Saturday, February 27, 2010

CPAC 2010

A group of the Calvin College Conservatives recently returned from Washington for CPAC 2010. All around, it was an excellent trip.

After our arrival on Thursday, the first people we heard was the new Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts and former Governor Mitt Romney.
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Later in the afternoon, Minority Leader John Boehner addressed the audience.

Friday began with remarks from Herman Cain. He addressed the topic of liberal SIN: shifting the subject, ignoring the facts and name-calling.

Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnessota

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft received the Defender of the Constitution Award.

In the evening, our group went out and took a trip around the various sites of Washington. Here we are in front the statute of Abraham Lincoln, great American president.

As always, a highlight of CPAC is Newt Gingrich, who talked about the need for bipartisanship. Not bipartisanship where we forsake our principles but where we allow everyone to participate in governance.

The keynote speaker at CPAC was Glenn Beck. Channeling some of the best of conservative speakers, such as Ronald Reagan, Beck was insistent to remind the audience "when we put our head down on our pillow to go to sleep again that night, we can be happy because we know tomorrow it will again be morning in America."

And because we're a good Calvin group, Sunday morning we went to Holy Eucharist at the Washington National Cathedral.

For more information about CPAC, visit or contact the Calvin College Conservatives. We're planning on going again next year, so be sure to make your interest known.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day. Let us honor those who have served our nation and the cause of liberty.

Let us offer prayers for our veterans. In times past, they held high the banner of liberty. They served to ensure that our homes were safe from tyranny. Moreover, they stood strong against those threats which that desired to subjugate and oppress. We thank you, our honored veterans.
Let us offer prayers for our active-duty service members. They stand at the breach between, protecting us who stay behind. They are vigilant while we are comfortable. Our service members protect us from those who despise freedom so that we might enjoy it, without its cost. We thank you men and woman who serve in our military and promote freedom throughout the world.

Let us offer prayers for those who serve in the reserves. They stand ready and prepared to defend liberty. When we relax on the weekend, they train to ensure that they are ready to respond to those who would harm us. We thank you reservists.

Let us offer prayers for the families of those who serve, for they too suffer separation and anxiety. Our service members are strengthened by their families and we must strengthen them. Let us long for the day when those parents who stay behind can tell their young children that war is no more because their mother or father were ready to protect others.

May the Lord God bountifully bless those who serve and sacrifice for others. In the words of Oliver Wendell Holmes:
Lord, bid war's trumpet cease;
Fold the whole in peace.

Without those who serve, peace is fleeting. Though few are called to serve, their light shines forth illuminating amidst the darkness of a naughty world.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Freedom Without Walls Gallery

We are so glad that you all were able to come out for Freedom Without Walls. Here's some photos from the event:

"General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" --Pres. Ronald Reagan June 12, 1987

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Freedom Without Walls

November 9, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Calvin College Conservatives will honor that day when the world watched in amazement as jubilant crowds gathered on both sides of the Berlin Wall. In the late hours of the evening, crowds celebrated the opening of the border crossing between the eastern and western parts of the city. A peaceful revolution in East Germany cracked a grim symbol of the Cold War and political oppression.

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, freedom is still precious and rare. The Calvin College Conservatives host Freedom Without Walls to share in the vision of hope and future with the walls of oppression. Come to our celebration and help to tear a symbol of political tyranny by destroying a mock wall on Commons Lawn.

Freedom Without Walls
Begins in Science Building 103
Monday, November 9, 2009
4:00PM in SB103

Refreshments will be served

The famous "Tear Down this Wall" speech:

An ABC news report on the fall of the Berlin Wall

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Not Evil Just Wrong

Come see the most shocking and controversial film of the year.

They want us to believe that the world is about to end. Now, for the first time, scientists, the media and ordinary people are speaking out. Not Evil Just Wrong exposes the true cost of global warming hysteria.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Meeter Center Lecture Hall
8:00 PM - "Not Evil Just Wrong"
9:30 PM - Refreshments and Reception

This event is free, no tickets are required. Bring your friends and liberal classmates who don't understand that the cures to global warming may be worse than the disease.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference Opportunity

At Cokes 'n' Clubs, you may have heard us mention that Sen. Wayne Kuipers wants to help send students to the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. The Conference is a great way to get in touch for with the Michigan Republican Party and meet many candidates and leadership.

If you are interested in going, please send an e-mail to get an application as soon as possible ( Because the event is coming up quickly and to take part in Sen. Kuiper's offer to take students for FREE, we must hear back from you, no later than Wednesday evening at 11:59PM!

So what is the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference?

This year’s conference focus is on how “Our Ideas Win in ‘10.” The biennial gathering serves as a boost for potential 2012 Presidential candidates, as well as Michigan Republicans running in 2010 statewide races. The event provides all attendees with the opportunity to strategize and network.

• Governor Tim Pawlenty - Governor of Minnesota and Vice Chairman of the RGA
• Governor Mitt Romney - Former Massachusetts Governor and former Presidential candidate
• Congressman Eric Cantor (VA) – U.S. House Republican Whip
• The top four Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidates: Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard; Attorney General Mike Cox; U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra; and Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder

The conference takes place on beautiful Mackinac Island, just north of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. We will stay at the Days Inn in Mackinaw City and take a short fairy ride across Lake Huron to the island.

This year’s conference is Friday, September 25– Sunday, the 27th. Plan to arrive in Mackinaw around 2pm on Friday and leave at about noon on Sunday.

You will have the opportunity to participate in two exciting campaigns: Sen. Wayne Kuipers for Congress, Michigan’s 2nd Congressional District; and Sen. Cameron S. Brown for Secretary of State. Additionally, this event provides an unparalleled networking setting for those interested in public policy and political campaigning. Lastly, you will have free time to explore Mackinac—horseback riding, biking, fudge samples, art galleries, etc.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

September 11 Memorial

The Calvin College Conservatives with the Military Appreciation Club invite you to join us for a service of remembrance for all those perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

To join us, please come to the Commons Lawn, Friday September 11 at 3:00PM to participate in our service.

In other things:
If you didn't see us at Cokes and Clubs, we will be there again tomorrow (Thursday). For more information about our club or to join the mailing list, send an e-mail to

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