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The really interesting thing about the Junior Senator from Texas is the fact that he demonstrates that anyone who wants it badly enough can become president. It is, of course, something for which there is a precedent, when voters elected an inexperienced and largely unknown Barack Obama. Cruz shares Obama’s lack of preparation for the highest office while he is also something of a throwback to fellow Texan George W. Bush’s tradition of anti-intellectualism and lack of curiosity about how the rest of the world interacts with the United States. This is particularly unfortunate as Cruz, a conventional Republican conservative on all social issues, ironically has chosen to identify differences in foreign policy to distinguish himself from the rest of the Republican pack.

Cruz might rightly be seen by some as a nightmarish incarnation of a narrow minded conservative Christian vision of what the United States is all about, aggressively embracing a world view based on ignorance coupled with the license granted by God endowed “American exceptionalism” from sea to shining sea. His father is an Evangelical preacher and the son has successfully absorbed much of both the blinkered notions of right and wrong as well as the Elmer Gantry style, but that is not to suggest that he is stupid. By all accounts Cruz, a graduate of Princeton and of Harvard Law School, is extremely intelligent and by some accounts endowed with both extraordinary cunning and ambition. He is possessed of excellent political instincts when it comes to appealing to the constituencies in the GOP that he believes to be essential to his success.

Washington has seen presidents who were truly religious in the past but it has rarely experienced the Cruz mixture of demagoguery combined with a Biblically infused sense of righteousness which admits to no error. His Manichean sense of good and evil is constantly on display, but he is most on fire when he is speaking to his fellow conservative Christians, most recently at the gathering of the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Iowa. Cruz was one of a number of GOP speakers, which included potential presidential hopefuls Bobby Jindal and Paul Ryan, who were received tepidly while Cruz was greeted with cheering and a standing ovation before launching into his most recent theme, blaming the White House for not pressuring foreign governments to protect their Christian minorities. The enthusiastic reception was not surprising as Cruz is, after all, the “real thing” speaking “their language” fluently and the Evangelicals know it.

Cruz is intelligent enough to realize that what he is peddling is a type of narrative designed to make himself electable. What he actually believes is somewhat irrelevant except that if he is an actual zealot he might well be immune to viewpoints that run counter to his biases, dangerous in a president. A year ago Cruz grandstanded in leading the GOP dissidents’ attempt to shut down the government over the issue of Obamacare, a move that the party leadership regarded as a major “tactical error.” He was widely condemned for his performance in the media and within his own party but he made points with the constituency he was courting, the Tea Partiers.

The disturbing thing about Cruz is that his foreign policy statements are awash in what must be a willful disregard of reality, but, as with the threatened government shutdown, he apparently knows what will sell with the Bible thumping America first crowd that he is primarily targeting. His latest leitmotif which he has been hammering relentlessly is the worldwide persecution of Christians, with the clear implication that it is uniquely a Muslim problem. It is also a line that is being pursued by the Israeli government and American Jewish groups, that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is somehow a protector of Christianity. He opposes negotiations with Iran, for example, because a Christian pastor is in prison there. That several other Americans are also being held by the government in Tehran, including a former US Marine, appears to be of secondary importance and US broader regional interests do not enter into the discussion at all.

As part of his strategy to outflank his competition in the GOP, Cruz is shameless in his promotion of Israel and its interests. He did so recently by telling an audience of beleaguered Middle Eastern Christians that they had “no greater ally than Israel,” a statement so palpably out of sync with the actual experiences of those in the audience that he was booed of the stage. His response: “Those who hate Israel hate America.” Countering conservative critics of his performance Cruz subsequently wrote that “…the only time at least some of these writers seem to care about persecuted Christians is when it furthers an anti-Israel narrative for them.”

Cruz will, of course, finds Israel haters wherever he looks as it constitutes a convenient way to dismiss critics without affording them a hearing. He will never concede that Israel discriminates against its Christian minority in spite of the considerable evidence that it does so. That Israel chooses to describe itself as a Jewish State, a designation that Cruz enthusiastically supports, does not ring any bells for him though he is quick to pounce on Iran for calling itself the Islamic Republic.

