Is Cruz a bad guy? Debunking the myths pushed by the GOP and Trump.

I like Cruz.  Nobody is perfect, but he is consistently conservative in his approach to problems and he is not a flaming retard, a communist pretending to be a socialist or a felon, or a narcissistic blowhard.  So in the context of today’s politics, I like Ted.

And remember, long before Trump started to think about fulfilling his bucket list, the establishment GOP was creating the machine to take Cruz out.

However, there are a lot of confusing arguments and accusations concerning his decision making process and his positions.   Often in politics, a person makes deals, or looks like he is doing something wrong when he is in fact executing a judo move.

People who do not take the time to do the research may end up with the wrong conclusions.  Here, a friendly face takes the time to debunk a lot of what you hear.  Whether it is all true, that is up to you. I’ve done enough research to know the vast majority of the accusations are lies or overblown for political reasons.

There are quite a few rumors floating around in social media about Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz.

Americans are used to the mainstream media lying about Ted Cruz (see here, here & here for just some examples.) But it is particularly painful when the lies come from supposed truth-tellers. The largest culprits starting and perpetuating anti-Cruz falsehoods are sundance of the Conservative Treehouse and Dianne Marshall of the Marshall Report. They blatantly lie, or tell cherry-picked half truths, which are promptly disseminated in social media by an army of bullies who are seemingly not interested in civil debate.

Why create false stories if the candidate is so bad?

The clearly coordinated effort is particularly disturbing because: 1.) it frankly smashes conventional wisdom that ad hominem baseless attacks are the tool of the left – not the principled right, and 2.) the social media bullies may serve to intimidate people from posting positive stories or opinions about Ted Cruz.

Here are some of the most persistent lies, myths and rumors about Ted Cruz:

FAKE!! Ted Cruz stole the Iowa Caucus

The charge is that the members of the Ted Cruz campaign lied about fellow presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson in order to steal his votes. The truth is that CNN’s Chris Moody, using “two [unnamed] sources, on the record” from Carson’s campaign gave the distinct impression, along with CNN correspondents Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, that Carson was taking a break from campaigning.

Ted Cruz’s people used the information which came out as a “BREAKING” news story right before the caucus. The information was readily available to anyone who had a mobile phone at the Caucus, i.e., everyone. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and yes, Donald Trump supporters ALL used this information.

Ted Cruz is the only one to apologize, but CNN should apologize publicly to Ted Cruz.

FAKE!! Disgruntled Ted Cruz Campaign Staff are Resigning 

This completely fabricated story about a fake disgruntled Cruz staffer named “Don Fairly” was originated by a pro-Trump twitter user named @LandmanMarius (a twitter account that was evidently born to praise Donald Trump).

A series of tweets claimed that a staffer opened up over coffee to tell @LandmanMarius about how the fake “Don Fairly” quit Ted Cruz’s campaign along with seven others because Cruz was “impossible to work with” and “[K]eeps changing positions on policy to suit voters” and bizarrely, that he only pretends to pray for the sake of the media.

The completely fake story designed to slam Ted Cruz was repeated at the Conservative Treehouse and the Marshall Report. After this story was exposed at TrevorLoudon.com, @LandmanMarius deleted all tweets related to the fake Don Fairly.

This screenshot shows one of the Don Fairly tweets as posted at the Conservative Treehouse before it was deleted.

lies repeated by Conservative Tree House

You would think if you are lied to by an anti-Cruz source, and driven by the search  for truth, you would be more careful in the future.

You would be wrong.

Has Treehouse gone Trump? Yes…to sum it up.  And Sundance carries his fans along for the ride.  I’ve challenged them repeatedly with facts, and more than once found my comments deleted by the censors.  Bad?  I think so.  I’m not lying just asking they challenge the narrative. Do they avoid embarrassing actions by Trump and play up all the mistakes or the negative accusations directed at the other candidates?  Yes.

Nobody is perfect.  Lies are easy.  Debunking them is harder.  Like in the case of Cruz’s wife being part of a global conspiracy.

Hardly Snidely Whiplash.

But Ted Cruz is a globalist?

As seasoned Republican political player Dave Nalle wrote at the time in an article called “Anatomy of a Smear: Heidi Cruz and the ‘North American Union’:”

“You see, it turns out that according to a whisper campaign coming from Dewhurst or Addison or perhaps direct from the John Birch Society, Ted Cruz’ wife is one of the architects of the dreaded ‘North American Union.’ The JBS is the most likely original source in a now-deleted article in the online version of their New American magazine called ‘Faux Neo-Conservatives Defend North American Union.’”

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Heidi Cruz’ role in all of this was as one of a large panel of readers and her sole identifiable contribution to the project is a one-paragraph response in the final appendix in which she says:

We must emphasize the imperative that economic investment be led and perpetuated by the private sector. There is no force proven like the market for aligning incentives, sourcing capital, and producing results like financial markets and profit-making businesses. This is simply necessary to sustain a higher living standard for the poorest among us — truly the measure of our success. As such, investment funds and financing mechanisms should be deemed attractive instruments by those committing the capital and should only be developed in conjunction with market participants.’

What does Heidi write for the North American Union report?

Let’s repeat:

“We must emphasize the imperative that economic investment be led and perpetuated by the PRIVATE SECTOR. There is no force proven like the market for aligning incentives, sourcing capital, and producing results like financial markets and profit-ms taking businesses…” (emphasis added)

Another instance that this author found of Ted Cruz & “globalist” goes back in 2012 when Ted Cruz was running for Senator. But Ted Cruz was actually criticizing “Agenda 21” as a “globalist plan that tries to subvert the U.S. Constitution and the liberties we all cherish as Americans.”

Point here is to challenge the narrative. Do anything less, you are cheating yourself.

And we can’t make the same mistakes anymore.

 

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