Skip to comments.Ted Cruz Isnít The Problem With The Republican Party; Heís The Solution
Posted on 10/27/2013 2:52:43 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Dont get me wrong, there are plenty of Republicans who say theyre conservative. There are even plenty of Republicans who will vote like conservatives when it doesnt matter. But, how many conservatives are actually willing to fight for conservative principles the way Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi fight for liberal principles? In the House and Senate combined, there are a few dozen, tops and the establishment Republicans are incessantly bemoaning the fact that anyone stands up for conservatism.
So when Ted Cruz and Mike Lee pushed to defund Obamacare, grassroots conservatives embraced the idea. Most of them did so knowing full well that getting Obama to defund the Affordable Care Act was the longest of longshots. However, they also knew that there were, and are, plenty of other opportunities to be grasped.
That has certainly turned out to be so.
Obama has been telling the world he wont negotiate while he punitively shuts down national parks, kicks old people out of their homes, and blocks off veterans from memorials. Conservatives are energized by the fight. All Democrats in the Senate have now gone on record as being in favor of Obamacare, saying it doesnt need to be delayed and saying that they deserve an exemption from Obamacare that the rest of the public doesnt get.
If this isnt a winnable fight for the Republican Party, you have to wonder what a winnable fight would look like? If Obama publicly sacrificed a baby to Satan on Ted Kennedys birthday, would the public believe that the GOP was waging a war on children after listening to John Boehner and Mitch McConnell for 10 minutes?
Moreover, the one heavily skewed Wall Street poll thats freaking squishy Republicans out isnt telling the whole story. Barack Obamas approval rating has dropped to 37% and his approval rate with independents is down to 16%. Barack Obama is the face of the Democrat Party and those are the kind of numbers that lead to political bloodbaths while dislike for Congress has sadly become the rule, not the exception. Moreover, there are still great opportunities to be had. How about funding the entire government, but insisting on removing the exemption for members of Congress and their staffs? Let the Democrats tell the world that theyre willing to shut down the government to make sure that the American public supplements the cost of their Obamacare coverage. Thats a very winnable fight, but sadly, you have to suspect that a lot of Republicans would rather lose the political fight than lose the exemption theyre getting from the law. They might vote for it when they know the Democrats wont agree, but actually winning on the issue? Theyd prefer a half-hearted loss than a go for the throat win.
But instead, after some smart early maneuvers from the House, the GOP leadership team there has largely fallen silent. Meanwhile, Republicans in the Senate have been actively working with the Democrats to undermine the House. In addition, establishment mediocrities like John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Haley Barbour, Devin Nunes, Grover Norquist, John Sununu, Bob Corker and the loathsome Peter King have been fighting tooth and nail against their real enemy: grassroots champions like Ted Cruz who actually want to stand up for conservatives instead of corporations, fatcat donors, and country club Republicans.
The problem with the Republican Party isnt politicians like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee who actually believe in representing the people who sent them to D.C.; its the establishment Republicans who fight harder against conservatives than theyll fight against the Democrats along with a GOP leadership that cant talk, strategize, or do much of anything except flounder around haplessly while they get their brains beaten in by the Democrats.
Its all well and good to say, The most important thing is to win more seats and then well fight later. The problem with that is weve already gone down that road during the Bush years and we found that the same people who dont want to fight now, didnt want to fight when we had the House, the Senate, and the White House either. In fact, a big part of the reason why the GOP lost the House, the Senate, and the White House was because Medicare Part D and more funding for the National Endowment for the Arts was its idea of what the GOP should be doing when it was in charge.
People hate the Republican Party right now and they should. It doesnt communicate well, it doesnt do much outreach to groups that dont vote for us, it doesnt stand up for the values it supposedly believes in, it betrays its supporters on a regular basis, and although it claims to be the adult party of small government, reduced spending, and law and order, it doesnt consistently stand up for those principles even in the minority. Liberals never have to question where the Democrats are on abortion, raising taxes, or expanding government; so why should we never know if we can count on the GOP on gun control, illegal immigration, and spending?
The road to recovery for the Republican Party starts with proving that it will fight aggressively for the principles it claims to believe in as opposed to being talking big and never backing it up. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee get that. If more Republicans in D.C. understood that, the GOP wouldnt have lost the last presidential election because a few million members of its base stayed home.
