Accuracy in Media

Before Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) electrified conservatives with his denunciation of liberal media bias at the GOP presidential debate last week, he took a little-noticed position on a major crime bill before the Senate that set him apart from the politically powerful Koch brothers. Taking the side of law-and-order conservatives on an issue that could emerge as a major focus of the 2016 presidential campaign, Cruz came out against the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123) on the grounds that the legislation, which will retroactively reduce the sentences of thousands of federal prison inmates, could lead to the release of violent criminals, some convicted of using weapons while engaged in other crimes. He said the Senate bill would release “illegal aliens with criminal convictions” when a “major crime wave” is already sweeping the nation.

In an extraordinary development, the Koch brothers decided to publicly go after Cruz. Echoing the views of the libertarian billionaires, whose network of conservative advocacy groups was planning to spend $889 million on the 2016 campaign, Mark Holden, Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Koch Industries, Inc., issued a statement denouncing the Texas senator by name. He said, “We are disappointed that some members, including Senator Cruz, who have supported the need for reform and been strong supporters of the Bill of Rights, did not support this bill.”

While Cruz had indicated support back in February for a Senate bill on “sentencing reform,” he voted against the latest version because he said it would lead to more criminals being released from prison and committing crimes against law-abiding citizens and police.

In dramatic testimony, Cruz said that while he had supported the Smarter Sentencing Act, a previous version of the bill, the final version had been changed and had “gone in a direction that is not helpful.” He said it provides “leniency” for “violent criminals who use guns” and gives lighter sentences to criminals already serving time. Cruz said that letting thousands of criminals out of prison at this time makes no sense “when police officers are under assault right now, are being vilified right now, and when we’re seeing violent crime spiking in our major cities across the country…”

Political observers say that the public attack on Cruz from the Koch brothers, who are seeking to influence the selection of a GOP 2016 presidential nominee, could easily backfire and expose the nefarious influence of the libertarian billionaires’ attempt to affect the outcome of the race for president on the Republican side. In addition to the Kochs, libertarian hedge fund operator Paul Singer has entered the Republican contest, endorsing Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and promising him millions of dollars in campaign contributions through his own network of conservative organizations and allies. Singer, whose son is homosexual, wants the GOP to embrace gay rights and gay marriage.

There are very few organizations active in conservative politics that are not financed by either Koch or Singer. Donald Trump, a billionaire in his own right, doesn’t need their support.

Blogger Tina Trent, who writes and lectures about criminal justice issues, hailed Cruz’s decision to come out against the Koch-backed bill, saying the legislation was “a 100 percent giveaway to some of the most radical anti-incarceration activist groups funded by George Soros,” the billionaire hedge fund operator and backer of the Democratic Party. She said, “I’m happy to see Cruz refuse to obey the Kochs on this one vote, but the fact that they came out and chastised him publicly when he did cross them even slightly points to bigger questions—and bigger problems.  Will Cruz go further and completely sever ties with the Kochs?”

Libertarians and their Leftist Allies Push Criminal Justice Reform

Though branded by the media as free market conservatives, the Koch brothers are libertarians on social and foreign policy issues and do business with China and Russia. They chose “criminal justice reform” as their latest high-profile cause, even though this has meant collusion with the Soros-funded Open Society Foundations and his grantees.

We noted in a story last March that the Coalition for Public Safety was playing a leading role in this new “bipartisan” campaign for “criminal justice reform,” and has been financed by $5 million from the Koch brothers and other “core supporters,” such as the liberal Ford Foundation.  Soros money for this effort has been mostly funneled through the ACLU, a major “partner” in the group, which received $50 million to cut national incarceration rates and release criminals.

The Coalition for Public Safety is run by Christine Leonard, a former Ted Kennedy Senate staffer once affiliated with the left-wing Vera Institute for Justice. We pointed out that the Vera Institute is so extreme that its Project Concern had a National Advisory Board on Adolescent Development, Safety and Justice that included the former communist terrorist Bernardine Dohrn as an adviser from 1998 to 2003.

One Soros-funded group, Critical Resistance, was founded by communist Angela Davis and says it seeks “to end the prison industrial complex (PIC) by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure.” It got $100,000 from the Soros-funded Open Society Foundations.

