Cruz: President Obama an ‘Unmitigated Socialist’

My former colleague Dave Weigel reports on a recent appearance by Ted Cruz where he showed that, like every wingnut I’ve ever known, he has no idea what a socialist is. He claimed that President Obama is an “unmitigated socialist,” which is why he’s been such a “disaster.”

After Texas Senator Ted Cruz addressed the First in the Nation summit in Nashua, New Hampshire, on Saturday, he headed to a basement conference room for a conversation with young Republicans. There was no filming of the speech, but reporters were allowed to sit in as Cruz fielded questions about Iran, millennials, and his own fitness for president. When one audience member asked Cruz what executive experience he could bring to the job, Cruz lambasted the “greybeards” in Washington for coming up with the “senator versus governor” framework in the first place.

“Obama is not a disaster because he was a senator,” said Cruz. “Obama is a disaster because he’s an unmitigated socialist, what he believes is profoundly dangerous, and he’s undermined the Constitution and the role of America in the world.”

Socialism means the public ownership of the means of production. Does President Obama advocate that? Nope, he doesn’t. Has never suggested a single policy that would even hint at it. This is just an attempt to poison the well. The American public thinks socialists are evil and therefore calling someone a socialist inoculates those people against supporting them.

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  • cptdoom

    Well, to be fair Cruz’ father apparently couldn’t tell Castro was an actual, like for reals, Communist even as he was fighting alongside the man. Perhaps there’s some family illness afflicting these poor men.

  • slc1

    As I recall, ole Ted was once quoted as claiming that most of the law professors at Harvard were Communists.

  • daved

    I don’t believe for a minute that Cruz doesn’t know what a socialist is. He just has no problems lying about Obama being one.

  • slc1

    Re daved @ #3

    Agreed. As I have stated on several occasions, Cruz is a sociopath who will say anything to stir up his followers, mainly the teabaggers.

  • John Pieret

    I don’t believe for a minute that Cruz doesn’t know what a socialist is.

    I agree. What he does know is that the people whose votes he’s courting don’t know what a socialist is.

  • http://johnm55.wordpress.com johnm55

    I have said it before, but I will say it one more time with emphasis; Barack Obama and his policies would fit quite happily with the Conservative party here in the UK.

  • A Masked Avenger

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    They should fit quite happily with the Republican party in the US: he’s to the right of Bush. Even Bush didn’t claim the power to kill anyone on the planet (including American citizens, if that matters), by personally deciding that they are “enemy combatants.” Even Bush demanded a fig-leaf “authorization of force” in lieu of a declaration of war in Iraq and Afghanistan; he didn’t invade Libya despite an actual declaration of non-war from Congress. And so on.

    If he weren’t black, and given to saying occasional nice things about gay people, he would be hailed as the proof that the Party of Lincoln™ strikes again.

  • D. C. Sessions

    The American public thinks socialists are evil and therefore calling someone a socialist inoculates those people against supporting them.

    Well, after all Obama has been an “unmitigated disaster.” The deficit is skyrocketing, in large part due to the huge spending on Obamacare despite its failure to improve anyone’s health. The American military is a shadow of its former self due to the savage cutbacks he’s made to its funding (not to mention the obligatory gay sex in the ranks.) Terrorists, who had been on the ropes in 2008, are in control of the Middle East and are now threatening our southern border. Tens of millions of illegal immigrants have been given amnesty since he stopped deportations in 2009. Taxes are at an all-time high, and families which are barely getting by as it is face financial ruin by the death tax should any of them die.

    And let’s not even mention the mandatory propaganda favoring deviant sexual practices that Obama is pushing out with is “Common Core” program.

  • slc1

    Oh this is rich, Ted Cruz is now, apparently, doing a 90 degree shift in his position on same sex marriage, saying that he wouldn’t have a problem if one of his daughters declared herself to be a lesbian and that the issue should be left to the states. This is the same asshole who introduced a Constitutional Amendment to restrict marriage to 1 man and 1 woman. This deceleration was made in the apartment of 2 gay hoteliers in New York. As I have said repeatedly, including earlier on in this thread, Cruz is a sociopath who will say anything, depending on his audience.

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  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    I’m waiting for Peak Political Wingnut, when the GOP is replaced by a machine that emits only one long, unrelenting dogwhistle.

    And, since Both Sides Are Equivalent®*, a Democrat will, I don’t know, advocate expanding and improving social programs instead of cutting and crippling them, or something equally unseemly, like stand up for himself.

     

    * Both Sides Are Equivalent, copyright Mainstream Media.

  • caseloweraz

    @D. C. Sessions:

    You forgot how Obama has folded in the face of opposition from Vladimir Putin, and how he’s about to guarantee that Iran will get nuclear weapons.

    Oh, and he puts Dijon mustard on hamburgers.

  • theguy

    “he’s an unmitigated socialist”

    Corporate profits are way up, and the Dow keeps hitting new highs.

    “what he believes is profoundly dangerous”

    Look who’s talking, chickenshit.”

    “and he’s undermined the Constitution”

    By supporting torture? No? By pushing the ACA, I’m guessing?

    “and the role of America in the world.”

    Thousands of air strikes against ISIS and all you can do is lie and deny.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    It should be noted that the American Home Heating and Cooling Association recommends having your socialist mitigated every two years.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    They should fit quite happily with the Republican party in the US: he’s to the right of Bush. … Even Bush demanded a fig-leaf “authorization of force” in lieu of a declaration of war in Iraq and Afghanistan; he didn’t invade Libya despite an actual declaration of non-war from Congress.

