Jane Chastain : Politically Direct

Ted Cruz’s Barbie Doll Problem

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On paper, Ted Cruz should be the hands-down favorite to be the Republican nominee for president.  He should be able to unite the party, bring in Reagan Democrats and win this election by a landslide.

Cruz satisfies the electorate’s desire for an antiestablishment candidate like no other, having won his Senate seat against his party’s “preferred” candidate.  Once in Washington, he stuck to his principles, even calling out Mitch McConnell when the majority leader engineered a vote that allowed Senate Democrats to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, the poster child for corporate welfare.  Cruz was the only candidate from either party who had the guts to go into Iowa — the corn capital — opposed to ethanal subsidies.

Cruz is an expert on the Constitution and strongly defends the original intent of the framers who believed in a limited federal government, states’ rights, individual liberty and equality for all —not special privilege for some — under the law.   Isn’t that what most American’s want?   A level playing field, the ability control your own destiny and to keep a fair portion of what you earn without having it stolen out from under you by an ever increasing federal government?   Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jane Chastain

April 27th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Posted in Presidential Race

Healing Eagle Forum (An Outsider Looking In)

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Phyllis Schlafly is at or near the top of every list of the most admired conservative women in America.   Rightfully so.  For the record, Phyllis Schlafly was one of my early mentors and I hold her in high esteem.

So it was with sadness that I read that there was a coup attempt to oust her as board chairman and CEO of Eagle Forum, the organization she started in 1972, which boasts some 80,000 members.  Similar stories have circulated over the past two weeks.

Eagle Forum is a powerful political force and the Eagle Forum Education and Legal Defense Fund has been equipping and educating conservatives for more than four decades.  These are important organizations which should be preserved at all cost.  Equally important, they are part of the legacy of this great lady.   Read the rest of this entry »

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April 20th, 2016 at 6:41 pm

Posted in Political Activism

Donald’s Diapers Are Showing

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Donald Trump is expected to win big in his home state of New York next week.  No surprise there.  New York voters have a record of picking poor candidates and the GOP presidential primary will be no exception.

For those who have yet to vote, Trump’s recent loses in Wisconsin and Colorado should be far more instructive than his expected win in New York.   It’s not in the “thrill of victory” but in the “agony of defeat” that one’s true character shines.   Read the rest of this entry »

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April 13th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Cruzing for a President (Why many Conservatives still have Doubts)

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If you want an anti-establishment candidate who is a constitutional conservative than Ted Cruz is your guy.

If you want someone who is not beholden to the power brokers in Washington, Ted Cruz is your guy.

If you want someone who will stand by his principles and not be swayed, Ted Cruz is your guy.

If you want a candidate who has the toughest stance on illegal and legal immigration, Ted Cruz, (See Numbers USA Scorecard https://www.numbersusa.com/content/elections/races/presidential/2016-presidential-hopefuls.html) is your guy.

If you want a candidate who would cut Washington down to size and abolish five government agencies, and another 25 bureaus and commissions Cruz has listed them.

If you want a candidate who has the fairest and most pro-growth tax plan, Cruz wins again, hands down.

Then why, oh why, do so many conservative Republicans and Reagan Democrats still have reservations about this man?

Cruz was not my first choice.  I preferred someone who had never held elected office.  That said,  I’m not willing to go with one who has been, and still is, all over the map like Donald Trump.  You never know where he is going to land, except on the issue of using public domain to take private property for commercial purposes.  He’s been consistent on that one thing.

You would think if Donald Trump is a really smart man (and he continuously tells us he is) that he would have studied the major issues confronting us by now, but, no.  He’s too busy giving television interviews and jetting around the country telling us that he will make America GREAT by making really GOOD DEALS and it will be HUGE!

If you have bothered to really listen to Trump for any length of time you have to be confused or hypnotized.

Even on his signature issue of immigration, he’s been all over the map.  We’re going to build a wall but it’s going to have a really BIG door.  And we’ll send all those who have come here illegally home but we’ll let the REALLY GOOD ONES come back.  “But we’re going to take the high ground. We’re going to do what’s right. Some (illegal aliens) are going to have to go. And some, we’re just going to see what happens. It’s a very, very big subject, and a very complicated subject. . . .” http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1507/26/cnr.05.html

Yeah, right!

Nevertheless, I continually run into staunch conservatives who seem less than enthusiastic about this man.  When questioned, here are their main concerns:

  • Did he cheat on his wife?  This is perhaps the most troubling of all.  The source of this story is the  tabloid National Enquirer whose owner is a Trump supporter.  In the past, it has done hit pieces on Ben Carson and Marco Rubio.  Unlike the Carson and Rubio pieces which each had  a kernel of truth (if one is into kernels that have no real substance) the Cruz piece had none.  Zilch!  There was not one source for this alleged rumor.  In fact, the only name mentioned was Roger Stone, a political operative and former Trump advisor.  No legitimate news source would touch it.
  • Does he lie?  When Trump gets mad, he calls people names.  He dubbed Ted Cruz “Lying Ted.”  No substance, but Trump has proven that if you throw something out there often enough, it sticks, at least with some.
  • Nobody likes him.  Partly true, at least among the party establishment and present and former Senate leaders.  That is because he is the only senator I have observed in all my years watching Washington who was not afraid to call out GOP leaders who lie to their constituents and their fellow senators.  The most memorable case was last summer when Majority Leader Mitch McConnell allowed the Democrats to add an amendment to the highway bill that reauthorized the EX-IM Bank, the poster child for corporate welfare, which was something he promised his colleagues he would never do.  http://www.wnd.com/2015/07/cruz-vs-mcconnell-who-is-lying/

Mike Lee was the first senator to risk leadership’s wrath to endorse him.  It should be noted that the Senate is anything but democratic and the party leader wields a big stick.  It’s a different story in the lower chamber where some 30 of the most conservative House members proudly endorsed Cruz’s candidacy.  He is their hero and he should be yours.

Let’s be clear, some of his senate colleagues don’t like him because he has shown them up.   In this case respect is more important than friendship.




Written by Jane Chastain

April 6th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

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GA Governor Feeds Faith-Based Organizations to Gay Activist Lions

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On Monday, Nathan Deal, the Republican governor of Georgia,  threw his faith and principles aside in order to feed the radical gay rights activists lions who were baring their teeth and threatening his state.

This move has far-reaching implications for the rest of the nation because it empowers these bullies and the powerful corporations who support them.

Let’s be clear:  The bill Deal vetoed was one of the weakest attempts to restore the religious protections afforded by the First Amendment by any state.  In fact, it did nothing to protect the freedom that should be available to ever person of faith.  It only addressed religious institutions. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 30th, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Posted in Faith,Homosexuality

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