An all-day “Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform” that was sponsored in part by the Coalition for Public Safety featured former Obama official and Marxist Van Jones as a major speaker. Jones appeared at a podium emblazoned with the company name “Koch Industries.”  Obama’s then-Attorney General Eric Holder also spoke to the event.

Cruz was joined in his opposition to the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act by Republican Senators Orrin Hatch (UT), David Perdue (GA), Jeff Sessions (AL), and David Vitter (LA). Nevertheless, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Assistant Democratic Leader Dick Durbin pushed the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act through the Senate Judiciary Committee in a 15-5 vote. A Cruz amendment to fix the bill was voted down.

Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning said that Senate Republicans, “in a quest for bipartisanship,” have passed a bill that will “retroactively reduce more federal prison sentences, resulting in an additional flooding of our cities with thousands more convicted criminals out of penitentiaries.” He asked, “Given the volatile mix of massive increases of Muslim refugees, the influx of Central American gangs and Mexican drug cartel members, and the disarming of our police, what could go wrong with releasing tens of thousands of convicted criminals early into the already violent cities? Why would Republicans vote for that?”

Law Enforcement Groups Weigh in on Pending Crime Legislation

Unwilling to let the Koch brothers and George Soros have their way on the crime legislation, organizations representing law enforcement are making their views known. Groups opposing the bill include the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys, National Sheriffs’ Association, National Immigration & Customs Enforcement Council, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, National Narcotic Officers’ Associations’ Coalition, National District Attorneys Association, Major County Sheriffs’ Association, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Agents Association.

Major figures opposing the bill include Ed Meese, Former Attorney General of the United States; Ron Hosko, Former Assistant Director of the FBI; and Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum.

Senator Sessions, a senior member of the Judiciary Committee and former federal prosecutor, quoted Steven Cook, the President of the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys, as saying that the bill “threatens to reverse many of the gains we have made by making thousands of convicted and imprisoned armed career criminals, serial violent criminals, and high-level drug traffickers eligible for early release.” Cook added that “it would seriously weaken the very tools that federal prosecutors, working with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, have used to keep our communities safe.”

“In reality,” Tina Trent told Accuracy in Media, “there is no big public groundswell of support for releasing recidivist criminals back onto the streets. The urgency around this issue has been almost entirely manufactured by paid activists in the leftist and libertarian camps—aided by the media, of course. This is why they’re being so intentionally secretive about the process and the people who would be released and how the releases would be implemented. It’s also why they’re not making it easy, or even possible, to see state-by-state information about the specific inmates who would be released, nor can the public view the full criminal arrest and conviction records for these inmates.”

Taking on libertarian rhetoric about alleged “nonviolent” drug offenders supposedly populating the prisons, she noted there are several ways an offender can be classified as “non-violent” even when he or she has a long rap sheet of arrests for violent crimes and even convictions for violent crimes. In such cases, defense lawyers will have their clients plead to a drug charge in exchange for charges of violent crimes being dropped.

The “Ferguson” Effect?

Despite the serious flaws in the bill and questions about the radicals backing it, a Congressional Criminal Justice and Public Safety Caucus has been created to make similar legislation a reality on the House side. Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Raul Labrador (R-ID), Cedric Richmond (D-LA) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) will serve as co-chairs of this newly-formed body.

Jessica Berry, Deputy Director of the Coalition for Public Safety, thanked Chaffetz and the other Republicans for partnering with Democrats as well as President Obama, for the purpose of “getting criminal justice reform done.”

Berry’s praise for Republicans should give them concern. She is a former top Democratic Party staffer on Capitol Hill, having served as the principal law enforcement and criminal justice advisor to Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and an adviser to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

If the “bipartisan” bill passes Congress, Republicans may eventually be blamed for helping to put more criminals back on the streets, producing more of the “Ferguson effect” that Obama’s FBI director James Comey says has put the lives of police officers and innocent members of the community in greater danger.

The controversy over Comey’s remarks could complicate the President’s push “to loosen the nation’s sentencing laws,” the Hill newspaper reported. Another potential complication is that the outspoken Cruz and others may put pressure on Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) to stop the bill from coming up for a vote so that Republicans don’t further embarrass themselves by partnering with soft-on-crime Democrats in hock to Soros-funded activist groups.

Leftist groups are hoping McConnell will bring the bill to a full Senate vote, in order to demonstrate how Republicans can work with Democrats on an issue dear to the Obama administration.



