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With a reflection of the U.S. Capitol dome serving as a backdrop, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) reacts to a question about negative perceptions of Tea Party Republicans during the Reuters Washington Summit in Washington, October 24, 2013.  REUTERS/Jim Bour
Calgary Cruz
The fact that Sen. Ted Cruz won four times as many votes in a presidential straw poll conducted among the 5,000-plus Republicans who attended the Texas GOP convention over the weekend tells you something about how out of touch those conservative activists really are. Cruz might be popular among Texas Republicans, but he couldn't get elected dog catcher in a national election, and the fact that they don't see that shows how clueless they are.

Cruz isn't an isolated example: The No. 2 finisher in the straw poll, albeit with barely more than 10 percent of the vote, was Ben Carson, the doctor-turned-wingnut who has never held public office, let alone run for one. And the wingnuttery extended beyond their 2016 dreams: Not only did Republicans ban gay conservative groups from their convention, they passed a party platform that declared that gay people are destroying America. Specifically:

The Texas Republican Party, which says "homosexuality tears at the fabric of society," also approved a policy of "reparative therapy" for gays that seek to change sexual orientation through counseling.
Adding to this bigoted quackery, Republicans also dropped a party plank calling for a reasonable approach to immigration reform, instead taking a hard line against any sort of path to legal status for any undocumented immigrants. And:
The 2014 Republican platform of more about 260 policies also calls for repealing the Voting Rights Act, supports open-carry of firearms, supports the repeal of a minimum wage, backs a U.S. withdraw from the United Nations, prohibits the sale of the morning after pill and demands the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare".
It takes an awful lot of crazy to make Ted Cruz for president just another bullet point, but curing gays, repealing the minimum wage and searching for an America in which everyone walks semi-automatics slung over their shoulder will do it. And if there's any good news here, it's that he was hinting that he just might do it:
But the most fervid responses often came when he hinted about his future plans.

“I tell you this: as good as 2014 is gonna be, 2016 is gonna be even better,” Cruz said at the Defense of Texas Marriage event.

I'm not buying it, but mostly because I don't want to be disappointed when he folds up his tent. But if he does, it'll guarantee that 2016 will be the best show in town ... since 2012.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 11:31 AM PDT.

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  •  They're dim, Jed! (8+ / 0-)

    But you knew that already...

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 11:44:32 AM PDT

    •  Of course ... (3+ / 0-)
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      Yonit, dewtx, JeffW

      After all, Ted Cruz is everything the far-right mocks.

      At least my governor came by his disdain for knowledge the honorable way, he dropped out. Cruz is just faking it.

      Americans can make our country better.

      by freelunch on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 04:20:52 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  No Ted is not faking it. (0+ / 0-)

        He, too, came by it honestly. He inherited it.

        His father was a radical left wing Communist who fought in Cuba and then found that the man he fought for (Castro) did not mirror his insanity. Castro used his violent extremism then cast him aside when he had to govern. So Raul had to escape to Texas, where he realized that his form of extremism was best expressed in religion. Religion had no cut-off switch to cast off ideologies which are utterly unworkable.

        Then Rove and Bush won the governors race in Texas in 1994 in large part by using radical right religion and somehow Raul Castro's time had returned. Ted then stepped in, since his politics mirror what Pastor John Hagee of Cornerstone Church says about extremist religion.

        That level of extremism, both in politics and in religion, is a characteristic of extremist groups. They permit no deviation and they require total fealty from group members. The leaders are chosen because they are the  most extreme of the group.

        It is in effect a form of group insanity, one in which the members feel they are losing their world and have to fight the overwhelming enemy which is taking it from them.

        The ideology is a warrior religion/politics which promotes its most extreme members to the authoritarian leadership. It is based on the fear of the followers. If they ever defeated those they hate and fear so strongly then the ideology and the group will collapse. The authoritarian leaders who cannot change will be discarded the way Fidel Castro discarded the unadaptable  ultra extremists the way Fidel Castro got rid of Raul Cruz after he replaced Batista.

        Ted Cruz represents an insane extremist fear-based ideology which fears it has to fight to survive. They have already lost the fight, but as extremists they can only double down on their extremism and try harder. It is not sane, but it holds the (insane) group together until it is fully defeated.

        The US Supreme Court has by its actions and rhetoric has ceased to be legitimate. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

        by Rick B on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 09:32:35 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  LOL (12+ / 0-)

    I look forward to seeing Cruz and Slick Perry duke it out.

