On Leadership: Winston Churchill & Ted Cruz

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In May 1940 the world faced a menace unlike any it had ever seen. After a decade of economic body blows, much of the world was weary. With the carnage of WWI only 20 years past few people had the stomach to fight for much of anything. It was only with great reluctance that in September 1939 the British and the French declared war on Germany after they invaded Poland with the Soviet Union. Nonetheless, even after the declaration, after years of appeasement most British felt that there was little they could do to stop Adolph Hitler.

Things were indeed bleak and spirits were low. On May 10th Winston Churchill would become Prime Minister, and on that same day the Germans would invade and soon overrun Britain’s main ally, France. And so began the most important chapter in the life of the most important leader of the 20th Century.

That chapter had followed many others however. Winston Churchill spent years in the “wilderness” of British politics between the two world wars. For most of that time he had been ridiculed as a war monger for his constant warnings about the growing menace of, first, the Communists, then Hitler and the Nazis. He was considered a crack pot… what some today might call today a “Wacko Bird”.

Nonetheless, Churchill persisted, despite the fact that much of the enmity towards him came from those within his own party… particularly for his advocacy of free trade. By 1940 many in Britain were not sure that the Nazi juggernaut could be stopped.

A funny thing happened on the way to takeover of the entire world however. One man rallied the people of the one country that stood between Nazi dominance of the entire continent: Winston Churchill.

One month after becoming Prime Minister, Churchill gave a speech that laid out clearly why the fight was worth fighting:

We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim?

I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.

This speech, and many others inspired the people of his tiny nation to not only survive the Battle of Britain and deal Hitler his first significant defeat, but to go on and play a leading role in the victory over the Axis powers.

Barack Obama is not Adolph Hitler, the Democrats are not Nazis, and Ted Cruz is not Winston Churchill. Barack Obama is however a statist who seeks to replace free markets and individual freedom with state control and government mandates. The Democrats do however seek to control virtually every aspect of an American’s life. And Ted Cruz understands that victory demands a willingness to say things people may not want to hear, the conviction to stand behind principals worth fighting for, and perhaps most of all, the need to articulate why the fight is being undertaken in the first place.

Churchill was a pariah within his own party and ridiculed from both sides of the aisle, yet he continued to take to the floor of the Parliament and say the things that needed to be said, particularly when few others were perceptive enough to recognize the dangers or had the courage to face them. Eventually the British people recognized that Churchill had been right all along and that he was the man to lead them through their darkest hour. Ted Cruz is not Winston Churchill, but perhaps he carries the spirit of the “Last Lion” with him and if we’re lucky his voice will lead the country past the mortal danger posed by a government that has become too powerful, too dysfunctional, too secretive and too coercive for liberty to survive.

The product of a military family, growing up in Naples, Italy and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and being stationed in Germany for two years while in the Army, Vince spent half of his first quarter century seeing the US from outside of its own borders. That perspective, along with a French wife and two decades as a struggling entrepreneur have only fueled an appreciation for freedom and the fundamental greatness of the gifts our forefathers left us.

15 Responses to “On Leadership: Winston Churchill & Ted Cruz”

  1. 1

    Nan G

    Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, known as George Santayana is famous for a lot.
    One thing sticks with me of all he said and wrote:
    “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
    Well done, Vince.
    There are always parallels in history.
    Some are complete, others, partial.
    But we can (and should) learn even from a partial parallel.

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    Nathan Blue

    This is a good point. There are many politicians (even on the left) that I think all citizens should objectively look at and listen to. Cruz doesn’t seem threatening at all, but it’s sad the media is de-branding him just as they falsely branded Obama.

    We really have to stop the whole trend of “branding” to generate our perceived heroes and villains in DC. Not sure how to do it, but I trust that reason, honor, and truth will prevail in the country as it usually does (as much as it can).

