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Ron Paul and Ted Cruz: A Freak Show Update

It’s been a while since we’ve devoted a post to the Freak Show, but a couple of items this week were too, um, freaky to pass up.

First, Ron Paul. Kevin Drum writes, “Way back in 2012, when he was running for president, Ron Paul seemed to some people like a breath of fresh air. Sure, maybe he was a bit of a crank, but at least he didn’t sanitize his beliefs in order to avoid offending people. He said what he meant, and he meant what he said.”

Well, maybe not. Earlier this week we got the unfiltered Ron Paul stumping on behalf of Ken Cuccinelli’s failed campaign for governor of Virginia. From Drum’s article:

“Jefferson obviously was a clear leader on the principle of nullification,” the former Texas congressman said of the third president. “I’ve been working on the assumption that nullification is going to come. It’s going to be a de facto nullification. It’s ugly, but pretty soon things are going to get so bad that we’re just going to ignore the feds and live our own lives in our own states.”

….He tore into the Constitution’s 17th Amendment. Ratified in 1913, it’s the one that allows for the direct election of U.S. senators by popular vote. “That undermined the principle importance of the states,” said Paul.

He criticized the 16th Amendment, which allowed the federal income tax. After the crowd chanted “End the Fed,” Paul decried the printing of more money by the Federal Reserve.“We need someone to stand up to the authoritarians,” he said. “They’re dictators.”

….He stressed that the constitutional “right to keep and bear arms” was not for hunting, but to allow rebellion against tyrannical governments. “The Second Amendment was not there so you could shoot rabbits,” he said. “Right now today, we have a great threat to our liberties internally.”

To sane Americans, this Ron Paul does indeed sound like a kook. As Drum says, “[T]he most remarkable part of all this is that the rest of us–centrists, liberals, non-insane Republicans, the press, etc.–are expected to shrug off this kind of thing as nothing more than a sort of boys-will-be-boys stemwinder, not to be taken seriously. Remarkable indeed.” Ed Kilgore asks, “can you imagine a statewide Democratic candidate anywhere, much less in a ‘purple state,’ associating himself or herself so conspicuously with such ravings? No, you can’t.” Exactly.

Now on to Ted Cruz. Andrew Sullivan had a post yesterday that was perfectly titled: Ted Cruz’s Jeremiah Wright. Who’s that? Why, it’s Ted’s father, Rafael Cruz. David Corns has a rundown of many of the incendiary things the elder Cruz has said, including the videos. In response to Corn’s reporting, Ted dismisses his father’s rants as “a joke”. Good luck with that! Corns followed up his original reporting by asking, “Does Ted Cruz Believe His Critics Will be Condemned by God?”

There might be a much bigger issue regarding Ted Cruz’s response to the article about his father. In July, the senator, with his father by his side, accepted the blessings of fundamentalist pastors in Iowa (see above) who are adherents of Christian Reconstructionism, a view that holds that God anoints individuals to be “kings” who strive to influence or control key institutions of society (say, the government) as a prelude to the second coming of Christ. The blessing of Ted Cruz contained this line: “Father, we believe that no weapon formed against [Cruz] will prosper and every tongue that rises up against him in judgment will be condemned.”

This blessing seems to suggest that the pastors believe that those who criticize Ted Cruz will be condemned by God. This certainly seems in sync with Rafael Cruz’s remarks and his preaching at religious gatherings of fellow evangelicals. But a serious question is raised: does Ted Cruz himself see his detractors as being on the wrong side of God? Can those who raise inconvenient questions about him or his father expect to receive a mighty smiting from above?

This is no joke. Such a mindset—my detractors are destined for hell—could certainly affect how Cruz would govern, should he reach the pinnacle of power. Given that he willingly accepted this blessing, it would hardly be inappropriate to ask Cruz what he thought of it. Actually, I did. Along with those queries noted above, I asked his office whether Senator Cruz believes that his critics will be condemned by God? No answer yet on that, either. I suppose those who report unflattering facts about the senator may have to wait until Judgment Day to see if those Cruz-courted pastors have it right.

This is the kind of mindset I was thinking of back when I said anyone who truly believes we are in the Biblical End Times is not fit to hold public office. I’m not against religion or Christianity per se; I just don’t think people who believe they are about to usher in the End Times should be running the country for the rest of us.

And lest you think the two Cruz’s don’t have much of relationship, let’s remember that unlike Barack Obama and Jeremiah Wright, Ted Cruz routinely trots out his father as his spokesman. As Corns points out, “According to campaign disclosure records, Cruz’s Senate campaign paid Rafael Cruz about $10,000 in traveling expenses in 2012 and 2013. And in August the conservative National Review noted that the father-son duo had forged a ‘political partnership,’ reporting: ‘Cruz has kept his father, a 74-year-old pastor, involved with his political shop, using him not merely as a confidant and stand-in, but as a special envoy. He is Cruz’s preferred introductory speaker, his best messenger with evangelicals, and his favorite on-air sidekick.’ Put it this way: Rafael Cruz is far closer to Ted Cruz and his political endeavors than Jeremiah Wright was to Obama and his campaigns.”

