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Friday, September 22, 2017

On the Internet, a troll purposely inflames anyone he can to attract attention to himself, in hopes of wasting everyone’s time and energy. In the Republican Party, a troll does the same thing and he becomes a hero of the far right and a frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced on Monday that he had hired Paul Teller as his deputy chief of staff.

Teller — a favorite of outside conservative groups like Club for Growth — was swiftly fired from his position as executive director of the far-right Republican Study Committee in December after leaking conversations between House members.

Cruz’s new hire immediately won praise from Red State’s Erick Erickson, a leader in the movement to push the Republican Party further to the right by demanding continued standoffs in Congress and supporting primary challenges to incumbents, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) joined McConnell in speaking out against outside conservative groups in December, after several opposed the budget deal Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) negotiated with Senator Patty Murray (D-WA). By hiring Teller, Cruz cements his allegiance with the groups who championed his effort to shut down the government over Obamacare, which he was able to pull off with the help of the House GOP’s so-called “suicide caucus,” many of whom are members of the Republican Study Committee.

Cruz’s willingness to spurn his party’s leaders represents just one trick in his impressive arsenal of trolling tactics.

The Harvard-educated lawyer, who argued in front of the Supreme Court nine times, recently published a 10,000-word article in the Harvard Law Review that speaks to one of the darkest fantasies of the Tea Party movement: How the United Nations is coming to take our golf courses.

The Daily Beast‘s Ben Jacobs points out that Cruz is artfully speaking to the fear of a world government, a fringe idea that’s surprisingly widespread among the Republican base. If he spoke about his concerns about the UN on network television, he would be deemed “wacky” or “wackier.” So instead, he’s presenting them in one of the most prestigious law journals in the world.

The senator’s immense intellect gives him the ability to frame his extremism in acceptable venues. And it also enables him to make convenient arguments against the president that serve his agenda but crumble under scrutiny.

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77 Responses to Ted Cruz Cements His Position As The GOP’s Master Troll

  1. Jason Sattler is becoming an important observer of the GOP madness as embodied by master troll Ted Cruz….

    His 1984 “doublethink” is so obvious, so pervasive, so appalling I simply can’t get how the group mindset at the GOP can stomach it!

    Sattler states:

    “But since Cruz lumped his concerns about marijuana legalization in with a screed against Obamacare, he knows that few in the audience he’s trying to reach will parse out what he’s saying.”

    Doublethink. Orweillian.

    “Doublethink is the act of ordinary people simultaneously accepting two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct, often in distinct social contexts.[1] Doublethink is related to, but differs from, hypocrisy and neutrality. Somewhat related but almost the opposite is cognitive dissonance, where contradictory beliefs cause conflict in one’s mind. Doublethink is notable due to a lack of cognitive dissonance — thus the person is completely unaware of any conflict or contradiction…….doublethink is part of newspeak. In the novel, its origin within the typical citizen is unclear; while it could be partly a product of Big Brother’s formal brainwashing programs,[2] the novel explicitly shows people learning Doublethink and newspeak due to peer pressure and a desire to “fit in”, or gain status within the Party — to be seen as a loyal Party Member. In the novel, for someone to even recognize–let alone mention–any contradiction within the context of the Party line was akin to blasphemy, and could subject that someone to possible disciplinary action and to the instant social disapproval of fellow Party Members”

    From the novel 1984:

    1) doublethink is:
    “To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself – that was the ultimate subtlety; consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word ‘doublethink’ involved the use of doublethink.”

    2nd:
    “The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them… To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies – all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.

    Ted Cruz is one of the masters of troll doublethink.

    Scary enough that there are those that actually believe that what he says is truthful.

    Jason Sattler is becoming an important observer of the GOP madness as embodied by Ted Cruz….

    His 1984 “doublethink” is so obvious, so pervasive, so appalling I simply can’t get how the group mindset at the GOP can stomach it!

    Sattler states:

    “But since Cruz lumped his concerns about marijuana legalization in with a screed against Obamacare, he knows that few in the audience he’s trying to reach will parse out what he’s saying.”

    Doublethink. Orweillian.