This willful blindness derives from the fact that Israel is central to Cruz’s foreign policy thinking. He has visited the country three times since becoming Senator. In Des Moines last week he spoke about Israel and he has referred to it from the Senate floor literally thousands of times, according to the Congressional Record. His private Senate office features a large framed photo of himself with Netanyahu. Nearly every speech Cruz makes sooner or later comes around to the issue of “standing for Israel” even when there is no logical reason to make that connection. At the recent Values Voters Summit in Washington he brought the cheering crowd to its feet by shouting “We stand for life. We stand for marriage. We stand for Israel.”

To be sure, part of the Cruz strategy comes from his recognition that no Republican can become a presidential candidate without the endorsement of Israel’s supporters. Cruz has met privately with the leaders of Jewish organizations, including Bill Kristol, editor of the neocon Weekly Standard and founder or board member of the multitude of pro-Israel alphabet soup organizations that seem to spring up spontaneously. The Weekly Standard has, not surprisingly, promoted the Cruz candidacy. Cruz also has his eye on Jewish money. He is seeking the support of Las Vegas casino mega-billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who could single handedly fund his campaign if he should choose to do so, as well as with other potential donors.

Cruz, who apparently believes he has learned something from the Vietnam and Iraq fiascos, describes his foreign policy in simple terms: have a clearly defined objective, use overwhelming force, and then get out. If viewed at face value, the formula is an antidote for prolonged and unsuccessful nation building, which would be good, but it has to be taken in the context of Cruz’s other pronouncements. He describes the world as being “on fire” and his rhetoric is uniformly belligerent. He sees “overwhelming” military intervention by the US as a God given right whenever the policy makers in Washington feel threatened and he also regards the military option as a first resort without any regard for what is going on in the country that is the target. Making a mess and leaving it is a recipe for international anarchy.

In a recent speech Cruz denounced the Administration for talking with Iranian representatives at the opening of the UN General Assembly in New York. He characterized the event as “swilling chardonnay with the Iranian government.” That the United States has very compelling interests to be working with Iran both on ISIS and on nuclear proliferation apparently escaped Cruz’s grasp, so he was left with little more than a cheap shot joke to explain his unwilling to negotiate with a government that he and Israel have repeatedly demonized.

Regarding Russia, Cruz has called for an expansion of NATO and more sanctions without any explanation of what the strategy might be or any curiosity about where increasing pressure on Moscow might lead. As a Cuban American he is inevitably hostile towards the government in Havana. Regarding Iran, Cruz supports harsher sanctions even though it would mean an end to negotiations over that country’s nuclear program.

Cruz’s foreign policy vision has been reported to be finding a “sweet spot” between the nation building of the Democrats and the reflexive belligerency of some Republican Senators like John McCain and Lindsey Graham who have not apparently realized that the country is weary of war. In reality however, Cruz veers strongly towards McCain-like solutions, accepting military interventions while eschewing the occupation and rebuilding bits only because they are too expensive and prone to misadventure to entertain. Sadly, like other GOP hawks, Cruz does not recognize that Washington has caused many if not most international problems, that foreign nations actually have interests that should be respected or at least considered, that military solutions are rarely sustainable, and that inextricably linking the United States to a rogue nation like Israel might not actually be good policy. But such considerations count for little when a man with a mission is on his way to become President of the United States.

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  1. Don Nash says: • Website

    Teddy is Canadian. The goof was born there. Teddy panders simply to rejoice in the sound of his own voice.
    Run Jeb, run…

  2. rod1963 says:

    Lets talk about what really goes on namely Cruz is bought lock stock and barrel by the Neo-Cons and Wall Street like everyone else from Saint Hillary and her lecherous deviant of a husband to Obama. They all do tricks for the wealthy and powerful.

    For all intents all we are left with is choosing which demon/puppet to screw us over.

    • Replies: @Epaminondas
  3. Only a Baptist could speak in terms of “Swilling chardonnay.” This statement lends credence to the rumor that Cruz actually graduated from Princeton without taking a single drink. Disgraceful! Princeton used to turn out gentlemen, now….?

