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Satori Wolstenholme
Satori Wolstenholme

Location: USA

Specialization: Politics

Ted Cruz: A 'Trojan Horse' with an Appetite for Destruction

The upcoming U.S. elections scheduled to take place this November could prove to be the most interesting in recent history. 

The upcoming US elections scheduled to take place this November could prove to be the most interesting in recent history.  Although the United States has five separate political parties from which voters can choose from, the elections always result in a candidate being chosen from one of the two largest political parties, the Democratic Party (D) or the Republican Party (R). 

The field has now been narrowed to four final likely candidates for the presidency. On the Republican side, a close race is taking place between businessman Donald Trump and Junior Senator Ted Cruz from Texas.  On the Democratic side, popular support for Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont is running slightly ahead of the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, even while Hillary leads in the delegate count.

Democrat Bernie Sanders , a wildly-popular self-described democratic socialist and 30-year Senator from the state of Vermont, is one of the few public figures who can claim “honest money” and with a meager net worth of $460,000 (more than half of the 534 Congress members are millionaires) he has proven that he is committed to the people.  Throughout his unswerving political career, Bernie has demonstrated an unwillingness to bending under the pressure of big business,  offering exorbitant bribes to curry favor, which inevitably turns out poorly for everyday people.  Bernie also wants to “free the weed”, a move which helped propel Bernie to hero status among the college student voting base

Bernie's opponent on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton, is a career politician widely believed to be in bed with Wall Street and whose personal wealth is more than 40 times that of Bernie Sanders.  Mrs. Clinton's status as a multi-millionaire is a sore point for many voters, especially when she continues to feign empathy for the struggling middle-class households.  Directly contrary to the needs of the American people, Mrs. Clinton is well-known for taking money from corporations, who expect favors in return down the line.  Both Mrs. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have taken center stage in so many scandals during their professional history that they could have easily headlined Hollywood's National Enquirer for the last 30 years, and in fact often did.   

On the Republican side, recent rallies held by GOP forerunner Donald Trump are now packing stadiums in a city after city, usually housing audiences of 20,000 or more with constituents eagerly waiting lines which surround a whole city block.  Crowds gather and cheer for Trump, a man accused of racism but who has dutifully committed himself to securing the borders against undocumented immigrants who, through the southern states of California, Arizona and Texas, may be providing passage for cartel members, drug-runners, and criminals running from Mexican justice. 

With his business acumen, Trump promises to reduce the unemployment rate, which has now exceeded the number of unemployed during the Great Depression, by renegotiating many trade deals which the US has made with China and others, in addition to deporting millions of undocumented immigrants who have been preferentially hired over the US born and naturalized workers because of their willingness to work for less pay and in worse conditions.

Let's talk about the final character in the mix as the fourth possibility for the presidency - Ted Cruz.  In Ted Cruz we find an odd bird.  Frightening commonalities exist between Ted Cruz and Barack Obama.  They both share a stunning lack of actual, workable political experience; they both have been accused of having temper tantrums and narcissistic personalities, they both have controversies swirling around their birth certificates and their actual eligibility for the presidency. Neither one has been vocal or acknowledged the public outrage regarding the spiraling national debt, and both are openly committed to the United States' continued wars of conquest and wars of aggression.

For his undergraduate studies, Ted Cruz attended Princeton University in 1992 and then Harvard Law School in 1995.  After law school, Cruz worked as an attorney until there was a vacant seat in the Texas Senate.  Cruz entered the Senate race and in 2012, defeated opponent David Henry Dewhurst, and was elected a junior senator for the State of  Texas.  Then, with only a paltry three years of political experience, and no military or law enforcement experience at all, Cruz has thrown his hat into the ring for the presidency.

The next US President will have many serious problems to address; however many Americans would agree that the two biggest problems within the US today are the escalating national debt and the continued commitment by the DOD (Department of Defense) to interfere with the internal affairs of third-world countries as it continues to march on with its' unwelcome and self-appointed job as “policeman of the world.” 

