President Cruz?

Rafael Edward (“Ted”) Cruz could be our next President.

Nash 2.5
Nash 2.5
First, the Tea Party wing of the GOP would have to dominate the 2016 primaries, defeating “establishment” Republicans like Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney, and “libertarian” Republicans like Rand Paul.

Then, the GOP would have to defeat the Democratic candidate for president in the general election, possibly relying on a massive negative advertising campaign funded by right-wing billionaires, and more aggressive voter suppression than anything we have seen before.

But wait, wasn’t Cruz born in Canada?

To quote Wikipedia…

“Because he was a U.S. citizen at birth (since his mother was a U.S. citizen who lived in the U.S. for more than 10 years as required by the Nationality Act of 1940), most commentators believe Cruz is eligible to serve as President of the United States.”

What Ted Cruz believes (in five bullet points).

* Cruz is a member of the Federalist Society, which advocates an extremely conservative interpretation of the law.   Essentially, the Federalists would take the USA back to the 19th century when the U.S. government was tiny and had almost no role in society.  No taxation could be used to fund “social welfare” programs like education, healthcare, or Social Security, there would be no minimum wage, labor unions would be illegal, etc.  Almost all regulations on business activity would be removed and the economy (Wall Street) would be free from any effective government controls.

ted_cruz2*But Ted Cruz goes even further than the Federalists.  Separation of Church and state?  No way.  Cruz doesn’t talk about it much, but he believes in “Christian Dominionism.”  According to this extreme form of fundamentalism, the USA should be a “Christian” nation, and the Bible should be the basis of all law, not the U.S. Constitution.

*As a political strategist, Cruz believes that government shutdowns are a good way to get what you want.   No one was more responsible for the last government shutdown than Cruz, who bullied GOP members of Congress to force a shutdown, threatening them with Tea Party primary challenges if they didn’t vote the way he wanted.  Think what will happen if he gets to RUN the executive branch, which represents 99% of the personnel and budget of the U.S. Government.

* Immigration Reform?   Send them all back and build a wall.  Cruz voted against a path to citizenship & the Dream Act; he would allow local police to demand “proof of citizenship” and arrest anyone who couldn’t produce it.

* Foreign policy & the military.  While Cruz is not advocating sending troops back into Iraq (at this time) he has said that the U.S. military should aggressively pursue “Muslim terrorists” anywhere in the world.  He also advocates a U.S foreign policy that “protects Christian minorities” in Muslim nations, which could include military intervention for that … single… purpose.

Ted Cruz’s most ridiculous comments while filibustering “Obamacare.”

— Nash 2.5 is a Trail Mix Contributor

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Nash 2.5

Retired professor of business & economics at a small college in Northern Maine.

42 thoughts on “President Cruz?”

  1. Don’t even joke about this. I fear that he will appeal to more than the chicken-fried Tealiban. He knows what to say to get folks to to react, in that sarcastic, whining voice of his. Deep emotion trumps shallow thought processes.
    Fortunately, he is oddly unattractive and, again, folks are shallow.
    I can see him as #2 on the ticket, just to appease the ‘baggers.

  2. Nice piece, thanks.. I can’t believe this country would ever get bat shit crazy enough to elect Cruz as President, at least i hope not..

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  4. They’re Hunting Hillary, But They Can’t Shoot Straight
    by Taylor Marsh

    What Hillary haters don’t understand is that they won’t convince anyone outside their own group. Republicans like Karl Rove hinting about her health should know better, too.

    Senator Rand Paul at least gives a valiant effort at coming at Clinton on her engagement foreign policy that could include more investment in Afghanistan, while also giving the haters some Lewinsky red meat; the NSA angle also works in Paul’s favor, who can’t beat Clinton, but at least has a plan that passes the laugh test.

  5. talk about hyper bowl! more like hyper balls.

    btw, been held hostage by bad computer lately. only working for brief intervals.

  6. Housekeeping: Sorry about our little outage this morning. Nothing nefarious going on this time, just a plugin conflict, but we seem all fixed now.