    The frightening thing here is that most of the GOP field are little better than Cruz. It’s as if adults no longer enter GOP politics. GOP campaign consultants must have polled words like prudence, stewardship and resolve, and found them unfit for use on the modern American public. Only the language of comic book super-heros will do it seems.

    At least Democrats are open about their resentment of distinction and hunger for others money. They play openly to our lowest impulses. But Republican politicians have the additional burden of disguising their frauds in the language of patriotism and “standing with” allies.

    I suspect that this will all end in tears before long. After both sides succeed in replacing our population and bankrupting our economy, the game will change.

  4. Another terrific examination by Philip Geraldi. This article reminds us that Washington has become a cesspool of corruption and that our nation has become a destructive force on the world stage. What to do?

    Step one: we must free ourselves from Israeli domination.

    Step two: we must respect the sovereignty of all nations and eschew all aggressive wars.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Gypsy
  5. chris says:

    to kno, kno, know him is to lo, lo, loath him

  6. Quercus says:

    Silly fools. I would bet Cruz couldn’t give a damn less about Israel or Jews, but he will take the ugly toad Adelson’s money to further his towering political ambitions. When I saw his little performance with Palin at the World War II memorial, I recognized the fetid smell of a political poseur.

    • Replies: @Epaminondas
    , @Realist
  7. This willful blindness derives from the fact that Israel is central to Cruz’s foreign policy thinking. He has visited the country three times since becoming Senator.

    If he’s a sincere Evangelical Christian, the modern Israeli state is a Divinely-ordained entity as opposed to just another state in a world of states. “Israel” covers a whole host of sins to such a worldview.

  8. War for Blair Mountain [AKA "Bill Blizzard and his Men"] says:

    Ted Cruz=blind obedience to the state of Israel+the Mega Coporations=extinction of the Human Species in thermonuclear warfare.

    Giraldi…you single out White Conservative Christians as if they were the only socially and conservative people on the Planet. Reality check:the majority nonwhite Democratic Party Voting Block is socially and culturally very conservative waiting in the wings to hoist the White Liberal Democrats overboard when the time is right. Apparently, this already happening in Minnesota where the Conservative Muslim Somalians are flexing their poltical muscles big time.

    And no…I don’t respect Cruz’s intelligence because he is Ivy League certified to serve Mega Corprate Ceos.

    Ted Cruz is an example why Hispanic legal immigration is one the worse things that ever happened to America. No Ted Cruz senior in America…no Ted Cruz in America 2014… Miami still English speaking and Anglo 2014….

    Ted Cuz is one mighty repellant creature….Hell spawned!!!

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @jinx77
  9. War for Blair Mountain [AKA "Bill Blizzard and his Men"] says:

    The US Political System selects for violent murderous psychopaths. We can’t clever-policy-wonk ourselves out of this Hellish Dystopia…we really can’t.

  10. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    We’re told over and over again by many sources how people like Cruz or Hillary are extremely intelligent and knowledgable. So where is it, how is it expressed? What have they actually done or said that would demonstrate that? I don’t care what name-brand schools he or the others have gone to; there is something narrow and deficient about this person. Conflating Israel and the US as he does seems almost cult-like. His outlook upon the world is two-dimensional, good vs bad, which is a sure-fire recipe for yet greater blunders and foreign fiascos of which we’ve had far too many as is.

  11. @Don Nash

    Jeb Bush? Seriously? You want us going back in the direction of Pappy & Co.? (Shudder.)

  12. @Quercus

    If I thought you were right, Quercus, I would vote for Cruz in a heartbeat.

    • Replies: @Quercus
  13. noizpots says:

    Ted Cruz reminds me of a lizard in a three piece suit, outwardly refined, but underneath slippery, slithering and sanctimonious… “Only a Baptist could speak in terms of “Swilling chardonnay.” This statement lends credence to the rumor that Cruz actually graduated from Princeton without taking a single drink. Disgraceful!” As a chardonnay sipping Baptist (we don’t “swill” anything but iced tea) I refuse to submit to the hypocrisy that we are all teetotalers… but then again I’m not kowtowing to the Z-firster crowd like Ted… it is amazing that someone with an Ivy league education could turn out to be such a blabbering bastion of buffoonery. I bet he tipples in private, too (not that there’s anything wrong with that). But there sure as hell is a lot wrong with his politics. And to think this is the state that also produced Ron Paul. Tragic.