Below is part of what Senator Cruz told the Iowa audience.
Introduced as, "from wacko bird to "soaring eagle" - Ted Cruz at the Iowa Republican Party Reagan Dinner - Cruz's talk starts about 30:00 into the C-SPAN VIDEO.
About the 1:00 mark of the video he starts talking strategy: the path to victory - dont take advice from the New York Times on how the Republican party can save itself - we need to unify - we need to come together - growth and freedom are principles and ideals that unify the Republican Party - the evangelical community with the liberty movement, with the business community - growth and freedom bring together Main Street and the Tea Party.
If we get back to our core principles thats how you reassemble and keep strong Ronald Reagans 3 legged stool....... then he describes how it has been done (wrongly in recent losing elections) and how that didnt work - got our clocks cleaned (except the grass roots campaign in 2010 and our stand against Obamacare and for growth and freedom won elections up and down the ticket)............you dont win races by keeping your heads down......
Poppycock: run to the right in the primary and run to the middle in the general - if you do that you destroy every reason for voters to show up and vote for you...... Cruz continues in the vein of why this fight is worth it (worth a listen). We must focus on opportunity - the biggest lie is that the Republican Party is the party of the rich..........continues.....
Harry Reid and Nanacy Pelosi have principles? That is a vast dilution of the term “principle”, which is to have some sort of honorable and reasoned philosophical point of view. Whatever “principles” either of those two have is from a purely emotional and visceral source, neither consistent nor logical.
Harry Reid may be a consummate politician, being able to bottle up any sort of reform he is in disagreement with, but the “Commissioner” is much more of a reactionary than even the most aristocratic Russian nobility under the reign of Czar Nicholas II. And this is strange, because Harry would be perfectly happy to institute a reign of suppression and internal terror that would rival the greatest excesses of Josef Stalin. Socialism is slavery, the harnessing of the labor and product of the many for the comfort of the few who now believe they are the ones who will, this time, finally make the collectivist state work. Harry’s reactionary outlook would be in RESISTANCE to the belief in individual liberty, and exercise of personal initiative, both of which are anathema to a fully-developed socialist form of governance.
And SanFran Nan, who probably does not have two functioning brain cells in her head, makes pronouncements like, “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it”, or “Every week we dont pass a Stimulus package, 500 million Americans lose their jobs.” Where is the reasoned logical thought process there? She is just loopy, if not totally delusional. She would make a fondly beloved old crackpot grandmother, if only she had no power at all that would affect anyone outside her immediate family.
Of Course He Is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
prin·ci·ple- a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning.
Though I get your message loud and clear - liberal principles aren’t conservative principles.
Only a Ted Cruz can save the Republican party.
John McCain and his cronies are destroying themselves.
They are not part of the Republican party, they are Dem lite.
A Ted Cruz and Dr Ben Carson would be a very acceptable ticket to this conservative who has given up on the gutless old party elitists.
They’re looking out for themselves by looking out for their sources of personal and political funding, not their constituents or their country. GOP establishment hubris has decayed the party.
I think a better more accurate way to describe Reid and Pelosi is that “they have goals..and work solely to reach them”...Goals being a more accurate term
We have a GOP that thinks they can win elections by ignoring the conservative base...and pandering to Democrat Hispanics by offering Illegal Alien Amnesty. Neither one is a winner....and the GOP loses national and major state and regional elections based on the losing mindset
You do not see Democrats eschewing their Liberal base to attract Conservative voters by offering to eliminate welfare...nope
I see where Marco Rubio has now jumped off Paul Ryan's attempt to legalize illegal immigration.
Marco makes me dizzy!!
In Texas, Cruz has forced Sen. Cornyn to run radio ads day & night assuring voters he really is a good Conservative.
Moving slower towards the tyranny & economic mediocrity of socialism is not compatible with conservatism. Neither is the creation & maintenance of a rich, entitled, ruling class. Yet, these are the OBVIOUS goals of the Republican leadership, elected or anointed by their fellow elitists.
That there are a few dependable conservatives left in the Pub party such as Cruz is insufficient reason to support it. The gross failure to counter Obamunism, or even try, is good reason to abandon it.
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I pray to God that Ted Cruz will be our next President.