator Foundation, Americans for Fair Taxation, Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform, Campaign for Liberty, Capital Research Center, Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Oh, and the Congress of Racial Equality, Conservative Party USA and the Eagle Forum. Freedom Alliance, The Future of Freedom Foundation, Heartland Institute, The Independent Institute, Institute for Policy Innovation, John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs, Judicial Watch, Manhattan Institute, National Taxpayers Union, ProEnglish, SecureAmericaNow.org and Young Americans for Freedom.
So what is Sen. DeMint talking about? These are among the most prominent, leading conservative organizations in the country today.
However, one conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation, is, in fact, boycotting CPAC this year. “As more fringe organizations rise in prominence (at CPAC) then you start wondering if this is what we want to be associated with as strongly we have,” said Heritage spokesman Jim Weidman.
I think Heritage will realize they made a mistake when they see the excitement and unity that will be displayed at CPAC in 17 days.
Chuck closes his piece with this brilliant summary:
What this brouhaha comes down to is a question as to whether or not you can be both gay and a conservative when it comes to “core values.” And to answer that, you first have to answer the question, “What is the definition of a conservative?” And to answer that question, I defer to former Reagan adviser Lyn Nofziger:
“Allowing for differences I would define a conservative, first as one who believes in the Constitution as it is written. That takes care of free speech, freedom of religion, the right to petition the government, the right to keep and bear arms and, in the words of William O. Douglas in one of his saner moments, ‘the right to be let alone.’
“Second, a conservative believes in small, limited government at every level. Along with this he believes strongly in individual responsibility. That is, a person or a family should take care of itself and turn for help to government only when all other means have been exhausted. It also means that society, before government, has a duty to take care of its own. Government should be a resource of last resort.
“Third, a conservative believes taxes should be levied for the purpose of financing the limited responsibilities of government such as providing for the common defense, catching and incarcerating criminals, minting money and filling potholes. Taxes should not be levied for the purpose of redistributing wealth.
“That’s about it.
“I know there are those who say a conservative should be pro-life, which I am, but I’m not sure a person has to be that to qualify as a conservative. Nor am I sure that a person must be opposed to pornography, which I am. In both cases there are questions of individual rights and responsibilities which are arguable.
“One other thing I think a conservative believes is that the parents, not government, are and should be responsible for the upbringing and behavior of their children.”
If anyone has better definition of a conservative than Lyn’s, I’d love to see it. Until then, the members of GOProud fit Lyn’s definition of conservative, and that’s good enough for me. If it’s not good enough for Sen. DeMint, Heritage and AFA….well, they’re gonna miss a hell of a great conference this year, where the record-breaking attendance is expected to top 10,000 conservatives.
I know I’m planning to have a great time at CPAC this year. I made a bunch of new friends who share my views on America, patriotism and small government and I look forward to reconnecting and plotting our secret plans to win America over to the conservative majority viewpoint.
And I wouldn’t MISS the Andrew Brietbart/GOProud CPAC Party!!!!
Though I support gay marriage—more specifically, removing government from the marriage business altogether—it strikes me as deceitful to dismiss legitimate arguments for preserving traditional marriage and ugly to smear everyone making them as homophobic Neanderthals.
Yet, really, what can one say about a person who won’t attend a political event featuring 70 disparate groups—including, yes, The John Birch Society—because he or she might be sitting a table or two away from a lesbian infiltrator who agrees with him or her approximately 90 percent of the time?
As Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey recently pointed out, the GOProud agenda is perhaps a point or two off the conventional conservative agenda. Actually, it seems to me, GOProud is more focused on the fundamental problems facing the country than the Concerned Women for America and the Family Research Council are.
I’m an American first, conservative second, and I just happen to be gay. I’ll be in great company at CPAC 2011. Do your friends a favor, especially the conservative ones. Have them actually READ the GOProud legislative platform –> LINK HERE.