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Cruz hits back at Putin's attack on American exceptionalism
Examiner.Com ^ | September 14, 2013

Posted on 09/14/2013 1:50:21 PM PDT by SoConPubbie

Sen, Ted Cruz, R-Texas appeared on the Sean Hannity Show on Thursday, September 12 , 2013 and delivered a sharp response to Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s New York Times attack on American exceptionalism, according to Human Events.

“’Autocrats have reason to fear when Americans focus on our principles, and focus on exceptionalism, because it’s been American exceptionalism that stood up to the Nazis, stopped the murder from the Nazis,’ said Cruz. ‘And it was American exceptionalism that stood up to the Soviet Union and freed hundreds of millions from behind the Iron Curtin. So Putin is right to be concerned about American exceptionalism.’”

Cruz’s response was certainly more forthright than that of the current president of the United States, which has been all but nonexistent. Cruz went on to express doubt that an arrangement with Russia to deprive Bashir Assad of his chemical weapons would actually happen. He echoed the sentiment of other analysts by suggesting that President Obama was projection weakness in the Middle East, to the detriment of the United States and to the advantage of Russia and its allies such as Syria and Iran.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: cruz; tedcruz; texas

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1 posted on 09/14/2013 1:50:21 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; TheOldLady; AllAmericanGirl44; ken5050; stephenjohnbanker; LUV W; Patty; itssme; ...

Ted Cruz Ping!


2 posted on 09/14/2013 1:50:45 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Run Ted Run!!!


3 posted on 09/14/2013 1:52:12 PM PDT by ObozoMustGo2012
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To: SoConPubbie

I was afraid Cruz would be stupid and would join with the Putin-cheerleaders in praising that filthy government. Instead, Cruz here has shown himself to have a great deal of discernment in rightly condemning that thug Putin.

He just won my vote and my support for 2016.


4 posted on 09/14/2013 1:52:13 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: SoConPubbie

Ted Cruz is a great man and will be a great President.


5 posted on 09/14/2013 1:55:16 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: SoConPubbie

Our exceptionalism is rooted in our historical pact with God. Forget that, deny that, and we’ll be nothing more than a bad memory as our history is re-written by our enemies and our grandchildren grow up with no knowledge of who we were and could still have been.


6 posted on 09/14/2013 1:58:45 PM PDT by marron
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

He reads FR. It’s a winning formula for bloggers and talk show hosts, why not US Senators?


7 posted on 09/14/2013 2:00:59 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

Does he really? It wouldn’t surprise me, judging from what I’ve read of him; however, do you know that for sure?


8 posted on 09/14/2013 2:05:00 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: SoConPubbie

Putin smelled weakness in obama and he has not respect for him. He sneers at obama.

He will not find that weakness in Cruz.

Just like the schoolyard bully. If you are weak, he increases his attacks. If you smack him once, he respects you and even acts friendly at times.


9 posted on 09/14/2013 2:06:27 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks SoConPubbie.
...a United Nations Security Council vote condemning Syria for attacking its own citizens with chemical weapons... "would unify the world against the regime and expose China’s and Russia’s support for this tyrant... we should make them veto it on the world stage... And if they do veto it, we should respond by, with respect to Russia, we should reinstate the anti-ballistic missile station in Eastern Europe that was canceled at the beginning of the Obama administration to appease Russia, and with respect to China, we should go through with selling the new F-16s to Taiwan that again this administration put the kibosh [on]." [Tea party friction: Sen. Rand Paul lashes Ted Cruz approach to Russia and China (s/b 'Rand Paul calls for appeasement while continuing to pretend to oppose Obama')]

10 posted on 09/14/2013 2:11:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SoConPubbie
The idea of "American Exceptionalism" came from the phrase "The Great American Experiment," coined by Alexis de Tocqueville in his book Democracy In America.

The United States was considered "exceptional" because it was created at a time when other nations were either ruled via conquest or through hereditary monarchy and inter-marriage between nation-states.