    It’s rather strange to say that Obama’s foreign policy is to the right of Bush because he ordered airstrikes (not an invasion) that lasted a few weeks without the approval of a hostile Congress, when Bush started two major ground wars that dragged on for a decade. And in any case, Congressional approval isn’t a reasonable metric of how right-wing a policy is since every president has disregarded the War Powers Act when they felt like it. Belligerence, jingoism, massive military spending, and contempt for diplomacy is the mark of foreign policy right-wingerism, and on those scores Obama is well to the left of Bush.

  • Michael Heath

    daved writes:

    I don’t believe for a minute that Cruz doesn’t know what a socialist is. He just has no problems lying about Obama being one.

    I struggle to appreciate this oh so popular position when people who graduated from college demonstrate ignorance decades later. Mr. Cruz provides no evidence what he encountered in college stuck. Why should we conclude otherwise?

  • Who Cares

    @caseloweraz(#11):

    It is worse then that. He puts that mustard on, renamed by presidential decree back to, french fries.

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    To be fair, Cruz is an unmitigated moron.

  • slc1

    Re Crimson Clupeidea @ #17

    Not according to those who knew him at Harvard. Everybody who has ever dealt with Cruz has testified that he is brilliant. Former law professor Alan Dershowitz said he, along with Elizabeth Warren, was the best student he ever had in class.

    Re Michael Heath @ #15

    All I can go by is the testimony of people who knew Cruz at Harvard. They are unanimous in testifying that he is brilliant. I don’t think he suddenly got stupid or developed Alzheimers in the time intervening between then and now.

    Both Heath and Clupeidea are making what I consider a disastrous mistake in underestimating Cruz. I consider him to be a brilliant sociopath who combines high intelligence with a capacity for demagoguery that would make Joe McCarthy and Huey Long green with envy if they were still with us.

  • slc1

    By the way, IMHO, Bibi Netanyahu is a liar who would give Cruz a run for his money in the demagoguery department.

  • chris69

    Whenever i hear people calling Obama a “socialist” it always makes me want to respond “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means”

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    All I can go by is the testimony of people who knew Cruz at Harvard. They are unanimous in testifying that he is brilliant. I don’t think he suddenly got stupid or developed Alzheimers in the time intervening between then and now.

    You know, it’s possible for people to be smart in some ways and get good grades and yet have beliefs that are utterly stupid and irrational. Cruz’s messianic, cult-like religious beliefs, and even worse his belief in their infallibility, are as near as I can tell quite real. He was indoctrinated at a young age by his father and various right-wing “leadership” programs, which value fanatical adherence to doctrinaire conservatism above all else. In all likelihood, he’s not capable of knowing just how batshit insane half the things he says are because he comes from a culture in which that stuff is normal and never questioned. That’s how he has the smug, total assurance that he’s always right. Call that what you will, I call it stupidity.

  • daved
  • paul

    The S&P closed at 805.22 on January 20th, 2009. Today it closed at 2,112.93.

    WORST SOCIALIST EVER!

  • slc1

    Re Area Man @ #21

    You are making the assumption that he believes everything he says. Check out the New York Times story I linked to @ #9. I have severe doubts on that score.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    Funny to see this after I was browsing through an issue of Shotgun News(which rarely has much actual news on shotguns) in a local bookstore today. One of the writers claimed that many of the members of the current US Congress are Communists, and questioned whether US schools taught that the US won the Cold War. Given that he’s clueless about what a Communist is it makes me wonder what stupid ideas he has about guns.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Remember in the 1950s when politicians could ruin lives and win elections by calling other people communists? Cruz has simply updated an oldie but a goodie.

  • Kimpatsu

    Examples of socialism:

    Any foot ball match, because it involves a team cooperating towards a common goal.

    The military (otherwise you need to hire mercenaries, who will change allegiance if paid enough)

    Healthcare in all major nations except the USA, where people cannot obtain access to a doctor

    The railways (most efficient and best of which are Japan and France)

    Passport service (yes, please privatise that; I’ll buy a second-hand US passport on the cheap…)

    And many more…

  • StevoR

    I’d have said Obama was a pretty damned mitigated socialist if he was even a socialist at all which he really actually ain’t!

    As others have already noted Cruz really doesn’t seem to know what the “socialist” word even means , which staggering political ignorance should rule him (& many like him) unfit to contend for or serve any political office much above local dog catcher in responsibility really.

  • lorn

    On the right the term “socialist” is used for anyone who advocates or promotes anything for the common good or common wealth that isn’t optimized to exploit weakness to maximize private profits. This includes the minimum wage, mileage standards for vehicles, energy efficiency standards for appliances, building codes, OSHA rules, etcetera. Also any sort of collective action, unions, public transportation, legal protection of workers and consumers are all considered “socialist”.

    The term is also used as a generalized slur.

    I’m tempted to laugh at Cruz for his stupidity and dismiss him as a ridiculous clown. In a just and righteous world he would be a flash in the pan. This isn’t a just or righteous world.

    He is treacherous, manipulative, and smart. Cruz is exactly the sort of ruthless manipulator and opportunist that can accrue power quickly by playing both sides against the middle. In many ways he reminds me of a certain Austrian corporal who was also widely underestimated. Right up to the moment when he took over and turned the tables on the people who thought they could use and control him. The world was never the same.

  • Loqi

    Former law professor Alan Dershowitz said he, along with Elizabeth Warren, was the best student he ever had in class.

    It’s strange that he would say that, seeing as how Warren went to Rutgers…

  • colnago80

    Re Loqi @ #30

    Absolutely correct. Ms. Warren was a law professor at Harvard and possibly Dershowitz was referring not to a performance in his class in Constitutional Law but to his interactions with her as a faculty colleague.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    Whenever i hear people calling Obama a “socialist” it always makes me want to respond “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means”

    They think it means n*gg*r.