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Sen. Ted Cruz, in another 2010 speech, showing just how obsessed with socialism he is.
Canadian-born U.S. Sen. Ted "Calgary" Cruz is not denying or backing down from the report, in the New Yorker, that President Barack Obama would have made a good president of Harvard Law School because "There were fewer declared Republicans in the faculty when we were there than Communists! There was one Republican. But there were twelve who would say they were Marxists who believed in the Communists overthrowing the United States government." In fact, even though there's no video of the 2010 speech in which Cruz reportedly made those not-at-all-McCarthyist claims, he's defending the claim:
[A] spokesperson for Cruz is standing by the charges, claiming: “Senator Cruz’s substantive point was absolutely correct: in the mid-1990s, the Harvard Law School faculty included numerous self-described proponents of ‘critical legal studies’—a school of thought explicitly derived from Marxism—and they far outnumbered Republicans.”
In fact, this statement is kind of a recognition of just how full of shit Cruz's initial claim was: We've moved from 12 Harvard Law School faculty who would have not only said they were Marxists but who actively, vocally believed in Communist revolution against the United States government to "numerous" faculty who as legal scholars participated in "a school of thought explicitly derived from Marxism." Violent overthrow and legal scholarship "derived from" Marxism—they're two different things.

Cruz's office is applying the Republican rule of youthful indiscretions (it's a youthful indiscretion if I did it at 41, an outrage if you did it ever) to Cruz's comments, calling it "curious" that we're talking about something Cruz said way back in 2010 even as Cruz has been smearing Chuck Hagel over things Hagel said as far back as 2000.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:27 PM PST.

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  •  Cruz is jerk who was careful to end up in Texas (23+ / 0-)

    where he would fit in with the nutjobs.  He'd never had a chance in any state with a two-party system.

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:36:52 PM PST

  •  There's something I don't get (26+ / 0-)

    If Cruz is so against "liberal Harvard" then why the fuck did he choose to go to school there? There are certainly other colleges or universities to attend. Hell, he could've cemented his conservative creds with a law degree from Liberty or Oral Roberts.

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:39:24 PM PST

    •  Prestige (7+ / 0-)

      There's really no red version of the Ivies.

      •  How about Clown College? (4+ / 0-)
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        Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite. John Kenneth Galbraith

        by Sam Sara on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 01:35:35 PM PST

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      •  their history has been spent purging open lefties (4+ / 0-)
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        despite the claims of a takeover, since for every left-leaning faculty member in the humanities or social sciences, the engineering, science, and business schools/colleges have exponentially more conservatives, including the most unrepentant sexists and racists

        The end of the Second World War, combined with post-war anticommunist hysteria and the rise of pro-business ideology, constituted the first watershed with regard to heterodox economics in America.  There were some Marxist economists in the academy before 1945, but by the middle 1950s they had all but disappeared.....Discrimination in terms of academic appointments and tenure has always affected heterodox economists.  In the 1930s, a number of economists became involved in union activities, progressive political activities, and/or were fellow-travellers if not members of the Communist Party.  While being a communist was not immediate grounds for dismissal, being politically active was.  The state also began to get involved in attacking radical and progressive economist....In spite of the changing social and political environment in the 1960s, American economics departments largely maintained an anti-radical feeling (to some degree at least) and a pro-free enterprise position.  These, together with the dominance of neoclassical economic theory in terms of teaching, research, and disciplinary status, made it difficult for radical, social and Institutional economists to obtain academic appointments in the 1960s and early 1970s, especially at Ph.D.-granting institutions.  But even if heterodox economists were appointed, these two factors meant that they faced harassment and were often denied re-appointment and/or tenure.   The most publicized event in this latter regard occurred at Harvard when, in 1972, its economics department denied tenure to Sam Bowles and reappointment to Arthur MacEwan, with the result that, by 1974, four of its five radical economists had left.   Similar events occurred at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Yale University, Lehman College and San Jose State University, where four conservative neoclassical economists replaced three heterodox economists and its President continually threatened Douglas Dowd with dismissal..... One senior professor in our department (Carl Uhr) has publicly made the statement that anyone "who takes the Robinson-Sraffa view on the capital controversy deserves tenure only in the state mental hospital". [Hunt, 1972]....Moreover, while neoclassical economists would still attack and criticize heterodox economics, they would have less latitude to use institutional power to harass, exclude and silence heterodox economists.  Thus, with the eventual emergence of a cohesive heterodox community, the landscape of American economics will once again become openly contested, with pluralistic economic discourse. Link
        "the eventual emergence of a cohesive heterodox community" is not in the Ivies nor most other places as such discourse is still marginalized.

        Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ Now with more SNAP: Saturday hate mail-a-palooza End of a series

        by annieli on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 01:39:50 PM PST

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      •  Ahem. (5+ / 0-)

        The University of Chicago Law School is both elite and has a strong conservative presence.

      •  How dare you impugn the the reputation of (0+ / 0-)

        Regent and Liberty Universities.  If they are not Red Ivies, I don't know what is.

        And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

        by MrJersey on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 10:18:16 AM PST

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    •  i think the more interesting question is (2+ / 0-)
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      ontheleftcoast, Nicci August

      how did someone with little to no ability to think and reason ever get admitted to harvard.

      also, too: critical legal theory is the one of the best things to ever happen to the field of law.  imo.

      •  I think it shows he's not as much of a moron (3+ / 0-)

        as he plays in public. He's pandering to idiots to do the bidding of billionaires. That takes more brains than we'd like to give him credit for but he probably does have them.

        What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

        by ontheleftcoast on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 03:16:07 PM PST

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        •  now that's a chilling thought! (1+ / 0-)
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          •  Indeed it is. (5+ / 0-)

            Cruz is the most cynical politician to come along since Nixon, and that's saying a lot. He makes the pathological liar Newt Gingrich look like a choir boy scout.

            The problem is he's not a Louie Gohmert, a Michelle Bachman, or even an Alan West who are so dumb they think they are saying something brilliant. He's whip smart and hungry for power. He has immense appeal to the low-information voters, he's consolidating support among Texas wingnuts, and his having a Cuban-born father erases a lot of the Republican disadvantage with Hispanics.

            He will win the Demagogue of the Year award for years to come.

            •  Erases the Republican disadvantage? (0+ / 0-)

              What leads you to think that Cruz having a Cuban-born father "erases a lot of the Republican disadvantage with Hispanics": is that a Texas thing?

              I don't think that would apply nation-wide, but if you think it will apply in Texas, would you explain why?

              •  Same reasoning works with Mario Rubio in Florida (1+ / 0-)
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                "See. See. We're not anti-Hispanic. We have this guy here."
                Similar thing with Tim Scott in South Carolina. As long as you have a token to trot out, you don't have to talk about issues as much.

                And a few Hispanics (yes, they have low-information voters, too) won't look past the name when they vote.

        •  Beware the way this guy fudges (2+ / 0-)
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          He truly knows how to sling it---to misdirect without quite lying.  He's always using language that weasels out of the direct lie.

          This is McCarthyism at its worst--and don't underestimate this guy as a master of it.

          Cruz's Senate biography--which, by the way, does not mention that he was born in Canada--states that:

          Ted’s father was born in Cuba, fought in the revolution, and was imprisoned and tortured.  He fled to Texas in 1957, penniless and not speaking a word of English.  

          Now that statement is true--as far as it goes.  However, he's clearly trying to imply that his father was fighting against Communism and Castro.  And the facts are quite different--

          His father was jailed and tortured by the Fulgencio Batista regime and fought for Fidel Castro in the Cuban Revolution[37] but "didn't know Castro was a Communist" and later became a staunch critic of Castro when "the rebel leader took control and began seizing private property and suppressing dissent."[38]

          If you knew a little bit of history, or were old enough, you would be able to figure out that Castro was not in power in 1957.  But how many people know this?  And it was certainly "noble" for Ted's father to come out against Castro--but that wasn't until he was already living in the United States.

          Tell me.  Was Cruz lying in his bio?  Or was he just a slime?

          "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change things, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."-Buckminster Fuller

          by NCJan on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 06:26:58 PM PST

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  •  He's going to be a thorn in everyone's side (8+ / 0-)

    ..for a long time to come.

    A sitting Senator can be as big an asshole as he decides to be - and there's damn little anyone can do about it.

    It must make his parents so proud.

    "All your money are belong to us" - anonymous Billionaire Boy's Club member

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:50:16 PM PST

  •  LOL the number of marxist laculty at HLS (5+ / 0-)

    and "a school of thought explicitly derived from Marxism."  approaches Zero and if influential, would resemble USSR or PRC law and in many ways is what legal education resembles at Regent University, Liberty University, and Bob Jones Law school

    Critical legal studies was a movement in legal thought in the 1970s and 80s committed to shaping society based on a vision of human personality devoid of hidden interests and class domination perceived in existing legal institutions....In the American legal academy its influence and prominence seems to have waned in recent years.

