U.S. Senator Ted Cruz at the CPAC Conference, February 26, 2021
On February 26, CPAC, a conservative political action conference sponsored by the American Conservative Union, opened in Orlando, Florida, with Republican dignitaries speaking on a number of issues, including a focus on abolitionist Culture. Former President Trump will also give the grand finale speech on the 28th.
The four-day CPAC theme is “America Uncancelled,” and the annual event will bring together many key conservative figures, including potential Republican presidential candidate former Secretary of State Pompeo, Florida Governor DeSantis, Senator Cotton, Hawley, Cruz and others. Cruz and others. Former President Trump’s speech on the last day was undoubtedly the focus of the entire conference. Former Vice President Mike Pence declined an invitation to the conference, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell was not invited.
This year’s conference will focus on major legislative issues, including freedom of speech and freedom of religion in the First Amendment, the Fifth Amendment, and the Bill of Rights, as well as mobs and violence in the streets, the culture of cancellation on the left, how to protect elections, and foreign affairs issues such as the threat from the Chinese Communist Party and how it is subverting the United States.
Florida Governor’s Opening Remarks
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, considered one of the potential candidates for the 2024 presidential election, took the stage first to kick off CPAC with a speech that began with a tribute to the late conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh. He began by paying tribute to the late conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh.
“Rush showed the courage of his convictions Time and time again.” He said, “Rush was one of the first to fight against the culture of abolition. Rush showed that it takes strength to fight the left, and that conservatism that lacks a backbone is doomed to fail.”
DeSantis inspired his colleagues with the spirit of Limbaugh. “I think Rush showed us that, but especially now, it pays to stand up for what’s right.” “You may be attacked, you may be tarred and feathered, you may even be unseated by the major institutions of the political left …… When the left comes up behind you, will you stay strong or will you compromise?”
“Rush showed that fighting the left requires strength, and that conservatism devoid of backbone is doomed to fail.” @ GovRonDeSantis #CPAC2021 #AmericaUnCanceled pic.twitter.com/cIndSeSr1J
- CPAC 2021 (@CPAC) February 26, 2021
DeSantis welcomed attendees from other states to the “oasis of freedom” that opened in the midst of the outbreak and celebrated Florida’s avoidance of a “repressive lockdown.
“In Florida, schools are open, every Floridian has the right to earn a living, and all businesses have the right to operate. Because of this leadership, Florida is a stronger state and Floridians are happier.” He said.
He also cited his promotion of Florida’s electoral integrity in the 2020 election, “In Florida, your vote matters, and we will continue to have a transparent, confidence-inspiring process.”
DeSantis was also brave enough to fight speech censorship by the tech giant, saying he was ready to take a shot at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, having signed legislation to combat political censorship and make personal data protection law. “In Florida, we’re not going to let the oligarchs of Silicon Valley set the terms of debate in our state.” He vowed.
Finally, DeSantis offered his heartfelt vision for the Republican Party.
“We cannot, we will not go back to the days of the past when the Republican Party was built to fail.” He said, “We refuse to open our borders and instead support American sovereignty and American workers. Campaigning on the basis of Amnesty and cheap foreign labor is like building a house on quicksand. We refuse to be weak in the face of the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party. This includes their actions in international trade. We reject military adventurism and instead support a strong defense solely for the purpose of protecting our country and our people.”
The governor concluded, “When you go into battle on the front lines, stay alert, stand firm, and never, ever back down again.”
Cruz: Trump isn’t going anywhere
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) emphasized that the Republican Party is the party of the working class and vowed that former President Trump will continue to play a major role in the Republican Party.
FREEDOM! Senator @tedcruz finishes his #CPAC2021 speech strong with some encouraging words for the future of conservatism. CPAC2021 #AmericaUnCanceled pic.twitter.com/TA2wTv9AeY
- CPAC 2021 (@CPAC) February 26, 2021
Cruz is a two-term senator for the Texas Conservative Party and a possible future Republican presidential nominee. He paints a portrait of a Republican Party that has transformed into a populist one during Trump’s four years in the White House.
“The Republican Party is not just the party of the country club. The Republican Party is the party of steelworkers, construction workers, plumbers, cab drivers, police and firefighters, restaurant waiters, and men and women with calluses. People who work in this country. That’s our party, and these deplorable people are here to stay.”
Cruz, who went head-to-head with Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential primary but became one of the president’s biggest allies in Congress during the Trump Administration, said Democrats “want him to go away.”
“Let me tell you right now: Trump is not going anywhere,” the audience on stage heard with a standing ovation.
Cruz also predicted that Republicans will take back the House and Senate majority in the 2022 midterm elections and retake the White House in 2024. “Biden and his administration’s radicals are already over-mobilizing, and they’ve gone too far. Their policies don’t work and they are a disaster. They’re destroying jobs and they’re taking away our freedoms.”
Gates: Joint Big Tech and Big Government Censorship Eliminated as a Threat
In a speech Friday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Iowa) warned Americans that the censorship and elimination of important conservative voices by big tech and big government poses an imminent threat that increasingly powerful institutions will “silence even the weakest dissent.”
“When big technology and big government work together, the United States starts to look more like China (the Chinese Communist Party).” Gates said, “If we win the debate but lose the network, we will be America’s last great generation.”
He criticized the left and even some Republicans for supporting the use of American blood and treasure to foster democracy in the Middle East, but failing to protect America’s constitutional rights. “The terms of service on Twitter will always be more important than the values that underpin our Constitution.”
He urged conservatives to help build a “culture of free speech” in the U.S. so that powerful people in government can’t use technology to silence conservative views.
Gates noted that Joe Biden’s administration included a revolving door to some of the biggest technology players in order to create a “unified system. He cited the Communist Party of China as an example of the consequences of the dangerous forces that unite business and government to form “captive capitalism. “When they can ctl-alt-delete anyone for any reason, there are no checks and balances.”
Gates warned that popular apps and social media also threaten Americans’ freedom to indulge in vices. For example, Instagram appeals to everyone’s vanity, Twitter causes outrage, Uber Eats binge drinking, and Tinder inspires lust.
Finally, Gaetz describes himself as a proud member of the pro-Trump America First movement, which will fight the institution to save free speech.
“The America First movement will never sell out to foreign interests abroad or special interests at Home, our citizens come first,” he said. He said.