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  • Trump Think Conservatism Mean "Conserving Your Wealth"

    02/07/2016 1:39:56 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 84 replies
    News Machete ^ | 2/7/2016 | Ed Straker
    In the latest debate Donald Trump made it clear, once again, that not only he is not conservative, but he has absolutely no idea what conservatism is. When asked to define conservative, Trump, who usually gives expansive answers, could only manage to speak for less than 30 seconds before running out of ammo. His answer was that "Conservatism means... to conserve... your wealth". That's not what conservatism is. A two year transfer student into Wharton College (with an uncle in MIT) should be able to give a better answer than that. Marco Rubio, perspiring like a fire hydrant, nonetheless came...
  • Ted Cruz once again proves himself presidential

    02/07/2016 1:47:56 AM PST · by GregKremer · 163 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 7, 2016 | Lloyd Marcus
    As the New Hampshire primary fast approaches, I wish to remind voters that our next commander-in-chief must be of the highest character, cut from the rare cloth of our founders. Sometimes God gives us great gifts in ugly packages. Recent attacks on Ted Cruz from both the Trump and Dr. Carson campaigns gifted Cruz an opportunity to show his character and presidential instincts.
  • Ted Cruz is feeling the Bern! On the NH trail with the GOP's cute but sinister rebel firebrand

    02/07/2016 1:06:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Salon ^ | February 6, 2015 | Andrew O'Hehir
    SALEM, N.H. - Ted Cruz in person, on the campaign trail, is a study in contrasts. What I principally mean by that cliche is that Cruz makes a more plausible human being when seen up close than in his animatronic television appearances, but he does not resemble a human being who came into the world by the usual method. He's both cute and sinister, a highly discordant combination. He's like a marzipan man brought to life by the kiss of a magic fairy, stuffed into overly tight blue jeans and sent toddling into middle-school cafeterias in the middle of nowhere...
  • Conservative Or Egoist? (Our Support For Trump & Cruz)

    02/06/2016 12:35:32 PM PST · by Ohioan · 54 replies
    Truth Based Logic Website ^ | February 4, 2016 | William Flax
    There is no real litmus test for Conservatism; as should be obvious to anyone on brief reflection. Conservatism is--and always has been, as the term connotes--about preserving what one considers important, in a social, cultural, historic & genetic heritage. One person may be more focused on one aspect, another on another. There is no natural law that demands that all have the same focus--indeed, the notion flies in the face of the concept that man is Blessed with Free Will; with freedom to decide priorities--and, of course, bear the consequences. Conservatism is about preserving social--both cultural & material, as well...
  • The Real Shape of the Race

    02/06/2016 4:55:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 15, 2016 | Stephen F. Hayes
    Trump is not a conservative. He's an economic nationalist whose limited involvement in politics over the years has largely consisted of furthering his own interests by contributing to members of both political parties. His current policy positions often contradict those he's publicly expressed in the past, and his governing philosophy, to the extent he has one, combines crony capitalism with government activism (eminent domain; ethanol; protectionism; universal, government-paid health care).Des Moines, Iowa - The shorthand understanding of the likely three-man race for the Republican nomination goes something like this. Donald Trump is the populist outside agitator, running on economic nationalism...
  • The special hell of a Cruz rally: What it's like to spend an evening with GOP’s oiliest operator

    02/06/2016 1:23:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 143 replies
    Salon ^ | February 5, 2016 | Gary Legum
    There is a boisterous Oath Keeper leaking alcohol from every pore sitting three seats away from me in a Nashua, New Hampshire, middle school auditorium hosting a Ted Cruz town hall. I'm wondering if it's too late to change seats. The guy is wearing a camouflage jacket that doesn't quite hide the bulging middle-age belly straining at the faded Patriots T-shirt underneath. He's carrying a sign that reads "Like a Cruz missile, Ted will destroy ISIS" on one side and "Cruzin West" on the other, a plea for the Texas senator to pick former Florida congressman Allen West as his...
  • What is Neo-Masculinity?

