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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) — who would be a Democrat’s dream Republican nominee for president in 2016 — has announced that he will visit New Hampshire in August, possibly to lay the groundwork for a run at the White House.

He will also be headlining the Iowa GOP’s summer picnic this Friday.

Cruz has already visited South Carolina, which will also hold a crucial early primary in 2016.

Texas’ junior senator has become a favorite of the Republican base and seems to be squaring off with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to be the populist candidate in the next presidential election.

Both Cruz and Paul opposed immigration reform and both senators make it a habit to be critical of their own party when not engaging in perpetual bashing of the “Democrat” Party.

“The senior senator from Arizona [John McCain] urged this body to trust the Republicans. Let me be clear, I don’t trust the Republicans,” Cruz said in May on the Senate floor. “And I don’t trust the Democrats.”

Iowa Republicans don’t seem to trust Cruz yet, either. He finished sixth in a recent poll in the Hawkeye State, 12 percent behind Paul, who led the pack.

Paul’s father Ron ran for the GOP nomination in 2008 and 2012 and built an impressive grassroots network that helped him finish third in Iowa and second in New Hampshire behind eventual nominee Mitt Romney. But there’s no guarantee that infrastructure will be inherited by the younger Paul, according to his father’s supporters.

“Some folks expect there to be an automatic rollover in support from his father, and I don’t think that is going to be the case,” said Joel Kurtinitis, Ron Paul’s state director in Iowa in 2012. “It’s not automatic. We feel like automatic loyalty has cost us—one Clinton is just like the last Clinton; one Bush is just like the next Bush. We are going to watch people.”

They’ll get a chance to watch Senator Cruz on Friday night.

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  • midway54

    What exquisite arrogance is thrust upon us: Senator Joseph R. McCruz prime exemplar of the Loon Star State has barely unpacked his luggage after his arrival in Washington to pollute the Senate and already is posturing as a serious contender for the Presidency. Given the State’s position as last in about everything particularly in terms of living standards, decent wages for the many in its anti-union climate, education, and noisy attacks against those who criticize the plutocracy, the swaggering braggadocio so typical of the majority of the citizens there is plainly unjustified. The sensible Texans, who are in the minority, must be painfully embarrassed about the image being created by the right wing lunacy of their local and national politicians.

    • Independent1

      I would like to think that there are SOME Texans at least who would be embarrassed by people like Cruz, but given that a totally clueless scam artist like Rick Perry managed to hoodwink the Texas electorate 3 times doesn’t give me a good feeling about that happening. Nor does the fact that he still out polled other prospective candidates even though over his 3 terms he has turned Texas into the cesspool of America – with the state ranking in the bottom 5 states within the country in virtually every measureable category except job creation which has abviously been his only focus – destroying every other facet of the state.

      • 4sanity4all

        Unfortunately, many Texas voters are conservative, single issue voters. People like Cruz can get their vote just by promising them that their gun supply will never be affected on his watch. The only bright spot that I can see is the women of the state of Texas rising up to defeat their state’s constant assault on their healthcare and right to make their own medical decisions. Let us hope that they never forget how they have been marginalized, and let us hope that they turn out to vote in unprecedented numbers, and put an end to the malignancy that is infecting their state.

  • Lee Reyes-Fournier

    He was born in Canada. Now, correct me if I’m wrong because after having a ‘Kenyan” as president perhaps Republicans are a little confused on the rules, but, you have to be born in the U.S. to be president, right? His Mom was a citizen but he was still born in Calgary and his Dad didn’t become a US citizen until 2005. We need a legal ruling on this.

    • Independent1

      No you do not. You just have to be a naturalized citizen – which he is because his mother is from Maryland. All of which makes the birther movement so much more of a joke – even if president Obama was born in Kenya – the fact that his mother was an American, made him a naturalized American at birth.

      Here it is:
      Regardless of where they are born, children of U.S. citizens are U.S. citizens in most cases. Children born outside the United States with at least one U.S. citizen parent usually have birthright citizenship by parentage.

      To not be a citizen by parentage when born outside the U.S,, the person born outside the U.S, has to have denounced their American citizenship.

