AMERICA, A SHINING CITY ON A HILL!

"Let us resolve that young Americans will always find there is a city of hope in a country that is free...and let us resolve that they will say of our day and our generation, we did keep faith with our God, that we did act worthy of ourselves, that we did protect and pass on lovingly that shining city on a hill."

Ronald Reagan,
40th President of the United State
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ted Cruz Video: Break The Washington Cartel

Thanks to our friends over at Conservatives 4 Ted Cruz, I became aware of this great video put out by the Cruz campaign about fighting the Washington Cartel.  This is exactly why the establishment folks fear Ted Cruz.  Today the City On A Hill Blog twitter account began tweeting some key "tea party" senators who haven't stood up to help Cruz in his fight against the corrupt McConnell leadership.  These folks were elected to be stalwart conservatives.  They were supported by Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin as people who would fight the permanent political class in Washington.  And recently, they have become silent.

This is a time to fight.  We need leaders who will be courageous conservatives and stand up for the people.  This is no time to go along to get along.  It's time to stand up to the DC political ruling class within the GOP.



WHY TRUMP & CRUZ RESONATE

America needs a fighter: Trump & Cruz show us the way...
The GOP presidential campaign has begun and we have already some 16 or so candidates vying for the nomination.  Will this election follow the usual cycle of nominate the next RINO royalty in line so as to lose respectably to the Democrat or will another strong conservative like Reagan break through the GOP political machine to represent the grassroots voters?

WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR--CANDIDATES WE CAN'T SUPPORT

The following candidates will not earn our support even in the general election as they are a betrayal to the constitution, to conservatism at large, and are at best unwittingly assisting the Democrats in destroying our nation, and at worst, knowingly collaborating with said destruction so long as they can maintain a good position for themselves personally via the cronyism gravy train:

JEB! BUSH--although slightly enticed by the placement of an exclamation point at the end of his name, no conservative could convincingly make the argument that electing JEB! would result in anything substantially different from a Hillary administration.  He is for widespread amnesty.  He loves common core and has made millions off of it.  He constantly seeks to silence conservative dissension with the mainstream media narrative by declaring their opposition hateful and telling them to be civil (see also "sit down and shut up.")  Whatever type of "conservative" governor he may have been in Florida, he is no longer that person.  His policies and priorities are the priorities and policies of Hillary Clinton.  If the GOP nominates him, it is time for a third party.

CHRIS CHRISTIE--Christie likes to act like he's a successful conservative in a blue state.  The sad fact is that Christie's budgets are the same size as his predecessor, the hapless liberal overlord Jon Corzine.  He hasn't cut taxes.  He enacted a sales tax on Amazon purchases for NJ residents instead of cutting the oppressive business taxes in NJ on local businesses to level the playing field.  He refuses to fund pension obligations for public workers without any plan on how to fix the situation.  He appointed a shariah law proponent to the highest court in NJ.  He hugged Obama on the beach during Sandy and has mismanaged Sandy monies after the fact.  He is a loudmouth disaster who would be an incompetent YouTube president.

LINDSEY GRAHAM--why is this man even running?  He's so far to the left of the party that it isn't funny.  He's also not very interesting. No.  Just no.

JOHN KASICH--Obamacare enthusiast Kasich is another JEB! in this race and would not earn conservative support in a general election for the same reasons.

CANDIDATES WE WON'T SUPPORT IN PRIMARY, BUT COULD VOTE FOR IN GENERAL

RICK PERRY--hiring John McCain's leftist hack to run his campaign, trying to play nice with the establishment, new glasses.  Gone is the pretend tea party conservatism of Texas' longest serving governor.  Perry seems to think that running to the middle and not saying anything offensive will help him this time out.  That rules him out for primary support.  We need a fighter willing to stand up to his own party.  Perry will not do that.

JIM GILMORE--who?

GEORGE PATAKI--probably in the group above ruling out general election support as well, but at the moment, he's so irrelevant that we will leave him in the middle for now.

