American Politics Journal Endorses Beto O’Rourke, with pleasure.
This week finds Beto O’Rourke, who I endorsed more than two months ago, has won the endorsement of both the Dallas Morning News and the Houston Chronicle. In my opinion both editorial boards felt as I did when I learned that Senator Ted Cruz was, in fact, running for re-election to the United States Senate even though he I generally loathed by most members of Congress – on and off the record – as well as President Trump who decided to endorse Cruz only after his advisors checked the polls and saw Beto lagging behind Cruz by as much as nine points a week ago – a poll that I found ingenuous, so much so that I believed Cruz most likely hired the Russians or some such to bring in the race for him. The Chronicle endorsed Cruz in 2012, the Morning News did mention then that Cruz, as Attorney General of Texas, had absolutely no legislative experience, but the editors in Dallas also seemed to know that even Cruz was not the person you would want to be an illustration for your son or daughter when thinking about voting for the first time.
I in my head, I do not know for sure that Beto O’Rourke will during the first week of November. In my heart I know that he should. This last person this nation needs to preserve in the Senate is Ted Cruz in my opinion. He would do far better as a prosecutor or investment banker like his wife than as a Senator who must judge, not only literate “law” but also non-literate emotions of Americans and even colleagues who have core principles which Cruz seems to lack. I am not familiar enough with Texan politics – but then again, I was familiar with Anne Richards who I adored as a true leader we could all look up to – and so did Texas voters.
I find it interesting that both the Dallas and Houston editorial boards favored Beto O’Rourke for similar reasons. The Chronicle was easier on Cruz, remarking also about that which they agreed with the Senator on – but was more interested in this period of our history – which to me to far too similar with 1930’s Germany under Hitler – and so I studied Beto O’Rourke and found I would be proud of his service in the Senate. I am no longer a registered Democrat, but was until the turn of this Century where I switched to an independent because I saw, close up, far too much corruption and carelessness with both political parties in the early 2000s.
I have no proven reason to believe that Ted Cruz is corrupt, but I do believe he is an egotistical fool who used his own status as a Cuban émigré to move him through the more difficult patches we all suffer, and then turned around this year and accused O’Rourke of posing as a Hispanic while Cruz posed as Ted rather than Rafael to move through the unfair world of politics played American style. Cruz was a gunfighter without a soul, Beto O’Rourke appears to be a man truly, almost over so, because he not only looked after his District as a member of the House, but was sure to visit what seemed every town and burg in Texas to get to know what both East and West Texans morality lay. I have never seen even a speck of non-transactional policy from Cruz or any politician since Governor George Wallace.
I did not trust Cruz because he could not raise the funds to run for the Senate in 2012 so he simply went to Goldman Sacks, his wife’s employer and borrowed far more money he could pay back at that time. I thought using an investment bank on Wall Street a bit too obviously convenient – far too so, to be a great or even so-so Senator. Cruz proved my feelings true as he spent six years making nothing but enemies throughout the Congress – and on both sides of “the Aisle” in spades. He was called “evil” by more than one Senator and senate staffers had trouble stomaching him. His own party became almost a vomitoria when Cruz decided to run for President in 2015 – just the thought that was beyond rational to anyone I spoke with at that time, and even today Ted Cruz has not changed. He is for Ted Cruz and I expect he will continue to be for the rest of his life. So I wish him and his wife and daughters a fine and respectable life filled with happiness instead of his dueling in a complex government where feelings are often more important than a literal read of the great document which is our law – the United States Constitution- so poorly written that we had no choice even in the late 1700s to not add the Supreme Court that our government today faces at almost every juncture.
Most interesting in this regard was a friend close to the White House alerting me that President Trump was planning on backing Cruz after Cruz had insulted Donald Trump so snidely and far too seriously to be taken as in any other totality or absoluteness. I can certainly see the President endorsing Cruz because Trump was led to believe that Cruz would win based on poorly done polls – in my estimation. (Let me add that I don’t think any political poll is reliable until after elections are over – the nation is thus so dedicated to murdering our antitheses that a poll measures mostly who will stick to a murder plan and who might not. I think his Trump’s move to endorse Cruz was a mistake that may cost him and the Republican party which he now controls for all intents.
Rather than excess further talk about Ted Cruz – let me tell you why I endorse Beto O’Rourke.
First, he did not name himself Beto as Cruz lied trying to make O’Rourke either a racist or a user. – Beto was what he was called from the time he was a child something natural in the part of Texas he was raised.
More important a man like Beto O’Rourke is not only needed but necessary in today’s national disorder. Certainly, we don’t need someone who prefers to shut down the Senate by reading Dr. Seuss books to the Senate for what seemed weeks not only a day or so.
