A Die Hard Ted Cruz Fan…
And What I Learned From Grassroots Patriot Journalists
By Mary B. Blair @Skifflegirl
One of the first Tweet’s that I ever posted was a picture of Thomas Jefferson, with the quote, “Ted Cruz: ‘One man with courage is a majority.'” It was December 16, 2014, in the middle of the budget fight in the Senate while Ted Cruz was leading the charge against funding President Obama’s Executive Order on immigration.
“Sen. Ted Cruz is playing de facto House conservatives leader once again,” read an article in The Atlantic, talking about Cruz enlisting Conservatives in the House of Representatives. Then Speaker of the House, John Boehner, wanted to pass something, anything to keep the Federal government open, while other GOP leaders claimed that this was ‘not the right time’ to battle Democrats because we did not yet have a majority in the Senate.
This was not the first time that Ted Cruz stood up against almost insurmountable odds to do the right thing. For us! That impressed every Conservative I know. He’s the only one who fought for us with his September 2013 filibuster to defund Obamacare, which later resulted in a government shut down that President Obama used to ridicule Republicans.
Then, in June 2015, Ted Cruz made the ultimate, career ending move to stand up against the DC cartel. He stood on the floor of the Senate and told millions of us that Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell had lied to him to get his vote on the Trans Pacific Trade Deal. I Tweeted and ReTweeted that speech many times. I was proud to support someone who so boldly put OUR interests before his own. What a great patriot!
Ted Cruz’ speeches were unusual in that he never used teleprompters or scripts, he just spoke from the heart. Maybe he was a little stiff, but not everybody is a born extrovert. His stated platform when announcing his candidacy for President in March 2015 was pretty much on the mark with things that concerned me: tax cuts to encourage business to return and expand, religious liberty to stem the tide against Christians like me who don’t want to be forced to pay for abortions or any other benefit supporting the Liberal Left’s debauchery of our culture, and to rebuild our proud military and help our veterans.
To me and hundreds of thousands of other Republican Conservatives, Ted Cruz is a rock star. He is the man who has walked the walk and not just talked the talk. Refreshing in a sea of slick, greedy politicians who easily say what the polls tell them to say then go back to DC and slide back under a rock and do as they are told by the Wall Street elite.
What could go wrong?
When Donald Trump announced he was running for President, I was intrigued. I thought, “here’s a man who has the greatest life in the world, everything he touches turns to gold and that is definitely something that we could use to get this country back on track. Why in the world would he actually want to down grade his lifestyle by running for President?”
Honestly, I was most impressed with the fact that, in June of 2015, NO ONE was talking about the issues brought forward in Ann Coulter’s book ‘Adios, America’ except Donald Trump. He said what all of us, especially those of us who live in California, already realized. Hundreds of billions of dollars are being spent on illegal immigrants by our state and federal governments every year and I don’t know of one person who agrees with that. Yet the only candidate who set forth his primary goal as a wall and deporting illegals was Trump. Why was that?
Once the heat died down from the main stream media’s meltdown, every candidate came up with their version of ‘immigration reform.’ Some, like Jeb Bush, were content to do the very least reforming. Well, we all knew that Jeb was the one that The Establishment wanted and most voters were tired of the Bush clan anyway. No matter how much money Jeb accumulated, he was never going to be the voters choice. That was how we got Mitt Romney in 2012. No, we wanted an outsider, someone who would fight the good fight for us.
Being on Twitter has many advantages because the grass roots Conservatives get the message out to those who want to listen. I kept hearing about a site called Conservative Treehouse, and the postings there were always thought provoking. Lame Cherry was another blog I started frequenting, always thought provoking. Many more grass roots blogs, podcasts and news outlets like News Ninja/Wayne Dupree and yes, even Alex Jones/InfoWars started piquing my interest in alternative information sources. The mainstream news, especially Fox News, were so obviously biased in pushing Jeb Bush and later Marco Rubio that I was hungry for the unvarnished truth.
Truth has no agenda, right? Where it leads is where it goes.
I found out how little I know about the political process. Very few people like me do. It’s intended to be that way.
Let that sit for a moment. We are not intended to know how the political process works so that very little sunshine falls on the insider deals and machinations in Washington DC. That’s the first thing I realized.
Ted Cruz, defeated and outcast in October 2013, went before Mitch McConnell and asked for redemption. It was just after the media and his colleagues pummeled him for the government shutdown, and Ted didn’t want to spend the rest of his term as a pariah. Who would? McConnell put him on the National Republican Senatorial Committee as Vice Co-Chair in charge of Grassroots Outreach beginning in January 2014.
