Fighting For the Soul of America at CPAC 2020

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Friday, March 20, 2020


This very moment, the question of what will become of the United States is ingrained in the minds of millions of Americans. The 2020 presidential election is only eight months out. The socialist wing of the Democratic Party is on the rise. America is in the fight of her life for what the nation stands for.

The ideas of Karl Marx have been aggrandized and have manifested within the far left sector of American politics. This why the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) made the theme for their conference this year: “America vs. Socialism.” Almost one hundred speakers came to speak on the importance of capitalism and preserving the founding principles of this country.

The timing of this event was important. The presidential election showed that the Democratic Party was on track to nominate a socialist in Senator Bernie Sanders. The conservative movement must be united in working towards stopping this upsurge in Marxian doctrine before it is too late. 

Throughout the 20th century across the globe, socialism and communism have reeked of power grabs and inhumane living conditions. Through all of it, America has stood as a “shining city upon a hill.” It has driven innovation and the crusade for freedom around the world. However, with all the prosperity America has offered throughout its rich history, the nation is standing at a crossroads.

At the conference, former Ambassador Nikki Haley said, “You know what [Democrats] have forgotten? They’ve forgotten what I learned at the United Nations, which was [that] every socialist country that we ever came in contact with wanted to be in America. They wanted what we had: They wanted freedom of religion, they wanted Freedom of Speech, they wanted freedom.”

The question that stands before the nation is not red or blue, Republican or Democrat, or left or right. Instead, the question being asked to the American people this year during the general election is America or socialism. In this, Bernie brings a threat far more significant than anything the likes of which this country has seen. Possibly even being paramount to the rise of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 30s and 40s.

If Bernie Sanders comes to occupy the Oval Office, there would be a profound change in the character of the United States and the world. He would make the U.S. an anomaly in the Western world. Not just by decimating the relatively limited government of America, but terms of its widespread activism for authoritarianism on the world stage. 

Sanders is an existential threat to the financial sector. He would make the economic agenda of former liberal Democrat presidents look like the work of a moderate Republican. This change is seen in how he plans to nationalize numerous sectors of the economy and vastly increase taxes. In foreign affairs, he would give sympathy to America’s enemies. This is a sad reality. 

He cannot call Venezuelan autocrat Nicolas Maduro a tyrant but condemns Benjamin Netanyahu as a “racist.”  Likewise, he decried the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani; he also criticized the ouster of Bolivia’s left-wing autocrat, Evo Morales. This atrocious record is backed up by numerous statements he has made throughout his political career. 

In 1989, after visiting Cuba, Sanders stated: “I did not see a hungry child. I did not see any homeless people.” He also said that the Cuban people “had an almost religious affection” for Castro. Likewise, he has also said warm things about China, Nicaragua, and the Soviet Union.  

Truly, Sanders is the American version of Jeremy Corbyn, a true believer in Marxism whose revolutionary agenda embodies doctrine commands. The distinction is that Britain’s Corbyn simply vowed a return to the socialist-imposed dictatorship that was prominent in the previous century. Whereas Bernie encourages America to experience it for the first time in the republic’s history. President Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. It has to be fought for and defended by each generation.” 

So will America survive to tell the future generations of the importance of freedom, or will it be a forlorn memory? Only time will tell.

Daniel Elmore is a sophomore at Alexander Central High School in Taylorsville, North Carolina. He is the top of his class and is very active in local politics as well as his local food pantry.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Daniel Elmore is a sophomore at Alexander Central High School in Taylorsville, North Carolina. He is the top of his class and is very active in local politics as well as his local food pantry.

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