Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: Ted Cruz

Tea Party Accepts Challenge from Obama to “Win an Election!”

The president couldn’t resist spiking the ball after scoring his “keep the status quo” touchdown earlier this week in his remarks on Thursday:

You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president, then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election!

That is exactly what conservative challengers are doing to those perceived to have

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Mixed Reactions to New Law Reopening Government

Once the 11th-hour vote to avoid the potential default was passed by the Senate and the House and signed into law by President Obama, key players in the game of fiscal chicken just ended began issuing their justifications and frustrations. That game, variously called “political brinkmanship”, a “temporary fix”, “a temporary ceasefire” and “a political achievement for Obama”, does everything the president wanted while

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House Speaker Boehner Schedules Obamacare Vote for Friday

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced on Wednesday that he would schedule a vote for Friday on his newly revised bill to continue government spending at current levels but without funding for Obamacare, in response to pressure from a small but critically important group of Tea Party conservatives. Fresh from the hustings, that group, estimated to be about 40 in number, has been reminded afresh of their constituents’ demands to

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House GOP Leadership Thwarted by Tea Party Conservatives over Defunding Obamacare

A vote on a bill to continue government spending offered by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) scheduled for Thursday was abruptly cancelled when it was clear that it would fail. Called a “trick” by some Tea Party conservatives, “hocus-pocus” by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), and “chicanery” by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Cantor’s bill clearly wouldn’t draw the 218 votes necessary for passage. Especially since some 80 House members have signed a letter drafted by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) demanding that

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“Defund Obamacare” Tours Begin, Putting Pressure on Reluctant Senators

On Monday the Heritage Foundation was joined by two Tea Party grassroots organizations, Tea Party Patriots and For America, on “Defund Obamacare” tours to bring political pressure on Senators who have not yet signed Senator Ted Cruz’s Defund Obamacare Act (Senate Bill 1292). The Heritage tour started in Fayetteville, Arkansas and will visit nine cities by the end of August. The tour backed by Tea Party Patriots and For America will start in Ohio and

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Another Obamacare Delay Admitted by the White House

On Monday the New York Times quoted an unnamed White House official that another piece of the labyrinthine healthcare law is going to have to be delayed until 2015, which will wind up costing vast numbers of citizens with severe illnesses potentially thousands, perhaps even hundreds of thousands, of dollars. This flies in the face of the promise that President Obama made back in September 2009 that Obamacare

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Government Shutdown in November?

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, July 29th, 2013:

Tuesday’s announcement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that he wouldn’t consider anything the House passed that didn’t repeal the sequester “cuts,” followed by Utah Senator Mike Lee’s letter that he and 11 other senators would block any budget that contained spending to implement Obamacare, have set the battles lines for October. So “sequester” and “Obamacare funding” are back in vogue. Like the battles line drawn at Gettysburg, the left and the right are lining up their cannons.

Reid said he has “no interest” in

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Thanks to Glorious Gridlock, the Senate Immigration Bill is dead in the House

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, June 28th, 2013:

The founders would be proud. The Constitution has created gridlock over the Senate’s immigration bill, which will prevent this travesty from ever seeing the light of day over at the House. Many claim the Constitution is dead. Not according to House Speaker John Boehner:

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Social Security Trustees Celebrate: Trust Funds won’t be Broke for Years

With Friday’s announcement by the Trustees of the Social Security Administration that “reserves are still growing and will continue to do so through [the year] 2020,” it didn’t take long for groups like Strengthen Social Security (SSS) to chortle that not only is Social Security “fully affordable and structurally sound, [but it] will

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Koch Brothers Revamp Strategies for 2014

At the Koch Brothers’ donors’ strategy meeting at the Renaissance Esmeralda golf resort in Palm Springs, California, last week, the atmosphere was a blend of reality and optimism. The reality was stated in an email from Charles Koch that was sent to potential participants back in January explaining why the meeting was being postponed to April:

Despite November’s disappointing election results, I am convinced that

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NRA’s A-Rated Senators Caving on Gun Control

With Senate Bill 649 likely to be the last chance Senate Majority Leader Harry will have to pass gun control legislation in this session, West Virginia Democrat John Manchin has been working hard to bring the National Rifle Association (NRA) into the discussion on how to

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Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s Nominee for Defense Secretary, Will be Grilled Severely by the Senate

In reporting President Obama’s pick of former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday, the New York Times also noted that resistance to his selection is mounting in the Senate. Hailing his nominee as “the leader that our troops deserve,” President Obama added,

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Will Congress force a government shutdown over the debt ceiling issue?

