I, like many of you out there, have been long time supporters of CPAC as an important part of the Conservative movement. I began watching way back when Reagan was speaking there, but over the past few years have become increasingly disappointed in the direction they seem to be going. Though they have many pro-life, traditional marriage leaning speakers, they have for the last several years somehow found it impossible to have forums on these topics. Last year they had only one panel discussing these issues. Now I’m not saying that the two subjects mentioned above are the only ones we should be interested in but they are the Most important because as the morals of a country go, so goes the country.
Now, however I believe they’ve gone too far. Milo Yiannopoulos, the man who the students of Berkeley though it was worth burning down their campus over has been invited to be one of the prime speakers at CPAC. We learn this fact not through National Review, or The Weekly Standard, but from the Hollywood Reporter, which is all about show business.
He probably choose this outlet because the others would have thought it some sort of joke. Instead he went to where his heart is, self-promotion and fame. In a way this doesn’t surprise me as it seems now that Trump is in the WH the alt-right believes theirs is the path to the future.
It’s true that CPAC has a bit of history throwing up some crazy speaking announcements in order to set the world on fire in the week leading up to the event, but Milo Yiannopoulos? Old folks would says he’s “Objectionable” better words would be inappropriate, loud, controversial, outrageous, ludicrous, vile inexplicable etc, etc, etc.
Milo is the senior editor of Brietbart.com and pretends to be part of the conservative movement, and though he says he isn’t, he’s an anti-Semite, and he encourages sites like “American Renaissance” a clearly racist site. He has recently said some rather controversial things about older men having sexual relationships with boys as young as 13. I read the entire conversation which is rather long and he does seem to keep this in the context of the homosexual community, but that certainly doesn’t make it less disturbing.
An example of his hatred. Last year, Ben Shapiro and his wife had a baby. Ben sent out a tweet that said, “With infinite gratitude to God, we’re overjoyed to welcome to the world our new baby boy, who arrived at 10:30 this morning.” He received back tweets wishing his new baby and the rest of his Jewish family a trip to the gas chamber. There were tweets showing his family as lampshades, and so on. Milo wrote one of his own. It said, “Prayers to Ben who had to see his kid come out half-black. And already taller that he is!” Accompanying this tweet was a comical picture of a black baby.
Milo was an instigator and figurehead for that mess of political and apolitical ideas that made up the earliest supporters of Trump for Pres. The ones who (we seem to forget) wanted to destroy the Rep party utterly and permanently, who called actual conservatives (sorry) “cuckservatives,” including Rush Limbaugh. They only adopted Rush and other conservatives later after an adequate amount of sucking up to Trump. (and rush did plenty of that last year.)
Milo is a hero to this brand of pseudo right winger. These are the real nasty ones, the holocaust joke ones, who spent big chunks of their time calling themselves the Trump “army” and swarming on anyone on social media from the right that didn’t embrace their hero.
But getting back to CPAC. How are we as Conservatives to uphold our beliefs if we start cheering people like Milo? Being shouted down by the left doesn’t make you a Conservative. In fact, what does Conservative even mean anymore. It seems that over the past few years it’s slowly changed from being a force for political change or philosophical leadership to simply being raw entertainment. I have never seen Milo without thinking to myself that he’s a great entertainer who says whatever is necessary to cause controversy. Rather like our President.
Now many people love to go out and stir the pot. To get people riled up. Our President is one of those. Ann Coulter is another. And I wonder at times if they really believe what they’re saying or is it just a means of making money. For Ann, who knows. She has long since gone off the deep end. But CPAC, that bastion of Conservative thought? No, this time CPAC had lost me. Having Milo speak flies in the face of all we believe in. Of course he has a right to speak, the first amendment still applies as of this writing, but it doesn’t mean we have to invite him. We still have the right of association. And who you associate with tells others a lot about who you are. We are not Milo Yiannopoulos.
So what will the press report this week about CPAC and the Conservative movement. I know and so do you. All the headlines will be about Trump appearing on the same stage with Jew hater Milo. They’ll talk endlessly about what Conservatism has become and how Trump is now the leader of this growing Party of hate. And it will be carried every night on the prime time news channels. Perhaps for us, when asked, it’s safer to say we just don’t know anymore what Conservatism is, or what it stands for in the new Trump age if it stands for anything. It’s shameful, and frustrating, and it angers me. It will as I’ve said get tons of attention. So maybe that’s what C stands for. Cameras.
This is how organizations commit suicide. Sadly I can no longer support them. I know if Milo is conservative, then I’m not.
PS–new polls show that Trump is the first President since Eisenhower to start with approval below 50%. Trump is current at 40%. This puts hi, 21 points below average. He’s 11 points below the lowest previous mid-Feb. ratings.