The unending desire to find the “end of history” stays unfulfilled. Putin’s Russia sticks a fork in it.

The one thing about humans is they have a unending ability to hope for peace and and equally if not superior ability to screw up any chance of it.  Ying/Yang I guess.

For decades after the USSR fell, there was a belief that we had finally reached the “end of history” as far as the two competing superpowers and the threat of nuclear war.   Sadly, as we have observed in the last 16 years, that is not going to be the case.  Over at the American Interest website a pretty detailed article was written to address this very issue, human’s stubborn greed for power and their place in history causing “the end of history” to be delayed again, if not put off forever.

The new Eastern Europe, which includes Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova, is sliding back into the Russian sphere of influence, while the belt of countries from the Baltics through Poland to Romania and the Balkans are at a risk of becoming a contested space yet again—“lands in-between.” With the next NATO summit in Warsaw just three months away, an increasingly militarized fault line dividing Russia from the West is in place, running along the eastern frontier of the Baltic States, Poland’s border along the Bug River boundary, and farther south along the frontier of the Black Sea NATO allies. And there are reasons to believe that the process of a further geostrategic readjustment in Europe has barely begun.The key factor contributing to the reordering of Europe’s security landscape has been the resurgence of Russia under Vladimir Putin’s leadership. Today Russia is unequivocally a revisionist power. Putin seeks to undo the consequences of the collapse of the Soviet Union, which he has called the “greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century,” and Europe is his primary target. Hence, the United States is facing in Europe an aggressive and revanchist Russian regime that is determined to pursue its objectives not just through economic and political means but also through its increasingly modern military.

Putin has a plan, and it’s a good one, especially with the leadership we have here and in Europe.

Putin’s two principal goals in Europe have been: to hollow out the existing security regime by undermining NATO’s ability to act collectively in a crisis; and to exploit the current crisis in the EU, especially the MENA migration crisis, in order to paralyze European Union institutions to a point where business is transacted predominantly on a national basis.NATO has responded to a resurgent Russia but with enough hedging—no permanent bases along the northeastern flank—to keep Putin’s opportunistic momentum going. Since Russian power was significantly degraded in the 1990s, Putin has played from a position of relative weakness. Nonetheless, before the collapse of energy prices, he managed to capitalize on Russia’s energy resources to consolidate state power and to modernize the military. Putin’s decision to launch that ten-year military modernization program—at a time when Europe has effectively disarmed and the United States has withdrawn assets from Europe—has significantly altered the balance of power along NATO’s northeastern flank. Russian deployments in Kaliningrad and more recently in Crimea constitute a direct challenge to NATO’s ability to operate in the Baltic and the Black Sea (and following the Russian military campaign in Syria, also in parts of the Mediterranean). This changing strategic landscape poses a direct threat to the United States, our European allies, and, increasingly, Turkey.In the near term, by increasing military pressure along NATO’s periphery, Putin expects to break the allied ability to mount a unified response in a crisis, to force the lifting of economic sanctions, and ultimately to bring key European states into an accommodation with Russia on his terms. The Baltics may become the principal area of Russian-American competition, but Russian pressure and influence are also increasing in Moldova and in the Balkans. Moreover, Putin’s strategy reaches beyond Europe, challenging U.S. interests in MENA and the Pacific, where Russia has positioned itself in opposition to the United States and aligned itself with its competitors and adversaries, even as it presents itself as a status quo power.

Do not think for a second that Turkey’s allowing Syrians to cross its borders into Europe, and Russia’s continuous war in Syria are not related to his overall plan.  Turkey has its own reasons,  but it is more than willing to bollix up Europe’s stable economy and political structure in order to allow Putin to seize more territory. And the Russians will be tickled pink that the migrant issue will tie up nations and prompt the belief that there will be war again.

There is a belief that the EU is a temporary thing. It added to its eventual demise by including nations that could not stay up with the big three economies.  Plus, and I believe this to be true, there is no “end of history” to be had.  No utopia of nations and people merging as one.  The EU desperately wants to duplicate the concept of our United Nations, but cannot because they are not from the same stock or from the same history.  In truth, they are an amalgamation of separate peoples, and will always be that. As we speak, there is a movement to separate the nations back to their national borders. The immigration crisis accelerated the problem.  In fact, the article addresses this too.