    02/03/2016 7:46:31 PM PST · by GrootheWanderer · 16 replies
    RooshV.com ^ | May 6, 2015 | Roosh
    Neomasculinity combines traditional beliefs, masculinity, and animal biology into one ideological system. It aims to aid men living in Westernized nations that lack qualities such as classical virtue, masculinity in males, femininity in females, and objectivity, especially concerning beauty ideals and human behavior. It also serves as an antidote for males who are being programmed to accept Western degeneracy, mindless consumerism, and immoral state authority. The purpose of this article is to list and describe the principal doctrines of neomasculinity.
  • New Senator Gives A Perfect Explanation of Conservatism In Less Than 90 Seconds

    02/02/2016 7:33:37 AM PST · by Boomer · 25 replies
    Townhall ^ | 2/1/2016 | Video
    Senator Sasse of Nebraska gives Chuck Todd a refresher on what conservatism is really all about. (Click on the link for video)
  • Ted Cruz, Triumphant

    02/01/2016 10:28:42 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 197 replies
    The National Review ^ | February 1, 2016 | David French
    I tip my cap, unreservedly, to Ted Cruz. With everything on the line - and so many GOP colleagues cowed and intimidated - he took on Donald Trump and won. Late last year I wrote that the GOP needed an actual leader, someone who would step up and take on Trump directly: Now is the time. A presidential campaign is an early test of leadership, a proving ground for dealing with the challenges of the world's most difficult job. I don't want the last man standing. I want the guy who took down the king. If Trump can absorb the...
  • The Donald Dilemma

    01/29/2016 4:27:27 PM PST · by John Valentine · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/28/16 | Rick Manning
    Lastly, the sudden embrace of Trump by GOP establishment members in an attempt to knock out their real nemesis, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), has got to force Trump voters to take pause. The GOP gambit is to knock off Cruz in Iowa because his voters go disproportionately to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Trump's voters, on the other hand, tend to go to Cruz. So, beating Cruz would boost the establishment's favored alternative, and in classic "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" fashion, they are pumping up Trump.
  • Is Rush Limbaugh Betraying Conservatism with Donald Trump?

    01/29/2016 2:02:14 PM PST · by Oklahoma · 111 replies
    PJMedia ^ | Tyler O'Neill
    Last week, the conservative magazine National Review published a long and scathing attack on Donald J. Trump. Notable names included Glenn Beck, Erick Erickson, Michael Medved, and Thomas Sowell. Absent was the radio champion of conservatism, Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh said National Review’s attack came “too late now,” and would not convince Trump’s supporters. This may be true, but it could also be Limbaugh’s way of explaining why he won’t attack Trump himself. Could Limbaugh be “cheating on conservatism” with The Donald? Does he identify with Trump, or does Limbaugh’s hatred of the “establishment” run so deep that he is willing...
  • An Answer Every Conservative Candidate Should Have at the Ready

    01/28/2016 7:29:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/28/2016 | James Longstreet
    The other day a commentator asked a GOP candidate this simple question. "What is the Federal Government doing that it should not be doing?" The candidate did not have a ready answer, and did the soft shoe talking point response that had little to do with this question. But, isn't the answer to this question the crux of conservatism? Should not each candidate running for office under the guise of conservatism not have, at the constant ready, a litany of unnecessary federal government programs and activities? Admittedly, the easier response is to take the question in the negative and respond...
  • Donald Trump is wrecking the conservative movement: How the billionaire is exposing its most toxic

    01/27/2016 3:12:15 PM PST · by The Ghost of FReepers Past · 37 replies
    Salon ^ | January 27, 2016 | Heather Digby Parton
    If there's one thing that Donald Trump has done for the leaders of the conservative movement, the Christian Right and the Republican party it's that he's teaching them a necessary lesson in reality: It turns out that a large number of their supporters don't really care about ideology, morality or even their supposedly mutual loathing of the hippie Democrats on the other side. Their concerns run to something much more primitive.
  • Is Trump the First ‘European-conservative’ American Presidential Candidate?

