I’ve just wrapped up my first evening of the conference. From the moment I entered the door, a couple of hours before the official commencement at 5:00, warm greetings and familiar faces abounded.

Circulating through the growing crowd, it quickly became apparent to me that this is going to be a successful and uplifting conference. Quite a few people I chatted with were attending an Amren conference for their very first time. There are a lot of young people here, and the attendees are from all over the world. I met a man from Switzerland, another from Sweden and another from Australia. I met a lovely family from Mississippi and one man from Washington state, not far from where I live (in the scheme of things).

Jared Taylor delivered a commencement speech, in which he reminded us of the rules, introduced some of the speakers and outlined our schedule. A representative of CoCC spoke briefly. His name escapes me at the moment. Taylor told us of two would-be speakers who didn’t make it. Both were from Europe. One was so humiliated by his mistreatment at the border that he chose to forego his visit to the United States. The other was outright denied entry into the U.S. by the Department of State. How’s that for the “Land of the Free?” Our government will not allow politically incorrect speakers into the country to exercise their freedom of speech. Is it even possible to hold the Department of State accountable? Is it possible to sue them? If so, who has the means to do so?

I met Ramzpaul, of YouTube fame and, finally, John Derbyshire. Both appeared well and robust. Ramzpaul is taller than I expected. I took a nice stroll with Philip Craik, who is scheduled to speak about Orania tomorrow. I was impressed with him and I very much look forward to his talk.

There are security guards/ park rangers everywhere. I asked if I could have my photo taken with some of them (I like their hats) and was gruffly told “no.” They were probably told to refrain from fraternizing with us, or perhaps they’re bitter over overtime they’re required to work because of us.