Rafael Cruz, Conservative Rock Star, and the Making of Ted

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Senator Ted Cruz, the uncompromising Tea Party standard bearer, the bane of the establishment GOP, is the most influential man in the world (according to 11 percent of Americans, anyway).

He almost singlehandedly led his entire party over the cliff during the government shutdown to defund Obamacare. His personal style is that of the zealous proselytizer, whose presence and message in the Senate is ordained by God (and Friedrich Hayek). He positions himself as a D.C. outsider, yet he haunts that milieu and its fundraisers like a consummate pro. Ted Cruz is a man of contradiction. But to understand him, you must first know his father, Rafael, the Cuban immigrant who, in conservative circles, is the embodiment of the American dream. And his legacy to the country that gave him this new life?

That's his son, Ted Cruz.

D Magazine has a fascinating profile of the elder Cruz in this month's issue. I'd like to draw your attention to a few facts about the father and the son, in no particular order, that explain the men they are in profound ways.

First and foremost, Ted was born into the socialized Canadian hospital system. "The elder Cruz doesn't recall any specific complaints, but he remembers paying either $100 or $300 extra so they could use the doctor of their choice."

TYRANNY.

Ted displayed a precocious intelligence at a young age. His often condescending demeanor may be explainable by the fact that his father repeatedly told young Ted: "... you have been gifted above any man that I know, and God has destined you for greatness."

When you're told that the Creator of All Things made you special, better, I imagine that may inform the way you interact with fellow humans.

Ted grew up in the shadow of his father's exile from Cuba, the communist threat to liberty clear and ever-present. "You know, Ted, when I lost my freedom in Cuba, I had a place to come to. If we lose our freedoms here, where are we going to go? There is no place to go."

If that sounds familiar, that's because you've heard Ted use the line in speeches.

It surprised me not at all to learn that, as a young man, Ted was a member of the "Constitutional Corroborators," a group that toured Rotary clubs, each member writing down a piece of the U.S. Constitution on placards until the founding document was recalled in its entirety.

Rafael makes many appearances these days as the man who molded a conservative warrior. When he's on the road, however, he prefers not to stay in hotels. Rather, he stays in the guest rooms of families eager to host a Cruz.

He takes his exercise in malls, where he walks the broad corridors in the early morning, before the shops have opened. "Inside the mall, the weather never changes," he says.

Apropos to absolutely nothing, I learned this little nugget about Tom DeLay. At an event hosted by the Montgomery County Eagle Forum, near Houston, the former House majority leader accepted a plaque etched with an eagle, declaring him a "champion of constitutional values."

"When he sees it," Mike Mooney writes, "his eyes light up, and for a brief second, he sounds like a little boy on Christmas morning. 'An eagle!' he says. 'I collect eagles!'"

Of course you do, Tom DeLay. Of course you do. Read the story here.

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mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

Ted has made his reputation being against. against Obama. against ACA. against "tyranny".

oh, he's for "freedom". for "liberty".

yeah, well who of us isn't for freedom and liberty?

tell me Ted, what proposals or ideas do you wish to put forth?

if you don't want ACA, what do you propose to do about the problems with our country's healthcare system? how do you address the inefficient delivery of those who do not have coverage, and the escalating cost to those who do have coverage?

the silence is deafening....that is why he has earned the moniker Ted "empty suit" Cruz.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

The true test of how great an idea the ACA is, will be when the GOP/Tea Party are back in control of the government, will the liberals still think ACA is a great idea?  The pendulum will swing back to a more GOP-ish control of Washington, it always does. (I don't call them conservatives, just like I don't call the Dems liberals)  So the liberals have to wonder, when Ted Cruz (or any other Tea Party darling) is in charge of appointing the people who regulate government healthcare insurance, are they going to like the regulations that result?  Because, in our democratic republic, in modern times, it isn't the legislation that is killing us, it's the regulation after the fact that strangles us.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Obamacare is not socialized medicine, it's socialism. Redistribution. From those who have the supposed ability (young healthy folks), to those who have the need (old people, foreign nationals and the poor).

Looking at the polls, it looks like those who have the ability are pretty pissed off, and in regards to O'care, O himself, and big government, Cruz's views are closer to mainstream than any lib here.

Personally, I don't want yet another idealist senator of any stripe, with no real resume to suggest competency of management, in the WH.

We tried that, it's not worked out well.

JackJett
JackJett

I have a little fantasy that Elder Cruz and Elder Wick over a D have a lil sumpin' sumpin going down......town.  Nothing hotter than Elder on Elder man action. 


Greasin & Pleasin tis the reason for the season! 


But when I read this part......"When he sees it," Mike Mooney writes, "his eyes light up, and for a brief second, he sounds like a little boy on Christmas morning. 'An eagle!' he says. 'I collect eagles!'"