One of the key questions confronting the European Union is how Brussels, Berlin, and Paris will respond to the surge of national assertiveness in Europe, especially that which has marked the coming of age of the first generation born into freedom in the postcommunist states. In Poland in particular, but also in Hungary and increasingly in Slovakia, the notional idea of Central Europe has merged with the political project of building a regional grouping around the core of the Visegrad Four: Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia. So recompiled, this Central European project could accelerate the process of the regionalization of security within NATO, anticipating a change in Central Europe’s foundational relationship with Germany, with the burden of historical legacies potentially resurfacing and putting more daylight between Berlin and the region. The revisiting of the Visegrad idea can serve to strengthen security cooperation in Central Europe, but it also carries a risk of becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. Greater regional cooperation within a larger NATO umbrella is a welcome development, but regionalization that generates more distance between the allies will weaken the already tenuous consensus on allied solidarity. If the regionalization of security in Europe puts more distance between the “old” and the “new” Europe, it risks transforming today’sMitteleuropa into another incarnation of Zwischeneuropa, making it more vulnerable to Russian pressure.

My inclination is to go “Blah, blah, blah” and wave my hands because all the talk about being civilized from the elites of Europe will not translate to the people in the towns and villages across the continent.  I spoke to a very bright Italian who moved to America to get away from the madness that is enveloping Europe.  Aside from his fear that we are following the path to suicidal socialism that Europe has taken, his other point is the EU is a farce.  There is no more an acceptance of Europeans believing they are EU citizens rather than natives of a nation, than you would expect to see from Obama on the right to bear arms.  When I see Obama say “Let’s grab up some guns, there is a sale at the Basspro!” then I’ll believe the individuals in Europe have stopped seeing themselves as national citizens.

The gentleman from Italy put it best.  “We hate the French, the French hate the Spanish, nobody like the Germans, and the Greeks are just a pain in everybody’s ass.” Sounds like a recipe for success doesn’t it?!

And Putin is a great reader of situations and other leaders. So you will be seeing this again.

Russian tanks in Ukraine

 

 

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In one story we see the link and the why Trump may be a plant.

Look, Donald is Donald.  An ego the size of New York, and the people who know Donald know how to stroke it.  One of those people is Bill Clinton.  According to multiple reports, Bill Clinton talked with Donald Trump and encouraged him to run as a Republican to influence the GOP.

Now, if CRUZ had received this call, the Trumpite sites like theconservativetreehouse.com and Breitbart would literally explode with headlines about betrayal! But when Trump does it, all we get a “meh…” .

Read this and see what you think.

“…Former president Bill Clinton had a private telephone conversation in late spring with Donald Trump at the same time that the billionaire investor and reality-television star was nearing a decision to run for the White House, according to associates of both men.

Four Trump allies and one Clinton associate familiar with the exchange said that Clinton encouraged Trump’s efforts to play a larger role in the Republican Party and offered his own views of the political landscape. …”

“…Trump took the call from his office in Trump Tower in New York, according to the four allies, who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly. The call came as Trump was making a final decision about whether to run, and he was candid about his political ambitions and his potential interest in seeking the White House during the talk, these allies said.

The 42nd president listened intently and then analyzed Trump’s prospects and his desire to rouse the GOP base, the Trump allies said.

The tone of the call was informal, and Clinton never urged Trump to run, the four people said. Rather, they said, Clinton sounded curious about Trump’s moves toward a presidential bid and told Trump that he was striking a chord with frustrated conservatives and was a rising force on the right.

One person with knowledge of Clinton’s end of the call said the former president was upbeat and encouraging during the conversation, which occurred as Trump was speaking out about GOP politics and his prescriptions for the nation. ..”

