Last weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) got a lot of media attention. Deservedly so. Some of the speakers were great successes. George Will delivered a half-hour speech that deserves to be heard by everyone in this country. No one has ever accused this most thoughtful writer of being wildly overheated. He never felt a thrill go up and down his leg--even when Ronald Reagan was elected. So, when George Will says liberals are attacking the foundations of the American experiment in ordered liberty, take notice.
Marco Rubio’s keynote address was a huge hit. The former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives might well be described as the anti-Obama. That’s not just because the conservative candidate for U.S. Senate opposes so many of President Obama’s policies. He does, and he’s seen his poll numbers climb in direct proportion to the President’s slide. It’s more than that. Marco Rubio understands why America is exceptional in the world. He inherited from his Cuban exile parents a passion for liberty and fierce aversion to government attempts to control every aspect of our lives.
Barack Obama has been most eloquent in discussing his “Dreams from my Father.” But he seems tragically determined to import for us the very aspects of post-independence Kenya that made his father’s too short life a nightmare. What part of tribalism, cronyism, corruption, and socialism--the bane of too many newly-independent African nations--do we want to establish here? When President Obama praises certain Wall Street bankers--while denouncing the rest as “fat cats”--you can be sure that the ones he praises are big donors to the liberal politicians and causes. Crony capitalism at its worst.