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“In Texas, gun control means hittin’ what you’re aimin’ at.”
— Sen. Ted Cruz

That reliable applause line was one of many that fired up an audience of more than 400 who came from around the country to hear, meet and question heroes of the conservative movement like Sen. Cruz, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and many less-known leaders. If the reaction from the faithful was any indication, most speakers hit what they were aiming’ at.

PJ Media, along with Heritage Foundation, FreedomWorks and others, helped to sponsor the event, organized by Eric Erickson’s RedState.com. I attended the sessions, interviewed participants, and consumed Texas-sized portions of barbecue. It was a weekend full of laughter, enthusiasm, and serious discussion of issues and values.

It may sound antiquarian or naive, but the annual event shows that there are still a lot of people who harbor a deep love for this country, for her Constitution and for the values that make America great.

Jim Pinnell, a retired financial advisor from nearby Fairview, Texas, probably best summarized why folks spend the time and money to come to RedState Gathering:

“These people care,” Pinnell told me. “Many of us were former Republicans. I think deep down we’re all conservatives. We’re all Constitutional conservatives. We believe in this country. We believe in the rule of law and freedom. And these people preach it and live it.”

Of course, the speculation about the next presidential cycle never stops, and Red Staters had a rich menu of options set before them.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, evangelist of red state principles, enthused about the policies he claims make the big state great — a magnet for business, a factory for jobs, a farmland of opportunity and a refuge for anyone who relishes the sweet aroma of freedom.

Sen. Ted Cruz encouraged brow-beaten conservatives with the “seven victories” he says they’ve achieved.

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The Republicans should get a guy who is cool, handsome, an athlete and a true man's man who is into audacity, hope and transparency. That's the ticket. The Democrats are looking for Barry, Jr and when they find him
Hillary will be toast once again. The Republicans may just screw themselves
out of an easy victory by pushing Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney.
We need new blood, Cruz, Perry, Herman Cain, Scott Walker. The bench is deep but not for Rove and his fellow spoilers.

10 weeks ago
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Love the Cruz speech. What a guy.

Thanks.
10 weeks ago
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Cruz, whose Cuban-born father was tortured in a communist prison and who escaped penniless to Texas in 1957....

I'm rather fond of Ted Cruz but this sentence is flat out untrue as written. Cuba didn't go communist until 1959 so there were no communist prisons in Cuba in 1957; Batista was still in power in 1957. Now, Batista was a thug but he was not a Communist; his prisons were apparently a lot softer than what they became under the Castros. Fidel apparently had a rather comfortable time when he was in one of Batista's prisons and was allowed to wear any clothes he liked and do what he wanted with his time - mostly reading - as a self-declared political prisoner. If Cruz's father really was in prison in 1957 and not, say, 1967, then he shouldn't have had too tough a time of it.
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The communist reference was my misreading of the Cruz bio, Sparky. Thanks for the correction. However, according to Cruz's Senate website, his father was indeed "tortured."
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If Cruz's father fought in the revolution -- I assume this was Castro's multiyear effort to overthrow Batista, not some other revolution - it's very possible that he was tortured and eventually found an opportunity to flee for Texas in 1957. However, this raises a very disturbing question: he was in a Batista-administration prison so why was he tortured? Was it because Cruz Sr. was a Communist fighting on Castro's side? Or was there some other reason he was imprisoned and tortured?

I regret raising this question - I really do - but I can't be the only person who knows a little bit about Cuban history. There have to be Leftists who can see the implications too. If Cruz's background story has a skeleton in it somewhere, isn't it better to know now? Or would we prefer that it come out in late October 2016 when Cruz might be hovering on the edge of a narrow victory?

Imagine the spin they could put on the story: Cruz's father was a Communist who fled to America and raised his son to look and act the part of a conservative to get elected, then was programmed to turn Hard Left. Or something like that anyway. A lot of folks who post at PJM feel that Obama was tailored from birth for a high role in government as a cloaked Marxist. What if Cruz is the same, but masquerading as a fire-breathing conservative?

I really want to believe Cruz is what he says he is and believes the things he claims to believe but this issue demands further exploration. He may have very different views than his father - many children consciously deviate strongly from their parents politics - but shouldn't we know what his father's politics where when Cruz was growing up? It doesn't mean Cruz adopted those views but it could tell us something significant about his beliefs and how he came by them.....
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Ted Cruz's dad is a cool guy, have seen him speaking a few times on behalf of his son.

Whatever he was or wasn't in Cuba doesn't impinge on his son's integrity one iota.

This country desperately needs someone of Cruz's courage, integrity and intelligence, the infamous Alan Derschowitz observed that T. Cruz was "drop dead brilliant" when they were both at Harvard.

In the political class of this country, he is stand alone, and we're lucky he is who he is and does what he does.
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This all sounds good and wonderful... But the GOP establishment is taking a dive in 2016. Mark these words please. THE GOP IS TAKING A DIVE!!!
Just like in 2008.
Remember McCain? ZERO SEX APPEAL! NEGATIVE SEX APPEAL! The electorate is 51% women and the GOP nominates McCain. That's a Dive! That was the GOP establishment trying to elect Hillary.
In 2016, look at the line up:
THAD COCHRAN - does he even have a pulse?,
LAMAR ALEXANDER - Hey Ladies! Get a load of him. Whooeee!,
PAT ROBERTS, JOHN McCAIN, LINDSEY GRAHAM!!!!!!! WOW! WOW! AWESOME!!!!
Republicans are not going to win the Senate. Period. And the GOP establishment planned it thusly.
10 weeks ago
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So we should choose candidates on the basis of sex appeal ?

Although I do share your dismay at entrenched Congressional lifers getting re-selected in their respective states. They don't seem to understand, or don't care, that the health of the republic depends on new blood.
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I mistakenly wrote 2016 when I meant 2014. And renominating old, ugly, hide bound, senile, gaseous, Washingtonians, such as the ones mentioned in my first comment, is no way to sway the popular vote.
And whether or not we should choose candidates on the basis of sex appeal is a moot question. A jury, or an electorate, dominated by women will choose an OJ over a Marcia Clark, and an Obama over a John McCain, every time. The women demographic is not especially an intelligent one. There are very intelligent women, but not so many that the voting bloc is going to vote rationally.
In 2008, McCain was put up so that Hillary Clinton could win the Presidency. McCain was the worst possible candidate; he had no appeal with conservative and no sex appeal. Unfortunately for Clinton, Barack Obama, backed by David Geffen and his Hollywood crowd, came along and took the nomination. And the rest is history.
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You do wonder, in very low approval Congress & people complaining about old entrenched fossils...and then the voters re-nominate the very people they complain about.
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