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2013 in Current Events, Politics, The Freak Show

 

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View From A Terrorist

I am fully prepared to embrace the label of terrorist as the President’s right hand man Dan Pfeiffer called me, and other conservatives yesterday, which is quite a departure from the civility lecture Obama gave the nation in 2011 – just saying, but if this is where he wants to go, then bring it on. What has prompted the apoplectic reaction from the administration is the fact that someone finally has the chutzpah to challenge the “dictator in chief” and is demanding concessions for his debt ceiling increase request and the need for yet another CR. Let’s not forget that in 2008, Obama called Bush’s request for a debt ceiling increase a sign of failed leadership, and I couldn’t agree more. Obama has failed the leadership test here and abroad as Putin is clearly demonstrating. If Democrats want another debt ceiling increase, then it comes at a cost – spending and growth reforms need to be put in place. Let’s further scale down the rate of growth and let’s put in place some real policies that will ignite the economy; mainly energy development policies. Has anyone seen what is going on in North Dakota lately? We can not continue to just raise the debt ceiling and conduct business as usual, that is the definition of insanity, and the President’s intransigent posture is hurting this country.

Re: the CR, yesterday, the incredibly annoying Harry Reid said that Cruz’s filibuster was just a waste of time in getting a CR passed. Really? October 1 comes around every year, and Harry Reid knew full well what needed to be done, yet he and everyone else took their 5 week vacation in August. Talk about a waste of time, and a waste of flesh that is Harry Reid. Cruz’s filibuster has helped bring to light my objection, and many other conservatives objection to this atrocity that is Obamacare, and when people like Dan Pfeiffer choose to call representatives like Cruz a terrorist, he is directly calling me that as well, and I don’t appreciate it. In fact, it makes me want to fight, and fight hard, which I plan to do, and which many conservatives are now planning to do as well. This reaction is also coming from the establishment of the compliant GOP, who have never represented people like me in the first place, so I think many of them are in for a rude awakening. Over the last five years, this President has been anything but civil to them as has his lap dog media, and unfortunately we had sheep in people like McCain and Harkin who would stand and take the abuse hoping to just be like and invited to the next cocktail party but there is a new invigorated brand of conservatives, i.e.: terrorists, who do not care if anyone “likes us”, and who are tired of watching this country decline while elitist politicians dither. The fact that we are even talking about another “continuing resolution” is a clear and unavoidable sign that this current government has failed. We can not operate this country on six month CR’s, we need to more responsible with our money and run this country like a business, not a daycare. It’s time that we have adult like conversations about policy and dispense with the child like conversations about personalities.

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2013 in Big Government, Conservative Thought

 

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The Freak Show

Steve Schmidt, senior advisor to the 2008 John McCain presidential campaign, was on “Hardball” yesterday, responding to Sarah Palin’s Breitbart op-ed supporting Senator Rafael Edward Cruz, in which she announced, “it’s time for the Senate to put itself on Cruz Control!” She’s soooo clever! Do you think she thought of that one all on her own?!

Schmidt seems pretty disgusted with his own party, particular the clownish behavior unleashed with the selection of Palin as McCain’s 2008 running mate.

“Hardball” host Chris Matthews asked Schmidt what he thought of the “Frankenstein monster” he created in Palin and Cruz. “You finally you saw it with Ted Cruz. Maybe he was the one that who’s got a bridge too far,” Schmidt said. “Maybe we’ll start seeing our elected leaders stop being intimidated by this nonsense, have the nerve, have the guts to stand up and … to fight to take conservatism’s good name back from the freak show that’s been running wild for four years and that I have deep regret in my part, certainly, in initiating.”

The Freak Show. What an apt description. Yes, it was initiated by Sarah, but she’s had plenty of company determined to take their place on the show’s center stage. Republicans like Christine “I am not a witch!” O’Donnell, Sharon Angle (“it won’t be my job as a US senator to develop jobs in my state”), and Todd “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways of shutting that whole thing down” Akin. I was once a registered Republican, but good grief… What an embarrassment to be one now.

Now Sarah wants to start a third political party, The Good Guys party.  I am not making this up.

“I dare say we already have a third party. We have the liberal party, the GOP machine, and then we’ve got the good guys,” she told Neil Cavuto on Tuesday on Fox News, while Cruz was crossing the hour and a half mark of speaking on the Senate floor. “That is the third party. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul … Those are the players in the party whom I will support.”

Naturally, only “real Americans” would be allowed in (although they’d take money from anyone). And what would the mascot of The Good Guys party be? The moose, of course. Because, you know, Sarah kills them with her bare hands before going for her morning run. And she has a timely warning for those damnable Rinos: “Oh, and a little reminder to Republican senators up for re-election in 2014: Moose season ends soon, allowing more time on one’s hands. So, we’ll be watching your votes very carefully this week.”

Meanwhile, Rafael Edward Cruz took center stage this afternoon to carry out his fake filibuster. It only took him a few minutes to invoke Hitler, a reliable applause-getter at the Freak Show, right along with Communists, Marxists, Fascists, and the Anti-Christ.

But then Cruz had the audacity to read aloud on the Senate floor the book Green Eggs And Ham. Rafael, we know you’re in love with your own oratory skills, but you’ve got a ways to go to top the reading by Jesse Jackson years ago on “Saturday Night Live.” Here, let a pro show you how to read Seuss.

The complete version can be heard here: Jesse Jackson Reads Green Eggs And Ham, but it can’t be embedded, so here’s the first half.

 
 

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