Trump took the call…. . Which means Clinton reached out as his wife was running for President and encouraged Donald J Trump to run for the Republican side, knowing full well the unstable, ego driven, personality Trump exhibits publicly.  Now Trump is a narcissist.  A former two time President, whom he likes, tells him HE can be President too, and Trump is all over the idea. Trump is easily manipulated because he has no moral core.  Clinton, if nothing else, is a master manipulator.

But did Clinton want Trump to really win? Or just undermine the Republican effort to beat his wife?

Either way, this campaign is shaping up to this simple fact; Out of three hundred and twenty million people in our nation, a hundred million able to run for the White House we are down to Bill Clinton’s friend  running against Bill Clinton’s wife for President.

And nobody seems to think that’s a bit odd, especially the Trumpite who see nothing but the opportunity for revenge.

And that alone says so much about the condition of our nation.

 

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Bill Whittle reminds the BLM and SJW whose backs they stand on.

What drives me crazy is the fact that the same people who claim whites as the scrouge of the earth drive to the protests in cars, running on gas, while tweeting on their new Iphones.  Worse, they live a long time, in a healthy world, often overfed and well clothed. All of which would not have occurred without the Western civilization and white people.

Bill Whittle once again points this out with flair.

I get they want fairness. But nothing occurs in a vacuum.  Nothing.

I’ve always been in favor of taking the loudest mouth and air dropping him/her into the worst nation I can think of and let them survive there for awhile.

Then we’ll see how much they hate America.

 

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Is Trump even trying to win? Cruz works the system for more delegates.

From Legal Insurrection.

Ted Cruz racked up another big delegate win, this time in Wyoming.

CNN reports:

Cruz won 14 of 14 Republican National Convention delegates up for grabs at the Wyoming state convention here Saturday.

The crowd here was clearly in Cruz’s corner, as the Texas senator was the only candidate to make the trip to Casper — ahead of a major snowstorm — and Sarah Palin, scheduled to speak for Trump, previously canceled.

“If you don’t want to see Donald Trump as the nominee, if you don’t want to hand the general (election) to Hillary Clinton, which is what a Trump nomination does, then I ask you to please support the men and women on this slate,” Cruz said, holding up a piece of paper of 14 recommended delegates.

Twelve members of that slate won. They are bound to the senator on the first ballot and have also made a non-binding pledge to stick with him as long as things go in Cleveland.

The key here is just how unprepared to win Trump was, and still is.  He is just now sending people into states where the caucuses and primaries are close.  Cruz’s people had been there for months, shoring up support and arguing his case.

I am more and more convinced Trump is the true Trojan Horse, regardless if he realizes or not.  His amateurishness and self-victimization is undermining the GOP in a bad way.  They need to change, but Trump isn’t offering that, just more whining and confusion.  The establishment may not like him  and worry about the threat to the system, but more I think they just dislike his manner- a man-child bully who whines at the slightest hint of abuse, real or not.

Over at Hotair, they highlight an op-ed “written” by Trump complaining about how unfair he’s been treated.  In another link, they point out the system actually treated him quite fairly in other situations- and he never made a peep.

The problem with this, as Dan Foster says, is that whoever ghost-wrote it doesn’t even try to sound like Trump. And how could they? How could you capture the classic Trumpian stream-of-consciousness rant on the page? The first half of the column would be spent on how great you’re doing in the polls, the second half would be spent on banalities about how unfairly everyone treats you, and before you knew it you’d have eight words left to say what you want to say. All politicians use ghost-writers but that’s no sweat for the average pol since their public persona and their written voice aren’t conspicuously different. In this case it’s night and day, so much so that Foster compares the disjunction to “breaking the fourth wall.” The author sounds so little like the man he purports to be that it yanks you out of the narrative and gets you thinking about the fact that it really is just a narrative. Which is a bad thing to have your reader thinking when you’re making a supposedly heartfelt pitch about un-rigging the system.

Here’s how I think this went down. Someone, probably Stephen Miller, wrote this up under his own byline but Team Trump realized that no one would notice an op-ed by Miller. Solution: Put Trump’s name on it instead. Everyone will notice that. Which is true — except they declined to tweak it to make it sound more like Trump, so the main way it’s being noticed today is people asking, “Um, who wrote this?” What they should have done is run it under Ivanka’s byline. Everyone likes her. It would have gotten plenty of attention. And unlike with dad, readers would have believed that she really can string together a series of calm, cogent thoughts in support of a larger thesis.

