imageBy Emily Borkholder

Last week was my first CPAC. I have been involved in a lot of political gatherings since college, but never one as large at CPAC. Now I wouldn’t consider myself old. But at 26, I have been out of college for a few years and feel like I can comment on behavior of those who are still in college.

I sat in the bloggers balcony during Ron Paul’s address. I was lucky enough to see Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty kids in their full glory. Freedom Works confiscated all their signs before he even began his speech and they were warned if they had anything hidden they would immediately be removed if it made an appearance. Those are not words you tell a group of kids unless you have dealt with them before. Their behavior during Ron Paul’s speech was alright, loud and active, but not anything that was out of place. I have a feeling taking away their signs left them a little deflated. But it wasn’t their behavior during Ron Paul’s speech that made me so mad.

While I am all in favor of active political discourse, I am not in favor of being loud, obnoxious and annoying as a way to bring attention to my political beliefs. I don’t know if this is what Ron Paul is trying to do, but severely annoying and immature was the only impression I was left with after witnessing they way they behaved both during his speech and their reaction to others speaking. Particularly disturbing was their response to an impromptu appearance by Dick Cheney. I don’t know how to tell you this kids, so I will just say it: yelling, “Where’s Bin Laden…war criminal…draft dodger!!!” are never appropriate responses to a former Vice President.

In addition to being annoying and disrespectful, I don’t really appreciate the Campaign for Liberty stuffing the straw poll boxes. It is common knowledge that the Campaign for Liberty helps pay for pro Ron Paul students to attend CPAC (Mitt Romney and I am sure others have done the same thing) and in return they are expected to cast a straw poll vote for Ron Paul. That is great that you are getting your name out there. But these are kids who are away at school and probably have little to no bearing on the primary process. Everyone knows your game; way to make whomever comes in second place the one that matters. That kind of behavior is the same as stuffing a ballot box in my book.

Full disclosure here, I voted for Ron Paul in Indiana’s 2008 primary. I did it out of spite at the selection of candidates that were left and I am not sorry. I like a lot of what Ron Paul says. His foreign policy, however, is a hot mess. If we were in peacetime with no active foreign engagements I would be sold on him. Alas, this is not the case and focusing on what might be rather than what is…is just well, stupid.

Now, if you would like to see some kids with some class, head on over to Student Initiative to Draft Daniels. Yes this is a shameless plug for My Man Mitch. No, I’m not sorry. RUN MITCH RUN!

Emily Borkholder is the assistant communications director at Hoosier Access, an Indiana native who now lives near Washington, DC.

40 comments
  1. Hey Emily, Go ahead and pull for your little boy of style (Mitch) and I will pull for a man of character (Ron Paul)…Hopefully you research the “man” a little more before you diss why his fans are so passionate against the machine…

  2. Where’s Bin Laden…war criminal…draft dodger!!! So Dick Cheney doesn’t deserve this. The Bush administration lied to American citizens thus leading to the death of many innocents. Dick Cheney deserves much more in my opinion.

  3. Emily, you are dead wrong: Ron Paul’s vision of foreign policy is exactly what this country needs at this juncture.

  4. Leave it to an elitist to try and stamp out the young peoples thirst for freedom. The one man in ALL of politics that acknowledges all the problems our govt has, not just agenda driven problems, and so many people get pissed. Dick Cheney is a war criminal and should be tried in court along with Bush, Rumsfield, and anyone else who was part of this massacre. The youth support RP, and young people will never apologize for it. Get off your high horse.

  5. Leave it to an elitist to try and stamp out the young peoples thirst for freedom. The one man in ALL of politics that acknowledges all the problems our govt has, not just agenda driven problems, and so many people get pissed. Dick Cheney is a war criminal and should be tried in court along with Bush, Rumsfield, and anyone else who was part of this massacre. The youth support RP, and young people will never apologize for it. Get off your high horse.

