Thursday morning CPAC speeches set a tone of optimism and purpose

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Ted Cruz / Photo by Gage Skidmore, used under Flickr Creative Commons license
Ted Cruz / Photo by Gage Skidmore, used under Flickr Creative Commons license

Photo: Gage Skidmore

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland, March 7, 2014 — Texas Senator Ted Cruz opened the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Thursday morning with a challenge.

In his opening speech at CPAC 2014, Cruz said that conservatives must stand on principle. He placed himself clearly in the camp of those who believe that conservatives will only win when they stand for something, rather than just against liberalism. Conservatives need an alternate vision.

Cruz described ten points of principle that conservatives should stand on:

  • Stand for the Bill of Rights. The Obama Administration is violating every amendment.
  • Abolish the IRS. Cruz supports a flat tax.
  • Expand energy production and create jobs all over America. The administration’s call for a $10 minimum wage is nonsense. The minimum wage in North Dakota is $45 an hour.
  • Expand school choice; every child deserves a good education.
  • Repeal Dodd-Frank.
  • Audit the Fed, which is debasing the currency.
  • Pass a strong Balanced Budget Amendment.
  • “Repeal every single word of Obamacare.”
  • Stop the lawlessness: By choosing which parts of laws — Obamacare, immigration, DOMA — to enforce and when, the president behaves lawlessly.
  • End the corruption. Eliminate corporate welfare and crony capitalism. There should be a lifetime ban on lobbying for those who serve in Washington. Enact term limits.

Cruz observed that you win elections by inspiring people and assuring them that there is a brighter tomorrow. He clearly believes it, and he evoked Reagan when he said that it can be “morning in America” again.

Senator Pat Toomey followed Cruz with a condemnation of lawlessness and corruption in government, and a call for government accountability.

“When we stand up and fight on principle, we can win.” — Senator Pat Toomey

To illustrate his point he spoke about the fight to prevent Debo Adegbile from becoming the head of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. United Senate Republicans were joined by seven Democrats who voted against the appointment. The vote was so close, he noted, that Democrats brought Joe Biden in to act in his role of potential tie-breaker as president of the Senate.

“We need to stand up to a president who thinks the laws don’t apply to him.”

Paul Ryan followed in a similar vein. He said the left is governing in a way designed to make a point: They’re in charge, deal with it. In Colorado, where Democrats recovered control over the state House in 2012, we see exactly the same attitude.

According to Ryan, the Democrats are not acting like a majority party. A majority party in America allows debate and minority participation in the process. Tyranny of the majority was something the Founders warned us about and which they attempted to guard against in writing the Constitution.

The liberal press tells a narrative of infighting among conservatives; Ryan sees a vigorous debate about the best way to enact policies. He said that our disagreements are not over principles or even policies, but only tactics.

Politicians owe the people a vision. The thing that separates politicians in Washington is whether they’re out to start a career or to serve a cause. Ryan favors serving a cause.

“Right now the tax code is 10 times the size of the Bible — and with no good news.” — Rep. Paul Ryan

A conservative agenda is taking shape; we are not just opposing the president, we are forming an agenda, he said.

Ryan gave examples of good policy being pursued by Republicans: You should pick your health care plan and not Washington; the House has passed his budget three years in a row, following the Tea Party revolution.

Ryan concluded by contrasting the two parties: The Democrats are the party of personalities; Republicans are the party of ideas. The left offers a full stomach and an empty soul; the American people want more.

The first three speeches of CPAC were all full of optimism. They began to set a conservative agenda and they talked of unifying behind it.

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  • Pam

    Sounds great, will he be able to, or willing to do them if he is elected. Just read and article that has Hillary beating the pants off all of them. Are there that many stupid people who would really vote for this woman after all the reprehensible things she has done or been involved in. Has Obama taught us nothing?

    • 99rider

      Cons are the experts on stupid, so I guess you would know.

      • rockribbedrushy

        “experts on stupid”

        I guess that is why you voted for Barrack and Uncle Joe, not only once, but twice.

        I guess that means you really are an expert on Stoopid, eh?

