Written by Ralph Benko – Senior Economic Advisor at the American Principles Project
As I recently wrote in my Forbes.com column, “Presidential elections are about, above all, just two things: our security and our prosperity.” The GOP candidates have been emphatic about our national security, about which more in a bit.
All of them strangely have been pretty quiet about our prosperity. Getting the economy moving again deserves, now, to be the top issue. Ted Cruz has offered the most Reaganesque plan for getting us robust growth. Cruz laid out a solid, credible, prosperity plan. He presented his Flat Tax and, most important, staked out a credible recipe for excellent monetary policy: the gold standard.
Cruz references these. He’ll defend them. He’s committed to them. But, like the others, he’s not been featuring either the prosperity theme or his solid plan.… Continue Reading
Written by Jon Schweppe
The results of the 2016 Iowa Caucus are in, and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) won with 28 percent of the vote. Donald Trump finished in a disappointing second place with 24 percent, while U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) surged to a close third place with 23 percent.
Terry Schilling, Executive Director at American Principles Project and contributor to The Pulse 2016, explained the results:
“Tonight proves one thing — if you won’t prioritize protecting religious liberty, you won’t win,” Schilling said. “Running on social issues is a winning strategy in both the GOP primary and in the general election. Both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio prioritized life, marriage, and religious liberty, and Iowa caucus-goers agreed that their values most matched their own. With Rubio outperforming in Iowa and nearly beating Donald Trump, expect him to perform well in New Hampshire next week.”
Maggie Gallagher, Senior Fellow at American Principles Project and another The Pulse 2016 contributor, said that Donald Trump is in trouble:
“Trump’s brand was ‘winning’ and he just lost,” Gallagher said.… Continue Reading
Ted Cruz supporters cheer as caucus returns are reported at the caucus night rally, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Dear Friend of Marriage and Religious Liberty,
Senator Ted Cruz’s victory [last night] is a resounding affirmation by the Republican voters of Iowa of their determination to protect the institution of marriage against the onslaught being waged against it by cultural and judicial elites.
Iowans have said to the five U.S. Supreme Court justices who in the Obergefell decision sought to impose “same-sex marriage” on them and the people of every other state: This will not stand!
Left-wing activists and the Democratic presidential candidates they support want to stigmatize Christians and other supporters of traditional marriage and bully them into acquiescence. But by giving traditional marriage advocate Ted Cruz a great victory this evening, Iowa Republicans have sent a message that they will fight for marriage and the family and refuse to be intimidated.… Continue Reading
Written by Pastor John Kirkwood
There are similarities between Trump and Cruz supporters but the prime difference is that the Trump voter is mainly actuated by one principle: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
If you despise the GOP establishment and you hate Political Correctness then Trump the “outsider,” who has challenged those things vociferously, is very appealing. The dismayed and despondent, blind with rage, just want a pound of flesh. RINO flesh. And who can blame them? Following the betrayal of the GOP leadership, the sale of pitchforks and guillotines is at an all-time high.
The problem with this fairy tale is that the GOP establishment is now siding with Trump over Cruz. And instead of rejecting their praise, Trump is marking the point of difference by suggesting that Cruz can’t get along with these people and that he can make “deals” with them.… Continue Reading
Written by Laurie Higgins
TrumPolonius is arrogant, unreliable, petulant, exploitative, vindictive, and cowardly. Does that cover it? Oh, wait, I forgot, nasty.
When faced with the prospect of being asked questions by debate moderator Megyn Kelly, TrumPolonius stamped his angry feet and stormed out of the upcoming GOP debate. Then after reneging on this commitment, he showed the world that he is indeed the man he described himself as being: the “meanest piece of sh** in the world.”
