I can't help but feel confused at an organization like the Conservative Political Action Committee. On one hand, War Criminal Dick Cheney gets roaring applause and a standing ovation and former Torture Secretary Donald Rumsfeld gets the "Constitution Award."
On the other hand, two of the smartest libertarian minds are also represented, author Thomas Woods and Congressman Ron Paul.
I have a hunch that the old, stuffy, and wealthy right-wing donors at the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute are dying off, their ideas of perpetual war and a "clash of civilizations" with Islam -oh and "free markets" and "limited government"- are hopefully losing sway with my generation.
They're tied of the debt, of the inflation, of the killing, of the police state, of the losses of liberty that war and empire bring. Peace and liberty are true conservative values too, and judging by the reactions to Ron Paul's CPAC 2011 speech, the future of ideas looks bright. At nearly 75, Paul is even more energized and fired up by the torches of personal and economic liberty. The Obamas and Palins and Romneys don't know what's coming for them in 2012.