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AMAC and CPAC 2020 – Much Accomplished, Bright Days Ahead

CPACThe “Conservative Political Action Conference,” CPAC 2020, is over – but what a year! This year represented a genuine “gathering of eagles,” sounding notes of can-do, freedom, strength, and inveterate optimism at a truly consequential time in American history. Overarching topic: “America versus Socialism.” That says it all, doesn’t it?

What could be more relevant, frightening, motivating and compelling – than defending America’s liberties against the rising onslaught of socialism, aptly represented by the modern Democratic party? CPAC helped focus the Nation on the stark choice – between liberty and socialism. AMAC was there.

This CPAC conference – which featured President Trump at his most candid, direct, and comedic, also included Vice President Pence and an array of top national leaders, thinkers, and doers. These four days in Washington – guided by American Conservative Union Chair Matt Schlapp – included gripping speeches, plenary sessions, breakouts, and interviews across virtually every aspect of social, political, and economic relevance in 2020. Some generations live in “step up or lose it” times; ours is one.

Among stand-outs – beyond the President and Vice President – were appearances and persuasive arguments for unbending moral, cultural, political, international, and domestic leadership by distinguished scholars, managers, and proven leaders – all of whom clearly love America.

On the agenda were leading conservative members of Congress from Mark Meadows (NC-11), Jim Jordan (OH-4) to Doug Collins (GA-9) and Dan Crenshaw, Senators Mike Lee (UT), Marsha Blackburn (TN), Joni Ernst (IA) and Ted Cruz (TX) to Congressmen Steve Scalise (LA-1), John Ratliff (TX-4), and Louie Gohmert (TX-1). The list was a virtual “who’s who” of those with demonstrated political courage.

They spoke on matters from accountability and integrity to moral fiber, rule of law, adoption and preserving America’s cultural strengths; from free speech, free exercise of religion, entrepreneurship, individualism, women in leadership, realignment of minorities to defending security and core liberties.

Ambassador and former Governor Nicky Haley addressed cutting-edge issues, even as solemnity punctuated other moments, time allowed for recalling our Nation’s proud history, the sacrifice of combat veterans, sanctity of the National Anthem, and power of personal prayer and quiet reflection.

The annual dinner honoring Ronald Reagan was embroidered by interviews – before and after – for television and radio on the nature of his convictions, foresight, and leadership. National voices of reason and depth, from outspoken African American voices “Diamond and Silk” to conservative think tanks, cabinet secretaries to law enforcement, strategists and historians to tacticians were heard.

Gratifyingly for AMAC members, the majority of this national “gathering of eagles” was dedicated to core principles in which most believe, commitment to faith and family, free speech on campuses, honoring and caring for veterans, assuring integrity of our borders, fidelity to American history – no rewrites, and defending judicial restraint, limited government and opposition to socialism.

Perhaps what matters most is that AMAC leaders in attendance accomplished four missions – each worth reporting back to AMAC membership. First, they took the measure of those commissioned to defend our values in the government.

Clear as a bell – AMAC representatives saw enthusiasm from those in the Administration for preserving individual liberty, moral compass, and rule of law, reducing regulations, lowering taxes, assuring national security, social security, and effective operation of our democratic institutions. Every speaker spoke to these ideas in some way. Limited government, not more of it – animates this Administration’s thinking.

Second, AMAC representatives – in person and without hesitation – shared ideas. They reinforced the broader “Heartland” commitment to preserving America’s best traditions, restoring the Framer’s intent on constitutional issues, and assuring conservative older Americans are heard – not sidelined. AMAC membership empowers problem-solving to protect older Americans. This conference saw that.

The balance between assuring federal solvency and honoring historic pledges to America’s seniors and veterans was articulated. From guaranteeing affordable health care and social security to protecting public health, safety, and national security, AMAC spoke up – and was heard.

The dialogue was joined with top leaders – and solutions championed – from next steps on sanctuary cities and border security to economic growth, increased fiscal responsibility, preservation of earned benefits, and effectively protecting America to efficiently extinguishing the Chinese-origin “novel” coronavirus.