Comments

  • Kennon Gilson

    This article is poorly investigated. The Kochs deny they’re LIO libertarians.
    For info on the world Libertarian movement, see http://www.libertarian-international.org

  • Alex

    So is Cruz really a conservative or someone with rhetoric that the tea party likes, sure he is more of a tea party type, but he seems to be able to unit some of the establishment with big government, compassionate conservative programs. Don’t forget clinton pushed mass incarceration and private prison companies have stocks, also don’t forget the LWOP was uncommon if not rare before the death penalty was temporarily banned by the supreme court in the 1970s. Thus the liberal answer with the conservative establishment is LWOP, ignoring thus who don’t deserve it and ignoring the high cost of spending on old folks.

    I am not sure about the Koch brothers, but in the era of big government and crony capitalism, a centrist libertarian can seem like an extreme one.

  • Bill the Cat

    This is why some Libertarians just make me abso-fecking-lutely nuts. Without borders, no country can continue.

    Open Borders helps only the top 1% of the country.

    Why would the other 99% vote to cut their and their children’s throats with this stupidity?

  • Leo 6

    I wonder what the financial benefit to the leftist are in this regard? All the social services being doled out to many of the socially inept convicts. On the other side who among the bills detractors have stock in privately operated prisons?
    It is hard for me to believe I have become soooooo cynical.

  • Julie A

    I think the problem here is we need to separate Singer from the Koch’s.

  • sagest

    Check out Senator Cruz’s voting record at conservativereview.com to see that he is truly a Consistent Constitutional Conservative. He has walked the walk.

  • josephKing

    Thank you for labeling your disdain for ‘some’ libertarians. Well done sir.

  • Roberto Enrique Benitez

    Agreed. Some extremely far right conservatives drive this Christian constitutional conservative to despair about the future of the country.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Fred Koch was against communism. I don’t agree with the LIbertarion party, however, the left would conquer without pushback from the Kochs.

  • Freedomswatch

    Once again Obama and his minions go for a huge bill instead of tailoring the sentence reductions to those people who have been incarcerated for only drug possession, who have not committed other violent crimes. That was what the original idea for the bill was. Koch and Soros support this monstrosity, that should tell you it is too broad by half.

  • Roberto Enrique Benitez

    It may not be so much a financial benefit to the Left as it’s a political benefit. The Left is dedicated to using the Saul Alinsky and Cloward-Piven plans to collapse what’s left of this onced great constitutional Republic. Releasing violent criminals, allowing illegal immigrants, and bringing in hostile refugees are all meant to overwhelm our legal, welfare, and political systems.

  • AndRebecca

    No one in prison is there for only possessing a little weed, especially federal prison. Communists believe all prisoners are political prisoners. I think Libertarians are Leftists at heart…The number of prisoners is high in this country because we we can afford to keep them there… About 3% of the population in a good society, which we no longer are, has a criminal mindset. We have a higher percentage of criminals than that because we have been busy getting rid of Christianity for the last 70 years.

  • AndRebecca

    Libertarians are for the legalization of marijuana and so is Obama. And that has something to do with the release of prisoners because both are mentioned practically in the same breath by the pro-pot people. Worldwide communism has been financed by the drug trade, and the Koch brothers probably want in on the action, since everything is about money for these people…Cruz is a true American style conservative with a political record going clear back to his college days.

  • AndRebecca

    You should be cynical. The left is about secular humanism, materialism, and force. They are against western civilization and human rights, including property rights, the Christian religion, morals, and capitalism.

  • Colorado Conservative

    It is why this article was written about libertarianism: Marxism Of The Right http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/marxism-of-the-right/

  • Bill the Cat

    Some people read Ayn Rand and use it as a justification to be an a55hole; when money in and of itself becomes your goal, your life really is worthless.

    It all comes back to the question, “And then what?”

    I’ve nothing against Mexicans, but I’ve certainly have no reason to see them profit at the expense of Americans who’ve worked and saved… and watched some dick on Wall Street legally steal their savings via QE etc.

    Deport the mexicans etc.
    Vote all the lawyers and career politicians out of office.
    Remove as much money as possible from D.C.

    Life will get better for most Americans.