    01/27/2016 8:58:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/27/2016 | Selwyn Duke
    Ever since Donald Trump's rise to 2016-contender prominence, the rap on him, and perhaps part of his broad appeal, has been that he's not a conservative. And he's not -- he's a nationalistic populist. Yet there's another way to understand The Donald's professed politics: as that of the first prominent "European-conservative" American presidential candidate. He's not so much America's next Ronald Reagan or Barry Goldwater, but her first Marine Le Pen. A prerequisite for grasping this is first understanding the true natures of liberalism and conservatism. While many have their own definitions of the latter -- and will stubbornly insist...

    01/26/2016 1:00:07 PM PST · by true believer forever · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | January 26j, 2016 | Shane Goldman
    While Cruz is running for president in 2016 as the consummate outsider, he launched his political career as a Bush administration insider, and his relationship with the GOP establishment is far deeper and more complex than he lets on. On the trail today, Cruz bashes the "Washington cartel," jokes of being so hated in the U.S. Capitol that he needs a "food-taster," and says at nearly every stop, "If you see a candidate Washington embraces, run and hide." But 16 years ago, as a young domestic policy adviser for Bush's 2000 campaign, Cruz himself had sought Washington's embrace. He uprooted...
  • Greenfield: Conservatism Isn't Dead

    01/25/2016 3:01:56 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 9 replies
    The Sultan Knish blog ^ | Monday, January 25, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Monday, January 25, 2016 Conservatism Isn't Dead Posted by Daniel Greenfield No, conservatism isn't dead. It just isn't nearly as influential as some conservatives thought it was. This shouldn't have come as a surprise after two Obama victories, the failures of the Tea Party and the warping of conservative institutions and politicians to serve entirely different agendas. Ideas only have power when they're vested in organizations that have power. Conservative organizations have very little institutional power. Those that do are not particularly conservative, but serve the agendas of an establishment that has self-interested goals. Conservative organizations lean heavily on messaging,...
  • Why supporting Donald Trump is not a betrayal of "conservatism."

    01/25/2016 6:39:44 AM PST · by AndyJackson · 96 replies
    vanity | 1/25/2016 | myself
    Today we learn from Jim Robinson of a movement afoot to proselytize among the so-called conservatives here to abandon Free Republic. This is but another effort by the supporters of Ted Cruz to squirm out of the Trump's closing in on the Republican nomination, and, perhaps the presidency. If the close is forestalled, and they SCREAM loudly enough in block capital letter that TRUMPIZOIDS ARE INSANE they will see Trump for what he is and the nomination will go to Cruz. They even project idiocies such as Trump's supporters would overlook it if he killed 500 puppies on TV with...
  • How Does The Disillusioned Conservative Self-Identify

    01/24/2016 12:44:29 PM PST · by Calpublican · 57 replies
    Vanity | 01/24/2016 | Calpublican
    Growing up in an unhappy and unsupportive home, I took pride, at least, in our family history. My great-great grandfather, a Southern boy, defied community and family pressures and supported Lincoln. He went to Illinois and joined the Union Army. We were Republican ever since and it was the one inspiration I took from my heritage. Over time though I was no longer proud to be Republican as the party began to stand for almost nothing. I found solace, however, in describing myself as Conservative. "Conservative" embraced my values and political positions exquisitely. I unashamedly proclaimed myself to be Conservative....
  • More to Conservatism Than a Vibe

    01/23/2016 6:28:44 AM PST · by Theophilus · 25 replies
    Blog & Mablog ^ | 1/22/2016 | Douglas Wilson
    So how does Donald Trump do it? Do what, you ask?Entirely detached from identifiable conservative principles, and almost equally detached from a recognizable conservative record, he nonetheless is filling up venues with enthusiastic people who are responding to what they think is some kind of conservative vibe. What is it that enabled someone like Sarah Palin to go dithyrambic? It isn't anything conservative, of course, but it is not just smoke. There is a reason people are thinking what they do, and as a showman and entertainer, Trump knows how to exploit it. And as it happens, the two things...
  • RNC cuts debate ties with conservative magazine over anti-Trump issue