  14. Mr. Anon says:

    Cruz was born in Canada, to a cuban father. He is not a natural-born American citizen. He is quite evidently and blatantly not a natural-born citizen – he was not even born on US territory. He has even less claim to that qualification than does Barack Obama, whose own qualifications for the office of the Presidency were much disputed. The fact that people who believe themselves to be conservative favor this man for President only shows that they are self-deluded, or that they are hypocrites.

    Cruz is just the latest neo-con stooge shoved at us by the Ghelfs (or is it the Ghibelines?) and the Blues (or is it the Greens?). That FOX News is pushing him hard should be evidence enough that he is bad news. And Cruz’s wife – guess who she works for? Goldman-Sachs. So we can be assured that Cruz will be properaly representing the interests of the people he really works for.

    • Replies: @Philip Giraldi
  15. @Mr. Anon

    Mr. Anon – Cruz apologists believe that as his mother was an American citizen he meets the constitutional requirement that he be a natural born citizen and thus qualified for the presidency. I am skeptical of that interpretation.

    Anonymous – If you can stand listening to a Cruz speech you will likely agree with me that he is intelligent. But I am not suggesting for a moment that his intelligence translates into any desirable qualities. Hillary is also intelligent but, like Cruz, there is something quite wrong about her in terms of her ethics and worldview.

  16. Realist says:
    @War for Blair Mountain

    What you say is true. But this is what Democracy produces. Who ever wins will be terrible.

  17. Realist says:

    ” I would bet Cruz couldn’t give a damn less about Israel or Jews, but he will take the ugly toad Adelson’s money to further his towering political ambitions.”
    And forfeit reelection? Not a chance.

  18. The Grate Deign [AKA "Bro. Steve"] says:

    It’s always surprising how many writers and commenters speak of a man being a Christian as if it were self-evidently bad. It’s one of the received PeeCee opinions of the day, so it’s all the more disappointing to find it remaining unquestioned here, a web site where challenging the mainstream is supposedly what it’s all about.

    And no, I’m not a member of the GOP. And no, I don’t live in Texas and have never supported Cruz for anything.

    • Replies: @Philip Giraldi
  19. @The Grate Deign

    Steve – Many folks who believe as Cruz does strongly self-identify as Christians even if they have somewhat forgotten about the message of the Sermon on the Mount. What am I supposed to call them?

  20. The question of intelligence is overwrought where common sense is overwhelmed by lack of sanity. In this regard, Hillary & Ted Cruz would appear to be equally lunatics:

    “Doug Coe is a unique presence in Washington: a genuinely loving spiritual mentor and guide to anyone, regardless of party or faith, who wants to deepen his or her relationship with God” -Hillary Clinton

    “You know Jesus said ‘You got to put Him before mother-father-brother sister? Hitler, Lenin, Mao, that’s what they taught the kids. Mao even had the kids killing their own mother and father. But it wasn’t murder. It was for building the new nation. The new kingdom” -Doug Coe

    Recalling Clinton & Cruz, both, are ‘Israel first’ … the Christian Taliban running the Pentagon would probably be happy to take either one as ‘Commander-in-chief-for-Jesus’ (I’d like to see someone with Phil’s background that issue on)

    Insofar as the Israelis chumming and milking either personality for knee-jerk support, it only goes to show Thorazine should be dispensed all around:

    ^ “God’s chosen is [worse than] a dumb idea”

  21. TomB says:

    Strikes me that you always have to put what politicians say into as specific a context as possible, both substantively and temporally.

    I.e., in most cases pay little to no attention to what they are saying in terms of what it supposedly means they truly believe. As hard as it is to believe, despite not only the logic of it showing otherwise but 200+ years of history, saying what they truly believe is just simply *not* the business they are in.

    So what context is Cruz in? Well of course running for a nomination. Against who most likely as it appears now? In my view Jeb Bush.

