TFP to CPAC: Don’t Betray Principles

By The American TFP   
February 10, 2011
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has long been the premier event of the conservative movement. It has served to unite conservatives focused on major issues and causes by standing firm on core principles that define the movement and guarantee its success.

This year, however, this unity has been threatened. Many of the most active and important participants in this conference have decided not to come because of the continued participation of the homosexual activist organization GOProud as a sponsor and planner of the event.

CPAC 2011
As young Americans, TFP Student Action members call upon CPAC participants
to help save the future of our conservative movement by insisting that these
departures from objective moral law stop.
The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) joins with these organizations in protest against this departure from principle. In the name of countless conservative youth on American campuses, TFP Student Action members have decided to stay at CPAC so that we might present these considerations.

Creating Artificial Divisions

Indeed, the GOProud controversy only brings disadvantages to the conservative cause. The liberal media have been quick to exploit the controversy by trying to turn it into a civil war, major schism or deep fissure inside the conservative movement.

The reality is, of course, very different. GOProud is hardly a major player in the conservative movement. Contrary to so many of the organizations who have long attended CPAC, the two-year-old GOProud group has no projection among conservatives, negligible membership and a demographically insignificant voter base. Most estimates of those practicing homosexual behavior at any given time put the number at around two percent of the population. Assuming that thirty percent register and vote, and generously assuming that less than one third of those might have voted Republican. The potential voter base would be at most somewhere around 600,000-800,000 persons distributed unevenly over 50 states.

In fact, the group’s only notoriety seems to be its capacity to create artificial controversy and be the cause of great frustration and distress among the massive ranks of social conservatives who have delivered electoral victory after victory to the conservative cause over the past three decades.

All Conservatives Must Unite Around Principles

However, the worst effect of this controversy is not the appearance of disunity. It is the illusion that we can disassociate sound fiscal policy from a morally grounded society.

While we recognize the right of all conservatives to concentrate on those fields of action that they feel called to defend, we strongly disagree with those who would exclude moral issues from the conservative core values.

If we do this, we betray our heritage and principles since it is a moral America that has been the mainstay of our movement and the foundation of our nation. From its birth, America has always defended a higher moral law so well expressed by the Ten Commandments. We abandon this at our peril.

Making the Links

If we compromise on moral values we not only betray our principles, but we put ourselves on the road of adopting the very socialist ideas that we have so effectively opposed.

Socialism is a utopian ideology that seeks to eliminate human selfishness by destroying individual freedom, the family, private property and free enterprise. Socialists believe they can eliminate injustice by transferring responsibilities from individuals and families to the State. However, their efforts are tantamount to killing the patient to cure his illness.

By suppressing individual responsibility, socialism destroys the foundation for all morality. Thus, for socialism there are no absolute truths or objective morals that establish standards of conduct that apply to everyone, everywhere, and always. Everything evolves, including right and wrong, good and evil. There is no place for the Ten Commandments, neither in the private mind nor in the public square.

Whether favored by liberals or conservatives, a free love agenda which includes homosexuality and same-sex “marriage” is completely consistent with socialist thought since it deprives sexual acts of their consequences and natural end. Indeed, wherever socialists have taken power, they have always pushed ahead legislation to promote the homosexual lifestyle and same sex “marriage.” By its own principles, socialism will always lead to a morally-depraved and fiscally irresponsible society. Likewise such a society will always end up in socialism.

Call to Save Our Future

By including those who reject an objective moral law into our conservative union, we work against ourselves since we invite into our ranks those whose lack of principles will destroy the very principles for which we fight.

As young Americans, TFP Student Action members call upon CPAC participants to help save the future of our conservative movement by insisting that these departures from objective moral law stop. We must stand firm in face of the overwhelming pressure of liberal media to force a homosexual agenda upon us. We must not waver in face of a public opinion that seeks to silence us on campus, in the public square and even inside our own movement.

We must not make the mistake of looking to please man but rather to please God in our decisions. Indeed, there are those who think that by being “inclusive” or “politically correct” we might gain public sympathy.  These win neither the approval of the left nor the support of the right but rather the scorn of all since no one respects those who abandon their principles and let fall their standards.

As Catholics, we call upon God and Our Lady to assist us in standing firm. Against all expectation, the conservative movement has progressed much over the decades. With the blessings of God, we can hope for yet more victories.




