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Thursday, January 21. 2016
I almost can't believe I'm saying this, but I am declaring myself for Ted Cruz, because I have always leaned toward the moderate wing of the Republican Party and have always been first and foremost a foreign affairs conservative. But, the Republican Party is too far away from even minimal effectiveness, even with Congressional majorities, the issues being so aligned closer to conservative values, and the sheer incompetence and thuggishness of the Obama administration so evident and scary. And, Republicans in leadership have been as willing as Democrats to allow the hollowing of our military and degradation of its spirit. The situations in the MidEast and with Russia and China are among the most fearsome that our country has faced and we have frittered away our abilities to counter these threats. At the same time, our domestic strengths have been so weakened and spent into moral and financial near bankruptcy that unless we rebuild domestically we can forget about having a future in dealing with foreign gangsters not to mention the class of gangsters -- the politicians arm-in-arm with Wall Street and megacorporations --who are looting our pockets and self-esteem.
Ted Cruz is not a foreign affairs candidate. If anything, I would expect him to be restrained, both out of traditional conservative restraint and due to concentrating on setting us upright at home. He may be too restrained for my taste but there is something more important right now at stake, the very survival of the United States as the strong beacon of values that light up the world. Meanwhile, I feel confident that Ted Cruz will help rebuild our military strength and combativeness, weakened by social experiments that disregard fighting effectiveness, and will not stand idly by as foreign slime spit at us.
Ted Cruz is a principled Constitutionalist and conservative of the stripe that used to be so common. That's why the hypocrites and sell-outs in the Senate despise him, because compared to his legislative bravery they are revealed as pygmies of pusillanimity. I remember when Barry Goldwater ran for the nomination, how castigated he was by the Republican establishment, who deserted him. He lost by a landslide, but set a standard that Americans could gather around and retake the Republican Party for conservative principle and patriotism that didn't just conveniently wave the flag but who were willing to bleed for it and for what it stands for. That is Ted Cruz. Every generation, we must reassert our standard of principles, or see them bought for a pocket of lucre and allowed to be weakened for the passing comforts of laziness.
Ted Cruz may very well go down to defeat. It is tough to buck the stacked big city states in the electoral college and the sheer wall of hatred spewed by the mainstream media against any Republican -- and most Americans still get their news and views from the mainstream media. So may any other Republican go down to defeat. None of them are inspiring. I am willing to see that happen IF, IF, the Republican candidate sets out a clear standard of conservatism and articulate, knowledgeable defense of the Constitution and decency of values. Of all the candidates, only Ted Cruz has done that and can do that and be counted on to govern that way if elected.
At National Review some of the leading principled conservatives, none of them sycophants of big government-big business, set out their reasoned opposition to Donald Trump. In doing so they actually set out the case for a real, principled, knowledgeable, brave conservative. The only one on the field who lives up to that standard is Ted Cruz.
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Ted Cruz is plastic, stiff, and NOT a natural born citizen. And I think he is not what he pretends to be. He will never be the nominee, unless it's by hook and by crook.
This Cruz/Obama birther movement is complete nonsense. By right and law, I can marry a foreigner and still my children are born citizens. By right and law, my pregnant wife can travel beyond the borders and still give birth to a citizen. There is no requirement for the child to apply for naturalization. A child born to a citizen is a citizen at birth.
It would be interesting to know if Cruz actually has his form N600, and whether/if that changes anything from a legal standpoint: https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/n-600instr.pdf
Jack, I'll buy everything you say if you can prove which of the two hospitals in Honolulu, BHO was born in. Neither of them will claim him or show the records for his birth in their respective facilities.
Heck, I'll wash your car and shine your shoes if you find and post post a photo of his alleged mother Stanley Ann, when she was pregnant! They don't exist.
Oh, and find just one other birth certificate from Hawaii issued in 1961, that states the race of mother or father was "African". They don't exist either.
Well, Billy, I'm glad to see that you're an expert in Constitutional law. As the Constitution NEVER defines "natural born" and subsequent laws indicate that a child of a US citizen born outside the US is considered natural born, please enlighten us regarding your legal theory! While you're at it, please tell us where you got your crystal ball that enables you to predict with 100% certainty that he will not be the nominee.
But the real issue is - your freakin' points are not germane to the post. Bruce acknowledged that Ted may not win. His point was that Ted is a principled conservative. If you disagree, let's hear it. But your crap about whether or not he's a US citizen or that he won't win have ZERO to do with his principles.
Tes Cruz won't win a single primary, outside of an evangelical farmland of zero importance.