I read the piece, or as much as I could, because I realized early on he didn’t write it.  Whoever did was far too smart, far too educated and far too cogent to be Trump.  So it’s another lie he put his name to.

Again.

Instead of investing the time AND THE MONEY to focus on beating Cruz inside the rules everybody knows, Trump is running ego boasting rally tour where he can run around the nation, spout oddities that people like, and stand up on the podium saying things like “You love me, you really love me!” like an Oscar winning actress.

or maybe more accurately…

 

But go ahead and read his WSJ piece and ask yourself if this is the guy you want in a battle to save the soul of America and secure her shores.

 

 

 

 

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Just because the political SA didn’t file the charges, doesn’t mean he didn’t do it. The rage defenders of Lewandowski get it wrong- again.

Where to begin.  First of all, ardent Trump supporters are scary. They have left the logic planet and gone full Storm Troopers.  I wish it weren’t true, but it is.

The Lewandowski case is a classic example.  He did it.  It wasn’t a big deal. But instead of apologizing the Trump campaign allowed Lewandowski to demean, trash, and through their supporters threaten the woman.  In a campaign where fifty percent of the voting population are women!  I mean, the tone deafness  of the Trump campaign and its supporters is mind blowing.

Jim Hoft over at Gatewaypundit is by all accounts a nice guy. But the clicks make you richer I guess, so he’s gone to a full Trump site.  Trouble is, you can’t get away from it once you started. Here are some of the comments from the Trumpites.

“What is on display here is what happens every day in family courts and rape courts. Women lie, distort and smear innocent men, and female judges sign the verdicts.

Total gender war.”

“Can you imagine how this would be made into a HUGE FANTASY with no video as her original story which was so NOT ACCURATE would be viewed as REAL TIME EVIDENCE and this guy would have been ruined! Very scary for women of power to back such a nothing, minor incident-its very scary!”

“The prize hens in the FOX coop are in a cackling-frenzy right now, with feathers and accusations flying in surprising directions. But I suspect they will run for cover, while pointing claws and spurs at each other, when management brings out the big boiling pot.”

“She is still trying to set Trump up. He better watch his step and lock her out. She is fruitloop crazy and trying to appear sane. I say it was MaddogKelly that set up the Snowfakes16 because she had ole Ben and Michelle on immediately and pushed it. She is nuts and if you ever wanted to see a hater, that’s her.

Mr Trump…..do not ever be caught alone with this woman for one minute.”

“She needs to be defanged and the poison glands removed….. Put the full punishment on these grifter women cause they won’t stop till one really gets it hard. I’ve had a bunch of them at work. They are fairly stupid and can be trick bagged back with relative ease… Crush one of them so the others run away….”

and this:

“Slut”

And that’s the nice stuff.  Facts are unimportant to Trumpites.  Fairness and compassion are unimportant too.

So, what is this all about?  We are seeing fanatic behavior by a diverse group of people who are committed to an ideal.  In this case, it is getting even with “them”.  Much like in the 2008 Obama campaign where people worshiped his greatness, we are seeing the opposite face of the same crazy, ideologically fevered coin. Breitbart is a good example.

Most of the somewhat legally retarded Trumpites think the prosecutor not filing charges is proof that Lewandowski was found not guilty of the battery.  Anyone with more than a sixth grade education knows that is not what happened.

Hopefully, we’ll move on, but not before one last equivocation by Lewandowski, who now claims he did try to reach out to Fields and apologize but she never returned his call.

Of course, we have no real proof, no real context (did he call more than once, did she know the number was his, did he leave a phone message with an apology? etc. ), but that will  be his last, low class shot across her bow.

It’s over, but it will not go away as a demonstration of just how crass and low brow the Trump people can get.

Too bad.  He needs to focus on other things- like really trying to be Presidential.

 

 

 

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Trump’s self immolation moment. His mouth and his ego are the gas and the match.