    01/22/2016 1:50:49 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 78 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 22, 2016 | Fox News
    The Republican National Committee announced late Thursday that the venerable conservative magazine National Review had been dropped as a debate sponsor after it published an issue devoted to why voters should reject Donald Trump's presidential campaign. RNC spokesman Sean Spicer confirmed to Buzzfeed News that the magazine had been dropped as a sponsor of the Feb. 25 debate in Houston, saying "a debate moderator can't have a predisposition." "We expected this was coming," National Review publisher Jack Fowler wrote in a blog post early Friday, calling the RNC move a "small price to pay for speaking the truth about The...
  • Ted Cruz: Historical Conservative Leaders Back Texas Senator For President

    01/21/2016 4:49:59 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 30 replies
    HNGN ^ | January 21, 2016 | Taylor Tyler
    ... Influential leaders with direct ties to the founding of modern conservatism are rallying behind Ted Cruz...
  • McAllister: Time for Conservatives to Make a Choice

    01/21/2016 9:06:53 AM PST · by Isara · 64 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | January 21st, 2016 | D.C. McAllister
    It’s pretty clear Donald Trump isn’t a conservative. The problem is many voters in the Republican Party think he is. These voters are real, they care about the constitutional principles that make America exceptional, and Trump needs them. He can’t afford to have the base of the Republican Party leave him for Ted Cruz.This is why he needed Sarah Palin’s endorsement. This is why he went to Liberty University and talked about “2 Corinthians.” This is why Cruz’s comment about New York values was problematic for him. Many pundits made the mistake after the last debate of thinking the comment...
  • For Those Who STILL. DON'T. GET. IT!

    01/20/2016 11:54:10 PM PST · by WTFOVR · 200 replies
    WTF OVR | January 20, 2016 | WTF OVR
    So! YOU. STILL. DON'T. GET. IT! It is an irony of politics that we often get that which we most despise yet doggedly work to bring into fruition - mediocrity ... Purists want nothing less than complete lock step with whatever definition each one of them individually defines to be their ideology. But life, in a land that upholds as sacrosanct the historically novel idea of individual freedom, must by its very nature admit as many diverse opinions as their exists individuals. The nexus of the problem is that the purist can never bend in the wind - and so...
  • GOP conservatives, populists suddenly in fierce battle

    01/20/2016 11:16:20 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 21, 2016 | David M. Drucker
    Movement conservatives and self-styled Republican populists have long been joined in conflict with the party establishment, but the GOP presidential race has set them on a collision course. Friction between these two GOP factions is being fueled by the increasingly bitter battle between Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and New York celebrity businessman Donald Trump in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Cruz represents ideologically committed conservatives, although he has appealed with some success to populist voters. Trump has given big government populists, who have aligned with the GOP mostly for cultural reasons, a champion, while appealing to some...
  • Bob Dole Warns of 'Cataclysmic' Losses With Ted Cruz, and Says Donald Trump Would Do Better

    01/20/2016 10:30:02 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 20, 2016 | Maggie Haberman
    Bob Dole, the former Kansas senator and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, has never been fond of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. But in an interview Wednesday, Mr. Dole said that the party would suffer "cataclysmic" and "wholesale losses" if Mr. Cruz were the nominee, and that Donald J. Trump would fare better. "I question his allegiance to the party," Mr. Dole said of Mr. Cruz. "I don't know how often you've heard him say the word 'Republican' - not very often." Instead, Mr. Cruz uses the word "conservative," Mr. Dole said, before offering up a different word for Mr. Cruz:...
  • Limbaugh: ‘Nationalism and Populism Have Overtaken Conservatism in Terms of Appeal’