    Ergo, his intentions here are obvious: With re: The Bush boy’s seeming identification with the religious fundamentalists, out bottom-trawl them with that constituency ferociously.

    With re: The Bush boys identification with Israel, out bottom-trawl them with *that* constituency.

    And then, lastly, because Jeb’s most prominent piece of trouble nomination-wise is his stance on immigrants, take advantage of same to appear tougher on that, but also take advantage of same to obviously not really mean it so as to try to get at least some hispanic votes.

    And this is just similar to judging a politicians’ *smartness.* It must be done in context, and hence here’s how Cruz’s intelligence is showing: He does a *smarter* job bottom-trawling than the Bushes.

  22. Realist says:

    “By all accounts Cruz, a graduate of Princeton and of Harvard Law School, is extremely intelligent and by some accounts endowed with both extraordinary cunning and ambition.”

    I agree with the ….’cunning and ambition’ part’. but I would like an account of his intellibence. Graduating from an Ivy League school is not proof of intelligence.

  23. @Philip Giraldi


    What are you supposed to call them? Why not just identify Christians as Christians?

    But when you use phrases such as “Bible thumping,” “blinkered notions of right and wrong,” make connections with Elmer Gantry, and label people as admitting to no error, something else is going on.

    Freshman Comp 101: Establish your purpose in writing. If you were trying to persuade people who can think for themselves that Ted Cruz would be a poor president, then the article needs a lot of work. But if you were just trying to show all the cool PeeCee kids that you are prepared to despise whomever they despise, you got it about right.

    • Replies: @Macroman
    , @Gypsy
  24. Rich says:

    Ted Cruz was born in Canada, he is not eligible to be President of the US. It’s that simple.

    • Replies: @Quercus
  25. Lancaster’s Elmer Gantry was a more sympathetic figure: led astray by a woman, repentant at the end.

    As an evangelical, I’m not taken in by Mr. Cruz’ demagoguery. One function of real spirituality is to speak truth to power, not to tell lies in pursuit of power.

    In a nation where a considerable number do take Christianity seriously, it’s abusive for a politician to cynically take advantage and use religion to deceive them for his own ambition.

  26. Was the comment “swilling chardonnay with the Iranian government.” an irony from Ted Cruz? I doubt that the official representatives of the Islamic Republic drink alcohol.

    • Replies: @Sam Haysom
  27. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Mark Green

    We don’t need a GREEN EGGS AND HAM PRESIDENT!!!!

  28. @Pseudonymic Handle

    Then you’d be surprised. Not as surprised as you would be by the Saudi royal families bar tab but pretty surprised. Are you always so naive?

  29. @Philip Giraldi

    You called them bible-thumpers. But please regale us with how important the Sermon on the Mount is to you personally. If Philip Giraldi and Ron Paul ever quoted the Bible during moments they weren’t making a foreign policy argument I’d be really impressed. But they never do.

    • Replies: @Macroman
  30. Quercus says:

    I’m afraid it is not that simple. My husband and his first wife, Americans both, we’re living and working in Spain, when their daughter was born. His daughter is an American citizen and has the passport to prove it. Her passport says she was born in Madrid.

  31. War for Blair Mountain [AKA "Bill Blizzard and his Men"] says:
    @Fran Macadam

    Not to be mean Comrade…but…”speaking truth to power”…is an utterly vapid and stupid statement. As if Hilary Clinton and other War Criminals cared about the truth. The War Criminals are not our audinece…our fellow Americans are.

    White leftists and White Liberals are always trashing the Bible Thumbers while at the same time they are enthusiasts for importing Koran Thumping Muslims. Well, how did that work out for Barbara Kahn in Minnesota when she lost to an ultra conservative Somalian Koran Thumping legal immigrant. White Leftists and White Liberals are mentally insane. The joke will be on Lorne Michaels and his Harvard Lampoon trained comedy writers for SNL.

