The annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. usually has the atmosphere of confidence and vision, but as the conservatives gathered on the opening day there seemed to be a lack of unity and spirituality among those who would champion the conservative cause into the next election. The mood from stalwart Reagan conservatives was dark, as many expressed concern that the Republican Party, long considered the conservative alternative to the Democratic Party, had been hijacked by moderates and liberals who were using conservative language but supporting liberalism.
Eagle Forum’s Phyllis Schlafly set the tone during her rousing speech on the type of leader America needs. She said that America needs a leader that will pledge to not raise taxes, support life and protect traditional marriage. But then, without mentioning names, Schlafly focused on the need for a leader to protect the sovereignty of the United States and keep English as the national language. She said that English is the language of our Declaration of Independence, of our Constitution and of our laws. She said that America needs a leader who will not let Mexico “turn us into a two language nation.”
Schlafly said that we need a leader who will stop trying to integrate the United States with Mexico and Canada; a leader who will stop illegal immigration; a leader that will not allow illegal aliens to take the jobs that young Americans could do. She proclaimed “We don’t want to be a country of multi-culturalism. . . we want to keep our country a sovereign nation.” Schlafly singled out many of the Bush Administration’s liberal- minded policies. Another conservative icon, Richard Viguerie was not so subtle. Viguerie promoted his book “Conservatives Betrayed” by characterizing the Bush White House and Republican-Controlled Congress as big-spending, corrupt pseudo- conservatives.
All in all, there was an air about the conference that smelled of rebellion. Yet, there was also a certain sense that a large number of those in attendance were the very pseudo-conservatives that the rebels believe have hijacked the cause. One thing for certain, there seemed to be a lack of any significant Christian spirituality among exhibitors. No Christian Coalition. The Islamic Freedom Market Institute and the American Civil Liberties Union, however, were represented. It’s a picture of an America at a crossroad. Joel 3:14 says, “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.” Without God and country, the conservative cause and the nation will perish. America is in the valley of decision.
Word of Life Ministry