Here’s all you need to know about Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz, winner of the Republican Texas Senate Primary.
Mitt Romney landed back in the States following his gaffe-prone jaunt across Britain, Israel and Poland to the news his party had selected in its Texas Senate Primary a Tea Partier so off the scale he makes regular conspiracists look sane.
1. Ted Cruz believes George Soros leads a United Nations conspiracy to eliminate golf:
In 1992, President George HW Bush joined the leaders of 177 other nations in endorsing a non-binding UN document known as Agenda 21. This 20-year-old document largely speaks at a very high level of generality about reducing poverty and building sustainable living environments.
Nevertheless, Cruz published an article on his campaign website claiming that this non-binding document is actually a nefarious plot to:
“Abolish ‘unsustainable’ environments, including golf courses, grazing pastures, and paved roads.”
To top it off, Cruz lays the blame for this global anti-golf conspiracy at the feet of a well-known Tea Party boogieman:
“The originator of this grand scheme is George Soros.”
2. Ted Cruz wants to gut social security:
In an interview with the Texas Tribune Cruz labeled social security a “ponzi scheme” and outlined a three-step plan to gut this essential programme. Cruz would raise the social security retirement age, cut future benefits, and implement a George W Bush-style plan to privatise much of the programme.
In other words, in addition to forcing them to work longer for fewer benefits, Cruz would place retirees at the mercy of a fickle stock market.
Had social security been privatised during the career of a worker who retired near the end of the Bush Administration, that worker would have retired with less money in their privatised account than they would have if they’d simply kept their money between their mattress and box spring.
3. Ted Cruz wants to party like it’s 1829:
The Constitution provides that Acts of Congress “shall be the supreme law of the land”, and thus cannot be nullified by rogue state lawmakers. Cruz, however, co-authored an unconstitutional proposal claiming two or more states could simply ignore the Constitution’s command and nullify the Affordable Care Act so long as they work together.
lthough the Constitution does permit states to join in “interstate compacts” that have the force of law, under the Constitution such compacts require the consent of Congress and can be vetoed by the President. Cruz falsely claimed that states do not need to meet these Constitutional requirements to undermine laws they don’t like.
4. Ted Cruz is an Islamophobe:
At a campaign event last month, Cruz touted another of the Tea Party’s favorite conspiracy theories, claiming:
“Sharia law is an enormous problem [in the United States].”
Although it is common for far right politicians to claim that American law is somehow being replaced with Islamic law, these claims have absolutely no basis in reality. Few American courts have ever even mentioned Sharia or Islamic law, and those that have generally only do so in contracts or similar cases where a party before the court agreed to be bound by Sharia law.
5. Ted Cruz campaigned on how he helped Texas kill a Mexican:
Cruz’s very first campaign ad encouraged GOP primary voters to support him because he helped make it easier for Texas to kill an “illegal alien”. According to the ad, “Cruz fought all the way to the Supreme Court” after “the UN and World Court overruled a Texas jury’s verdict to execute an illegal alien”.
In reality, the case Cruz won had nothing to do with whether Texas had the authority to kill this man. Rather, it concerned whether Texas could defy a treaty requiring it to inform foreign nationals who are arrested of their right “to request assistance from the consul of his own state”.
Even North Korea honoured this treaty that Cruz fought to undermine.
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Left Foot Forward hopes the Primary success of Cruz doesn’t give the likes of our own tin foil hatters Nadine Dorries and Aidan Burley any ideas – as, we’re pretty sure, does David Cameron.