MARCO RUBIO--he was caught TWICE selling amnesty to Spanish-speaking audiences while opposing amnesty to English-speaking ones.  That doesn't speak well of his character.  He's better than most senators and his voting record reflects that.  When push comes to shove, however, he is unwilling to stand up to the party leaders.  He is not a fighter, he's a political climber.  That might have worked in 1996, but we need a fighter now.

MIKE HUCKABEE--big government social conservative.  His best showing was 2008.  He will not survive the large field and just being a social conservative is not enough.  He's a good man, but he's not the full spectrum conservative fighter that we need in 2016.  He would only earn support if all of the better candidates collapsed and he was left standing against the Jeb! crowd.

RICK SANTORUM--see Mike Huckabee.

THAT LEAVES THE FOLLOWING:

CARLY FIORINA & BEN CARSON--both good people, and both showing promising starts as candidates.  The campaign will bear out whether they are as conservative as they claim as they start to clarify their positions on issues.  Fiorina's business background could be a liability if she can't explain all of the negative stories about her tenure at HP.

SCOTT WALKER--conservatives love this guy, but we're not sold. Yes, he took on unions.  That's great.  He's going to need to do more than that to take on his own party.  His close affiliation with Bush/Rove and the party establishment makes him questionable at best.  His up-until-recently support for amnesty and common core also speaks to an inconsistency in his politics.

TOP THREE

BOBBY JINDAL--Mr. Jindal is a fighter and a principled man.  He has yet to gain traction and will likely not be the nominee, but he is worthy of a look.  He's still in consideration for support.  But that leaves the top two:

WHY TRUMP AND CRUZ RESONATE

DONALD TRUMP--Mr. Trump is a media magnet.  He attracts attention everywhere he goes, and he is beating the ruling class politicians and their accomplices in the media over the head daily with his blunt plain-talking.  Trump is resonating with the American people precisely because he is fighting against his own party and against the politicians in DC that have destroyed our nation.  Whether he has staying power remains to be seen, but Trump has forced the field to discuss the issues that the people want to hear about and has emboldened some of the candidates to find their backbone.  He is a scrappy no-nonsense fighter who can't be bought.

TED CRUZ--the top choice at this time would be Senator Ted Cruz.  His courageous battles against his corrupt party leadership show that he is the fighter that we are looking for.  He is willing to stand up to the party and to corruption and to stand with the people.  He is a brilliant constitutional legal mind who will crush his opponents in debates and his raw political courage is rare in today's political world.  Cruz represents a "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" candidate in that he is willing to fight for what is right and fulfill his campaign promises rather than sidle up to the teat of special interests like virtually the entire DC establishment.

CRUZ and TRUMP are resonating right now precisely because they reject the media-driven narrative that the GOP nominee needs to be a nice, cuddly moderate who won't oppose too much and will just stay civil the whole time.  They also recognize that the largest difference in politics today is not between the Democratic party and the GOP, it's between the permanent political class and the people. So far, both have shown an uncanny ability to stand with the people instead of the political ruling class.  They have tapped into what the America people want right now--someone who will fight for them.  Someone who will stand on their convictions and stand up to their own party.  Someone who will LEAD America back to being the shining city on a hill.

President Harry S. Truman summed up the leadership of the GOP quite nicely.  He said "there's a big distinction between the individual Republican voter and the policies of the Republican party...Republicans in Washington have a habit of becoming curiously deaf to the voice of the people...but they have no trouble at al hearing what Wall Street is saying.  They are able to catch the slightest whisper from big business and special interests."  He correctly summed up the McConnell-Boehner-Jeb! leadership approach of the party.  They don't care what the people want or believe.  They care only what their special interest/crony capitalism masters tell them to care about.  It's time for the people to stop supporting their nonsense.

It's time for the people to rise up and reclaim our government from the special interests and ruling class politicians.  That's why Cruz and Trump are resonating with voters this early on and that's the winning strategy for the GOP in 2016.  Will they follow the lead of Cruz and Trump or will they commit political suicide by following the Ford-Bush-Dole-McCain-Romney "only moderates can win" blueprint dictated by the media?