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ Now with more SNAP: Saturday hate mail-a-palooza End of a series

    by annieli on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:54:05 PM PST

  •  There you go again... another fp writer (11+ / 0-)

    who insists on using the term 'Calgary Cruz' as if Cruz's birthplace was pertinent, as if Calgary (all of Canada?) is a nasty place, as if all who are foreign born are somehow less than those who are USA born.

    It's an offensive, nonsensical nickname that belongs on redstate, not on a progressive blog.

    We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. -Pres. Obama, 1/21/13

    by SoCalSal on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 01:03:32 PM PST

    •  Your concern is duly noted. (2+ / 0-)
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    •  Why not "Carnival" Cruz then instead? It offends (12+ / 0-)

      none of the fine inhabitants of Calgary, and given the bad aura cruise ships seem to be giving off lately,  highly appropriate.

      I cannot, however claim to be the originator of the nick. I saw it on another Kos blog and stole it.

    •  Calgary Cruz has already stuck, (4+ / 0-)
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      nothing to do about it now. Sorry, but it is what it is and what it always will be.

      Severely Socialist

      by ichibon on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 01:12:07 PM PST

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      •  The thing is, if somebody here has (0+ / 0-)

        a legitimate problem with "Calgary Cruz", then in the very least they should suggest alternative names that also are insulting in some way to Cruz. Otherwise, their position on this is identical to that of Cruz himself.  

        •  Carnival Cruz is perfect. (1+ / 0-)
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          It situates him in the front seat of the congressional Republicans' clown car.

          "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

          by SueDe on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 03:49:15 PM PST

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    •  I'm still wondering why we're supposed to care (2+ / 0-)
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      SoCalSal, akesich

      where he comes from at all.

      They tortured people to get false confessions to fraudulently justify our invading Iraq.

      by Ponder Stibbons on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 01:45:08 PM PST

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    •  well, i suppose it's a parody (2+ / 0-)
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      RUNDOWN, akesich

      of birtherism, but when used in this context, it's supposed to suggest that his birthplace disqualifies him from such jingoism.  That's a bit unfair.  Canadians have every right to be wrong, and I bet American red states are no less conservative than parts of Calgary.

      Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

      by Loge on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 01:49:59 PM PST

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      •  His birthplace also disqualifies him (0+ / 0-)

        from ever running for president.  If "Calgary Cruz" offends some Kossacks here, we should do our best to come up with a moniker than offends only Republicans.  "Carnival Cruz" carries many negative (and dismissive) connotations, not the least of which is reminding me of "Something Wicked This Way Comes."  Scary apropos -  I can hear the sinister calliope music in the background.

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 03:58:45 PM PST

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        •  Why would birthplace disqualify him? (2+ / 0-)
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          SoCalSal, SueDe

          Ted Cruz is an American citizen by birth, having been born to a mother who was certainly an American citizen. I don't know if his father had been naturalized by that time, but his mother alone could transmit citizenship to him.

          The Supreme Court has not interpreted "natural born" citizen, and thus has never ruled that "natural born" citizen means anything other than an American citizen by birth.

          As I recall, Congress adopted a resolution stating that John McCain was eligible to serve as president. John McCain wasn't born on American soil, but he is an American citizen by birth.

          •  So why the fuss about Obama? (1+ / 0-)
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            His mother was also a natural born American citizen, and yet birthers insist that if they could prove he was born in Kenya it would disqualify him.

            McCain, as I recall, was born in the Panama Canal Zone, which was American territory.

            Barry Goldwater also had that issue, because he was born before Arizona became a state.  I think that was laid to rest as well.

            Mitt Romney's dad ran for President, in spite of the fact that he was born in Mexico.

            It would be interesting to be able to lay the matter to rest once and for all time.  

            But until that day, I guess the moral of the story is IOKIYAR.

            "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change things, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."-Buckminster Fuller

            by NCJan on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 06:36:17 PM PST

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          •  You are correct, True North, it (2+ / 0-)
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            doesn't make any difference that his American mother gave birth to him in Canada.  My point was that the Republicans would assume that he couldn't run for president considering that they insist that Obama is not a legitimate president because they believe he was born in Kenya (at least many in the GOP base do).  I apologize for not being clear about that.

            "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

            by SueDe on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:37:26 AM PST

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            •  Sorry about that (1+ / 0-)
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              I misunderstood what you were saying.

              There may come a day when the Supreme Court decides to rule on this, and, given the foolishness we've seen come out of that courtroom before, it is entirely possible that the majority will not agree with my point of view. They've done it before.  (If only they would ask, I'd share my wisdom with them before they go astray. But no.)

              Pending that possibly sad day, I'll continue to argue in support of the theory that Americans are either citizens at birth or naturalized citizens, and all of the former should be considered natural born for the purpose of running for president.

