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At the Crossroads
The American Thinker ^ | November 25, 2012 | John Steinreich

Posted on 11/25/2012 12:48:15 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Still scrambling to develop a strategy for the future in the wake of the 2012 presidential election, the Republican Party is quite clearly at a crossroads. As America dives headlong into the next term of Obama's America, it is critical for the Republicans to take the right path at this crossroads, which can be summed up with this paradigm: There is no justification for the GOP to continue running moderate candidates for president.......

[~~SNIP~~must read]

...The culture may be too far gone down the leftist yellow brick road to turn back on its journey to a European-style, social democratic Oz where their wizard in the White House works the levers of government behind his curtain of urban coolness, hip hop charm, and celebrity mojo. Because our politics is downstream from our corrupt, morally relativistic, and juvenile culture, the American electorate may have passed the point where it can respond positively to the conservative message from the GOP during any future election cycle. We won't know for sure until such a conservative surge is attempted again, but we do know from history that moderate Republicans are not likely to have a smashing record of presidential victories in the future. Thus, moderate Republicanism must be laid to rest. To do this, the Republican Party needs to exclusively offer well-spoken candidates who are deeply rooted in traditional conservative values and principles. The Republican Party must once and for all, in Ronald Reagan's words, paint with bold colors so that the American people can clearly see with the classical, elegant palette of conservatism contrasted with the slapdash, trash art of progressivism, thereby pressing the electorate to respond to those images either with vigorous rejection or passionate acceptance.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: conservative; moderategop; reagan; romney
Let the vetting begin.

One to consider (there are others).

When Ted Cruz threw his hat into the political arena to replace Texas' U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison he was considered a very long shot against the (still) powerful sitting Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst. Dewhurst had the backing, the money, the power to twist arms and to command endorsements or "neutrality" but he DIDN'T have "Tea Party" support (grass roots enthusiasm) or the votes needed to win - he could not articulate conservatism like Ted Cruz.

Texas, with its strong economy and the national spotlight on border security and illegal immigration is at political ground zero. With the DNC and MSM grooming the "charming" Obamaesque, socialist mayor of San Antonio Julian Castro for higher office, with Sen. Ted Cruz ready to lead and articulate conservatism in the U.S. Senate (opposing Dem Leader Harry Reid and Pres. Obama), with George P. Bush (son of Jeb and Columba Bush) relocated to Texas and recently (11-7-2012) filing papers to run for elected office -- it looks like Texas is shaping up to be a battle ground of candidates and political positions - socialist, conservative and moderate.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (TX)

1 posted on 11/25/2012 12:48:24 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: All

Addendum: Or maybe Ted Cruz will remain a powerful U.S. Senator — as he was born in Canada.


2 posted on 11/25/2012 12:56:22 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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Questions about the qualifications of Ted Cruz, the GOP's newest star ".............His parents were working in the oilfield region of western Canada when Rafael Edwards Cruz, later to become known as Ted, was born in Calgary in 1970.

That is already prompting questions about his qualifications for high national office. The Constitution states that only a “natural-born citizen” can be president.

Because he was born to an American mother, he’s a U.S. citizen, regardless of having a birthplace outside the country’s borders. But the issue of whether someone like him can also meet the requirements for the presidency has never been decided in court.........."

Could there be a President Ted Cruz?

3 posted on 11/25/2012 1:09:31 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Marco Rubio's got a bunch of Frum-esque "professional Republicans" talking him up (along with Jeb and George P.). These guys have actually proposed amending the Constitution to remove the Article II bar to Barky et al., in order to let Rubio and Bobby Jindal stand for the Presidency. Bad idea, but they're putting it about.

Looks like "being an American" just doesn't have any cachet any more. Cool, modern America demands Borats for its candidates, I guess.

4 posted on 11/25/2012 2:00:19 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus
I "guess" we're looking for a leader who hasn't forgotten what being American means - someone exceptional [one who believes the country and our constitution is also exceptional] who can explain it to those who have become soft in their conservatism.
5 posted on 11/25/2012 2:29:23 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What are the Republicans going to do? Lose. They couldn’t beat the worst president in history. They couldn’t hit the fattest target ever seen by anyone anywhere ever.


