Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has hired lawyers to help him renounce his Canadian citizenship, but he claims it had nothing to do with a 2016 presidential bid.
Cruz has lived in the U.S. since he was four years old. Born to a Cuban father and an American mother, Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz was born in Alberta in 1970.
The Tea-Party favorite said he didn’t know he held dual-citizenship until her read a report by the Dallas Morning News in August.
“I have retained counsel that is preparing the paperwork to renounce the citizenship” with Canada, Cruz said.
The move should be complete some time next year.
“Serving as a U.S. senator, I think it's appropriate that I be only an American,” he told CNN.
Because his mother is American, Cruz is a “natural born” American who is eligible for the presidency. However Cruz says the move is unrelated.
"My political perspective is focused on representing the state of Texas," he said.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz wanted nothing to do with Cuban President Raul Castro and decided to walk out on his speech at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service Tuesday.
The Texas senator feels “Castro has wrongly imprisoned and tortured countless innocents,” a spokesperson for Cruz told Newsmax.
Cruz’s father left Cuba before Raul Castro’s brother and predecessor, Fidel, came to power in 1959.
“Just as Mandela was released after 27 years in prison, Castro should finally release his political prisoners; he should hold free elections, and once and for all set the Cuban people free,” the Cruz spokesperson added.
Cruz hopes “Raul Castro learns the lesson of Nelson Mandela,” according to the spokesperson.
President Obama, on the other hand, took the time to shake hands with Castro, an action that has landed him in hot water with the Cuban-American community.
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who is a son of Cuban immigrants, slammed President Obama for the handshake and said, “if the president was going to shake his hand, he should have asked him about those basic freedoms Mandela was associated with that are denied in Cuba.”
“It remains clear that Cuba is the same totalitarian state today that is has been for decades,” Rubio added. “This totalitarian state continues to have close ties to terrorist organizations.”
The White House said the handshake was not a “pre-planned encounter."
“Above all else, today is about honoring Nelson Mandela, and that was the president’ singular focus at the memorial service,” a White House official said. “We appreciate that people from all over the world are participating in this ceremony.”
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) suggested impeaching President Barack Obama because he is not enforcing the laws of the country.
In a Newsmax interview with Steve Malzberg published on Saturday, Cruz said that the commander in chief had been “lawless.”
The 42-year-old Texas senator, who has the full support of the tea party, could be a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016. He is a big opponent of Obamacare, and spoke for more than 21 hours on the Senate floor against the president’s signature healthcare reform law, Newsmax reports.
“One of the most troubling aspects of the Obama administration is, aside from their radical policies, the way they’ve implemented it has sadly been lawless,” Cruz explained. “Over and over again, this president has said, ‘I don’t care what the law is, I’m going to refuse to enforce it.’”
Cruz noted Obama’s decision to let young immigrants have work permits who were brought to the U.S. when they were kids and adjustments to the implementation of the health care reform law, according to Raw Story.
“Is it impeachable?” Malzberg asked.
“We have never seen a president behave like President Obama, who believes he can just pick and choose: He’ll enforce this law, not enforce another law,” Cruz says. “That’s a question for the House ultimately. The House, under the Constitution, makes the decision whether to impeach and then the Senate is charged with trying. So, that’s a question for the House to assess.”
“Would you urge them to consider it?” Malzberg continued.
“You know, any impeachment would have to be tried in the United States Senate,” Cruz said. “And so, my responsibility would be to render judgment. I would not want to urge the House to do anything other than exercise its best judgment. And then I would endeavor to do the same.”
If David Dewhurst and Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) have their way, the people will no longer be able to elect their own senators. Rather, that privilege will be reserved for state politicians — 17th Amendment be darned. This was a major talking point at a debate Thursday between both candidates for Texas lieutenant governor.
Allowing state politicians to choose the nation’s senators would work out in the favor of conservative politicians, who have maintained a stronghold in some state legislatures due to gerrymandering, or drawing biased voting districts. Gerrymandering explains why, despite a nationwide Democratic majority, a disproportionate number of Republicans are voted into local office. If the 17th Amendment were abolished, these same politicians would vote for senators, enabling them to achieve a Washington majority as well.