Ted Cruz has enthusiastically endorsed the relentless dedication to building and buying new and better weapons of war, and the continued occupation of foreign nations.  If Cruz is elected President, contrary to common sense and the will of the people, the US will continue to interfere in those countries, like Iraq and Iran, where strategic resources like oil are abundant. The US policy has been to steal these precious resources for use or resale by the US.  If this situation doesn't change, defense spending will continue indefinitely, and this continued worldwide abuse, which is America's legacy, will inevitably lead to WWIII.

A nation's money pot and its military are inextricably connected.  With the US dollar poised to unravel in light of the rocketing national debt, eyes are now on the DOD to slash its budget since a whopping 22% of federal taxes go towards defense spending.  Inside America, the ranks of groups such as Peace Action, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans for Peace, along with hundreds of others, are echoing the same call as the rest of the world for the US to lay down its arms and stop all military conflicts immediately. Pressure is mounting inside the US to withdraw its military forces from the more than 761 military bases around the world, and bring those soldiers home to defend the country's porous borders, or use the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild the now crumbling or obsolete critical infrastructure.  Once a stop-gap to the military coffer is in effect, the focus can turn towards fixing the internal problems related to the national budget.

How does a man who has never worked a minimum wage job relate to the people of a nation where nearly 20% of the population are without enough food?   Ted Cruz claims his immigrant father arrived from Cuba with only a single $100 bill sewn into his underwear and took a job washing dishes for 50 cents as an hour.  But he personally was born into money. Cruz was the only child to his father, a competent oil man, and his mother, a computer programmer, who were able to provide Cruz a clear path to his Ivy League education.

Ted Cruz's wife, Heidi Cruz, is currently on sabbatical from her position as an investment manager at Goldman Sachs, and met her husband during the Bush 2000 Presidential campaign.  After 14 years of marriage, the two report a net worth of $3.5 million. Ted and Heidi Cruz, who grew up in households where want and hunger were absent, now pitch themselves as ready to lead a country with nearly 47 million people living in poverty.

With only three years in office as the Junior Senator from the State of Texas, Ted Cruz faces an angry nation that is positioned for a major currency devaluation, as the national debt approaches $20 trillion

Societal unrest is anticipated within the US as the economy goes into meltdown. It is a question of when, and not if. In preparation for complete societal breakdown and total economic chaos, the federal government has continued to militarize police departments with SWAT teams equipped with MRAP vehicles, silencers, grenade launchers and machine guns and they prepare for martial law.

One has to surmise that a President with no military experience, no law enforcement background, and whose peers complain has poor negotiating skills, could only flounder when city streets deteriorate into war zones.

There are many examples of Ted Cruz acting without regard for prudence or integrity.  Ted Cruz issued a public apology when one of his staffers stated that Dr. Ben Carson had planned to drop out of the Presidential race, a maneuver which would have gotten Dr. Carson's voters to swing over to the Cruz camp.  In the state of Iowa, Cruz's constituents were accused of distributing yellow “voting violations flyers,” in an effort to energize panicked voters to the polls.  GOP competitor Marco Rubio similarly accused Cruz of spreading rumors he was about to drop out of the race for the presidency.  A SuperPac supporting Ted Cruz is also about to begin television ads which attack Donald Trump, since Cruz’s public record is not sufficiently strong for him to rise to the office of president.

Perhaps most frightening is that Ted Cruz has been accused many times of having major character flaws.  Cruz arrogantly demanded that opponent Marco Rubio resign, and ridiculed Jeb Bush after his numbers had fallenOn video, Cruz was thumped by a Fox host for throwing a temper tantrumColleagues associated with Cruz both in the Texas Senate and in Washington have collectively opined that Cruz is difficult to work with, tends to be single-minded, stubborn and has publicly promised he will not compromise on issues.  Even one of his colleagues at college, Erik Leitch, said, “the only point of Ted talking to you was to impress you of the rightness of his views” and that he remembers Ted as someone who wanted to “argue over everything and argue over nothing.”

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