6 posted on 11/25/2012 4:12:23 AM PST by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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He got record support from evangelicals. Which section(s) of the electorate did he fail to attract?


7 posted on 11/25/2012 4:24:44 AM PST by Ken H
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To: TalBlack; Ken H; All

More statistics:

Ted Cruz won the primary runoff for the Republican nomination for Texas U.S. Senate with a 14-point margin over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

In the general election, Ted Cruz was elected with 4,456,654 votes (56.6 percent) over Dem candidate Paul Sadler who got 3,183,359 votes (40.5 percent) - Cruz by 16.1%

Presidential election: Romney in Texas (57.2) Obama in Texas (41.4) - Romney 15.8%


8 posted on 11/25/2012 4:45:48 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It seems to me a great many conservatives don’trealize that it is foolish to consider “who’s next”. This regime will not and can not allow the peaceful handoff of power to folks who might expose their crimes. The sooner we all deal with this reality the sooner we can prepare for what really comes next. To pretend the process or the country are still running normally is delusional and denies too many hard facts. The Ballot Box is broken and those in power have every motivation to at least continue at this level but will probably escalate. They have no motivation to “fix it”. Staying out of prison (or worse) is a powerful motivation to escalate to add to their comfort. Continuing to run at the ball pretending that this time Lucy will actually hold it is insanity.


9 posted on 11/25/2012 5:05:50 AM PST by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: wastoute

amen

Praying isn’t going to help either

Direct action is the only solution to the Marxist liberal problem


10 posted on 11/25/2012 5:09:28 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

We should *clearly* mark the whole of the left as the evil empire, and raise a new iron curtain.

Have nothing to do with them.

No trade.
No food supply.
No information.
No fraternization.
No help.


11 posted on 11/25/2012 5:19:33 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Crossroad indeed ";^)

“Mankind faces a crossroad. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly”—Woody Allen.

12 posted on 11/25/2012 5:47:32 AM PST by Politically Correct (A member of the rabble in good standing)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Duhhhhhhhhhhhhh................

Now, the last time we ran a CONSERVATIVE we ONLY won 49 out of 50 states.

Better not try that again, eh RINOs?


13 posted on 11/25/2012 6:00:57 AM PST by Flintlock (PARANOIA--means having all the facts.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Let it go—just beating a dead hoss!

The media’s purpose is to keep b4 the American public (what’s left of it) a series of faux issues to further dumb-down any thinkers remaining...and the football mentality herd just plays along with it and joins in...cheerfully in their stride!

Semper BS!
*****


14 posted on 11/25/2012 6:39:43 AM PST by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Thus, moderate Republicanism must be laid to rest. To do this, the Republican Party needs to exclusively offer well-spoken candidates who are deeply rooted in traditional conservative values and principles.

No, the Republican Party needs to fade out off into the distant horizon...Even if 'they' pulled that rabbit out of the hat, that would only give us a conservative and principled one world gov't, anti-American sovereignty globalist...

I say that we accept no one that the GOP offers...Let's make our own offer...

The Republican Party must once and for all, in Ronald Reagan's words, paint with bold colors so that the American people can clearly see with the classical, elegant palette of conservatism contrasted with the slapdash, trash art of progressivism, thereby pressing the electorate to respond to those images either with vigorous rejection or passionate acceptance.

We had some of those types of candidates in the primaries...Somehow, Romney won...We hear all of this talk of vote tampering in the general election...I'm not so convinced it didn't take place as well in the primaries...I know of no one who voted or supported Romney...

15 posted on 11/25/2012 6:41:36 AM PST by Iscool (You mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailerpark...)
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To: Flintlock

Polietly have to disagree> You’re absolutely historically correct about Reagan. (I think that’s who you mean) But the battlefield has changed. There’s been a MAJOR change in the media. Now blatantly Progressive not just mildly liberal. The demographics have changed. The cities have become much more influencial. (code words here) The education system has conditioned two more generations with the evils of capitalism and our past history.