  • Bill the Cat

    Senator Cruz wants to increase H1Bs by 500%.
    Senator Cruz voted for TPP/TPA before/after… whatever.
    Senator Cruz would have us believe he didn’t know that Mitch McConnell was a liar.
    Senator Cruz’s wife is CFR (Council on Foreign Relations) and on paid leave from Goldman Sucks.

    I’ve donated to him at various times, but I won’t be voting for him in a primary.

    I think he’d be great on the Supreme Court, though.

  • Bill the Cat

    Hi Rebecca,

    Observation: your comments probably do more harm to Senator Cruz than good.

    Folks like you never seem to have a problem popping various pills “prescribed” by your Doctor. A little Ambien and a glass of wine to go to sleep, some prozac to pick you up in the morning, maybe a little oxy… and your kids are on ritilan, adderal and a cocktail of other SSRIs.

    Libertarians are for personal freedom. That means I don’t get to tell you what to do with your time and money and you don’t get to make demands on my time or assets.

    Most people would see that as the exact opposite of Communism.

    Suggestion: ask your Dr. to check your meds for an interaction. You don’t seem to be thinking too clearly.

  • sagest

    Got your old tired talking points down…good for you. Now go back and actually research the visa issue by looking at the restrictions and conditions he proposed. You will have to go way back to research just like you went back to find this minute miniscule talking point. Next listen to Senator Cruz’s interview with Hugh Hewitt within the last few days in which he was asked directly about TPP…you will find that talking point disappear. Mitch McConnell is a liar….and the only reason we all know that now is because Senator Cruz has shined that light. That deserves our thanks. Go read about his wife’s time on CFR and what her duties were and you will find that talking point disappear. Now maybe you should consider his total voting record and his stand on conservative issues as a whole and tell me who can possibly come even close to his conservative rating and who has actually stood up VOCALLY/PUBLICALLY for his votes even when unpopular. Not presidential material, but SC material? I believe he would be great in either. He was recently asked which he would rather be. He said he could affect the greatest changes as President. I agree…but after he does that the SC would be a great match for him.

  • Bill the Cat

    Please, spare everyone the BS.

    Nothing I’ve said about Senator Cruz was incorrect, and you implicitly agreed by posting all sorts of rationalizations.

    Moreover, anyone who didn’t know that Mitch McConnell was a skilled and habitual liar is a fool.

    I would vote for Senator Cruz in the general election, but my time and money will try to ensure that isn’t a choice I face.

  • sagest

    Ohhhhh, you think I was agreeing with you. So sad. I won’t suggest any further research of the facts to help you as your mind is made up. Carry on.

  • Bill the Cat

    LOL… when you proffer nothing but excuses for Senator Cruz’s positions, you are implicitly agreeing that he did as I said, but you’re unhappy for me for mentioning it :>)

  • AndRebecca

    I don’t pop pills or drink. The founders were against Marijuana and called it the assassin drug due to the Muslims’ use of it. The founders were against libertines. Libertarianism is right-wing socialism. Don’t know why you haven’t figured that out. If you are for the same things as the Left, like pot use, homosexual marriage, and open borders…and are against Christian morals, like Ayn Rand was, you aren’t a conservative and you would dislike Ted Cruz. You want to “change” America just like Obama does and so you are on that side. Quit lying about your beliefs, and also realize that if you stop smoking weed, it will take about two years for your mind to start functioning normally. In the mean time, look inside, and try to see where you could start thinking in a rational manner. Judgment is a part of cognition and it is impossible to use good judgment under the influence of pot.

  • Steven Barrett

    Bill, Cruz wearing a justice’s robe would still be a species of vermin wearing a justice’s robe. But not just any other kind of vermin. A rat’s a rat and that’s that.

  • Bill the Cat

    Probably true, but it’s also true that he’d be better than most of the folks there, now 🙂

  • Bill the Cat

    LOL… what a steaming load of poo….. 🙂

    The Founders knew nothing about Marijuana etc. and said nothing on the subject at all. If anything, they were the opposite, because of their views on Federalism.

    “Assasin drug due to the Muslims’ use of it?”

    Seriously, where do you get this stuff? Muslims, like a lot of hard-right Christians, believe their god prohibits it… Get that? You’re like the Muslims. Your preacher must be thinking of the Thugees and hashish.

    http://www.aimislam.com/why-islam-prohibits-the-recreational-use-of-marijuana/

    The rest is more of the same gibbering nonsense 🙂

    You’re right about one thing, though. I’m not a “Christian Conservative,” I’m a Fiscal Conservative who happens to be a Catholic.