  6. Leave it to an elitist to try and stamp out the young peoples thirst for freedom. The one man in ALL of politics that acknowledges all the problems our govt has, not just agenda driven problems, and so many people get pissed. Dick Cheney is a war criminal and should be tried in court along with Bush, Rumsfield, and anyone else who was part of this massacre. The youth support RP, and young people will never apologize for it. Get off your high horse.

  7. It is important to note….. That many a years previously. College persons were not given the ability to be heard in a governement environment, Hence the apathetic attitude in politics. But now with the recent empowerment , there is a resentful attitude that is pointed toward those cronies that made them feel as if what they thought didn’t and still doesn’t mean all that much.

    Granted….. Disrespect is imature… and their participation in that form of heckling and comment making is not appropriate….. But even adults in Egypt now— feel a little cockey that they have achived something that was deemed imposible…. ” THat something, is having a voice that can be heard”–

    These persons too will learn that you must temper that gift with a mature reserve in order to be most effective in initiating change.

    I do not condone……… but offer you a remembrance of when you where that age and found a new ability and power that made you feel as if anything was possbile.

    They will learn…… as we all have…..

    So lets not cast any stones—– as we have all had our times of “OVER COCKEYNESS” in life.

    If you want to affect change………. you must go with the absurd in order to land the middleline these days!!! thats the art of negotiation…. If you start off at the middle line……. You will end up on the wrong side of comprimise everytime——-

  8. It is important to note….. That many a years previously. College persons were not given the ability to be heard in a governement environment, Hence the apathetic attitude in politics. But now with the recent empowerment , there is a resentful attitude that is pointed toward those cronies that made them feel as if what they thought didn’t and still doesn’t mean all that much.

    Granted….. Disrespect is imature… and their participation in that form of heckling and comment making is not appropriate….. But even adults in Egypt now— feel a little cockey that they have achived something that was deemed imposible…. ” THat something, is having a voice that can be heard”–

    These persons too will learn that you must temper that gift with a mature reserve in order to be most effective in initiating change.

    I do not condone……… but offer you a remembrance of when you where that age and found a new ability and power that made you feel as if anything was possbile.

    They will learn…… as we all have…..

    So lets not cast any stones—– as we have all had our times of “OVER COCKEYNESS” in life.

    If you want to affect change………. you must go with the absurd in order to land the middleline these days!!! thats the art of negotiation…. If you start off at the middle line……. You will end up on the wrong side of comprimise everytime——-

  9. It is important to note….. That many a years previously. College persons were not given the ability to be heard in a governement environment, Hence the apathetic attitude in politics. But now with the recent empowerment , there is a resentful attitude that is pointed toward those cronies that made them feel as if what they thought didn’t and still doesn’t mean all that much.

    Granted….. Disrespect is imature… and their participation in that form of heckling and comment making is not appropriate….. But even adults in Egypt now— feel a little cockey that they have achived something that was deemed imposible…. ” THat something, is having a voice that can be heard”–

    These persons too will learn that you must temper that gift with a mature reserve in order to be most effective in initiating change.

    I do not condone……… but offer you a remembrance of when you where that age and found a new ability and power that made you feel as if anything was possbile.

    They will learn…… as we all have…..

    So lets not cast any stones—– as we have all had our times of “OVER COCKEYNESS” in life.

    If you want to affect change………. you must go with the absurd in order to land the middleline these days!!! thats the art of negotiation…. If you start off at the middle line……. You will end up on the wrong side of comprimise everytime——-

  10. Yeah, the college kids can get annoying. I was at the Iowa straw poll last cycle and thought the same thing. But then I looked into Congressman Paul’s positions and haven’t looked back. But seriously, why defend the status quo like you did? I see several problems –
    1 – Ballot stuffing is, unfortunately, what happens at straw polls. They are a test of a campaign’s organization. Romney and others bought thousands of tickets to the Iowa straw poll and paid to bus people to it.
    2 – re: Cheney – Just being a past VP doesn’t mean you deserve respect. You have to earn it, and I don’t think he did.
    3. These college kids are the next generation of active voters. And they are already active now if they are willing to go to CPAC instead of the bar. Hopefully the establishment is already worried about their outdated ideas.
    4. Paul’s take on foreign policy is the only one that makes sense and doesn’t kill us financially and politically in the long run.