    “Doublethink is the act of ordinary people simultaneously accepting two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct, often in distinct social contexts.[1] Doublethink is related to, but differs from, hypocrisy and neutrality. Somewhat related but almost the opposite is cognitive dissonance, where contradictory beliefs cause conflict in one’s mind. Doublethink is notable due to a lack of cognitive dissonance — thus the person is completely unaware of any conflict or contradiction…….doublethink is part of newspeak. In the novel, its origin within the typical citizen is unclear; while it could be partly a product of Big Brother’s formal brainwashing programs,[2] the novel explicitly shows people learning Doublethink and newspeak due to peer pressure and a desire to “fit in”, or gain status within the Party — to be seen as a loyal Party Member. In the novel, for someone to even recognize–let alone mention–any contradiction within the context of the Party line was akin to blasphemy, and could subject that someone to possible disciplinary action and to the instant social disapproval of fellow Party Members”

    From the novel 1984:

    “doublethink is:

    To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself – that was the ultimate subtlety; consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word ‘doublethink’ involved the use of doublethink.


    The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them… To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies – all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.

    Ted Cruz is one of the masters of troll doublethink.

    Scary enough that the are those that actually believe that what he says is truthful.

      • Looking back throughout history, there is a trail of very scary, very intelligent despots…along the lines of the Cruz’s…this is well thought out by them, and practiced in their “cult”…

    • He is a lot smarter than most people realize. The problem is, like with many ideologues, he becomes the message instead of being the messenger. Add to that he is from Texas, where a water bucket could get elected to office if it had the letter R after its name.

      • I you think about it, Jesus has also become the message, instead being the messenger, like Rafael…There will be a time when you can’t be an “R” without kneeling before an altar of credit reports, voter ID’s, Bibles and collection plates…we are gonna need good credit scores to get into Heaven….

  2. Cruz is above all, a politician. American politics as exercised today mandate overly strong presentations so as to differentiate one’s opinions as being “better for the people” than any purportedly “better” solutions of another.
    In reality, look at your life as it actually is. Why do people have the problems they have?. When it is money, it would help a lot if the gov people at all layered levels of gov, could stop picking everyone’s pockets. Gov does best what we permit it to do. If it is just a lying politician, and by him lying he gets re-elected, then we deserve what we get. Involvement is critically important in the election process, and that election process which has gotten us where we are, is our best opportunity to change our lot in life. We have an election in November.
    Let’s make this the NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER.

    • I’m going to go out on a limb here and take issue with one of your comments: “it would help if the gov people at all layered leves of gov, could stop picking everyone’s pockets.”
      Are you aware that we Americans pay the least taxes (often by far) than any similar non-communist really industrialized nation on the planet? And that the people in virtually every other ‘more taxed nation’ get better healthcare free, on averge get far more vacation time to travel and enjoy life, get their retirements paid for, live longer and on average are far happier and less stressed than Americans? The problem is not that Americans pay too much taxes, the problem is they get too little government benefits for the taxes they pay! So that they end up having to spend money to just get (if they can afford them) many things other governments provide free or have established better guidelines for (like more vacation time).
      And why is this happening? Because we have people in a party call the GOP that have been hellbent for about 100 years fighting against letting our government provide benefits like healthcare, better working conditions, paid for retirements and more for us.
      Just look at the fact that America doesn’t have a truly efficient high speed rail system like many countries, which if it did, and could get people really quickly from one place to another, it would cut down on auto and air traffic, and most likely make traveling within our country much cheaper and easier for everyone (and who’s been fighting mostly against that?). And America still doesn’t have single-payer healthcare like the vast majority of countries in the world and the GOP is fighting to destroy even the beginnings of that; as they’ve fought against Social Security and Medicare.
      Sorry, but when the average multi-millionaire pays 20.4% of his or her gross income on taxes, and the family making 100,000 pays on average 7.4% of their gross while people in many other countries pay well over 40% of their income on taxes because their tax code isn’t so convoluted as to allow the insane deductions that Americas does – I have a real problem with people who keep suggesting that our government is overtaxing. It is not overtaxing, it is simply not providing the benefits for our taxes that it could be, if the GOP would just get out of the way and let government people figure out better ways to use our tax dollars to get us even the benefits that many other nations in the world are already getting.

