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Behind the Nasty Ted Cruz

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    I've grown a bit weary of listening to Ted Cruz and his contemptuous demeanor in ridiculing ObamaCare and calling for a shutdown of the government unless it's defunded. And then I read about his father, Pastor Rafael Cruz, giving an equally contemptuous speech in Iowa at the same function that Ted Cruz was speaking at. And that got me checking into Rafael Cruz's background.

    Rafael Cruz obtained a path out of Cuba in 1957 by being admitted to the University of Texas; with that admission he was able to obtain a four-year student visa at the U.S. Consulate in Havana.

    However, Rafael Cruz also needed an exit visa from Cuba, which he received in 1957 because, in his own words, "A friend of the family, a lawyer friend of my father, basically bribed a Batista official to stamp my passport with an exit permit."

    After graduation (no degree type mentioned) four years later, Rafael Cruz's US student visa would have run out. At some point he claims to have been granted political asylum in the USA and obtained a Green Card, but he also married an American citizen, Eleanor Darragh, although the sequence and timing of those events is not clear. The couple moved to Canada where both worked in the oil industry for eight years. While in Canada Rafael Cruz obtained Canadian Citizenship.

    Their son, Rafael Edward "Ted Cruz" was born on December 22, 1970 in Calgary, where he resided with his parents until they moved to the United States around 1974 or 1975 (exact date unknown), when he was four years old. Ted Cruz also says that all he remembers about Canada is that it was cold.

    If the elder Rafael Cruz spent 4 years at the University of Texas, then he would have graduated in perhaps 1961 or maybe 1962 at the latest. It's not clear when Rafael married Eleanor, but if they spent eight years in Canada, then that would put them there roughly from 1967 to 1975, give or take a year.

    So what did Rafael Cruz do in the United States in the five or six year period after graduation in 1961 or so to 1967 when they moved to Canada? This part of his life seems to have been glossed over. He claims to have been granted political asylum, but when? When did he marry Eleanor Darragh? Did he overstay his student visa illegally? Did he work in the USA illegally?

    What degree did Rafael Cruz obtain from the University of Texas that qualifies him to work in the oil field and then become a Southern Baptist minister?

    Rafael Cruz didn't obtain his USA citizenship until 2005...30 years after leaving Canada. Why so long? And he says he renounced his Canadian citizenship at the time. That seems fishy. The US government doesn't ask naturalized citizens to renounce their previous Canadian citizenship. I know because my wife was also a Canadian citizen and is a naturalized American citizen now. She never had to renounce her Canadian citizenship.

    I only raise these questions because it seems that the media has bought into a story line (fairy tail?) of immense hardship for the elder Cruz in "fleeing Castro's Cuba" and being granted political asylum in the USA. Where have we heard that story line before? Marco Rubio.

    I normally wouldn't gave a damn about Ted Cruz's parentage, but his father, Pastor Rafael Cruz, is now on the campaign trail blasting ObamaCare and equating President Obama with Fidel Castro. He is playing the "God" card by saying this of his son: “You know Ted, you have been gifted above any man that I know and God has destined you for greatness.’ And I started making declarations about the Word of God to him every day.”

    I think I better understand Ted Cruz's nastiness. I just have to look at his father.

    Rafael Cruz's path to citizenship invites a lot of questions and we may never know the true facts. What is hard to understand though is the hard line Ted Cruz has taken against immigration reform. Maybe more will come out in due course but as I Google his and his father's past, the same embellished storyline seems to come up again and again...like his family history is being rewritten as I write this.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    Schmidt:


    Good analysis, as usual.

    As you've often said, just follow the money, and you'll see where the problem starts.