    •  If only (4+ / 0-)
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      dewtx, bkamr, Larsstephens, LaurenMichelle

      Sarah Palin decides to run for President as well...

      30, white male, TX-07 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

      by TDDVandy on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 03:51:39 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Perry is a backroom politican (0+ / 0-)

      who is supported by ultra-right millionaires. His talent is reading the radical right factions and appealing to the strongest of them. He has run his race and is finished, whether he realizes it or not.

      Cruz is an upfront politician with a talent for moving his audiences with his rhetoric. If you ever wondered what Hitler had that brought him to power, it was his ability to move crowds with his rhetoric. Cruz also has that talent.

      While Perry is on the decline, Cruz is on the rise, and should be close to peaking out in the next two years. Perry will fade away with little media accompaniment except the surprised comments of clueless journalists to accompany his slide into obscurity and retirement.

      The US Supreme Court has by its actions and rhetoric has ceased to be legitimate. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

      by Rick B on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 09:43:52 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Oh please please please please... (7+ / 0-)

    “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”-Brandi Snyder (in memory of my Nick)

    by YellowDogInGA on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 11:49:17 AM PDT

  •  Yee-Hah (21+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 12:01:26 PM PDT

  •  Cruz / Gohmert 2016.....And Beyond!!! (3+ / 0-)
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    freelunch, AmazingBlaise, 417els
  •  Secede and kill all deserters. (1+ / 0-)
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    BelgianBastard

    Texas GOP is truly missing 3 marbles.

    Don't send a teddy bear to the Martinez family, they don't want you to intrude on their grief - send a postcard to a politician Not One More

    by 88kathy on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 12:31:06 PM PDT

  •  I would love it if Republicans generally (4+ / 0-)
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    viral, Navy Vet Terp, Matt Z, Yonit

    were that crazy, but they do have a tendency to pull back from the brink with the nominee eventually.

    Let's face it, McCain and Romney weren't the weirdest, furthest out tea crazies they could throw at us (Palin was, but she wasn't put in her spot by voters.)

    Rick Perry - the greatest scientist since Galileo!

    by Bobs Telecaster on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 01:42:29 PM PDT

  •  Bring it on! nt (0+ / 0-)

    Dick Cheney 2/14/10: "I was a big supporter of waterboarding"

    by Bob Love on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 03:05:57 PM PDT

  •  Somebody needs to (5+ / 0-)

    secretly videotape Ted at a fundraiser.

    He'll probably say some shit that will make "47 Percent" look like a walk in the park.

    30, white male, TX-07 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 03:50:20 PM PDT

  •  TX GOP=Extremists'R Us (3+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell, Yonit, gffish

    Fifty years ago, JFK referred to it as "nut country" and it's even worse today.  A Rightist's Paradise.

  •  Ohh Texas, Texas, Texas whither have you (3+ / 0-)
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    Navy Vet Terp, wishingwell, Yonit

    gone. Headshake. Heart felt sadness. Fear.

    And I am Kilrain of the 20th Maine. And I damn all gentlemen. Whose only worth is their father's name And the sweat of a workin' man Steve Earle - Dixieland

    by shigeru on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 04:06:43 PM PDT

  •  Perry face criminal indictment in Travis County (1+ / 0-)
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    DebFrmHell

    For undue influence , Travis County rule by Democrats , where unwise Republican  dare tread

  •  Those are some damned inefficient gays destroying (6+ / 0-)

    society.

    Gays have been around (I suspect) for as long as there have been people, but we can be real sure they go back at least 2500 years, to the time Leviticus was written.

    Been a lot of civilizations rising (and falling) in that time.  If gays are destroying society, the are doing one hellaciously bad job of it.

    Come on gays, show a little pride in your efforts.  If you're really trying to destroy society, get on with it.  At least try to get the job done before the oceans rise and we all fry/boil.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 04:10:35 PM PDT

  •  Canadian Carnival Cruz Line is leaving port. (4+ / 0-)
  •  Careful what you wish for... (2+ / 0-)
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    gffish, Freakinout daily

    Cruz runs, Paul runs, Perry runs, that crazy "my wife goes first" guy from the Bundy militia runs, they might just split the vote up sufficiently to let somebody electable win.