Third, perhaps as important as understanding the Administration’s unblinking commitment to timeless values and participation in problem-solving, AMAC was in full force communicating AMAC values to a national audience, reinforcing size, sincerity, and seriousness of values embraced by AMAC members.

All told, national media flooded the CPAC venue. AMAC used this event to reinforce longstanding relationships while forging new ones aimed at shaping the national dialogue. AMAC representatives conducted on the order of two dozen interviews, from Fox and One America television and radio to rolling regional interviews with leading lights, Secure Freedom Radio to regional conservative talk.

Net-net, AMAC’s leadership, continues to be pathbreaking, helping older Americans effectively navigate expected and unexpected turns, helping shape the Nation’s future, preserving conservative values, and celebrating this exceptional Nation. AMAC continues to help inform the national dialogue, anticipating and wrestling emerging and enduring problems. Nowhere was that more obvious than at CPAC, where the takeaway for AMAC members is that America’s future remains bright – so long as are in the fight.


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Lawrence Rathbun
2 years ago

Robert Charles… In a time where journalism is no longer regarded as a legitimate form of reporting but instead has become a psychological tool for manipulating public opinion, I appreciate your efforts to capture the truths that matter dearly to me. You let us feel the pulse of our country. Thanks! Hang in there.

Lee Havis
2 years ago

Enjoyed the one day I attended CPAC – and a special privilege to meet and chat briefly with Robert Charles himself. AMAC is well served by such a skilled and thoughtful commentator.

Pat R
2 years ago

Great report. My hope/prayer is that the overall feeling and result is more widespread exponentially throughout our nation.

Kent
2 years ago

John James for Senate in Michigan!

Marlene Turner
2 years ago

President trump is the best president we have had i wish the democrats would help him instead of trying ever lie they can to get him out prayers for him we changed from democrat to republican and never a democrat again

Georgia
2 years ago

God Bless America May we always remain a republic

CHERYL FITZGERALD
2 years ago

Pray for wisdom and take action!
God bless America, our President and his family.
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Hal Gregg Lemoyne
2 years ago

???CHRISTrumPence our/his US ReTRUMPlican Lawmakers 2016-2028 successfully US Landslide Reelected assuredly
Amen & Amen???

Mary
2 years ago

This country needed a USA cheerleader for a long time. We got the best from our President. It’s has been great to see our citizens enjoy and respect our country, flag, God, and family again. We pray to honor God again and be His people because He is always so forgiving when we, the people, return to our first love. “The best is yet to come.”

Judy Cole
2 years ago

Good summary

gin
2 years ago

President Trump has done great for the USA. I just wish he could tone down the 4th grade name calling of opponents. I’ll always vote for him, but I know people who won’t, even for all the good he’s done, because of just that.

Vicki
2 years ago
Reply to  gin

I don’t care about the name calling. It just gets our attention, I look at his deeds. That’s what’s important

JUDE
2 years ago

How much longer are we conservative Christian American citizens going to sit back and let the perverted socialists/communists and whatever else is out there in our country get away with what they’ve been getting away with. I’ve sat back and watched the Clintons and their foundation do ungodly and unlawful acts over the years and get away with it. Truly, are all of you people out there OK with the fact that Hillary Clinton is not sitting in jail right now? I am not ok with it! It angers me about the unlawful deeds she has gotten away with! It makes my blood boil! Yet, I sit here and don’t know what to do about it! With a lot of the idiots that we have in our government in Washington right now, a person can’t write to them or go to them and expect anything to be done! There are certain power players in control of this country with negative agendas and it’s got to stop, and if it takes a civil war to stop the nonsense happening in our country, then so be it! I really do not want to see a war happen in this country but nothing is getting done people and it’s going to take a massive eruption in our government to get things accomplished. We have a decent president right now, President Donald Trump, who is trying his best to straighten things out in the swamp and he is being fought by the power players to the hilt! There is a deep state in this country and all American citizens better realize it! People like George Soros and the Clintons and the Obamas and many others like them are a part of the deep state. They have their own agendas for a one world order; and the only one world order I want to live in is under God! Our Lord in heaven is going to come back one day or send his son to straighten out the mess we humans have made and he’s going to come back like a lion and we are very deserving of it! I live for that day! Please, I beg you, remember to get out and vote in the November election (and encourage all your friends and neighbors) for President of the United States and please help to reelect Donald Trump who is at least making a concerted effort to straighten out the mess down there in the swamp of Washington DC! Also, we need to vote out of office people like Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Jerry Nadler, Adam Schiff, Tom Steyer, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Maxine Watters, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, and anybody else in office who acts/thinks as deplorably as they do!