Just ask President Santorum or President Huckabee. Other than that, he's a real winner.
The last thing America needs is another first term Senator blowhard for president.
Can not win a general election. Half a pie is better than no pie.
Couldn't remember the million dollar loan from his wife's job?
Had dual citizenship up to 15 months ago? How convenient.
Yeah. Ted Cruz is the man.
I'm very skeptical about Cruz. There has always been something just a little off about him. It's hard to put your finger on it, but there's a devious quality to him. I get why people like him, but I can also get why people think he is a gold-plated phony too.
A friend of mine who built a very successful, international business from the ground up has a corporate jet. Doing business all over the planet and dealing with clients who like dealing with the creator of the whole thing makes it somewhat of a necessity and what the heck, he can afford it so why not. He attended a Cruz event and felt kind of small as Cruz went on about not believing in corporate jets and how he flew on Southwest, never minded being in the middle seat, yada, yada, yada. When he went to his evil form of transportation to leave he found out that Ted Cruz's jet, bigger and badder than his own, had been parked right next to him. And that is why your instinct that Cruz is just another full of shit politician is spot on.
The only argument I have against Cruz is that he is a career politician. Not necessarily bad; people should do what they love and some people love being a politician. But, if that's what you love it's harder to gain my trust. It's the reason that I wanted to vote for Carson.
The more I think about Trump, the more afraid I get of him being in government. I'm afraid Trump will win my state of OK and that's why I am switching to Cruz.
The problem with Trump is that he is the perfect argument for a socialist that is confronted with the fact that socialism has never worked before. That is, the ultimate response will always be "because the right people have never been in place to make it work." Trump is definitely the right person. His entire campaign is "Vote for me because I will get things done where other presidents could not." I fear the government will grow more under Trump than with either W. Bush or Obama. His response to anything political is more money, more power, more regulation, more federal centralization.
I would call him a Progressive, but I don't think he even knows what that is.
Cruz reminds me of Nixon. there's something there, maybe my lenses are fogged, but he seems too good to be true.
Trump, OTOH what you see is what you get. Maybe atypical, some shortcomings which he does not make effort to conceal.
We cannot conceive a box to describe that which he is out of. Kinda like the old naval maps where out on the edge it says "There be dragons".
One thing you can say with certainty in any dynamic: Trump is a winner.
Don't like him? irrelevant;
Looks goofy? hair/shmair;
Won't let sleeping dogs lay? sometimes ol' Fido needs a poke;
I'm tired of second-rate career politicians that are mealy-mouth shape shifters. We don't need no shifting sands, we need a rock.
Keep in mind if he doesn't work out we can dump him in four years; we just have to find someone with the stones to do the job. Queers and females, uh uh. Why you think Putin is acceptable?
Putin is a patriot. Obama is an embarrassment.
Putin is, of course, a self-seeking kleptomaniac, which is another way of saying he's a Russian politician.
One of the better Russian politicians in fact. And a patriot.
Mrs. Putin is a looker.
And there you have it. The real, fundamental impulse of the Trump voters is that they want an American Putin. No camouflage, no double-talk, they really want a populist demagogue to take control of this country and "Make it Great Again". Not one whit different than Mr. Putin.
This is how Huey Long rose to power. (My apologies to Trump voters, I know you don't know who he is.) This is how Juan Peron gained his popularity. This is how Mussolini came to power. This is how Hitler won a popular election in 1933. Some will argue that "that can't happen under our system". Well, it couldn't happen under the Weimar Republic system either, but when you're popular enough (yuuge), the rules give way before you. When emotion overcomes facts and logic, President Putin will "make shlt happen" without any regard for the American Constitution. I suppose the gullible will always be a majority, in this country as in so many others. They will just have to learn the hard way.
Rather than let the cold civil war in this country lurch gradually along, many of us will say the heck with it, if there are no American conservative choices left to vote for, then it's time to speed things up. Rather than let things slowly deteriorate into a banana republic, let's just cut to the chase now. I know I won't vote for an unconstitutional demagogue like Trump; far better to let the socialists crash this country sooner under an accurate label. Jefferson really was right about the Tree of Liberty, it's always a repeating cycle.
Let it burn.
Cruz is exactly like all the other political types. A total, complete professionally trained bullshit artist. A taskmaster at nothing but talk.
Aren't we just finishing up with this exact model, after seven years of his amatuer bullshit?