    It's real hard for the same party to hold the White House 3 times in a row, and the economy isn't exactly bouncing back to health.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 04:13:19 PM PDT

  •  Teh Cruz, it burns... n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Zack from the SFV

    I ride the wild horse .

    by BelgianBastard on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 04:16:54 PM PDT

  •  Texas Republicans are just a symptom (3+ / 0-)
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    Yonit, jessbell911, JBraden

    The GOP is cancerous and rotting from the inside. In GOP convention after GOP convention, they try to outwingnut one another. Today it's Texas, next week it will be Oklahoma or Alaska or even New York. I see the nation beginning to recoil from the irrational bigotry and hate that is today's Republican Party. They could have saved the GOP if they had acted when Newt and his tiny cadre of tumor cells cropped up during the Clinton years but geniuses like Karl Rove exploited that divisive rancor in order to win elections. But Rove knew that such a strategy was unsustainable because eventually they will appeal only to a very whacky fringe of the GOP base. But he didn't reckon on the power of the monster he unleashed and it grew out of control even while he was winning elections with it. Now the death of the Grand Old Party is unavoidable but they are going to try to take the rest of us down with them. Because if Republican ideology is false, then their only remaining option is nihilism.

    FWIW, I've been screaming this into the void for two decades. The problem is that I don't have much hope of whatever replaces the Republicans in the end will represent a shift left at all.

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 04:18:46 PM PDT

  •  The devil owns both Hell and Texas (0+ / 0-)

    He lives in Hell but rents out Texas.

  •  might switch to GOP to vote for Cruz in PA (2+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell, gffish

    primary.  

    Because if he were to be nominated for Pres, it would be SOOOOO easy to carry Pennsylvania for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in November.

    My swing voter neighbors would be waiting in line to vote for Hillary.

    •  Yes but then PA has gone blue since 88 for Pres. (3+ / 0-)
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      Yonit, gffish, JBraden

      PA went for Gore and Kerry while some other now blue states went for Bush both times.  So PA has good track record.  

      But Cruz as the nominee adds some states to the blue column that we did not have before, I would think. Montana has been getting closer each election cycle, we might get Montana and another pinkish red state too..or a few more.

      Keystone Liberals on Twitter @ KeystoneLibs , Join PA Liberals at http://keystoneliberalsforum.aimoo.com/

      by wishingwell on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 04:32:23 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Well, we backslid quite a bit in (0+ / 0-)

        Montana from 2008 (50-47 McCain) to 2012 (55-42 Mittbot).

        But yeah, I could see it becoming increasingly competitive with some effort.  I know it's a small electoral prize, but it still fields two Senators (and it bugs me to no end that Steve Daines is all but a lock to win in the fall).

        Stuck in PA-3. Let's defeat "Mike" Kelly and Tom Corbett in 2014!

        by JBraden on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 01:33:55 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  PA easily but it would also make OH, VA, FL so (2+ / 0-)
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      Yonit, mjd in florida

      much easier and not close and not such battlegrounds as we have had before. We have to spend a lot in OH, FL, VA, CO, NV and so on..those battleground states would be much easier to get with a nut on their ticket.

      Keystone Liberals on Twitter @ KeystoneLibs , Join PA Liberals at http://keystoneliberalsforum.aimoo.com/

      by wishingwell on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 04:34:44 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  IT'S TEXAS, Jed. THE TEXAS-ATTRACTING GOP... (1+ / 0-)
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    Yonit

    ... is CRAZY!

    We should be able to tar Republicans everywhere with this outlandish extremism. No reasonable Republican should be heard to say that This Is Not Them.

    It IS them, writ large. This is where the rhetoric leads.

    2014 is HERE. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 04:29:24 PM PDT

  •  The Chevy Cruz has a better chance than Ted Cruz (0+ / 0-)

    Hell, Chevy Chase has a better chance. Smarter, too.

    A man does as he is when he can do what he wants

    by BobBlueMass on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 04:29:37 PM PDT

  •  Cruz isn't a natural born citizen (0+ / 0-)

    Ted Cruz can't run for President because he isn't a natural born citizen.

  •  Texas-Size Ego (1+ / 0-)
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    Yonit

    Texas thinking that Texas politics would be electable nationally  reminds me of the old definition of conceit: a mosquito with an erection, floating down the river and yelling "Raise the drawbridge!".

  •  oh please do. (1+ / 0-)
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    gffish

    between cruz and herman mccain, we'll have so much fun. and they'll create jobs - much to their chagrin!

  •  I'm sorry, someone fill me in here. (1+ / 0-)
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    gffish

    If Mr. Cruz was not born in the U.S. and neither of his parents were American citizens, why is he a natural born American citizen?

  •  yesss! ted cruz as the teapublican's candidate for (0+ / 0-)

    prez? -- it's the d's dream come true!

