Republicans from all over the nation came to St. Louis this past weekend for the yearly convention known as CPAC or, Conservative Political Action Conference. Saturday was filled with speakers, panel discussions, and an exhibition hall filled with booths from Conservative organizations such as, Fairtax, Americans For Prosperity, The Heartland Institute, and Conservative think tank, The Heritage Foundation, talking to attendees and handing out materials.
The morning's activities were hosted by Radio Talk Show Host and Conservative Commentator Dana Loesch. Some of the morning's speakers included, Utah Senator Mike Lee. Lee was instrumental in assisting Texas Senator Ted Cruz during his recent 21 hour filibuster supporting the defunding of Obama care.
The Affordable Care Act was a top subject for most of the day's speakers. All agreed what a disaster Obama care will be for the health care system, and the American economy in general. In conjunction with the subject of Obama care, was the government shutdown. Several lawmakers, including Missouri Congresswoman Ann Wagner, and Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, who were scheduled to speak, remained in Washington. Blunt was one of a handful of Senators who had voted the day before to pass a continuing resolution, which had included funding for Obama care. It was rumored that Blunt would not have been a popular figure at the event.
A few of the most popular speakers included Lt. Col. Oliver North. Always a champion of America's brave fighting men and women, North spoke of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, who give up the comforts of home to go to far away places, away from their families, to defend liberty and freedom. North said they deserve better than a Commander In Chief who goes around the world apologizing for America. "Americans have absolutely nothing to apologize for!", he stated.
Another favorite speaker, Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory. Guillory recently made headlines when a YouTube video he made explaining why, after being a lifelong Democrat, he was switching to the Republican Party went viral. He implored more African-Americans to leave the "plantation" of the Democratic Party, who he said had done nothing for them. Guillory compared the Obama administration to termites, eating away at the foundation of the country. He got a hearty laugh from the crowd when he called President Obama "the head termite".
All in all, CPAC was a great, fun-filled educational day, that perhaps got some Conservatives out of their funk, maybe thinking that all is lost. It was very apparent that it is vital for Republicans to get fired up about 2014. This crowd seems to be well on their way.