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Cruz Calls On Conservatives To Stand On Principle – Even If They Go Down Swinging

August 1, 2013 by  

There’s a lot of news going on today, so pointing everyone to a lengthy, reflective interview in which a freshman Senator looks back on his first seven months in office might seem counterintuitive.

But Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has more worth saying in his sit-down with Rare’s Brett Decker than you likely heard if you spent all week poring over the words of NSA heads, IRS commissioners or a bevy of Congressmen jockeying for political capital before they go home to their angry constituents for August recess.

There’s more than one takeaway from Cruz’ impassioned, optimistic call for conservatives not to water down their principles, but two of his comments stand out:

In my view, Republicans lost in 2012 and 2008 because they tried not to lose and painted not with bold colors but pale pastels. I think we do best when we present a clear contrast with the Democrats: “First you win the argument, then you win the vote,” as Margaret Thatcher used to say.

…Every domestic policy that we think about or talk about should focus like a laser on opportunity – on easing the means of ascent up the economic ladder. We should look with a Rawlsian lens at how every policy impacts the most vulnerable among us, on how it impacts those struggling to achieve the American Dream.

Be clear; Be brave; Be uncompromising. That’s a message conservatives can get behind.

Then there’s this:

Contrary to the conventional wisdom, I think Republicans win when we stand for clear principles and draw strong contrasts with the other party. If we make clear that Republicans are fighting for jobs and to protect high-quality health care against Democrats wedded to an ideological dream of government-controlled healthcare, I think we will win. But the only way this happens is if a massive grassroots army makes its voice heard, and demands of our elected officials that they stand up and fight. I think “We the People” should hold every politician – including me – accountable, and that’s how we can win fights that are otherwise impossible.

Don’t dilute your views. Stand and fight, even if you lose, for what you believe is right – not for the scraps you believe you can win through endless, character-eroding compromises. Go down swinging.

In short, be an American.

Read the entire piece at Rare.

Sign the Cruz-sponsored petition for Congress to defund Obamacare at www.dontfundobamacare.com .

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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