CPAC 2019 to Discuss Surge in Socialism, and What Makes America Great – Preetam Kaushik
Beginning Wednesday, thousands of conservatives will descend near Washington, D.C., to take part in the four-day Conservative Political Action Conference 2019 (CPAC 2019). The eagerly anticipated political conference will be held from February 27 to March 2 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.
Billed as the “biggest,” this year’s CPAC is expected to see record attendance. President Donald Trump has yet to confirm his participation officially, but some reports suggest that he will address the conference again this year.
The conference will discuss gun control law, rights of an unborn child, American political tradition, human trafficking, the surge in socialism, national security, economy, media and social media, and more.
What is CPAC?
CPAC is an annual conference where the dedicated conservatives congregate. Conservative activists, politicians, writers, media personalities, and students from all across the country attend it, to listen to the leading conservative voices, as well as to network, exchange views and ideas, trade information, and discuss policies. They also assess the would-be GOP Presidential candidates and vote for them in a straw poll. Also, the summit is breeding and recruiting ground for American conservatism.
Founded in 1974 by the American Conservative Union and Young Americans for Freedom, the conference has grown in influence and had become one of the most important annual events in the American political calendar. The participation has grown exponentially since Ronald Reagan gave his inaugural keynote speech in front of a small gathering. Some call it the “Super Bowl of conservative politics.”
In 1985, President Ronald Reagan said, “CPAC is the opportunity to dance with the one who brung ya.”
All about CPAC 2019
American Conservative Union is hosting the CPAC for the 46th time. It is already being reported that the annual conservative gathering will see record participation. With less than two years to go before the Presidential election, CPAC 2019 is a crucial gathering to gauge the conservative mood and where President Trump stands in terms of popularity. Also, the straw poll will reveal the potential Republican primary challengers that Trump may have to face in the coming months.
“What makes America great” is the theme for CPAC 2019. The attributes that make America great are going to be highlighted throughout the conference. The speakers will also decry socialism. There has been a significant rise in socialism within the Democratic Party, with its presidential hopefuls embracing it with gusto. President Trump and the Republican Party have stated again and again that they would never let America become a socialist country.
Matt Schlapp, who presides over CPAC, said to Fox News that Democrats have abandoned American political traditions and are going “full-in on socialism” and “political correctness.” He accused the Democrats of “flirting with this idea that the principles that founded this country are actually rotten and need to be cast aside.”
Schlapp also believes that socialism is “completely opposed” to Americanism, and it will not make America great. Conservatives understand the founding of America and the certain principles that make it great, he said. All of these will be explained during the four-day conference.
On Thursday, February 28, Schlapp will discuss the rise of socialism in the U.S. North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the two Republican members of the House of Freedom Caucus, will be taking part in this discussion. Later, Congressman Tom McClintock, too, will address the audience live to talk about the grip of Left-leaning socialists on California, as well as provide his insight on how conservatives can loosen the grip and stop its surge.
The conference will focus on American founding principles and freedom. The executive director of American Conservative Union Dan Schneider pointed out that it was an “important time” for conservatives to argue in favor of pro-freedom.
The discussions would not just focus on the positive aspects of the different movements related to freedom, but they will also warn about the potential wrong directional shift in some quarters, Schneider said.
There will also be a special panel discussion on the conference overall theme of “what makes America great.” According to Fox News, the five-member panel comprises of Deneen Borelli, a conservative author, Marjorie Dannenfelser, a pro-life activist, NRA president Oliver North, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, and K. T. McFarland, a former White House official.
Recently, there has been a lot of chatter about the Green New Deal, the radical environment plan introduced by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. A Republican spokesperson has called the Green New Deal a “socialist wish list.” At the conference, there is a panel to discuss this environment plan. Maybe the discussion will help Republicans to frame a better environment plan that does not hurt the economy.
Most speakers are expected to talk about the attributes that make America great, answering the question “what makes America great.” Congressman Dan Crenshaw will be sharing his thoughts on “what it really means to serve your country and why America will always be worth fighting for,” while actor Gary Sinise will talk about how to take care of the veterans.
Laura Ingraham will try to crush the narrative that conservatives are losing. The victories that the conservatives have achieved in the past two years have been considerable, including the policy victories that were deemed to be out of reach. The television and radio show host will take to the stage and talk about her belief that there are “more wins on the horizon for the conservatives” in the coming years.
Columnist and political commentator Marc Thiessen will inform the attendees about the changing geopolitical landscape as well as talk about the measures that should be undertaken to keep the country safe.
No one knows more about gun control than Willes Lee, a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) Board of Directors. He will be attending CPAC 2019 to explain the importance of 2A, the 2nd amendment to the U.S. Constitution; the right to keep and bear arms. Antonia Okafor, a founder of EmPOWERed and an advocate of the concealed carry on campus, will also be there with her “compelling” story to support 2A.
Senator Marsha Blackburn will do the much-needed talk on how to bring “fiscal sanity back” to Washington. And Senator Kevin Cramer will divulge how the Congress is working to create a “culture of prosperity” for everyone.
“Pawn Stars” actor Rick Harrison will also be stepping on the stage to give his speech. He told Fox News that he was always happy to bring a “slightly different perspective” to CPAC. The actor will be talking about changing the country’s educational system.
Some of the other speakers at CPAC 2019 include Matthew Boyle, DC political editor for Breitbart News; player Benjamin Watson; Senator Josh Hawley; Governor Matt Bevin; Vice President Joni Ernst; Daily Caller’s Amber Athey; and more. As of February 23, 100 speakers have been announced.
Mueller Investigation to be Questioned
Special counsel Robert Mueller is expected to deliver his report on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential elections soon. At the CPAC 2019, on Saturday, during a panel discussion on judges and prosecutors, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, reporter Chuck Ross, and writer Andrew McCarthy are set to discuss Mueller’s probe.
They are expected to question the probe, and most likely denounce it. Schlapp said, “The Mueller probe gets right to this question about why America is unique.” He said that the conservatives fear that the special counsels trample on an individual’s specific rights. He fears that the Mueller probe is doing that.
President Trump at CPAC
In 2016, President Trump did not participate in CPAC, opting to campaign in Witchita, Kansas. But, he attended the CPAC held in 2017 and 2018. Last year, in the CPAC straw poll result, the President scored an approval rating of a whopping 93 percent.
There is still no official confirmation that Trump will participate in CPAC 2019. He will most likely attend. There is the likelihood that he would kick start his 2020 Presidential campaign standing amid his cheering, boisterous conservative supporters. He will be returning to the conference after helping Republicans retain control of the Senate in the midterm elections; reshaping America’s legal landscape for years to come; and cementing conservative majority on the Supreme Court.
Earlier this month, President Trump declared a national emergency to fund the U.S.-Mexico border wall, and on February 21, he took to Twitter to announce that the wall is under construction. With this announcement, President Trump has almost fulfilled all his 2016 campaign promises. It would be interesting to see how the hardcore conservatives at CPAC asses his performance now.
Ian Walter, the spokesman of CPAC, told Washington Examiner that this year’s conference theme of “what makes America great” is a turn on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign slogan “make America great again.” He also said that the CPAC 2019’s theme highlights the Republican Party’s “optimism versus the sometimes gloomy view of President Trump critics.”
It is the best time for conservatives to congregate near Washington. They have much to celebrate, share, and discuss.