Ted Cruz was elected as senator from Texas in 2012. Yesterday, after serving two years in the Senate he declared his candidacy for president. After serving only one-third of his Senate term, what has Ted Cruz accomplished to win the support of so many conservatives?
Prior to entering the Senate, Cruz worked on the presidential campaign of George W. Bush and served in the Bush Administration as an associate deputy attorney general and director of policy planning at the Federal Trade Commission. From 2003 through 2008, Cruz served as the solicitor general for the state of Texas. In that role, he argued nine cases before the Supreme Court, winning five and losing four. From 2009 through 2012, Cruz worked at Houston law firm as a corporate lawyer.
Since the recent failure of the Republican attempt to defund President Obama’s executive immigration amnesty, much has been written, most of if it unflattering, about the future of the Republican Party. Many on the Tea Party right doubt the “backbone” of the Republican leadership and question their commitment to opposing President Obama’s policies.
What these critics do not provide is an answer to how the Republicans can overcome the Democratic filibuster that derailed the attempt to defund the amnesty. The problem was not “lack of backbone” on the part of the Republican leadership. The problem was mathematics. The Republicans lacked the 60 votes required by Senate procedural rules to end a filibuster.
The failure of the Republican majority in Congress to defund President Obama’s executive amnesty this week has once again engendered bitterness among some conservatives toward the party’s leadership. Accusations that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell caved to Obama’s pressure are widespread, but the true cause of the failure to defund amnesty can be found within Senate traditions and the Constitution itself. The Constitution may also provide the ultimate solution to Obama’s executive overreach.
Because the authors of the Constitution distrusted a strong central government, they made it difficult to enact new laws. Because the framers worried that the majority might tyrannize a minority, they gave the president veto power over laws passed by Congress and the courts the right to strike down laws judged to be unconstitutional. Democratic filibusters must also be considered by Republican leaders, but it is the presidential veto that holds the greatest threat to the Republican agenda.
Saturday, February 28th on RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS on CPR Worldwide Media from 11am to 1pm EST, Craig and Diane will be talking amnesty, recovered e-mails, net neutrality, and other important issues of the day.
Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin, has generated much buzz as a potential presidential candidate since he addressed the Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa on January 24. Walker has jumped to the front of a crowded Republican field and may be uniquely qualified to unite the various factions of the Republican Party.
There are a number of factions within the GOP, the two most obvious being the establishment and the Tea Party. In addition to these groups, there are also religious conservatives, foreign policy conservatives, and libertarians. Most of the potential Republican nominees are championed by only one or two of these groups. For example, Chris Christie and Jeb Bush fall into the establishment category. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and Sarah Palin are prominent candidates from the Tea Party. Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum have the support of the religious wing of the GOP. Rand Paul is the obvious libertarian choice and no strong foreign policy candidates have yet emerged. Scott Walker is one of few candidates with the potential to bridge the divides between these groups.
“It’s now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next fifteen years, and for decades to come.”
– Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s recurring theme in his 2015 State of the Union Address alluding to the fact that America seems destined to be forever in debt
Disappointing at best…just more ‘doubling down’ on the same old tired rhetoric at the very lest, Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s sixth State of the Union Address was NOTHING but another reworked campaign speech touting the ‘supposed’ benefits of big government with NO mention whatsoever of muslim islamic terrorists…the biggest threat facing the entirety of the West today.
Bottom line…Obama simply did NOTHING but deliver a ‘see how wonderful I am’ speech, while misleading…while lying…to ‘We the People’ about how concerned he is about the middle class. And true to his being a man who likes to hear the sound of his own voice, Obama bloviated over and over how successful his actually failed policies are while only those on his side of the aisle stood to applaud. And if truth be told, what Obama did was NOTHING but run down a ‘bucket list’ of ‘to dos’ with a smattering of ‘having dones’ thrown in for good measure, and doing so all while knowing that the new Republican controlled Congress will rightfully kick his ‘bucket list’ to the curb…and knowing that he will veto any and everything that they do pass. In fact, he told them six times that he would. Continue reading →
Today, on RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS on CPR Worldwide Media from 2 to 4pm EST, Craig and Diane will discuss the ramifications of John Boehner again being elected Speaker of the House, yet another cop shooting in NYC along with de Blasio’s reaction, and other import issues affecting us all.
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Today, Saturday, January 3rd, on RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS on CPR Worldwide Media from 11am to 1pm EST, as NY gets ready to lay Officer Wenjian Liu to rest, Craig and Diane will discuss the issue of race relations in today’s America. Also being discussed will be ‘January 6th’…the day Congress turns officially RED and what the ramifications can mean for us all.
Today, Saturday, December 27th on RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS on CPR Worldwide Media from 11am to 1pm EST, Craig and Diane will discuss the newest happenings with ObamaCare, the recent shooting of yet another black thug in Missouri, the psychology of thug culture, as well as other important issues of the day.
Majority Leader McConnell and President Obama (public domain)
While some conservatives have denounced the passage of the “cromnibus,” a combination of the abbreviation for “continuing resolution” and omnibus, the passage of the annual appropriations bill is a good thing for the Republican Party and the country. It shows that most Republicans are serious about governing, and that they can work with Democrats to find common ground for the good of the country. Since the new Republican congressional class has not yet taken office, the cromnibus compromise should more accurately be viewed as the last hurrah of the Democratic Senate rather than a bill that sets the tone on policy for the incoming Republican majority.
Many conservatives opposed the cromnibus because they saw it as an opportunity to defund President Obama’s executive amnesty. Others wanted to begin the process of cutting government spending after the huge success in this year’s elections. The problem with these strategies is the same problem that led to the defeat of the Obamacare defunding attempt; Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) Senate will not pass such a bill.