    01/20/2016 7:15:24 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 71 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/20/2016
    Wednesday on his radio show, conservative talk Rush Limbaugh offered his analysis on Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump's rise, which he argued wasn't a sign that conservative orthodoxy was winning the day, but instead it was a pushback against the modern-day Democratic Party and President Barack Obama. And that according to Limbaugh is a sign of the rise of nationalism and populism overtaking conservatism. "What's happening here, nationalism, dirty word, ooh, people hate it, populism, even dirtier word," Limbaugh said. "Nationalism and populism have overtaken conservatism in terms of appeal. And when this has happened, when it exposes -- what...
  • The Guardian: You betcha: Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump – live updates

    01/19/2016 3:31:34 PM PST · by citizen · 116 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 19 January | Scott Bixby and Tom McCarthy
    UPDATES - The Guardian's Ben Jacobs, on the scene in Ames, Iowa, reports that Aissa Wayne, daughter of country film star John Wayne, made a huge (yuge?) misstep while warming up the crowd before the expected appearance of Donald Trump and half-term governor Sarah Palin: Aissa Wayne committed a major #gaffe while opening for Trump and Palin. The rally is taking place in Ames on the campus of Iowa State University, whose sports teams ares the Cyclones. At the end of her remarks, she told the crowd "go Hawkeyes!" The Hawkeyes is the name of the sports team of Iowa...
  • The Tea-Party Warriors Who Are Now 'Establishment Republicans'

    01/19/2016 2:53:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    The National Review ^ | January 19, 2016 | Mark Antonio Wright
    A specter is haunting the conservative movement. From the dark underbelly of corrupt Washington, D.C., an unyielding "Republican establishment" has come out to feast upon the mutilated corpses of Reagan, Goldwater, and Buckley. The smarmy hucksters who make up its rank are masters of disguise: During the day, they insist that they represent the great silent majority of conservative Americans; at night, they prove that they're in it only for the money, the power, and the Georgetown social scene. The monsters have names - such as Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Nikki Haley, Trey Gowdy, Mike Lee, and ... wait, what?...
  • Donald Trump as the modern day Andrew Jackson

    01/18/2016 8:16:41 PM PST · by Behind the Blue Wall · 29 replies
    The American Interest ^ | January 17, 2016 | Walter Russell Mead
    The biggest story in America today is the roaring return of Andrew Jackson's spirit into the political debate. Not since he fought with Nicholas Biddle over the future of the Bank of the United States has Andrew Jackson been this controversial or this central in American political life. Jacksonian populism, the sense of honor-driven egalitarianism and fiery nationalism that drove American politics for many years, has never been hated and reviled as often as it is today, and many American academics and intellectuals (to say nothing of Hollywood icons) are close to demanding that Jacksonian sentiment be redefined as a...
  • The conservative media's civil war over Ted Cruz 'birtherism'

    01/14/2016 8:19:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 202 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/14/2016 | By Callum Borchers
    If you thought some in the conservative media lost their minds over President Obama's birth certificate, you were right. But the current brouhaha over Ted Cruz's place of birth -- in which Donald Trump reprises his role as chief instigator -- might be even more compelling, in its own way, because of the civil war it has sparked on the right side of the press. Sadly, there is no way that Ted Cruz can continue running in the Republican Primary unless he can erase doubt on eligibility. Dems will sue!-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2016 Witness this week's...
  • How they'll gut American democracy: Scott Walker and Kochs want to [expletive] America as bad as..

    01/10/2016 1:11:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Salon ^ | January 9, 2016 | Paul Rosenberg
    ~~~~This is how they'll gut American democracy: Scott Walker and the Kochs want to [expletive] America as bad as they did Wisconsin~~~ The third week in December brought two startling stories highlighting the ongoing Dixiefication of the Midwest, a key ingredient in how the GOP, with its aging white male demographic base, is nonetheless strategically outmaneuvering the Democratic Party on multiple fronts. They are sharp reminders of how our politics are being reshaped in state legislatures and on the ground-and how inattentive to basics the Democrats have become since the demise of the 50-state strategy.The story from Wisconsin concerns the...
  • Russell Kirk as a Political Theorist