  3. 3

    ilovebeeswarzone

    TED CRUZ IS SO TALENTED, FOR GOD SAKE LET HIM SPEAK HIS WORDS,
    he is a blessing for THE PEOPLE of AMERICA,
    his cause is for the benefit of the CITIZENS WHO ARE AMERICAN,
    AND IT WON’T HURT HIM THAT HE IS 100% BETTER LOOKING THAN OBAMA,

  4. 4

    Ditto

    25 Signs That America Is Rapidly Becoming More Like Nazi Germany

    The following are 25 signs that America is rapidly becoming more like Nazi Germany….

    (Condensed. Read article for the full comparative details)

    #1 Nazi Germany was a totalitarian Big Brother police state that constantly monitored everything that German citizens did. Today, the bureaucrats that run things in the United States are also absolutely obsessed with constantly trying to monitor us…

    #2 Nazi officials often used their positions of power to force others to do dehumanizing things. This is exactly what the TSA is doing today…

    #3 In Nazi Germany, even women and children were treated like dehumanized cattle. Well, today schoolchildren are being strip-searched all over the United States…

    #4 In Nazi Germany, authorities could stop you and search you at any time and for any reason. In America that is not supposed to happen, but it is happening. Last year, TSA “VIPR teams” conducted approximately 8,000 “unannounced security screenings”…

    #5 Under Adolf Hitler, there were massive increases in government spending. According to eyewitness Kitty Werthmann, just about everyone was getting some sort of a handout from the German government…

    #6 Under Hitler, taxes were raised dramatically in order to pay for all of these social programs.
    …In the United States our tax rates have not gotten that bad yet, but when you total up all federal taxes, all state taxes, all local taxes, all property taxes and all sales taxes, there are a significant number of Americans that do pay more than 50% of their incomes in taxes…

    #7 The economy of Nazi Germany was very highly socialized. …The United States has not gotten to the level of Nazi Germany yet, but we do have a socialist president and back in 2009 the cover of Newsweek boldly proclaimed that “We Are All Socialists Now“…

    #8 In Nazi Germany, if you conducted business outside of the socialist paradigm you were heavily punished. Well, the same thing is happening in the United States today…

    #9 In Nazi Germany, government regulation of business got wildly out of control. …Of course we all know about all of the ridiculous regulations that the U.S. government is burdening businesses with today…

    #10 Under Hitler, free market capitalism was absolutely hated. …And as I have written about previously, a lot of Barack Obama’s strongest supporters are socialists and communists, and an increasing number of Americans are showing disdain for capitalism…

    #11 In Nazi Germany, the health care system was taken over by the government. …The government spends nearly half of all health care dollars and Obamacare is going to mean more government control over the health care system than ever before….

    #12 Under Adolf Hitler, abortion was made “safe and legal” in Germany. It turns out that Hitler was a huge fan of the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger…

    #13 In Nazi Germany, killing the “defective”, the “weak” and the “disabled” was considered to be a good thing because it made the German people “stronger”. Unfortunately, many in America today have fully embraced the eugenics principles which were so dominant in Nazi Germany…

    #14 In Nazi Germany, education was nationalized and God was kicked out of the schools. …the exact same thing is happening to U.S. public schools…

    (Well except for pro Muslim curriculum.)

    #15 Under Adolf Hitler, God was mocked and religion was pushed out of every corner of public life. … Once again, this parallels what we are seeing happen in America today…

    #16 Adolf Hitler fully embraced the theory of evolution, and Darwinism provided the intellectual foundation for much of Nazism. …Hitler was obsessed with the “survival of the fittest” and he took this theory to its logical extremes…

    #17 Under Adolf Hitler, the state started taking over the job of child care. …this is exactly what is happening in America today. Children are raised by day care centers and public schools, and most parents spend very little time with their own children…

    #18 In Nazi Germany, it became fashionable to mock Christians and the Christian faith. …This is definitely where things are going in America today. Our television shows and our movies regularly mock Christians and they are always portrayed as the “bad guys”…

    #19 Under Adolf Hitler, sexual promiscuity was actually encouraged. …Of course the exact same thing is happening in America today…

