The Real American award for 2013

Who embodied American values best in 2013? Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, December 30, 2013 ― With the end of the year upon us, it is time to honor an American who stood for this nation’s highest ideals in 2013.

A week ago, we listed ten nominees. The selection drew immediate comment from Times readers, and suggestions for additional names.

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One of these gets a very special mention. His name is Marcus Luttrell, the author of “Lone Survivor.” He was a Navy Seal who was part of an operation in Afghanistan called “Operation Red Wing.” He and his teammates were sent on a dangerous mission to capture or kill an important Taliban leader. Their mission was compromised when they ran into some goat herders. Instead of killing them or even aborting the mission, they continued on. Three of the four team members were killed. The team’s leader, Lt. Michael Murphy, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism.

Marcus Luttrell has given more than any American could be asked to give. He was at the tip of the spear for many years and he deserves recognition. The movie “Lone Survivor” opens in January.

An honorable mention goes to another real American: Phil Robertson. Robertson did something very simple and very profound.

Robertson is a man of deep religious beliefs. When those beliefs were mocked and attacked by liberal bullies in the media, he simply refused to surrender. He stood up for his beliefs.

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Robertson did what generations of Americans before him did; they refused to be cowed. By simply standing up for his beliefs, he pushed the bullies on the other side into collapse. Millions of Americans rallied around the “Duck Commander” and showed their support for him and for liberty in America.

That brings us to the winner of the real American award for 2013: Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz emboldened Republicans in Washington, at least those not in the leadership, and inspired people to fight. He stood and did what Republicans should have done two years ago. He tried to shut Obamacare down. Because Republicans are a minority in the Senate, his effort was doomed. Any chance it might have had was iced when the man who is supposed to be working on getting a Republican Majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell knifed Cruz in the back.

Cruz did what the Tea Party has been begging Republicans to do for years; he stood and fought. Sometimes you pick a fight you know you cannot win because the fight is still worth fighting.

Obamacare was a hill worth fighting over. In doing so, Cruz not only showed conservatives that they can stand and fight, he also demonstrated in no uncertain terms that the Republican leadership is not our ally in the conservative movement.

2014 is upon America. It will be a crucial year for this nation. This will be a year when we need more people like Ted Cruz, Phil Robertson and Marcus Luttrell. We will need more people who will make a stand for liberty.

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Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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