“There you go again,” as our great former President Ronald Reagan countered during a key 1980 presidential debate with then an incompetent and confused President Jimmy Carter. The 40th annual conference of the American Conservative Union (ACU), aptly named the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) – which passes off Republicans as so-called conservatives each year at a nationally televised meeting in the heart of one of the most corrupt cities in the Western Hemisphere north of the equator – has recently been more about feathering the nest of the bankrupt, moribund and worthless Republican Party than a call to action by true conservatives. Indeed, as the second word in the acronym CPAC reveals, the conference is about “politics,” rather than real revolutionary conservative “action” necessary to restore our nation to the vision of the Founding Fathers during these dire times.
If you need quick confirmation of what I just said, then just do a Google search and look up the name Al Cardenas. He is the current head of ACU and CPAC, and here is how Wikipedia accurately describes him:
“Alberto ‘Al’ Cardenas (born in Cuba in 1948) is the current chair of the American Conservative Union and a partner in the law firm of Tew Cardenas. He has been named as one of Washington, D.C.’s top lobbyists by The Hill Newspaper.
“Cardenas is active in the Republican Party, having served three terms as vice-chairman and two terms as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. He was also appointed to the Executive Committee of the Republican Party, the highest policy-making board at the Republican National Committee. He was the first Hispanic to lead a major state party and remains the only Hispanic party chairman in Florida history.”
I know Al Cardenas, having resided in Miami for many years and being a Republican Senate Primary candidate in 2004. He is on the surface a nice, well-dressed and polite man, but he is also a paid hired gun, an ultra-slick lobbyist of the highest magnitude. He is ironically typical of what is wrong with the Republican Party, which has been nearly totally taken over by establishment political consultants and lobbyists bent on lining their own pockets, rather than representing the interests of the American people. They slither about Washington, D.C., like the political snakes they are, greasing any congressman, senator, or other government official they can get their grimy claws into. For the right price, the likes of Cardenas are even welcome into the “devil’s den” of President Barack Hussein Obama’s White House, and you can bet he has lobbied there as well for his clients.
So, in watching the CPAC convention cable this week, keep in mind who runs it and then sift through the political speech that freely rises like hot air from most of its speakers. In watching just the first day of speeches, with only one exception – ironically the speech of a Democratic pollster, Pat Caddell – I am reminded of the opening statement of Joe Pesci in the classic film comedy “My Cousin Vinnie.” When the judge asks a sleeping Vinnie, who is serving as the criminal defense lawyer for his cousin and a friend who have been accused of murder in a sleepy Southern town, if he has anything to say to the jury in response to the prosecutor’s opening statement, an unprepared Vinnie awakes and replies “Everything that guy just said is BS.” The politicians showcased at CPAC are not only ill-prepared, but given their lack of courage and results in confronting the most evil president in American history with real action, they are not worthy of “prime time.” Instead, what we see is mostly a dog-and-pony show of BS calculated to further their own political and lobbying consultant interests and futures. CPAC is today mostly a giant commercial for the Republican Party.
But, unexpectedly, Pat Caddell told it differently Thursday, and for this he will likely be excommunicated from future CPAC conferences if the likes of Al Cardenas have any anything to say about it. Here is what he said, and just in part:
“When you have the chief of staff of the Republican National Committee and the political director of the Romney campaign, and their two companies get $150 million at the end of the campaign for the ‘fantastic’ get-out-the-vote program … some of this borders on RICO (the 1979 Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) violations.”
Caddell added: “Its all self-dealing going on. I think it works on the RICO thing. They’re in the business of lining their pockets. … In my party we play to win. We play for life and death. You people play for a different kind of agenda. … Your party has no problem playing the Washington Generals to the Harlem Globetrotters.”
So there you have it; from a Democratic consultant no less.
Tragically, the nation is confronting a growing number of life-threatening crises. There is the out-of-control and fatal national debt, the increase in regulation and taxes, which is destroying small and medium size business and job growth in particular, the real threat of nuclear attack from Islamic Iran and North Korea, the near total breakdown in our judicial system, where judges as well feather the nests of the establishment and cast aside ordinary Americans. Then there’s the loss of privacy and civil rights by citizens such that any so called “subversive” who allegedly challenges the “sovereignty” of our modern-day King Barack Hussein Obama can be killed, by executive order, at the hands of the government’s internal security forces, which have been flying not only drones but black helicopters firing practice rounds in our neighborhoods. This column is too short and the list of atrocities too long to list all of the threats to American freedom Obama and his comrades pose to our country.
Conservatives, libertarians, people of faith and other concerned Americans must gather together and plan a course of nonviolent revolutionary action before all is lost. But do not be fooled: CPAC-Washington 2013 is not the Continental Congress-Philadelphia 1776. It is simply a giant Super Bowl-like political advertisement, as Pat Caddell intimated, for the corrupt Republican Party, which is content to shoot off its mouth, spew BS and raise money for their political campaigns, lobbyists and consultants – but in the end take no real conservative revolutionary action to restore the nation to greatness.