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Ted Cruz Gets It, Now What About The Rest Of The GOP?

Ted Cruz delivered a great 30-minute (without notes we might add) speech at the American Principles Project gala last week.

Ted CruzThe speech was part incisive analysis of the results of the 2012 election and part pep rally for those in the room who were disheartened by Romney’s defeat. But most importantly, it was the outline of a path forward for the Republican Party – if national Republican leaders will only take Cruz’s counsel.

The first and perhaps most important point Ted Cruz made was, “We didn’t win the argument [for conservative principles]. We didn’t even make the argument.”

Cruz made the point, as we did during the campaign, “Why did we lose? It wasn’t as the media would tell you: because the American people embraced big government, Barack Obama’s spending and debt and taxes. … That wasn’t what happened. I’m going to suggest to you a very simple reason why we lost the election: We didn’t win the argument. We didn’t even make the argument.”

By not even “making the argument” for conservative principles as Cruz rightly put it, Romney and the Republicans ceded the high ground on almost every issue to Obama and the Democrats.

What Cruz left unspoken -- but we won’t -- was: If Republican candidates do not believe in their own party principles and platform, why should anyone else?

This is a point that is absolutely crucial to the future of the Republican Party – the Party must nominate candidates who will “make the argument,” but that’s not going to happen if Republicans don’t nominate candidates who believe in the principles behind the argument.

One of the most interesting points Cruz made was one we have often raised a little less politely as we said time and again during the Republican Primary Election season that the GOP had become “the Party of stupid” for allowing liberal so-called journalists to run their debates.

“How many of you have heard of the phrase war on women? What an utterly ridiculous deception,” Cruz asked the audience.

“They [Obama] ran a presidential campaign suggesting that Republicans want to take away contraceptives. Now, we saw this attack foreshadowing when George Stephanopoulos out of nowhere asked this random question at the debate – and by the way, why on earth do we have people like George Stephanopoulos moderating the Republican debate? The notion that Republicans want to take away anyone’s contraception is absolute and complete nonsense. I do not know a single Republican on the face of the planet, who wants to ban contraceptives. Listen, my wife and I have two little girls. I am thrilled we don’t have seventeen.”

The so-called war on women “was entirely about religious freedom,” Cruz observed, yet Romney and the Republicans never even made the argument.

Ted Cruz also put this analysis in terms of attracting Hispanic voters, saying that Republicans have been wrong when it comes to Hispanics and that the Hispanic community is “profoundly conservative.”

So why wouldn’t they vote Republican?  Republicans are delivering a message that they obviously don’t believe in themselves, that’s why.

Cruz then challenged the audience to go home. Turn on the TV. And as a Republican comes on the screen, talking on the subject of race and class, turn off the volume, then watch his or her body language.

“Nobody is going to vote for you if they think you don’t like them,” noted Cruz. “I think Republicans need to remain a party that supports securing the border and stopping illegal immigration and at the same time, welcomes and celebrates legal immigrants, champions legal immigration. Americans by choice, that’s what Ronald Reagan called legal immigrants.”

“Most Republicans think we are wrong,” Cruz said, implying that many Republicans have bought into the idea long promoted by the Democratic Party that Democrats are the Party that cares more about the poor and minorities.

Cruz’s proposal to break the Democratic Party’s lock on being the Party of “the little guy” was one that is reminiscent of Jack Kemp and Ronald Reagan’s economic optimism, that Cruz called ‘Opportunity Conservatism.”

“Republicans are and should be a party of entrepreneurs and of small business, of those climbing to the top, seeking to start a company in their garage and topple the big businesses,” said Cruz, noting that Republicans are not a party of big business, because big business generally supports big government.

We are always just a little skeptical of hyphenated or qualified conservatism, but Cruz’s point was about how we deliver the message, not the principles behind the message.  What he said was, “We need to conceptualize, we need to articulate conservative domestic policy with a laser focus on opportunity, on easing the means of ascent up the economic ladder.”

And here’s the part that Republicans, nationally, need to pay attention to – in Cruz’s analysis the story we conveyed to millions of voters in the 2012 campaign was that “47 percent” of Americans are stuck in a static world and that Republicans don’t care about them.

