NATIONAL HARBOR, MD: The American Conservative Union’s annual CPAC conference hasn’t officially started yet but it’s already off to a good start. This afternoon was mostly for long registration lines but there was already an Activism Boot Camp that was well worth attending.
The view from close to the nation’s capital is a lot more optimistic than is it from Denver, where in November a blue wave swept all Republicans from state officials and gave Democrats uncontested control of the state legislature.
How did they do it in a purple state? How do Democrats sell socialism? That was the subject of the first session: “How the Left Does It: Money, People, Technology and How They Sell Socialism with a Smile.”
Bill Meierling from ALEC presented facts and figures.
The bottom line: they are organized and united. They have a consistent message to sell and no matter who’s doing the selling, whether politician, news anchor or activist, they all know the script and they all follow it. They use technology to amplify their numbers.
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Their funding comes through central sources like the Democracy Alliance, which funnels money to many different groups and sub-groups. These groups form with very narrow interests and targets. Some are real, some shell. They all use the same PR firms, law firms, and so forth. They’re 527s and don’t last long.
We saw this in Colorado in 2014, which Republican candidate Michael Schlierf was attacked by Democrat 527s operated by a woman from Tennessee. She formed and then dissolved her organizations before the financial report for the reporting period came due.
The Left is awash in cash and they spend it strategically.
His advice for the activists present: Be active, share positivity about America. The Left’s negativity and lies will come back to haunt them.
Also speaking was Katrina Pierson, a senior advisor to the Donald J. Trump for President 2020 Campaign. She said that she is from Texas and got her start in political activism with the Texas Tea Party. For whoever questions whatever happened to the Tea Party movement, Pierson is the answer.
She repeated what Andrew Breitbart told us: that politics is downstream from culture. Hollywood is very liberal. Their propaganda movies don’t do well, but their movies with patriotic themes do. They take all that money—money that we give them—and plow it back into liberal causes.
Challenging the audience, Pierson says that Donald Trump is opening the door for activists to become a part of “engagement politics. ” This means getting involved one-on-one. That’s the way to get the conservative message out.
She, and a couple of other speakers saying that it is up to CPAC activists to do it.
And it all starts at the city council level, by which she emphasized another well-known political dictum, that all politics is local. These leftist ideas all get their first hearing at the city council, she said, before they become known on the national scene.