Rush Limbaugh at CPAC 2009

Rush was the keynote speaker at CPAC yesterday and gave a speech that was nothing short of brilliant. He spoke without a teleprompter and sprinkled his prepared remarks with humorous stories without wandering away from his main point, which was that conservative principles are best for America:

Now, seriously, for those of you watching on C-SPAN as well, and on Fox, I want to tell you who we all are in this room. I want to tell you who conservatives are. We conservatives have not done a good enough job of just laying out basically who we are because we make the mistake of assuming people know. What they know is largely incorrect based on the way we are portrayed in pop culture, in the Drive-By Media, by the Democrat Party.

Let me tell you who we conservatives are: We love people. When we look out over the United States of America, when we are anywhere, when we see a group of people, such as this or anywhere, we see Americans. We see human beings. We don’t see groups. We don’t see victims. We don’t see people we want to exploit. What we see — what we see is potential. We do not look out across the country and see the average American, the person that makes this country work. We do not see that person with contempt. We don’t think that person doesn’t have what it takes. We believe that person can be the best he or she wants to be if certain things are just removed from their path like onerous taxes, regulations and too much government.

I still haven’t seen the video but I listened live on Fox’s XM station. Both Fox and CNN broadcast his speech in its entirety without any breaks or cut-aways. That was remarkable if you ask me. Rush posted his entire speech in two parts, making it much more enjoyable to watch than the 10 or 11 parts that are floating around YouTube.

Part One

Part Two

Read the transcript at Rush’s site.

Added: Keep an eye on the comments. We know when a conservative like Rush has a liberal scared. It’s obvious to us when that liberal is reduced to acting like a carnival barker trying to distract people from that conservative and his message. Why? When people hear what conservatism is, they recognize it. They recognize it because it is what they truly believe but have never heard expressed in a way that was so compelling.

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