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“Beware, my lord, of jealousy: It is the green-eyed monster….” (Othello)

Three weeks after the opening of our government, I finally realized why there is so much hatred for Senator Ted Cruz and company: Jealousy. Cruz’s words and actions served as the political equivalent of Dramamine by freeing Americans from the motion sickness that comes from Washington, DC’s normal cycle of spin. Cruz’s critics are jealous of his ability to cut through their spin, grab the American people’s attention, and draw their focus to a conservative mission.

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This jealousy explains the hours between the end of the filibuster and the beginning of the government shutdown. Whereas those crucial hours could have been used to seize the momentum and expose the failures of Obama’s policies, moderates instead spent that time strategizing about how to punish the honest mavericks of the party. Then, with the momentum lost and defeat assured, they blamed Ted Cruz and the Tea Party instead of taking responsibility for their miscalculations.

This is unfortunately an old refrain – a broken record the moderates never get tired of trotting out. They lead us into the desert without water or a map, and then they blame conservatives when things go wrong. In the past, their names have included Dole, McCain, and Romney. The real shocker is not that in each case we lost on election day, but rather that the next day we allowed the moderates to not only stay in power but more importantly place the blame for the loss on conservatives.

Whether you agree with Senator Cruz and his filibuster, you must give him credit for broadening the circle of engagement on a political issue and making a policy item hard to ignore for most Americans. Those who normally couldn’t even name their own Senator saw a man standing up for twenty-two hours, and I’d bet their curiosity made them probe a bit more to find his motivation. Now, as Obamacrash is continuing on its downward spiral, those same people will think back to the man who was trying to warn them. They’ll remember him and his warning every time they get a medical bill in the mail, every time they’re forced off a health plan they like, and every time they go to file their annual taxes.

This is a whole new group of people who might never before have voted Republican, and they wouldn’t have existed without Ted Cruz and the Tea Party. They’ll be there for the Republican Party in 2014 and 2016. The question is: Will the Republican Party be there for them?

The answer depends on whether we turn the reins of the party over to the Dole-McCain-Romney crowd, or whether we move the GOP to the right of center, where it belongs and where it will win. Just as Obama won two elections without being tied down by the hawkish, socially conservative wing of the Democratic Party – yes, once upon a time, it did exist – we need to cut the puppet strings of the moderates in the GOP and then make our party once again the party of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan – both of whom knew a thing or two about winning presidential elections by standing up for their principles and appealing straight to the people.

One of my mentors, Monica Crowley, once said that our Constitution actually set up four branches of Government. We all know of the first three: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. However, we tend to forget the most important one: The People’s Branch. It’s time for the people to reclaim the power of this branch, and the first step is to reestablish a fearless, principled, and straight-talking party of the people, which was and can be again the Republican Party.

Comments

  1. Malcom Treadway says:

    Bravo, Ms. Hughes. From your lips to God’s ear.

  2. I agree with your assessment on Ted Cruz. The statists in Both parties are running scared of Ted Cruz. I wish wish wish I could see Ted debate Hillary. What a treat that would be.

  3. As far as I’m concerned, truth trumps strategy. I have a feeling that many Americans feel the same. About time we come from behind the smokescreen and into the light. Bravo, Senator Cruz!

  4. Ralph Waldo says:

    John McLame is history, he’s just not smart enough to realize it.

  5. Barbara Scott says:

    It takes a woman to see through all the male posturing into the heart of the matter. The young stallions are pulling to the forefront and the old geldings are pawing and snorting!

    • Malcom Treadway says:

      Funny, I hadn’t thought of Ted Cruz as female. Nor am I sure Scottie Hughes’ femininity trumps her cognitive abilities. This old stallion, not quite a gelding yet, will have to look harder.

    • Happy Customer says:

      Barbara, I must disagree. With the woman part. Not because it’s not PC, but because it’s just not true. There are a lot of women in Congress and the Administration that are dangerous and anti-American. Women are no better than men, nor worse.

    • Happy Customer says:

      Barbara, I must disagree. With the woman part. Not because it’s not PC, but because it’s just not true. There are a lot of women in Congress and the Administration that are dangerous and anti-American. Women are no better than men, nor worse.

    • Happy Customer says:

      i’m a woman.

    • Happy Customer says:

      i’m a woman.

  6. Hello Scottie, Mt name is Char, I do not see away to reach you by phone on this site. In the 1990 a group of Seantors- Judges- Hollywood- Law enforcment (and more) and regurlar citizens went to Washinging and served every member , Clinton, on down every last one of them with TITLE 18 and Law suite, We did not have the internet and mostly the oversees press covered it. ( I can explaine if you call 609-506-0141 NJ number but I live in Fla.) This group has been fighting this gouverment out of control for over thirty years, You might call us the Grandparents of the TP. Please I am asking that you call me I have something very important to discuss with you a REAL PLAN and a way to stop this unconstitutional goverment., and a way to fund it.
    God Bless America
    Char

  7. Jason Hunt says:

    Ted Revere.

  8. Rhonda Kelley (nee Williams) says:

    YES, our party need adjusting for sure!

  9. terry1956 says:

    After World War Two the GOP nominated an establishment Republican in 46, 52, 56,60, 68,72,76,88,92,96, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012.
    The establishment nominee won in 7 out of 14 times or half the time.
    After the War they nominated a conservative in 64,80 and 84 and in two out of three of those times the conservative won.
    The odds have been better when the GOP nominated a conservative for president..

  10. Happy Customer says:

    Jealousy, envy, resentment, fear, greed, etc… power is vulnerable to all of these, to the point of soul-selling, or at least cutting off the nose to spite the face. Those who have succumbed, we work hard to be rid of. Or at least throw money at their opponents.

  11. Dana Dutcher says:

    I blame the religious nuts for our defeats. although I believe in God and Jesus I believe religious nuts need to check their faiths. You religious nuts stayed home last election because a mormon was running and you handed that election to Obama. You religious nuts gave us Obamacare because you stayed home instead of voting Romney. So keep it up Religious nuts. Go ahead and keep losing.

    Maybe we need to kick these religious nuts to the curb. Maybe we should accept that some women are going to have abortions and allow God to deal with that. If you really want to stop the nuts in the democrat party then you had better drop that abortion crap. Don’t get me wrong, I despise abortion but that one issue kills us everytime.

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