Trump has arm wrested with the nastiest lawyer/real estate assholes and hack officials in NYC, built a billion dollar business around the world with a million dollars. Beautiful, functional, buildings, jobs, and actual experience in the real world, outside of the U.S. Senate Talk Palace.
He'd kick ass and takes names. Something we haven't seen around here in way too long.
I would vote for Cruz, but Trump has won already.
R's have elected everybody but the president and Obama
agenda enacted by house and senate leaders to show for it.
Some of those taking positions against Trump are the best are
the best endorsement for him.
Wow. Everyone go back and read through the comments. People just have feelings, estimates, half-baked legal opinions, blustery assertions of what candidates seem like, or we think they'd do, based on not much info. Very little hard information.
Pick up your game, people.
I truly wonder, after obama and the intellectual lightweights and morally corrupt politicians we have (and the corrupt teacher)if people in this country have no clue what our Constitution says. Trump makes great declaratory statements. Love seeing him bash the establishment. HOWEVER, I believe there is only one way Trump, a businessman, can operate and that just does not fit under our Constitution. But then again, our country elected and re-elected a man that referred to that sacred document as "flawed and irrelevant".
Sorry to hear it Bruce. You're not in this to win, but to pose on an ethical laurel. Same goes for the crew at NR. Capital "L" losers!
Cruz can't win the general. He is the Democrats' favorite for the GOP nomination because they can pin the Whacko Religious Nut tail on him. And they'll peel the centrist voters right off of him.
The next President will need to occupy the nation's center. He'll need to appeal to every religious group, from die-hard, church-going evangelicals to non-practicing protestants and even atheists to secure the broad base he'll need to fashion the roll-back of programs and regulations that the nation needs.
Cruz cannot do that. To me it's apparent that he has moored his campaign to the low-hem, tea-totaling, preachy Baptist and Mormon crowd and they are too itchy and scolding a cohort for most Americans' likes (in fact, the SJW movement is tailored from the template these bossy-cows have employed in the past).
Also, in my experience in the Western states , they are too wedded to agri-business and development subsidies out of DC to be honest partners with libertarian-minded reformers focused on cutting government fat. We'd have to sell-out any real reforms just to have them caucus with us on issues like states' rights and Federal cut-backs.
BTW, I just un-bookmarked NR - they've lost my eye-balls. I only hope Jonah G. (no fan of Trump, but a witty, literate provocateur) and VDH will resurface on PJMedia so I can enjoy their essays there.
I'm a Calgarian and amused by the possibility of one of my compadres becoming president.
I am even more amused by the endless breaches by those who claim to be Republicans of Reagan's 11th commandment: "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican".
Reagan would never have called a fellow Republican a "capital L loser", because Reagan was a winner.
Cruz is my ideal candidate and if he makes it through I will vote for him. But for now I support Trump. Trump's energy and his position on the important things in this race is what energizes the voters. Trump goes to Podunk and 10,000 cheering voters show up. Other candidates are lucky to get a dozen potential voters. If Trump stumbles I hope it is Cruz that inherits his followers.
Cruz is a very compettent lawyer who has argued and won before the supreme a number of time. He could far more as a lawyer which he has ben most of his life than as a politician. Cruz belives in smaller government and the constitution. Trump is a salesman of overpriced luxury good who inherited a fortune and his company. he has never made a dime for investors or partners. He regularly screws his lenders and workers. Donald cares about Donald and money, he has always supported big government big money . Buy his steaks : [url] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyONt_ZH_aw [/url] not his BS
We've had enough with the f@cking lawyer/political hacks in this country.
Enough first term Senator know-it-all bullshit artists, too.
Time for someone who can actually get shit done. Period.
We've had a century of progressives and fabian socialists "getting shit done", as you put it I want to elect people who will reduce the role of government, not increase it. Trump makes it clearer in every speech that he will not simply maintain the status quo, but increase it by leaps and bounds.
"some of the leading principled conservatives"
These are the people who have been shilling for McConnell the past year.
As for the, “We can live with Trump.”, line, that used to be known as damning with faint praise, but it raises an important point. If he goes all the way, how does Cruz govern since he's antagonized all but a few in his own party? Executive orders?
It's very romantic to be part of a forlorn hope, but it doesn't do the country much good.
All I ask is that you abjure from what has made your guy and so many of his supporters anathema in so many quarters and just show a modicum of respect to those who dare to disagree.
"[S]ooner or later, as the globalist elites seek to drag the country into conflicts and global commitments, preside over the economic pastoralization of the United States, manage the delegitimization of our own culture, and the dispossession of our people, and disregard or diminish our national interests and national sovereignty, a nationalist reaction is almost inevitable and will probably assume populist form when it arrives. The sooner it comes, the better…"
Samuel Francis in Chronicles, 1996.
