What? Something else was going on besides the House Republican war on Obamacare? Well, yes. Conservatives displayed newfound resolve and grit at the Conservative Political Action Conference in St. Louis on Saturday, an intense one-day gathering in Missouri that attracted scores of lawmakers, public officials and astute heavyweights. Among their messages to an enthusiastic audience:
“To the mainstream media and Democrats in Congress, I apologize. But I’m not playing nice anymore. (American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas)
“Our government is broken, but we the people can fix it. We have to show our friends and enemies that we are the land of the free, because we are still the home of the brave.” (Oliver North)
“The best storyteller wins elections. Republicans have to engage the soul of the country.” (Rick Santorum)
“We don’t need to become Europe, we just need to be America again.” (Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback)
“I believe the answer to our economic ills will not be found in Washington, it’ll be found among the states.” (Texas Gov. Rick Perry)
“If we stick to principle, if we remember what it is we are about and what it is we want to accomplish, and if we organize around those principles and stand for them, people will stand with us.” (Washington Times opinion editor and former National Rifle Association President David Keene)
“We want one thing from the government: We wish to be left alone.” (Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist)
Mr. Cardenas, incidentally, also revealed that the 41st annual CPAC will be held in early March, once again at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, on the banks of the Potomac River near Washington.
“I hope and pray that each of you leaves here today more determined than ever to join the fight, even more committed to the restoration of America’s greatness, emboldened by the knowledge that God will bless our mission just as God blesses all of America,” Mr. Cardenas told the departing audience.
GOD IS NOT THE CO-PILOT?
“The U.S. Air Force Academy has removed the words ‘So help me God’ from some written materials, including the oath administered to USAF inductees based upon the objections of a single atheist,” says Tom Fitton, director of Judicial Watch, who notes that his watchdog group has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Defense Department to obtain the official records showing what — or who — is behind the decision.
Unilaterally removing ‘so help me God’ from Air Force Academy materials is at odds with our nation’s history, the rule of law, and the fundamental values of the American people,” Mr. Fitton observes. “We want to get to the bottom of this controversy and it is a shame we had to go to court to try to get past the Pentagon’s stonewall.”
LET THE GAMES BEGIN
So the Affordable Care Act gets rolling. So what? Some say it could eventually benefit the Republican Party.