  11. Yeah, the college kids can get annoying. I was at the Iowa straw poll last cycle and thought the same thing. But then I looked into Congressman Paul’s positions and haven’t looked back. But seriously, why defend the status quo like you did? I see several problems –
    1 – Ballot stuffing is, unfortunately, what happens at straw polls. They are a test of a campaign’s organization. Romney and others bought thousands of tickets to the Iowa straw poll and paid to bus people to it.
    2 – re: Cheney – Just being a past VP doesn’t mean you deserve respect. You have to earn it, and I don’t think he did.
    3. These college kids are the next generation of active voters. And they are already active now if they are willing to go to CPAC instead of the bar. Hopefully the establishment is already worried about their outdated ideas.
    4. Paul’s take on foreign policy is the only one that makes sense and doesn’t kill us financially and politically in the long run.

  12. 1. There is no stuffing of ballot boxes. Wow, what sour grapes.

    2. Ron Paul sent an email asking his supporters to be respectful of all speakers. Are you sure those who yelled were HIS supporters? They weren’t the only young people there, by a long shot.

  13. Nice try, you’re an idiot. If your candidate doesn’t get people excited, maybe you should do some research on their positions and educate yourself. Who knows, you may get excited too.

  14. Are young people heckling at a political forum more important to you than young people flocking to small government philosophy in droves? I’d expect one who believes in limiting government to be more excited by the latter than put off by the former. Even, and perhaps especially, if they’re loud and obnoxious.

    Also, it’s not as if the GOP old guard has exactly welcomed these kids into the fold, in fact it’s more like the opposite.

  15. booing a war criminal is always appropriate, even if he is a former us vice president. Eternal vigilance will be required to win back the Republic. Polite pampering of those who are wrong is what is truly wrong. And his views on foreign policy are correct, you war monger. And just in case you are wondering, I’ve been out of college for a long time.

  16. As a Vietnam vet who lost many friends back in those rice paddys. I’ll be happy to say it, Cheney is a draft dodger and I wouldn’t trust him and didn’t vote for him. I got back to my home in Chicago one week before the Democratic Convention in Aug of 1968. Now there were young people with spirit. War sucks, ask anyone who has been there will tell you. I’ll do everything I can to keep my grandkids out of that BS. I am glad those kids at CPAC stand up for what is right to them. As for you at 26 you have already been brainwashed.

  17. Oh no! Don’t heckle the war criminal Cheney who is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths…. research depleted uranium and birth defects and then take a look deep inside your soul.

    If Mitch Daniels is like Cheney then I won’t waste my time researching him.

  18. Oh no! Don’t heckle the war criminal Cheney who is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths…. research depleted uranium and birth defects and then take a look deep inside your soul.

    If Mitch Daniels is like Cheney then I won’t waste my time researching him.

  19. As an adult, I will never take the advise of some that is trying to be taken seriously, has an advanced education and uses the words “hot mess.”

    As an adult, I see that undeclared wars cost your generation the most. I would think an educated person faced with the reality of their own future quickly sinking into the muck and mire would benefit from the sage wisdom of a man that only has the citizen’s and this country’s best at heart.

    YAL, keep up the good fight but keep it clean as it is a reflection on all of us. Ron Paul for the win in 2012.

  20. As an adult, I will never take the advise of some that is trying to be taken seriously, has an advanced education and uses the words “hot mess.”

    As an adult, I see that undeclared wars cost your generation the most. I would think an educated person faced with the reality of their own future quickly sinking into the muck and mire would benefit from the sage wisdom of a man that only has the citizen’s and this country’s best at heart.

