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February 4, 2014

Beck heads Republican Party’s Reagan Day

By BRIAN SMITH

If the Republican Party wants to stay relevant, it has to make some changes back to the right, political commentator and radio host Glenn Beck told a crowd of about 250 at the Parker County Republican Party Reagan Day fundraiser Saturday night. Beck said the [Republican] party has lost its way and needs to get away from the policies of U.S. Senators John McCain and John Boehner and begin following Mike Lee, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.

“Right now the GOP doesn’t know what it stands for,” Beck said. “We need to turn things around to the way they used to be.”

During his 53-minute speech, Beck honed in on why he believes the Republican party as a whole is failing and what it needs to do to come back. He said that if the Republican party fails in Texas, it will fail in the U.S. as well.

Beck said part of the problem is that Americans have lost the determination to be free. He focused much of his time on the Constitution and said Americans don’t tend to follow it anymore.

Personal freedom is something all Americans should be fighting for and recent events show they just don’t care, he said.

If Americans had the determination to be free like their forefathers had, they would have “turned the country around in a heartbeat.” The principles the current Republican party hold to be dear have nothing to do with “the pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” in Beck’s mind.

“If the GOP really believed what it is trying to preach, they would have asked for a special prosecutor for the IRS scandal,” Beck said. “If the GOP really believed what it is trying to preach, they would have asked for a special prosecutor for NSA and Benghazi as well, but they’re afraid they would be called naughty names.”

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