Said Dewhurst: “Right now many members of Congress, United States senators and United States congressmen don’t have a feeling for what the states need. They feel separated. Believe me, with the absence — a reversal of the 17th Amendment — would make all of our United States senators listening daily to the heartbeat of the legislatures and not be passing the laws that cost all of us.”
Patrick mirrored the sentiment: “In the race for Lt. Governor, I was the one who began the conversation about this critically important issue. I unequivocally support the repeal of the 17th Amendment and the restoration of our Founders’ original intent to have the state legislatures select our United States senators.”
The 17th Amendment states, “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each state, elected by the people thereof, for six years.”
The amendment was ratified in 1913. Before then, each state legislature would elect two senators. However, the system was easily rigged toward special interests, and in some cases deadlock plagued the process. In part, the 17th Amendment was passed to abolish the “millionaire’s club” born from the old system.
Other politicians that support the eradication of the 17th Amendment include Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Teams With Ted Cruz And Rand Paul To Reform Military Sex Assault Justice Cases
With reports of sexual assault in the military showing a sharp rise in the past year, New York’s Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wants to do something about the estimated 23,000 cases that go unreported because, she says, servicemembers are afraid that the military chain of command will not protect them.
In a case of politics making strange bedfellows, the liberal senator from New York has the support of many Republicans, including two of the Senate’s most arch-conservative members, Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky.
“I don’t think it’s a question of being progressive or conservative,” said Gillibrand. “I think it’s whether you’re going to listen to what victims and survivors have told us about what’s wrong with the system or not.”
In fact, some key members of Gillibrand’s own Democratic Party oppose her Military Justice Improvement Act, which would take prosecution of military sex assault and other violent crimes out of the military’s chain of command. They include Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Carl Levin.
The Pentagon also strongly opposes the bill.
“When Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz sat down, talked to victims, studied the issue, learned about it, they just applied common sense,” Gillibrand said. “And that’s what this issue needs.”
Other Republicans, not so much. South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham has said he will do “whatever it takes” to keep the military in charge of prosecuting its own sex assault cases.
The problem is, military commanders often ignore sexual assault victims or do little to help them.
Ariana and Ben Klay (see the video below), who are married and both Marines, described Ariana’s ordeal as sexual assault victim in the Marine Corps.
She says she was the victim of a gang rape at a Marine barracks in 2010 and sought justice through the military system only to find frustration and further humiliation.
“I read her commander’s conclusions, in writing, that she deserved ill treatment for wearing running shorts and makeup,” said her husband, Ben. “I read the opinion of the command-appointed investigator, who compared rape to prostitution or marrying a rich man. As for the assault trial, it put Ariana through over fifteen hours of degrading testimony after a year of retaliation and intimidation. The closing statement of that trial was a Marine officer reading the definition of ‘c***,’ ‘slut,’ and ‘whore.’”
Klay’s story brought both Gillibrand and Paul to tears, as seen in the above photo.
Critics of the bill say it will cause a breakdown in the discipline needed for the military to operate effectively.
“I have news for you,” Gillibrand said, addressing critics who have made that argument. “With 26,000 cases of sexual assault, rape, and unwanted sexual contact last year alone, we don’t have the good order and discipline that our military needs.”
The period between July of 2012 and June of 2013 saw 3,553 cases of reported military sex assault, up a staggering 46 percent from the previous 12-month period.
Sources: Huffington Post, NBC News, New York Daily News, RH Reality Check, YouTube
Rafael Cruz, evangelical pastor and father of Texas Senator Ted Cruz, had some harsh words in a February speech to conservative activists.
Cruz said that Hispanic voters are “uninformed” and “deceived.” He then added, “Well, the same thing is true of the black population.”
Cruz was referring to the tendency of minorities to vote Democrat, and was implying that the only reason they did so was out of ignorance.
Said Cruz, “As a matter of fact, if we could communicate the truth, not only to the Hispanics but to the black population, all blacks should be Republican."
Cruz touted “Highly religious, strongly pro-family, strongly pro-life” values, and also spoke about capital punishment in biblical terms, saying that the Bible advocates the death sentence.