      • Dominick Vila

        There is still a lot of controversy regarding the term “natural born citizen”, but one thing that is clear is that it does not include a person who was not a U.S. citizen by birth or at birth, and who became a naturalized citizens after migrating to the USA. The key, in this specific case, is the fact that Cruz’s mother is an American born citizen, which could be interpreted as encompassing the right of her children to be “natural born citizens”. This is not a new issue, it has been debated before, with limited success. The Supreme Court should clarify the meaning or intent of this constitutional amendment to put this issue to rest.

        • charleo1

          So, in that case, Dominick. The Mexican children born here,
          even after the GOP takes over, and deports them. Can still
          have their little American Citizens in Mexico! Now, doesn’t
          that mess up their entire round ’em immigration policies?

          • Dominick Vila

            I liked the part about the alligators. Bear in mind that there are people, a small minority mind you, that would like nothing better than send all African Americans back to Africa, and all Hispanics-Latinos to South of the border.
            Obviously, there are legal impediments to deportation of Latinos whose ancestors lived in states such as Texas, Arizona, California, and Colorado since before the first white American ever set foot in those states. The same goes for Puerto Ricans who are U.S. citizens by virtue of the fact that PR is a U.S. territory, and the same applies to Cuban-Americans who have enjoyed amnesty and/or asylum since former President Reagan extended it to them in the 1980s.
            In any case, the topic of discussion involves the eligibility of a person who may or may not be considered a “natural born citizen” to run for the presidency of the USA. I think Mr. Cruz is stretching reality, but since Sen. McCain got away with it, anything is possible. I think it is important to remember that in the case of McCain, he was born in the Panama Canal Zone when it was controlled by the USA and that his parents were both U.S. citizens, with his Dad being a U.S. Navy admiral serving the country overseas.

          • charleo1

            Sure! To be fair, I stole the alligator thing from Herman
            Cain. As an aside. President Monroe thought it would be
            a good idea if we helped freed slaves establish a colony, Liberia, right? With all good intent it seems, given what
            passed as respect for the Black person in 1817. Monroe’s
            idea of an alternative to emancipation, and the Civil War
            he was trying to avert. By the way. Google David Duke’s
            Presidential campaign of ’92. Wow, that guy was 20 years
            ahead of his time. I’ll bet he watches Fox, and goes, Hello!
            I said that decades ago! Read my book. As far as what
            few opinions I had on immigration. They were based on
            the golden rule. And now like most, know more than I
            care to. But, my original opinions have not fundamentally changed.
            Disclaimer. My wife’s Father, born in TX. in 1896 14
            miles from the border. Your typical close knit Mexican
            American, Catholic family, of 12 children. Seeped in
            those same values, of God, family, and you don’t raise
            12 kids of that caliber, in South TX in the 40s & 50s,
            without some of that work ethic rubbing off on the kids.
            And, did it ever! Dynamos all. Successful business people.
            One Sister now retired, President of the local bank. A
            decorated Vietnam veteran. Another, assistance director
            of a large hospital in Louisiana. Almost forgot, my wife!
            Sold the successful business she started, all on her own
            at age 20. Retired at age 40. Hated it. Turned her passion
            for plants into a thriving S. Fl. nursery, with pathetically
            little help from me. Her original goal? To make enough
            money to, “Pay back her parents, for all they had given
            her.” So, when they start talking about all the welfare these
            Mexican immigrants are going to be soaking up. I personally
            know better! I’ve met her sibling’s kids, a wide circle of
            their friends, Probably some are illegal. None have their
            hands out, that I know of. It’s just not in their DNA.

          • Dominick Vila

            With the possible exception of the “anchor baby” syndrome, which is inconsistent with the 14th Amendment, the most egregious lie is the claim that Latinos are lazy and depend on government handouts. Nothing is farther from the truth. One of the reasons their labor is in such high demand, in addition to economic considerations is, precisely, because of their work ethics. Their hard work and willingness to make sacrifices that are unacceptable to most Americans, often result in many of them starting small businesses and prospering in the land of opportunity. Demonization is an evil practice that is not limited to venerating Satan.

