Ann Coulter's Tremendous Speech At CPAC And The Decadence Of Conservatism, Inc.

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James Kirkpatrick
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18 March 2013
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National News
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...The vice-chairman of the American Conservative Union said that CPAC [Conservative Political Action Conference] this year would get away from the “glamor” of past conferences and bring it back to “substance”...

But as the party continues, the cracks in the foundation are growing ever greater. This was to be the CPAC where the movement coalesced around a program of minority outreach, moderation on social issues, and a singular focus on economics. Instead, it showed that Conservatism Inc. may be incapable of holding the coalition together.

Immigration patriots knew that the fix was in from the beginning, as the main panel on amnesty was a unanimous celebration of cheap labor, a refreshingly honest admission that Conservatism Inc. is essentially one giant corporate lobbying firm. None of the so-called conservative superstars at CPAC so much as mentioned the topic of immigration, except with vague promises to reach out to minorities.

The real debate on immigration took place in the side panels. Mark Krikorian laid out a careful, fact based case against Obama's lawless executive amnesty at a panel sponsored by Judicial Watch. Unfortunately, the Judicial Watch panel was sparsely attended, perhaps because the official CPAC guide didn't list the panel. An accidental oversight, I'm sure...

This panel only featured one immigration speaker, Rosemary Jenks of Numbers USA. In the limited time she was given, Jenks argued that “According to all polls, Hispanics vote for larger government, more gun restrictions [and other aspects of] the liberal agenda.” Jenks outlined policies that went unmentioned throughout the rest of the conference, including mandatory E-verify, entry/exit systems at ports, and tracking visas to prevent overstays. This was essentially the only treatment that details of serious immigration policy that took place over the weekend...

It fell to Ann Coulter to save the day by using her prime speaking position to deliver a message CPAC desperately needed to hear. The most important point Ann Coulter made in her masterful address condemning amnesty was not the singular importance of the amnesty issue, the deliberate malice of the 1965 Immigration Act, or the doomed dreams of Republicans winning the “Hispanic” vote. These are all true, but pale in comparison to her last charge.

Ann Coulter's incredibly courageous contribution was calling out Conservatism, Inc. —to their faces—for their cowardice in confronting a phony “Establishment” while collaborating with their betrayers. She mocked attacking

“The scapegoat of a fake Republican establishment which is allowing the real Republican establishment to plot and scheme undetected. My example of this is, 'What public policy will harm average Americans, drive up unemployment, change America permanently in negative ways, and on the other hand, is supported by businessmen who will never vote for a Republican anyway?' Amnesty for illegal aliens. And half of elected Republicans support it, as far as I can tell most talk radio and TV hosts support it... you want the Republican establishment? That's the Republican establishment... if amnesty goes through, America becomes California and no Republican will ever win another national election.”

...The Conservatism Inc. is actively hostile towards immigration patriots but gleefully allies with people who hate them as long as they support the “free market”. “Ideas matter,” as movement conservatives used to say, and Conservatism Inc. doesn't have any left.

That said, immigration patriots should take heart. Ann Coulter's courageous speech communicates a powerful truth—immigration patriots are the only ones in the room who matter. Everyone else, the rising libertarians included, are being swamped by forces they are desperately trying to ignore.