    YAL, keep up the good fight but keep it clean as it is a reflection on all of us. Ron Paul for the win in 2012.

  21. We are in peacetime, because Congress never declared war. It is time that we bring our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan and Germany and Japan and Puerto Rico and every place else we’ve sent them over the last 10 years.

  22. Dick Cheney is no conservative, so he had no business being at CPAC, but to be humiliated. Name one conservative thing Cheney and Bush did? Tax cuts? What good were they when he created a war that made tax hikes dwarfs by comparison.

    We don’t even have a secure border, and we waged war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Why didn’t we spend the money on Americans? Those troops could be patrolling our borders rather than killing Iraqis and Afghans.

    Ron Paul run in 2012, and we’ll show the world that freedom can still prevail. I have four people in my family who will vote for you in 2012, and we will convince others.

  23. I won’t defend the actions of three or four people shouting things at Dick Cheney, but you shouldn’t generalize and make that a complaint of every single person who sympathizes with Ron Paul’s ideas.

    1. “I won’t defend the actions of three or four people shouting things at Dick Cheney, but you shouldn’t generalize and make that a complaint of every single person who sympathizes with Ron Paul’s ideas.”

      Not every person, of course, But by looking at the vast majority of comments, most of Paul’s supporters think the shouting was a grand idea.

      1. On one hand…

        Booing the war criminals was a actually a very grand idea, but arresting the war criminals and throwing them behind bars would have been much more grand.

        On the other hand…

        Having war criminals paraded out as though they’re the epitome of Conservatism, Patriotism, or Heroism — this was not a grand idea but a ignoramus idea beyond belief.

        Having cocky treacherous war criminals roost on the stage, in front of real Constitutional Conservatives — immediately after Ron Paul’s gave his speech — this was not a grand idea but a sick and demented idea.

        Giving Rumsfeld the *Defender of the Constitution* award, this was extremely unjust and outright distasteful.

        Expecting the entire crowd to lob praises, cheers, and roses — this was not a grand idea but a super retarded idea.

        They’re just lucky everyone didn’t decide to throw shoes at them.

  24. the point is…. we’ve had these “engagments” on going for the last 20 years…..it’s a war without declaration from congress and thus unconstitutional….exactly what ron paul aims to fix.

  25. Emily Borkholder…

    I’m sorry you were annoyed, but you should try having random bombs dropped on your home and family for no reason, because that’s what the ___WAR CRIMINALS___ have done to innocent people/countries for decades.

  26. 1- Exuberance during political speeches is as common as bias in the media. I don’t think I have ever been to a political speech that does not entail crowd interaction. While this may have been your first CPAC, I have been to several and the outbursts are not limited to just Paul supporters. Indeed to see such “immaturity” on the part of the anti-Paul factions, one only has to look at the recent FoxNews report where they tried to pass last years footage off as this years, claiming that RP was heavily booed when the Straw Poll winner was announced (Google “Fox News Caught”)…

    2. Paul supporters bought their own tickets, organized their own car-pools, and paid for their own rooms. They did this by self-organizing and individual fundraising. C4L did not “pay for” them. I know because I am part of a core group that helped 60 students gets there. A bigger issue here is that, would people like yourself rather students not get involved in politics?

    Please, if you expect to maintain any level of credibility, keep your facts straight. kthxbai

  27. Its not just college aged kids. It is conservatives of all ages who are tired of faux conservatives representing us. They don’t believe in small government and they don’t represent the people of America any longer. If you didn’t like the results of CPAC, just wait until you see the results of the primaries!

  28. Its not just college aged kids. It is conservatives of all ages who are tired of faux conservatives representing us. They don’t believe in small government and they don’t represent the people of America any longer. If you didn’t like the results of CPAC, just wait until you see the results of the primaries!

