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Taking on the Left: My interview with Erin Cruz, candidate for US Senate in California



I recently got to have an hour-long phone conversation with Erin Cruz, a youthful and energetic California conservative who is intent on challenging Dianne Feinstein for her Senate seat.

In an era when most Republican candidates seem intent on either embracing the craziness of the Alt-right or embracing the do-nothing politics of the establishment, I found it refreshing to speak with a staunch conservative who put principles first, but who is also willing and able to face the reality of the polarization of our nation’s politics.

BW: So, first thing’s first: What made you decide to run for the Senate?

EC: As I looked at the field of candidates, there was simply no one there I could vote for. There was no one who could bridge the gap between conservatives, libertarians, and moderate Democrats. I feel that my beliefs and my policies can bridge that gap and best serve the people of California.

BW: What unique qualities do you have that you could bring to the Senate?

EC: Well as I said, the ability to bring people together toward common goals and not get bogged down in partisan political gridlock.

BW: What challenges do you think you have in running in deep blue California, and how do you plan to overcome them?

EC: Well my biggest challenge is name ID. Many people vote for Feinstein just because she is the incumbent and has name recognition. Getting my name, and even more importantly, my ideas, out there is going to be the key to winning. I’m going to need a “big get out the vote” effort. President Trump got 4 million votes in California. I need all of those and more to make this happen.

BW: If elected, what would be your legislative priorities?

EC: Well, I think President Trump has done a great job of rolling back regulations and rolling back overly intrusive and unnecessary departments, but there is only so much he can do with executive authority alone. I want to legislatively roll back agencies and with them unnecessary spending, which is something neither party has been willing to tackle.

BW: What other changes would you like to see to the federal budget?

EC: I think there are a lot of obvious ways to save taxpayer money. Foreign aid to countries who actively work against us is low-hanging fruit and should be cut immediately. There is also extensive fraud, waste, and abuse across every department in the federal government, and we owe it to the taxpayers to make certain their money is being spent efficiently. Further, there is a lot of fraud in federal welfare programs, such as disability.

BW: California has fairly strict gun control laws. What would you do at the Federal level to strengthen the rights of gun owners?

EC: I would support the 2nd Amendment and its intent, which has nothing to do with hunting or sporting. It is about the right for law-abiding citizens to be able to protect themselves, even potentially from an oppressive government.

BW: California has one of the largest populations of illegal aliens in the country. What would you do to help stem the tide of illegal border crossings?

EC: We MUST secure our border, and that includes building the wall. We must also work to keep welfare programs from spending taxpayer money on the illegals here, and we must work to remove criminal aliens.

BW: Turning from policy to politics for a moment, what help, if any, do you expect from the RNC?

EC: I’m already working on the California Republican Party The RNC can help or not, but it won’t change my position on issues. That goes the same for anyone who donates to my campaign. Donors will be donating to me and the principles I hold. They shouldn’t expect special favors because they won’t get any.

BW: Would you favor a change of leadership in the Senate or would you support Mitch McConnell’s continued leadership of the Senate?

EC: What is important to me is supporting President Trump’s “America First” policies. Someone who is willing to push that agenda forward is who I would support for Senate Majority Leader, whoever that might be.

BW: Attorney General Jeff Sessions has decided to crack down on states that have legalized marijuana, of which California is perhaps the most prominent. Do you feel he is doing the right thing?

EC: I don’t believe Sessions is cracking down on California so much as he is enforcing the law the way it is written. Congress needs to step up and change the law if they don’t like it.

BW: So, would you support a bill that would decriminalize marijuana at the Federal level?

EC: Yes, I would, but with the same restrictions as alcohol. We need personal responsibility but in all aspects of our lives, and driving and other activities while high is dangerous. What people do in their own homes is their own business.

After our interview concluded, I told Ms. Cruz that if things didn’t work out in California, I would love to have her move to Texas and run against John Cornyn. Texas would then have two staunch conservative senators named “Cruz.”

If you want to learn more about Erin Cruz, you can go to her website here.