I did not know that. How is that possible?
The NRSC funded the 500 page opposition research on Matt Bevin, the Tea Party challenger in the Kentucky Senate Primary race where McConnell crushed Bevin with tales of his support for corporate bail outs and re-branding him “Bailout Bevin.” It was masterful and McConnell and the $21 million DC funded campaign swatted the Tea Party candidate like a bug.
The NRSC, co-chaired by Sen. Ted Cruz, funded opposition to a fellow Tea Party candidate? I did not know that. How is it possible that Sen. Cruz helped McConnell, the epitome of the DC cartel, crush the same Tea Party that carried him in to office?
The Tea Party candidate to replace the Republican Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran was a trial attorney and State Senator named Chris McDaniel. The National Chamber of Commerce, headed by Tom Donohue, were adamantly opposed to the Tea Party candidate and funded ads with Bret Farve, a Mississippi icon, to plead Cochran’s case to keep federal funding of education coming to the state. Who could argue with Brett Farve?
Unfortunately, nothing was going to be left to chance simply based on Farve’s popularity in the state. NRSC rides to the aid, pouring money in to robo calls charging Chris McDaniel with racism.
I did not know anything about that until I read the research done by a grass roots website. How would I have known? All I knew was that Tea Party candidates like the one’s that emerged in 2010 and 2012 weren’t doing as well in 2014 mid term primaries.
I was wondering why the same Tea Party candidates who did win in 2012 weren’t helping their 2014 counterparts on the campaign trail. Here’s an excerpt from Hannity’s show following the January 2014 State of the Union address:
Hannity: “Last question. Will both of you campaign, even against sitting Senators, if you think a better candidate is running?” Rand Paul: “I’m gonna stay our of races with incumbents.” Ted Cruz: “And I likely am gonna do the same.”
Why wouldn’t they help fellow Tea Party candidates campaign against the DC cartel?
Senator Cruz said the reason he gave up support for Trans-Pacific Trade deal was because McConnell lied to him. He said so on the floor of the Senate!
However, that particular claim doesn’t make any sense considering that Senator Cruz himself authored Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) along with Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI).
On May 30, 2015 at a WRKO Town Hall, Senator Cruz supported TPA in a five minute long response as to why we can trust the language in it and the transparency that we soon found out was no transparency at all.
Mitch McConnell promised several democrats in the senate he would include re-authorization of the Import/Export bank (December 2015 Omnibus) in exchange for support on the Trans-Pacific Trade Deal (June ’15).
This is the lie that Senator Cruz speaks of when he justifies changing his TPP vote at the last minute from Yea, to Nay. In his June 23, 2015 opinion piece on Breitbart, Senator Cruz states:
” Enough is enough. I cannot vote for TPA unless McConnell and Boehner both commit publicly to allow the Ex-Im Bank to expire—and stay expired. And, Congress must also pass the Cruz-Sessions amendments to TPA to ensure that no trade agreement can try to back-door changes to our immigration laws. Otherwise, I will have no choice but to vote no.”
But at this point, Senator Cruz’ vote was no longer needed. The TPA and TPP were already a done deal. Cruz could keep his Consistent Conservative label and orchestrate a public stunt that would have no effect on the outcome. Smooth.
Did you know that on June 4, 2015, the Senate passed the House bill HR2146 (which was passed by a change in the rules, only 2/3 majority needed: 407 – 5) and was adopted by the Senators by unanimous consent without the need of a roll call vote? No roll call.
During the Summer and Fall of 2014, and worried about his credentials as a Consistent Conservative, Senator Cruz begins his campaign to re-establish himself as the candidate who walks the walk. He started by going down to McAllen, TX with Glenn Beck in July 2014 to hand out Teddy Bears and soccer balls to illegal immigrant children. Beck was loudly complaining on his radio show that the media was purposely ignoring not only his compassionate outreach but more importantly denying Senator Cruz the coverage of his work to help the needy children who were forced to migrate to the beneficence of America:
“Why is nobody covering this?” Beck asked on his radio program Friday (July 2014). “This came out yesterday. This is a big deal. Why is no one covering that Ted Cruz is going down to the border for a relief program?”
For whatever Glenn Beck used to be, he is simply and calculatedly using his perch to get on board the illegal immigrant gravy train. And Ted Cruz came along for the ride to cement his humanitarian bona fides.
