Today was the first day of CPAC, so let’s start with its leader, Matt Schlapp who says that 2020 CPAC has record intensity: ‘We’ve Never Seen Anything like This.’ The theme of CPAC this year is, “America versus socialism,” which strikes me as a little strange. You see, I spent way to long in school — in fact, I describe myself as a “recovering academic” — and debates about socialism there sometimes got heated. When I tried to tell conservatives about it, they basically didn’t care. Now, years later, suddenly they car, and with good reason: socialism is a very real threat, as demonstrated by the Democrat Presidential candidates.
First, this threat of socialism has greatly increased conservative Republican response to CPAC, with Schlapp saying that CPAC has sold tickets at three times the pace of last year — not 30% but 3 times. Part of this can be attributed to it being an election year, but still. Finally Schlapp talked about conservative Republicans needing to tell the story not only of the Democrats weak impeachment but of their false accusations of Russian spying or Spygate. Sundance at The Conservative Treehouse has done amazing research on this issue, but it’s important that CPAC is helping to bring this important to a larger audience as the mainstream media (MSM) won’t do it.
Second, Owen Shroyer of Infowars.com had a great report today done while walking to the line just to get into CPAC today, which was a long line. His point was that Donald Trump gets more people out to see him hours before an event than Democrats can get at the event. Moreover, there is massive deception by the MSM to try to undercut the conservative message generally and Trump’s popularity specifically.
Third, Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a Navy SEAL from Houston, spoke today. He was elected in 2018 and is regularly described as a rising star in the Republican Party. He lost his right eye from an IED attack in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, so he’s done some good things in his life and will doubtless do more. His speech today focused on a describing the threat of socialism, which is something that today’s young conservatives need to hear. Heck, it’s something that a recovering academic needs to hear. But more than that, Crenshaw said that conservatives need to tell their story and need to tell America’s story. By that I think he means we as conservatives need to tell a good news story that rival and beats that of the socialists. Crenshaw, after he said this, went through a list of topics that while important and true, made my attention wander because they were disconnected and critical. It’s easy to do, and I’ve done it lots too. Also, the quality of the video was lacking and it was hard to understand him, which didn’t help. However, looking to Venezuela, it’s obvious that conservatism is superior, but there’s a reason why socialism sells, and it’s the story. We may argue that this is wrong or unfair, but it’s reality and the fate of America is at stake, so Rep. Crenshaw is correct that formulating and telling the story is important.