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.
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.
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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