Saturday, April 11, 2015

Ted Cruz’s Really Big Show

National Review ^ | 4/10/15 | Jim Geraghty 

The Texas senator’s NRA address is polished, crowd-pleasing, and occasionally quite loud. Texas senator Ted Cruz was the last major speaker at the National Rifle Association’s Leadership Forum on Friday – an indicator that NRA convention organizers knew attendees would stay in their seats until the end to hear him. Cruz’s dynamic speech, and the attendees’ enthusiastic response, offers one more example of how the senator whose style often irked his colleagues is riding that style to top-tier status in the opening weeks of the 2016 GOP presidential campaign.

In the Senate, it’s harmful to look too ambitious, too quick to publicly fight the party’s leadership, too eager for the spotlight, too full of confidence and boisterousness when speaking to an audience. But all of that works — at least for a while — as a presidential candidate.
It always helps when a speaker can begin with good news, and Cruz informed the NRA Convention attendees that he had just come from Fort Hood, where it had just been announced that all of those wounded and killed in the 2009 shooting attack would be awarded the Purple Heart. This led to the political speech equivalent of an easy lay-up, knocking around the Obama administration’s asinine instinct to classify the attack as an incident of “workplace violence” instead of terrorism.
Scott Walker, Rick Santorum, and other candidates are attempting to emulate Cruz’s no podium, no teleprompter, no-notes, earpiece-microphone speaking style he showcased at the 2012 Republican convention. (The speech was nothing special, but Cruz’s ability to deliver it, entirely from memory and naturally while walking back and forth upon the stage, worked.)
When Ted Cruz speaks to an audience like this one, he’s in his natural element, entirely comfortable. Cruz doesn’t scream at his audiences, per se, but he doesn’t always use his inside voice. Every sentence has particular words and phrases that Cruz delivers with a roaring emphasis: “The only way we will TURN THIS COUNTRY AROUND is if we GET MILLIONS OF CONSERVATIVES to STAND UP and say WE WILL TURN BACK to FREEDOM and the CONSTITUTION.” It’s a performance, inclining from the stage whisper to the reverberating boom and descending back again. “If Hillary Clinton and the liberals want to try to take away our Constitution, to them I say, COME AND TAKE IT!” Then, once the applause subsides, softly, “These are our values, this is who we are.”
To rock-ribbed conservatives eager for red meat, Ted Cruz’s role in the government shutdown and other high-stakes fights that didn’t turn out so well for Republicans is a strength, not a weakness. His message going forth is going to be, hey, I fought when no one else was willing to do it. “Everyone opposes Obamacare, the question is when have you stood up and fought Obamacare?” Cruz asked. “Every candidate is going to say they oppose amnesty. Great! When have you stood up and fought to stop the president’s illegal and unconstitutional executive?”
Ted Cruz left the stage to whistles and a standing ovation. He may win the nomination or fall short, but it’s certain that the Texas senator is going to relish his big role in the spotlight for a long time.

Cheney: Obama is 'Worst President We've Ever Had'

CNS News ^ | April 8, 2015 | By Eric Scheiner 

During Tuesday’s Hugh Hewitt show, former Vice President Dick Cheney voiced his opinion on President Barack Obama saying, “his actions are constituted in my mind those of the worst president we’ve ever had."
Following a discussion where Cheney was critical of the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran on nuclear facilities, Hewitt asked, "Is he naïve, Mr. Vice President? Or does he have a far-reaching vision that only he entertains of a realigned Middle East that somehow - it all works out in the end?"
"I don’t know, Hugh,” Cheney replied. “I vacillate between the various theories I’ve heard, but you know, if you had somebody as president who wanted to take America down, who wanted to fundamentally weaken our position in the world - reduce our capacity to influence events, turn our back on our allies and encourage our adversaries, it would look exactly like what Barack Obama’s doing.”
“I think his actions are constituted in my mind as those of the worst president we’ve ever had."
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Top 10 Reasons to Vote Democrat

by NKP_Vet

#10. I vote Democrat because I love the fact that I can now marry whatever I want. I've decided to marry my German Shepherd.
#9. I vote Democrat because I believe oil companies' profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon at 15% isn't.
#8. I vote Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.
#7. I vote Democrat because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.
#6. I vote Democrat because I'm way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves. I am also thankful that we have a 911 service that gets police to your home in order to identify your body after a home invasion.
#5. I vote Democrat because I'm not concerned about millions of babies being aborted so long as we keep all death row inmates alive and comfy.
#4. I vote Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits, and we should take away Social Security from those who paid into it.
#3. I vote Democrat because I believe that businesses should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the Democrat Party sees fit.
#2. I vote Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.
... And, the #1 reason I vote Democrat is because I think it's better to pay $billions$ for oil to people who hate us, but not drill our own because it might upset some endangered beetle, gopher, or fish here in America. We don't care about the beetles, gophers, or fish in those other countries.
"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits"... Albert Einstein

Scott Walker Isn't Sorry - Wisconsin governor concedes nothing to his critics [race-baiters]

The Atlantic ^ | January 29, 2015 | Peter Beinart 

"... Walker concedes nothing to the conventional wisdom about what the GOP must do to compete in a more culturally tolerant, ethnically diverse and economically insecure America. And the GOP faithful love it.
It starts with ethnicity and race. Since 2012, many prominent Republicans have made overtures to African Americans and Latinos....
Not Walker. His speech in Iowa not only slammed President Obama’s executive action legalizing some undocumented immigrants. It didn’t even include the love-letter to legal immigrants that Republicans typically use to shield themselves from charges of being anti-Hispanic. In addition, Walker said nothing about reaching out to African Americans and boasted about Wisconsin’s voter-ID law,which many African Americans and Latinos see as means of reducing their turnout. Even the imagery on Walker’s website stands out.....In the video for Walker’s new PAC..the opening faces are relentlessly white. You don’t encounter an African-American until roughly halfway through. And unlike Jeb’s website,Walker’s isn’t translated into Spanish.
As Alec MacGillis explained in an excellent New Republic profile last summer, greater Milwaukee exists in a kind of political time warp. Because its African-American population arrived later than in other northern cities and because its white population fled to the suburbs later, the racially-tinged, suburban-versus-urban politics that have faded in New York,Chicago and Philadelphia remain strong in Wisconsin. When running for governor, Walker even said,“We don’t want Wisconsin to become like Milwaukee.”....
Walker’s having none of it. His message is simple and old-fashioned: “Take control from the federal government and big-government special interests and give it back to hard-working taxpayers.”..he actually asserted that the United States is “one of the few places left in the world where it doesn’t matter what class you were born into,it doesn’t matter what your parents did for a living. In America,the opportunity is equal for each and every one of us.”..
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War Veterans: We Miss Dubya!

Townhall ^ 

In a new Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll, the majority of Iraq/Afghanistan war veterans miss President George W. Bush. Sixty-five percent called the 43rd president a good commander in chief, whereas only 42 percent felt the same way about Barack Obama.

Even with the Iraq War, half of veterans say it wasn’t worth the fight, but 53 percent still think Bush was a good commander in chief, though when you ask veterans who feel otherwise about the war’s purpose; Bush’s approval hits 80 percent.

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