    • Replies: @Kevin O'Keeffe
  32. jinx77 says:


    teddy is un-electable at the national level….he is not pretty and is always ornery looking…

    texasan maybe dumb enough for him but the rest of us are wise to his stupidity…..

    just because you go to pricneton and harvard doesnt make you #1

  33. jinx77 says:
    @War for Blair Mountain

    Apparently, this already happening in Minnesota where the Conservative Muslim Somalians are flexing their poltical muscles big time.

    what are you talking about….the somalians are active and they should be….but political muscle big time…..NOT

  34. Pete says:

    Wonder where Mr. Cruz found an Evangelical Church to attend Sunday, (or is it Saturday) services in Tel-Aviv. In Bibi’s closet, perhaps? I would like attend on my next trip.

  35. moi says:

    Proves that you can attend the best schools and still come out a bigoted nut-job. Is there a more pathetic group of people than our Congress–it’s a rhetorical question…

  36. Macroman says:
    @Bro. Steve

    Aww c’mon. Giraldi is an editorial columnist, not a college freshman. And how ironic to complain about a lack of adherence to your standards of political correctness that, you assert, is meant to satisfy the “cool PeeCee kids!”

    Substantively, anyway, there is a legitimate need to distinguish Cruz as a particularly extremist Christian.

  37. Macroman says:
    @Sam Haysom

    Phil is not saying the Sermon on the Mount is important to him personally. He’s saying it is not personally important to the “bible-thumping” Ted Cruz.

    • Replies: @Sam Haysom
  38. Ted Cruz is indeed intelligent. He is, however, a bald faced opportunist whose actions are guided by ambition, not principles, nor morals, nor ethics.

  39. “Not to be mean Comrade…but…’speaking truth to power’…is an utterly vapid and stupid statement.”

    Speaking truth to power is what the truly spiritual do… at least those who aren’t serving the “dark side” (to quote Mr. Cheney).

    As for Phil Giraldi and the Sermon on the Mount – he at least knows what it says, and is doing his best to speak truth to power, rather than harbor power ambitions for dominance over others.

    In my books, that puts Phil a lot closer to God than the deceivers, regardless of their self-identification, who try to wrap a religion around themselves, but don’t follow it.

  40. The “intelligence vs insanity” argument is irrelevant. All these people are just front people for the people who really run the country, i.e., the banks, the military-industrial-security “deep state”, the oil companies, and every other big corporation. It’s all about the MONEY. – power and oil just translate back to money – and money re-translates back to power.

    Human beings are chimpanzees. They run on primate hierarchical psychology. It’s alphas and betas all the way down. Alphas go for the real power – the money – and hire psychos like this Cruz nut and corrupt greedy pinched-mouth bitches like Hillary as front people. Because those are the kind of people the betas – the rest of you – follow like lemmings.

    Face it. America – indeed, most of the world – is doomed. Nothing will change until one of two things happens: 1) the US falls economically to the level of the Third World, and/or 2) the US suffers a major military defeat. And by defeat, I don’t mean withdrawal from some failed conflict – I mean a major loss of its military assets.

    People can complain all they want every four years about who the Presidential candidate is – but it’s completely irrelevant. Until we take out the psychos behind the psychos being run as candidates, nothing will change.

    The first step should be to support Lawrence Lessig in getting candidates run who guarantee they will get a law passed prohibiting all corporate campaign contributions and all special interest lobbying in Congress. But it will probably take decades to get enough people elected in Congress to actually overthrow that system…by then, the US will be kaput.

    Good luck with that…

  41. War for Blair Mountain [AKA "Bill Blizzard and his Men"] says:
    @Fran Macadam

    Dear Comrade

    What truth do you think you woud be revealing to Hillary Clinton that she already doesn’t understand or know? She already knows the facts about the misery and suffering that she and her husband have inflicted on the Serbian Civilian Population.. The Iraqi Civilian Population…Afghani Cicivilian Population…The Libyan Civilian Population…The Syrian Civilian Population. To the psychpaths Hillary Clinton, and her serial rapist Husband, the new and orignal truth information content of speaking truth to power=0. So it is a waste of time…and has 0 consequences for the victims of the Clintons’s War Crimes. It’s like speaking truth to power to notorious serial killer Ted Bundy.

    The Clintons’ shoudn’t be our audience…the people who could pack them of to stand trial for Crimes against Humanity should be your target audience…these are of course the American People who have a moral concience. The Clintons’ have 0 moral concience.