Sooner or later is here. Twenty years later. And the populist form of the arrival has a name: Donald Trump.
Mercurial is not an attractive trait in a President. Cruz does seem to be steady, consistent and thoughtful in practice and in temperament. I'll keep giving him a serious look.
First , Cruz is not eligible to be president as he is not a natural born citizen, which was a term understood by the Founding Fathers to mean "born of two citizen parents on U.S. soil." The other situations noted above (such as born to an American citizen in a foreign country) make one a "citizen" but not "natural-born." The Founders clearly were concerned about the commander-in-chief of American military have every loyalty to and being under the jurisdiction of the United States.
Second, he is lying about the dual citizenship designation. Canada did not have that category of citizenship between 1947 and February 15, 1977. He was born in December 1970, his birth was registered in January 1971, and his mother would have had to retained her exclusive U.S. citizenship and filed a Consular Report of Birth Abroad to "obtain" exclusive U.S. citizenship for her son. Even then, he was a "naturalized" citizen as it took an act of government to fulfill his eligibility, not "natural-born" which requires no act of law.
For a supposedly respected attorney to tap dance around this issue makes be disrespect him and the entire Republican party that is trying to shove him into an office for which he is ineligible. They are the ones flaunting The Constitution!
I won't even get into his mishaps with loans, but he didn't need to make up the storytelling about he and Heidi liquidating all their assets to make this run. I was very interested in his candidacy until these issues arose and still get 3 - 5 whiny e-mails and phone calls per day pleading for money when he is getting huge sums from the PACs run by the Globalists who are scared to death of not having one of their puppets running the U.S.A.
No, this time I've really done my homework. One of Trump's former employees, now an entrepreneur in his own right, calls him a masterful conductor of an orchestra -- he may not know how to play each instrument, but he selects the very best to lend xpertise, resulting in a magnificent production.
Amen! He certainly has my vote in the upcoming NH primary.
As for Trump, he certainly is sticking it to the PC crowd, which I applaud, but shouldn't the fawning adoration showered on the charlatan Obama a mere 8 years ago give everyone pause today? Are we so desperate for a "win" that we fall for vague and inane platitudes and completely jettison our fealty to limited government, the Constitution, and liberty? (The notion that Trump stands for any of those is laughable. His record says just the opposite.)
The Dems offer only bread and circuses. Surely, we can do better than them, or Trump!
Cruz is my 1st choice. The birther BS is just that,.....BS. Cruz is just as much a citizen as John McCain, who by the way was born in Panama.
Cruz, Rubio, Trump, (and Walker until he sadly dropped out) have all been my top choices. At this point it looks like its leaning toward Trump.....not my first choice but I'll be voting for any of these over ANY Lib/Progressive/Socialist/Democrat.
Oh and pcb....yes I agree with you Obama surely is a Charlatan. But in no way can Trump lumped into that category. If anything he just the opposite. His entire life is an open book and while I don't approve or agree with many of his past stances on the issues I'll give him the benefit of the doubt on his stance on most current issues for the mere fact that he's willing to PUBLICLY and unapologetic-ally go against the grain and take the heat from the MSM and politically correct crowd.
Comparing Ted Cruz's heritage to John McCain's does an injustice to the goal of writing a job description for the presidency. McCain, who was not my favorite candidate to represent the Republican party, came from a family who, for generations, served in the U.S. military and happened to be overseas when he was born. Loyalty is not an issue here.
Ted Cruz's father muddled around with Cuban politics as a teenager and decided to move to the U.S. and then Canada. He never became a U.S. citizen until his son took up politics. Ted Cruz never explored his citizenship until he decided to run for the presidency, then he made up this story about "dual citizenship" which didn't exist. Doesn't that bother anyone? And Rubio and Jindal are specifically outside the guidelines for eligibility. Our present president is still working through the anger his father had with British colonialism and growing up with Islam and Alinsky. Why lie? Why develop these myths about one's background?
If this frivolity over our elected leaders continues, we will be ruled by those who have been raised at the knee of those our forefathers sought to escape. Our Constitution Republic was special. Ben Franklin was right: We have a Constitutional Republic IF we can fight to keep it.
I've supported Cruz since he was the Texas Attorney General, and then in his run for Texas Senate, and now in his run for the presidency. He's a conservative who can effectively articulate his Constitutional positions, and has proved he will act on principle.