CPAC: The Next Generation of Conservatives

The American Conservative Union (ACU) announced today the theme of their upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) – America’s Future: The Next Generation of Conservatives.

I’ve enjoyed almost everything I’ve ever heard from CPAC events – they’re usually rallying and rousing speeches given by conservatives like Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, etc.  Not only are most CPAC speakers some of the more conservative leaders from around the country, but they’re pushed to do their best and represent the best of conservatism at this conference.  Unfortunately, some of them don’t end up governing as conservatively as either I or even they would like, but I haven’t listened to a CPAC address yet that has failed to contain some valuable nugget of wisdom.

As a result, I was pleased to see this list of some of this year’s speakers: former U.S. Representative Artur Davis, former Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, U.S. Senator Mike Lee, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, former U.S. Representative Allen West, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

My only qualifier for this year’s CPAC is this – with the next generation of conservatives being the theme, I’ll be severely disappointed if I don’t hear messages that are focused on returning the GOP and conservatives as a whole to a moral foundation that won’t cut corners on the following:

  • Opposing homosexuality across the board
  • Supporting and encouraging families to take advantage of private and charter school, in an equal effort to oppose state-run and state-managed education
  • Supporting and encouraging families to have families – increase the tax breaks for married couples and number of kids – there shouldn’t be deterrents to starting a family and being faithful
  • Cutting entitlements in a responsible manner – if nothing else, we have to figure out how to transfer these responsibilities from the federal government back to state and local communities
  • Opposing any and all higher taxes until the above issue of entitlements is solved
  • Opposing any foreign policy that does not strictly follow the intent of the Constitution – e.g. no going to war without Congress’ approval

There’s more, I know, but if the future of America lies in the hands and hearts of the next generation, the above principles are ones we will have to consistently promote and defend.  We have to begin our fight for the future somewhere, so we might as well start here, and now.

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