Entries in Ted Cruz (10)

Saturday
May042013

NRA Institute for Legal Action Opens Annual Meeting in Houston

(HOUSTON)  Where we see tragedy, Barack Obama and Michael Bloomberg, they see opportunity, said Chris Cox, the executive director for the NRAs Institute for Legislative Action (ILA).

While we pray for God to comfort those suffering unimaginable pain, they rush to microphones and cameras, gather in war rooms on Capitol Hill and scheme about how to use that suffering to push their political agenda, he continued. Thats who they are and what they believe, but not us.

Cox argued those who want more firearm regulations on the books are simply using the recent tragedies to push their political agendas.

We are the moms and dads and sons of daughters of the National Rifle Association, and we want to prevent Newtown, not take advantage of it, Cox said.

Wayne LaPierre, executive Vice President of the NRA described the main stream medai as distorting the gun debate in favor of gun control advocates and arguing that those in Washington and the elites are demonizing NRA members.

We know that every word spoken today and throughout this weekend is going to be scrutinized by our opponents but let me make this perfectly clear, we will never back away from our resolve to defend our rights and the rights of all law-abiding American gun owners.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he never loses faith in the founding fathers wisdom to include the Second Amendment of the Constitution among the Bill of Rights.

I wish that sentiment was found in more places, particularly a place whose boundaries are on the Potomac River, he said.

Our message to them, and our message to everyone in the country, is simple, he continued, adding a plug to the Lone Star State. There is still a place that loves freedom in America, where people can pursue their dreams free from the kneejerk government regulations that occur. That place is called Texas. That place is called Texas. We want to invite you, if youre not already here, consider coming to the place that loves freedom.

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas challenged Vice President Joe Biden to a debate. Biden lead a task force for the Obama administration on coming up with a set of gun control proposals. One of his recommendations was for women to get a shotgun and fire it indiscriminately in the air if they feel threatened by a home invader.

I would like to invite the Vice President to engage in an hour long conversation and debate – how do we stop crime? And if Vice President Biden really believes the facts are on his side, that this is not simply an exercise in political power by the administration, then I think he would welcome the opportunity to talk about the sources, he said.

Tara Kyle, the widow of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, gave an emotional speech at the event, where she fought back tears to describe her husband who had become known as a hero among members of the military and gun enthusiasts. In his autobiography, he claimed he killed 160 people during five combat tours in Iraq, a record for a U.S. military sniper.

While publishers and some parts of the public are impressed with numbers of kills, that number did not interest him, a number that would have been much more important to him would have been if someone could have told him the number of lives he saved, Taya Kyle said.

Former Pennsylvania Senator and 2012 GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum warned in a broader argument that Obama was attacking Americans freedoms on a larger scale.

He also praised NRA supporters for weathering the gun control debate, calling them freedom warriors.

You stood tall–as unpopular as it seemed–but you stood for the truth. You didnt let all the smoke and the mirrors of trying to hide behind a horrible tragedy, to turn you from the truth, he said, though he received a more tepid response from the audience than some of the other speakers.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal spoke about the Obamas obsession with gun control, and the Democrats failure to control spending, the deficit. He said Obama has also failed America on health care and tax reform.

I believe he wants to be a good president, but he does have a lack of trust. He doesnt trust Americans, like you and I trust Americans. He will not succeed until that changes, he said.

Watch Senator Cruz pro-Constitution anti-crime message challenging crazy Joe Biden to an hour-long debate on gun violence.

I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them. -George Mason Co-author of the Second Amendment during Virginias Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788

Saturday
Mar302013

Progressives Use Tragedy to Advance Tyranny

Friday
Mar292013

Patriot Senators Vow to Stop Unconstitutional National Firearms Registration

Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee who provided the most support for the filibuster of the drone program intend to use less dramatic means to block Senate gun control legislation.  The White House is playing the phony sensitivity card to further their liberal fascist gun control agenda.

Let me make it clear; there is NOTHING in this proposed Progressive gun legislation that would have done ANYTHING to stop Newtown or Aurora. Nor will anything in the law stop future criminals and crazies intent on mass shootings.

These gun control measure are intended to curtail legal gun ownership and restrict the Second Amendment civil rights of law abiding citizens.  It takes a legally armed good guy to stop an illegally armed bad guy. PERIOD

The proposals Obama is calling for Congress to pass would serve to reduce the constitutionally protected rights of law-abiding citizens while having little or no effect on violent crime.  In a press release Senator Lee said,  It is deeply unfortunate that he continues to use the tragedy at Newtown as a backdrop for pushing legislation that would have done nothing to prevent that horrible crime. Along with my colleagues Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, I have informed the Majority Leader that we will exercise our procedural right to require a 60-vote threshold in order to bring any of the presidents proposals to the floor.

“We will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions,” the lawmakers wrote  to Senate Majority Harry Reid, D-Nev., in a letter on Friday.

The White House criticized the Republican senators’ decision. “To tell the families of those who lost their children to gun violence, that votes like this might be filibustered, I don’t think that would be welcome news.”

Senator Cruz raised the specter of a national gun registry in a statement explaining his move. “The Democrats’ proposed legislation would require universal background checks for private sales between law-abiding citizens, which according to DOJ would be effective only if accompanied by a national gun registry,” he said. “This raises serious constitutional issues, and would divert resources from prosecuting felons and fugitives who try to illegally purchase guns.”