      • You missed the gist of my argument. Gov at all levels takes and takes and takes ad infinitum, so as to only enrich their coffers without any concern of providing value for each dollar stolen. Instead of serving those paying, they raise their own pay and benefits, and to hell with the taxpayer. It’s gotta change, which is why I continually express that this November, we can effectuate needed change.
        The NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER Flip these people out to pasture, and give them the same retirement benefits average AMERICANS get…..zilch from the company (gov., in this case). Maybe they can live off the CD’s or saving accounts, etc. No, our government has long outlived it’s basic premise, and has now moved to simply exploiting the masses, doing it’s best to deny our constitutionally guaranteed protections from this occurrence, right down to denying ammo for our rifles. No way in the world anyone can outgun our army, maybe we can use low-tech stones to break their bullet-proof windshields? No, we have created this situation with the voting booth and laziness, time to correct it in one fell swoop. BINGO, out to pasture, live in the wonderful housing projects, part of the war on poverty. Have their 14-year old kids hooked on heroin, the war on drugs. Squander which would be impossible if on the gold standard. What Johnson unleashed was under the guidance of the Kissinger interests , whose goal is to reduce the population of our planet to 500 million. Small wonder drugs are being looked at as revenue for the thieves we have as our “representatives”. Heroin from AFGHANISTAN is only the tip of the iceberg. Weed and meth from Mexico. Cocaine from central America, we have become a melting pot for all things hallucinatory, little in the way of proprietary intellectual property, benefitting only us. Sure way to fall, isn’t it?????

      • Lets be careful…this article is about Ted Cruz, not fundemental theories of taxes, government spending etc….

        What does Ted Cruz think about these issues?

      • If the best candidate would be a democrat, they would get my vote. I am strong on the tea party candidates, as they have the best proposals for freedom. Democrats and established republicans are usually old guard, still fighting communism while creating a communist state here…..mainly from stupidity. Why do we have the NSA? Because the gov at all levels are screwing the average citizen so badly, they realize there is major justification for upheaval. They want to know ahead of time when to run for their underground shelters. In reality, it only takes one election to get them to see the light…..that light being, their own inabilities and insecurities brought to the forefront as they fight to find meaningful employment in the nightmare employment scenario they have created with their own thievery and gross incompetence. Government in general has a superiority complex. It started out the gov was a servant, they have made themselves the rulers, it absolutely must be changed, and the voting booth is the place to do it.

    • There was a song during WWI that went, “If you don’t like your Uncle Sammy, if you don’t like the red, white and Blue, then go back to where you came, whatever be its name and don’t bite the hand that’s feeding you.” Our government is not supposed to be something out there to get us. We vote them in and thus they are us. If we have allowed money to corrupt our government, then it is our fault and we need to correct it. The government, that you claim is in your pocket, is actually putting money into your pocket via Social Security and Medicaid. Sure you paid into Social Security with a government imposed tax called FICA, but if you live long enough you’ll take out more than you paid in. And with increasing medical costs for seniors you are going to get a lot in Medicare. If you don’t like our way of government go to a country that doesn’t have democracy. Live there awhile and come back and try to make our democracy better. It’s my country and I gladly pay taxes to support it.

      • Interesting response, thanks. Look, all I could ever hope from government is honesty first. There is so little honesty, that to say honesty last, may be an unworthy compliment for the state of affairs today. If we had a balanced budget requirement. for all the spending, how would you feel then? We are only being taxed for 40% of the actual expenditures. Now, considering that, how do you feel? In a way, you put me in mind of a blind man walking to the cliff. His current sense of reality is that it’s a nice sunshiny day, has no clue of the reality he will soon face. when with a tripping action, he gets a really strong wind on his face as he is suddenly weightless…and the crash at the bottom will be the end of him. Our generous much-wasted expenditures can not continue indefinitely, best to batten down the hatches. The wall street casinos will be only among the first to go. Programs will be next. Which programs, hard to tell….but a lot of them associated with poverty intervention, and drug war. All have failed, let the Donald get in there as a policymaker and turn them around. Let their failure be revenue generators rather than the nooses they are. Maybe we can get A&E people on the job too. If they can champion all poor people to be gay, in one generation we will eliminate poverty!!!,

          • Look at the national debt, all the state debts, the county debt the township debt, consumer debts, look at it all……..we are already bankrupt, it’s a question as to when to file and argue against asset forfeiture. Government can live the lie longer by keeping their debt at 1/3 to 1/10 the interest rate charged on consumer debt. Be a realist.