Benjamin Wilhelm served as a commissioned officer in the United States military for 10 years, serving one combat tour in Afghanistan. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge among other military awards. Ben has worked in a variety of private sector businesses both large and small. He is a former military and civilian firearms instructor and an advocate for veterans issues. Ben is a strict Constitutionalist who sees the Federal government as an out of control leviathan, and the federal debt as a burden that will break the country. Ben is a divorced father of two boys.

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  1. RG

    January 12, 2018 at 10:13 am

    HELP!!! Someone? California has become a shithole

  2. Donald M. Flippin

    January 13, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    I don’t think the lady has a snowball’s chance in California, but I do like the idea of having two senators in Texas with the last name of Cruz!

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Planned Parenthood providing sex-change hormones to children



Planned Parenthood providing sex-change hormones to children

Planned Parenthood, the agency that celebrated a banner year in 2017 after murdering over 321,000 unborn babies while pocketing nearly $544 million in taxpayer funds—occasionally making a few extra bucks on the side by selling their body parts—has announced their expansion plans for 2018.

No longer content with simply ending a life before it begins, the so-called women’s healthcare provider will be pursuing a new revenue source—hormone “sex-change” treatment FOR MINORS. And get this . . . it will be paid by taxpayers through Medicaid.

According to Planned Parenthood’s VP of Medical Affairs, Suzie Prabhakaran, “It was time for us to expand the care that we were providing to minors” because gender-confused youth might have difficulty in getting the hormones they seek from “judgmental” doctors.

In most cases, dispensing hormones to patients under 18 to treat so-called gender dysphoria requires a letter from a doctor or therapist, but Planned Parenthood has no such requirement. Company policy simply requires informed consent, which means that once the child acknowledges the risks, treatment is given.

In a story by a Sarasota, Florida TV station, Planned Parenthood reminded those under 18 that they needed a parent’s permission to receive treatment—a worthless disclaimer, considering their track record of fighting parental consent laws when it comes to abortion. And let’s not forget how Planned Parenthood skirted partial-birth laws in order to harvest baby body parts.

According to the American College of Pediatricians, conditioning children to believe that being transgendered is normal is essentially child abuse. Even if you accept the LGBT-radical belief in the fake-science of transgenderism, giving life-altering hormones to children causes serious irreversible side effects.

Real science has proven that abortion stops a beating heart, that most children grow out of gender dysphoria, and giving hormones to otherwise normal children damages them for life. But since when has Planned Parenthood—who advises parents to assume their child is LGBT—ever allowed science to get in the way of making a buck?

As if murdering unborn children wasn’t enough, this development is one more reason why Trump and the GOP must keep their promise to defund Planned Parenthood . . . I’m not holding my breath.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.


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Please disregard all other interpretations of the President’s Tweet on CHIP



Please disregard all other interpretations of the Presidents Tweet on CHIP

Reports are flying across mainstream media that Republicans in DC are “baffled” by the President’s Tweet this morning about Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). To be fair, there’s definitely room for misunderstanding.

Republicans are using CHIP funding as a negotiating tool to push forward a stopgap measure to keep the government funded. It’s a PR move; Republicans want to be able to say the Democrats voted against helping needy children if they oppose the stopgap measure.

There are three reasons the President would have Tweeted this:

  1. He isn’t aware that GOP leaders on Capitol Hill are using the 6-year extension as leverage to keep the government funded.
  2. He wants a government shutdown.
  3. He doesn’t believe they need to play that particular “chip” for a 30-day extension and would prefer they save it for a long-term government funding deal.

Most in the media and apparently a handful of Republicans on Capitol Hill are going with option 1:

Trump baffles GOP with tweet scrambling shutdown talks Trump undermined his own party’s plan to avert a looming government shutdown on Thursday after tweeting that a key Democratic bargaining chip shouldn’t be attached to the funding package.

The 17-word tweet threw Capitol Hill into a state of confusion ahead of what is already expected to be a tight vote in the House on Thursday night. Republicans on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue were trying to decipher what exactly the president meant by declaring that a popular children’s health-care program should be part of a “long term solution” as opposed to a “30 Day, or short term, extension.”

