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30 Mar
2015
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Ted Cruz’s Right Ideas

By NYYRC Blogger Lawrence Jeffords

Whether or not he becomes the Republican candidate for president in 2016, during his announcement, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) floated some winning ideas that all Republicans should embrace.

The Promise of America. Many in our country take for granted the great opportunities and hope the United States offers to both our citizens as well as people worldwide. In his speech, Cruz began by talking about America’s promise and how without it he would not be where he is today. This is a point that can resonate with both natural-born citizens and immigrants. People do not flock to America because she is the same as the lands they left, but because she is different and offers the greatest opportunities and best advantages. “You can come here with nothing and achieve anything,” said Cruz. Liberals would have you believe that this country only provides an edge to the wealthy. However, there is no greater edge than being an American, all of our citizens have it, and millions have come here to get it, and this is a point that should be driven home by the Republican Party. Cruz rightly reminded our country of “the American exceptionalism that has made this nation a clarion voice for freedom in the world, a shining city on a hill.”

Liberty. Regulations from the executive agencies are stifling our freedoms. Cruz talked about standing for and restoring the liberty given to us by the Founders. The government installed by them was designed to protect our liberty, but today’s government has eroded it. The federal government spies on its citizens without warrants; it stifles economic growth through over-regulation; and it eliminated large swaths of the healthcare market and reduced citizens’ choices through Obamacare. Reigning in the bureaucratic government will increase economic opportunity through reducing regulations and allow for more growth and innovation in energy, healthcare, and a myriad of other areas. School choice is another area where restoration of liberty will help our citizens by giving all of them the opportunity to get a quality education of their choice. Republicans need to stand and promote liberty as the way to turn our country around.

Restoring the Constitution. Cruz stated “it’s time to restore the Constitution,” and “as Thomas Jefferson put it,the Constitution serves as chains to bind the mischief of government.” As we have seen during this administration the citizenry is imperiled when the officers sworn to uphold and obey the Constitution show nothing but contempt for it. We have been living through arguably the most lawless and Constitutionally ignorant administration in our history.
In fact, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled actions taken by the Obama Administration to be unconstitutional 20 times, and many more not as a whole panel. The Constitution requires that the president faithfully execute the laws. Obama has violated this mandate repeatedly by making law through executive fiat and blatantly ignoring laws on the books. Obama’s unconstitutional actions include his executive amnesty. The Republican Party needs to present and tout a plan for restoring a constitutionally limited government.

Reducing the Federal Government. Whether it’s abolishing the IRS as Cruz suggested, or reducing federal control over local education by eliminating Common Core, the Republican candidate and the party needs to attack the leviathan that is the federal government. Without reducing the Federal Government, liberty and the Constitution cannot be restored.

Ultimately, Republicans need to focus on what makes our country great and how to restore it to its full potential by fixing the follies of the current administration. While Senator Cruz may not become the Republican nominee, whoever is selected should run with some of the same ideas he has in mind.

27 Mar
2015
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Weekly Talking Points

by the NYYRC Staff

Here are your weekly talking points. You won’t find any early April fools here.

The Price is Wrong
–The U.S. Army announced charges against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for desertion.
–The desertion charges allege that Bergdahl ended up in enemy hands because he intentionally abandoned his post with no intent to return.
–Last May, the Obama Administration broke our country’s long standing policy against negotiation with terrorists by trading the “Taliban Five” for Bergdahl.
–The “Taliban Five” were high value detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.
–Aside from fundamentally shifting U.S. policy by negotiating with terrorists, members of Congress were concerned that the executive action was illegal as federal law requires consultation with Congress prior to such exchanges. After investigation, the. GAO determined that the administration had in fact broken the law by executing the swap.
–The Obama Administration had celebrated the exchange stating that Bergdahl had served with distinction, but now he faces life in prison for desertion.
–Since the swap, three of the five terrorists have already rejoined the fight against the United States.

Cruzin’
–Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) became the first Republican to officially enter the 2016 presidential race.
–Cruz told his audience at Liberty University that as president, he would stand for the Constitution, liberty, and restoring America unique role as the “shining city on a hill.”
–Due to their disdain for these ideals, Cruz’s announcement was met with disgust from both the liberal media as well as some members of the Republican establishment. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) went so far as to say that he “would jump off a bridge” if Cruz got the nod.