  29. Now Emily, we have soldiers stationed THROUGHOUT the world in countries that do not need us there which has led to 2 wars in 2 countries that we now occupy. (You must know that the reason the attacked us on 9-11 is because American troops were stationed on the Arabian peninsula.) Its a circle of militarism. We can either continue to kill people and pretend this makes us safer or we can attempt to find a true solution to our issues. We’ve tried your way, and this is where it has led us.

  30. Stuffing the ballot box? So voting is stuffing a box? Isn’t winning anything accomplished with organization? Your age is 26, so I am not surprised at this immature comment. while I do not condone them yelling “war criminal!” I have to admit it made me smile. Thank god for college kids.

  31. ““Where’s Bin Laden…war criminal…draft dodger!!!” are never appropriate responses to a former Vice President.””

    Because clearly the people of the country should never hold the Vice President accountable for his actions.

    Here’s a question, if it’s not the duty of the public to hold their elected officials responsible, THEN WHO’S DUTY IS IT.

  32. I am sorry for your annoyance at the conference (sounds like your annoyance may have been somewhat justified) but I can tell you as someone older than you, it is not just kids that support Mr. Paul. And I can also tell you that our foreign policy woes are in fact because of our over-extension and belief in our being better and knowing better than others. We have no more right to be in the countries we are in at the present moment than a set of parents (if you have kids) have to come over to your house, scold you and tell you how to raise your kids while letting their kids loose to destroy your home and valuables. We used to call that rude, trespassing and bullying in this country. Ron Paul IS an honest realist. He believes we should not be anywhere we ARE NOT AT WAR with and should not be spending over SIX TIMES the next largest countries spending on defense when we are in massive debt.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_military_expenditures

  33. As for Dr. Paul’s supporters booing Dick Cheney – if you don’t post here regularly Ms. Borkholder, Caffeinated Thoughts is a very pro-life sight on the issue of abortion. Dr. Paul and most of his supporters are pro-life on all the issues. I’m sure no one would bat an eye if Leroy Carhart was heckled because he’s an abortionist. Paul’s supporters wouldn’t make a moral distinction between one who murders dozens in Omaha or Cheney who murders hundreds of thousands in Iraq – both are wrong. Personally, I think being heckled is getting off easy for Cheney. But unfortunately, we’re ruled by traitors like Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and John Boehner who will not do the right thing and prosecute these Bush Administration officials.

    Thank you for voting for Dr. Paul in 2008. He would have won the Iowa caucuses, in fact should have, except that supporters of Mike Huckabee stuffed the ballot boxes. I really don’t appreciate when people do that. Many of them even shared rides to the polls with their fellow citizens, some of which were arranged by the campaign. Convincing people to come out and vote for you in a poll, what a silly game they were running :-).

  34. Actually, now that you mention you’re with the Draft Mitch Daniels effort, I think I remember seeing video of them at CPAC. Since organizing to vote for Dr. Paul is an unfair tactic, am I to assume that the students for Daniels played it fair and did not urge anyone at CPAC to vote in the straw poll for their man?

    And I don’t know about class, but I’ll take an unruly fiscal conservative over the architect of the largest expansion of government (including non-defense, discretionary spending) since LBJ. Though in fairness, George Bush and his budget director Daniels have recently been surpassed by Obama, so I should say 2nd largest expansion.

  35. Your sentiment is partially what’s wrong with this country. We are told over and over through articles like this and other media outlets, everyday, how we must respect our former and current presidents, vice presidents, public officials, etc. We MUST respect them because they are our superiors. We must respect them because THEY DESERVE RESPECT! We must respect them, EVEN if they’ve committed acts of AGGRESSION, high CRIMES, CRIMES against the PEACE, and CRIMES against HUMANITY! ‘Don’t question them, don’t heckle them, DON’T you dare show ANY disrespect – because they are your superiors!’ – This is what the media tells the public.

    The people have had it – a CRIMINAL is gonna be called out for his CRIMES! Period!

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