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Criticism of CPAC turns racial
Posted By Alyssa Farah On 02/25/2010 @ 12:15 am In Front Page | Comments Disabled
Another controversy has erupted over the recent Conservative Political Action Conference meetings in Washington, with a New York Times staffer complaining that one of the addresses there turned racist.
But the speaker, activist Jason Mattera, whose book “Obama Zombies: How the Obama Machine Brainwashed My Generation” is coming out soon, insisted there was no racism in his address, and the accuser needs to find another line of work.
Mattera addressed the conference on the issue of Obama’s influence on the younger generation. He warned his slogan is, “Get your government off my freedom” and said the meetings were like a conservative Woodstock, only the “women are beautiful” and “our notion of freedom doesn’t consist of snorting cocaine, which is certainly one thing that separates us from Barack Obama.”
He suggested young people viewed Obama just like cocaine, as a “substance to experiment with.” But he said the hangover, now, has them thinking, “What … did I just do?”
He also made reference to “brothers and sisters” during the closing of his speech.
That drew a sharp rebuke from New York Times reporter Kate Zernike, who asked, “How can conservatives win the youth vote that overwhelmingly went for Barack Obama in 2008? At the Conservative Political Action Conference, apparently, some are betting on using racial stereotypes.”
She suggested Mattera was saying a mocking “brothas and sistahs.”
Zernike accused Mattera of “suddenly dropping r’s after enunciating them clearly throughout most of his speech, particularly as he borrowed a quote from the president: ‘yes we can brothas and sistahs, yes we can!”
Mattera, a Brooklyn native who still carries the accent and is of Lebanese and Latino descent, said, “Kate Zernike doesn’t belong in any newsroom, let alone at the New York Times.”
He told WND, “Like a good leftist, she’s trying to undermine the impact of a conservative book before it has even been released. I have a special section in ‘Obama Zombies’ that exposes liberal agitators like her who are masquerading as reporters, preying on young innocent minds who have no idea about the activist nature of the media.”
Video of his appearance:
Mattera is the spokesman for Young America’s Foundation and is best known for his confrontational videos with liberal heavyweights including Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.
“Obama Zombies” is the term Mattera uses to refer to young people who blindly voted for Obama in 2008. In his coming book Mattera seeks to “jolt a generation of Obama Zombies from their slumber, yanking their iPod earbuds from their ears, and sparking a countercultural conservative battle against the rise of the Obama Zombies.”
Earlier, a dispute erupted over a decision by CPAC to accept a sponsorship from GoProud, which represents homosexuals.
Alexander McCobin of Students for Liberty, a libertarian group, began his two-minute speech by praising CPAC’s acceptance of the backing.
Then a few minutes later, Ryan Sorba, president of the California chapter of Young Americans for Freedom, used his two minutes to condemn CPAC for inviting a group a group that pushed the homosexual agenda.
CPAC’s crowd booed him.
At the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, an editorial said, “GOProud is committed to legalizing same sex marriage. At the conference Ryan Sorba of Young Americans for Freedom bravely took to the podium. He rebuked CPAC for compromising their values and told the truth about the intrinsic evil of homosexuality.”
A subsequent column by Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media said it appears that conservatives have lost track of the history of some issues, including homosexuality.
“David Barton of Wallbuilders, whose knowledge about the moral foundations of America has been cited and recognized by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, points out that the founding fathers regarded homosexual sodomy as a crime against nature and believed it should be outlawed and punished severely. Indeed, Barton cites a case in which General George Washington himself authorized the expulsion of a solder from the army for sodomy,” Kincaid wrote.
“Barton writes that ‘It can be safely said that the attitude of the Founders on the subject of homosexuality was precisely that given by William Blackstone in his Commentaries on the Laws – the basis of legal jurisprudence in America and heartily endorsed by numbers of significant Founders. In addressing sodomy (homosexuality), he found the subject so reprehensible that he was ashamed even to discuss it.’ Blackstone called it ‘the infamous crime against nature.’”
“Barton goes on, ‘Because of the nature of the crime, the penalties for the act of sodomy were often severe. For example, Thomas Jefferson indicated that in his home state of Virginia, ‘dismemberment’ of the offensive organ was the penalty for sodomy. In fact, Jefferson himself authored a bill penalizing sodomy by castration. The laws of the other states showed similar or even more severe penalties…’” Kincaid wrote.
“Much of this history has been ignored or forgotten, even by some conservatives,” he said.
WND columnist Tom Tancredo, a former Colorado congressman, also expressed concern that CPAC is a microcosm of the “identity crisis” that conservative is experiencing.
“Indeed, as columnist Michelle Malkin has pointed out, some of CPAC’s leaders have voiced support for Obama’s insane policy of treating captured terrorists like ordinary criminals with full Miranda rights. This may be popular on K Street, but it does not sit well on Main Street,” Tancredo wrote in a column.
“The best example of how CPAC 2010 has failed the conservative movement is CPAC’s attempt to redefine (sabotage would be a more accurate term) the potent issues of illegal immigration and border security. Whereas grass-roots conservatives and millions of 912 patriots – along with 80 percent of the American people – understand the need for border security as a precondition for immigration reform, CPAC board member Grover Norquist is busy launching a new project in support of the Obama administration’s plan to grant another amnesty to 20 million illegal aliens. Neither border control nor immigration enforcement was included as a topic for any of the CPAC general sessions,” Tancredo said.
“It is exceedingly odd that at the very moment everyone else is declaring the Democrats’ amnesty plan dead in the water, CPAC leader Grover Norquist and a handful of Republican lobbyists are conspiring to resuscitate it. It’s as though the pilots of an airplane headed to Houston decided instead to take the aircraft to Havana. But instead of a hijacking, conservatism’s Beltway Politburo calls it a strategic partnership with Latino activists.”
Joseph Farah, WND’s chief executive officer and founder, said he received an invitation from CPAC’s Lisa DePasquale for WND to be a cosponsor for the 2010 event and he responded with a brief private e-mail suggesting an interest in discussing the issue of President Obama’s eligibility to hold office at the event.
“Never heard back from her – not even a polite acknowledgement of receipt of my e-mail,” he said. “But months later she offered to an interviewer from the L.A. Times, among others, that CPAC ‘turned me down.’”
“She said even though CPAC officials recognized this would be the most well-attended event of CPAC because of the widespread interest, the organization would have nothing to do with the topic,” he said.
“In other words, she took a private e-mail from me and made a public spectacle of it in the media – in the interest of making CPAC look more ‘responsible,’ apparently than me,” he continued. “I concluded after this highly unprofessional action that CPAC was no longer a forum where important controversial topics could be addressed – unless they met the L.A. Times’ litmus test for acceptability.”
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