At the same event, Rafael slammed atheists, erroneously claiming that without god, it is not possible to have a moral code.
Said Cruz, “Let’s look, for example, at the behavioral consequences of these two foundations. Well, if there is nothing, if there is no God, then we are ruled by our instincts. There is no moral absolute, which means we operate by situational ethics. which unfortunately is something being taught in every high school in America.”
He went on, “Of course, this leads us, when there are no moral absolutes, leads us to sexual immorality, leads us to sexual abuse, leads us to perversion and, of course, no hope. No hope!”
To the contrary, atheists are often highly moral people, drawing their ethics from a sense of compassion and duty rather than obligation to a religious doctrine. And the idea that sexual abuse stems from lack of religion is a hard sell, given the growing number of accusations against Catholic clergy.
Famed atheist Sam Harris disputes Cruz's type of thinking on his website, writing, “If a person doesn’t already understand that cruelty is wrong, he won’t discover this by reading the Bible or the Koran.”
Rafael’s son Ted is largely blamed for shutting down the government over Obamacare, and shares the far-right political views of his father.
When he was a student at Harvard Law School, Ted Cruz, now the controversial Republican senator from Texas who was one of the main forces behind last month’s government shutdown, acted in a student production of Arthur Miller’s classic play The Crucible — but he was so hung over from the previous night’s partying that he couldn’t make it through the second performance of the play.
That’s Cruz in his Harvard Law days, in the photo at right.
The Crucible was first performed in 1953 and is a fictionalized account of the Salem Witch Trials. But Miller intended the play as a thinly-veiled indictment of Senator Joseph McCarthy, the leading figure in the persecution of suspected American Communists in the early 1950s.
As a senator, Cruz has been compared to McCarthy, not only by his political foes, but also by supporters who apparently consider the analogy a compliment. Writing for the right-wing web site World Net Daily, columnist Barry Farber compared the “volcanic excoriation” received by Cruz to that endured by McCarthy.
Cruz, however, told the Boston Globe in a interview for a lengthy profile that ran Sunday, that to him the play, which he praises as “tremendous,” represents, “a lesson against jumping to conclusions and being unfairly and harshly judgmental of others.”
After the opening night show, Cruz was not thinking about the meaning of the play, Instead, he was hitting a bottle of Everclear, as type of grain alcohol than can measure as high as 190-proof — a staggering 95 percent alcohol by volume.
Cruz was still feeling the after-effects the next night.
According to the Globe story, “A video of the performance shows him sitting on a bench onstage, his head buried in his hands for nearly five minutes straight. After meekly delivering a line, he walked off stage in the middle of the scene. He didn’t return for the remainder of the play.”
His fellow cast members were forced to improvise to make up for his departure.
“I was not feeling well, which was unfortunate,” Cruz recalled to the Globe. “The young are not renowned for their wisdom. And that’s certainly not a principle from which I was exempt.”
He said that he “doubts” he has consumed Everclear since that wild night in 1992.
SOURCES: Boston Globe, World Net Daily, Forbes, Wikipedia (2)
A central tenet of the first season of HBO’s drama The Newsroom was that Will McAvoy—the central character of the show played by Jeff Daniels—was a moderate Republican who used his platform as a news anchor to take the Tea Party to task calling them “The American Taliban.*” In the 2012 election, many US voters seemed to agree with the fictional news anchor and rejected many fringe-right Tea Party candidates that would have been shoe-ins during the 2010 midterms.
Now, the GOP is quietly at war with itself. Some say it is moderates versus the Tea Party, but that’s not entirely the case. Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey was supported by Tea Party organizations throughout the commonwealth, yet he’s reached across the aisle both on the government shutdown and gun control laws. Instead, the battle is between the Republicans who want to do the business of governance and those who wish to watch the federal government burn, while they play the fiddle.
Once such candidate is Dean Young, who is running against Bradley Byrne in the Republican primary for Alabama’s first congressional district. The district is staunchly Republican, so whomever wins that contest is all but certainly going to be elected to Congress. Both candidates answered a series of questions from The Guardian, which clearly indicate that Young is woefully ill-informed about both America and the world-at-large.