Two bright guys writing for the Washington Times think so. They write that Republicans in Congress are beginning to grow a backbone, that they’re upset about being steamrolled by Obama and mad that now he wants more:

The appetite for a government shutdown is growing among Republicans,  who shied  away from one during the debt and spending fights in the last  Congress but now say one may be needed.

Then they quote various people to

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Can the GOP be rescued from the RINOs?

This is an important question. Since the election day debacle, and the failure of third parties historically to make any measurable impact on American politics directly, we’re left with…nothing. Perhaps that was the plan all along: “go along or become irrelevant.”

Meredith Jessup says that salvation may be at hand: throwing over the establishment Republicans an inch at a time and replacing them, one at a time, with real conservatives. Writing at TheBlaze.com, she begins:

The re-election of a progressive like Barack Obama would seem to signal the end of the conservative Tea Party, but the movement’s conservative leaders insist that last month’s election results only vindicate the group’s message…

The conservative movement has left an undeniable mark on the national GOP establishment.  The group’s mantra of uncompromising fiscal conservatism and limited government has remained a driving force in shaping Republican platform.

OK, so show me! She does:

For proof of this, one need look no further than Rep. Paul Ryan’s ascendancy to the No. 2 spot on the GOP ticket. Once considered a fringe of the congressional conservative coalition, Tea Party-backed fiscal hawks like Ryan are now considered key players at the core of today’s Republican Party.

And then there’s this:

The Republican Senate caucus gained three new Tea Party-backed members with the addition of Ted Cruz of Texas, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Deb Fischer of Nebraska.

And 47 of the 54 members of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus retained their seats, while “candidates endorsed by former GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum’s conservative PAC — Missouri’s Ann Wagner and Montana’s Steve Daines — also secured victories for the right.”

I’m starting to feel better.

Then there’s this reminder from FreedomWorks’ Matt Kibbe:

The Tea Party is not a political party; it’s an informal community of Americans who support a set of fiscally conservative issues.  And when you take a look at the roster of new fiscal conservatives being sent to Congress next year, it’s clear our issues are winning.

The Election Day losers were not the so-called “tea partiers,” they were the candidates embraced by (and some hand-picked by) the Republican establishment who failed to run on the winning message of economic freedom…

You are going to see a continuation of the fight between the Old Guard and all of the new blood that has come in since 2010…It is getting to the point where [they] can’t reach back and pull another establishment Republican from the queue like [they did] with Romney.

Finally, she says that Albert Hunt of Bloomberg News has predicted just such a conservative resurgence:

From Washington to the state capitals to the local level, the movement conservatives are in the ascendancy. For years, the Republican base was divided; it’s now dominated by the movement types…

The changes are equally dramatic at the state and local level. Moderate Republican governors are relics. In Kansas this month, the right wing, led by the state’s conservative governor, drummed a number of the Bob Dole-type centrist Republicans out of the party.

It’s said that you can’t see a tidal wave until it’s almost reached the shore.

Will Ted Cruz be Assimilated into the Beltway Borg?

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

First indications are hopeful: Ted Cruz won his Republican primaryagainst an establishment-backed candidate handily, 57-43 percent. He won the general election as an avowed Tea Party favorite. But he has some things working against him, and I fear that he will be assimilated by the Washington Borg. First, he is a lawyer, having first attended Princeton and then Harvard Law, a great recruiting ground for leftists. Secondly he used to work for the Federal Trade Commission. Thirdly he was a domestic policy advisor to that great champion of freedom, George W. Bush. So he’s too close to the establishment for my comfort.

But he is making a

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Guerrillas in the Freedom Fight

Israel's Special Forces in Camouflage

(Photo credit: Israel Defense Forces)

Kurt Schlichter is a free-lance writer whose articles have been published in many national publications, liberal and conservative. Here he gives conservatives a much-needed boost:

Right now, there is one strategy that offers us hope of turning the leftward tide. Insurgency…

Insurgents survive and win by avoiding decisive engagements until a time and place of their choosing…

First, we need some perspective on the freedom fight:

The first thing we need to do is get out of our head the notion that this fight will be over if we just pull off a victory in 2014 or 2016.

