The 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference began with an invigorating address by Tea Party hero and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. He offered a list of steps America must take to reclaim the future for liberty-loving patriots. The Western Center for Journalism was there Thursday morning as he opened CPAC with his rousing speech.
While he touched on issues such as reforming the IRS, his most well-received point — from the audience’s perspective — was his encouraging message regarding Barack Obama’s disastrous healthcare law.
“We need to repeal every single word of ObamaCare,” he insisted.
The administration and some in the media, he explained, have a clear message for those who oppose the law and its intrusive mandates. They say repeal is “hopeless” and that “you can’t do anything to stop this.”
At that point, a cry from the audience put a new spin on Obama’s own rallying slogan: “Yes we can!”
Without missing a beat, Cruz picked up on the crowd’s momentum and applause, agreeing that getting rid of the law is indeed feasible.
To do so, he explained, “We need to stop the lawlessness.”
Cruz described Obama as the “first president who thinks he can choose which laws to enforce and which laws to ignore.”That type of leadership, he confirmed, is “inconsistent to our Constitution,” adding that, under such a regime, “you no longer have a president.”
ObamaCare, however, is assuredly not the only issue threatening liberty in America.
“We need to eliminate corporate welfare and crony capitalism,” he said, listing a few steps he suggested in combating the problem.
“If you come to Washington and serve in Congress, there should be a lifetime ban on lobbying,” he said. “We need to pass a strong constitutional amendment that puts into law term limits.”
He admitted that many in power would criticize his plan as too ambitious.
There are “lots of voices in Washington that will say, ‘No, this is too bold. You can’t stand against the IRS … You can’t not bankrupt the country — just slow it down a bit.”
He recalled a bumper sticker proposal that stated: “Republicans: We Waste Less.”
Fortunately, he concluded, America’s solutions “will not come from Washington” but from a citizenry fed up with the corruption that has put this nation in increasing jeopardy.
–B. Christopher Agee
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