Supreme Court keeps Wisconsin voter ID law in place
–The new legislation requires voters to show government-issued identification. Governor Walker stated, “As we’ve said, this is a common sense reform that protects the integrity of our voting process, making it easy to vote and hard to cheat.”
–Voter ID should be a requirement in all states to ensure honest elections. Without an ID requirement, voter fraud is easy to commit.
–Support for Voter ID laws crosses racial and party lines. 60% of Democrats, 65% of Blacks, and 64% of Hispanics support Voter ID requirements, according to the Washington Post.
–Nevertheless, the Democratic Party and the liberal advocacy groups that support it contend that photo ID laws suppress voting rights and placed additional burdens on voters.
–The absurdity of Voter ID opponents is demonstrable when applied to other instances in which IDs are required. Commercial airlines are not accused of “suppressing minority flying” because IDs are required to board planes. Liquor store owners are not accused of “suppressing minority drinking” for asking all patrons to show a photo ID. When bankers ask loan applicants for photo IDs to open accounts, are they engaging in “banking suppression?”

Obama’s Budget
–President Obama’s $4 trillion budget proposal was defeated in the Senate by a vote of 98 to 1.
–President Obama’s budget earned a single vote this time, which is an improvement. Past budgets have been trounced having been defeated by 97-0 and 99-0 votes in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
–The budget had faced criticism for including tax increases and adding to the deficit through increased spending. It also planned to keep the nation in the red with no proposed balancing.
–Later this week, the House will vote on a Republican budget that would balance in a decade with $5 trillion in cuts and a full repeal of Obamacare will be voted on.
–The Republican budget will never be enacted due to Presidential veto, but it outlines Republican spending preferences, and the potential budgetary impact of Republican control of the White House.

Obama is Just Too Darned Busy to Meet with NATO’s Secretary General
–The vast majority of the NATO heads of state have met with new NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, but despite numerous requests Obama is just too busy.
–Obama’s calendar is purportedly light; the only things schedule were a meeting with the Afghan President on Tuesday, and two short speeches on Wednesday and Thursday.
–Meanwhile, Russian jets continue to conduct mock attacks in the Baltic and off the coast of the U.K. The Russians have also leased 12 bombers to Argentina, and claimed that they’d look favorably to Argentina’s claim to the Falklands.
–Baseball season is coming, so maybe the President is training to throw out the first pitch. He needs the practice – http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2077735-top-15-worst-first-pitches/page/2

10 Mar
2015
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Hillary Clinton, Teflon Queen

By Carrie Shemwell

One may question how Hillary can be a part of so many scandals, and yet, nothing sticks. Recently, the public found out that Hillary had been using a personal email account for official business while she was Secretary of State and conveniently it was through her own personal server. Of course, daily, there seems to be more and more information exposed that compounds the scandal.

Compared to previous Clinton scandals, this one seems light. The first scandal that comes to mind is Whitewater. That could be followed up by the death of Vince Foster, Travelgate, Filegate, the recent acceptance of money from foreign countries to the Clinton Foundation, at the same time the Secretary of State was arranging business contacts , and the list goes on. Throw in the affair that Bill Clinton had with Monica Lewinsky, and she has one heck of a scandal list.

Aside from the latest email scandal, another more recent one is Clinton’s involvement with Benghazi. The first reports on the attacks in Libya said that the reason behind them was a YouTube video. President Obama proceeded to say that it was just a bump in the road. Then we got the ever so famous line, “what difference does it make” from Hillary. Well, Hillary, to the House Select Committee (and the families that lost Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Officer Sean Smith, and two CIA contractors, Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty) it makes quite more than just a “difference.”

On Wednesday, Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) who serves as Chairman on the House Select Committee on Benghazi, issued subpoenas for the emails that Clinton had pertaining to Benghazi. Rep. Gowdy stated, “I want the documents. Sooner rather than later.”

Hillary of course took to Twitter to say, “I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they would review them for release as soon as possible.” Of course, this refers only to the 55,000 emails that Hillary has released thus far. Since these emails were from her personal server, we won’t know what we didn’t get. Obviously, the Clintons don’t have a great track record. The thing about owning your own domain is that whatever you delete is gone forever. AOL, Yahoo, Gmail, etc.- any of those emails can stick around forever, even if you delete them.

To add to Emailgate, the grassroots group Veterans for a Strong America is preparing to sue the State Department. Back in July 2014, Veterans for a Strong America filed an FOIA request of Hillary’s emails and telephone log, but of course the FOIA never reached the emails from Hillary’s private server. This all circles back to wanting answers about Benghazi.

The hits just keep on coming for Hillary. A document was obtained by Fox News Channel’s Catherine Herridge that shows in 2011 Mrs. Clinton barred her state employees from using personal email accounts. Well how funny is that? Do as I say, not as I do. With all of this piling up, it sure makes Watergate look like child’s play.

Will this scandal finally stick? Considering the multitude of scandals that she has been involved in, this one has to top it off. Many presidential hopefuls (not just Republicans, but also Democrats) are crossing their fingers that this is the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Elizabeth Warren is just waiting in the wings for another shoe to drop.