    #20 Once the Nazis took power, they rapidly implemented gun control legislation and later on they took all of the guns away from the populace. …gun control legislation continues to become even more strict, and it is only a matter of time before the federal government tries to disarm the U.S. population completely…

    #21 Under the Nazis, large numbers of children were taken away from good families. …In many states, CPS (“child protective services”) has become one of the most feared government agencies. All over the nation, thousands upon thousands of children have been removed from good homes because the parents were not raising them “correctly”…

    #22 Under Adolf Hitler, society became very highly militarized. …Sadly, this is even happening to our public schools. According to blogger Alexander Higgins, students in kindergarten and the 1st grade in the state of New Jersey are now required by law to participate “in monthly anti-terrorism drills”…

    (While I consider that a bit of a reach, it is clear that the public school systems are indoctrinating children, just as was done in Nazi Germany.)

    #23 In Nazi Germany, the prisons were absolutely packed. …Right now, the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world by far and the largest total prison population on the entire globe by far…

    #24 Under Adolf Hitler, there was basically no freedom of speech. …In the United States today we are told that we still have freedom of speech, but that freedom is being “chilled” in thousands of different ways…

    #25 Under Adolf Hitler, paranoia was standard operating procedure. …In Nazi Germany, every citizen was a potential threat and everyone had to be constantly watched for suspicious activity…

    See also: She survived Hitler and wants to warn America

    Kitty Werthmann survived Hitler.

    “What I am about to tell you is something you’ve probably never heard or read in history books,” she likes to tell audiences.

    “I am a witness to history.

    “I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history.

    Adolph Hitler

    “We voted him in.”

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    ilovebeeswarzone

    DITTO
    VERY WELL SAID AS USUAL VERY ACCUATE i find,
    I BOUGHT THE BOOK ON totalitarianism very interesting,
    THEY HAVE A SIDE OF THEIR BRAINS THAT IS INSANE AND
    TAKE OVER ANY OTHER BRANCH OF
    INTELLIGENCE WHICH COULD BE BRILLIANT ALONE,
    BUT MATCH WITH THE TRAIT OF INSANITY IS BEASTLY,
    I SAY IT’ COME FROM A CORRUPT GENE ALLOWED TO GROW AND GIVEN THE TOOL OF POWER , THERE COME THE NEED TO HURT AND DESTROY,
    THAT TRAIT COULD BE ONLY BENEFICT TO USE IN DEFENSE OF AN ATTACK TO SELF
    BUT THE PERSON WHO CANNOT CONTROL IT AND GAIN POWER IN ANY POSITION IS BOUND TO HURT AND EVEN USE CRIME AND CORRUPTION WHEN HIS TRAIT IS AWAKE AND DEMAND TO BE FED.

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    ER

    Ted Cruz = evil. Willful violation of Constitution (2.1.5)= deceptive, anti-USA, above-the-law egoist. Add in capitulation to theonomist lobby, even more corrupt.
    Zero chance of Ted Cruz winning a general presidential election, b/c:
    (1) We Constitutionalists who understand the Constitution’s natural born citizen clause is not a suggestion, but a law, will not vote for him, even if it means merely sitting out or writing in a no-chance candidate.
    (2) Those of us GOP and libertarians who abhor the hijacking of the GOP by the theonomists and reconstructionists will never vote for him
    (3) Pretty much all democrats oppose the reconstructionist/thoenomist agenda, so they’ll never cross over either.
    Sick, evil man Ted Cruz.

