(Dr. Jerome Corsi) – The Tea Party was alive and well at CPAC in Washington, D.C., this past week.
It was both refreshing and encouraging to witness in-person thousands of young conservatives gathering at CPAC to deliver to the Republican Party establishment that we are conservatives first and GOP supporters only when the GOP embraces conservative principles.
“How did you like President Bob Dole, President John McCain, and President Mitt Romney?” Sen. Ted Cruz asked the CPAC audience. “When you don’t stand up for principle, the Democrats celebrate.”
Cruz’s point was clear: “Me-too” establishment GOP presidential cannot win by trying to create a “Big Tent” Republican Party that echoes the Democrats in wanting big government and tolerating unreasonable taxes by offering programs like “Romney-care” that are all-too-much like what the Democrats imagine in their expanding version of a social welfare state.
“We need to audit the Federal Reserve that is driving up the cost of living for all Americans and fueling the power of petro-tyrants like Putin,” Cruz insisted.
“We need to pass a strong balanced budget and quit bankrupting America. What we are doing to our children and grandchildren is morally evil. It’s an outrage that our children and grandchildren are going to have to spend their lifetimes working just to pay off the debt their parents stuffed them with,” he continued.
“We need to repeal every single word of Obamacare. When millions of Americans stood up and said, ‘We need to repeal this train-wreck of Obamacare, the Democrats and the mainstream media said, ‘Just accept Obamacare. It’s here and you can’t change it.”
Someone in the audience shouted, “Yes we can!” and got a round of applause from the CPAC audience.
“Solutions will not come from Washington, solutions will come from the people of the United States,” Cruz stressed ending his speech.
Sen. Rand Paul, who won the CPAC presidential poll for a second year in a row, rocked CPAC with a speech openly directed against the GOP establishment.
“I’m not talking about electing Republicans,” Paul insisted. “I’m talking about electing lovers of liberty,” he continued.
“There is a great and tumultuous battle underway, not for the future of the GOP, but for the future of the country.”
“Will we bold in our convictions or will we be sunshine patriots that cower in the truth and power of our message?” Paul asked.
“I will not be equivocating, I will not retreat an inch and I will be heard. Will you, the next generation of liberty lovers, stand and be heard?”
Sen. Paul got repeated standing ovations by taking strong positions: “If you have a cell phone, you are under surveillance. I believe that what you do on your cell phone is none of their damn business.”
It is going to take a national revival of liberty, Sen. Rand Paul told the CPAC audience.
“Our freedom is in our DNA and in our founding document – it is based on a plan that restrains the government, not the liberty of the individual.”
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin in delivering the Keynote Address concluding this year’s CPAC meeting said it all and she said it clearly: “GOP beltway boys – you know the 2010 victory that swept the GOP into power – you didn’t build that, the Tea Party did.”
She continued, stressing the need to stick to conservative Tea Party principles if the GOP intends to win elections.
“You want another sweep then grab a broom and join the party. There aren’t enough low information voters to save the other side this time, if we don’t retreat.”
Sarah Palin re-wrote the Dr. Seuss classic, Green Eggs and Ham, with a humorous version of what could constitute the Tea Party criticism of President Barack Obama:
“I do not like this Uncle Sam,
I do not like his health care scam.
I do not like these dirty crooks
or how they lie and cook the books.
I do not like when Congress steals,
I do not like their crony deals.
I do not like this spying, man.
I do not like, ‘Oh, yes, we can.’
I do not like this spending spree,
we’re smart, we know nothing’s free.
I do not like reporters’ smug replies
when I complain about their lies.
I do not like this kind of hope
and we won’t take it, nope, nope, nope.”
“So I feel good,” she concluded. “And because I hear from you and I see you and I just feel we have each other’s back and you know that this is the stirring of a great awakening. I do believe that the eyes of America are open.”
I am calling for all Tea Party Loyalists to step forward and help me send a powerful message and a Tea Party flag to Washington.
The TeaParty.org “FAX A FLAG” campaign is designed to inundate House and Senate offices with the message “The Tea Party is Coming!” and we intend to fix the damage done by the Obama FCC and restore the Constitution.
Please join me in the “FAX A FLAG” campaign letting Washington know Tea Party Loyalists are determined to repeal Obamacare, to secure the border, to end the Obama socialist agenda by taking away the money the federal government is counting on spending by once again raising the federal debt, an effort Cornyn is certain to champion.
Washington needs to know that Tea Party Loyalists intend to win – both at the ballot box in November 2014, and again during the presidential election in November 2016.
Tea Party Loyalists intend to take the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016, in the process defeating all incumbent members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats alike, who do not stand with us on principles of limited government, reduced taxation, and a return to a White House that respects the Constitution.
Dr. Jerome Corsi
Dr. Jerome Corsi received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Political Science in 1972. He is the author of two No. 1 New York Times nonfiction bestsellers, “Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry” (with co-author John O’Neill) and “The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality.” In the past 5 years, Dr. Corsi has written 5 New York Times Bestselling non-fiction books. Dr. Corsi is the Senior Commentator for TeaParty.org.