    A publication called "Crooks and Liars" published an article about Rafael Cruz at the end of July. You can read the entire article by clicking on the link below:

    http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/rafael-cruz-declares-son-ted-cruz-anointed-

    The article mentions a Texas billionaire named James Leininger, who's worth a little over $1 billion. He made his money from selling medical devices. The company that he founded, Kinetic Concepts, is still in business today. Leininger has also been a big supporter of Rick Perry (Governor Bonehead) in both his past races for governor, and his 2012 Presidential bid.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_R._Leininger

    The gathering that both Cruz and Rand Paul attended was something called the Iowa Renewal Project, an all expenses paid trip for pastors paid for by Leininger. The Renewal Projects in general are the brainchild of an obscure guy named David Lane, who has also contributed support to Mike Huckabee, Michelle Bachmann, and Haley Barbour.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Lane_%28activist%29

    Lane apparently also wants to "wage war to restore a Christian America":

    http://crooksandliars.com/nicole-belle/rand-paul-operative-wants-lead-domini

    Although Rafael Cruz may well be a pastor, it appears that he may not actually be a Southern Baptist minister. According to "Crooks and Liars" he's a pastor for something called "Purifying Fire International", an organization founded by a couple who have been classified as "huckster Christians". Their website is attached below. You'll notice that they accept donations by PayPal:

    http://www.purifyingfire.org/ministries.htm
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Thanks Arizona.

    I hadn't seen that Crooks and Liars articles but everything is fitting together. Ted Cruz is a chip off the old block, but the money behind their father-son ideology is very tempting, so Ted will say and do anything to keep the cash rolling in.

    There seems to be no shortage of billionaires like James Leininger to throw money at candidates, and zealots like David Lane to carry out the message to the "flock."

    I noted that David Lane is associated with a whole host of right wingers, but his recruiting of pastors to spread his political idealogy should garner an investigation by the IRS. Ha.

    PS - I stand corrected on Rafael Cruz's religious affiliation. I had assumed that because Ted claimed to be a Southern Baptist, that his father was likewise.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    If you wonder how crazy politicians like Ted Cruz keep getting elected, a newsletter that I received this morning can provide part of the answer.

    Wayne Allen Root is one of the regular contributors to the ultra conservative "Personal Liberty Digest", and his column this morning shows why he thinks that Texas is a GOOD example of how the rest of the country should be run. Sadly, there's enough people in the Lone State state that agree with him.


    He IS right about one thing, though, when he says "God bless Texas". The politics in Governor Bonehead's state are so fouled up that it needs as much Divine Guidance that it can get.


    http://personalliberty.com/2013/08/22/god-bless-texas/
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    This is just pure speculation, but the elder Raphael Cruz was born near 1936, & he was age 22 to 26 during the Cuban Crisis we had, when Daddy Bush was in the CIA and orchestrating The "Bay of Pigs" fiasco, using Cuban operatives to try to overthrow Castro. Castro had lots of nuclear missiles aimed at the United States, just 90 miles offshore. This occurred during the Presidency of John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963.

    The Univ of TX may be a clue (since Bush family lived there) & JFK was murdered in Dallas. Hatred against JFK was being whipped up by the whole right wing GOP in those years, almost as vicious & crazy as the anti-Obama rhetoric is now. Cubans were often deeply devoted to overthrow of Castro, & were being recruited right and left, to help in that effort. Anything that has no physical proof, like a college degree, may be a cover for any covert activities of the elder Cruz, & then to help him avoid arrest, their moving to Canada may have been arranged.

    Working in the "oil industry" in Canada is also a clue. Daddy Bush & Geo DeMohrenschildt (both CIA and Oil industry) could have arranged for the employment of young Cruz when he got to Canada. (DeMohrenschildt also spoke Russian & was a good friend of Lee Harvey Oswald, in TX).

    Another influential family in our nation's history is the Koch Family ---- Fred Koch, who was invited by STALIN (Communist leader of Russia) to go to Russia and learn about the petroleum business. After living abroad for several years, Fred Koch moved back to the USA, and got very involved with the John Birch Society, & began to build his enormous fortune in petroleum & other industrials. Meantime, he began to slander other people for being a "communist spy" and to help the Birch Society influence public opinion in favor of the GOP. Later, he had several sons, including David & Charles Koch, who are notorious in GOP politics, funding & organizing the TEA PARTY. The principal objective of the Tea Party (alias the John Birch Society) is to END DEMOCRACY in the United States, and cripple this govt (including its economy) & take away our human rights and our Freedom. They want a more Fascist Society, where the Govt rules supreme & can trample their people anytime and any way they want. I know this sounds absurd & even preposterous in the world's greatest democracy and world super power. But just watch what is going on lately. The GOP wants to dismantle this govt to save themselves from paying their fair share of taxes. They have started useless unnecessary Wars, just to bankrupt this govt & to make fortunes on the Giant WAR MACHINE, which feeds off of Hostile Takeover of other nations. They have tried to dismantle the United Nations, (which works for Peace, and preventing international conflicts). They have deliberately overseen the Massive Corruption of Wall Street, where multiple Ponzi Schemes & crooked practices have caused bank failures, thousands of house foreclosures, & loss of millions of jobs. They constantly try to cause a huge financial CRISIS, to default on our global payments to other nations. And now their evil manipulations & phoney wars have led to the worst forms of global conflict, with most Arab nations & even with our allies in the Middle East.