We now live in a Socialist Democracy with all that implies. Individual freedom has been replaced by the collective. We have survaliance drones watching private citizens for “signs” they could commit a crime. See anything wrong with that?

I kinda happy I won’t live long enough to see all the damage. I say have a party while you still can.


16 posted on 11/25/2012 6:47:24 AM PST by vortec94
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.......We now live in a Socialist Democracy with all that implies. Individual freedom has been replaced by the collective.

We are divided yes, but we are not overpowered, yet.

17 posted on 11/25/2012 6:50:15 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Iscool

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

It’s broken!

Discard it, and start over if ya can...like the DOI recommends....

Semper Watching!
*****


18 posted on 11/25/2012 7:02:09 AM PST by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Bookmark.


19 posted on 11/25/2012 7:21:50 AM PST by OldPossum
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

CW, I’m trying to have faith. It’s just an awful mess.


20 posted on 11/25/2012 7:29:39 AM PST by vortec94
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To: vortec94

I know.

We’re smarter than we’re acting and we need to be more like we were during those 2010 townhall face-offs fighting Obamacare - PO’d and visible — as well as behind the scenes (I guess many politicians won’t come before their electorate now, with a majority still opposing it).

Our Tea Party representatives and senators on the Hill (like Ted Cruz) will battle (or we will want to know why) while many state houses and governors will be battling too against this socialist onslaught — pushing, pushing to 2014 and 2016.


21 posted on 11/25/2012 7:59:36 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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...This premise is exactly correct. Rush isn’t the leader of the RNC, but instead, articulates our beliefs to a large audience which the RNC, does not believe for their insulated, limited by the Beltway, arrogance.

We will win when we have consultants who are willing to stealthily re-educate the electorate in what it means to be American, that is, Hispanics and Blacks as well. This means do it with boldness, not avoiding dictators like 0bama in the national election...Mitt, with all his faults and past liberal Rebuplican tendencies would have won had he had a staff who would have “gone with boldness” as Rush mentions almost daily.

How do we get a candidate who will be bold? Who acatually runs the RNC? Who “elects” Reince Preibus? While what I am saying sounds like we need a Third Party, I am in no way saying this...that is Perot all over again. Convincing those in charge to do the bold, re-education route and have Palin& West as your ticket is the way to go.

It’s kinda like sending a letter to the RNC that says, I will promise to send X$ to you if Palin&West are the ticket, but will boycott otherwise...

Here’s an example of my frustration. I have been married 17 yrs interracially. My wife’s family upper scale black with 100% voting record D. 0bamma would have had to kill someone personally - and even then - they’d still vote for him.

I called the Columbus RNC and volunteered as well as the Cincinnati/Hamilton County RNC to volunteer...that is, as a consultant to help understand what it would take to convince blacks...what language, what triggers, etc....

I have a huge plethora or cornucopia of what would and would not work...inside info if you will...did they listen to me? Nope. Were they interested? They didn’t know where to file it. I won’t give up, however. I’ll approach them again in a different way and talk to the right people.

You see, we are dealing with old school RNC; we have to be smarter...the DNC wants us to start a 3rd party; they know that is a civil war amongst ourselves...we need to takeover the RNC...that is the way.


22 posted on 11/25/2012 2:52:04 PM PST by CincyRichieRich (Keep your head up and keep moving forward!)
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To: bert

I disagree. Prayer may be all we have left, which is how it should be, come to think. Perhaps had we arrived here sooner much suffering could have been avoided.


23 posted on 11/25/2012 5:19:22 PM PST by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: CincyRichieRich
........I have a huge plethora or cornucopia of what would and would not work...inside info if you will...did they listen to me? Nope. Were they interested? They didn’t know where to file it. I won’t give up, however. I’ll approach them again in a different way and talk to the right people.

You see, we are dealing with old school RNC; we have to be smarter...the DNC wants us to start a 3rd party; they know that is a civil war amongst ourselves...we need to takeover the RNC...that is the way.

BUMP!!

24 posted on 11/25/2012 11:07:55 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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