Saturday afternoon, President Trump gave a speech for the record books, talking to a CPAC crowd for two hours and two minutes. He often went “off-script” - that's when we get the comments that make Trump supporters cheer and his critics’ heads explode. Like the moment when the crowd roared with laughter as he mocked the “Green New Deal” replacing oil and gas with sources like wind energy: “Darling, is the wind blowing today? I'd like to watch television, darling.”
“Saturday Night Live” made fun of Trump’s speech, but the truth is, he was much funnier ad libbing than “SNL” has been in years. Incidentally, does anyone else think it’s odd that liberals believe claims that Trump is so dumb or Alzheimer’s-ridden that he can’t even form a coherent sentence in a White House meeting, yet he can stand in front of thousands of people and ad-lib a two-hour speech?
This link has some quotes from the speech…
But if you have a spare two hours, there are a lot less entertaining ways you could spend it than to watch the entire thing. Some of them won Oscars last week…
During his CPAC speech, President Trump announced that he will sign a (long-overdue) executive order protecting free speech on America’s college campuses. He was joined on stage by Hayden Williams, the young man recently punched in the face by a leftist thug on the UC-Berkeley campus for daring to man a table for a conservative student group.
Trump said, “He took a hard punch in the face for all of us,” and we can never allow that to happen again. Before the media pull the “Trump is inciting violence on campus” hysterics, allow me to quote former Obama deputy chief of staff Jim Messina to fellow Democrats: “If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard.”
Universities used to be laboratories of free speech where students could be exposed to a wide variety of ideas, debate them and learn how to think critically and separate truth from nonsense. This is why the left made it a multi-generational mission to take over higher education and insure that only their side was allowed to be heard: because it doesn’t stand up to intellectual scrutiny, so they have to shout or beat down anyone who speaks up against it.
I’m certain the college administrators will do everything in their power to ignore Trump’s order or run to a liberal federal judge to get it overturned. But a reminder: colleges are under state control, and they’re also desperate to keep donations and tuition money coming in. Americans who are fed up with leftwing totalitarianism on campus have the power to contact their state officials to demand reform and accountability, to withhold donations and to send their kids to schools where lives aren’t ruined and faces punched in if a student dares to commit the unpardonable crime of having a non-leftist-approved thought.
These schools may preach pure socialism, but their Achilles heel is money. Withhold it until they fold. As the humorist A. Whitney Brown said about the collapse of the USSR, “Who ever imagined that the fatal flaw of communism would be that there’s no money in it?”
Here’s one of the more narrative-shattering moments of the CPAC conference: the founder of Black Guns Matter, Maj Toure, explained that the urban minority community is actually conservative in most of their beliefs, but they don’t trust conservatives because liberals have done such a good job of demonizing them and conservatives haven’t done enough to reach out to them and disprove that narrative.
I can vouch for that from personal experience. When I became Governor of Arkansas, I wanted to serve all the state’s people and work with the African-American community to improve conditions in their neighborhoods. So I reached out to black civic and church leaders to let them know I wanted to hear their concerns and find common ground to help. There were a lot of long-ingrained suspicions to overcome, but I eventually convinced them that I was sincere, and we worked together to make some positive changes. I’m proud to say that when I ran for reelection, I got a larger share of the black vote than any Republican since Reconstruction.
Right now, the left is attempting to gain power by sowing division and suspicion among any and all identity groups. They seek to elevate themselves by tearing Americans apart. Republicans need to call out the poison of identity politics for what it is and concentrate on what we all share as Americans. For instance, under President Trump’s policies, unemployment for all ethnic groups is at or near all-time lows. That’s something that should be trumpeted by the GOP 24/7.
JFK said, “A rising tide lifts all boats,” and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We may have come on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now.” Voters should be reminded that both of those things are as true as ever, but only the Republicans still believe in them.