    01/07/2016 8:55:52 AM PST · by don-o · 4 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | 11/1/12 | John East
    In Kirk's view the main Roots of modern political theory are found in the spirit of the Renaissance and in the mind of the Enlightenment. He connects the former with "the theological and moral confusion from which our society has suffered since the sixteenth century."[7] More specifically, Kirk explains, "In some ages - the period we call the Renaissance conspicuous among these - the overweening ego claims too much."[8] The problem is essentially one of pride, the most ancient and cardinal of vices and evils: "Man was only a little lower than the angels...having it within his power to become...
  • Cruz Puts Dewhurst on Defensive in Last Debate Before TX Runoff on border wall [Way-back Machine]

    01/05/2016 2:44:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 18, 2012 | Roque Planas
    July 18, 2012"........ [Ted] Cruz, who is 41 and has never held elected office, staked out more extreme positions than the 66-year-old Dewhurst, a career politician who has presided over the Texas Senate as Lieutenant Governor since 2003. "My touchstone for every question is the Constitution," Cruz said, adopting the refrain commonly heard from Tea Party supporters. ".....Cruz went on the offensive against Dewhurst on illegal immigration-a key issue in the state that shares the longest stretch of U.S.-Mexico border-calling attention to Dewhurst's 2007 support of a guest worker program for the state's undocumented immigrants, announced at a speech in...
  • Burke Not Buckley

    01/03/2016 2:45:18 PM PST · by TBP · 39 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | April 9, 2013 | CARL T. BOGUS
    Conservatives are engaged in deep introspection these days. As they reconsider their direction, they would do well to look back to the formative period of their movement. They may find something there of great value—something many conservatives think their movement embraced, but in truth rejected. By 1952, liberal candidates had not only captured the last five Democratic presidential nominations but the past five Republican nominations as well. Most observers considered conservatism dead—a philosophy unsuited for modern times. A small number of intellectuals disagreed. They believed that—if redefined—conservatism might be resuscitated. But they passionately disagreed about how it should be redefined....
  • Question for Freepers: ACU ratings

    12/29/2015 3:01:08 PM PST · by LS · 28 replies
    self | 12/29/2015 | LS
    All: I'm in discussions with some Twitter guys trying to crow about Rubio's voting record and overall "conservatism." He has a GREAT ACU record (over 95%), but I looked at the ACU site to see how it assigns this and I want to make sure I have this right, so please weigh in: ACU gives a legislator + or - based on votes for or against a position ACU holds, plus STATEMENTS about positions ACU holds. So am I right that someone could amass a very high ACU record, yet either be absent---or vote the wrong way---on the final or...
  • Does the GOP Establishment Think Ted Cruz is a RINO in Conservative Sheep’s Clothing?

    12/29/2015 7:51:15 AM PST · by Isara · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 29, 2015 | Ben Weingarten
    The Republican political class is wholly unaware that its brand is tarnished because it has at best pandered to and more often scoffed at and vilified its most critical and energized supporters - the grassroots conservative base.This should have been evident from the conclusions it drew from the post-mortem it conducted after Mitt Romney's loss in 2012: namely, that the party's key weakness is its inability to appeal to political blocs that typically vote Democratic, and more importantly that the antidote is to advocate policies antithetical to conservatism. Rather than heeding the call of its conservative base to make a...
  • Cruz for President Launches TV Ad, “Victories”

    12/28/2015 5:13:33 PM PST · by demshateGod · 82 replies
    HOUSTON, Texas – The Cruz for President campaign announced a new TV ad, “Victories”, running statewide in Iowa through January 3rd. The ad highlights Cruz’s victories defending the Mojave Memorial Cross, the Texas Capitol Ten Commandments monument, the Second Amendment, and the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. The ad may be viewed here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOit03vT1n8
  • Florida GOP official: 'Hurrah for Cruz'

    12/27/2015 12:53:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 26, 2015 | Curt Mills
    Ted Cruz scored a key endorsement right in heart of Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush country Saturday. Miami-Dade Republican Party Vice Chairman Manny Roman spurned the two local presidential hopefuls to instead endorse Cruz, a Texas Republican. "Even in an environment where there is overwhelming indirect pressure to get behind one of the local candidates, Ted Cruz's story and platform break through all the noise," Roman wrote in a letter to the Miami Herald. The letter is titled "Hurrah for Cruz." "Cruz is an incredibly talented, principled and unwavering voice for constitutional and limited government," Roman wrote. The Miami-Dade Republican...
  • Signs We Are Now Beating the Establishment

