Republican Senator Ted Cruz Champions Reagan-era American Nationalism

At the National Conservatism Conference on Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz (Republican from Texas) advocated for a return of Reagan-era American nationalism.

Cruz embraced the Trump theme of “America first” and the working-class conservatism that is embodied in the Trump movement. In his speech, he took aim at what he called Big Government isolationism as expressed by other prominent speakers at this conference.

“So what is nationalism, populism, and conservatism not? No. 1, it’s not a recipe for right-wing Big Government. There’s some who are thinking through what to do, who are suggesting the answer is more government power over every aspect of our lives but in a more conservative direction rather than a more liberal direction,” Cruz said.

“And let me tell you right now. Tyranny never works out for those not in government. It’s pretty good for the tyrants, and the subjects suffer,” Cruz reiterated.

Cruz’s anti-big government sentiment took an interesting twist when he called for antitrust intervention to stop Big Tech and the unleashing of “all available options.”

“Big Tech, I believe, is the single greatest threat to free speech and free elections in the United States. So we need to use every single tool we have — we need to flood the zone. That means using the antitrust laws, that means we use the consumer protection laws, that means using the powers of the state and state legislators and state attorneys general. That means using every tool we have,” Cruz stated.

Edmund Burke Foundation, the organizers of the event, says that the conservatism conference was formed to “bring together public figures, journalists, scholars, and students who understand that the past and future of conservatism are inextricably tied to the idea of the nation, to the principle of national independence, and to the revival of the unique national traditions that alone have the power to bind a people together and bring about their flourishing.” 

One of the most striking segments of the GOP senator’s speech was when he declared that he would not accept corporate PAC money again, encouraging his fellow politicians to do so.

“The entire phalanx of Big Businesses has gone hard left — by the way, that’s one of the reasons I announced months ago that I won’t accept a penny from any corporate PAC in America and I think we need a lot more Republicans with the courage to say corporate PACs can go jump in a lake if you are going to use your resources to try to destroy the republic and try to destroy the nation. I don’t want a penny,” Cruz said

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