Only time will tell.


Harry Truman clearly met McConnell & Boehner.






Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Lone Star Conservative: Cruz: You Win the Independent Voter by Standing Clearly For Common Sense Values

Our friend Josh Painter over at Lone Star Conservative has posted a great video of a recent interview by Senator Ted Cruz with Fox News.  It's a short one, but worth the watch.  Click on the link to visit his site and view the clip.

This is why the "unelectable extremist" Ted Cruz is a false meme.  He is articulate, positive and has a rare demonstration of political courage to "tell it like it is" that will win over folks the way that Reagan did.  It is inspiring to see a strong contender like Cruz seek the presidency.

Lone Star Conservative: Cruz: You win the independent voter by standing cl...: Sen. Ted Cruz was interviewed by Martha MacCallum on Fox News Wednesday Morning: MacCallum seemed determined not to let Ted Cruz off easy.

Monday, March 23, 2015

What The Ted Cruz Candidacy Means

Cruz Announces: RINO hunting season begins...
Texas Senator Ted Cruz formally announced his campaign for the presidency today.  And that's a good thing for conservatism.

The GOP primary looks to be a gaggle of RINOS, big government conservatives, social conservatives, and tea party candidates racing toward what they see as a great shot at capturing the White House after 8 abysmal years of a malicious dictator.

A Ted Cruz candidacy means that there will be at least one fighter in the race.  Cruz has been one of the few potential candidates that I could get behind enthusiastically--Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal being 2 others.

It's too early for me to sign on with a particular campaign as I'd still like to see what Palin does, but I've been very impressed with Mr. Cruz's rollout today.  His speech was magnificent, his message coherent and his passion was palpable.

He is the real deal.

Ted Cruz called for the abolition of the IRS, the enactment of a flat tax, the repeal of Obamacare, a stronger foreign policy that stands with Israel and recognizes the threat of radical Islam, and a reigniting of America's greatness.  He cited his own personal story and explained the important role Christianity has played in his own life and in the life of our nation.  His call was a clarion call to return to the Judeo-Christian constitutional governance that DC has long discarded in favor of micro-managing incompetent socialism.

Cruz spoke with clarity, conviction and passion for common sense constitutional conservatism that no presidential candidate since Reagan has achieved.

And he has a record of standing up to fight, not just against the leftist media and Democrat opposition, but against the corrupt leadership of his own party.

That is something that we sorely need.  It's not enough to have someone who will tell us what we want to hear when in the comfort of a rally.  We need a leader who will, as Sarah Palin stated in 2008, not go to DC to win their approval, but to represent WE The People.

Very few potential candidates have demonstrated an ability to do that.  Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Lindsey Graham and Chris Christie have demonstrated that they are the polar opposite of that.  They would rather take on conservatives than win them over.  Candidates like Walker, Carson, Santorum, Huckabee, Rubio, and Perry have all fallen short on various issues, been manipulated by party masters on core issues, and/or had a hard time advocating conservatism across the board.  And that is worrisome.  We cannot and we will not turn this American ship around with the leadership of another Bush or Ford.  We need a Reagan.  And we need that Reagan desperately.

Cruz potentially could be a Reagan.

A good start for Cruz means good things for the constitution, for liberty and for America.

But how does it impact the race?

In my view, Cruz will ascend to the top tier of candidates.  His early entry will damage Texas Governor Rick Perry, as Cruz will pull support from Perry in Texas and weaken his ability to compete.  The last time Perry went against Cruz was during Cruz's senate primary run and Perry lost--badly.  So Perry will now have to get in sooner rather than later.

Social conservatives like Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson and Rick Santorum were also damaged severely by Cruz's early entrance.  Their appeal to evangelical conservatives will now drop somewhat as at least some of that base looks at Cruz.  Unlike the big government conservatism of Santorum and Huckabee and the nebulous political agenda of Carson, Cruz is a full-spectrum conservative and a good number of evangelicals will identify with his personal testimony and opt for a full-spectrum conservative instead of the well-intentioned good men of Carson, Santorum and Huckabee, who won't have what it takes to tackle the $18 trillion debt.