              As to those on the right who subscribe to birther notions: it would take somebody among them about five minutes to come up with a new theory about why Ted Cruz is most definitely natural born, no matter how much his situation is like that of the Kenyan Fantasy Story they love to tell.

              All of their legal theories are already so hare-brained that no contortions are beyond them.

              Once somebody spins it for them, they'll believe their new Cruz-is-eligible theory with exactly the same intensity as their old Obama-is-an-imposter theory. AND they won't give up the Obama-imposter story to achieve their flip-flop, either.

              Once upon a time, the Republican Party had a number of intellectuals who were capable of analytical thinking, even if their ideas were lousy. Alas, no more.

              •  Ain't it the truth - all of what you said. (1+ / 0-)
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                True North

                Mules, all of them, stubborn and not real bright.

                "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

                by SueDe on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 05:56:53 PM PST

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    •  Thank you. (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't think they intend it as a slur against Canada, per se. But just not that funny. It has all the comedic quality of "Al Gore is fat."

      Grew a mustache and a mullet / Got a job at Chick-Fil-A

      by cardinal on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 01:51:45 PM PST

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    •  OK. Look. I have (0+ / 0-)

      nothing against people from Canada -- Calgary or anywhere else.

      I have a lot of animosity towards people from southern California, for all the evil their GOP has spewed towards the rest of the planet.  Reagan came from there.  Arnie came from there (after he came from Europe).

      You have a LOT to answer for, SoCal.  Starting with the people YOUR people elected.

      No offense on a personal basis, but...don't start throwing stones when those of us from backwater states get annoyed when those of you from As Goes CA, So Goes the Nation states start throwing super-right-wingnuts at us.

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 01:51:52 PM PST

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    •  The point being (2+ / 0-)
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      that Cruz is trying to act like Captain America or the Most Patriotic American Senator EVER, by making Dems, liberals, progressives, Obama, etc., out to be deviant un-Americans. So in this context, I think it's apropos. No one's saying that there's anything inherently wrong with being from Canada.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 02:04:06 PM PST

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      •  WE don't think it is wrong to (1+ / 0-)
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        be from Canada. But Cruz's core supporters sure do. They think that Canadians are wimps. Ted Cruz cares what rednecks think because rednecks are his base. Calling him out for being Canadian is akin to calling him out for not being a real man, and that is a very dangerous meme for him. That is why I am 100% in favor of calling him Calgary Cruz.

        •  Well, it is an oil and cowboy city (0+ / 0-)

          So that could backfire.

          "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

          by kovie on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 04:09:52 PM PST

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        •  No, Calgary is too close to calvary, (0+ / 0-)

          and if his supporters are as stupid as you think they are (and they are), they'll think of calvary and start considering him the second coming.  Now that's a really dangerous meme.

          "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

          by SueDe on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 04:14:37 PM PST

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    •  Saskachewan (1+ / 0-)
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      Isn't that a rather conservative province? I have even heard people say it is downright Birchy (as in the John Birch Society).

      Censorship is rogue government.

      by scott5js on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 02:08:00 PM PST

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      •  Saskachewan was home to another famous (3+ / 0-)
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        Canadian, Tommy Douglas, while Cruz is from Calgary, Alberta.

        I can understand the confusion since their views are so closely aligned.


        Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

        by Just Bob on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 02:28:09 PM PST

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        •  Oops ... (2+ / 0-)
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          I should have remembered that Calgary is in Alberta, not Saskatchewan. I am trying to remember some other towns such as Bamff, Regina. I do believe Winnipeg is the capital of Manitoba.
          My ventures into Canada were only in Ontario. Once I re-entered the US from Windsor and it seemed a bit like crossing into Nuevo Laredo.

          Censorship is rogue government.

          by scott5js on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 05:00:51 PM PST

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        •  Irony. Tommy Douglas... (0+ / 0-)

          ... could well be called Tommy "Falkirk" Douglas, by the same measure Cruz is fitted with the "Calgary" moniker.

          Why?  Tommy Douglas was born in Falkirk, Scotland, and emigrated to Canada with his family when he was six years old.

          There be no shelter, here. The front line is everywhere.

          by Wisewood on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:36:08 PM PST

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      •  saskachewan gave joni mitchell her start. (1+ / 0-)
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        can't be all bad, shouldn't be written off.

      •  Saskatchewan (2+ / 0-)
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        As premier of Saskatchewan, Tommy Douglas brought the single-payer health care system to Canada, against enormous opposition. It was so successful that it was eventually adopted by all other provinces.

