For the fourth year in a row, I am doing what CPAC refuses to do in covering the central issues of our time. The issues that ought to be center stage, prime time at CPAC.
Once again, CPAC is avoiding, ignoring the greatest national security threat to our country. Year in, year out, the puppetmasters, Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan, manage to keep jihad and sharia off the CPAC schedule. The political Right’s largest and most influential grassroots umbrella organization -- and sponsor of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) -- has abandoned conservative principles and morphed into some fleshy, ambiguous, compromised political machine doling out money and favors for cronies, when it is doing anything at all.
Anti-sharia legislation has already been passed into law in three states -- Tennessee (April 2010), Louisiana (June 2010), and Arizona (May 2011) and is either scheduled to be introduced or under consideration in over 25 additional states for the coming legislative session. Half the country is deeply concerned about this issue, and yet it is nowhere on the CPAC schedule -- except, of course, for yours truly.
The people care about this issue. Conservatives care about this issue. CPAC should feature this issue.
Which is why I choose to organize an event every year at CPAC to educate the upwards of twelve thousand conservatives who come to DC to get activated. Do you think they know that CPAC has been utterly corrupted by the likes of Grover Norquist? Hardly. Has it been easy going up against the most corrupt and powerful conservative in America? Hardly. I lost my Newsmax column because of it. As I have repeatedly called for an insurgency at CPAC. And to all the old establishment bulls who know about but sanction this infiltration with their silence, shame on you.
It is no accident that Grover is on the cover of Newsmax as we enter CPAC week.
More on my coverage of Grover here:
Photo right: Grover Norquist, the most powerful Muslim Brotherhood influence peddler on the cover of Newsmax, February 2012
Doing our events at CPAC is always a .... challenge. And this year is shaping up no differently. Our event this year is generating plenty of heat. AFDI/SIOA has organized the most critical and essential event at CPAC. Islamic Law in America: How Obama's Department of Justice is Selling us Out (McKinley Room, 3 pm). Our keynote speaker, J. Christian Adams, has been scheduled to speak at our event for months. Yet CPAC (under Al Cardenas) scheduled Adams to speak at the exact same time. It is on their agenda -- Adams at both places at the same time. Further, our co-sponsor, the Tea Party, is under increasing pressure to cancel our "controversial" event. Freedom is controversial.
At CPAC 2009, I brought Geert Wilders to CPAC to introduce him and his fight for free speech to Conservatives. It was standing room only. We had to turn away hundreds. And what a battle I had just getting Wilders there. I fought fiercely for months trying to get Wilders on the official CPAC roster. They should have been clamoring to have him. He represents the fight for the idea of American freedom, free speech. After many a discussion, I was advised that David Keene would be giving the Courage Under Fire Award to Geert Wilders for his fight for free speech (the very bedrock of conservative principles, I chided and reminded Keene). Within 24 hours of the decision to give Wilders the Charlton Heston Courage under fire award, it was withdrawn. Heston would not have been pleased. Keene, head of the ACU and also of CPAC, canceled the decision to honor Wilders because of an article in Newsweek in which David Horowitz and Robert Spencer criticized CPAC for its Grover Norquist-mandated refusal to deal with the jihad or Islamic supremacism in any meaningful or effective way. Paul Jacob, President of Citizens in Charge Foundation, was instead given the Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award. Who?
Imagine battling with the American Conservative Union to have a very likely future Prime Minister of the Netherlands, who is being persecuted for speaking the truth, address an audience at CPAC.
The following year CPAC 2010, Robert Spencer and I organized Jihad: The Political Third Rail and brought freedom fighters from across the nation, including Allen West, Steve Couglin and Wafa Sultan, and across the world, such as Simon Deng, Anders Gravers and Elizabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff. The conference was designed to educate Americans about the Muslim Brotherhood’s infiltration at the highest levels of the U.S. government, as well as its war on free speech: its attempt to silence and discredit those who speak up against the jihad and Sharia encroachment in the West. Emphasis was on the international character of the jihad against the West and on how the Islamic war on free speech (and the media’s self-imposed blackout on this issue, as in the Fort Hood massacre) is part and parcel of the same jihad against the West that terrorists are pursuing by violent means.
CPAC 2010 from my perch
Last year, I brought the Ground Zero mosque issue and a host of 911 family members to CPAC to discuss the 15-story mega mosque in a building destroyed in the 911 attacks. And as always, the left's heads explode.