CPAC and the Future

I could spend only 24 hours at CPAC because of another commitment, but what I did see told me all I needed to know. Lots of events going on in half-empty rooms of silver-haired attendees. (Not that there’s anything wrong with having silver hair.) The really packed events, including my own talk, were the ones sponsored by Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty, and full of young faces. Young Americans for Liberty (not Young Americans for Freedom, naturally) had a huge presence as well. Every single copy of Rollback, my new book, sold during my book signing; it took a full hour of signing at breakneck speed to get to everyone.

We know Ron Paul won the straw poll, of course, with 30% of the vote. Another 7% chose him as their second choice. This is terrible, say the seriosos, for why should Ron Paul’s supporters “hijack” the poll? A better question, never asked, is why the drones competing with him can’t inspire anyone to come vote. And as a friend of mine put it, it says something about the state of conservatism that Ron Paul is viewed as a hijacker of the movement, while Mitt Romney and Donald Rumsfeld are cheered and celebrated.


Principle, not Politcs: A Response to the AARP

For Immediate Release: Feb. 14, 2011

Tenth Amendment Center responds to AARP opposition to health care nullification

Last week, the AARP came out strongly against attempts in Idaho to nullify the federal health care act passed last year, saying “As if Idaho’s budget woes weren’t bad enough, legislative efforts to ‘nullify’ the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act could cost the state billions of dollars and the loss of thousands of health care jobs, all the while forcing seniors to go without needed prescription drugs.”

But Tenth Amendment Center executive director Michael Boldin points out that AARP’s opposition has more to do with its support for national health care than a principled opposition to nullification, saying for all of its passionate defense of the act, the organization misses the real point.