gin
2 years ago
Reply to  JUDE

I mostly agree with you. The head enemy is Satan, but he has a lot of minions. Christ will come back one day at the end of the 7 year tribulation to end it all. With His power, all He has to do is say, “end”. The church will be taken out before the tribulation, so now is the time for people to confess Christ as savior. The tribulation will be horrible as the Holy Spirit will allow Satan a period of rule to learn he can’t be a god. Many people who come to Christ at that time will be martyred. So many things are happening that make that time seem close. A verse, 2 Timothy 3:2 is one of the many things.

Vicki Fuselier
2 years ago
Reply to  JUDE

Well said. I agree totally

Carolyn Mercer
2 years ago

Thanks for keeping us informed

Judith Crouch
2 years ago

PRESIDENT TRUMP I AM SO GLAD YOUR ARE DEALING WITH AMAC THEY ARE THE CONSERVATIVE VIEWS WE HAVE ALWAYS NEEDED INSTEAD OF AARP!!
WANT YOU TO HIT THE SANCTUARY CITIES AND STATES HARD AND MAKE THEM COMPLY WITH OUR LAWS. ALSO THE AIRPORT IN WASHINGTON NEEDS TO BE TOLD THEY HAVE TO FLY ALIENS AND ETC BACK TO WHERE THEY BELONG. HOW DO THESE PEOPLE GET BY WITH DISOBEYING EVERY LAW OF OUR COUNTRY.
THEY ARE NOT ON THE SAME PAGE AS THE REST OF THE COUNTRY AND NEED TO BE SERIOUSLY REPRIMANDED. IF THE DALLYING DEMOCRATS WOULD HAVE LET YOU “BUILD THE WALL ” WAY BACK WHEN WE WOULD NOW BE BETTER PROTECTED AGAINST THIS CORONAVIRUS,, AS IT IS NOW THE MEXICANS ARE COMING ACROSS WHEREVER THEY CAN CRAWL, SWIM, TUNNEL, ETC AND ARE APT TO SPREAD THIS VIRUS ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I UNDERSTAND THAT SOMEWHERE IN NEVADA THE INDIAN POPULATION ARE FIGHTING THE WALL. PLEASE! THEY ARE UNDER AMERICAN LAWS, BUILD A WALL OR PATROL THAT AREA INTENSELY. ALSO, I UNDERSTAND THIS CORONAVIRUS IS THE ACTUAL VIRUS CAUSING THE COMMON COLD, AND RESULTS IN LESS THAN 2% DEATHS TO PEOPLE WHOSE IMMUNE SYSTEMS ARE NOT COMPROMISED YOU ARE THE BEST AND MOST TRANSPARENT PRESIDENT WE HAVE EVER HAD. OBAMA CAUSED SO MUCH DAMAGE TO OUR RACIAL DISCONTENT WITH HE AND HOLDER DOING THEIR DIRTY DEEDS AND I WISH HE WOULD STOP STICKING HIS NOSE INTO POLITICS, BECAUSE HE ALWAYS DOES MORE HARM THAN GOOD. THANK YOU CARRY ON WITH DIPLOMACY AND GRACE OF A DISTINGUISHED LEADER> JUDITH ANN CROUCH A DONATION TO “DEFEND THE PRESIDENT”

Barbara
2 years ago
Reply to  Judith Crouch

Your CAPS lock is stuck on. Also, try using some paragraph breaks. Between the all caps and no breaks, your post is almost impossible to read.

Milo Gardner
2 years ago

Why do you keep calling those people – the Democratic Party? That may be what they want to call themselves, BUT ACTUALLY, they are the democrat party; a facade of the Socialist/Communist parties. There is nothing to be gained by accommodating their aspirations. The OLD Democratic Party is LONG Gone – can be found on the ash-heap of history! There is nothing democratic about this newer organization. The stinkiest evidence is their primary; why would anyone drop out of a race, after spending millions of dollars as a candidate, two days before a 13 State primary, unless they were forced to do so?
God Blessed the USA by sending us Donald Trump.

