This year marks the 37th anniversary of CPAC. I wonder if the first participants in 1973 felt as we do now. History continues to repeat itself, but the liberals never seem to learn from it. It is amazing how we have come full circle again.
At CPAC in 1975 President Reagan said:
"Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors, which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?"
Reagan was wise. The 70's weren't great and citizens were in for a rough time. One year later, Jimmy Carter was elected president. What were the people thinking? Carter gave us 12-13% unemployment, 70% income tax rates, 17% borrowing rates, high inflation, and gas rationing with odd/even days. I know the left loves to claim that this is the worst recession since the great depression, but they always seem to forget about the Carter years. I mean who wouldn't? Who wants to remember a horrible president? Although it seems they always have a selective memory when it comes to one of their own, I am certain that if Carter were a republican that they would be shouting his statistics from the rooftops until the end of time.
So now it is 37 years later and I am headed for CPAC. I am anxious to meet my fellow conservatives and listen to the words of wisdom from the speakers. But I think this year it will feel a little nostalgic. With the tea parties of 2009, it is as if the founding fathers are here with us in spirit, inspiring us to continue to be relentless in the preservation of our liberty. If Ronald Reagan were alive, he could give the same speech today and it would be just as relevant. The citizens once again having a rough time. Much like the original Boston tea partiers, today's tea partiers are rising up for the cause of freedom. The tea parties know we don't need a third party. They are not meek. They have raised their banners in bold colors with slogans of what ails us as a nation. And they are revitalizing the party once again, to fix what is broken and restore our beloved Republic. The founding fathers would be proud. May the ghosts of CPAC past continue to inspire us and may the wisdom of the founding fathers continue to guide us on the path of renewal of our liberties.