  7. I have a favor to ask of Trail Mixers

    A friend of mine just has surgery for spinal stenosis there were some complications and she needs all the good wishes she can get.

    Her name is Deb and she lives in Detroit..imagine her pain free and walking unassisted


  8. KGC,

    Hope all turns out well for Deb. Lots of good trail mix vibes headed her way.


  9. Every time I think of Cruz I think of the lyrics of Chuck Berry’s song Riding Along in my Automobile…

    Cruisin’ and playin’ the radio…
    With no particular place to go…

    Cruzing and playin the right wing radio…
    with no particular place to go…
    cuz I’m entrenched in the party of no…

  10. Cruz may have renounced his Canadian citizenship, however he’s still a Cuban Citizen by virtue of his communist terrorist father.

    He uses the same playbook that Fidel Castro used, which he learned from his terrorist father, to take over control of the Tea Party.

    Castro used his playbook to overthrow the legitimate Government of Cuba and Cruz is doing the same thing to try too overthrow our Government.

    I wish someone would ask him when he’s going to renounce his Cuban Citizenship, as well as asking the same of Marco Rubio.

    If I recall Louie Gohmort (R-T) stood on the House Floor and told us all how terrorists were coming over here and dropping anchor babies, like the Senator from Florida R- Marco Rubio.

    I often wonder how many innocent women and children Cruz’s father slaughtered for his beloved Fidel when he fought along side him in the fight to overthrow the Government of Cuba.

    Have a good day. I have to go work on a neighbors computer, she got a very bad Trojan called Agent4 that steals usernames, passwords, logs keystrokes and installs other malware as well.

    It encrypted all of her photo’s and other items on her laptop and I had to delete most of them since this virus would completely trash her OS. I had to replace one file from another pc to replace the infected one I had to rename and delete to remove it.

    Maybe later, I hope Craig and David as well as the rest of you are doing well.

    Have a great day.

  11. From God to Man to Wife to children … The Dominionists chain of command with no rebellion in the ranks allowed upon pain of death. Daughters pass from the controlling hands of fathers to the controlling hands of their spouses.

    Jace, I think I can help with the attack ads. :)

  12. sturgeone,

    that hyper bowl seems to favor the same faker antics we’re seeing at the soccer world cup games….. a lot of rolling on the ground (in the mud in their case) screaming about phantom injuries to the body politic

  13. Nash, keep writing horror stories like this and you will supplant Stephen King as the preeminent horror author in Maine.

  14. An od friend sent me the following – it’s worth passing along IMHO. Sorry if its length is excessive, but I got more than a couple of chuckles out of it, and can’t we all use a few more chuckles?

    Paraproccsdokians (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected and is frequently humorous.

    1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.

    2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you … but it’s still on my list.

    3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

    4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

    5. We never really grow up — we only learn how to act in public.

    6. War does not determine who is right, only who is left.

    7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

    8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

    9. I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

    10. In filling out an application, where it says, “In case of emergency, notify…” I answered “a doctor.”

    11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

    12. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

    13. I used to be indecisive, but now I’m not so sure.

    14. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

    15. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian, any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

    16. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

    17. I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

  15. For those of you who think there is NO WAY Cruz could become president, here’s a bit of history…

    1962: Nixon runs for governor of California and loses … consensus of most political experts is “his political career is over.”

    1968: Nixon elected President.

  16. PatD:

    Here’s another Eli Wallach clip, playing a REALLY bad guy.


  17. pogo: King is OK, but his books are too long for me.

    After about 500 pages I can’t read any more.

  18. Nash, see, there’s a post-retirement prospect for you that doesn’t involve workaday world hours or students who aren’t really listening to you anyway.

    Jamie, thanks for the link – I love those things.

  19. Nash 2.5,

    Nixon, Republican ideas & Watergate aside, didn’t sound like a bat-shit, crazy whiner. The only way he gets to the top is if the GOoPers win in 2016, he’s #2 & something happens to #1. I fully believe they would be stupid enough to let this despicable, oil-loving moron on the ticket, though.

