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I've been to a lot of conferences, rallies, speeches, campaign events, seminars and conventions since I became active in politics in 2009. Prior to the rise of the Tea Party Movement, I was merely an observer of politics. Frankly, I hated politics, and in many ways I still do. In fact, being more deeply involved now, I've found many new and wondrous ways to hate the process that aren't immediately apparent to the general public.
Did I mention that I hate politics?
All these conferences can tend to blend together, with a wide spectrum of effectiveness, relevance and inspiration. At their worst, the trainings, rallies and speeches can be redundant, ineffective and uninspiring. But at their best, they can renew your soul, recharge your batteries and give you the tools and inspiration you need to keep up the fight for freedom and limited government.
Yesterday's FreePAC was one of those events that awakened the spirit and renewed the desire to become an even better happy warrior for freedom.
There are entirely too many highlights to share in one post, but at the various parties after the event, the two most talked about speeches were those given by CL Bryant and Deneen Borelli. Each of these patriots are able to reach the audience and give a credible, moving, inspirational rallying cry.
Deneen Borelli is the author of the new book, Blacklash, in which she documents her fight against the liberal black establishment represented by the likes of Maxine Waters, Sheila Jackson Lee, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. The takeaway from her speech is that if she can fight against THOSE headwinds, we all have it within ourselves to fight back. Check it out at The Right Scoop.
CL Bryant is, among many other things, the star of the new movie Runaway Slave. This was a remarkable speech in so many ways. As my friend Kristina Ribali said, it was like going to church. The soul fairly sings with CL's sermon about what it means to fight for liberty and freedom. So overcome with emotion at the conclusion, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe took the stage and was wiping away tears. The rest of the crowd was similarly overcome. Again, you can view the full speech at The Right Scoop.
And the grand finale was truly grand, indeed. Glenn Beck's keynote speech was a call to battle. Flanked by over 20 FreedomWorks supported international Tea Party representatives from such countries as Japan, Israel, Mexico, China and others, Glenn used the opportunity to introduce his Restoring Love event. As he describes it, this is a beginning of a global movement for freedom for all mankind. Check it out at FreedomWorks.
So, what was your favorite moment at FreePAC?