CPAC invited which French Nationalist to speak at their conference?

Now, more than ever, we need to have our eyes wide open to know who it is we're listening to and what they believe.

CPAC, the conference Conservative activists have flocked to for decades, begins today. Past speakers have included Ronald Reagan, Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, and a list of other conservatives far too long to list here. CPAC has generally been the conference to go to if you want to meet other conservatives and get filled up on conservative ideas and discussions.

Some years have been better than others, of course. With confusion from and introduction to the alt-right in recent years, even Milo Yiannopoulos was invited last year—and subsequently disinvited after his comments apparently defending pedophilia came to light. Perhaps you’re as confused as I am. Isn’t the Conservative Political Action Conference supposed to be for Conservatives, generally speaking, and not those who favor an alternative to the right (i.e., alt-right)? Yes, and, for the most part, it is. But there are times when one scratches one’s head at the choice of a speaker.

Take this year, for example, when Marion Marechal-Le Pen, the niece of the nationalist leader Marine Le Pen, and granddaughter of the National Front party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen will be featured prominently as a speaker following Vice President Mike Pence.

If you’re like me, you aren’t laser-focused on French politics, so who is Ms. Le Pen and what is the National Front party? In short, the National Front party is well known to be a “far right” political party (read: European right, not American right. Fascists reside on the European right, while those who advocate for limited government are on the American right). Founder of the party, Jean-Marie Le Pen, famous for having said, “the gas chambers are a detail of the history of the Second World War,” was ejected from the party in 2015 by his daughter, Marine Le Pen, in an attempt to clean up its image, while she was in between presidential runs.

So, Marine is on the outs with her father and also had public fireworks with her niece, Marion Le Pen, soon to be speaker at CPAC, who is considered to be more hardline than her aunt when it comes to issues such as immigration, abortion, and same-sex marriage.

The question is this: in today’s political climate of alt-right contagion and whispers of nationalism (which, if not equal to fascism and anti-semitism, usually leads there), why invite someone with such a dubious background when we have plenty of solid conservatives to choose from?

No, I’m not suggesting a limitation of free speech—I’m a conservative, and that’s not what conservatives do. What I am suggesting, though, is that with the rise of nationalism and fascism worldwide—and with it having its effects here in America, too, there are more appropriate people to have standing on the stage addressing conservatives.

I’m assuming Ms. Le Pen will know her audience and will tailor her speech to talk about the policy issues she advocates with which American conservatives would agree. But why muddy the waters?

Marion has held office as well, under the same National Front party which, incidentally, received financial backing from Russia during last year’s presidential election. The same Russia which is trying to fool more people by creating something called the “World National-Conservative Movement,” which is chock-full of national socialists from around the world (but, hey, if it has the word “Conservative” in the title, it must be conservative).

In the epoch of time in which we live, with people falling prey to people who say enough things they agree with while the things they would disagree with are kept from them, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Or, at the very least, to go in with eyes wide open, knowing exactly who the speaker is you’re about to listen to.

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Teagen2015
Teagen2015

I would agree with those who post the point that the actual campaign politics and the beliefs of Marion Le Pen might differ and we should really hear what she has to say. That said, the definition of fascism, Nazism and Communism have become blurred and intertwined more recently from historical times. The same as the DOC is now moved so far left as to be indiscernible from the Communist Party of the US and the GOP has moved so far left as to be the old DOC. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/417926/was-fascism-right-wing-again-jonah-goldberg

Jules
Jules

"... nationalism (which, if not equal to fascism and anti-semitism, usually leads there),..." What utter crap. It's like saying wearing brown shirts leads to killing Jews. It's the Left that succeeds with its propaganda by linking disparate terms until a gullible public thinks they mean the same thing. We see it now with the drumbeat about "white nationalism" as if being a white person who wants to preserve the identity of our nation and of being an American somehow means being a white supremacist. If nations were more "nationalist" they would demand that immigrants assimilate, but the success of demonizing the term has led to the self-destructive rush to denigrate and deny national identity and its subsequent loss. I would like to think that people bright and talented enough to have national forums would see through the propaganda instead of repeating it. As for inviting someone with different views to speak at CPAC, I am a little horrified at the outrage at actually bringing in people from outside the echo chamber. It takes a lot of effort and costs a lot of money to go to CPAC----I know, I've done it----and if those people have to be protected from ideas that are not exactly like their own they should just stay home.

Sauger
Sauger

Just more proof ("broken record alert") why I don't put my faith in "man"(ESPECIALLY regarding politics), but in the God of the Bible, and HIS Laws. When a foreign national (of the tribe of Reuben no less) is invited to speak at such a once prestigious venue, someone is trying to "expand" its support base, ie, it's all about the "benjamins".

IndyArcher
IndyArcher

@ Dave R- I'm not suggesting she's not. Simply pointing out that the gist of the article seems to be that since she has the "appearance" of a national socialist, then we should avoid her due to the perception that she carries.

We should avoid socialism at all costs. But what about the claim that she is "hard-line" in her opposition to, " immigration, abortion, and same-sex marriage"? That sounds "conservative" to me, unless I'm misunderstanding the article. I do worry about nationalism, which is one of the things that bothers me about Trump. At the same time, I am very pro border security, traditional marriage & life for the unborn.

Jack_Krevin
Jack_Krevin

Shouldn't CPAC invite speakers which reflect those who attend it? Rather than individuals trying to act as guardians to stop "contagions" of ideologies or differing views they disagree with from spreading? Isn't it conservative to support the market-place of ideas? And if Milo or Le Pen prove more popular with the base well, for better or worse, that's the way the party should go?

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