    “I want to change America?”

    Not really. I mostly want pretentious busybodies to leave me the h3ll alone. In this case, it’s Obama, Muslims and folks like you 🙂

    Matthew 7:3

  • BenY

    I agree and have also donated in the past. This seems too coincidental and may just be theater for the benefit of the campaign. I don;t trust any of these politicians anymore. This “it changed” seems to be readily available.

  • BenY

    Good point, also it has been reported that his staff advised him before the vote that McConnell was lying.

  • AndRebecca

    What makes you think the founders were ignorant like you? People in the West have known about marijuana (hashish) for centuries, ever since the crusades… Good grief your addiction makes you think everyone is out to get you, and -are prejudiced against Muslims no less, when the opposite is true… Your thinking isn’t straight, but why would it be? Since Obama is for pot, what is your problem with him? Maybe it’s just your dope induced paranoia. P.S., I’m not out to get you.. and neither are the cops…well maybe the cops aren’t out to get you, it depends…

  • AndRebecca

    Great article!

  • AndRebecca

    You donated to Cruz at various times? What a crock.

  • AndRebecca

    Fabulous reply!

  • AndRebecca

    His political positions stand on their own, and they are easy to research on the net.

  • AndRebecca

    You must be scared to death of Cruz. You sound scared…enough to lie.

  • AndRebecca

    I like your site! If anyone thinks the Libertarians aren’t on the same side as communists, they need to see that site!

  • LaTisha Jackson

    Have you noticed how inferior and superior may be spotted from afar. AndRebecca speaks in a steady, respectful terms, is armed with the facts, is sure of her/himself…probably a productive member of the society. The INFERIOR are always near hysterical, speak in a screeching voice, are easily hurt, sense a sligh in others…they are always totalitarian (either “my way or the highway”, or “I will bestow my order in your house”. The inferior ARE creators of evil. They are namely the left side or the liberals, democrats or communists, fascists, islamists, Professional and Financial Services cartel, Unions cartel, Legal Drug Cartel…all of these are just different heads of the same dragon: The Inferior Dragon. Inferior ALWAYS need protection, they can not stand on their own, therefore CARTELS. They MUST have a controllable world, otherwise they are afraid…that someone may disagree…How to destroy the inferior? Very simple. The only language they understand is the language of force. Don’t try to reason with them. They are affraid of that too. They are affarid of everything. So, be tuff with them, and they will not ever raise their dragon heads. Example: an ethnic majority in the former Soviet Central Asian republics never caused any troubles under communism, as they were kept in check at all times.

  • BenY

    Nah, it;s just that you blind ideologues always counter truth with “scared”, since you have no other response. Most informed voters side with us, since your candidate has yet to break single digits nationally.

  • Bill the Cat

    🙂 Precisely!

    And everything I’ve said regarding Senator Cruz is factual and some of it is even documented on the Senator’s Web site.

    Senator Cruz has spent a lot of time courting evangelicals, and I have no problem with that. Maybe they’ll show up at at the polls and vote this time, instead of letting another Obama get elected?

  • Bill the Cat

    Rebecca, I could not care less what you believe 🙂

  • Bill the Cat

    HAHAHahahahahah 🙂

    What a charming naif! Will you still continue to post after getting your driver’s license?

    Hashish and Marijuana are not the same thing, and in some countries “hashish” is partially/wholly opium. Afghanistan for one.

    ===================================

    Marijuana is the mixture made of flowers, leaves and small stems of Cannabis sativa.

    The hashish is a paste made of the resinous secretions which store in the female flowers (so only the female individuals can deliver hashish), of an intense coffee color.

    The resin contains much higher levels of THC, thus the hashish is more powerful than marijuana, containing 40 % THC compared to 10 % in marijuana. The THC is soluble in fat, so it tends to accumulate in fatty tissues (especially in the brain). It resists for about 7 days, that’s why one week after the cannabis consume, your body has eliminated just 50 % of the compound.

    ===================================

    “Addiction?” Like many on the Religious Hard-RIght, you conflate the realization of the futility of the War on Drugs with consumption of the same 🙂 Also, please note that it isn’t possible to become “addicted” to THC or die from its consumption.

