Willie R. Tubbs, FISM News
ORLANDO – Conservatives from the nations of Hungary, Italy, Mexico, and Japan uniformly called Conservatism a transnational movement of international importance, and indicated that American arguments over COVID restrictions, parental rights, and personal liberty were of equal importance around the world.
In a series of speeches collectively titled “CPAC: The Whole World is Watching,” a series of international Conservatives urged their American counterparts to fight on.
“The only way of being rebels is to preserve who we are,” Giorgia Meloni, leader of the Conservative Brothers of Italy party, said. “The only way to be rebels is to be Conservative.”
Meloni said leftists in Italy and abroad have bred worldwide chaos, but that people across the globe were resisting.
“We are not monkeys, we are not even rhinos,” Meloni said. “We will not be a part of their zoo!”
Later, Eduardo Verástegui, an actor and filmmaker from Mexico, said unity between his home country and the United States, where he has worked extensively, was necessary, especially in the fight against child exploitation.
“I believe that we can end this nightmare if we work together,” Verástegui said. “This is a global problem, especially [for the] U.S. and Mexico. Sadly, the U.S. is the No. 1 consumer of child sex. Sadly, Mexico is the No. 1 provider.”
Verástegui blamed open immigration, which he said was created by the Biden-Harris Administration, for creating an environment in which child exploitation is made easier.
“These unprecedented and massive flows of people are not humane,” Verástegui said. “Far from it.”
Verástegui described the trek from southern to northern Mexico as “a corridor of terror” which creates a modern form of slavery and facilitates violent crime, child abuse, and rape.
“My friends, wasn’t Kamala supposed to fix this,” Verástegui asked. “Where is she? Where is Kamala?” He then asked the same question in Spanish.
Verástegui was not the only speaker to show an appreciation for the taste of the CPAC audience.
Miklós Szánthó, director of the Center for Fundamental Rights in Hungary, got a massive applause when he ended his speech by saying “Let’s Go Brandon!”
Jay Aeba, chair of the Japanese Conservative Union, brought the crowd to its feet when, through an interpreter, he referred to President Joe Biden as “former Vice President Joe Biden” and accused the president of “giving a greenlight to the world” by being weak on foreign policy.
Aeba also urged the audience to be active participants in social media, particularly the metaverse.
“[Unlike] social media, unlike academia and other pillars of culture, we can’t cede that to the Left like we did,” Aeba said. “We have to enter it now to make sure that Conservative voices can be heard.”
While the topics varied, the unifying theme of the speeches was an international call for American Conservatives to continue to push for change at home while supporting fellow Conservatives abroad.
“[We] are not just neighbors, we are brothers and sisters,” Verástegui said. “Our histories and the lives of our people are intertwined. Believe me, when you stand for freedom here in America, it inspires us.”
Aeba warned, “Things like authoritarianism will travel from Japan to America overnight. That’s why we have to care about what’s happening in other parts of the world.”
CPAC organizers seem to have headed the call and announced upcoming meetings in both Hungary and Mexico.