-1 # Shirley Eliakis 2011-02-11 11:36
One of the comon traits of a conservative is willingness to exercise self-control out of respect for others. The wanton public diplays of lewd and disrespectful behavior by gay activists is worse than offensive.... is dangerous. My parents did not have to fear we would be innocent witnesses to perversion on the city streets. My children were not so blessed. Their children haven't got a chance to remain innocent!
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-1 # Sanjy 2011-02-11 11:41
GREAT article! CPAC is not meant to be the "big tent" about which wimpy Republicrats like to brag - it is supposed to be, or used to be, a meeting of Conservatives.

It is also not required to allow "equal time" to liberal causes nor has it been a forum to promote the Stupid Party - excuse me, the GOP. The very name "GOProud" indicates that this small band of homosexuals is trying to steer the GOP's direction (GOProud would spend less if it just talked directly to faux-Republicans Brown, Graham and McCain!).

What moron at CPAC took this group's money and let them in?
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+3 # steve 2011-02-11 11:43
Quit trying to please everyone...
NO organization can.
Stick to your core principles..

I can assure you it does NOT involve furthering the HOMOSEXUAL agenda.

Will you stand for what is Good and Right or cave with the other Rhinos?
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-1 # robert bieniek 2011-02-11 13:05
don't betray our principles.
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+6 # Mario Dianora 2011-02-11 13:17
Please don't betray conservative principles by pro-homosexual decisions; else you will no longer be relevant.
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+3 # Carol Havey 2011-02-11 13:29
I pray for our country.
We are so disobedient to our very loving God. If we do not change we are in for trouble and rightly so.
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+1 # Carol Havey 2011-02-11 13:32
We must pray for our country and leaders to turn back to God.
We were founded by great christian people and we are going against all our belief's in God.
He must be very disappointed in us and He is merciful but also JUST.
May He bless us all!!
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+5 # Douglas Lurton 2011-02-11 14:06
It is not right to compromise our conservative Principles. Placing the gay agenda in the conservative arena will only help legitimatize there position. Pro Gay's miss the point. It is in the very nature of man and woman- namely the natural law that Marriage belongs to Male and Female. To reject this principle is to distort the very natural of not only sexuality but also family life and the way family life was meant to fulfill its function. When one's passions in sexuality are attached to the wrong object then 'reason and objectivity' go out the door. The habit of re-orienting one's sexuality is a real struggle... We need to have compassion for them and to help them know that their dignity comes from a loving God.
Doug L.
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+6 # Life 2011-02-11 15:55
I am with these groups on not participating because of the participation of GOProud, this group will also vote and advocate for gay marriage and other gay issues that go against what we stand for. It would be like working with a pro-abortion group who may vote on some of the issues our way but they would still vote pro-abortion and advocate for others to do so. This is a good idea that you have but if CPAC does not listen and have GOProud next year NO Conservative should show up!
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+3 # Dennis JP 2011-02-11 16:08
Get rid of the moron (s) that let this happen ! Get rid of all the RINO's ! Be polite BUT FIRM !
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+6 # Mark 2011-02-11 18:21
What sincere Christian in his/her right mind would team up with sodomites simply because they are fiscally conservative?

Not only are these people on the wrong side of truth -- they are on the wrong side of smart.
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+7 # Jessica 2011-02-11 19:17
We MUST stand against firmly to a group of people that only wants to force their homosexual mental disorder down our throats. We MUST NEVER allow someone's sexual perversions to try to redefine the meaning of marriage and corrupt society at our expense! We love the sinner, but hate the sin.
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+3 # Dave Mattozzi 2011-02-11 20:03
Let us all pray for a return to Christian conservative principles.
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+3 # Wendy 2011-02-13 14:01
I am so proud of these young men & women who stand up for what is right and moral. God Bless your tireless efforts!
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0 # Emmanuel Belena 2011-02-14 17:52
It is very uplifting to see the young generation defending God and Christian values in our apathetic and disoriented secular society. May God bless them and give them the fortitude to continue the good fight and set an example.
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0 # Elise Hougesen 2011-02-17 15:43
Once again "Conservatives" are not really.
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0 # Jim Ruddy 2011-02-28 18:05
Morality, precludes and surpasses justice, when those calling for justice are promulgating immoral, illegal, and deviant behaviour.
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