    12/25/2015 10:38:25 AM PST · by Baynative · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec 24, 2015 | C. Edmund Wright
    On the heels of the disastrous and obscene Omnibus Spending Orgy rubber stamped by the Obama Republicans in Congress last week – there is actually hope that we have turned the corner against the Republican Establishment wing of the Washington Cartel. It reminds me of the old adage about going bankrupt – first it happens slowly and then suddenly. That seems to describe the fall of the GOP establishment. The reality they face today is totally different from the one in 2014 – let alone 2012, 2010 and 2008. And yet, without some of the efforts in those cycles, we...
  • Conservatives' Biographies Show How History Can Move Right

    12/25/2015 5:45:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2015 | Michael Barone
    Biography is one way -- often the most vivid way -- in which people understand history. The beautifully written biographies of Franklin Roosevelt that rolled off the presses and rose in the bestseller lists in the 1950s and 1960s created a template in which the New Deal was central to American history. It was the culmination of what happened before the 1930s and the model for what should and would happen next. That model was undermined by the success of four-time Roosevelt voter Ronald Reagan, but the idea that every bigger government is beneficial and inevitable continues to be accepted...

    12/24/2015 8:40:32 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/23/2015 | JOSHUA GOODMAN
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- After a decade on the advance, the left in South America is in retreat. Just in the past month, voters in Argentina elected a conservative businessman president over the chosen successor of Cristina Fernandez and Brazil's congress launched an impeachment probe against President Dilma Rousseff, whose approval ratings have been languishing in single digits. In perhaps the biggest turnabout, voters in Venezuela, where the region's leftward shift began, handed the opposition a landslide victory in congressional elections - its first nationwide legislative win since the U.S.-bashing Hugo Chavez won the presidency in 1998. The backlash comes...
  • George Will: If Trump wins the nomination, prepare for the end of the conservative party

    12/24/2015 7:41:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 154 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/24/2015 | George Will
    If you look beyond Donald Trump’s comprehensive unpleasantness -- is there a disagreeable human trait he does not have? -- you might see this: He is a fundamentally sad figure. His compulsive boasting is evidence of insecurity. His unassuageable neediness suggests an aching hunger for others’ approval to ratify his self-admiration. His incessant announcements of his self-esteem indicate that he is not self-persuaded. Now, panting with a puppy's insatiable eagerness to be petted, Trump has reveled in the approval of Vladimir Putin, murderer and war criminal. Putin slyly stirred America's politics by saying Trump is "very ... talented," adding that...
  • Can Donald Trump Lead A Conservative Movement He Barely Understands?

    12/23/2015 3:21:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 129 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 12/23/2015 | By LAUREN FOX
    It is as if Donald Trump just walked into a 40-year conversation on conservatism and instead of standing there, nodding his head politely as he got acquainted with the topic at hand, began shouting over the crowd. It is essentially what Trump has done to conservative policy gurus this year. Trump has reached over anti-abortion diehards, foreign policy neocons, and supply siders to tell base voters directly what he thinks they want to hear and it's working. But he still doesn't have a grasp on how what he's promoting fits into long-term movement conservatism objectives -- nor does he seem...
  • Limbaugh, Levin Weigh In On Trump's Flawed Ethanol Stance

    12/19/2015 7:49:48 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 51 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12/15/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Last week I brought up the sticky question of how King Corn was investing big dollars in going after Ted Cruz over his rejection of government subsidies for ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard and the fact that Donald Trump had taken a very different position on the subject. In fact, he not only seemed to come out in favor of ethanol subsidies, but used that as a line of attack against Ted Cruz. (One of the only candidates to consistently be on the right, conservative side of this question.) Well, I wasn't the only one to notice this. Two...
  • GOP's Mitch McConnell: Promises we kept this year

