Beginning at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday morning, former congressman Allen West of Florida was the alarm clock for the enthusiastic Conservative Political Action Conference-2013 attendees.
“There is no shortage of people telling us what conservatism cannot accomplish, what we can’t do, how we cannot connect, how we must change our values to fit the times,” he began. “Well ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you that is truly a bunch of malarky.”
“The last time I checked, a bended knee is not, nor shall it ever be, a conservative tradition.”
He then steered the address to his own personal experience as a black conservative.
“I’m speaking from experience when I tell you that there is nothing on this green earth that a liberal progressive fears more than a black American who wants a better life and a smaller government,” West said.
West’s speech was peppered with one-liners that stirred the crowd, such as the following call for a strong national defense.
“I’m a conservative because I understand that real peace comes from the Marine Corps, not the Peace Corps,” said the former military officer.
West called for a new generation of Americans to carry the torch for conservatism.
“If there is one constant in our short history, it is that this great republic rises and falls on the backs of generations and giants,” he said. “When they are weak we falter; when they are sturdy we triumph.”