    So I stand by me claim that the staement:”Speaking Truth” to power is a vapid and vacous feel good statement

  42. “So I stand by me claim”

    Publicly speaking truth to power upsets the powerful so much that they do everything they can to shut up and discredit those doing the speaking. Up to and including harassment, career loss, jail, exile and even death.

    The powerful don’t appreciate being forced into a public dialog where they feel compelled to justify themselves to the public, because the truth is just too dangerous and convincing versus the lies they depend upon to receive public assent.

  43. Many an ambitious, selfish, clever, and cunning individual is spiritually blind and lacks a moral compass. Ambition, a clever mind, and animal cunning are no substitute for spiritual insight. These four quotes from the text that was early on referred to as “the President’s book” seem applicable:

    (52:6.6) 4. Political wisdom. Emotional maturity is essential to self-control. Only emotional maturity will insure the substitution of international techniques of civilized adjudication for the barbarous arbitrament of war. Wise statesmen will sometime work for the welfare of humanity even while they strive to promote the interest of their national or racial groups. Selfish political sagacity is ultimately suicidal—destructive of all those enduring qualities which insure planetary group survival.

    (71:6.1) Present-day profit-motivated economics is doomed unless profit motives can be augmented by service motives. Ruthless competition based on narrow-minded self-interest is ultimately destructive of even those things which it seeks to maintain. Exclusive and self-serving profit motivation is incompatible with Christian ideals—much more incompatible with the teachings of Jesus.

    (132:2.4) The spiritually blind individual who logically follows scientific dictation, social usage, and religious dogma stands in grave danger of sacrificing his moral freedom and losing his spiritual liberty. Such a soul is destined to become an intellectual parrot, a social automaton, and a slave to religious authority.

    (134:5.4) This rule of the Most Highs in the kingdoms of men is not for the especial benefit of any especially favored group of mortals. There is no such thing as a “chosen people.” The rule of the Most Highs, the overcontrollers of political evolution, is a rule designed to foster the greatest good to the greatest number of all men and for the greatest length of time.

  44. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Being African American I wonder why so much hate for ones Motherland. Cubans who want a better existence for family back home should know by now what they first supported sanctions have not worked common logic says work within the government there and not against it, that’s what we as American Firsters did to get to this better day for African Americans. This is one guided Cruz missile that will self explode, the Ted.

  45. @Macroman

    Then it’s an even sillier argument than I assumed. No one is required to emphasize the element of their philopshy which helps Philip Giraldi score debating points. Especially as Giraldi is a completrly unhinged loon when it comes to Christians because he is bitter over the influence evangelicals exercise in politics. It’s not Ted Cruz’s fault that isolationist just remind everyone of their crazy uncle and both parties treat them like an Ebola carrier. Thems the breaks.

  46. @War for Blair Mountain

    “Well, how did that work out for Barbara Kahn in Minnesota when she lost to an ultra conservative Somalian Koran Thumping legal immigrant. ”

    Actually, her name is Phyllis Kahn, and she was renominated in the Democratic primary with just a hair over 60 percent of the vote. It was a strong challenge to an incumbent legislator in her own primary, but she did not come particularly close to being defeated.

  47. I would also point out that powerful people who abuse their positions of trust surround themselves with sycophants, flatterers and yes-men. Private or publicly, they are angered when someone has the temerity to tell them the truth. But everyone in power has the same temptations, even those who didn’t intend to abuse it. Some of them do recognize that they need to listen to dissenters, to maintain a semblance of sanity and accountability. The courage to speak the truth to the powerful is essential to good governance, both publicly and privately. Unless enough have it, the courageous truth-tellers end up being banished, some as far as exile in Moscow – or unjustly tortured and imprisoned. And the entire polity of a nation is thereby degraded.