    12/19/2015 9:42:55 AM PST · by PROCON · 43 replies
    investors.com ^ | Dec. 19, 2015 | ANDREW MALCOLM
    Sen. Mitch McConnell gives the Republican Party's Weekly Remarks Hello, I'm Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. I'm proud to represent Kentucky in the United States Senate. I'm also honored to have served this past year as leader of the Senate's new Republican majority. When you voted for this new majority last November, the Senate was a mess. Some thought the Senate could never be cured of its dysfunction and its gridlock. But the new majority you elected didn't agree. We believed the Senate could be restored to a place of high purpose again, and we've made great strides over the...
  • Leader McConnell warns GOP voters: We need candidates 'who can win'

    12/18/2015 4:06:22 PM PST · by PROCON · 109 replies
    thehill.com ^ | Dec. 18, 2015 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Friday warned Republican voters to steer clear of nominating Tea Party candidates who can't win in next year's general election. "The way you have a good election year is to nominate people who can win," he told reporters during his final Capitol Hill press conference of 2015. He urged Republican primary voters to avoid the mistakes of the past, mentioning several Tea Party candidates who went down in flames in recent Senate elections. "What we did in 2014 was we didn't have more Christine O'Donnell's, Sharron Angles, Richard Mourdocks or Todd Akins. The...
  • Iowa voters have given up on ethanol; presidential candidates are following suit

    12/17/2015 11:43:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | December 17, 2015 | Evan Halper
    The fortunes of the wonder fuel that promised to help clean the environment, secure America and save small family farms have steadily dwindled as environmentalists, food advocates and auto enthusiasts sour on its promise. Now that fuel, corn-based ethanol, finds itself threatened with a defection that was once unthinkable: Iowa voters. The electorate here in the early voting state often defined by its vast expanses of corn has long demanded that candidates pledge allegiance to government production mandates for millions of gallons of ethanol, the homegrown product. But as the 2016 White House hopefuls traverse the state, they are seeing...
  • Let's Play "Trump, Carson, or Cruz"

    12/16/2015 12:58:57 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 118 replies
    Slate ^ | December 15, 2015 | William Saletan
    I have a game I like to play with my friends. It's called "Trump, Carson, or Cruz."Here are the rules: You have to pick one of these men-Donald Trump, Ben Carson, or Ted Cruz-to be president. You're not picking the Republican nominee. You're picking the president. No, you can't have any of the Democrats, or any of the Republicans you "could live with." You have to pick one of these three guys. Whichever one you pick will be president for the next four years.The rules don't stipulate whether Congress will stay in Republican hands after the election. But you ought...
  • Where is Conservatism Headed?

    12/15/2015 1:51:06 PM PST · by don-o · 38 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | October 12, 2014 | Claes Ryn
    As this article will discuss the state and future of the so-called "conservative movement," it is only fair to inform readers not familiar with the author's views that he has long been a critic of prominent features of that movement. He has complained about its obsession with politics and its disproportionate interest in public policy and economics. For a society really to change, its mind and imagination need to be transformed. The author has complained about the movement's propensity for formulaic thinking, its blithe acceptance of the anti-historical theorizing of Leo Strauss and the Straussians, and about purported conservatives' thinking...
  • Who’s winning Iowa’s conservatives, and who’s got the moderates?

    12/15/2015 3:51:09 AM PST · by iowamark · 46 replies
    RedState ^ | Dec. 14 2015 | Neil Stevens
    So we have got a new poll out from Quinnipiac University looking at Iowa. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% has just taken over the Real Clear Politics lead in Iowa by a hair, a finding of Donald Trump 28, Cruz 27 is not surprising at all. What is interesting though is to see who is winning Iowa’s conservatives, and who is winning the moderates.It turns out it is not even close. Cruz wins TEA Party Republicans 45-26 and Very Conservative Republicans 34-24. It is among the center and left wings of the party that Trump takes over: Somewhat Conservatives are...