        Tommy Douglas founded the CCF, which evolved in due course into the New Democratic Party, which is the Official Opposition right now--and one of the parties furthest to the left in Parliament. (The Greens have a Member of Parliament now, too--the esteemed Elizabeth May--but I'm not sure how Canadians would rank the left-ness of the NDP vs. the Greens. Both are more left that the Conservatives, of course.)

        Tommy Douglas was voted as the Greatest Canadian--and that has nothing whatsoever to do with his famous grandson.

        The cooperative movement in Saskatchewan was very strong historically--I'm not sure where that is now.

        But at a time when the people of Saskatchewan were banding together in co-ops for many purposes, the people of Alberta were more likely to be seen as a batch of lonesome cowboys and cowgirls, out there on the prairie all on their own--being strong, noble, resourceful, etc. etc.

        If Ted Cruz had been born in either Saskatchewan or Manitoba, then he would have even more trouble with his right-wing supporters.

        Incidentally, Alberta is not as conservative as people often assume it to be.

        The reason I disagree with nicknaming Cruz as "Calgary Ted" is that none of us have any control over our place of birth. The family had returned to Canada by the time he was four--and his family was American, not Canadian. I don't see how Calgary specifically, or Canada generally, has had any impact on him.

        There are plenty of people who are Canadians to the core, even though they were born in, say, Houston to Canadian parents who were working in the oil patch.

        I do think it is useful for his birther supporters to struggle with the conflict between their birther beliefs and their support for Cruz.

    •  I don't think you realize (2+ / 0-)

      just how damaging it is that he was born in Canada. Why do you think he and his people hate this moniker so much? It is because this hits him in his soft underbelly; right-wing Republicans think that all Canadians are wimps, and in addition they think that only "true blue" Americans need apply for national office. Calgary Cruz may wish he didn't have a Northern taint, which is why it is up to us to remind everyone. What is the problem here, that it might upset some Canadians? That is more important than beating the guy in elections?

      •  albertans should be grateful he's not their (0+ / 0-)


      •  Canadians are wimps because they have national (0+ / 0-)

        health insurance nationwide.  Only a "wimp" nation would ensure that each of their citizens has the birthright of free medical care.

        BTW, are Canadians actually "citizens" or are they still "subjects" of the Queen?  Perhaps a Congressional Committee should look into whether Senator Cruz ever swore his fealty to a foreign potentate.  No red-stated American would ever do that.

        And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

        by MrJersey on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 10:31:38 AM PST

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    •  Just stirring up debate (1+ / 0-)
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      His birthplace would be pertinent if he ran for President. Is he a "natural-born citizen" of the US? We went through this with George Romney, John McCain, and of course that guy who was born in the Kenyan Republic of Hawaii.

      His mother was American, his father was Cuban (a US citizen?), and they moved to Canada where he was born. Can he be President? It's all technicalities aimed at undermining support from nativists before they can get too hopped up about him.

    •  It's that he's not native born (0+ / 0-)

      The Calgory bit is just kind of a little smile and a bit of payback for that whole "Kenya" "foreigner" "not one of us" thing happening on the other side.

      No offense intended, I'm sure.

      "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change things, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."-Buckminster Fuller

      by NCJan on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 06:31:58 PM PST

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    •  Ironically, “Texas Ted” would be a much (0+ / 0-)

      more insulting nickname. Or so it seems to me. Nothing wrong with Calgary that a bit of environmental activism won't straighten out, but Texas?

    •  Let's stick to real issues, not name calling (0+ / 0-)

      Seriously, this "Calgary" tope is getting old. Especially after 4 years of the GOP screaming "Kenyan!"

      As we take the time as a country to debate immigration reform, is it really the best idea to attack a Senator because he's an immigrant? I thought we wanted them.

      Also, there are so many better and relevant things to use against him. He's a wingnut who believes that SS and medicare are unconstitutional and the we shouldn't be allowed to elect Senators because the public is too stupid and greedy.

      And this applies to "Carnival" Cruz also; it may be cute and clever (I laughed), but it still detracts from the real issues.

  •  Yeah, but IDCIYAR (0+ / 0-)

    It Doesn't Count If You Are Republican.

    I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

    by Gentle Giant on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 01:35:32 PM PST

  •  I believe Henry Hyde was a youthful 41 (2+ / 0-)
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    when he had an affair with a married staffer and broke up her marriage while keeping his own, so there is precedent.  