          • Don’t dodder. When we have low wages and high unemployment we have a greater national debt. The tax base shrinks when the middle class shrinks. So does the economy as poor people and unemployed people buy less.

          • I’m not doddering, as you call it. We have these problems for the reasons you have listed, you are right. But to grow the middle class means more people must work at skilled positions where they are not simply “qualified’ but rather, are good workers who care about the company’s bottom line. We have a surplus of these people, I think. Problem is, hidden employment costs induced by over-regulation impedes a company’s abilities to pay the higher wages and to employ these worthwhile people. If you must employ one additional person for every three you hire, to meet all gov employment requirements , where the environment is competed for and then sell your product into a price-competitive environment and still compete with imported goods where workers are paid far less and have all updated machinery, there is no way to win the business necessary to sustain the business. That’s really the truth. My favorite response to people who just want to badmouth existing companies (you are not doing this) is the question “Have you ever met a payroll?”
            The American worker has more workplace protections mandated into the employment cost structure than any of the countries we compete with.
            Except, possibly, Germany. The Japanese at one time offered lifetime jobs, that went by the wayside when Mexico and China came on line.
            I worked for USSteel for 8 years at a plant they closed, the work went to Poland, Mexico, and China. Three years before the plant closed, the world bank afforded China 3 billion dollars to build the mill there that replaced the output of Homestead Works, the USSteel plant The steelworkers union went on strike in 1976, got beans for a raise after a three week strike. In 1979, same scenario, enormous raise, the job I was working at in 1976 that paid .32.00n/day got raised to over 80.00

    • I’m assuming when you define Cruz as a “politician” you are using the Groucho Marx definition of “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.” You certainly cannot call him a politician if you use the Otto von Bismarck definition of “Politics is the art of the possible.”

      He is not a politician, or if he is he’s a terrible one since he has accomplished nothing.

      • He has accomplished nothing? Why do you, me, just about every adult American voter, know who he is????? Think about that for a moment, will you? He views problems as something from a defective source, presents proposals to correct this imbalance we currently have. NO OTHER POLITICIAN is doing this, THEY OBVIOUSLY ARE IN FOR ALL THE FREE RIDE THEY CAN MUSTER.

        • When I refer to accomplishment, I mean – as should we all – what has he accomplished in the office to which he was elected. NOT what has he accomplished to make himself more well known, to enrich himself, or in personal promotion. For that kind of accomplishment, he is truly among the most accomplished. Accomplishment in the job to which he was elected – nada.

          • First w have a do-nothing congress consisting, I guess, of 534 do-nothings, and one who actually succeeds in drawing national…..even world….attention to their failure, and you wish to condemn him? It almost sounds like jealousy, really. I recall the attention Ted Kennedy brought to congress. And he spent a lifetime there. I don’t recall him even one time turning down increased gov expenditures. We need Cruz, the higher up the ladder he goes, the better for America.

          • My friend, clearly you have perception problems if you think that my post in any way indicates jealousy of Ted Cruz!

          • Wow, you have an amazing ability to deny reality and see what you want to see. No point in conversing with you further.

          • Sometimes, truth hurts. Sorry, did not mean to inflict any pain. In your heart, you know I am right.

          • You need Cruz, not Americans that love their country. This boy has done nothing, but study in ideology and has convinced himself and brain washed others like you. I have a suggestion, why don’t your family and his family move to a communist country like China, since you like their tactics.

          • Cruz must be threatening your false sense of security, and you have now recognized this. Look, you have a love of the old guard who has driven our grandchildren into debt over their heads. Instant gratification is not in any way a part of the Cruz presentation as solutionary indications.

  3. The final sentence of the piece refers to Rubio: It’s because he’ll always be in the shadow of a true master of the form.

    But we’re still waiting to learn who overshadows Cruz. He is clearly playing a game of cynical, high-stakes political chess, but it is also almost as clear that he is not acting simply at his own behest. As he is pulling strings within Congress, others are pulling his strings in return. And I don’t mean his so-called constituents. Surely no one can hold such glibly, obviously garbled or deliberately obfuscated points and expect a clear-eyed and objective assessment to sing his praises. He is seeking the approval of a small, powerful set of benefactors by doing their bidding, is only interested in what those people think of him, and the rest of the bunch–us, whether we’re from Texas or not– can go to hell.