    Prejudice? No, I have no irrational fear of Muslims. I clearly understand what they are as well as their goals… which you obviously do not 🙂 Given their propensity to gang-rape little anglo girls, you might want to reconsider your charitable view of them:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotherham_child_sexual_exploitation_scandal

    Run along, now. I’m sure your dolls are lonely.

    Odds are I’ll probably ignore anything else you post.

    Best wishes, though 🙂

  • AndRebecca

    I’m sure you’ll ignore anything else I will post. I make sense and you don’t. Your reading comprehension level is in the minus range. But, it’s obviously due to your dope use. You are truly fascinated with your addiction.

  • AndRebecca

    Thank you.

  • AndRebecca

    No informed voter would side with you. You aren’t informed.

  • AndRebecca

    Oh really?

  • BenY

    Well now, “informed” really depends on the one defining the term. You must first give the premise of your definition. All those who oppose legal status for illegals side with me. all those hwo do not want to increase H1B visas by 500% side with me, all those who did not support the Corker treaty bill side with me, All those who oppose TPP/TPA side with me. All those who want wins and ot polished lawyerly speeches, accomplishing nothing side with em. All those who look for a leader, people actually follow and vote with sode with me.

    Please rebut each point, but do not use emotional opinion, use actual results and accomplishments leading to wins, changes in law, and enforcement of those changes.

  • AndRebecca

    What are you talking about now? H1B visas are for illegals? And Cruz was for TPP/TPA? And, you are some kind of non-lawyerly leader?

  • BenY

    Please get a clue. You asked about “informed” I informed you. TPP/TPA/Immigration legal/illegal affects US citizens and their ability to work.

    What do you mean lawyelyr laweyr? You people who have no factual response always go for the red herring. You have yet to dialogue on a factual point, and just throw out emotional taking points. Pick one issue and debate it.

    I may be wrong but I get the sense that your vote is based on religious affiliation. Your choice but………they have eyes and do not see, they have ears and do not hear.

  • AndRebecca

    You aren’t about debating anything. You’re a Leftist troll, and you apparently hate Cruz because he’s a Christian and you want everyone else to hate him, too. How can you stand yourself? Where’s the peace and love?

  • BenY

    And my proof stands. You are incapable,as ideologues, to present any position and debate it. You’re entire repertoire consists of ad hominem nonsense. ai;d suggest getting out of the game before total and complete embarrassment,. Anyway I’m done with your circular non substantive reasoning. Try when you mature a little.

  • AndRebecca

    Your proof of what? That you are a troll?

  • BenY

    You truly are incapable of comprehensions.Try to follow

    you said
    No informed voter would side with you. You aren’t informed.

    I gave you factual information. “informed”.
    Well now, “informed” really depends on the one defining the term. You must first give the premise of your definition. All those who oppose legal status for illegals side with me. all those hwo do not want to
    increase H1B visas by 500% side with me, all those who did not support the Corker treaty bill side with me, All those who oppose TPP/TPA side with me. All those who want wins and ot polished lawyerly speeches, accomplishing nothing side with em. All those who look for a leader, people actually follow and vote with side with me.

    You could not respond with any information. You were able to eek out a pathetic .what are you talking about

    You then said
    You aren’t about debating anything.

    That statement after not offering up one point to disprove any of my facts. You are totally uninformed, you parrot other uninformed talking points, without substance I might add, AND NO I don’t hate Cruz, I just don;t trust him. as to Hating him because he s a Christian, again false, simply show thay is the only reason you support him. since you haven’t a clue as to his record.Now run al9omg and vote Cruz, the chances of “informed’ voters electing him is slim.

  • Bill the Cat

    Be careful driving after you get that driving license!

    Have a nice day 🙂

  • AndRebecca

    I’m sure your atheist talking points websites tell you they are feeding you factual information. You don’t seem to know what Cruz is for or against. You are just a hate monger.

  • BenY

    My, my, hate monger? You truly are pathetic. You couldn’t raise a factual point in your defense if you tripped over it.
    You don’t seem to know what Cruz is for or against.

    I gave a list of them. I must assume you did not pass reading comprehension. BTW, give me your reasons for saying I’m an atheist. I think I know, but try anyway. If you can.

  • AndRebecca

    https://www.conservativereview.com/ You might try reading this before you claim to know anything about Ted Cruz.

  • AndRebecca

    Love your picture! It looks just like you. You have a nice day!