Cruz's entry and connection to the anniversary of Patrick Henry's famous speech calling for "liberty or death" will also impact libertarian GOP Senator Rand Paul's support.  Paul is great on issues of liberty and attracts a good amount of support for that record.  His foreign policy makes him a non-starter with many in the conservative movement as he seems insufficiently supportive of Israel and naive in the belief that isolationism is a winning strategy in 2015.

His early entry will also stop the Walker juggernaut.  The ongoing narrative over the last few weeks was how well Walker was playing and how strong his polling had become.  The reality, however, is that Walker lacks in several areas of conservative doctrine--among them amnesty, and common core.  He's also scheduled to address the Chamber of Commerce--a hotbed of crony capitalism, which is sending up red flags for those of us who would like a candidate who would fight crony capitalism.  The chamber of commerce is also a big fan of common core.

What remains to be seen is how Cruz will hold up as a candidate.  A good start does not always mean a good campaign, amiright Rick Perry? To be fair, he doesn't have executive experience.  He's only a little more experienced as a senator than Barack Obama was in 2007.  While I usually prefer leaders with executive experience, I realize that Abraham Lincoln was only a one-term congressman before running for president.  In 2016, my preference is for a fighter.  If I have to choose between the executive experience of Bush or Christie or the raw political courage and leadership of Cruz, I will pick Cruz every time.

Some names may opt not to run now that Cruz has made his stand.  Others will scramble to catch up. Jeb Bush and his crony capitalist ruling class political machine will begin their scorched-earth campaign against Cruz and any principled conservatives that may dare oppose his coronation.

Still remaining to be seen is how former Governor Sarah Palin will react to this candidacy.  Cruz and Palin are political soulmates and she will now face a choice--jump in and offer another voice and fighter against the ruling class in the party and in the media, or unite together. I suspect that Palin is already working toward her own plan for 2016, whatever that may be.  I also suspect that win or lose, Palin and Cruz will work together to ensure that the nomination for the GOP in 2016 goes to a true conservative and not another useless RINO.

There are miles and miles to go before Iowa.  How this will play out remains to be seen.  Today's announcement by Ted Cruz, however, is a positive one for our movement and for our nation.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

GAME ON? #ThatWoman Sarah Palin "Seriously Interested in 2016"

Palin's 2011 Iowa speech shows what a 2016 run would be like...
Former Alaska Governor and 2008 Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin has told the Washington Post that she is "seriously interested" in running for president in 2016.  Palin is in Iowa today to speak to the Iowa Freedom Summit where a number of potential 2016 candidates will be addressing folks in this important first caucus state.  Most of the media has ignored this as a sign that she might be interested in running, but it says something that she opted to join this event.

The media will dismiss her as a sideshow and insist she's just trying to get attention.  Palin famously flirted with the idea of running for president for the entire year of 2011 until ultimately opting out of the race in October.  She often spoke of "fire in the belly" and "open doors" for her to walk through leading many to believe that she was certain to take the presidential plunge.  I certainly was one of those folks who was convinced that she was running.

Something changed for Palin in fall of 2011 and she abandoned the idea of running.  Many of us were crushed and never really found another candidate to unite behind.

It could well be that Palin is just keeping her options open, but her actions and statements in the last few weeks have been more indicative of a potential candidacy than any time since the summer of 2011.  The 2016 race looks to be a crowded one, and Palin would do well to clarify her intentions one way or the other sooner rather than later.  She will not have the luxury of waiting until the last minute this time around.

For those that write off her chances, I would simply say that they aren't paying attention.  There is no doubt that Palin's reputation has taken a hit after years of media attacks.  However, when one looks to the raw political talent that she demonstrated in her races thus far, it is not impossible to believe that Palin would be able to claw back to the top of the heap.  The idea of Palin running her own national campaign would be a game-changer.