    “But since Cruz lumped his concerns about marijuana legalization in with a screed against Obamacare, he knows that few in the audience he’s trying to reach will parse out what he’s saying.”

    Why does he not care that few will parse out what he’s saying? Why does he sneer at the truth? Why is he playing this game? And it IS a game. He’s acting for the benefit of parties more ruthless than he. For those that have contempt for women, for the poor and working class, for the jobless, for those in need of health insurance; the operative word for Cruz is just contempt. For that self-important, sniggering, repulsive philosophy, he proves himself to be an incompetent member of Congress, transparently a pimp, and a contemptible heap of human trash.

    • “he proves himself to be an incompetent member of Congress, transparently a pimp, and a contemptible heap of human trash.”

      GOOD DESCRIPTION.

    • I think what he’s doing is laying the groundwork for a third breakaway conservative party. My suspicion is that he has deliberately antagonized and alienated the GOP power structure specifically to rebrand himself as the titular leader of the Bagro base. He has a very impressive mailing list of rubes who can be fleeced regularly, and a media force (EE, et al) that will back him to the hilt.

      This may actually work out for the better. My guess is that after either ’14 or ’16 where the GOP gets shellacked, the red meat base will demand that they either take over the GOP or that Ted lead them into a new party. Then watch he and Rand Paul just have a wonderful time tussling over leadership . . .

    • I would not characterize Ted Cruz as an incompetent, but there is no doubt in my mind that he will stop at nothing to achieve his personal and political goals. He is currently doing the bidding for a small but vociferous minority, and he is doing it by appealing to the most radical members of our society. I can’t help wondering what will he do when it becomes evident to him that he only has the support of the most ignorant, intolerant, and violent members of our society? Will he do an about face or stay the course?

  4. I think this is great that he’s a front runner, he is worse than Romney, if this is all the GOP can find to run for 2016 they might as well get used to saying “Madam President” to Hillary Clinton.

  5. “Immense intellect”? This clowns’ intellect would drown in a wading pool. I doubt if he could spell “dog”…even if we spotted him the “d” and the “o”.

  6. Sen. Ted Cruz is an intelligent and very articulate man. Unfortunately, his priorities and values start and end with: Ted Cruz. I am convinced he is being tolerated because of his ability to rally the most radical members of the GOP, and to project an illusion of inclusion that is sorely lacking in the Republican party. What amazes me the most, after all the “birthing” rhetoric we have been exposed to during the last 4.5 years, is that nobody has questioned his right to run for President. The definition of “natural born citizen” will have to be stretched to the breaking point to allow a man born in Calgary, Canada, whose father was born in Cuba, to run for POTUS. I understand why John McCain was able to run, he was born in the Panama Canal Zone when it was consider a U.S. territory and while his father, a U.S. NAVY Admiral was serving there. Cruz’s claim to U.S. citizenship is limited to his mother being American born.

    • And last I knew, there was still some question as to whether or not his mother had lived for 5 years in America after her 14th birthday. If she hadn’t, then there’s no question that he can’t run for president.

      • The nice thing to know is that this master troll can’t get elected. I think the last presidential election voter demographic turnout speaks volumes. Voters see through this master troll…

  7. He is a modern day Joseph McCarthy who will attack any main street person as being un-American and a threat to the American way of life. He will attempt to push America to the far, far Right and attempt to create a new America based upon his view of what America should be like. His father articulates his view of America when he speak about his view of America. His son thinks the same things but puts a little spin on his views to hide his real intentions.

  8. “Massive intellect” does not mean he is gifted with common sense, or even a glimmer of understanding of just how his failed radical conservative actions and policies have wounded, and are continuing to harm this nation, the 90%..

  9. Cruz reminds me of another great American patriot, Joe McCarthy. For tail gunner Joe the communists were our biggest threat and he took it upon himself to ruin careers of many with his unrelenting accusations made in public. Funny Cruz even looks like him. Cruz is constantly making up fairy tales about the UN or Obama/ Romney care to scare the base just like Joe did. People will become irrational when griped by fear and making people scared to death about the ACA gets them to loose the ability to see it for what it is, insurance reform. Just like McCarthy did about the commies. They are two eerily similar people, the difference being that Cruz on paper is better educated, and that is why he is more dangerous. In the end his own party will take him down just like old Joe.