    Massive uprisings due to the Bush invasion of IRAQ, which was based on totally false beliefs in Iraq having WMD, & now the whole area is a powder keg ready to lead us into Armageddon. Looking up some information in Geography Books, tells us that "Armageddon" refers to an actual place,
    which is near Palestine (Muslim) and Israel (Jewish). It translates to the "Plains of Megiddo" (Armageddon) -- where the Final War is supposed to take place. They have been fighting over land & property there, for the last 65 years.

    In 2003, Geo W. Bush insisted on bombing and invading IRAQ, due to imaginary WMD. He committed several war crimes by doing that. It has led to a long (very costly) war, still going on in some respects. While destroying Saddam's palaces in IRAQ, we also managed to destroy parts of the Garden of Eden. Yes, the Garden of Eden is a real place. It is described as near the Tigris and Euphrates River, which flows right through Baghdad, & is very close to TWO of the Great Wonders of the World. (Which were probably destroyed by Bush's incredibly stupid bombing). And I guess it would not make God too HAPPY to be destroying the Garden of Eden where he created the first people, & intended it to be a Paradise for All Time.

    Sorry, I just realized I've been typing in my sleep: ) Sorry if I got "off topic" a few miles, but sometimes "threads" do criss cross in the mind.
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    eternal flame Wrote: This is just pure speculation, but the elder Raphael Cruz was born near 1936, & he was age 22 to 26 during the Cuban Crisis we had, when Daddy Bush was in the CIA and orchestrating The "Bay of Pigs" fiasco, using Cuban operatives to try to overthrow Castro. Castro had lots of nuclear missiles aimed at the United States, just 90 miles offshore. This occurred during the Presidency of John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963.

    The Univ of TX may be a clue (since Bush family lived there) & JFK was murdered in Dallas. Hatred against JFK was being whipped up by the whole right wing GOP in those years, almost as vicious & crazy as the anti-Obama rhetoric is now. Cubans were often deeply devoted to overthrow of Castro, & were being recruited right and left, to help in that effort. Anything that has no physical proof, like a college degree, may be a cover for any covert activities of the elder Cruz, & then to help him avoid arrest, their moving to Canada may have been arranged.

    Working in the "oil industry" in Canada is also a clue. Daddy Bush & Geo DeMohrenschildt (both CIA and Oil industry) could have arranged for the employment of young Cruz when he got to Canada. (DeMohrenschildt also spoke Russian & was a good friend of Lee Harvey Oswald, in TX).

    Another influential family in our nation's history is the Koch Family ---- Fred Koch, who was invited by STALIN (Communist leader of Russia) to go to Russia and learn about the petroleum business. After living abroad for several years, Fred Koch moved back to the USA, and got very involved with the John Birch Society, & began to build his enormous fortune in petroleum & other industrials. Meantime, he began to slander other people for being a "communist spy" and to help the Birch Society influence public opinion in favor of the GOP. Later, he had several sons, including David & Charles Koch, who are notorious in GOP politics, funding & organizing the TEA PARTY. The principal objective of the Tea Party (alias the John Birch Society) is to END DEMOCRACY in the United States, and cripple this govt (including its economy) & take away our human rights and our Freedom. They want a more Fascist Society, where the Govt rules supreme & can trample their people anytime and any way they want. I know this sounds absurd & even preposterous in the world's greatest democracy and world super power. But just watch what is going on lately. The GOP wants to dismantle this govt to save themselves from paying their fair share of taxes. They have started useless unnecessary Wars, just to bankrupt this govt & to make fortunes on the Giant WAR MACHINE, which feeds off of Hostile Takeover of other nations. They have tried to dismantle the United Nations, (which works for Peace, and preventing international conflicts). They have deliberately overseen the Massive Corruption of Wall Street, where multiple Ponzi Schemes & crooked practices have caused bank failures, thousands of house foreclosures, & loss of millions of jobs. They constantly try to cause a huge financial CRISIS, to default on our global payments to other nations. And now their evil manipulations & phoney wars have led to the worst forms of global conflict, with most Arab nations & even with our allies in the Middle East.

