Conservatives showered two Texas political lightning rods with applause and thanks inside Harvey Convention Center Friday night as they shared their respective thoughts on problems in Washington, D.C., and right here in East Texas.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, both R-Texas, were honored with “Champions of Freedom” awards at a dinner held by Grassroots America — We the People Friday night. More than 600 people attended the event.
Gohmert shared stories about personal stands he made and times he questioned colleagues in his own party and how changes are needed within Congressional ranks.
Gohmert said his willingness to stand against members and policies from both side of the aisle comes from his belief he is representing his district’s concerns and ideals. He said East Texans understand the fundamental problems within Washington, D.C., such as the national debt, and is compelled to “call members to the carpet” on their behalf.
“There is so much freedom to represent a group who you have so much faith in,” he said.
Gohmert said it doesn’t win him popularity among many members and draws scrutiny, but he has faith patriotic Americans would be willing to take difficult stands.
“There are ways to change America, and they all start with Americans,” he said.
Gohmert said Cruz’ election to the Senate was a sign of that change in direction and called for more help in the nation’s capital.
Cruz applauded Texas’ grassroots Tea Party fervor, which has help change the political landscape in the state and nation. He said conservatives “have it right” and that President Barack Obama’s agenda, from surveillance within the U.S., directives against the First Amendment and Second Amendment and the health care law, and other federal expansion, represent an affront to America’s founding principles. He called Obama an “imperial president,” because of those policy initiatives.
Cruz said he stands against those policies because his constituents are worried about the nation’s direction.
“People are scared for the future of this country,” he said. “They’re scared that their children and grandchildren won’t have the opportunity to experience prosperity and freedom they experienced.”
Cruz said the only way to create opportunity for Hispanics, African-Americans and women is to return the nation to its Constitutional-free market roots and revive the American dream.
He said Americans have mobilized to stop federal action and change the direction of debate in the nation and believes the only way to change the direction of the nation is by energizing and engaging citizens to take a stand.
Cruz said the stagnant economic growth and poor foreign policy decisions are reminiscent of President Jimmy Carter’s administration, which sparked a grassroots conservative revival that became the “Reagan revolution.” He said the political landscape is ripe for a similar revival to replace entrenched politicians on both sides of the aisle who are not governing in the nation’s best interest.
“We’re fighting for our kids and their kids and the only way is to get back to the Constitutional, free market principles that made this nation the envy of the world,” he said. “Together, we can bring back that shining city on the hill.”
Proceeds for the fundraising event would go to the conservative group, which will make contributions to the legislators, Mrs. Fleming said.