Ted Cruz is Too Radical To Be President

One of the most disturbing developments of the 2016 Republican race for president has been Donald Trump's popularity among the most racist elements in American society.

The New Yorker, for example, had lengthy piece over the summer detailing the excitement he has generated in the neo-Nazi movement.

But here's the thing, Trump isn't the only guy with crazy, and frankly, dangerous supporters.

The media doesn’t talk about it as much, but Ted Cruz, Trump’s closest competitor for Republican frontrunner status, has also won the backing of some downright terrifying people.

Take, for example, forced-pregnancy activist Troy Newman, who the Cruz campaign just tapped to head up its “pro-lifers for Cruz”

As the head of the radical male supremacist group Operation Rescue, Newman and his group straddle a very thin line between “activism” and what many consider domestic terrorism.

His organization harasses abortion providers
and their patients, and some its members have been involved in plots to blow up women’s health clinics.

Newman himself has called for the murder of abortion doctors, says AIDS was a warning from God, and believes that drought is God’s revenge for abortion.

Yes, he really believes that.

Seems like a great guy, huh?

Well, he’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Ted Cruz’s American Taliban-style supporters.

There’s also Dick Black, who the Cruz campaign has appointed the co-chair of its Virginia campaign.

In addition to calling for the total outlaw of homosexuality, Black is also rape truther.

Yes, a rape truther.

Back when he was a Virginia state delegate, Black openly questioned the existence of marital rape, something one of his opponents hammered him on in a campaign ad.

So in other words, as far as Dick Black is concerned, your wife is your sex slave and neither she nor the authorities can do anything about it.

So much for family values, huh?

Anyways, Cynthia Dunbar, Black’s fellow co-chair of the Ted Cruz campaign in Virginia, isn’t much better.

She’s compared women having abortion and birth-control rights to the Holocaust, fought to make far-right Christianity part of the public school curriculum, and believes that elected officials should have to pass a “biblical litmus test.”

She also thinks that politicians “don’t have the freedom to make any laws if they are contrary to what God has said in his Holy Scripture.”

Swap out the words “Holy Scripture” for “Qu’ran” and that speech could have been made by Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the head of ISIS.

Another Ted Cruz supporter, Iowa conservative and Family Leader head Bob Vander Plaats, also believes America should be a Saudi Arabia-style Christian theocracy.

Here he is just a couple of years ago about talking about why our government should be based on “Godly principles” -- AKA far-right evangelical Christianity.

As unsettling as that kind of talk is, it’s nothing compared to what Colorado Kevin Swanson, another big-time Ted Cruz, said about homosexuality this summer, specifically that the state should put gays and lesbians to death:

Amazingly, it gets even worse than that.

Ted Cruz supporter and Texas preacher Mike Bickle believes that Jews should be forcibly converted to Christianity and says that if they refuse to do so, God will send a “hunter” like “Adolf Hitler” to get them to change their minds.

Seriously, I’m not kidding.

Now, it’d be one thing if Mike Bickle was just some random guy with crazy views who just happens to support Ted Cruz.

But’s he’s not, at least according to the Cruz campaign.

When Bickle announced last week that he was endorsing Ted Cruz for president, the Cruz campaign published a statement on its official website saying in big bold letters, “CRUZ FOR PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENT OF MIKE BICKLE.”

There’s an old saying that "you are the company you keep," and if the company Ted Cruz keeps is any indication, he’s downright terrifying.

He’s just not winning the support of people like Mike Bickle and Dick Black; he’s celebrating their support, and in some cases hiring them to work for his campaign.

Of course, there’s always the possibility that this is just one big cynical ploy to win the American Taliban-style Evangelical vote, but even if it is, it says a lot about Ted Cruz as a person and a leader that he’d willingly associate himself with people who are pretty much the American version ISIS just to get elected.

This is one of the biggest stories of the 2016 race for president, but the really disturbing thing is that the media is almost completely ignoring it.

Turn on CNN or any of the other major networks and you’re more likely to hear about poll numbers than the fact that the potential Republican nominee for president has embraced the endorsement of a guy who thinks Hitler was sent by God.

It’s almost like the media think it’s acceptable that someone running for president likes to pal around with Christian extremists and wannabee-theocrats.

Well, it’s not acceptable; it’s a direct threat to our democracy, which is why the corporate media should start taking Cruz and his radical endorsements seriously.

Based on everything we’ve seen up to this point, there's every reason to believe that a Ted Cruz presidency could mean the start of a Saudi Arabia-style theocracy right here in America.

The media should do its job and wake the American people up to this before it’s too late.


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Ogreman51 7 years 17 weeks ago

I agree with all you've said here, Thom. Cruz is one of the most self-serving and destructive individuals I've ever seen in "public" service. God help us if he's elected, and before we ask for God's help in that vein, let's make sure he isn't!!

cccccttttt 7 years 17 weeks ago

Mr. Cruz appears articulate, energetic, and a man of principle.

What a waste of talent to have him pitching a failed set of ideas.


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stecoop01 7 years 17 weeks ago

Since President Obama was elected, all the hate-mongers have felt empowered and have come out from under their rocks. We need to dis-empower them and push them back under their rocks, with crushing force.

God save America from the hate-mongers!

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Hephaestus 7 years 17 weeks ago

Americans seems to have lost their raison d'être as percieved by the founders

Very, very sad

Barmy stuff appears to be contagious

Trump (uk slang for a fart) on the ascendancy is a prime example


Tonycohenster 7 years 17 weeks ago

As long as our poorly educated population maintains it inability to comprehend anything other than simple logical threads, the obvious and almost perfect parallel of today's GOP to pre WW 2 Germany remains invisible.