She is a tenacious campaigner, a fearless politician and one who doesn't take orders from the corrupt GOP party leadership or money folks.  She will call out both sides as she makes her case and in so doing change a lot of hearts and minds.  Expectations for Palin are so low that she will shock many Americans who confuse Tina Fey with the real deal.  As more Americans get to see the true Palin, the race for 2016 will dramatically change.  Having seen Palin's reception at CPAC firsthand, I can attest to the woman's rock star appeal.  The base loves her.  The only thing that she needs to do is convince people that she can be taken seriously.  And that is something she will be able to do with her masterful speech-giving at high profile events like today's summit in Iowa, a possible appearance at CPAC, and a speaking engagement over in the UK at Cambridge University.

For someone wondering what a Palin campaign might look and sound like, they would do well to watch this video of her speech in Iowa in 2011.   Her campaign would be a full-throated endorsement of free market capitalism, main street America and the "forgotten" working folks.  She would speak for those who are not well connected to the ruling class elite in both parties.  She would take on corruption in both parties, skewer the permanent political class, and make a priority of ending crony capitalism.  She would also vigorously pursue constitutional government in a  field of quasi-statists.

At this point, there is no certainty that Palin will opt to run.  The fact that she is seriously interested in doing so is a promising sign that this race is about to get very interesting indeed.

It should be noted that while I am a supporter of Governor Palin, I do not pretend to know what she intends to do, nor will I be surprised if she runs or if she opts not to.  I do believe that whether she runs or not, she intends to play a larger role in 2016 than in 2012.  I will support her in whatever decision she makes.  As she put it herself when disappointed supporters lashed out at her decision not to run in 2011, if we trust her to lead the nation, we should trust her to make decisions that are best for her own family.





Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Obama SOTU: Not Even Worth Addressing

Obama's SOTU in a nutshell...
Barack Obama's state of the union speech was what you would expect--at least according to the reviews that I read.  I didn't watch the speech and I have no intention of doing so.

Barack Obama is who he has always been.  He is a petty, narcissistic radical ideologue who refuses to work with anyone unless they submit to him.  He views his radical anti-American, anti-capitalist, anti-Christian agenda as sacrosanct regardless of election results.  He doesn't feel that he answers to anyone and will never compromise. He also refuses to engage in reality and continues to view the nation and the world through the prism of his particular ideological bent. As the world burns in flames set by radical Islamic terrorists, Mr. Obama sees only praiseworthy peace adherents in that religion.  In a nation with 18 trillion in debt, Mr. Obama sees an opportunity to give away more free stuff.  In a nation with a crumbling healthcare system, Mr. Obama seeks adulation for his efforts to crush that system under the guise of helping people.  And finally, in a world of dangerous ongoing threats, Mr. Obama sees the wisdom in diminishing America's standing in the world and slashing our military budget.

So, instead of dissecting his narcissistic claim that he doesn't have another election to face because "he won them both" or dealing with the endless references to himself that he peppers his speeches with, or any of the other ideological rage, I will simply allow the photo recap of his speech to suffice.

It is both comforting and unnerving to realize that there are 2 years left of the Obama menace.  While it is comforting that a new president will be in office 2 years from now, given the rapid pace with which Obama dismantles the nation, one has to realistically question if America as we know it has two years left to hang on until new leadership can take over.

We can only hope that a real leader will emerge from the gaggle of candidates planning a 2016 run to lead America back to the way of common sense, Constitutional governance, and personal liberty.



Monday, January 12, 2015

Obama's Two Reasons for Snubbing Paris Rally

The world sans the US, stands against Islamic terror...
Much has been made about the unity rally in Paris and the lack of a notable attendee representing the United States.  The rally was both a bold and strategically dangerous display of world leaders out in the open demonstrating that they stood in opposition to the Islamic terrorists hellbent on killing all the infidels around the world and ending western civilization.  It was an impressive statement by brave leaders such as Benjamin  Netanyahu and Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Notably absent:  President Barack Hussein Obama (mmm mmm mmm).

Now, sure, we sent our ambassador.  I have no idea what her name even is, but I'm sure she's a doll.  She probably raised a lot of money for the president's various campaigns.  We briefly entertained the idea that Attorney General Eric Holder attended the event, but then we realized that he was already in France for another event and simply photo bombed in the leadership photo op and left before the event took place.