There is a story written by a young woman who claims she was a communication director for one of the PACs behind Trump. In it she says early on they were told Trump never wanted to win, but to create a protest campaign, come in second and make a point.

When he jumped out into first place, his ego took over and he started to make a more serious effort. Sadly, he is unprepared for a run, his people were unprepared to actually manage a national race.  Instead, Trump went populist as a strategy and shut down the PAC, hoping basically to “wing it” to the White House.

Is it true or a bitter ex-employee? Watching Trump maneuver, if it is true, his methods and manners supports the idea that Trump just isn’t a serious candidate.

What is the Constitution? Could I use my life line call please?

Charles Krauthammer does not like Trump as a presidential candidate, mostly because he does not have a curious mind. I’ve noticed Trump gets a lot of “facts” from places often visited by conspiracy theorists and others and seems to accept them as gospel.  Worse, when given the chance to get better he just chooses not to, as Krauthammer pointed out with the nuclear triad issue and Trump getting caught on the abortion issue.

What is driving Trump?  I think he loves America and hates seeing it being abused.  That much I’ll give him. What Trump doesn’t grasp, and neither do his supporters,  is if he wins, he’ll continue the abuse. He can’t help himself.

He’s not a constitutionalist. By some of his comments recently, he is a big government guy- who thinks HE’LL run it better than ever before!  Which is what scares the DNC and the RNC.  Not that he’ll burn their playhouse down, but that he’ll remodel it and put a big “T” on the door! I’m not the only one thinking it either.

The Obama years have brought America to the brink of transformation from constitutional republic into an empire ruled by secret deals promulgated by edicts. Civics classes used to teach: “Congress makes the laws, the president carries them out, judges decide controversies, and we citizens may be penalized only by a jury of our peers.”

Nobody believes that anymore, because no part of it has been true for a long time. Barack Obama stopped pretending that it is. During the twentieth century’s second half, both parties and all branches of government made a mockery of the Constitution of 1789. Today’s effective constitution is: “The president can do whatever he wants so long as one-third of the Senate will sustain his vetoes and prevent his conviction upon impeachment.”

Obama has been our first emperor. A Donald Trump presidency, far from reversing the ruling class’s unaccountable hold over American life, would seal it. Because Trump would act as our second emperor, he would render well-nigh impossible our return to republicanism.

Donald Trump Is Everything that Has Ruined Us

Today, nearly all the rules under which we live are made, executed, and adjudicated by agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and countless boards and commissions. Congress no longer passes real laws. Instead, it passes broad grants of authority, the substance of the president’s bureaucracy decides in cooperation with interest groups.

Nancy Pelosi’s remark that we would know Obamacare’s contents only after it passed was true, and applicable to nearly all modern legislation. The courts allow this, pretending that bureaucrats sitting with their chosen friends merely fill in details. Some details! Americans have learned that, as they say in DC, if you are not sitting at one of these tables of power, “you’re on the menu.”

Trump’s claim to be an enemy of rule-by-inside-deal is counterintuitive. His career and fortune have been as participant and beneficiary in the process by which government grants privileges to some and inflicts burdens on others. Crony capitalism is the air he breathes, the only sea in which he swims, his second nature. His recipe for “fixing” America, he tells us, is to appoint “the best people”—he names some of his fellow crony capitalists—to exercise even more unaccountable power and to do so with “unbelievable speed.” He assures us that, this time, it will be to “make America great again.” Peanuts’ Lucy might reply: “This time, for sure!”

Riiight…

So what to do?  Frankly, there is no perfect candidate.  Cruz is probably the closest.  The RINOs hate him, truly hate him.  Kasich is a moron, whose dad was a mailman.  HRC is a thug/criminal/paranoid with a Muslim Brotherhood assistant.  Then there’s Bernie, who was only able to secure permanent employment when he became a professional politician.  Scary thought for sure.

I’m going Cruz. He’s smart, learns, seems mentally stable, isn’t an egotist, and he is hated by the RINOs.