          • charleo1

            Yes! The demonization, and stereotyping of ethnic groups,
            is never right. But, it seems to me, their are two kinds of it.
            The more benign form is rooted primarily in competition.
            And, it’s trigger sort of hard wired into humans. From the
            perspective of our ancient ancestors, when the food supply
            was always low. It was never a welcome sight to see this
            group of hungry strangers show up. Willing to do about
            anything to survive. The important pronoun here being,
            anything. Including, cutting your throat, And all immigrant groups take their turn in this box. I don’t excuse it. But I
            get it. In fact the new immigrants themselves always got it. Expected it even. And, there are real economic concerns involved for the established groups. The wages of entry
            level, unskilled jobs, will go down. And there won’t be
            enough of them to go around at first. But that kind of
            serious, combative, “Irish need not apply,” stuff,
            usually ends, for the most part in a generation.
            Some would not agree. Nevertheless, one the great things
            about people, that probably accounts for our survival. Is
            when people get to know other people, as individuals,
            they almost always wind up generally liking each other.
            A dichotomy, given mankind’s bloody history. But, I truly
            believe, if there were a meet, and greet before the battles started, there might not be a battle at all.
            Through your posts I’ve noted you are also a Fl. resident.
            I live in S. Dade County, close to the big farm operations,
            that are dependent on laborers from Mexico, and Central
            America. Lawn, and landscaping businesses, galore, construction, along with residents looking for strong backs
            to do some heavy chore for a cheap price. All employ thousands, short term, per year. Reality here, debunks both the slurs of laziness, and being, “criminals.” People don’t
            invite those they see as criminals to their nice homes.
            Having never met the person. They trust because these
            immigrants by reputation, are decent hard working people.
            So, it is this other kind of, evil. Racially based, disrespecting,
            and singling out of this particular people, that is the injustice, and evil, that is so intolerable. T-Party groups, and other assorted bigots, that oppose any immigration reform.
            It’s this ilk that whipped their slaves for their own personal enjoyment, so shattered is their capacity for compassion,
            and fairness. Even as the slave labored in the fields, for their benefit without compensation. Save for the food that allowed his life of labor to work another day. And these cretins would deny the immigrant even that. So all consuming is their hatred.
            And that cannot be fixed. Cannot be changed by logic,
            or fact. There will never be a border secure enough. Or,
            the path to legal standing, status, residency, and certainly citizenship, long enough, or difficult enough, or financially compelling enough, to find compromise with these people.
            They must be ignored, made irrelevant, or progress allowed
            it’s natural course, and they are simply run over by it where they stand. In which case, all of the above are acceptable to me.

          • Dominick Vila

            I couldn’t agree with you more, particularly your comment regarding the dichotomy between the cultural hatred that is evident in the comments that some people make in forums like this and the reality that exists in our communities. My wife was born in Spain. Our neighbors could not have been more helpful and nice than they were. They taught her how to drive, they taught her American currency, how to shop, and helped her prepare to take the test that legal immigrants must take to become citizens. In summary, they opened their homes and their hearts to help a newcomer.
            When I reflect about that experience my conclusion is that the hatred that is apparent among some people is influenced by fear, by domestic economic uncertainties, and by cultural rather than ethnic intolerance. I also believe that while a large number of Americans are concerned and want the influx of illegal immigrants to stop, those that are obsessed with this wedge issue are a minority. In fact, I believe, perhaps naively, that most Americans want this problem resolved once and for all. Unfortunately, our elected officials are more concerned with how the vociferous minority would react if they demonstrate even a minimal amount of compassion than doing what they know is right.
            If our immigration laws are changed, and that is a big “if”, the changes are likely to be minimal. I don’t expect amnesty. The best we can hope for is something similar to McCain’s “guest worker” program. Along the same lines, I don’t believe significant changes will be made concerning the issuance of visas to allow semi-skilled workers from South of the border to end the country legally.
            You are correct in reminding us that other segments of our population have experienced similar levels of intolerance, and incredibly enough many came to this country as “indentured servants”, a category that was only marginally above that of a slave. The only difference is that they didn’t wear shackles when they came and they did not feel the pain of a whip or the ignominy of drinking from a water fountain with a label that read: Colored.
            Ethnic relations have improved for the better during the past 50 years, but we are not there yet. Much remains to be done before ethnic categories can be erased from our legal documents and from our minds, and we are all treated the same based on who we are as individuals rather than the pigmentation of our skin.