To be fair, the president was very busy.  His schedule was empty and he had football to watch at home.

The reality of Obama's absence is that it is completely consistent with his worldview.  His absence from this event helps to underscore and further his agenda in two very important ways.

The first main reason why Obama opted to flip the bird to our allies is that by showing up, Mr. Obama would be acknowledging that Islamic terror exists and is an existential threat to our society.  This is the same man who inexplicably went to bed instead of monitoring a savage assault on our embassy in Benghazi.  While our ambassador was dragged into the streets and brutally murdered, Mr. Obama caught some Z's and then hopped on a plane for a fundraiser with Beyonce and Jay-Z.  He or one of his high-level designees, also gave the "stand down" order to those forces in the area who were ready, willing and able to step in and save our fellow citizens so as not to endanger his political meme that he had ended Islamic terror.

This is the same Obama who used his first international trip as president to give a speech in Cairo in 2009 to absurdly praise Muslims for their great contributions to America by specifically highlighting the 1796 Treaty of Tripoli as the Muslim world taking a great step of acknowledging our fledgling nation.  This despite the fact that the treaty was a blackmail agreement between Muslim pirates and the Adams administration where the US agreed to pay ransom so that our ships and merchants would stop getting attacked and sold into slavery by the Barbary pirates.

This is the same Obama who calls the war on terror on foreign soil "overseas contingency operations" and the Islamic Fort Hood massacre "workplace violence."

This is the same president who callously ran for re-election in 2012 on the premise that GM was alive and Al Qaeda was dead despite ongoing slaughter of Americans abroad including the aforementioned slaughter in Benghazi in September of that year.  Oh, and who later told us that ISIS was a JV team and not a threat to anyone.

This is the same president who took to the podium at the UN to declare that the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Allah as though the western world was the one conducting a bloody religious war upon Islam and not the other way around.

And finally, this is the president who takes every opportunity that he can to trash Israel and draw a moral equivalence between a democracy that is defending its people from terrorism and a people who elect terrorists to govern them and who would rather endanger their own children if it meant killing more Jews.

To stand with France during this display of unity against Islamic terror would be to acknowledge that such terror exists and President Barack Hussein Obama is simply incapable of doing so.  He has demonstrated time and time again that he will manipulate reality, reason and contort the facts to provide a rosy view of Islam, while smearing Americans that he doesn't agree with.  To Obama, Islam is truly a religion of peace and there is no such thing as rampant Islamic terrorism.

Another reason that Mr. Obama opted to be a no-show at the rally was his view of America on the international stage.  Mr. Obama takes after the anti-imperial mentality of his socialist African father and believes that America is more often than not, a force for evil in the world.  Mr. Obama's agenda has always been about reducing America's standing in the world so that some sort of balance can be restored where all are equal and no individual nation has too much power.  The optic of world leaders standing tall without the assistance of the United States would help to fulfill Obama's global vision of a weakened America that knows her place is in the background.

This is why he has demonstrated time and time again that his version of negotiating with our enemies is to give everything away and get nothing in return.  See his normalization of relations with Cuba.  Sure, some might argue that the United States normalized relations with Vietnam and China and such.  And we did.  But in each case, America negotiated some gain in those normalizations.  Mr. Obama simply said, "meh, Cuba's fine."

This is also why Mr. Obama has weakened our military might to the lowest level since before World War II despite the increasingly volatile state of the world.

Make no mistake, the administration can hem and haw and pretend to be apologetic about not having a high profile representative at the unity rally, but the reality is that this was intentional.  Mr. Obama has demonstrating that above all else, he possesses the ability to live in his own delusional world where facts are no longer true if he wishes them not to be.  In the Obama world, Islam is always peaceful and America needs to diminish her standing in the world.  Those priorities are sacrosanct to the Obama administration.  They must be upheld at the expense of our allies and indeed our own citizens if need be.

Behold the glorious hope and change of leading from behind.



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