Best selling Conservative author and firebrand Michelle Malkin stirred up the crowd at CPAC on Friday. She spoke about how the “Republican Party elite and power brokers and the donor class” were doing what the rest of Washington is guilty of, not listening to the people. She then went on to slam Gov. John Kasich, who spoke just minutes earlier, for pretending that he was on the side of local control of education: “Ohio grassroots activists and moms know better. This is a man who smears homeschoolers and teachers for their opposition to Common Core.” Following is the full video and the complete transcript:
Hi fellow conservatives. How are you doing? It’s great to see you all. It’s been 13 years since I spoke at an official CPAC event, and it is always an important reminder to stress that this is the Conservative Political Action Conference, not the GOP Political Action Conference. I have been a lifelong Movement Conservative, not a Compassionate Conservative, not a Reform Conservative, not a fill in the blank modifier cooked up by DC elites who think their job is to rebrand plain old fashioned unapologetic Conservatism.
The state of the Republican Party is not sound. The Republican Party has been undergoing slow motion hari-kiri for decades now. What we’re experiencing is not unexpected. It is the result and the consequence of Republican Party elite and power brokers and the donor class doing what the rest of Washington is guilty of: Not listening to the people.
Arnold Toynbee, the famed historian said that civilizations die by suicide not by murder. Guess what, the same is true of political parties. Yes there are external threats to the Republican Party, but the calls are coming from inside the Tent. What has gone on with DC power brokers is the equivalent of a fragging. It’s not people outside the party that have thrown the Conservative Grassroots base under the bus. It’s the people who have paid lip service to limited government while gorging on it. It wasn’t any outside candidate that is not a part of our movement who conspired with the Gang of Eight people with Rs by their name. It was not outsiders who are unfamiliar with our movement who conspired with the establishment on Common Core. That was Republicans who threw us under the bus. That was Republicans who were con men and it was the heart and soul of Conservative Grassroots activists mostly everyday ordinary moms who shamed the Republican Party elite into backing away.
And now what are they doing? The same thing that they always do when Grassroots Conservatives call them out, they sneer at the people who fought against them and who called them out, they sneer at them as hysterical, they sneer at them as just fringe movements on the internet. And then they go and campaign on our side knowing that they’ve stabbed us in the back.
My job is not to tell people what they want to hear, but what they need to hear. We just had Governor John Kasich, a nice guy by all means who last night during the debate pretended that he was on the side of the local control. Ohio grassroots activists and moms know better. This is a man who smears homeschoolers and teachers for their opposition to Common Core.
I am telling you the truth, I am asking you to do your homework, I’m asking you to follow the money. I know it’s what you don’t want to hear, but do you want to hear the same Republicans promise you, as they had been since 1981, that they’re going to abolish the Federal Department of Education? It’s an empty talking point, and those empty talking points need to be punctured like helium balloons.
There are three, there are three reasons why Jeb Bush failed: His last name, his support for amnesty and his cheerleading and cashing in on Common Core. People talk about the establishment without naming names, I do that. You want to talk about the names of the front groups in DC that are cashing in and selling out American parents and taxpayers on things like Common Core? It’s the National Governors Association. They were in the back rooms hiring Clinton era education ideologues, radicals who do not believe in the Constitutional principle of local control of education and sovereignty of our families. Of the 25 people in the National Governors Association meetings where they were writing up the standards, meeting that are secret and confidential and copyrighted. Of the 25 people in that room writing those standards in 2009, six were associated with the test makers from the College Board, five were with the fellow test publishers at ACT, four were with a crony group Achieve, Inc. and several had zero experience in standards writing. Don’t you ever believe a Republican who tells you the talking point that these were locally drafted and from the grassroots, a bottom-up. Bull crap. Pardon my French.
Let’s talk about more con artists’ slogans like this one: “I believe and securing the border first.” Nonsense. Thirteen years ago I stood at a podium at CPAC. And I concluded my speech with these words. Because you never hear people talk about the Constitution when they talk about immigration. Article Four, Section Four says that is the duty of the federal government to protect the state from invasion. In my pocket copy of the Constitution it does not say: “We need to provide for the common defense first.” No. Securing the border and providing for the common defense are ongoing eternal commitments.