Tears!  A ton-O-tears. 

pak152
pak152

"He almost singlehandedly led his entire party over the cliff during the government shutdown to defund Obamacare"

gee whatabout the bangup job BarryO is doing to the Democratic party, Senators and Representatives are scattering like a covey of quail to see who can get away from Obamacare so they can save their political lives.

DFWconspiracy
DFWconspiracy

Theodore Cruz is a godsend. He appeals to the wack-job Tea Party, meanwhile driving away mainstream Republicans. His presence helps fracture the GOP and scare middle America. I hope he sticks around for awhile. This guy is one of the reasons the Republican Party is imploding. Keep on truckin', Ted!

roo_ster
roo_ster

Now, how's about a similarly probing look at Obama's daddy?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

A new Gallup poll finds 72 percent of Americans feel big government poses a greater threat to the United States in the future than big business or big labor, a record high since the polling outfit began asking the question nearly 50 years ago.

Ted Cruz is going to be around for a while.

Next November, if you like your senator you can keep your senator.

The Democrats are going to look like they were shot out of a cannon.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum

I hope the old adage, "The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long." holds true for this fella. The more quickly he disappears from the scene, the better off the political process will be.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Those two dirty pigs always look like they need a bath.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

You can be sure that when this guy goes down, it's gonna be BIG!

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

So, being anti-government is a Cruz family tradition -be it communist or capitalist.


Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@RTGolden1  Sad but true, remember our elected overlords passed the legislation unread!   In their arrogance, they pass legislation and take credit for fixing something but never monitor results until it suitable for grandstanding.  I point to massive waste associated with medicare, medicaid, social security and tax fraud  

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Keep in mind those regulations are created by unelected bureaucrats, with no accountability. Kathleen Sebelius is now among the most powerful women in the US, next to "Obama's Brain", Valerie Jarret.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum

@ruddski Nothing wrong with a little socialism -- as dirty of a word as neo-McCarthyists like yourself might try to make it. Socialism done correctly is a rising tide that lifts all boats.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@ruddski

you say that "Obamacare is..redistribution".

if that statement is valid, it would apply to all insurance coverage. there are those who do not need to make claims, and those who do. those who do not make claims provide the monies to pay those who make claims and are paid out greater than they paid in premiums for their coverage.

so all insurance is "socialism"?

nope. 

you also say "Cruz's views are closer to mainstream than any lib here"

what "views" exactly do you refer to?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ruddski Hypocrite.  You've admitted you're retired and enjoying the benefits that "redistribution" brings to you.

pak152
pak152

@DFWconspiracy" This guy is one of the reasons the Republican Party is imploding" so about the implosion taking place in the Democratic party thanks to Obamacare?

pak152
pak152

@roo_sterHush roo-ster, ain't supposed to talk about the Messiah that way


ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

When political discussions become too cerebral, it's good to get the girls POV to lighten things up.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@Montemalone I would say it'll be a big flame, but that would just add to the innuendo cliche. 

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Actually, Cuba is a tyranny, what was your point?

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Ted Cruz holds the same negativity and concerns about big government and Obamacare as the majority of Americans.

The folks at UP, and the lib commenters here hold a distinct minority view on these issues.

I

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Mainstream American views as per polls = Obamacare sucks, Obama is doing a poor job, etc.. Impeachment...

And it is redistribution - forced redistribution.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz@ruddskiI don't see where he mentioned once that he isn't enjoying the benefits of 'redistribution'.  He merely pointed out that the people hardest hit by the negative effects of the ACA are kind of irritated by it, and then mentions he'd like to avoid having another unqualified incompetent in the WH.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

I am enjoying a very meager return on my decades-long loans to the government, if that's what you mean.

Should I forgive the debt because they are very bad with my money?

DFWconspiracy
DFWconspiracy

I'm past all that now; I'm on the other side of the looking glass. Political Parties are an illusion. It's all a staged by the Illuminati so the bankers can fleece us while we're distracted.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Daddy was a socialist drunk, momma was a free spirit. Almost everyone in young Barry's life was a statist, except for his buddies, they were dopers, like him.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum

@ruddski I should have said "governing" instead of "political." Because his personal ambition to become president is the only thing he values, to the detriment of the spirit of compromise -- a crucial element of a functional legislative body. Same goes for most of the Tea Party -- obstructionists who would rather see the country's economy go up in flames in the hope they might gain a percentage point in the polls.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

@ruddski As the author points out, its Tyranny in Canada to have socialized healthcare. (according to the cruz's, GOP or the author - I cant really make it out) Just putting the pieces together for the simpletons...Socialized medicine is just not tyranny in Canada, its also Tyranny in Cuba, another socialized medicine country....although the author seems to have taken out the line.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@ruddski

Impeachment

seriously??? it's a bit early to be drinking don't ya think, even if you're sitting at Coconut's patio in St. Armands.

thanks for the laugh tho.

oh, and it's clear you have no logical response to the ridiculous "socialism" remark.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

@RTGolden

Myrna posts her emotions, not her intellect. You know how these east coast elites can be. To be fair, she probably is not familiar with something so common as a paycheck.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Firstly, I don't hate government. That's a term coined by weak minds who, until recently, hated government (of course, it WAS the small-n nazi era).