A handful of pundits on both sides of the aisle are going with option 2. They’re taking into account past comments by the President saying a shutdown wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing. Some conservatives support this idea. Most Democrats think it makes him evil (though they didn’t have the same reaction when the government was shut down during President Obama’s watch). They see the President as truly trying to undermine the process and force a shutdown.

The truth is option 3. He believes a 6-year extension on an extremely popular program is being wasted on a 30-day deal. He wants to save the “CHIP chip,” so to speak, for a long-term government funding deal that would extend beyond the election.

To some extent, he’s correct. The challenge is in logistics and uncertainty. Had the GOP pushed forward a 6-month CHIP funding extension as part of the deal with the understanding that a longer extension would be worked into the long-term funding plan, they’d be in better shape. In fact, making it a 6-month extension puts it in the spotlight ahead of the real push for a long-term plan. It would add a sense of urgency. Now, they’re wasting it to buy themselves another month. Unfortunately, the 6-year promise is already on the table. It would be difficult to pull it back now.

Once again, the media completely misses the point the President is trying to make and hopes others will fall for it. The sad thing is many Republicans in DC are among those falling for the media’s trickery. Just get the deal done and stop worrying about the President’s Twitter account.

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Republicans can avert a shutdown if they turn the narrative



Republicans can avert a shutdown if they turn the narrative

Democrats are giving every reason they can muster to push a government shutdown. The primary tool is DACA. If the government shuts down, it will be because they’re convinced the GOP will get the blame for it. If sentiment turns and the Democrats get fingered for prompting the shutdown, they won’t let it happen.

There are several dynamic situations involved with the shutdown. DACA is only a small part of it. They’re trying to position this as a win-win for them and the Republicans seem to be unable to get the right message out about the shutdown. This isn’t new for them. If the GOP initiates the shutdown as they did during the Obama era, it’s their fault. If they can’t stop the Democrats from initiating a shutdown as is the situation today, it’s their fault as well.

Mainstream media’s desire to promote the Democrats’ message is a big part of the reason the GOP always takes the blame, but it’s not an insurmountable advantage. They need to paint the situation in its proper colors. The GOP has the truth on their side, so they need to say it. Instead, they seem to be cowering as usual:

Nervous Republicans fear they’ll pay if government shuts down — President Donald Trump is confident that Democrats will take the blame if the government shuts down this weekend or Congress fails to find a fix to prevent DACA recipients from being deported. But Republicans on Capitol Hill aren’t so sure.

Many of them fear that voters will fault the GOP after looking at Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, his past flirtation with letting federal funding expire and the fact that Republicans are in control of the White House, the Senate and the House.

First, they need to attack DACA by framing it as what it is. The President has done his part in saying he wants to protect Dreamers but wants a wall to keep more of them from coming in. That’s a reasonable trade-off in the eyes of most voters.

Second, the GOP needs to unify with the message that they’re going to protect Dreamers the right way through standalone legislative action. Executive orders can’t cut it. Attaching it to other bills isn’t right. They want a DACA plan in place and they can do it if the Democrats would focus on helping Dreamers rather than trying to be the ones who get the credit for it.

Third, they need to declare the Democrats are hurting Americans through a shutdown for the sake of getting credit for helping Dreamers. It’s not just  that they’re putting illegal immigrants over American citizens which is bad enough. They’re doing so in order to get credit from voters. That’s it. That’s the whole reason for the shutdown. They can’t imagine a situation in which the GOP puts forth Dreamer-protecting legislation and a Republican President signs it into law unless it’s the Democrats who somehow force the situation. Otherwise, they might be revealed as the charlatans they are.

If Republican leadership gets everyone on board and pushes out these three simple messages with everything they’ve got, they have a chance of both averting a shutdown and making the Democrats look foolish for threatening it. If they continue down the lukewarm road they’re on, there will be a shutdown and they’ll get the blame for it whether they deserve it or not.

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