    . . from 1965 to 1969, Hyde conducted an extramarital sexual affair with Cherie Snodgrass. At the time, Snodgrass was married to another man with whom she had three children. The Snodgrasses divorced in 1967. Hyde said the affair ended when Snodgrass' husband confronted Mrs. Hyde. The Hydes reconciled and remained married until Mrs. Hyde's death in 1992. Hyde, who was 41 years old and married when the affair occurred, admitted to the affair in 1998, describing the relationship as a "youthful indiscretion".
  •  I am an expert on "Critical Legal Studies".... (3+ / 0-)
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    stlsophos, Siri, Orinoco was actually a conservative movement, based for the most part at Stanford and certain other locations. I interviewed its adherents. They were Randians.

    Someone please correct me if I am misremembering my own life, which does happen!

    If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

    by Bensdad on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 01:38:39 PM PST

    •  Perhaps he's confusing Critical Legal Studies (1+ / 0-)
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      with the Critical Theory adherents of the so-called Frankfurt School, like Marcuse and Habermas.  This much we know:  he is confused.

      A petty criminal is someone with predatory instincts but insufficient capital to form a corporation. --Clarence Darrow

      by stlsophos on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 02:00:16 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Right- wingers have all kinds of (0+ / 0-)

      "clever" ways to assert their rhetorical /analytical superiority. They are either "critical thinkers" (and you're not) or pious adherents to the Good Book (and even if you are, your interpretation is wrong).
      So there!

    •  I think "Critical Legal Studies" is a range ... (3+ / 0-)
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      ... of approaches to the law.

      The version I'm familiar with - perhaps better termed "Legal Realism" which I believe explains the evolution of our law - holds that law evolves from experiences, from needs of the times, and is often entwined with politics (in a neutral sense of the word).

      It views the law not as doctrinaire, not as so many formal and somewhat rigid rules (although plenty of commercial law, for example, is that) or legal precedents to be exhumed (nothing wrong with precedent; just know when it applies and say whether you're following it, sidestepping it or reversing it). And in particular, the Constitution is to be applied as it was written, as a living document with broad prescriptions, not as a stale dead hand.

      I think it is hard to read law cases since Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. and not see how law is made:

      The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience. The felt necessities of the time, the prevalent moral and political theories, institutions of public policy, avowed or unconscious, even the prejudices which judges share with their fellow men, have had a good deal more to do than the syllogism in determining the rules by which men should be governed.
      If this is what Harvard Law scholar and now TX Senator Ted Cruz finds so offensive - if this is what he equates to Communism - he is deeply misguided.

      2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

      by TRPChicago on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 02:10:21 PM PST

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    •  Critical Legal Studies (0+ / 0-)

      mentions socio-economic class. Marx mentions socio-economic class.

      "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

      by Orinoco on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 03:01:33 PM PST

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    •  i think you've got it wrong. (0+ / 0-)

      critical legal theory sought to re-examine the bias in anglo-american law that causes property rights to be given such extraordinary stature, at the expense of labor, which creates capital, and therefore creates property.

      it is very much derived from marxist theory, which as anyone with with two brain cells knows  - this excludes mr. cruz of course -  actually  serves as a fairly accurate description of lived economic reality  and therefore should cease being derided until one has read it and are in a position to intelligently enter the conversation.

      i doubt very much that anybody at stanford law ever gave two poodle poops about examining class biases in law.   they're worried enough as it is, wondering how they are actually going to pass the bar.

      •  sorry, correct that ... (0+ / 0-)

        one has read it and IS in a position to intelligently enter the conversation.

        please, let me go on:

        cls examines the situation of law, going all the way back to the magna carta and finds that since then and always, property rights have been legal rights, and concludes that this is a horrible imbalance in law and justice, which after all seeks balance.   it asks that labor, which creates value be accorded some equality in law, some presence in legal theory and it begins to sketch out how this might be done.  

        a very rudimentary example: the capitalist may own the machine,  under present biases in the law, the machine owner has all the legal rights here.  

        but the laborers are the ones who actually use it.

        ergo, the use-value of their labor must be accorded some say in the disposition/use of the machine.  

        cls is an evolutionary leap at least as great as the one taken on the field at runnymede,  imo.  it breaks boundaries.

  •  Go (Allen) West, Young Ted (3+ / 0-)

    Yeah, that's going to win him converts in the center.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 01:39:01 PM PST

  •  McCarthy died of alcoholism at age 48... (4+ / 0-)

    In disgrace, censured.

    Cruz is 43, just sayin'.

  •  Cruz is trying to make a name for himself (3+ / 0-)
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    He's  already passed asshole.  