  • BenY

    LAST TIME. Try answering the facts I posted.

  • AndRebecca

    I just did answer your facts. The Conservative Review is one of the places where I get my facts. Look at their site and tell me what you think. I agree with them. Same facts.

  • Bill the Cat

    Be careful driving after you get that driving license!

    Have a nice day 🙂

  • BenY

    Finally! So all this time, while arguing against, you have actually agreed with me that Cruz is for:

    Not deporting illegals.
    Is for massive increase in H1B visas
    Co_Authored the Corker bill.
    Pushed for TPP and TPA., giving 0bongo more power over Congress.
    etc.

    No need to go further.

  • AndRebecca

    Being a drug addict is the new badge of adulthood?

  • AndRebecca

    Is that what you read on the CR site? Is that why they gave him a high score?

  • BenY

    OH MY! Scores are based on many non relevant issues, even lack of casting a vote, which doesn’t count. I don’t get my information from one site, no thinking person dies. If your capable, questionable, try these. They only scratch the surface, but, I am not doing all your homework. Especially if you cannot understand it.

    http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/04/2016-republican-presidential-hopefuls-advisors/

    http://newswithviews.com/Nelson/kelleigh200.htm

  • Bill the Cat

    🙂

  • AndRebecca

    You’ve have a lot of conspiracy theories going here linking Cruz with the Left. So, let’s take one and work on that. Obama, the pope, Mark Zuckerberg, and George Soros are for illegal immigration. Rand Paul is for open borders, whatever that means. Where did you find info on Cruz being for illegal immigration?

  • AndRebecca

    Who could have guessed?

  • BenY

    I’m getting really tired of your “conspiracy” “anti-christian” “uninformed” rhetoric, when it is you who hasn’t a clue.

    Last time I give you facts. Please do yout own vetting.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/08/ted_cruz_vs_donald_trump_whos_stronger_on_immigration.html

  • AndRebecca

    You’re the one with the conspiracies. Ted Cruz and the Left. Let me find the Ballotpedia site. American Thinker is doing a bit of mind reading in the piece you’ve sited. Facts, O.K.? The News With Views? The name says it all. Freedom Outpost article about Cruz not being a citizen? Really now. http://ballotpedia.org/Ted_Cruz

  • Erudite Mavin

    (This is from Freedom Works and bashes Marco Rubio for not getting on board the Criminal Justice Reform train. Good for Rubio for standing his ground)
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    When it comes to justice reform, Marco Rubio is stuck in the past

    Jason Pye, is the Director of Justice Reform at FreedomWorks. April 15, 2015

    When it comes to criminal justice reform, unfortunately Rubio seems stuck in the past

    Several Republicans who have already announced, including both Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), or are thought to be eyeing a run for president, have conceded that our justice system is in many ways unfair and in desperate need of an overhaul. Rubio, however, has criticized reform efforts.

    [R]eform,” Rubio wrote in October, “should not begin with careless weakening of drug laws that have done so much to help end the violence and mayhem that plagued American cities in prior decades.”

    Like others stuck in the 1980’s “tough on crime” mindset, Rubio appears to have been misinformed about who has been locked up under this big government, one-size-fits-all approach to sentencing. The U.S. Sentencing Commission notes that, in 2012, 53 percent of federal drug offenders had little or no prior criminal history. These are low-level, nonviolent offenders who do not belong in prison.

    Indeed, communities would be better served if nonviolent offenders, many of whom have families and loved ones who depend on them, were required to go through treatment rather than be subject to long prison sentences.

    And while Rubio believes that “tough on crime” laws have “done so much to help end the violence and mayhem that plagued American cities,” he is simply wrong.

  • Erudite Mavin

    Regardless what Singer’s son is, Rubio has stated several times he is against Gay marriage.

    His comment in part after the Supreme Court decision.

    “I believe that marriage, as the key to strong family life, is the most important institution in our society and should be between one man and one woman. People who disagree with the traditional definition of marriage have the right to change their state laws. That is the right of our people, not the right of the unelected judges or justices of the Supreme Court. This decision short-circuits the political process that has been underway on the state level for years.

    “While I disagree with this decision, we live in a republic and must abide by the law. As we look ahead, it must be a priority of the next president to nominate judges and justices committed to applying the Constitution as written and originally understood

  • Bill the Cat

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