Trump will continue his downward spiral.  He can’t help himself and if I didn’t know better I’d worry he is a Trojan Horse sent by the DNC to undermine the Republicans.  But is ego would not let him be a dupe, so that leaves the only other theory- he truly is an idiot.

 

 

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Ann Coulter has gone over.

To the Trump nutty supporter area. And she’s hit the ground running. Over at PJTV, she is interviewed by one of the guys.  I watched the first few minutes, but after she made excuses for some pretty inexcusable actions and lies, and then tried to spin it into a commentary on Cruz, I had to say enough.

I’ve heard she had gone full Trump.  Now I see it.  It’s sad. She has always been on the edge, and I guess Trump was just enough to pull her over.  Hit the link and see what a Trumpite that is an intelligent, witty person most of the time sounds like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gingrich gives some good advice to Trump. Being the bull in the China shop only goes so far.

Gingrich is aiming at being Trump’s Chief of Staff.  Although part of the establishment, Gingrich is no fool. Trump should take heed.  I’m betting he won’t, because Trump can’t admit mistakes.  He’ll get destroyed in the general by alienating the female vote, the black vote, the Hispanic vote.

Too bad.  But a man who can’t listen to good advice shouldn’t be President.

 

 

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Well, Lewandowski did it, lied about it, refused to apologize and now is arrested. Good job Trumpites!

That is sarcasm of course.  Here’s what I posted over at TCTH website, it says it all. 50/5o they censor me again, like the good Stalinists they are.  The video shows Lewandowski grabbing Fields.

I noticed Sundance didn’t address the Lewandowski arrest.  Now we have video showing him grabbing her and yanking her back.  That makes Lewandowski a liar, and worse when he went after her instead of just apologizing like she asked he unleashed the hordes of Trumpites to trash her and taunt her into filing charges. That showed his character.  A real man apologizes and makes sure she’s okay. Regardless if she is a drama queen or a snowflake. It isn’t about her character, it is about his character.

The fact he refused to apologize and the fact Trump backed that play reflects poorly on both of them.  I knew from the outset- because I’ve arrested plenty of people for this exact crime- that Lewandowski should have stepped up and made this go away. A one day story instead of this mess.

Also, before you cry about the amount of “battery” allow me two points; 1. In Florida, it doesn’t matter. The statute is clear and plain for a reason.  No touching means no touching.  Dumb for Lewandowski’s legal crew not to quietly tell him to apologize.  2. Before you drama queen the girl, and she is a snowflake for sure, ask yourself this-  If someone grabbed your wife, your mother or your daughter hard enough to yank her back and leave bruises what would you do?

That’s a fair question.  Hopefully, you dropped a pair at puberty and would confront the guy and ask for an apology and if he told you to p*ss off, much like Lewandowski did, then I would hope you would “touch him” on the point of the chin at least once- firmly- or until the point was made.

You know that to be true, as I do.  This is all on Lewandowski.  Dumb move compounded by dumb decisions and a reflection on HIS character.

If you want, censor me, but you know I’m right here.  It’s a matter of honor.  Men are supposed to be better than this. That’s all. Backing him lets him get away with bad behavior and does nothing for either you or him.

Now he’s in the criminal system.  Thousand dollar lawyers will try to make this go away.  But the truth is the damage is done.

And all over a simple grab that was too hard, and a deserved apology- which apparently was also too hard to say.

Dumb.

Upate: TCTH held true to their censoring.

Doesn’t matter. Self inflicted wound here.  And it hurts in two ways. It “proves” Trump’s people are crazy liars who destroy people.  And those “people” are women.

 

Which all plays into the political narrative.  Wait to HRC uses it in the general.

 

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Cruz from a liberal perspective. A good history of the man

Who is Ted Cruz?  A monster? McCarthy?  Neither?  He has been maligned so often by so many “establishment” and liberal types that the real man is buried under the slander.

Andrew Ferguson makes a point of writing about the real Ted Cruz.  He’s not a fan in particular. But he’s not being dishonest either, basically stating Cruz is a good guy, with a laser focus on a conservative ideology. Something he learned from childhood and perfected over his life.