      • Mamatex

        So, please tell us what is stupid about following the Constitution, Bill of Rights, upholding laws, balancing the budget, providing for a strong National defense and allowing freedom of choice in education?

      • starchy

        You are unbelievable

      • Phillip Burdine

        Libs are the experts on debasing, defiling, offensive remarks when they have no cogent reply.

  • David Michael Pierce

    A little editing would be appreciated before I pass this along
    I mean $45.00 per hour min. Wage in N. Dak? I don’t think so.

    • rockribbedrushy

      It could be the Median, or perhaps, the average wage, which would come to 93,000 a year.

    • Pam

      If that is the min wage, I think we should all move there and get a job. I am retired but could work for $45. and hr.

      • David Michael Pierce

        lol. 25 would be more than enough for me.

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        • Pam

          I agree. At this stage in my life that would be a great retirement income,lol. Sure hope these new guys are legit and will live up to their promises. Rand Paul is from my home town, I really like him but he is so young and inexperienced. Wish we could get a military vet that was trustworthy.

          • David Michael Pierce

            l think Rand has plenty of experience Pam. And a lot of knowledge. But I’d be happy with West. My man. Cruz is less experienced but I’d sure trust him with the Presidency. I think we have a lot of great guys to consider whose integrity, drive and humility to guide our nation into a rebirth of greatness is very promising.
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          • Pam

            I like Rand too. Of course you have to weigh that against what the rest of the voters think. I cannot believe that anyone would really put Hillary in the WH after all she has (not) done and been involved in. I follow Col West very close. I do worry about how the black voters perceive him. Disturbs me to hear them call him ” Uncle Tom”. We have to have a great sweep of cronies out in DC and people that have the country best interest at heart instituted in power. It just makes me sick if more liars and robber barons with different faces are the replacements.

          • David Michael Pierce

            Of my 5 bothers who are still living there is a split in the area of Compromise (w/ the GOP), and the more ‘radical’ stance of the Libertarianesque and Tea Party position. I am convinced that for our convictions to make needed change, i.e. Smaller and a less powerful Fed populated with representatives who will vote the will of the people, we must not ‘settle’. I believe that if we rationally explain to those within our influence the dangers of America’s current direction AND why and how we can fix it, they will join us in installing the the men and women who will help us realize it. AND, not to mention, rid our government of those who are at best ambivalent about the country’s condition as long as they ‘have theirs’. We are seeing a good swing toward our goal and still have a fair piece of time left to sway the minds of enough people to choose Constitution loving candidates. I say it is time to end the compromise or we will still have the progressive, Constitution trampling, God hating, social justice pushing stumblingblocks running our beloved country, and if we allow it to continue one more election I fear we are DONE FOR. Go Cruz, Paul, Lee, West, Gowdy, Bevin, T. Scott, and all the great candidates that aren’t afraid to tell it like it is…..
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          • Pam

            I agree, I hope that we can stand till the next election.

          • David Michael Pierce

            Amen Sister!

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  • A lively debate is good for an institution headed the wrong way; debate helps the institution find its way.
    But even if the institution is headed the right way, debate removes doubt and replaces it with life and vigor.
    In 2016 a lack of sufficient debate — due to an overpowering candidate early on — might be the worse enemy for the Democratic Party.
    Such was the case with John Kerry in 2004; and it was also the case with John McCain in 2008.

  • Bill Shelton

    This President has a pen, I hope the next President has one big eraser…

  • Ed

    Allen West for President 2016

  • Exodus2011

    Americans won’t soon forget the summer of 2013, when Senators Cruz and Lee came out every day fighting to try and stop WE The People being hurt by the implementation of the Obamacare BULLSCHMIDT …

    and then Oct 1st came …. and Cruz and Lee were VINDICATED

    the GOP Establishment even FURTHER discredited than they were before ….

    DEO GRATIAS for the FEW GOOD LEADERS who put PRINCIPLE before Party ….

    • Caribou “PAYCUT” Barbie™

      Won’t soon forget?
      Um, Obamacare is law and Cruz failed.
      You don’t live in the USA and you have failed