Then in September 2014, proclaiming to a group of middle eastern Christians that, “Christians have no greater ally than Israel,” Senator Cruz was booed off of the stage. American Christians and Conservative Jews, like Mark Levin were impressed by this public demonstration of unity with Israel. It was well known that the crowd and most of the speakers that night were Hezbollah and Syrian regime supporters. The response was not only expected by Senator Cruz, but welcomed for the distraction from the fact that he was not supporting Tea Party candidates in the 2014 mid terms, but more importantly, his NRSC funding of opposition to those candidates.
Sunlight that most Conservatives don’t have the time or inclination to research and discover for themselves. DC politicians count on it. What Ted Cruz was up to behind closed doors was intentionally kept on the down low, to create and promote the look and feel of a Consistent Conservative, fighting the good fight against all odds.
From The Conservative Treehouse:
“This was ultimately evident in: ♦ Comprehensive Immigration reform and amnesty, The Gang of Eight Bill that did pass the Senate ♦ The Iran Deal (Corker-Cardin Amendment) he supported, and later in ♦ The TPA construct, which became votes, to insure TPP passage on behalf of the original team he pledged support to in 2013.
In each case candidate Cruz now attempts to distance his own culpability and ownership within it. However, he is only able to distract people (“GASLIGHTING”) to the extent that voters were not engaged in following the day-by-day scheme(s) as they unfolded.
In essence, Cruz is able to fool people in 2015 using the same approach he used in 2012 to get elected. To insure that deception he adds an element of cult-like affiliation via religion and now various psychological targeting.”
The masterful stroke of Senator Cruz’ story in 2012, about how he told his wife, Heidi, that he wanted to cash in her retirement, liquidate their net worth, to put it all on the line to make a last ditch effort to get elected to the Senate was pure fund raising gold. Unfortunately, thanks to his FEC filings, we now know that no such thing occurred. He got two low interest ‘sweetheart’ loans from Goldman-Sachs and Citi Bank. He filed the disclosure with the FEC, all right. He just didn’t tell the voters in Texas. It would have made him look like he was owned by donors, not the Tea Party independent voice he made himself out to be.
Again, from The Conservative Treehouse:
- 2012 Heidi Cruz joined Council on Foreign Relations to change it.
- 2013 Cruz joined National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee to change it.
- 2012 Cruz: I am the only candidate to stand up to….
- 2015 Cruz: I am the only candidate who has stood up to…..
Always avoiding the natural follow-up, “but what have you accomplished”?
- Joined forces with Mitch McConnell in October 2013
- Would not campaign for conservative challengers in 2013/2014
- Gave $200,000 from his Leadership PAC to the NRSC
- Advocated for 500,000 additional H1-B immigrant visas
- Ran to the Border with Glenn Beck for Illegal Aliens, Soccer Balls and Teddy Bears
- Supported Comprehensive Immigration Reform (along with Senator Rubio)
- Voted to support the Iran Deal – To Include Corker/Cardin Amendment (only Senator Tom Cotton voted against)
- Voted to support TPA – The gateway to Trans Pacific Trade Deal
“The Most Consistent Conservative”? Merely a ridiculous psy-ops talking point.
Wow. Blazing sunlight.
The GOP establishment devised a plan in 2013/2014 to elect Jeb Bush President. The Republican National Committee created a labyrinthine scheme to thwart an insurgent candidate like Ted Cruz. You can disregard everything that I’ve posted above, but you cannot disregard this fact. The GOP Roadmap is the RNC/Wall Street/Chamber of Commerce powers combining to defeat anyone but the Chosen One. It was Jeb Bush, and though the money is now supporting Marco Rubio, if he can’t even win Florida, the RNC will broker at the GOP Convention this summer to nominate Mitt Romney. I urge you to visit The Conservative Treehouse and read about the GOPe Splitter Strategy (why in the world did we have 17 candidates running? Answer: Splitter Strategy.) and the GOP Road Map to nominate the Chosen One.
Whatever your disdain of Donald Trump, think of it this way: We’re never going to get 100% of what we want. That’s just life. But if President Trump does just two or three of the things he proposes, like a border wall, deporting illegal immigrants, fair trade deals and rebuilding the military, it will go a long way in dismantling the horror of eight years of the Obama Administration.
I was a die hard Ted Cruz fan until I could no longer deny that, in the light of day, he was just another ambitious politician with designs on the White House. He used my faith and my values to co-opt a cultivated Consistent Conservative sham and I am angry at him. You bet I am.
Grateful acknowledgement to The Conservative Treehouse for permission to use their material for this post.