William Rodebaugh
2 years ago

CPAC was great! The speakers were fantastic. The crowd was upbeat from the start. I don’t know AMAC was. We talked it up while in line waiting to get in or waiting for the Vice President. (Had to leave before the President came). Lot’s of people would have come to an AMAC booth. Maybe next year.

Fred Loe
2 years ago

I think Joe Biden will be Dems candidate so he is A yes man to all liberals ideology so he should be not called an avowed socialist like Bernie, but A socialist in “sheep’s clothing “ or whatever disguise you wish to call him .

John Karkalis
2 years ago

An interesting coincidence, CPAC and a major primary coinciding.
We know CPAC’s position. What do we take away from “Super Tuesday?”
From an 80 year old cynic:
Old Bernie is a pied piper of Socialist porn, leading the youth on a children’s crusade.
As I recall, the first one long, long ago ended disastrously for the kids.
Sleepy Joe? The greatest thing for insomnia since the invention of the original “Mickey Finn “. See Joe walk. Hear Joe talk. Feel your eyelids closing down.
Pocahontas? She may have danced her last war dance. Time to hang up the war bonnet, Lizzie, time to sit down for powwow, time to smoke pipe of peace with Old Joe.
The late Mike B? Well, he did win American Samoa, which he bought two weeks before the primary. To bad the Brooklyn bridge can’t vote. He bought that too. Wholesale.
I will miss Amy K., but her sincere smile and nearly intact mind made her unwelcome in the Dem party.
CPAC Conference? More relevant than that other event last Tuesday. Hands down!

Pawfarr
2 years ago

AMAC is the conservative answer to AARP for us baby boomers along with all legalized citizens of America.

This article shows the positive efforts toward achieving the structure of “small government” once again — the kind of small government and values us baby-boomers started out with early in our lives.

I hope it is a worthwhile read for my friends. This is NOT political; it is a positive article that demands positive action on our part — along the lines of ”Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

Hope this is what we ALL really want for this country…

John Karkalis
2 years ago
Reply to  Pawfarr

You hit on something that is important to me, Pawfarr, values — not the sort that can be modified or negotiated, but the unchanging values our parents and grandparents would recognize and honor.

Diana
2 years ago

All those that love America need to prosecute and jail real jail not fancy spas these socialist, communist, atheists, Muslims, that have been out to destroy America and Our Constitution as Written, if there is NO Law to protect Our Constitution as Written then get one done that can Not be changed, like same sex marriage is wrong, and the courts had no right to say ok to perverted disgusting completely wrong, same on abortion it is Murder, our Forefathers where not perfect but had better morals, brains, than now they knew that Europe was a disgusting perverted immoral area and did not want that here, so they went about getting rid of them, when we respected each other’s opinion even if we did not agree, and God, Country, and Home was Number One we had a much better America and we have to get it back, that means getting these socialist communist atheists muslim out of our government state and federal, make it law if you don’t believe in America the Constitution as Written then you CANNOT be in any part of Our Government, anyone that tries to change, distort, twist or ignore Our Constitution as Written and our Laws, they need prosecuted for Treason because that is exactly what it is TREASON, make it Law that can’t be undone, and put the laws that the democratics have ignored or changed without We the People back like No Islamist allowed on American soil, that if you come here legally must have all shots, been medically approved, like it once was, if illegal you get nothing but sent right back where you came from if you have kids family they all leave with you , no citizenship to having a baby on American soil you are illegal so is your children

Judy B
2 years ago
Reply to  Diana

Way to go Diana, tell it like it is!!! God bless you for telling the truth.

Vicki
2 years ago
Reply to  Judy B

Yes if only we do that

Judy
2 years ago
Reply to  Diana

Diana yes, I believe if enough Conservatives get out and vote and that we win in November and take the House and Senate that Trumps administration will get the ball rolling taking these anti’Americans to task and the DOJ finding these people guilty of treason and severely punished. Hopefully many will just be voted out of office.

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