    Massive uprisings due to the Bush invasion of IRAQ, which was based on totally false beliefs in Iraq having WMD, & now the whole area is a powder keg ready to lead us into Armageddon. Looking up some information in Geography Books, tells us that "Armageddon" refers to an actual place,
    which is near Palestine (Muslim) and Israel (Jewish). It translates to the "Plains of Megiddo" (Armageddon) -- where the Final War is supposed to take place. They have been fighting over land & property there, for the last 65 years.

    In 2003, Geo W. Bush insisted on bombing and invading IRAQ, due to imaginary WMD. He committed several war crimes by doing that. It has led to a long (very costly) war, still going on in some respects. While destroying Saddam's palaces in IRAQ, we also managed to destroy parts of the Garden of Eden. Yes, the Garden of Eden is a real place. It is described as near the Tigris and Euphrates River, which flows right through Baghdad, & is very close to TWO of the Great Wonders of the World. (Which were probably destroyed by Bush's incredibly stupid bombing). And I guess it would not make God too HAPPY to be destroying the Garden of Eden where he created the first people, & intended it to be a Paradise for All Time.

    Sorry, I just realized I've been typing in my sleep: ) Sorry if I got "off topic" a few miles, but sometimes "threads" do criss cross in the mind.
    Flame, great piece!! Go on writing in your sleep! One thing you got wrong: "They have been fighting.... there for the last 65 years.
    I guess they have been fighting there since the world was flat and people could walk on water!!
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    Hi Again: Thanks a lot. I was a little bit hesitant about the 65 yrs, since that was the year of the Declaration of the State of ISRAEL, (1948) & the next day they had a war with 4 Arab nations: Egypt, Syria, Trans-Jordan, & Iraq. However, Israel became a member of the United Nations (1949). By then, they had a cease-fire, with temporary borders established: the West Bank was annexed by Jordan, & the Gaza Strip controlled by Egypt. It is "no wonder" they are always fighting. It's like all the ingredients of MINESTRONE SOUP are battling for control over the cook pot.

    **I want to go back now & read all the "links" & fine articles you two have provided, to ALERT us to the Politics of Ted Cruz -- It's really a thrill to be among you. Even when my fingers are numbly typing away on "auto pilot".

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  • Center Left Democrat
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    eternal flame:


    I'm a big fan of poetry, and I definitely appreciate your most recent post on this topic ... since I lived in the Chicago area for more than 25 years, I'm also a fan of blues music ... as a result, I think that you'll enjoy a song that the late Karen Carpenter did a LONG time ago:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWNMu8hr3BI

    if you're REALLY fan of blues music, you'll also appreciate "Muddy Water Blues", by Paul Rodgers:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=014Huz_VZZQ
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    The good news about Ted Cruz is that even ultra conservatives believe that he is not eligible to be President due to the circumstances of his birth, a situation that also applies to Marco Rubio:

    http://personalliberty.com/2013/08/16/why-ted-cruz-shouldnt-be-president/

    However, you'll never convince this crowd that Barack Obama actually IS eligible. You'd have better luck explaining algebra to your dog.
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    Hi Arizona: I hope to be able to check into all the links given today, but my housework is about 3 months behind. (ha) Normally I would not care if the dust is as high as the Arizona desert in here, but when the ants start to build little pyramids, I start to worry. I did get to hear the song you sent of Karen Carpenter, which is one I never heard before. I LOVE their music. Mom once paid big bucks to see a concert featuring her & her brother. It was so sad that she died so young. Especially after their hit song: "We've Only Just Begun -- to Live." (brings out the old hankie every time). But WAIT, it looks like a raging battle now between the ants, the termites, & the itsy bitsy spiders. (And people think housework is all so BORING).