It is not a bargaining chip to finish the job and then get on with the business of the open borders lobby and sell us out. We now hear from all these converts to immigration enforcement in the Republican party elite, many of them now running for president, that not only do they believe in securing the border first, but they believe deep in their hearts that what we really need is an entry exit system to make sure that we know who’s coming in, when they’re going out, so that we can root all the overstayers out. Guess what? It was Republican Party brokers and Republican politicians who have helped over the last twenty years sabotage the implementation of that system. Because, it is neither in the interests of big government or big business to do the job we demand them to do.
Another broken promise: We always hear soaring rhetoric from people who have memorized it, pounded into their heads and deliver it with some sense of credibility that they believe in protecting the American Dream. And they tell pretty stories, everybody’s got a story. It’s my story. It’s the story of every person in this room that we cherish the American dream. But we do not cash in, in Washington DC and huddle in back rooms. You want to talk about the elephants in the room, view the elephants in the back rooms who preach about the American Dream and then do everything I can to stab us in the back.
At the intersection of the most important issues that I have covered in my career and dedicated so much of my life to, immigration and education is a very important topic of the American worker. And it is with such abstraction, that so many of these candidates to talk about it, only this year.
We finally heard from people like Leo Perrero, the fired Disney worker who was sabotaged my H1B policies. And of all places the most symbolic, the happiest place on earth. He risked his life, literally, and his reputation to speak out about what’s happening. This is the subject of my latest book that my co-author John Miano, who is a former software programmer himself, who witnessed this destruction over the last twenty, twenty-five years, who went back to school to become a lawyer so that he could do what nobody else was doing in Washington DC: Representing American workers and American interests first.
And the frustration, my frustration, as with so many of you over the course of these presidential, dreadful presidential cycles is: Of course we have a pageant of imperfect. And it’s no clearer than on this issue. I had a reader several years ago send me a mock-up of something that I need every election cycle, nose clips because we gotta do this (holds her nose). It always feels like we gotta do this, hold our nose. The irony is that the GOP elites who always demand that Conservative hold their nose, won’t do it themselves when they don’t get the choices they want.
But I’ll tell you, on this particular issue of foreign guest workers displacing America’s best and brightest high-skilled workers. There’s a lot of confusion, there’s a lot of flipping and flopping, but I welcome anyone who has finally seen the light, and has changed their mind in the right direction as opposed to the wrong direction.
Ted Cruz has a bill that he has co-sponsored with Jeff Sessions to adopt the kind of reforms that we need to protect American workers. You’ve got, you’ve got kids and grand kids out there right? And you want, if they’re in the so-called STEM field, science technology engineering and math, they need to know what they’re up against. If Marco Rubio truly believes in protecting the American Dream in the American worker, if he truly wants to distinguish himself from Donald Trump who has a muddled message about this as he did last night during the debate, sign on to Ted Cruz’s reform bill. Show me the money. Do it.
I want to leave on an inspiring note; because more than half of the CPAC audience every year is young people. And I told you at the beginning of my remarks that I am a Movement Conservative. And the thing about it is, is that our formative years are spent on the most radical liberal bastions, mine more than others. I graduated from Oberlin College OK? That’s right somehow I survived the ground zero of wacky multiculturalism and identity politics. And the thing about being on a college campus is that those of us who are like minded need to bond together whatever our differences are. We know who our enemies are, the clear enemies who are sabotaging Constitutional principles, who do not believe in equality of opportunity, who are essentially Socialist overlords, who are there to brainwash new generations of foot soldiers of Alinskyite, marinated foot soldiers.
And I want to tell you young people, that whatever differences you have in the campaigns that you support. If you are a Movement Conservative, and I am Movement Conservative, no matter what GOP candidate you support, do not let people tell you otherwise. The impulse to excommunicate lifelong Conservatives because you don’t agree with whom they’ve chosen for a particular candidate is as bad as anything I’ve seen from the intolerant mob on the left. Don’t be a Leftist.
I know a man, who came here as an immigrant with nothing, who came here legally, who spoke no English when he came but taught himself English by reading a dictionary, who started out with nothing, who had no crony contacts, didn’t get any government contracts. His name is Anthony Maglica, and I highlighted his incredible story in the book I wrote last year called Who Built That. He refused to take a penny of government money, he believed in the American dream, he fought stupid EPA regulations, he invented a beautiful flashlight. Many of you probably have multiple ones of them in your house or your car: The Maglite flashlight. This guy’s still works at 85 years old, goes to his headquarters, has an all American workforce, refused to outsource to Mexico. And he told me that as long as he breathes American air, and as long as he’s alive, he will never give up, and neither shall I and neither should you!
Thank you CPAC, thank you Conservatives and God Bless!