McCain, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul: Who's conservative, who's Republican?

It is not hyperbole to insist that now is the time to stop impending financial ruin of our nation: It is an understatement. Photo: AP

WAKE FOREST, N.C., July 29, 2013 ― Senators John McCain and Ted Cruz are both Republicans, but are they both conservative? Are the terms “conservative” and “Republican”synonymous?

They should be, but they are not. Politicians pander to get votes; statesmen define their issues and remain true to them as a matter of principle and conviction. “Republican” is a political affiliation and a label of convenience; “conservative” is a matter of principle.

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The platform of the Republican Party has been fundamentally Conservative. That describes the platform, not the actions of its elected officials. The platform typically supports:

  • smaller government
  • respect for the U.S. Constitution
  • balanced and fiscally-sound budgets
  • strong national defense; peace through strength
  • less burdensome regulations and taxation on the private sector
  • personal responsibility; less government infringement on individual rights
  • a judiciary that embraces a strict constructionist approach to the law

Sadly, some who call themselves Republican, especially in the Senate, have abandoned many of these planks. They have done it for the sake of political correctness, working across the aisle for the sake of bipartisanship. They are more concerned with public image and possible accusations of racism or protecting the rich than with principles. 

Some believe that if you are a conservative and are registered as Republican that you should not be critical of the actions of elected GOP officials; we are not privy to the complex considerations that they have had to deal with in the process of brokering legislation.

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Or so the reasoning goes. 

That logic asks conservatives to help facilitate their own abuse. And abused is how we the people feel when lawmakers, who pledged when they sought our votes to embrace conservative principles, instead legislate according to Washington politics.

Office holders should be held accountable. They shouldn’t expect us, like abused spouses, to support them no matter what, and we should not believe, like abused spouses, that we really need them and cannot live without them.

We are not only disappointed; we are outraged. Republican politicians care nothing for conservatives. 

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Senator John McCain has called the tea party “Hobbits.” He has alienated himself from conservatives, who see him as a career politician more comfortable working across the aisle with Democrats than he is with Conservative Republicans. McCain has maligned Senators Ted Cruz and Senator Rand Paul, calling them “wacko birds” for their opposition to initiatives pushed by President Obama. He said of immigration reform:

“I think President Obama has been handling it right, because if the president interferes too much, then obviously it alienates some of the people we need to support it immigration reform. We need to have ­­‒ the broadest coalition I’ve ever seen is behind this bill, business, labor, the Evangelicals, Catholic Church, high tech, agriculture business, agricultural workers. I mean, you name it, they’re all out there. …

“Don’t we agree that 11 million people in the shadows is de facto amnesty? Don’t you think we ought to act? Please, members of Congress, not in a negative fashion, but, please, members of Congress, pass a bill. Just get together and pass a bill. Then we go to conference and we come out with a – with a result that you can vote for or against.”

The majority of the American people do not want amnesty for tens of millions of illegal immigrants.

Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina chides fellow Republicans who want to defund ObamaCare for fear that full implementation of the law will result in financial ruin for the country. Not sharing their concern, Burr said in a recent statement: 

“Defunding the Affordable Care Act is not achievable through shutting down the federal government. At some point you’re going to open the federal government back up, and Barack Obama’s going to be president, and he won’t have signed this illusion of the Affordable Care Act.”

Apparently, instead of fighting hard to prevent the inevitable demise of the private sector if ObamaCare is not repealed, Burr is willing to wave the white flag and declare, “que sera, sera.”

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is willing to sacrifice our civil liberties and privacy for a false sense of security. The American people do not agree with the government’s ever expanding reach into our privacy; it is unconstitutional.

But when asked about the NSA’s spy program, Graham answered:

“I’m a Verizon customer. I don’t mind Verizon turning over records to the government if the government is going to make sure that they try to match up a known terrorist phone with somebody in the United States. I don’t think you’re talking to the terrorists. I know you’re not. I know I’m not. So we don’t have anything to worry about.”

Conservatism is the best and closest parallel to the principles outlined in the U.S. Constitution. So called social justice, redistribution of wealth, legislating from the judicial bench, and a plethora of Liberal initiatives may be shrouded in good intentions, but they don’t pass the smell test of constitutionality.

It is not hyperbole to insist that now is the time to stop impending financial ruin of our nation: It is an understatement.

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Bill was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the neighborhood known as the Lower Ninth Ward.  His U.S. Navy career spanned from August 1974 through December 2001, during which he had a decorated and distinguished span of honorable service.  His profession and specialty was Earth Science (Meteorology, Oceanography and Geodesy).  After retiring from active duty on January 1, 2002, he entered the private sector as an Independent Insurance Agent (AFLAC) and garnered recognition as a top performer as a new member. Shortly thereafter he earned his B.S. degree in Business Management, and later earned his MBA degree.  He has also earned Information Technology (IT) Certification from Wake Technical Community College (May 2013).  Bill worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Milwaukee VA Pension Center (2002 –2005), processing hundreds of benefits claims for veterans and their family members.  Bill subsequently relocated and served on the staff of a local church in Pensacola, FL (May – Dec 2005), and then accepted a business opportunity as a Generalist with a major Management Consulting Firm (2006 – 2008).  Bill now owns a private Management Consulting company based in Wake Forest, NC.  He and his family relocated to North Carolina after his wife, Wendy, accepted a job offer in there.  He once ran for Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party (June 2009).  He has also twice run for U.S Congress (NC-13th Congressional district), winning the GOP nomination in the 2010 Primary, and losing in the GOP Primary in 2012.  He is an author and a Community Chaplain.  Bill and his wife have resided in Wake Forest, NC since October 2008.  Bill has a son and four daughters.

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