But there was no humility at CPAC, no communal prayer, no repentance. Aside from a brilliant and passionate speech by Glenn Beck at the end of the festivities, there was nothing to CPAC but Republican business as usual–same old names, same old faces, same old spineless, heartless quest for power for its own sake. And they wouldn’t know what to do with that power if they got it.
With all due respect to Ronald Reagan, he was in the White House for eight years and couldn’t stop the rot. During his presidency, the size and cost and profligacy of government continued to expand unchecked, the culture continued to coarsen and deteriorate. He pledged to abolish the Department of Education and couldn’t do it. He even appointed conservative icon William Bennett Secretary of Education; but Bennett couldn’t stop the schools from becoming more radical, more anti-family, more anti-Christian, more dysfunctional.