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. ~ J.K. Galbraith

    by bluezen on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 05:23:27 PM PDT

  •  Texas is a kind of nature preserve (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    BelgianBastard, Blood

    where personality disorder can flourish, unhampered.

    As these crazies will learn when they step onto the national dance floor, things are different on the other side of the state line... especially since Junior.

  •  Ted Cruz run for Pres? (1+ / 0-)
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    BelgianBastard

    Why not, he'll fit right in with the rest of the gop clowns in the clown car.  LOL Clinton vs Cruz=Clinton landslide!!  I hope he gets the nomination.  Hey, what do you expect from Texas Repubs?

  •  "let alone" (1+ / 0-)
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    BMScott

    Sorry, but this is a pet peeve of mine:

    "the doctor-turned-wingnut who has never held public office, let alone run for one"

    The less likely thing should come after the phrase "let alone": "the doctor-turned-wingnut who has never run for public office, let alone held one". If you like the order you have, swap out "let alone" and substitute in "or even": "the doctor-turned-wingnut who has never held public office, or even run for one".

  •  Carpenter needed (0+ / 0-)

    I would like someone to saw the planks out from under the GOP in Texas. While you're there if you can find a way to remove the state entirely it would be appreciated. How these dimwits can even think of a blockhead from their party voted in as president shows how out of their minds they really are.

  •  Has Cruz renounced his citizenship? (1+ / 0-)
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    BelgianBastard

    Calgary Cruz said last year that he was formally renouncing his Canadian citizenship and expected it completed sometime early this year. Anybody see that happen yet? Does Canada have such a long process to do so?

  •  Texas's shitty "platform" just made me puke in ... (0+ / 0-)

    Texas's shitty "platform" just made me puke in my mouth a little...almost. There doesn't seem to be any low that is too low or extreme. At this point, it is beyond the realm of psychology. We have to all vote this midterm, my friends. Democrats 2014 and 2016!

  •  Cruz inelligible (0+ / 0-)

    Black's Law Dictionary (9th Edition) defines "Natural Born Citizen"

    as

     "A person born within the jurisdiction of a national government".

    Vol I First Congress chap III 1790

    And the children of citizens of the United States, that maybe born beyond sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as

    "natural born citizens"

    Vol I Third Congress session 2 1795
    CHAP. XX.— An Act to establish an uniform rule of Naturalization ; and to repeal
    the act heretofore passed on that subject.(a}
    SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, .... and the children of citizens of the United States, born out of the limits and jurisdiction of the
    United States, shall be considered as

    "citizens"

    Wood v. Broom - 287 U.S. 1 (1932)
    The Act of June 18, 1929,   providing for the reapportionment under the Fifteenth Census

      "omitted the requirements"

    as to the compactness, contiguity, and equality in population of new districts to be created under that apportionment. It did not carry forward those requirements,

    There is thus no ground
    for the conclusion that the Act of 1929

    reenacted or made applicable to new districts the requirements of the Act of 1911.

    MYERS

    U.S. Supreme Court
     MYERS v. UNITED STATES, 272 U.S. 52 (1926)

     272 U.S. 52

    What, then, are the elements that enter into our decision of this case?

     We have, first, a construction of the Constitution made by a Congress which was to provide by legislation for the organization of the government in accord with the Constitution which had just then been adopted, and in which there were,

     as Representatives and Senators, a considerable number of those who had been members of the convention that framed the Constitution and presented it for ratification.

    It was the Congress that launched the government.
     It was the Congress that rounded out the Constitution itself by the proposing of the first 10 amendments, which had in effect been promised to the people as a consideration for the ratification.
     It was the Congress in which Mr. Madison, one of the first in the framing of the Constitution, led also in the organization of the government under it. It was a Congress whose constitutional decisions have always been regarded, as they should be regarded, as of the greatest [272 U.S. 52, 175]    weight in the interpretation of that fundamental instrument. This construction was followed by the legislative department and the executive department continuously for 73 years, and this, although the matter in the heat of political differences between the executive and the Senate in President Jackson's time, was the subject of bitter controversy, as we have seen.