  •  Cruz is an idiot It's called"Critical Race Theory" (0+ / 0-)

    It actually is a legal movement built from neo-Marxian philosophical frameworks.  Cruz knows this so he's happy to conflate philosophical and academic work derived from a number of theorists and philosophers (among them, Marx) with political Marxism, something that developed after Marx and is about the same as saying people who believing in nuclear war are "Einsteinians."

  •  Except that (4+ / 0-)
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    "‘critical legal studies’—a school of thought explicitly derived from Marxism"

    is stupid wrong.  How about the 'critical legal studies' movement is derived from the 'American Legal Realist' movement of the thirties, which was heavily influenced by the thoughts and writing of  Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.  Mostly his book The Common Law and the essayThe Path of the Law.  


    What Cruz is actually striving to do is disconnect himself from that durned evil "leftwing liberal Ivy League establishment"  He hasn't a single core value beside "mememe".

  •  Prove it (3+ / 0-)
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    That's all you have to do to make the Rs back down.  President Obama did it to Mitt Romney in their second debate -- "Get the transcripts" is all he had to say.
    If Curz pulls a McCarthy by saying he has a copy of an old speech in his pocket, tell him to produce the copy.  If he says faculty members of Harvard were communists, ask him to list them by name.
    Ronald Reagan said it best "Trust, but Verify"  Make Cruz verify everything he says.  If he cannot, the people will soon get tired of his Bullshit and lies and he will fade away.

  •  Most teachers in the USA are communists! (5+ / 0-)

    Karl Marx used the word "class"; so do teachers. Case closed.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 01:54:33 PM PST

  •  Was he actually expelled from Canada? (1+ / 0-)
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    And shouldn't Canada offer to return the part of his brain they still must have in their custody?

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 01:55:35 PM PST

  •  A real slippery piece of (1+ / 0-)
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    ....sleaze is Ted Cruz.

  •  he's just another fucking blabber mouth (1+ / 0-)
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    in a world of blabber mouths

  •  The Village Media fails another credibility test (1+ / 0-)
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    If the GOP takes the Senate majority in 2014, God Forbid, some of the blame for every thuggish "hearing" he chairs falls at their feet. He's not hiding who he is. Nothing is a secret. He daring people to confront him with a 'have you no decency sir?' moment.

    He couldn't do what he does if the Village didn't serially downplay, ignore, or spin away as 'not-representational of the GOP as a whole' Teahadism.

    I am from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner wing of the Democratic Party

    by LeftHandedMan on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 02:10:25 PM PST

  •  Want to know about reincarnation? (0+ / 0-)

    Here's your sign! Cruz is without a doubt Joseph R. MCarthy, returned to haunt us. This time around he got a real education....but maybe Harvard could revoke his diploma.....

    Being "pro-life" means believing that every child born has a right to food, education, and access to health care.

    by Jilly W on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 02:13:21 PM PST

  •  Ted Cruz - An insult to Cubans (0+ / 0-)

    Yeah, those on the right and in the GOP may say pull out the race card by saying Cruz is being criticized because he's Cuban.  Actually, he's being criticized because he's a colossal idiot of epic proportions who thinks he's conservative but really is just a hypocrite.  A lot of Cubans from what I've come to know (based on others in my community who have had friends with Cubans) are liberal for the most part, like Hispanics and Latinos.  There are conservative Cubans and liberal Cubans but Ted Cruz's heritage really shouldn't have any bearing on why I think he's so much full of horse crap.

    Goodness, I thought Tom DeLay was bad in Texas but Ted Cruz makes DeLay look moderate.

  •  No, there were 57 Communists at Harvard. (0+ / 0-)

    I'm sure it was 57; I remember that from somewhere...

  •  Two observations (0+ / 0-)

    1)I think this proves, for about the 9320903270932th time, that the Democrats and their supporters are much more moderate than the Republicans and their supporters. In terms of economics, the furthest left ideology, communism, is supported by no mainstream Democrat or influential progressive voice, while the furthest right ideology, pure free-market capitalism, is supported by the entire Republican Party.

    2)This is, in some ways, a repeat of point # 1, but I find it interesting that there really is no significant liberal support for true communism (the idea of complete equality). I understand why it could quickly become political suicide for even liberals to voice support for that idea, but I still find it interesting that there aren't any factions at all in the Democratic Party that seem to be for complete equality. I think it just goes to show that the conservatives are completely, for lack of a better word, wacky, when they talk about how far left this country has become under Obama.

  •  Republicanese translation (0+ / 0-)

    Communist: a supporter of minimum wages, or equal pay for women
    Marxist: An extreme far left liberal who supports universal healthcare and collective bargaining rights

  •  Didn't hear the "twang," but (0+ / 0-)

    he's certainly every bit as "smart" as Bachmann.

