Politics Today

The weekend before Valentine's Day 2016 marked the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). This is a highlight in conservative events and sets the tone for the Republican Primary for the Presidential race in 2012. Many view the CPAC as a rite of passage for the potential Republican nominees.

Below is the review of the speakers and how they fared at the 2011 conference.

  • Ron Paul of Texas won the straw poll the second year in a row. He was obviously the favored conservative of the weekend. Many feel though he is more of a sensational speaker rather than one who can turn the liberal tide of the country.
  • Orrin Hatch received the most boos from the crowd. He was asked to explain his supporting vote of the bail-out. Although he admitted it might have been a mistake, he felt that the country would have entered a severe depression if the government had not stepped in. The crowd was so rowdy and obviously opposed to his voting choice, many never heard his response. Hatch will have to do much to repair his reputation, some feel, if he hopes to gain candidacy in 2012.
  • Mitt Romney of Massachusetts delivered a powerful speech which was very well received by the crowd. He is considered to be the front runner for the conservative race for President in 2012.
  • Mitch Daniels of Indiana hit the national debt hard in his delivered address. Although his speech was only met with polite applause, he was considerably praised by the national media and made the Drudge Report.
  • Michele Bachmann of Minnesota also could be considered a ìwinnerî at the CPAC. Her address produced a standing ovation. It is reported that she was surrounded by admirers where ever she went at the conference.

Although there is still much time before the 2016 Presidential Elections many feel that the CPAC has set the stage for conservative nominees. As the public was reintroduced to these conservative super stars, it can better determine who should be selected.

Rise of the Modern Day Tea Party?

In the early years of the American colonies revolt against British rule, there are several landmark events that stand out in history. One of these is the Boston Tea Party in which some "rebellious" colonists, in Boston, Massachusetts went aboard a tea ship docked in Boston Harbor and threw all the tea overboard as a clear expression of their strong anti-tax opinions. Although these colonists impacted history and played a critical role in the Revolutionary War, it is doubtful they fully comprehended the leading role they exemplified for generations to come.

Throughout the 1990's there were many anti-tax protests to display the public's outrage of government taxes. In more recent years, Republican Congressman Ron Paul of Texas and his supporters held a fund-raiser on the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party for the 2008 Presidential Primary Race. The politician's platform was to remove the United States from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as to do away with the Federal Reserve System. He and his followers strongly supported giving State governments more rights and keeping the National government at bay.

In 2009 a Tea Party protest was conducted by the Young Americans for Liberty in response to Governor Patterson's suggestion for an obesity tax. This was one of over 100 taxes that the New York State Governor proposed. Many at the protest wore Indian head dresses resembling those worn by the Boston colonists at the original Boston Tea party.

In February 2009, a Seattle conservative Blogger, Keli Carender, rallied a protest the day before President Obama signed the nationís stimulus package. She did not lean on other groups, but rather through her own networking was able to gather approximately 120 people. Later on February 27, 2009, she and many other "Tea Party" protestors across the country (in 40 different cities nationwide) protested to show their rage at the governmentís behavior. It is believed that both Bushís bail out and Obamaís bail out are the events that gave birth to the modern day Tea Party Movement.

Teaching the Art of Charities

Teaching the young the act of charity can be a daunting task. Everyone likes to get stuff. It's not so easy to give stuff away. Our world is full of want. But teaching charity can help us to learn the difference between wants and needs and also the joy of giving. Parents and family members have to make a conscience effort to teach children about charity in everyday life. They can also make a conscience effort to help their children find opportunities to give to others through charitable organizations in their society and community and also through daily acts of service and kindness to others.

There are lots of great ways to help children instill a tradition of charity in their hearts and actions every day. The Christmas holidays always create tons of great opportunities for giving to charities and other service organizations. But the act of having charity in mind needs to be something we consider all year long. Society doesn't just need charity at Christmas. There are people in need all around us every day. You don't need to turn on the television to be reminded of that. Some great things that families do include doing a monthly donation run to a charitable organization like the Salvation Army.

Some families will take a monthly load of groceries or even a small bag to the local food pantry. Kids need to know where these places are and understand that they are a wonderful gift to a community. Children need to see their adult family members going into these places and having positive experiences there. When schools offer charity events, families can support their children in giving generously if finances allow. Let children get excited to be involved in charity events and acts of service. Families can also enact their own charity activities and let their children help plan and do them.

The Tea Party and Racism

Since its inception, the Tea Party has been vocal and at some rallies, members have expressed racist views. In 2010, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) identified the Tea Party as a racist movement. To call the entire movement racist is the same as stating all African-Americans are against white Americans.

Few people realize many African-American conservatives have been members of the Tea Party since its inception. There are many racist elements in the Tea Party, however, the majority member's fight to remove these elements as quickly as possible. Initially, the Tea Party was a simple grass roots organization started by working class Americans that were disillusioned by the politics of the day. Many had never been involved in politics until they joined the movement.

The Tea Party gained popularity as the house market and economy spiraled downward. The movement grew as billion dollar corporations asked for government bailouts while CEOs received million dollar bonuses.

It is an organization of middle class Americans that are sick and tired of carrying the burden of government waste and spending. While the Government gave billions to big corporations for bail out, many Americans lost their homes and jobs. Middle class America is tired of funding welfare programs. Millions of Americans are on welfare and will spend the rest of their lives on welfare while hardworking Americans foot the bill. The Tea Party is not asking the funding be cut for African-Americans on welfare; they are asking the funding be cut for all Americans on welfare.

The Tea Party is not racist and should not be judged as racist because of a hand full of people that expressed racist views. This attack on the Tea Party is without merit and seems to be the only way Liberal organizations can find fault with the party.

Don't Get Too Jaded

Our government has a lot of problems. It's so easy to get frustrated and jaded by what's going on. Many people feel that they have no control over it. In the short term this can sometimes be true, but in the long term, we all have control over what's going on in our government.

In the midst of all the sarcasm, it's important to realize that there are people trying to get it right in our government. Some people may think that running for public office is a power move. This can be the case, but many good Americans run for government office, because they are willing to put their heart and soul into what they believe and they really do want to make a difference. Do they always do the best job? Do they always make the right choices? No. This being said, there are also lots of idiots who run for government positions. It's important that we not allow ourselves to get so sick of the entire process that we stop being involved. When the general American citizenry, becomes so lazy or disillusioned with our politics and government that we quit caring, listening, and being involved, this is when our nation fails. Unfortunately, many people think this has already begun to happen.

It's time to try and find the positive. Take a world view and compare out nationís government to others around the world. Notice how lucky we are to live in a place where a dictator can't drag us out into the streets and murder us for speaking against them. Notice how lucky we are to live in an economically vital nation, even if it does have problems.

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