This is not just a single political battle but a political and cultural campaign. America did not go from a nation of stalwart, self-reliant achievers to a country full of couch-dwelling moochers in just four years, and we won’t change it back in the next election, or the one after that, or even the one after that.

Our role models, the patriots of 1776, didn’t drive the redcoats out until 1783.  Our strategic end is long-term – an America where free market values prevail, where all of our liberties are respected, and where a limited government spends within its means and only within the bounds set forth in the Constitution.

He treats the freedom fight as a war, and rightly so. Some of Sun Tzu’s tactics are

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More Positives from Tuesday’s Election

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Michelle Malkin at the Omni Shoreham Hotel on March 1st, 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I knew it! I just knew it! Someone astute (this time Michelle Malkin) would look at the carnage wrought on Tuesday and see some good things. She did, and there are:

  1. Republicans kept control of the House of Representatives
  2. Voters in Alabama, Montana (yea!) and Wyoming passed measures limiting Obamacare
  3. Ted Cruz, a bright star in the conservative universe, won a Senate seat in Texas against an establishment Republican opponent
  4. Odious House member Pete Stark (Freedom Index rating: 34) was finally booted out of office in California
  5. A charter school initiative succeeded in Washington state despite opposition from teachers’ unions
  6. A collective bargaining effort in Michigan failed, again despite opposition from labor unions
  7. No more race-based preferences in Oklahoma for college admissions, public contracting or government hiring.
  8. Montana (yea! again) turned off the spigot for unlimited benefits to illegal aliens
  9. Washington voters put limits on that state’s legislature’s ability to raise taxes
  10. Republicans, for the first time since Reconstruction, took control of the Arkansas state house
  11. Tax hikes were rejected in Arizona, South Dakota and Missouri
  12. Louisiana passed a pro-gun measure
  13. Kentucky voted to protect hunting and fishing rights
  14. Montana (yea! once again) voters passed a parental notification law for minor’s abortions
  15. North Carolina Republicans claimed the governor’s office, made congressional gains, and took control of the state’s general assembly
  16. Paul Ryan won reelection to the Senate from Wisconsin
  17. Conservatives won big victories in the Kansas state legislature
  18. Republicans won big in Tennessee
  19. The GOP took back control of Wisconsin’s state government
  20. There are now 30 Republican state governors

No doubt there are more victories flying under the radar, over which we can rejoice and in which we can take comfort. Thank you for these, Michelle!

Eating the Establishment Elephant One Bite at a Time

Newsmax: Texas GOP Chooses Tea Party-Backed Cruz for Senate

Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz scored a stunning upset over a longtime Texas state officeholder in a Republican U.S. Senate primary runoff on Tuesday, transforming Cruz into a national conservative star and marking a resurgence of the movement to shrink the size of U.S. government.

Cruz, 41, a former state solicitor general who has never held elected office, became the third insurgent Republican this year to defeat an establishment Republican in a U.S. Senate primary.

He scored a surprisingly comfortable victory with about 56 percent of the vote to about 44 percent for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who a year ago was considered the front-runner.

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Republican Elephant – 3D Icon (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

This is how we reverse the push towards totalitarianism and martial law in our country: focusing on races “we” can win and ignoring those we can’t.

I’m no political expert but for me the presidential election is inconsequential. The real battle is in the Congress. And Cruz is just one of three recent “freedom candidates” to win their primaries, with excellent chances of winning again in November.

The other two are Steve Stockman, running for the House from the newly redrawn 36th District in Texas, and Rep. Paul Broun from Georgia’s 10th Congressional District.

Here is what Gun Owners of America had to say about them:

Steve Stockman, as a Congressman in the mid-1990s, drafted legislation to repeal gun control laws from the books.  Rep. Stockman also opposed every single attempt to restrict your gun rights, earning a perfect A+ rating from GOA and every national gun group in the country.  Like Cruz, he will be a powerful advocate for 2nd Amendment rights…

And then there is Rep. Paul Broun in Georgia.  For the past several years, he has been THE pro-gun leader in the House of Representatives.  As the head of the Second Amendment Task Force in Congress, Broun has used his platform to advance pro-gun legislation and rally opposition against gun control.

All three are favored to win in November. As I said, one bite at a time.

Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.
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