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    ilovebeeswarzone

    ER
    DID YOU SWALLOW YOUR TONGUE AND BURNED YOUR FINGER ON THIS?
    YOU SOUND LIKE A MAD DOG ON A LEASE,
    CAN’T YOU DO BETTER THAN THAT?
    WE DIN’T UNDERSTAND WHY THE MADNESS CAME FROM,
    BECAUSE A CONSEFVATIVE HAD THE GUTS YOU DID NOT HAVE TO DEMAND THE EXTENSION OR BETTER A COMPLETE DEFUND OF ALAW WHICH THE PEOPLE DON’T WANT,
    NOTHING TO BE SO MAD ABOUT,
    UNLESS YOU ALL CONSTITUTIONALIST ARE ANGRY
    FOR NOT THINKING OF SPEAKING OUT BEFORE,
    WELL TED CRUZ BEAT YOU TO THE PUNCH,
    and TED CRUZ has that inner flame which AMERICA need so bad at this time of being destroyed bit by bit,
    dam if you don’t see it, you will come too late to help,

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    Augustus

    Shortly after the Munich conference in 1938 the British intelligence service, MI5, sent a message stating that Hitler thought Britain too decadent and powerless to protect itself and democracy. On the same day that British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, flew to Munich: British Intelligence wrote: ‘ It is apparent that Hitler’s policy is essentially a dynamic one, and the question is, what direction will it take next? If the information in the (report), which has proved generally reliable and accurate in the past, is to be believed, Germany is at the beginning of an Napoleonic era and her rulers contemplate a great extension of German power. ‘

    Western Europe escaped its demise because Churchill threw appeasement policy into the dustbin of history. Churchill was one of the very few who saw how Hitler had poisoned the Germans (and many followers in surrounding countries) with his Fascist/ Nazi ideology. And the rest of Europe sat like a frightened rabbit in the headlights, staring at Hitler’s propaganda war machine and hoped that the rattlesnake Hitler would slither back into his basket under their imploring eyes.

    And who does Chamberlain remind one of? Think about who removed the bust of Churchill from his office, and about the time the microphone was left on and the world could listen to Obama telling Medvedev what he would do about disarmament commitments if he was re-elected, ‘ after my election, I have more flexibility’. Obama is an obvious placater and appeaser. As for Ted Cruz, if he indeed carries such a ‘spirit of the “Last Lion” with him’ to defeat Obama’s socialist wrecking ball he deserves nothing but respect. Will he run for President in 2016? And what’s the press going to make of his Tea Party support?

  9. 9

    ilovebeeswarzone

    Augustus
    HI,
    very good info, yes, and it was said that even the future KING of ENGLAND
    WAS IT EDWARD I THINK LIKE HITLER,
    WILL WE EVER LEARN WHERE THE TURNING POINT GOT HIM TO BECAME A MONSTER,
    THIS WOULD BE INTERESTING TO CHECK ON A PERSON GIVEN THE ULTIMATE POWER,
    when does the brain collapse and why DOES IT STOP IT’S ADVANCE ON A QUEST TO MAKE A PERFECT WORLD
    I think we all human should know our limit if we want power over other human,
    and with the science so advance< we should have our wannabe leader of a so large country as AMERICA IS
    probe to see the point of collapse on their brain, because that is the begining of negative destructive beastly
    action on a people tolerant and forgiving for a long time accepting the punishment of the leader turned worse than an animal,
    because we don't see that beastly behaviour in animal kingdom,which is a will to hurt those who depend on
    that leader.
    bye

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    Augustus

    Hi Bees

    Yes you are right. What turns some people into monsters and power-hungry megalomaniacs? Let those who deny the existence of souls explain.

    Bye

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    ilovebeeswarzone

    Augustus
    YES,
    maybe they are afraid of the darkness they feel deep inside,
    and the only way to fight what they cannot extirpate,
    is to blame it on all other human who are under their power,
    and punish them constantly,
    thinking it will feed their beast.
    bye

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    Blake

    @ER: Not much of a “Cruz” fan, huh? Actually, except for RINOS like you, we true conservatives know exactly why we sent Cruz to Washington- same for Lee, Rubio, and others.
    People need to stand up and be vocal patriots in this war- and believe me, it IS a war. The very ideas of zombies like obama, Reid, and others of their ilk are anathema to us. We believe that we need to be free men, not yoked and strangled to an ideology that is enslaving men and women .
    If you cannot see this, than I pity you, for you have your ideological blinders on and you will be one of those who will march to your death because the dogma you have been wed to tells you to do so.

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