Ted Cruz spoke to the group at CPAC about changing government. As I've written here a thousand times, we need representatives who truly protect our rights and abide by the Constitution. It's quaint, I know, but, nonetheless, we can't survive without individual rights and Constitutional limits. Representatives like Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul understand this concept of constitutionally limited government. Cruz said that Republicans have to stand on principles, and if the GOP continues to get behind the likes of McCain and Dole, deal-makers who operate according to political pragmatism and what's best for the maintenance of the political establishment, they won't win. McCain and all the other deal-makers, statists, insiders, power-mongers and progressives are concerned with power and control over the American people, finance, industry, energy, transporation, education, etc.
Republicans like McCain, McConnell and Boehner pretend to promote limited government conservativism when they feel the heat, and they'll even give lip service to some aspects of libertarianism, but they're statists -- they make deals and compromise principles to maintain a place in the government power game. When confronted they'll say that governing is about the art of the deal, and that if they don't compromise they can't get anything done, and if conservatives want to play a part in developing policies according to conservative principles, then they have to wheel and deal at times. We all know what all this deal-making and compromising have gotten us -- government interventionism and a broken Constitution that's ignored. I won't go through the litany of consequences that come from government interventions -- you should know it all by now.
While Cruz told the attendees at CPAC that we have to stand firmly on principles and limit government, Chris Christie said that while being principled is important, what's most important to the GOP is winning, so that Republicans can guide and mold society. Guide and mold society. This is the difference between the centrist/deal-maker/establishment GOP and the limited government conservatives. It's the difference between Christie wanting to win power in order to guide and mold society and Cruz who wants to eliminate the IRS, cronyism, corporate welfare, etc. and limit government power in general. When Christie said that principles are fine but the GOP has to win, what did he mean? Cruz wants to stand on principles and win by doing so. Christie is basically saying he has to compromise his principles in order to win. Cruz wants to win so that the all American people have their say within Constitutional limits, while Christie wants to guide and mold society.
The choice is clear -- Republicans can nominate a McCain-like, deal-making, statist, power-monger who'll regulate and control like a Democrat and keep us bogged down in foreign interventions or Republicans can do something different and trust a principled, limited government campaign by nominating Ted Cruz or someone like him.