How did he do this? In a flabbergasting exercise in arrogant, cynical exploitation, he hastily arranged a fundraiser for veterans to try to ennoble himself, buy some votes, and hurt the ratings of the televised debate. As the daughter of a 90-year-old WWII vet, I am sickened and enraged. What next? Exploit orphans and widows for fun, profit, and revenge?… Continue Reading
Written by Ben Shapiro
This week, U.S. Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has bashed Trump for insufficient conservatism. He explained, “Donald’s record does not match what he says as a candidate.” Cruz isn’t the only one. Last month, Rush Limbaugh said that Trump’s attacks on Cruz reflected the fact that he was not a “genuine conservative.” Mark Levin said in 2011, “Trump is NOT the real deal… He is not a conservative. He was happy to donate to Schumer, Weiner & Emanuel campaigns last year. He was pro-choice recently and now claims to be pro-life. He sounds more and more like Ross Perot.” Andrew Breitbart said at the time, “Of course he’s not a conservative. He was for U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) before he was against Nancy Pelosi.”
I don’t believe Trump is a conservative either; I’ve said that repeatedly.… Continue Reading
Written by Jack Cashill
The more naïve members of the Hillary Clinton campaign have long dreaded the release of Michael Bay‘s factual account of the Benghazi attack, 13 Hours. The more sophisticated members of that campaign were less worried. They were confident their friends in the media would scare off all but the most deluded “tea-baggers.”
Yes, the media will try. They are trying. I am not sure, however, that they will succeed. In the age of social media, word of mouth is much more significant a force than it ever was before. And the word of mouth on 13 Hours will be justifiably powerful. The movie is riveting from beginning to end.
I saw the movie without benefit of having read a review. I was further burdened by the fact that I know the story well; I have written extensively about Benghazi. … Continue Reading
Written by Matt Barber
Stinkin’ Canadian. Dang feriner, conspirin’ to come over here and replace our delicious, crispy, all-American bacon with that floppy, communist, Canadian crap. And Budweiser? Like your Budweiser? Forget it. If he’s elected, it’s nothing but that skunky Molson swill for you, my friend. Football? Banned. It’s all sticks, pucks and missing teeth from here on out. A wall on the southern border? ISIS? TB-infected Mesicans and Central Americans? Ha! A mere diversion. Trump needs to build that wall up north to keep commie Canucks like Ted Cruz out of the White House.
He’s gaining on The Donald, you see. And so finally the question of his eligibility to serve as our 45th U.S. president is fair game. Oh, sure, Ted grew up in Houston, Texas. And, oh, sure, his mother, who happened to be over the border in Canada when Ted was born, is a U.S citizen, herself born in Wilmington, Delaware, which, oh, sure, automatically makes Ted a U.S.… Continue Reading
Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today announced his 46-person Illinois Leadership Team that will help direct his strong grassroots organization and bring his consistent, conservative message to voters throughout the Prairie State. On Monday January 4, 2016 the Cruz for President campaign filed a full slate of delegates and alternates in all 18 Illinois Congressional Districts.
“I’m honored and grateful to have the support of these strong conservatives across Illinois,” said Cruz. “This group of elected officials, Republican chairmen, grassroots activists, Tea Party leaders, evangelicals and pastors represents conservatives in every part of the state, and they are capable of producing one of the best ground games in the country.”
“I’m delighted that such a distinguished group of conservatives from across the state has come together under the leadership of Ted Cruz,” said Illinois Co-Chairman Chris Cleveland.… Continue Reading
Written by Lloyd Marcus
Some say, “I like Cruz, but I’m voting for Trump because I don’t believe Cruz can win the general.” These voters are really saying they believe we have lost the country to the Left. Therefore, a true conservative touting traditional values cannot win the presidency in today’s America. This mindset reminds me of what many conservatives did to Sarah Palin.
Palin epitomized the character, principles, and values we in the tea party longed to see in our politicians. Defying the Left, Palin boldly defended the Constitution. She was a faithful long-suffering powerful advocate for God, family and country. When the full rage of the Left was unleashed to destroy her, suddenly Palin became a political leper in the minds of some conservatives and was declared unelectable.… Continue Reading