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Monday, January 10, 2011

Many Major Conservative Groups Refuse to Attend CPAC

By Douglas V. Gibbs

The argument that the two political parties are no different does not mean that the GOP and Democrats are arm in arm on the issues, but that the "professional politician" establishment attitude in the two parties is similar. The Tea Party would call these kinds of people "political elites."

Glenn Beck once explained, "On one side, we have the elites, and the other side, we have the regular people."

During the campaign over last summer for the 2010 mid-term elections, Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle stated, "The elites are no longer in touch with what the country is really thinking."

Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell began her campaign ad by saying, "I didn't go to Yale."

Of course the elites, not understanding the definition, became quite touchy about the rhetoric, accusing the Tea Party people of being anti-education, anti-establishment, anti-government, and of being a bunch of ignorant simpletons.

The liberals, however, turn out to be the ignorant simpletons.

"Elitism" does not necessarily exclusively include the wealthy, educated, and powerful people of America. Elitism is an attitude, and a belief in superiority. Elitism is a certain kind of snobbery that seems to run amok in political circles. But elitism is especially populated by people that somehow believe they are above everyone else, that they understand what is best for everyone more so than does those ordinary folk, that their education somehow makes them a better person, that their position or status somehow makes them an important person, and that because of these factors they somehow have a license to determine through government mandate how people should live their lives.

This elite class has not suddenly popped up in the last thirty years, but has been with us for more than 230 years. The elite is not just an American phenomenon, but judging by the smug elitists of the United Nations, it is an out-of-control international affliction. As far back as before the founding of this nation the political elite marched upon the Earth, but of course back then they were nobles, and European property owners, who forced their will upon the people regardless of what the peasants wanted, or thought.

This is not to say that a graduate of a prestigious college or university, who is wealthy, and bred by champion political stock, is necessarily an elitist. I have known plenty of people that meet those requirements, but instead have decided to not carry themselves up to some elevation in the clouds.

Political elitists in the Republican Party tend to believe that the best way for them to hang on to their political power is to rub noses with the Left, rather than adhere to the conservative principles that are the platform of the Republican Party. The elitists are more interested in political popularity, than in following the limiting principles of the U.S. Constitution. They bob and they weave across the ideological aisle, sometimes calling themselves moderates, and on rare occasion actually honestly calling themselves progressives.

The GOP elitists have infected the Republican Party, and it is they that have now co-opted CPAC. Part of the symptom that shows the establishment has wriggled its tentacles into CPAC is the fact that the Conservative Political Action Conference has once again invited a homosexual activist group, GOProud, to participate. This was an issue last year that rose up, and it is even a larger issue this year.

In response to CPAC's invitation to GOProud, two of the nation's premier moral issues organizations, the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America, are refusing to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference in February.

The Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America join the American Principles Project, American Values, Capital Research Center, the Center for Military Readiness, Liberty Counsel, and the National Organization for Marriage in withdrawing from CPAC. In November, the American Principles Project organized a boycott of CPAC over the participation of GOProud.

Early last month The American Conservative Union, who are longtime organizers of CPAC, disclosed that GOProud would be considered a "participating organization," a level of participation that is not only the second highest level of participation, but is also a level that gives GOProud a voice in planning the conference.

David Keene of the American Conservative Union is also right smack in the middle of an embezzlement scandal. Keene's ex-wife is suspected of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the organization. Diana Carr, ACU's former bookkeeper, was fired in January 2010.

Nobody from ACU was available to comment, as the organization's offices are closed for the holiday season.

"Excellent. It is gratifying to see FRC and CWA respond appropriately to CPAC's moral sellout of allowing GOProud as a sponsor," said Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, the nation's best-known organization dedicated exclusively to opposing the homosexual political agenda, and a one-time guest on the Political Pistachio Radio Revolution.

"By bringing in GOProud, CPAC was effectively saying moral opposition to homosexuality is no longer welcome in the conservative movement," said LaBarbera. "Would CPAC bring in an organization specifically devoted to promoting abortion and pretend it's conservative?" LaBarbera has formerly participated in CPAC, but said he may protest the conference this year.

"Shame on CPAC for defending the absurd proposition that one can be 'conservative' while embracing moral surrender – in this case the idea espoused by GOProud of the government granting 'rights' and benefits based on sinful sexual conduct long regarded as anathema to biblical and Judeo-Christian values," LaBarbera added.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Biggest conservative names bidding goodbye to CPAC: Participation of homosexuals, financial mismanagement cited - World Net Daily

Rep. Bono Mack faces political pressure from many sides - Press Enterprise (article in which Mary Bono Mack calls herself a "progressive republican")

Gay Infiltration of the Right - Political Pistachio

CPAC, Tea Parties, Palin, GOProud, and Everything - Political Pistachio

CPAC and Homosexual Conservatives - Political Pistachio

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