Thursday, June 16, 2016

This Is What A Leader Sounds Like: Ted Cruz Takes On Obama & Democrats On Terror, Gun Control

This is Ted Cruz today on the Senate floor, with some moral clarity that has been missing since the horrific jihadist terror attack in Orlando this past Sunday.

“Madam President, our nation is at war. Five days ago, we saw a horrific terror attack in Orlando, Florida. From 9/11 to the Boston Marathon, from Fort Hood to Chattanooga, from San Bernardino to this attack in Orlando, radical Islamic terrorism has declared jihad on America. As the facts have unfolded, it now indicates that the Orlando terrorist has pledged his allegiance to ISIS in the process of murdering 49 and wounding more than 50 at a nightclub.

“All of us, our hearts go out to those who were murdered, to the families of those who were victims and who are grieving. We stand in solidarity. We lift them up in prayer at this horrific act of terrorism.

“But it is also a time for action. We need a Commander-in-Chief who will speak the truth, who will address the enemy we face, who will unleash the full force and fury of the American military on defeating ISIS and defeating radical Islamic terrorists.

“In the wake of the attack, many of us predicted what would unfold, and it was sadly the same political tale we have seen over and over again. Many of us predicted that Democrats would, as a matter of rigid partisan ideology, refuse even to say the words ’radical Islamist terrorism;’ that they would suggest this attack was yet another isolated incident, one lone criminal not connected to any global ideology, not connected to any global jihad, and that even worse they would try to use it as an excuse to go after the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

“Madam President, I wish when we predicted that that we had been proven incorrect, but this week played out all too predictably. Yesterday, we saw a political show on the Senate floor. Democrat after Democrat standing for hours incensed, not at ISIS, incensed, not at radical Islamic terrorism, incensed that Americans have a right to keep and bear arms. This is political distraction. This is political gamesmanship. And I think the American people find it ridiculous that in response to an ISIS terror attack, the Democrats go on high dungeon that we’ve got to restrict the second amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. This is not a gun control issue. This is a terrorism issue. And it is nothing less than political gamesmanship for them to try to shift for their favorite hobby horse of taking away the Bill of Rights from law-abiding citizens.

“...Now, in response to my criticism and that of many others, President Obama gave a press conference where he said, echoing the words of Hillary Clinton, ‘what difference does it make if we call it radical Islamic terrorism?’ Well, Mr. President, it makes a world of difference because the failure to address the enemy impacts every action taken to fight that enemy, and I want to talk in particular about three areas where this Administration and the Senate Democrats’ refusal to confront radical Islamic terrorism has made America less safe and what we need to do about it.

“Let’s start with prevention. Over and over again, we have seen the Obama administration having ample information to stop a terrorist attack, and yet because of the political correctness, because of the ideology of this administration that won’t even say the word ’jihad,’ won’t even say the words ’radical Islamic terrorism,’ they look the other way and the attacks go forward.

“In my home state of Texas, Fort Hood, Nidal Hasan, the Obama administration knew that Nidal Hasan had been in communication with a radical Islamic cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki. The Obama administration knew that Nidal Hasan had asked al-Awlaki about the permissibility of waging jihad against his fellow soldiers. All of that was known beforehand, and yet they did nothing. They did nothing, and on that fateful day, Nidal Hasan murdered 14 innocent souls, yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he pulled the trigger. And yet, just to underscore the blindness of this administration, even after the terror attack, the administration insisted on characterizing that terror attack as ‘workplace violence.’ That is nothing short of delusion, and it’s a delusion that cost 14 lives. If we know of a U.S. service member who is communicating with a radical Islamic cleric and asking about waging jihad against his fellow soldiers, MPs should show up at that individual’s door within minutes. And if we didn’t have an administration that plunged its head in the sand like an ostrich and refused to acknowledge radical Islamic terrorism, Nidal Hasan would have been stopped before he carried out that horrific act of terrorism.

“Likewise, the Boston bombing: the Tsarnaev brothers. Russia had informed the Obama administration they were connected with radical Islamic terrorism. We knew that. The FBI had gone and interviewed them. And yet once again, they dropped the ball. They stopped monitoring them, so they didn’t even note when the elder Tsarnaev brother posted on YouTube a public call to jihad. Now, mind you, this was not requiring complicated surveillance. This was YouTube. Anyone with a computer who could type in Google could see this. And yet, because the administration will not acknowledge that we’re fighting radical Islamic terrorism, they were not watching and monitoring the Tsarnaev brothers; so when they called for public jihad, they then carried out that public jihad with pressure cookers at the Boston marathon. Yet another example where we knew about the individual beforehand, and if we had focused prevention on the problem, we could have stopped it.

“A third example was San Bernardino. San Bernardino, that horrific terror attack. Once again, we had ample information about the individuals in question. The female terrorist who came to San Bernardino had given the administration a fake address in Pakistan, and yet the so-called vetting that this administration tells us they do had failed to discover that it was a fake address. She had made calls for jihad, and yet the administration failed to discover that. In San Bernardino, we saw yet another horrific terror attack.

“And how about Orlando? Let’s talk about what the facts are in Orlando. Now, we’re only five days in. The facts will develop further as they’re more fully developed, but here is what’s been publicly reported. What’s been publicly reported is that Omar Mateen was interviewed not once, not twice but three times by the FBI in 2013 and 2014; that one of the reasons why he was interviewed by the FBI was because he was talking in his place of employment, which ironically, which shockingly enough, was a contractor to the Department of Homeland Security, and he was talking about being connected to terrorist organizations including the Boston bombers.
Do you think Donald Trump, aka Sideshow Bob, would give a speech like this? He's already finding ways to surrender the Second Amendment.  Sorry Trumpkins, he will let you down. He does not have a track record you can trust.

We need a leader who is like Churchill or Reagan now, not Trump or Hillary, who would be nothing more but the same old/same old.

All we need now is a delegate revolt, and we can get a real nominee with moral clarity.

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