Senator Lee refuses to let the left usurp civil rights easily. “Bills that potentially violate Americans’ constitutional rights should at least pass with a bipartisan majority and not be imposed by the majority alone,” communications director Brian Phillips told The Washington Examiner. “That’s why we have these rules in the Senate.”

By requiring a 60-vote threshold to end the debate, the Republican Senators can increase pressure on red-state Democrats who face re-election in 2014. Dirty Harry Reid has been trying to protect them from tough votes on gun control by separating the assault weapons ban from the broader gun package, which allows some lawmakers to vote for the full bill but against the ban. But if the red-state Democrats are needed to overcome the opposition posed by Paul, Lee, and Cruz, they might have to take the kind of vote that could damage them in 2014.

Senators who vote against the interests and principles of the Constitution and their constituents must be held accountable. The proposed legislation would require individuals to keep private records of gun sales they make, FOREVER.  This creates a national gun registry, which is contrary to current federal law and a violation of Second Amendment civil rights.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., continue to work on reaching a compromise, but they have yet to produce a bill both sides can agree on. 

Ranking Judiciary Committee member Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is working on an alternative bill.  The bill is still being written, and it is an alternative to reduce gun violence, says a spokesman in Grassleys office. Sen. Grassley wants to address gun violence in a manner that does not violate the constitution, which is why he is working on a separate bill.

They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. -Ben Franklin -American Statesman

Sunday
Mar172013

Second Amendment Musket Myth Debunked by Supreme Court

Some media outlets have incorrectly characterized what U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said at yesterday’s Judiciary Committee mark-up on guns. In particular, some commentators have attacked a straw-man, falsely claiming Cruz argued the Heller v. DC case did not allow any restrictions at all under the Second Amendment.

What Sen. Cruz said was directly to the contrary, as this hearing clip demonstrates:

Senator Cruz said Heller makes clear that laws prohibiting weapons “in common use” for self-defense are unconstitutional. Thus, under Heller “dangerous and unusual” weapons—like fully automatic machine guns and sawed-off shotguns—can be restricted, but weapons like so-called “assault weapons” which are undoubtedly “in common use” (with over 4 million owned by Americans) cannot.

@piersmorgan on Twitter:
The 2nd amendment was devised with muskets in mind, not high-powered handguns & assault rifles. Fact.

 

Progressives think of themselves as iintellectual elites but most of us know them as America’s biggest hypocrites.  We constantly hear them echo the likes of Piers Morgan with their the Second Amendment only protects muskets liberal fascist propaganda. 

So First Amendment free speech on applies to a soap box on a street corner and freedom of the press only applies to a printing press? 🍀


The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. So we have come to a time for choosing. -Ronald Reagan -October 27, 1964

Thursday
Mar072013

Eric Holder Reluctantly Admits POTUS Limited in Droning of Americans on USA

Yesterday Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, representing the Tea Party and Constitutional Libertarians, was finally able to get Attorney General Eric Holder to admit that it is unconstitutional to kill Americans on U.S. soil via a drone strike, if the American terror suspect does not pose an “imminent threat.”

After much bobbing and weaving Holder finally conceded that such a strike would not constitutional. It took Cruz close to four minutes to admit it.  The lame stream media, which is now the primary propaganda arm of the White House, refused to report this exchange.  This is further proof that following the New Media is the only way to keep from becoming a dangerous low information voter.

The colloquy was sparked by a letter Holder sent to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, on the subject which seemed to suggest otherwise. In the letter, Holder said:

It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the president to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States.

Cruz took the opportunity of Holder’s appearance this morning before the senate Judiciary Committee to ask about the government stance. “If an individual is sitting quietly in a cafe in the US, in your legal judgment, does the Constitution allow a US citizen on US soil to be killed by a drone?” Cruz asked, adding later the qualifier:  ”If that individual is not posing an imminent and immediate threat of death or bodily harm.”

Holder responded: “On the basis of what you said, I don’t think you can arrest that person.”

Cruz tried again: “If the person is suspected to be a terrorist,  you have abundant evidence that he is a terrorist and he is involved in terrorist plots but at the moment he is not pointing a bazooka at the Pentagon. He is sitting in a cafe … does the Constitution allow a drone to kill that citizen?”

Holder began: “I would not think that would be an appropriate use of any kind of lethal force. We would deal with that in a way we would typically deal with a situation like that…”

Cruz cut back in, pointing out  ”My question wasn’t about appropriateness or prosecutorial discretion. It was a simple legal question. ” He then reiterated his question. Holder again said that in that situation, “I would not think that in that situation use of a drone or lethal force would be appropriate”.

Cruz then asked why Holder could not respond with a simple yes or no. They went back and forth again before an exasperated Holder finally responded: ” Translate my ‘appropriate’ to ‘no.’  I thought I was saying ‘no’.”

“That statement has not been easily forthcoming,” Cruz noted.

“Government money only pays for the liberties the government thinks you should have, and therefore it can determine how you exercise them. That turns liberties into privileges dispensed at the whim of the state.”
― Jonah Goldberg