  20. anon paranoid,

    Hadn’t heard anything about his dad & Castro, but they were referring to Cruz as “Red Ted,” during his last campaign. (He represented a Chinese tire company on a patent infringement case.)
    Looking forward to the Teapublican debates.

  21. en la cruz
    Which means that Cruz is really Spanish, not Canadian. How he can turn his back on his own ancestors is scary. Will he get the Hispanic vote just because he is a member of a large minority? No.

  22. How smart is Cruz?

    From Wikipedia…

    Cruz graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1992.[2][7] While at Princeton, he competed for the American Whig-Cliosophic Society’s Debate Panel and won the top speaker award at both the 1992 U.S. National Debating Championship and the 1992 North American Debating Championship.[33] In 1992, he was named U.S. National Speaker of the Year and Team of the Year (with his debate partner, David Panton).[33] Cruz was also a semi-finalist at the 1995 World Universities Debating Championship, making him Princeton’s highest-ranked debater at the championship.[34][35] Princeton’s debate team later named their annual novice championship after Cruz.[34]

    After graduating from Princeton, Cruz attended Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 1995 with a Juris Doctor degree.[2][37] While at Harvard Law, Cruz was a primary editor of the Harvard Law Review, and executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and a founding editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review.[7]

    Referring to Cruz’s time as a student at Harvard Law, Professor Alan Dershowitz said, “Cruz was off-the-charts brilliant.”

  23. Jamie: Jace, I think I can help with the attack ads. :)



    We’ll make a Hell of a team. Cruz won’t stand a chance. I look forward to photo shopping Cruz and “Tail Gunner Joe McCarthy”. let the fun begin.

  24. Nash,

    Lot of smart guys have never been president.

    He is smart and attended all the right schools.
    That said ma smart guy would never have had his ass handed to him over the government shutdown.

    Poor strategist, even worse tactician.

  25. I don’t for a second think Cruz is stupid. I do think that he is mentally crippled in some very deep way. Or as his fellow students described him: Creepy

  26. Sheesh, the guy didn’t toss his Canadian citizenship until he learned he might have to fight Prince William to be Queen.

  27. Fellow dominionist michele bachmann is also extremely smart, and holds an advanced law degree from Wm &Mary. She’s also nuttier than Carter’s peanut farm.

    aaron burr was one of the smartest men of his generation, but he shot down his chance to be prez along with Alexander Hamilton.

    Fortunately, kidnapper and dopester dr.runt pol stands firmly athwart red ted’s road to a nomination, holding midge mcconnell’s Kentucky rifle.

  28. Jace,

    red ted’s loss on shutting down the gummint didn’t hurt him; it strengthened his leadership of michele bachmann wing of the hate party.

    What hurts ted is the growing understanding among young people just starting out, wage earners, women, Blacks, and Hispanics of what they must lose, if ted ever wins.

    As republican ideology becomes more and more estranged from the realities of life for the 99%, and as the racism and sexism among republican blog posters becomes more and more evident and vile, the smaller the chances become that republicans will regain the White House in the next ten years.

  29. If Ted Cruz is elected President, I’m moving to Canada.

    Then, I’m going to move to Texas, and run for the House of Representatives, because apparently Texans will elect anybody to that, and then I’m going to go to Washington D.C., where I will pretend to attempt to shutdown the Federal governemnet, and after that I’m going to incite senior-citizens and their unemployed grandchildren to riot at a memorial or two, wearing my finest Carhartt jacket that has never been worn to do actual work, but dry-cleaned twice.

    Finally, I will be elected President, and in frustration, YOU will move to Canada.

    …and the cycle begins anew. Good news- you’re going to be President, someday! Your mom will be so proud.

  30. Oh, wait… Cruz is a Senator of Texas. That bar doesn’t seem so high, either. Everything’s still on, don’t worry.

    …also, he DID shut down government. What he pretended to attempt was COLLAPSING THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC ORDER. I forgot.

  31. rich peri, ted cruz, and runt pol : The Texass Trinity.

    rich peri – the godfather

    runt pol – the son

    ted cruz – the oily gust

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