At the risk of repetition, do you know what payroll taxes actually are?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ruddski If you hate the government and "redistribution" so much, then tell the Feds to stop your Medicare coverage and your Social Security payments.  Otherwise, shut up, hypocrite.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

The big question right now is, who owns more of the White House?

Labor unions, insurance companies that are now effectively nationalized, or Wall Street?

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum

@Mr_Hand @CogitoErgoSum @ruddski To answer that question, I must ask exactly what "unsustainable spending" is -- running a spending deficit at all, or what? How do we know such levels are unsustainable? There have been many times in years past when political parties (often on the right) emphasize such issues in their platform, only to see those spending levels surpassed with no falling sky results observed. I wonder if, at least sometimes, there's as much if not more demagoguery to it as economic theory.

Mr_Hand
Mr_Hand

@CogitoErgoSum @Mr_Hand @ruddski You may be right on 2016, but let me ask.  Is what he is saying about unsustainable spending and debt in-accurate?  Why is the one guy who stands up and says "we have a huge problem coming down the pipe, as we owe $17T, and we are borrowing $2.7B per day" crucified by not only the D but his own party?

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum

@Mr_Hand @CogitoErgoSum @ruddski  What you are ignoring -- and this is key -- is that it doesn't matter how much actual cash on hand there is to service the debt. What matters is market confidence, and shenanigans like this can easily hurt that confidence, thereby causing private Americans' investments to lose value. Cruz doesn't care about that. He only cares about his chances in 2016.

Mr_Hand
Mr_Hand

@CogitoErgoSum @Mr_Hand @ruddski Plenty of cash to service the debt (for now) Simple scare tactics and a lap dog media to promote it.  soon all the taxes will not cover the debt payments, so what can we address?  Maybe expenses?  Cruz is the only guy willing to buck the party line.  See the house budget  just passed.  Incredible these people are in charge of the purse.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Let's let the other side write some laws, pass them, and see what we got.

To paraphrase the great stateswoman-philosopher: law is like a box of chocolates!

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

If you saw soneone leading your country down a rathole, and you were in a position to "obstruct", would you?

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

@anon

The fear of abortion restrictions has some folks in such a grip of panic, they become somewhat irrational, as though all states of the union were controlled by snake-handling baptists.

But your point is very valid. Why would you want to give government such great powers over ALL medical decisions, considering the ever-looming threat of the powerful mullahs who are eager to war with vaginas and enslave America's collective uterus?

Don't give your government any more power over you than you would a known enemy.

Mr_Hand
Mr_Hand

@Anon I think the fetish to control "Women's bodies" comes from being forced to pay for said "Women's bodies".  And the GOP hates Cruz, he wants less gov.

Anon
Anon

@ruddski 

The GOP has a nasty fetish about controlling women's bodies. They can't seem to get enough of forcing their way into women's vaginas. That's usually a violent crime, but apparently not when committed by the GOP and Big Government. 

Big Government, brought to you by the GOP, won't be satisfied until it has that ultimate control, that you seem to fear, over every woman's body.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

For some reason, people see socialism as a slippery slope, and the government that controls your body anf health has ultimate control.

As a lib if they want t the GOP having more control over personal health decisions.

pak152
pak152

@brantley.hargrove1@whocareswhatithink@ruddski 

except with the socialized healthcare in Canada they can head south to the United States to get the treatments they are denied or delayed getting. As for Cuba very few are able to leave. their doctors are sent overseas as way of earning hard dollars for the government

brantley.hargrove1
brantley.hargrove1

@whocareswhatithink @ruddski Nope, not a single line has been removed from this post at any time. The reference really isn't at all a complicated one. Ted Cruz rails against Obamacare, which he equates with a socialized healthcare system. It is his biggest issue, his rallying cry. He was born in a country with socialized healthcare, and the experience of his parents was apparently a positive one. They even got to choose their own doctor for a few hundred extra bucks. A FEW HUNDRED EXTRA BUCKS! Maybe even $100. He can't remember. Either way, it doesn't sound like tyranny to me. 


I'm not sure I understand your comment about Cuba. Let me see if I've got this straight. Socialized healthcare + Cuba = BAD, therefore, socialized healthcare + Canada (a democracy and one of our closest allies) must necessarily = BAD too.

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