Posted by: Debby Durkee | February 21, 2010

CPAC: Rubio, Will, Beck and Reagan.

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CPAC: Rubio, Will, Beck and Reagan.

Rubio wows them.

Marco Rubio, the man challenging Governor Charlie Crist in the Republican primary for the open Senate seat in Florida, set the CPAC conference on fire Thursday. This is a terrific article by Larry Thornberry of The American Spectator. Rubio excited the crowd with his son-of-Cuban-immigrants’ love for this country. He believes in this country, and that’s the spirit we all need in Washington, D.C.

 Rubio praised America as the greatest country in the history of the world. He said our greatness, our exceptionalism, comes from our commitment to limited government, personal freedom, and the free enterprise system, all things our predecessors chose, fought and bled for, and that are being attacked now by the current leftist administration and Congress. He said we need to send people to Washington who will offer and fight for a clear alternative to what is nothing less than a threat to America’s continued greatness.

“What kind of America do you want your children to inherit,” Rubio asked. “We must decide. Do we want to continue to be exceptional? Or do we want to be like everyone else?”

Rubio said our personal freedoms and the material bounty Americans have enjoyed are threatened by a clueless political class, too many of whose members believe the free enterprise system is unfair, who believe that America’s enemies exist because of something we did, who believe the answer to everything is more government, and who while they frequently invoke “democracy,” are in fact contemptuous of personal freedom.

“People who think this way were elected in 2008,” Rubio said. “They’re using the downturn as cover, not to fix America but to change America, to fundamentally redefine the role of government in our lives and the role of America in the world.” 

And the result for most Americans has not been “change we can believe in.” In less than a year, Americans have figured out what’s going on and are now engaged in what Rubio calls “the single greatest political pushback in American history.”

Rubio wants to be part of that pushback and, without mentioning his opponent’s name, made it clear he believes Crist isn’t up to this challenge.

“America wants leaders to stand up to that agenda, not be co-opted by it,” Rubio said. “The U.S. Senate already has one Arlen Specter too many. America already has a Democratic Party. We don’t need two Democratic Parties.”

Please read it all here:  You can watch the entire speech broken down into smaller pieces (just keep scrolling down) here:

Reagan’s 1981 inaugural address.

It seemed appropriate to add this video to the mix today. Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address is still relevant today. Our country is on the brink of devastation and despair as it was when he was elected. You might see where Marco Rubio got his humor and his optimism and his ability to express his love of this great nation…of course, from his parents, but also from this great man.

George Will at CPAC.

George Will was simply excellent at CPAC. Smart, witty, knowledgeable, coupled with his understanding of Washington, D.C. politics and his ability to look backwards and forward. He knows the threat our country faces from this current administration. Matthew Continetti of the Weekly Standard says, “by far, the best speech of the conference has been George F. Will’s…”  He added “so far” to his headline. This took place Thursday night.

Glenn Beck brought CPAC house down.

Glenn Beck’s closing speech at CPAC was a tremendous way to end the events of a remarkable three days. I actually watched this one live. Beck educates, illuminates, castigates, and ruminates in a humorous and determined way. He takes a few hits at the Republican establishment as he usually does on his show, but mostly those on the progressive side of both aisles. He talks about morning in America.


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