Among that tiny fraction of Americans who are paying attention to such things, Cruz seems to be the only person who is forgetting Ted Cruz’s name.

“Americans who worry about democracy need to keep on this guy,” warned a reporter for the New Republic back in February. And no wonder! Skim the tweets or scan the blogs or, if you’re older than one of Reagan’s Children, read the actual newspapers, and you’ll soon discover that Ted Cruz is far more than the freshman senator from Texas, only eight months in office. He is also the “scary” “McCarthyite” “Taliban” “bully” and “bomb-thrower” known for his “extremism” and his “arrogant” and “nihilistic” “disregard of facts.”

When you follow him around, however—for he is in constant motion, from Iowa to New Hampshire to every corner of Texas—this nasty fellow you’ve been reading about, the caricature Cruz, never appears. If “Ted Cruz” didn’t exist, professional Democrats and the mainstreamers in the Washington press corps would have to invent him.

And, in a way, he doesn’t, and they have: Indeed, the invention of Ted Cruz as Republican bugaboo makes an excellent case study in how partisan journalism and politics commingle these days, as jittery Washington prepares for the post-Obama era.

Already the litany of Cruz’s extremism has become an item in the progressive catechism. Most of it involves alleged violations of Senate etiquette, and it’s useful to glance over a few of them, to see how the legend grows.

The unnerved New Republic reporter mentioned above was alarmed in particular by Cruz’s questioning of soon-to-be defense secretary Chuck Hagel during Hagel’s confirmation hearings.

Cruz opposed Hagel’s nomination. The reasons seemed straightforward—Cruz disagreed with the nominee on questions of national defense and foreign policy, including Hagel’s well-attested aversion, or “antagonism,” as Cruz put it, toward Israel’s behavior in the Middle East. Cruz grilled Hagel (the verb is required when writing about congressional hearings) about his association with a ferociously anti-Israel U.S. diplomat called Chas Freeman. In 2009 Freeman resigned from the president’s National Intelligence Council after pro-Israel senators like Charles Schumer said his “statements against Israel were way over the top.”

At the hearing, Cruz asked Hagel whether he and Freeman had ever worked or junketed together, as press reports suggested. Hagel said no. Cruz moved on.

“Those old enough to remember, or who are familiar with, the history, will recognize Cruz’s line of attack as classic McCarthy tactics,” wrote TNR’s reporter. The mention of McCarthy is catnip for a good mainstreamer. “The Reincarnation of Joe McCarthy?” wondered a columnist for Forbes. The mere scent jogged the memory of a left-wing reporter for the New Yorker, who, Pavlov-style, wrote a story headlined: “Is Senator Ted Cruz Our New McCarthy?” She dug out old notes she had taken at a speech Cruz gave to a group of right-wingers a couple years before.

The New Yorker’s reporter didn’t mention it, but other people who were there say Cruz’s informal speech was boisterous and funny, tailored to an audience of like-minded ideologues. Just as a mention of Joe McCarthy thrills people on the left, so the right delights in mockery of Harvard, especially its law school—and especially if the speaker, like Cruz, is a graduate in good standing.

Cruz is a guy who truly believes in what he is saying, an ideologue.  Something that scares the Left and the Right “Uni-party” establishment.  He’s the guy who burns down playhouses by making everyone play fair and keep their promises.  Something a politicians fears more than anything else.  Trump is a guy who will put a giant “T” in front of “D.C.” and run it his way.  Two different ends, both making the establishment professional class weak in the knees.

Ferguson goes to great length in order to build a history about Cruz.  He was raised believing in the nation, schooled in how to educate others in that belief and elected by the Tea Party to fulfill his dream of changing how all of us see our nation’s role.

What is Ted Cruz?  He is sincere in his love for his nation, the Constitution and is focused on turning his belief into our belief.  Reagan like for sure.

Read the whole thing.  Ferguson is tough but fair and gives good insight into what drives Cruz.

Unlike Trump- who covets the newest brass ring- Cruz believes in the ring except it is gold and called America.

Here is a section I think is enlightening about his high school years and Princeton.