When asked which country the candidates admire, Young replied, “I’m not a big world traveler, so I don’t know.” This answer indicates not only that Young doesn’t think other countries are worth learning about, but also that he would only be able to answer the question if he saw the country in person, as opposed to simply reading about it. Another check in the “doesn’t read much” column was Young’s inability to correctly identify either the current Treasury Secretary or current Republican Majority Whip. He also identified as his political hero Judge Roy Moore, currently the Chief Justice of the Alabama State Supreme Court.
Recent polls show that Young has a slight edge over Byrne, although it was within the poll’s margin of error.
*While the series is written by admitted-lefty Aaron Sorkin, the statement was designed to be offensive, in order to gin up controversy for the character that played out through the rest of the season. I am not suggesting that this is an "accurate" statement, but merely showing how it reflects the brutal tone of the real-world version of this political fight.
Sen. Ted Cruz's father has garnered much media coverage for his outrageous claims and statements.
Recently the elder Cruz declared the United States to be a "Christian nation" and told President Obama to "go back to Kenya," reported Mother Jones.
Rafael Cruz was furious that President Obama had correctly noted that the U.S. was not a Christian nation, but was comprised of many religions.
According to RightWingWatch.org, Rafael spoke at a Texas men’s prayer meeting over the summer where he claimed that gay marriage rights were part of Marxism (video below).
"You got to realize how Marxist, how socialism works," claimed Rafael. "We need to understand the issues. When you hear all these things about homosexual marriage, this has nothing to do with homosexual rights. Did you know that? The whole objective is the destruction of the traditional family, it has nothing to do with homosexuals, they could care less about homosexuals, they want to destroy the family."
Rafael also said that evolution was a lie that will bring communism into the U.S. (where it has been taught for about 100 years so far).
"I am a scientist, there is nothing scientific about evolution," announced Rafael. But you know something, Karl Marx said it, ‘I can use the teachings of Darwin to promote communism.’ Why? Because communism, or call it socialism if you think communism is too hard a word, necessitates for government to be your god and for government to be your God they need to destroy the concept of God."
"That’s why communism and evolution go hand and hand. Evolution is one of the strongest tools of Marxism because if they can convince you that you came from a monkey, it’s much easier to convince you that God does not exist," added Rafael.
However, evolution does not teach that humans "came from a monkey," but rather that humans and apes have the same ancestor.
There are also many Christians who believe God used evolution to create man.
In another video (below), Rafael claimed the Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow gay scouts means an “increased risk that our children would be exposed to sexual predators.”
Comments made by Raphael Cruz during Ted Cruz’s Senate campaign are creating new controversy, as a series of newly released videos are making their way into the public eye.
In the video, the elder Cruz argues for the need to restore a conservative majority within the Senate in order to prevent liberal nominees from entering the Supreme Court.
“We need to send Barack Obama back to Chicago,” the elder Cruz urges. “Back to Kenya.”
At an April 2012 Tea Party gathering in Hood County, Texas, Raphael Cruz made several bold statements about the “outright Marxist” president Barack Obama (video below).
He repeatedly called the United States a “Christian nation,” and insisted that the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence “were signed on the knees of the framers” and were a “divine revelation from God,” according to reports from Mother Jones.
He also declared his own son a “political savior.”
“If the winds shift, [Obama] will side with the Muslims,” he added.
According to the elder Cruz, President Obama believes that “government is your god.”
“If we do not take this country back in this election, there’s a very strong possibility that this country will be destroyed by Barack Obama in the next four years,” said the elder Cruz, according to CNN.
The elder Cruz further claimed at that the federal government wants to “take all of your money” and confiscate “our fortunes,” reports Raw Story.
According to Cruz Communications Director Sean Rushton, the elder Cruz’s comments are not relevant when taken out of context.
“These selective quotes, taken out of context, mischaracterize the substance of Pastor Cruz's message,” said Rushton. “Like many Americans, he feels America is on the wrong track.”
Rushton also added that Raphael Cruz does not speak on behalf of the Senator.