Reaganista

It’s been said that when you come from a family of political exiles, you tend to be very political.

Christian Cámara is the son of Cuban exiles. From an early age he was taught not to merely hate communism, but rather to understand what it does to a society. The hatred came on its own as he learned how a once culturally and economically vibrant country with a standard of living on par with its so-called “First World” counterparts could within a few years be relegated to an impoverished gulag comparable to a Stalinist version of Haiti. This led to a deep contempt of anything not only similar to that ideology, but apologetic or tolerant of it.

The American Left today not only tolerates tyranny, but in many cases openly embraces it. If not through the tacit or even explicit support of leftist dictators in Latin America or elsewhere, it’s through the policies it pursues domestically.

Cámara has been on the front lines of the modern conservative movement since graduating High School.  His first foray into politics was during the 1996 Dole for President Campaign in Miami. There he met now Senator Marco Rubio, Congressman David Rivera and others he considers to be his “political family.” Since that was a race that all involved largely knew was going to be lost, there were no opportunists, but rather a group of conservatives committed to a cause and building lifelong relationships.

In 1998, Cámara had the honor of meeting his hero and the man who won the Cold War for the West President Ronald Reagan.  Although he had already been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease four years earlier, President Reagan was warm, kind, and engaging.

Cámara continued his conservative activism by writing op-eds for his college newspaper and volunteering for various campaigns, including Jeb Bush gubernatorials, George W. Bush presidentials, and various local and state races.

In 2004, Cámara was hired as a Regional Field Director by the Republican Party of Florida and later served as the Executive Director of the Republican Party of Broward County.

In 2006 he became legislative aide to State Representative Ralph Arza, who championed most of Governor Jeb Bush’s education reforms. Later that year, he moved to Tallahassee to work as a legislative analyst in the Florida House of Representatives under Speaker Marco Rubio. In 2008 he went to work for a free-market think tank as a policy analyst and currently serves as the R-Street Institute’s state director for Florida. In that capacity he educates legislators and the public on how to harness the power of the free market to address various issues facing society and government.

In political circles, Cámara is best known for his bitter war against former Florida Governor Charlie Crist who was elected as a Republican but governed like a Democrat all while using the Republican party to legitimize his misdeeds.  His one-man social media campaign to expose Crist as a fraud, political harlot, and Republican traitor earned him the distinctions of “Florida RINO Hunter,” “He who singlehandedly took down Crist,” and his personal favorite, “The Simon Wiesenthal of the Republican Party” (named after the concentration camp survivor who dedicated his life to tracking down former Nazis so they could be brought to justice).

“REAGANISTA”

Cámara coined the term “Reaganista” in the late 1990s as an intentionally ironic imitation of the political movements in Latin-America that were named after their (oftentimes revolutionary) leaders. In some cases, such names even became political parties (i.e., Peronista Party in Argentina).

Conservatism is a political ideology and movement based on the American Revolutionary principles of limited government, individual liberty, and self-determination.  Ronald Reagan largely fomented the conservative movement in its modern form, which is why it is often referred to as the “Reagan Revolution.” Anyone who considers himself a follower of Reagan’s ideology or a proponent of the “Reagan Revolution” is a Reaganista.