It was particularly delicious that I was invited to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, at the invitation of the Breitbart organization. The Breitbart event, “The Uninvited,” was a special two-hour session of hot-button issues, including global jihad, the ongoing global persecution of Christians and the gutting of the American military. Breitbart is here, indeed.
The event was standing room only. And I was overwhelmed by the rush of applause and folks who stood up when I walked into the room for the event. It was mind-blowing. These people get it.
The theme of my remarks was “The War on Free Speech.” Truth is, the new hate speech according to our betters – the enemedia and political elites. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation is attempting to intimidate the West into criminalizing criticism of Islam, and what is shameful is the eagerness of the Western mainstream media, the left and even many conservatives to do their bidding by censoring themselves when speaking about Islam and demonizing and marginalizing those who dare to speak the truth about the jihad and Islamic supremacism. By their silence and weak response to the attacks, defamation and libel of voices of freedom, the right has sanctioned this speech-crushing device of the left and Islamic supremacists. Silence is sanction.
Suhail Khan is a foremost instrument of this demonization of voices of freedom. The enemedia got into an uproar when I said, “Am I saying that Suhail Kahn is as bad as [Anwar] Al-Alwaki? He’s worse. I knew when I said it that the media tools would jump all over it as a “gotcha” quote, and the hopeless Alex Seitz-Wald at Salon again and BuzzFeed got right on it. And just to show you what dishonest merchants they are, Matthew Boyle reports at Breitbart News that Salon’s Jillian Rayfield had written a good bit of her story, including charges of “Islamophobia,” before the panel even began. There was no need for her to actually watch the panel to apply the enemedia spin.
Of course Khan’s stealth jihad is more dangerous. Awlaki is dead. Suhail is working his treachery every day, under the guise of a “conservative” mask. Anwar al-Awlaki, too, was a moderate Muslim before he wasn’t. He was praised in the New York Times. Abdurrahman Alamoudi, a friend of Norquist and Khan, was also a moderate before he wasn’t. Alamoudi was Suhail’s mentor before he went to prison for terror-related crimes. Alamoudi was al-Qaida’s largest secret financial courier. Suhail Khan is tightly linked to jihadists who want to take down this country. Here is the background.
These attacks on me and my work are not about Pamela Geller. There is nothing personal in this war against me; it’s the subject matter. So when conservatives allow the attacks and marginalization of my work, they sanction the war on free speech. All of my colleagues have had their names dragged through the mud, their reputations ruined, their ability to make a living destroyed. Yet many conservatives remain silent (including some who were at “The Uninvited” event). They think they can do it better, softer – make the argument more saleable. But no one who touches this subject will be spared.
I have been dive-bombing into CPAC since 2008 – holding events on subjects that this body of the conservative movement refuses to address. And what CPAC omits is immense. There was little or no discussion of jihad in America; Shariah (close to half of the state legislatures are currently enacting or considering foreign law – why no discussion at CPAC?); the rise of Islamic supremacist regimes throughout the Middle East and Africa; the case for Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East with a shared value system of governance: life, liberty, individual rights; how college students can handle the vicious anti-American bias on university campuses – the list goes on and on.
But more than this, at CPAC there is no discussion of philosophy. And without a basic understanding of our system of thinking – the nature of knowledge – we are cooked.
Indeed. Tocqueville wrote in “Democracy in America” that no country in the civilized world had paid less attention to philosophy than the U.S. He observed that Americans had no philosophical school of their own and little interest in those of Europe. But this was our genius, because our philosophy was our sense of life. We shared the same premise, conducted our understanding in the same manner, governed by the same rules – without taking the time or trouble to define the rules.
We must first go back to square one and learn why capitalism is the greatest and most benevolent of all economic systems. Capitalism is individual rights. We should have taught the 10,000 great Americans who came to CPAC why we think the way we do. Our story is a great one, the greatest. Individual rights. The U.S. the first really moral government in history based on that premise. And everything glorious and magnificent and supreme that we achieved was a rational fidelity to that principle.
Individual rights is the basis of my work. Individual vs. statism. This is the unending battle of the human condition. Communism, Nazism and now Shariah. There is no individual soul under Islam. And the Shariah is diametrically opposed to freedom.
But right now none of that gets much attention at CPAC. The conference is being led around by a dishonest man. When asked why I wasn’t invited to speak, Grover Norquist said, “There are always people who try and poach on CPAC, and I guess the woman from New York has several times [said] that she was being banned or something.”
“The woman from New York” – is that code for Jew?
Norquist continued, “And everyone’s going, ‘What? We don’t know who she is. We didn’t know that she’s banned.’”
“We didn’t know that she’s banned”?
Al Cardenas, the head of the American Conservative Union, which puts on CPAC, said last week in the Washington Post: “Also, this year we decided not to invite Pamela Geller for comments she made at CPAC critical of our officers. In each of these cases, their ad hominem attacks denigrate the debate and distract from the real point of CPAC.”
Norquist’s statement, “We didn’t know that she’s banned,” is a bold-faced lie. Not only is Grover lying, but proof is that Al Cardenas was so concerned about the consequences of banning me that he asked me for a meeting. And we met before I spoke at the Breitbart event. He spoke of working collaboratively together. What that means and where it will go is anyone’s guess. Color me skeptical. But if CPAC has a future out of this mess, the time is now.
The following is a video of my CPAC speech: