Why I’m Proud To Have Voted For Ted Cruz in Virginia

This post is a tad belated, but I wanted to communicate my thoughts on the state of the GOP race and the rise of Cruz as the viable ant-Trump candidate.

I am by no means an expert nor should you trust everything I say. I’m almost 25 after all. However, a lot of people have told me I have some sway over my fellow Millennials, so perhaps my political musings mean something–especially for those tossing between Trump and Cruz.

Last Tuesday marked Super Tuesday in Virginia and 12 other states. While Trump won seven of the contests, Cruz came out with three victories–Texas, Oklahoma, and Alaska. Yesterday, Cruz added Kansas and Maine to his victories while narrowly losing in Kentucky and Louisiana last night on Super Saturday. Since Super Tuesday, Marco Rubio has only won Minnesota and Kasich has yet to win a state–banking on Michigan this Tuesday and Ohio the following Tuesday. Ben Carson dropped out this week–helping to winnow the field.

Up until 2012, I voted in California. I held my nose for Mitt Romney by sending in my absentee ballot that year after moving to Virginia. The last vote I was proud to cast in recent memory was that for Ken Cuccinelli’s 2013 gubernatorial bid here in Virginia.  I’m glad my vote means something here in the Commonwealth, despite Cruz placing third here.

Last Tuesday, my family and I proudly voted for Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)–as I pledged to do so back in September 2015. I’m confident he’s the right choice and right man for the job. There are many reasons why I voted for Cruz, but this simple thing compelled me the most: his anti-communist, liberty-minded family background makes him a force to be reckoned with.

Although Cruz didn’t have the best showing here in Virginia, I’m very glad my parents, sister and I cast our vote for him in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Why did I go with Cruz? I outlined my support for him back in September from three points: consistency, likability/approachability, and youthfulness.

What I wrote about him in relation to consistency:

Cruz has proven time and time again he’s not a campaign conservative. From his 21-hour speech on the Senate floor calling for the full defunding of Obamacare to fighting amnesty to defending the right-to-life, among many things, Cruz has valiantly fought for Americans in this sacred chamber. He’s even stood up to leadership in our party when they strayed or they supported bills contrary to our values. In his book A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America, Senator Cruz writes how he stood up for conservative values prior to his tenure in the U.S. Senate in college, in law school, as a G.W. Bush administration staffer, and as solicitor general of Texas.

What I wrote about him in relation to likability:

Senator Cruz may be Ivy League educated, but he’s the farthest thing from an elitist. In fact, he’s someone you can grab a burger with — especially if you like White Castle burgers.

What I wrote about him in relation to youth appeal/pop culture:

Millennials are tired of politics-as-usual and are looking for a leader unafraid to buck the status quo. Senator Cruz’s critique of both Democrats and Republicans will especially resonate with disillusioned Millennials — but carry actual substance and weight unlike the candidacies of both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.

Many bloggers are suggesting it’s time for Rubio to drop out and endorse Cruz to ensure a Cruz-Rubio ticket.  (And I couldn’t agree more with that sentiment.) As my good friend Elliot Gaiser wrote in PJ Media, a Cruz-Rubio ticket would satisfy all factions of the Republican Party:

This means Cruz is the GOP’s best shot at extending an olive branch to Trump supporters, channelling their anger about issues like immigration into a credible shot at the White House. Although Cruz has few friends among the Washington establishment, putting Rubio on the ticket could satisfy party leaders who fear Cruz can’t win a general election or govern once he reaches the Oval Office. If Rubio gets out now and Cruz names him as VP, the two could likely combine forces to Make Donald Drumpf Again.

Here are more endorsements of the Cruz-Rubio ticket:

Have doubts about Cruz’s credibility? Read what his former staffers Chip Roy and Brooke Bacak had to say about working for him in the U.S. Senate in a piece called “Why We Believe in Ted Cruz. We Were There“:

We have no problem conceding that reasonable minds can differ on the best legislative strategy at any given time. And we have had intense debates with respected friends and colleagues about which legislative strategies should have been used in those monumental battles and have accepted that some of us may never agree…

But what cannot be challenged is our personal experience as members of Team Cruz in those pivotal years. As humbled and honored as we were to have been part of it, friends and family know how much it cost us, in terms of health and time away from our very young children. One of us was one year removed from Chemotherapy – the other suffered mightily the ongoing effects of MS – and we can assure you that the ONLY thing worth that kind of a sacrifice is the opportunity to serve a cause bigger than ourselves – to do something to stem the tide of ever-encroaching overreach by the federal government that is eviscerating our Constitution and all the sacred principles and liberties it was written to preserve.

Cruz also won the CPAC Straw Poll with 40% to Rubio’s 30% to Trump’s 15%:

Mathematically speaking, Cruz is well-positioned to take out Trump in the primary and prevent us from going into a brokered convention. All evidence shows that Rubio and Kasich are siphoning votes from Cruz–allowing for Trump to take delegates or win outright.

According to the Real Clear Politics delegate tracker, here is the current total:

382 (Trump) 300 (Cruz) 128 (Rubio) 35 (Kasich) 8 (Carson)

Cruz is clearly gaining on Trump. Will Rubio get out and join Cruz as his VP pick? Will Kasich spare us misery and bow out to prevent more votes from going to Trump? Or will this lead to a brokered convention? Time will tell.

The momentum is with Cruz mathematically, in the grassroots, and as a narrative. Those of us supporting Cruz welcome all #NeverTrump folks to join our ranks to defeat him and spare the GOP/conservative movement a crushing loss to Hillary Clinton in the general election this November.

#ChooseCruz

Get Ready: One Month Until Virginia’s Super Tuesday Contest

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With all the hype centering around Iowa today and New Hampshire next Tuesday, let’s not forget a very important primary taking place on Super Tuesday: Virginia’s primary.

On March 1, millions of Virginians will be voting in the Super Tuesday contest on both sides of the aisle. (Although I’m mostly concerned about the GOP side since I’ll be voting in it.) I’ve already decided who I’m supporting on Super Tuesday and cannot wait to cast my vote for him.

The Commonwealth of Virginia is a swing-state come the general election. Statewide, Democrats dominate the highest state offices but Republicans control the General Assembly. Additionally, Republicans hold eight of the 11 U.S. Congressional districts. Despite the McAuliffe administration, don’t rule out our state–lots of normal folks reside here.

Now, if you’re not sure if you’re registered to vote here, go here to learn more.

Here’s some important information regarding voting deadlines here in the Commonwealth from the Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal:

Deadline to register to vote: Monday, February 8, 2016
Deadline for absentee ballot by mail application: 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Deadline for absentee ballot by appearing in-person: 5:00 p.m. Saturday, February 27, 2016

For those of you worried about signing a pledge, fear not–that was nixed over the weekend. More from the Bull Elephant about it:

The Republican Party of Virginia’s State Central Committee (“SCC”), meeting in Richmond, today voted to remove the requirement it had adopted in September 2015 to require voters in its March 1 presidential primary to sign a statement indicating they are Republican.

The move comes after outcry from various quarters of the party, notably from Donald Trump, who excoriated the party for what he alleged was a move designed to exclude voters sympathetic to his candidacy. However, this does not seem to have made any impact of the SCC’s decision.

As Iowans caucus today, remember: Virginians are preparing for Super Tuesday too. Don’t discount Virginia!

Sic semper tyrannis!

Happy 45th Birthday, Ted Cruz!

On this day 45 years ago, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was born. So–being the dedicated conservative and fan girl of Mr. Cruz that I am–I posted this birthday greeting to the senator and presidential candidate.

If you haven’t watched his latest ad, here it is. It currently boasts over a million YouTube views:

ICYMI: 1) Last week former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli endorsed him for president. 2) In September, I wrote a quasi-endorsement of the senator for president at Medium that got linked to Hot Air.

Support Igor Birman’s Bid for Congress

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Last night, my sister and I attended Liberty Karaoke here in Arlington, VA to support Igor Birman’s Congressional bid in California’s 7th District.

Normally I don’t go out of my way to support every Republican candidate because many fail to uphold conservative principles. However, Igor Birman is not your usual candidate. He escaped the Soviet Union at age 12 alongside his family and came here in 1994. He’s both fiscally and socially conservative. He’s anti-establishment.

Igor is a candidate who can help pivot California in the right direction.

As a child of Soviet immigrants myself, I can greatly relate to Igor. He understands the problems inset in big government policies. He gets the importance of never taking our freedoms for granted. He holds no punches and is a fighter. And of course I would be partial to a fellow California conservative. Who wouldn’t be?

If you need any more reason to vote for or support Igor, check out his campaign video:

Like what you see? Donate to his campaign: http://www.igorbirman.com. He faces two Republicans and incumbent Democrat Ami Berra in the jungle primary on June 3rd, 2014.

I’ve donated to his campaign, and I hope you join me in doing so. Ultimately all members of Congress represent ALL of us, not solely their constituents. There’s no better person to represent us in Congress than a man who saw firsthand how destructive big government policies were in the former Soviet Union.

Follow Igor on Twitter, LIKE his Facebook page, and check out his campaign website.

 

 

Golden State No Longer: A Disaffected Californian’s Thoughts on Escaping from America’s Greece

I recently trekked back to California to visit my family and enjoy some downtime after two months in the District.  I certainly needed some R&R to recharge and relax. (The political arena is a hectic albeit wonderful sphere to be immersed in. I’ve learned that any getaway you get shouldn’t be taken for granted.)  I had the chance to see some friends, visit my extended family, and finally went to  the Ronald Reagan President Library in Simi Valley, CA. It was a much-needed trip!

Now, I’m back in Northern Virginia and ready to resume my job.  I’ve got wonderful Field Representatives working with me, and have connected with many eager and bright students excited to shake things up on their campuses. I’ll be traveling up North soon and will be sure to chronicle each trip I make (when time permitted).

With this recent trip back home, it dawned upon me that I will not be back to CA for a very long time. While I’ll miss my home state, I have no regrets moving to the DC-metro area. Yes, it’s muddled with corruption – but it’s full of life and culture unseen on the West Coast. I will always be a proud yet disaffected Californian, and certainly one for the right reasons. Some will accuse me of betraying my roots for fleeing the state. (Mind you, there are no jobs for young people – or any Californian – given the dismal economic and moral state it is in.) I seized an opportunity to work for a conservative nonprofit – Leadership Institute – and took it.

As a California refugee taking shelter in the Commonwealth, I have some interesting observations about my home state now that I no longer live there. Here are the reasons why I’m happy I left:

Outstanding, high state government debt: As of August 28, 2012, California’s debt rests at $617 billion – the highest total state debt in the entire country according to State Budget Solutions. Need I say more?

Democrat-controlled state legislature: Both the State Senate and Assembly are controlled by Democrats who  have ushered in radical and arguably anti-American legislation. For example, legislation includes the multiple parents bill, gay history in K-12, abortion carried out by mid-wives/nurses,  DREAM Act, bans on open carry of handguns, and more.

Endless call for more taxes: Since the return of Moonbeam (Jerry Brown) as Governor, there are more calls for taxing wealthy individuals in the Golden State. Brown and his allies are pushing Prop. 30 on the November ballot, which would “increase California’s sales tax by one-quarter of a cent for four years. It calls for an increase in state income tax on taxpayers who earn more than $250,000 a year for the next seven years,” according to CBS L.A. AEI president Arthur C. Brooks writes in “The Road to Freedom” that when presenting the moral case for free enterprise, it is important reduce spending, not add more taxes, when solving budget problems.

Welfare state: Yahoo!  reported in December 2011 that California, the largest welfare state in the U.S., “has one-eighth of the nation’s population but one-third of all welfare recipients.”

Too much spent on education coupled with corrupt teachers unions: Total expenditures (plus state bonds) for education in Fiscal Year 2012-2013, including K-12 and higher education, totaled 35.7 percent of California’s state budget,  or $39,575,109 for K-12 and $10,050,905 for higher education as of May 2012. Tuition hikes plague the University of California and California State University systems, and administrators continue to receive high salaries. (As someone who recently graduated from a UC school, I see the problem beset in education, much like the state budget, in refusal to gut waste and deny tenure/pensions to professors undeserving of it.) Another problem plaguing education in California is corruption in the California Teachers Association and similar teachers unions, whose bosses and members are too concerned about their salaries and benefits – not the welfare of their students. (California is in great need of school choice legislation. It would diminish teachers unions and dramatically improve education there.) When a sex scandal hit LAUSD last year (think worst school district in the nation), the teachers unions – in true fashion –  refused to address the issue and supported the defeat of a bill that would have tackled it, according to CNN:

While senators overwhelmingly voted in support of Senate Bill 1530, it was met with strong opposition from the powerful California Teachers Association.

The teachers’ union says that Padilla’s bill would have eliminated essential legal protections for teachers and that it believes the current system is an appropriate process.

Additionally, the CTA protects bad teachers thanks to tenure. It is also a big political player in Sacramento.

(There’s a lot to discuss regarding education in California, so I’ll detail it in a future post.)

Illegal immigration: Illegal immigration has proven to be burdensome to the Golden State. Earlier this year, the state legislature passed the California DREAM Act – AB 130 (private scholarships)and AB 131 (public scholarships). This gave children of illegal immigrants and young illegal immigrants access to tuition regardless of their citizenship. Another crippling move that has emboldened illegal immigration is the DMV’s plan to issue drivers licenses to approximately 400,000 young illegals. Talk about oy vey…

There are many problems facing California – too many to list in a single blog post. It pains me to see my home state falter and become like Greece. I’ll even go so far as to call it a state riddled by Marxist and La Raza interests. Unfortunately, the Golden State must collapse and build anew. Otherwise, I’ll maintain that it is a lost cause.

Although I rag on California often, I will admit this: I’m glad I spent my formative years living there. I learned right from wrong, learned who to trust/who not to trust, enjoyed the beaches and nice weather, got my political start, was surrounded by family, and got to see leftist abuses at work.

“You can take the girl out of California, but you can never take the California out of the girl.”

#Resist44 Co-Founder Justen Charters Defends S.E. Cupp Against Leftist Misogynist Attack

My Resistance 44 partner-in-crime Justen Charters defends conservative commentator/GBTV correspondent S.E. Cupp after Hustler Magazine defamed her image in that rag of a magazine.

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