Story’s educational efforts were explicitly countercultural, providing a spirited alternative to the wan curriculums of the 1970s as they edged toward full-blown, multiculti political correctness, even in Texas. “We just wanted to send our kids to school and not get them indoctrinated in the things we didn’t believe in,” says Paige Moore, a friend of the Cruz family from that time. “But the kids weren’t really getting educated. The textbooks were so boring. There was nothing in there but trendy stuff. They were just collections of facts that didn’t add up to anything.”

Story, on the other hand, had a gift for making history matter. After regular school hours he held mock constitutional conventions in which students would portray different delegates from 1787. “Then they’d have a debate,” Mrs. Moore says. “And they had to know what they were talking about to do that.”

Story chose four or five of his best students, led by Cruz, to join a traveling troupe called the Constitutional Corroborators. He hired a mnemonic specialist to teach them how to memorize the text of the Constitution up through the Bill of Rights. (Who wants to memorize the Eleventh Amendment?) Armed with an easel and felt pens, with Mrs. Moore or another parent at the wheel, the corroborators drove throughout Texas and occasionally beyond to breakfasts, lunches, or dinners held by the Rotary Club or Kiwanis or the VFW or any other civic group with an open slot for speakers. While the audience sawed away at the Chicken a la King, the corroborators wrote out various articles of the Constitution word for word. When the meal was over they’d take questions.

“The people just loved them,” Mrs. Moore says. “They knew so much, people couldn’t believe it! And you had to be a very polished speaker. Ted really worked at it. He’d practice at home in front of the mirror to get everything just right.”

Cruz spent his last two high school years at the tiny Second Baptist School in Houston, which calls itself “a Christian College Preparatory School.” He applied to Princeton—“I fell in love with the campus”—and was accepted for early admission.

“I don’t think I knew anyone who had ever gone to an Ivy League college,” he said. “It was a world, frankly, with which I was not familiar. In many ways it was a culture shock. Many of my classmates were blue-blooded and accustomed to the corridors of power. The world from which they came was not a world I had contact with. My first job was at age 8, working as a computer operator for my dad at a dollar an hour.”

He reconnoitered behind enemy lines. “Both faculty and students were overwhelmingly liberal politically,” he said. “I remember there were students who had on their wall posters of Che Guevara and Karl Marx. They thought it was cute or chic. And if you come from a family with experience of communism—the Castro government confiscated everything my grandparents’ family had—you don’t think it’s cute or chic.

“But I took it as an opportunity to figure out how those who disagree with you think.”

His earliest and closest friend at Princeton, and later best man at his wedding, was a Jamaican named David Panton, admitted as a freshman at the age of 16.

“I had a tough time at Princeton,” Panton said. “I was very young. I wasn’t social. Really I was a geek. Ted, though, was very social, and his mentorship made me a better person.

“That’s the message I would like to get out about Ted: his compassion.

“He was never arrogant, he was always kind and patient with me, and with others, no matter how much success he had.”

Panton and Cruz became roommates. Cruz worked two jobs to help pay for school, filming promotional videos for Princeton and coaching students taking the law boards. Beyond a shared devotion to Super Mario Bros., Cruz and Panton spent most of their free time as teammates in the American Parliamentary Debate Association. As seniors they won the national championship and Cruz was named Speaker of the Year. The technique he had acquired under Story paid off.

“It helps that he has a photographic memory,” Panton said. “He reads something once and that’s enough. Everyone else is taking notes, speaking from notes. Ted almost never took notes. He didn’t need to. He would get out from behind the podium and get in front of the audience, just as you see today. It was very unique for those days—and very effective.”

Cruz’s background in debate is evident in every aspect of his public life. Anyone who has watched his practiced hand gestures will be able to imagine the high schooler standing in front of his bedroom mirror trying to get every move just right. The paragraphs that roll too easily off his tongue suggest a man who has memorized them too easily as well. Most significant is his insistence on casting the clash of political interests as an argument—a contest between ideas that, properly engaged, can be won or lost. The notion seems almost quaint.

Like I said, read the whole thing, then ask yourself who would you want to do business with, this guy or the Trumpster.

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