The United States was "exceptional" because it was created by a social compact amongst the people to live within the guidelines of a constitution and its derived laws, established by the people. Power was transferred via non-violent means, and the people adhered to that social contract.

People today don't remember (or were never taught) why the phrase "American Exceptionalism" came to be.

-PJ

11 posted on 09/14/2013 2:14:06 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Ha ha! American exceptionalism. Something the Zero King never would have thought of. He just took his whipping from Putin like the dog he is with nary a word in protest.


12 posted on 09/14/2013 2:16:57 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

Idk. But, I suspect that the smarter ones do. There’s a ton of very good and free advice available here. I’ve seen many campaigns that could have benefitted from a regular perusal of FR.


13 posted on 09/14/2013 2:17:10 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: SoConPubbie
Good to hear.

Putin is an Evil KGB tyrant who wraps himself in Russian Nationalism and The Cross.

Just because he opposes Our Evil KGB Tyrant doesn't make him a Pro-American Leader.

Hell Hirohito was opposed to FDR too, that Does Mean that Wendell Willkie should have sought his endorsement.

14 posted on 09/14/2013 2:19:59 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDouNtnR_IA

I have high hopes for Ted Cruz.

Run, Ted, Run!!


15 posted on 09/14/2013 2:26:09 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: SoConPubbie

I actually thought Putin was talking about Barack Obama. Obama’s been told he’s “special” ever since he was wearing Burkhas to the Indonesian Madrassa.


16 posted on 09/14/2013 2:26:51 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. Don’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: SoConPubbie

DeMint misfired by sounding too defensive. I haven’t read Rubio’s response but I would guess he got the tone wrong too.

Maybe Cruz has gotten it right.

Reagan would have gotten it right.


17 posted on 09/14/2013 2:30:08 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Yardstick

Reagan would have at LEAST said, “Mr Putin, we are exceptional. We, at least, have NEVER had to build a fence to keep people IN.”


18 posted on 09/14/2013 2:34:40 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: SoConPubbie

19 posted on 09/14/2013 3:01:56 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: SoConPubbie

Don’t worry Vlad, Barry was just trying to reach out to the bitter clinger types to jump onto his war bandwagon. You gots to speak the lingo, man. Otherwise Barry is on the same page as you regarding American Exceptionalism. Just a little taqqiya to fool the peasants.


20 posted on 09/14/2013 3:03:06 PM PDT by Moorings
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To: MuttTheHoople

I took Putin’s words as a shot at zero. While there are still exceptional Americans, there were not enough voting against the obamanation that is tearing us apart. Hopefully Cruz is not seen as defending the morons running America right now.


21 posted on 09/14/2013 3:07:05 PM PDT by soycd
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To: Political Junkie Too
People today don't remember (or were never taught) why the phrase "American Exceptionalism" came to be.

You're absolutely right. Too many take "American Exceptionalism" to mean a simplistic "we're better than you are," the Commie thug Putin included. Unfortunately the bogus POTUS thinks the same thing.

22 posted on 09/14/2013 3:17:31 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: soycd

That’s how I saw it as well. Obama never believed in “exceptionalism.” But he calculatingly used the phrase in his speech to garner support for his idiotic Syrian adventure. Putin grabbed hold, and used it as a knife to twist in the Kenyan’s sweaty gut. Whether or not Putin understood its actual meaning was irrelevant to what he wanted to do. And succeeded in doing.

Funny how it elicited such a wild tizzy in the corridors of Washington. My guess is that it’s because Putin managed to rub raw some disquieting realities about America’s current descent into decline and moral decay.


23 posted on 09/14/2013 3:34:08 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Political Junkie Too

“The United States was “exceptional” because it was created by a social compact amongst the people to live within the guidelines of a constitution and its derived laws, established by the people. Power was transferred via non-violent means, and the people adhered to that social contract.”

An outstanding summary of American exceptionalism, PJT. The only thing I might add is the blessing of the Lord on this land and its people.


24 posted on 09/14/2013 4:37:54 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: SoConPubbie

Much better response than DeMint gave...


25 posted on 09/15/2013 3:25:58 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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