As Cruz wisely pointed out, when we embraced that 47 percent comment, we also embraced “the Democrat notion that there is a fixed and static pie. The rich are the rich, the poor are the poor, and all that matters is redistributing from one to the other.”

Could there be an idea more antithetical to American principles and the optimistic conservatism of Ronald Reagan?

Ted Cruz concluded his remarks by reminding everyone that, “It took Jimmy Carter to give us Ronald Reagan, and I am convinced the most long-lasting legacy of Barack Obama is going to be a new generation of leaders in the Republican Party standing up and defending liberty and getting back to our values…”

Those leaders, Ted Cruz among them, are rising.  Now it is up to us to clear out the deadwood and failed leadership that is standing in their way.

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Why we lost

We lost because the Dems have elevated voter fraud to outright election theft, the GOP will never win the Senate or the presidency back. I am so saddened with each day to hear more GOP leaders who don"t get it, now unfortunately its Senator Cruz. Nobody can convince me in conservative states Montana and North Dakota the Dem senators who voted for restricting gas exploration, Obamacare, Tarp bailout, DoddFrank bank overhaul, reckless overspending, and obviously had no questions about the Libya intervention, Fast and Furious or Benghazi won fairly. We lost every swing state to Nobama! Mr Romney was a decent man who tried to save this country and now we will watch our slow downfall. Chairman Viguerie, I have a lot of respect for your efforts.....but you know I am right.

 You want to keep playing poker with cheaters- go ahead, not with my money or precious time anymore. The fall of America rests on the cowards in the GOP leadership who refused to fight the unlawful dems.

I'm sorry, you are wrong

Why does McDonald's sell billions of cardboard hamburgers, while the best burgers are serve elsewhere?  Branding!  One main reason that the Dems lost it after the 60's is that they were branded as weak kneed.  They were branded that way.  Obama branded himself in "believe."  Romney branded himself as "you've got a problem and I'll fix it for you."  Reagan branded himself as "it's morning in America."  Which branding, Obama's or Romney's sound more like Reagan's?  C'mon, get with it.  Obama branded himself forward, Romney branded himself nowhere.  What if Romney branded himself as the candidate that would put more purchasing power in voters hands?  How could he tell the voters why, how, and what.  Not saying that he would have won, but the next Presidential candidate needs to express his love for Americans, (not just America), in a way that connects with the voters. 

Extremism In The Defense Of Liberty Is No Vice

 - Barry Goldwater.  It really comes down to liberty.  It is every American's debt to those, who died for our liberty, to defend that liberty, with all the vigor equal to their sacrifice.  Are we worthy?  If not, how can we become more worthy?  How do we pass the tools, in increasing our worthiness, to our contemporaries, and our prodgeny?

Ted Cruz speech

Does a video exist of this speech?  The entire Democrat Party is focussed on equal outcome.  They implement this with bureaucracy, regulation, and taxation barriers that make it difficult for those without political connections or powerful lobbies to succeed.  Instead of powering innovation, they squelch it. 

What has amazed me is that independent oil and gas production companies in ND and TX have managed to unlock tight oil and gas and produce an additional 1.7 million barrels a day since 2008.  Capital is pouring in from all over the world for drilling, new rigs, pipelines to take away oil and gas, refining, port facilities, crackers, polymer plants, etc.   ND and TX didn't create the oil or the technology.  But they did have rules in place for drilling and production and didn't try to write new ones.  The jobs subsequent expansion came because the states didn't get in the way.  NY on the other hand decided to rewrite their permitting process in 2006.  They are still sitting on the sidelines trying to approve the rules they decided to rewrite.

I love Cruz's commitment to opportunity.  The companies that drive innovation are rarely the big business men.  The oil and gas exploration success came from companies like EOG and a handful of others who put up their own money and expertise to test a theory.  When it worked they didn't seek government help, they went out and bought leases that the big guys considered of little value.

Purge Republican Upper Eschelon Leaders

The Republican party is dead as far as I'm concerned. If we don't replace the upper management of the Republican Party/RNC and restructure how we pick our candidates for preisdent.  I won't vote Republican again. I don't have the sotmach for anothe RINO.