I’ve been at CPAC in National Harbor for the last 2 days and I don’t even know where to begin on the amazing people I’ve gotten the chance to interact with. It’s been a jam packed couple of days with incredible speeches and endless organizations giving out free stuff (arguably the best part.. kidding). Amongst the most impressive speakers was Allen West. I had the pleasure of meeting him and I can’t express strongly enough how humble, kind and welcoming he was. Truly an awesome person. One of my best friends interned for him and I mentioned her name to him and he said he remembered her and expressed gratitude for the kind words she had spoken about him. How is this guy no longer in our government? It’s a huge loss for us. Regardless, I wanted to share with you all an excerpt from his speech that I found particularly exceptional:
"The republic I fell in love with, the republic I risked my life to defend, the values I hold dear, the integrity that we all share – these do not know prejudice and they do not accept partiality.
John Marshall spoke of a Constitution that was colorblind, that neither knows nor tolerates classes amongst citizens. How can you not romanticize America? How can you not idealize this land of dreams?
Two men stand together on a corner, one with a thousand dollars worth of Burberry clothing on his back, the other with nothing but a little paper in his wallet and a hope for a better life. Conservatives look at both and see the magnificence of freedom and potential – one dream realized, another taking its baby steps.
Liberals cannot look at those two men without thinking that the rich man prospered only by dipping his hand into the pocket of the poor man. Like the pretenders in Isaiah 29, the American dream is something they “honor with their lips, but their hearts are far from it.”