Fascism, taken as a filthy and scary word by our popular tabloids and media, has never been integrated, taught or understood publically.Most are afraid to use it anyway.

America is better than this but it's use of classic denial has altered Sartre's Nausea stage and will soon need more than antiemetics.

Tonycohenster 7 years 17 weeks ago

As long as our poorly educated population maintains it inability to comprehend anything other than simple logical threads, the obvious and almost perfect parallel of today's GOP to pre WW 2 Germany remains invisible.

Fascism, taken as a filthy and scary word by our popular tabloids and media, has never been integrated, taught or understood publically.Most are afraid to use it anyway.

America is better than this but it's use of classic denial has altered Sartre's Nausea stage and will soon need more than antiemetics.

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2950-10K 7 years 17 weeks ago

In any society the most dangerous citizens are the ones who are allowed to amass wealth to a point where they have more power than the government itself. The will of the moneyed class/Fascists Trumps the will of the people.

The second most dangerous, and much more numerous, are those who think God is on their side regardless of how delusional and wacked out they are, ISIS being a great example.

The founders of our country recognized that throughout history this second group tended to be obsessive about forcing their beliefs on others often in a violent manner, and thus we have the the First Amendment and separation of church and state. It doesn't get anymore un-american than the impostion of ones religious belief on our government, but then again the Teapublican Party is already un-american, they support all out Fascism. What a dangerous partnership brewing.

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DFMM 7 years 17 weeks ago

Cable box fees

On Monday's show Thom mentioned monthly fees being charged by cable companies for set-top boxes; and proposals that would allow boxes to be sold by other companies rather paying a fee to the cable company. The proposal is unnecessary and doesn't really address the real problem which is cable companies ---and some ISPs--- intentionally make their equipment proprietary/encrypt signals so as to make renting one of their boxes, modems, etc.; the only game in town. And cable companies under the guise of switching to all-digital channels; claimed that their set-top boxes would be necessary because of the switch. It's nonsense; VCRs, TVs, DVRs, etc. with digital tuners; could already receive digital channels and set-top boxes were not necessary --- until the cable company encrypted their signals. Congress and the FCC could have blocked the encryption, but I'm guessing the cable companies and ISPs have them in their back pocket.

Dan, San Diego

Old_Curmudgeon 7 years 17 weeks ago

The Bible doesn’t support the extreme-Right’s so-called-“Christianity’s” politics. Believers-in-Christ are to advise individuals about the Gospel {about Christ before-during-after the Cross, and currently and into eternity}. The Evangelical Right’s politicking ESTRANGES people from the truths which Believers are to spread.

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pattreid 7 years 17 weeks ago

I have long dispised Trump, being from NYC, I've seen way more of him than I can handle. I do think he's a contol freak, if not a full-on fascist. But the one I FEAR the most is Cruz. To me, there is very little in the world that's worse than a self-righteous, intolerant religious zealot. One does not have to look very hard to see that the most heinous crimes against humanity are done in the name of one god or another. Cherry-picking scripture that supports (in their own minds) their destruction of any persons outside their world view, using scripture to bash others, they are evil incarnate.

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RLTOWNSLEY 7 years 17 weeks ago

Tony, Germany long ago adopted a mandatory course on recognizing any regulatory changes that lean toward a re-emergence of national Fascism, that course is taught in all of their public schools.

At one time we had a semi-mandated course in public schools that covered various subjects such as how our government is organized, the free election process, and the individual rights and responsibilities that our Constitution assigns to each citizen. That course was called Civics and it was eliminated in the sixties and replaced with subjects like adopting racial tolerance ! Racial tolerance is something that should have been installed in all of us by our parents and by our various religious institutions, it's clear from the ongoing struggle of Black Americans, fifty years after the signing of the equal rights amendment, that equality can not be achieved solely through government legislation and mandated propaganda in public schools. I agree with you that America is better than this because I'm old enough to remember when it really was !

dianhow 7 years 17 weeks ago

Trump has millions of angry supporters. Cruz supporters are indeed scary ... ( FORCED PREGNANCY ! VAGINAL PROBES - APPEALING TO NEO NAZI'S ) Why does this NOT terrify GOP voters ? Plus Cruz's wife is a Goldman Sachs fat cat , one of the Companies who led US to 2008 global crash / TARP taxpayer bailout.. GOP shows NO family values Ctuz sounds like a dictator in the making. I'm afraid for my country if GOP Trump or Cruz wins....The GOP is anti fair wage, anti women. They want to cut our hard earned SS benefit. GOP policies & Right wing Supreme court - greatly favor the super wealthy . Do not allow the GOP to appoint any more right wing pro corp Judges Citizens United will be just the beginning if they win.

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tadams 7 years 17 weeks ago

Hello Thom and fellow bloggers, how do I respond to the following: "If Ted Cruz does win the presidental elections, people will be responsible for their health and healthcare which will be offered by private insurers at affordable prices due to national market competition. Business will be able to employ again - HUGE. My friend HAS to pay now $1500 a month & doesn't even need to go to the doctor & had to go on food stamps to be able to pay it! Also,we won't have to pay for 50 million abortions a year!!! My cousin died in the hands of institutionalized healthcare at age 48...." This is certainly the response coming indirectly from a Republican think tank. It is a reponse that I received after having posted Thom's text concerning Cruz's altra radicalism. As always the responder did not direct their response to criticisms found in the article.

Thank you

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