  48. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Thanks for your reply to my original comment (#11). I double-checked on Youtube some of his interviews and speeches, including the one where he was booed off the stage, to see if my original perceptions were what I might still consider to be accurate. After that I feel I was too kind about him. In interviews he doesn’t seem to be any more knowledgeable than the average person who reads newspapers. He relies upon formula rather than thinking things through. He does about as well as the average high school teacher might do in an interview. I see what you mean when you write about being able to “stand listening” to him. His attempts at timing and delivery are excruciatingly wooden. As a personality he appears to be very rigid. He’s categorically against any discussions with Iran. But the Israelis themselves weren’t above selling the Iranians weapons and spare parts during the Iran-contra days. As an inspirational speaker in front of an evangelical congregation he’s ok. His performance at the IDC, though, made him look like something of a crackpot.

  49. I voted for Ted Cruz but regret it now. He appeared to be a quasi-Rand Paul type in the primary and general election. Of course, he just did that to get elected. It didn’t take him long to turn hard right into the neocon fold. Hell, I can go to a National Review Evening with Ted Cruz AND John Bolton. Wow!

  50. Karl says:

    >> Wonder where Mr. Cruz found an Evangelical Church to attend Sunday, (or is it Saturday) services in Tel-Aviv

    Congregation Tiferet Yeshua, if my memory serves. There’s lots of Christian churches in TelAviv.

    The IDF is now getting ready to do its ==fourth== re-print of the New Testament in Hebrew, to give to individual Christian draftees at swearing-in. The Koran is given to Muslim draftees. Plenty of those, by the way.

    Christ on a crutch, you folks REALLY don’t know much about Israel….

  51. Gypsy says:
    @Mark Green

    Great start, Mark. But we’ve left a couple of options off the table:
    (a) A military coup, and
    (b) An armed revolution by U.S. citizens.

  52. Gypsy says:
    @Bro. Steve

    Bro Steve:
    There are christians, then there are “christians”.
    There are Lutherans, then there are evangelicals.
    There are Catholics, then there are evangelicals.
    There are Methodists, then there are…well, you get the idea.
    And Philip is completely correct in referring to evangelicals such as Cruz as bible-thumpers and Elmer Gantry wannabes. There are no more disgusting people on the face of this earth than those who believe the Palestinians need to be marginalized, murdered and deprived of the ability to form their own destinies in order that a stupid fairy tale that somehow involves the quasi nation of “Israel” in the quest for a second coming be fulfilled. I mean, seriously; the “rapture”, et al? It’s like a mental illness. (Can you tell I’m not christian? Good job!)
    Only an evangelical might surmise that Philip’s article “needs a lot of work” in order to point out that Cruz would be the most disastrous president imaginable. Americans are indeed a stupid lot, but, fingers crossed, we’re not THAT stupid. (Of course we’re speaking of a nation that elected George W. Bush, so I won’t bet the farm it’d never happen.)
    In that mind-numbing case: is there anyone out there willing to part with an Irish or Icelandic passport?
    GREAT article as always, Philip!

  53. @Anonymous

    We were also told we must marvel at another Harvard man’s intelligence, but I have yet to see any indication of it in Barry. He’s just a mediocrity that seems less intellectually curious than most people I know.

    • Replies: @Thomas O. Meehan
  54. @Don Nash

    Jeb “illegal immigration is an act of love” Bush? THAT Jeb? If Teddy and Jeb are the frontrunners, then I’d rather have a third Obama term!

  55. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Not a bible thumper but a bible twister. Dispensationalism is as toxic about the end of time as evolution is about the beginning of time. By their fruit you will know them. – Jesus Christ

  56. @Semi-employed White Guy

    Just to be precise, Obama is a Columbia man. And he didn’t even get his whole undergraduate education there. He got a law degree from Harvard. And quite a sheep-dip it was.

  57. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    “Cruz shares Obama’s lack of preparation for the highest office while he is also something of a throwback to fellow Texan George W. Bush’s tradition of anti-intellectualism and lack of curiosity about how the rest of the world interacts with the United States. ”

    More paleo-comn horse-shit absorbed from the liberal media. The same media that adores Obama’s trouncing of our allies and his supplication of America’s enemies.

    Amazing how some so called conservatives align themselves WITH JIHAD.

  58. @Philip Giraldi

    do unto Christianity what US foreign policy propagandists have done unto Islam:

    Cruz-style Christians are “Christianists.”

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