          • Sand_Cat

            I’m sure native Americans would like to send all the rest of us back, and they have a better case.

      • ralphkr

        No, a naturalized citizen is not qualified to be president. The interpretation (note that I said “interpretation” because it was never defined in the Constitution) of “natural born citizen” has changed over the centuries but it has always included children born of US citizens outside the borders of the US. An interesting point was brought up about George Romney in 1967 due to the fact that he was born in Mexico. Many claimed that his grandparents had rejected US citizenship when they fled to Mexico to escape the US persecution of Mormons for having multiple wives which would make both of his parents Mexican citizens, not US, but that went no where because there were no official papers showing that they had rejected citizenship.

        • Independent1

          Thanks for catching that. I used the wrong term – I shouldn’t have said “naturalized” citizen. I’ve corrected my lead-in statement – I think it’s correct now. There are also some technicalities about the parent which is an American citizen having lived a certain number of years in the U.S. after their 14th birthday; but I was trying not get the issue too complex. The point I was trying to make is that Cruz could qualify to run for president provided his mother met the technical requirements of her having lived for so many years in the U.S. before giving birth to him, and not having renounced her citizenship as you pointed out some believed Romney’s grandparents may have done.

    • charleo1

      Well, let’s call Mississippi. Where 90% of the GOP rank and file was sure
      last election, Barack Obama was born in Kenya, and therefore ineligible to
      be President. And let me tell you something else Brother. The GOP is not even
      a little bit confused about either their ability to put the victims of their criminal
      policies in Mississippi in the dark. And, their record has proven, they can sure as Hell, keep them there. And, they’re not anymore informed in Texas, than you are, if after listening to years of this claptrap about Kenya, you still believe
      a word of it. Or, perhaps you’re being sarcastic. In which case, you’re going
      to need a back hoe to shovel on the approiate amount of ignorance, to be
      properly mocking the GOP in Texas.

    • midway54

      First, think of John McCain, born in the Panama Canal Zone, whose father was a Navy officer there. Both parents were citizens of the U.S. As a matter of interest, consider this real possibility of dual citizenship: a child born of parents who are U.S. citizens within a foreign country becomes a citizen of that country if it grants citizenship under jus soli and at the same time the child becomes a citizen of the United States under jus sanguinis.

  • Dominick Vila

    I wonder how Mr. Trump feels about this. A man born in Hawaii should have never become President because he lived in Indonesia for a while and because his Dad was born in Africa, but a man born in Canada can run for POTUS? Should we assume our Constitution is only relevant when it supports our interests, and irrelevant when it becomes an obstacle to achieve our goals?

    • stcroixcarp

      Didn’t republicans want a constitutional amendment so that Arnold, the terminator, could be their president a few years back?

      • Dominick Vila

        The motto for many Republicans is “the end justifies the means”.

        • JDavidS

          I would have thought it to be “Do as we say, not as we do”.

          • Dominick Vila

            Both will work…

    • jointerjohn

      That is exactly how today’s republicans view the Constitution! That is also how they view the fundamentals of history, science, law, economics, and decent behavior.

  • sunmusing

    Cruz is a distraction, he really has no hope of the nomination…the GOP are running this game to pre-primary their candidates without the mess of last cycle…the clown car is getting repaired, and adding ejection seats, and a loud radio..

    • charleo1

      You mean to say, they are going to mess up the most popular comedy show
      on television last year?

      • sunmusing

        yes…they don’t like those kinds of ratings…

  • ORAXX

    When running for the senate, Cruz proudly stated that, when he got to Washington, he would only ‘compromise’ with those people who agree with him. Wow. A (then) forty-two year old senator, with nothing to learn from anyone. Cruz’s sneering, condescending, arrogance, combined with his admiration for Joseph McCarthy, add up to a tempest in a tea-bag.

    • 4sanity4all

      Cruz really is an arrogant, obnoxious blowhard.

  • 4sanity4all

    Cruz and Paul are both arrogant, obnoxious blowhards, and if they become their party’s choice to run for President, I think we can look forward to another Democrat winning the White House.