CPAC DAY 1

Yesterday was Day 1 of CPAC 2013, and I had an amazing time!
I got loaded down with books, bags, shirts, stickers, and information in the Exhibit Hall! There are so many different organizations represented here, on issues ranging from traditional values to campaign finance, media, and technology. I can’t wait to get home and read all of the books I got- especially the ones on the Constitution!
I also got to hear some great speeches, specifically Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. One quote from Rubio’s speech really stood out to me-

we don’t need a new idea, the idea is America. And it still lives!

This is the best expression of conservative philosophy I’ve ever heard- this is what we believe! America is more than a government, it is more than a people, it is an idea. It is freedom, it is rights, it is indescribable. Conservatives know that our country hasn’t lasted this long because we abandoned our principles and foundation, the ideas that our great nation were founded on still apply today. We still hold these truths self-evident: all men are created (not born) equal, and they all have a right to life, liberty, and to pursue happiness.
Rand Paul’s speech also touched on these rights, and pointed out that not only are they still applicable- they’re still important enough to defend. The younger Paul is absolutely right that the Constitution’s Framers intended for the rights to be eternal, and to apply to all citizens. If we suspended those rights without trial, and without any oversight, then we are surrendering our God-given rights to a government who has no right to take them away.
I’ve seen that the media has framed Paul and Rubio as representing two different factions within the conservative movement, but that couldn’t be less true- both of them essentially talked about the same thing- our rights are meant to be eternal, our Founding Fathers’ ideas are not stale or old fashioned, our country doesn’t have to lose sight of what makes us unique in order to prosper, and is the job of the people to keep the government accountable. This is what makes conservatism so great- even with all the different voices in our choir we are all singing the same song. A song of tradition, a song of glory, a song of faith.

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CPAC 2013

I am so excited to be going to CPAC 2013 next week! It was a last minute decision but I’m glad I made it!

I’m a bit OCD, so I’ve been pouring over the agenda trying to determine what I want to go see, hear, and do the most- and all of it looks amazing! A few things that I’m really looking forward to are:

Palin, Gingrich, Perry, Jindal & Ryan’s speeches. Even if you aren’t a fan of them, you have to admit they know how to get people excited! As a former speech major, I love watching them perform- because that is what they do!!

The Faith and Family Coalition Prayer Breakfast.

AUL’s screening of “3801 Lancaster” which is a documentary about the horrific discoveries the FBI made in their 2012 raid of Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic. I’m sure this movie is going to be hard to watch, but I know it’s important that it gets seen!

Mike Huckabee’s pro-life movie “The Gift of Life.”

“The Making of America: The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution” lecture

The Honorable Mike Lee, “The Relevance of the US Constitution Today” lecture

A panel on the Benghazi cover-up.

Fight Club 2013, which is with Paul Belaga and Tucker Carlson

A panel on engaging youth in the conservative movement, obviously something near and dear to my heart!

Occupy Unmasked- the late Andrew Brietbart’s documentary on Occupy Wall Street

Meet and Greet with Paul Ryan!!!!!!!

“Hillary: The Movie” is the movie behind the Supreme Court’s Citizens United case! As a law student, I must go!

Gingrich’s documentary about my favorite president, Ronald Reagan.

A luncheon with Santorum

A panel on Abortion and Religious Liberty led by Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the SBA List.

And there’s so much more!

I’ll do my best to keep ya’ll updated next week!