    This court has repeatedly laid down the principle that a contemporaneous legislative
    exposition of the Constitution,
    when the founders of our government and framers of our Constitution
    were actively participating in public affairs,
     acquiesced in for a long term of years, fixes the construction to be given its provisions. Stuart v. Laird, 1 Cranch, 299, 309; Martin v. Hunter's Lessee, 1 Wheat. 304, 351; Cohen v. Virginia, 6 Wheat. 264, 420; Prigg v. Pennsylvania, 16 Pet. 544, 621 (10 L. Ed. 1060); Cooley v. Board of Wardens, etc., 12 How. 299, 315; Burrow-Giles Lithographing Company v. Sarony, 111 U.S. 53, 57 , 4 S. Ct. 279; Ames v. Kansas, 111 U.S. 449 , 463-469, 4 S. Ct. 437; The Laura, 114 U.S. 411, 416 , 5 S. Ct. 881; Wisconsin v. Pelican Ins. Co., 127 U.S. 265, 297 , 8 S. Ct. 1370; McPherson v. Blacker, 146 U.S. 1, 28 , 33 S., 35, 13 S. Ct. 3; Knowlton v. Moore, 178 U.S. 41, 56 , 20 S. Ct. 747; Fairbank v. United States, 181 U.S. 283, 308 , 21 S. Ct. 648; Ex parte Grossman, 267 U.S. 87, 118 , 45 S. Ct. 332, 38 A. L. R. 131.

    It is a proposition too plain to be contested that the Constitution controls any legislative act repugnant to it, or that the Legislature may alter the Constitution by an ordinary act.

     The Constitution is either a superior, paramount law, unchangeable by ordinary means, or it is on a level with ordinary legislative acts, and, like other acts, is alterable when the legislature shall please to alter it.

    If the former part of the alternative be true, then a legislative act contrary to the Constitution is not law; if the latter part be true, then written Constitutions are absurd attempts on the part of the people to limit a power in its own nature illimitable.

    Marbury v. Madison 5 U.S. 137 MARSHALL, J., lead opinion

    U.S. Supreme Court  Supreme Court Decisions 1793-1919

    I am not challenging his Citizenship

    only that he is not Natural Born

    Acts of Congress can not invade the Sovereignty of other Nations under the law of Nations
     He was foreign born of a citizen.
    The plain import of the words must apply C.J. John Marshall

  •  Carnival Cruz would make a great president. (0+ / 0-)

    Of the Confederate States of America.

    This country can't go on in its present form. The South needs to be its own country, as does the Midwest. Let Arizona secede and call it Bundystan. Withdraw ALL Federal military, funding, etc. Appoint Carnival Cruz king of a "restored Davidic Monarchy" and Pontifex Maximus.

    "Nationalism, religious bigotry and feudal loyalty are far more powerful forces than…sanity." —George Orwell, “Wells, Hitler and the World State” (1941)

    by Blood on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 05:45:12 AM PDT

  •  I would like to know how many votes were (0+ / 0-)

    Counted,  we don't want any voter fraud going on here, no multiple votes, no votes from dead people(though those that went to this meeting might be considered dead in the head like The Walking Dead), all should have been forced to show their GOP card to make sure they are who they say they are, and their signed Norquist  pledge to America. After all we want to be sure it's an above board vote, and no ballot stuffing is allowed.

  •  General comment (0+ / 0-)

    I appreciate the differing viewpoints, but I think it is obvious that USA is in the deep $hit, economically, socially and internationally... instead of mindless name-calling and emotional railing against everybody else, can we not seriously put forth real-world solutions to the problems of immigration, a failing foreign policy, a failing economy, the collapsed black family structure, increasing taxation and increasingly incompetent federal government?

  •  Ted Cruz (0+ / 0-)

    How can Ted Cruz be president?  wasn't he born in Canada?  or. wait, isn't his father a Cuban?  Maybe he was born in Cuba.

  •  Texas has so much more to be proud of... (0+ / 0-)

    yet they act like a deprived child with an inferiority complex and then overcompensate with bravado.  If Texas were a person they'd be in an asylum.  

  •  OMG! (0+ / 0-)

    With Cruz we must accept that he is led by his father to be a Dominionist and that is where he starts his realm of bullshit; placing Nazism, and Fascism as a young child's fantasy.
    I really don't like to chastise a people for their beliefs but people like him leave little choice. Not only is his belief flawed but he has no idea why.

    Let's assume he truly believes in his god as an omnipotent being. Then how does he explain the devil that is always present to thwart his god? Is there another god; thereby obfuscating the one he believes in? Or does he believe there are two gods. And which among them rule?

    At that point we do have a problem; a god rules or does he/it/she? But Faith does not allow for thinking; one must accept a belief regardless of its ambiguity for faith conquers all reason; which again is total bullshit. And so is Cruz.

    No country can be both ignorant and free - Thomas Jefferson

    by fjb on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 11:42:18 PM PDT

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