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Bachmann, Huckabee headline conservative How to Take Back America Conference

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 24, 2009 - Three conservative favorites -- U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and "Joe the Plumber" -- will be among the headliners at the two-day How to Take Back America Conference that the conservative Eagle Forum group is holding here.

The conference will be held Friday and Saturday at the Hilton Frontenac Hotel in St. Louis County.

The Eagle Forum is a conservative public policy organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly, a St. Louis area native who now lives in Ladue.

A number of conservative activists are expected to participate, including radio talk show host Janet Folger Porter, president of Faith2Action; radio-network owner Dick Bott and Joseph Farah, owner of World Net Daily.

According the conference's latest announcement, Bachmann --who speaks Saturday -- is among six members of Congress slated to address the conference, including U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Town and Country. Also scheduled: three-star General Jerry Boykin.

Schlafly calls the conference "a crash course in conservative grassroots activism, featuring nearly forty speakers presenting twenty-four “how-to” workshops."

The workshop titles include:

"•How to stop abortions: a new approach"
"•How to counter the homosexual extremist movement"
"•How to deal with global warming, cap and trade"
"•How to stop the entry of illegal aliens and drugs"
"•How to stop government attacks on parents’ rights"
"•How to deal with supremacist judges"
"•How to stop socialism in health care"
"•How to deal with vote fraud, the Census, and ACORN"
"•How to defend America vs. missile attack"

“President Obama and his radical left-wing policies are uniting conservatives all over the country and are motivating people who have never been politically active to pay attention and to get involved,” said Schlafly in a statement. “So, we decided to expand our annual conference this year to bring together experienced grassroots activists and those who might be newly engaged in politics through the Tea Party movement.”

“This conference is designed to encourage and educate conservative activists through knowledgeable speakers and through ahead-of-the-curve strategies," she added.

Jo Mannies is a freelance journalist and former political reporter at St. Louis Public Radio.