Skip to comments.Cruz: GOP Can Win by Fighting Crony Capitalists 'Suckling Off of Washington'
Posted on 03/07/2014 6:28:11 AM PST by SoConPubbie
The potential 2016 presidential candidate noted that Washington is the wealthiest region in the U.S. and blasted the "corrupt interlocking system" of lobbyists, lawyers, and consultants that are "suckling off of Washington."
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"If you want to lose elections, stand for nothing," Cruz said.
He noted that, when Republicans have listened to the consulting class and become timid, they got "walloped" in three of the last four national elections. In addition, at the presidential level, Cruz asked whether there was a President Dole, President McCain, or President Romney. Those three candidates were moderate "next-in-line" GOP presidential nominees who stood, as Ronald Reagan would have said, for "pale pastels." And they lost.
Cruz said Republicans won in an "historic tidal wave" in the 2010 midterm elections because conservatives "unequivocally" stood against Obamacare and against bankrupting the country. And he mentioned that Ronald Reagan and Ron Paul appealed to young people because they stuck boldly to their convictions.
He added that conservatives could win by standing strong for the First and Second Amendments. He also said that the Federal Reserve should be audited, the IRS abolished, Obamacare repealed, and corporate welfare and crony capitalism eliminated by instituting a lifetime ban on lobbying for those elected to Congress. The first term Texas Senator called for term limits, more school choice, and the elimination of Dodd-Frank.
"You win elections by standing for principle," Cruz said.
Cruz and Sarah Palin--who will close the event on Saturday--will bookend the conference.
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Indeed, reach to the voters against the corruptocrat shake down artists. Liberals think medicine needs a new science, you see, one completely divorced from formal education and experience earned in the field to this day. they are so sophisticated they can be stupid in the old ways of doing things.
I don’t think it’s a winning message, unfortunately. Most voters would have no idea what he’s talking about (unless he’s hoping they confuse it with the Dem’s boogeyman, the “1%”).
Cruz is good and he’s right on these things, but it seems to me that he has never figured out how to present his message in some way that would appeal beyond his particular base. Proposing this as the GOP’s standard reveals a tin ear.
What he says is true, but the GOP has to fight EVERYONE suckling off Washington, including Mr. and Mrs. Average Citizen. That’s a battle that is much, much, much harder to win, but in order of priority, it is the most critical battle.
The GOP needs to go after the nanny state, believe me Democrats are no happier with over zealous telling them how to live their lives than we are.
The recent bans on E-cigs and large soft drinks are good examples of nanny state government run amok that can bring people to our side.
Cruz is clear, concise and specific. I can’t imagine how he could do a better job conveying his message. Livius, what is missing that you would like to hear?
I've always suspected that most of those consultants are Democrats.
That same message won landslides for Reagan. Gingrich didn't do too bad in 1994 either.
Cruz needs to come out foursquare and solidly for American work.
We have exported the heart of America. Both parties have done this. We have a massive yearly trade deficit with China now, which is driving China to rapidly become stronger.
We need to bring back American jobs.
I’ve thought the same thing over the past 5 to 10 years. The idea that people should work is something that a lot of people agree upon. Everyone has a bum or moocher in their family who they don’t view positively. Most Americans still buy into the idea that you have to work to support yourself if a job is available. The Democrats and Obama in particular have been assaulting the idea that you have to work over the past 5 to 10 years.
Big difference, is that Reagan even back then was a household name.He had a likability factor, even amongst those who didn’t fully agree with his political philosophy.
He also had the advantage of being a two-term governor of the most-populous state in the country...That gave him bonafides Cruz at this point could only dream of.
Most of the GOP politicians are in the back pockets of the crony capitalists. Why would these greedy GOP swine give up their cash cow? That will not happen in our lifetimes.
Agreed, but that's why we have to remember to follow Reagan's (and Rush's) advice to "keep educating and informing the voter" - even after a win.
Sad to say, but the average American voter has a short attention span. When Republicans win, they think they've won in the arena of ideas so we don't have to keep teaching our conservative underpinnings.
An idea proven wrong again and again.
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Good point about breaking the ties to corporate donors. To do this we need to motivate individual donors so the party can compete with the millions that Democrats raise from any source they can (including illegal sources such as foreign donors). Individual donors need to get behind good conservative candidates starting with the primaries and carry through to the final elections.
In case you missed the last two Presidential Elections the R(e) has no base. Neither John McLoser or Willard Romney had a base to build from because they both presented themselves as get along to go along Mextrosexual wimps. They both could have taken the battle to the Community Agitator and they both refused to engage for battle. They recieved no votes for what they presented. Because they presented nothing. The votes the got was those that refused to vote for a no name, fake community agitator. Contrast that with Ronald Reagan's 80 and 84 Campaigns. EVERYONE knew what he stood for and what his plan was for his Presidency and this Country.
I was talking about Cruz’ base. The problem is, they’re not enough to elect anybody, so he’s got to think how to reach out beyond.
Something positive? Cruz lives by attacks alone, and that’s why it’s going to be hard for him to get people behind him.
Voters who live in a relatively conservative, GOP-dominated landscape (such as Texas) will respond to this, because essentially he’s discussing internal GOP arguments. But people outside of that circle will have trouble connecting with him if he wants to go national, because their reality is very different.
People may hate DC, but just attacking it isn’t enough. He should get out there and get behind some pro-business, pro-development policies that will resonate with people because it will mean jobs and prosperity.