  10. I dispute the claim that Cruz has an “immense intellect”. I know a lot of smart people, I have not seen anything resembling remarkable intellect from Ted Cruz.

  11. If anyone has read the book “Broken Government” by Dean (a born-again Democrat who used to be a Republican under Nixon), he talks a lot about how the GOP would LOVE to have an “imperial presidency” and has been working towards that goal for years now. AND, if Cruz ever did his research, he would find out how many times the Bush/Cheney administration went against the Constitution and against Federal laws. They should have both been impeached on several occasions! Unfortunately, no one seemed to be concerned at the time.

      • I know, we just weren’t aware of what was going on with that administration until AFTER they left the White House, but it makes me wonder WHY the Democrats in the Senate and House didn’t have a hissy fit. If President Obama did half the things that the Bush/Cheney administration got away with, he’s have been tarred and feathered and run out of town by the Republithugs!!!

          • If it was President Bush who said to “put that behind us,” I can certainly understand this complacency; if it were President Obama, then I’m a somewhat confused. This should have been brought out in the open either during the campaign or afterwards. Both Bush and Cheney were doing things that were totally against the Constitution and they should have been held responsible for the mistakes that were made during that administration (and there were a lot of them)! Now, President Obama is getting slammed by the Republicans for allegedly doing the same things. It amazes me how short their memories are…..either that, or they just don’t want us to know what really happened on their watch!

      • And that is the problem.
        Complacency.
        Not speaking out.

        it leads to apathy that is the food for Ted Cruz the master troll and his ilk to take advantage of.

        And before this…The Bush/Cheney and the American peoples near destruction of the Bill of Rights by the “Patriot Act.” This was no patriot act….this was a “facist act.”

        So—why are you complacent? Why do you feel you are “just one little nobody in a sea of of nobodies.”….

        Here is the answer from a remarkable movie about how a police state and fascist dictator can take control:

        “I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense……Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Adam Sutler….. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent.”……From the movie ‘V FOR VENDETTA”

        the American peope turned to “high chancellor” Bush/Cheney after the election was stolen from Al Gore by the Supreme Court…and 911 occured…

  12. Republican Senators Rubio and Cruz will NEVER be allowed to be part of the Republican/Tea party because they are both Cubans.

    The extreme right wingers that now form the majority and control the GOP/Tea are racists. You only have to listen to the way they talk about immigrants and even more when the immigrants are Latinos.

    No matter how much Rubio and Cruz try to pretend that they are not “really” Latinos and are willing to betray their own, it’s not going to be enough. The GOP/Tea is a racist party dedicated to defending the interests of the Anglos (non Latino whites) ONLY.

    Rubio and Cruz will be used to win elections to set up a government that will NEVER try to bring justice to ALL Americans and then discarded. The same thing that happened to Quisling in Norway during WWII.

    For the ignorant conservatives who do not know history, let me explain Quisling was a right wing Norwegian politician in Norway before WWII.He also admired Hitler and his policies.

    Just before the war started .he became Norway’s Minister of Defense. During his tenure he visited Nazi Germany, met with Hitler and betrayed Norway by inviting Hitler to invade Norway and passing on to Hitler all the plans for the defense of Norway. That information was soon used to invade Norway and make it a puppet state of Nazi Germany with Quisling as its chief collaborator.

    Hitler eventually deposed Quisling and put a Nazi General in charge. After the war Quisling was hung as a traitor.

    This is the future for Rubio and Cruz in the GOP/Tea. They will be used and discarded. Traitors are never trusted. They will never be considered “white” and therefore only used.

    They are worse even than Clarence Thomas.

  13. I think Ted has given up any presidential notions and just wants to have fun.
    The Tea Party is dead
    The GOP runs from it.

    • Do you understand that the Teaparty isn’t dead because there are billionaire brothers who have bought the GOP, the Supreme Court and have gunsights set on Senate?

      Cruz is a head fake to distract the public from the real battle:

      The Senate.

  14. Since our primitive collective instincts were entrenched in our ancestors many years ago, they tend to be unsuited for today’s civilization.

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