  •  Sen Cur Dog (0+ / 0-)

    As I've commented several times on KOS, I ALWAYS refer to Ted Cruz, my senator as Sen Cur Dog. At first, his ambition and hubris struck me that he was super competing to be a top dog; but his vicious, mean-spirited McCarthy-like attack on Hagel made me realize that he's a dirty, mean, low down, despicable foul mouthed cur dog. He is deeply, deeply embarrassing  to decent honorable Texans  every where.

    My hope is that some future GOP asshole will pick him as a VP candidate for the  2016 ticket. Then Hilary can jerk his chain a bunch. Won't that be lovely?

    the Republican brand is totally bankrupt.

    by vlyons on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 03:08:02 PM PST

  •  Deeply dishonest (0+ / 0-)

    Cruz is saying: following Critical Legal Studies automatically makes one a Marxist, and that automatically makes one a Leninist, and that in turn automatically makes one a member of the Communist Party sworn to the overthrow of the US government.

    This is nonsense, and Cruz, the most brazen opportunist since Sarah Palin, knows it. If Cruz really hung around colleagues who were in Critical Legal Studies and took the time to talk with them about their work, he would KNOW there's a huge difference between engaging in CLS and being a revolutionary Communist. CLS makes use of historical sociology (social historians do too), and Marx is recognized as one of the forerunners (with Weber and others) of modern historical sociology (which is in turn used in Critical Legal Studies). Anyone engaging in historical sociology, regardless of their personal political preferences, is making some use of language and concepts derived from Marx's work. That does NOT mean that one is a Communist revolutionary,except to Cruz, who apparently thinks any talk of class in social or legal study marks one as a dangerous subversive.  

  •  Hey, Cruz, who's afraid of commies anymore? They (1+ / 0-)
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    LOST the Cold War, and there are, what, 5 communist countries left in the world, and 4 of them are teetering on oblivion.

    Here they are:

    1. China - becoming capitalist faster than you can Mao Zedong.
    2.  North Korea.  A basket case of a nation who spends all its resources building nuclear bombs, while its people starve.
    3.  Cuba, run by an octagenarian revolutionary, which will likely topple when the Castro brothers are gone.
    4.  I'm not sure there is a fourth, maybe in some sense, Venezuela, which is run by a cancer stricken man on his deathbed, and they have ELECTIONS which may go the other way when Mr. Chavez dies.
    4.  Oh, yes, Vietnam.  Now that's a scary bunch for you.  Rapidly changing to a market economy with normalized relations with America.

    You need to find a new bogeyman, Mr. Cruz, you can't scare anyone except a Tea Partier with Communists.  I can't wait for the day when the Senate Censures you.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 03:22:10 PM PST

  •  when you look (1+ / 0-)

    at some of the senators and reps red states send to wash the idea of secession seems much more palatable to me, that would starve the red states since they are takers and free up the blue states to return america to the healthy country it once was.
    ps - the blue states will take the loyal americans from the red states as prisoners of political extremism and consider them patriots.

  •  It may very well be (0+ / 0-)

    that the senator dresses in drag on the weekends ... I have no evidence of this ... but how can we know? ... How will we ever know? ... snark

    In a capitalist democracy - every dollar is a "vote" ... spend wisely ...

    by RUNDOWN on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 03:33:05 PM PST

  •  Makes me (0+ / 0-)

    want to pull out the old copy of Nekid Lunch.

    I got my Obama I-Phone 5 before you did

    by Caligulabob on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 04:54:40 PM PST

  •  Repub strategy...first get your attention... (0+ / 0-)

    ...then distract you from the real issues (sequestration) at the forefront that are making them look like the robber barons of old. It's also a way to build your name recognition...doesn't matter if your name is aligned with bad or good...just as long and they get the name correct. So ignore the idiotic nonsense, make sure it's video'd, catalogued and available for when needed in future but for now not worth the time of energy we're all devoting to it.  imho

    Our nations quality of life is based on the rightousness of its people.

    by kalihikane on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 04:57:44 PM PST

  •  Cruz (0+ / 0-)

    is nothing more than an attention seeking idiot, a la Rush Limbaugh.  But can we stop referring to him as Canadian-born.  His place of birth has no relevance and in the context of rightfully ridiculing him, it comes across as xenophobic and undercuts the deserved contempt being heaped upon him.

  •  MAC (0+ / 0-)

    Moms Against Canada should be made aware of this new blatant attack on America. We managed to rid the world of Terrence and Phillip and now we've got this ass-hat to deal with. Blame Canada!

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