Beto O’Rourke is entirely eloquent on the issues that face Texans and the nation. He does not attempt to ignore the Republican or the right-winger, but more to understand him or her and why they feel as they do, even when he disagrees. In this way ne eclipses his opponent who waxes derisory in almost everything he stands for or sits out.
Ted Cruz is a TeaPartier, no matter how he attempts to fool us away from lust for their votes – from a far too “old-fashioned” group of mobile home denizens unhappy with everyone and everyone except themselves. Beto O’Rourke is not. Beto O’Rourke is concerned with the people who Tea Partiers ignore and even hate outright. While Cruz was reading “Green Eggs and Ham” as a no-one in the Senate, Beto O’Rourke embraces good healthcare for all and work on our environment without being a tree-hugger. O’Rourke is not a business whore or a literalist when it comes to the Constitution. Cruz’ stunt leading the charge to shut down the government as a junior-childish Senator did not end up doing a thing to do what Cruz hoped – to destroy the Obama Affordable Care Act. In fact, what he did accomplish was costing Americans several billion dollars as the majority of the Senate lolled in disbelief.
Beto O’Rourke is a Progressive. He would like to see immigration reform and more kindness to immigrants in general including Dreamers.
He knows that Texans are more conservative than most Americans for a variety of reasons. He cares about what these conservatives believe in and he is aware of the vast numbers of military serving in the State. He disagrees with Trump on free trade, markets globally and links these to important business in Houston and elsewhere in the state.
“Lucifer in the flesh,” is how Republican former Republican House Speaker John Boehner described Cruz, adding: “I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.” Lindsey Graham, another Senator I can’t respect and a Republican from South Carolina, said: “If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you.”, according the Houston Chronicle.
O’Rourke has spent his life in on the border between Mexico and the USA. He is more than discouraged with President Thump’s ludicrous positions on Medians as criminals and worse and naturally opposes Trump’s Wall and opposes it also and interestingly because of Federal Eminent Domain which has become a large issue with cattlemen across the country. Did I say cattlemen?
Here is the Houston Chronicle underscored in its endorsement of O’Rourke;
“There’s one more reason O’Rourke should represent Texas in the U.S. Senate: He would help to serve as a check on a president who is a danger to the republic. Cruz is unwilling to take on that responsibility. Indeed, the man who delighted in calling the Texas senator “Lyin’ Ted” all through the 2016 presidential campaign, who insulted Cruz’s wife and his father, is bringing his traveling campaign medicine show to Houston next week to buoy the Cruz campaign. The hyperbole, the hypocrisy and the rancorous hot air just might blow the roof off the Toyota Center.”…”Ted Cruz is the junior senator from Texas in name only. Exhibiting little interest in addressing the needs of his fellow Texans during his six years in office, he has kept his eyes on a higher prize. He’s been running for president since he took the oath of office — more likely since he picked up his class schedule as a 15?year?old ninth?grader at Houston’s Second Baptist High School more than three decades ago. For Cruz, public office is a private quest; the needs of his constituents are secondary.”
The Dallas Morning News Goes Further:
“When, in the course of human events, a people become so divided among themselves that they can no longer engage in meaningful political discourse or even remain civil to one another, it is time to take bold steps forward.
In looking at the race for United States Senate in Texas, we recognize that this country stands on a precipice.Whether we fall off the edge depends on how we answer this question: Can we set policy differences aside, even for a moment, and agree to treat each other with the respect befitting a great nation, with acknowledgment of the humanity of each person?
We have been at divisive political moments before, and we know those often end when leaders emerge who find ways to get along personally even when they are engaged in grand, tectonic political debates. That is one of the underappreciated stories of the 1980s, when President Ronald Reagan and House Speaker Tip O’Neill worked together. Even when they fought it out on tough issues, they fostered an enduring friendship. For this reason, more than any other, we favor U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke for
Beto O’Rourke is not a whiner or desk pounder. His tone is far different than Cruz’s. The “far different” that need from at least 80 members of Congress today. He is optimistic. He looks for things in common with Republicans and works to find agreement somewhere in the middle and he understand that the guidance required in the Senate is taking care of problems and good postures that are meaningless. Importantly O’Rourke is sick about Cruz’ agreeing with the President on withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement – which the oil business, though cautiously, has adopted in several meaningful ways despite Cruz’ foolish and sycophantic agreement with Trump on that disastrous move that made us fools in front of a world that most often looked to us for top=drawer leadership and not the destruction of 30 years of international Science which proves the naysayers wrong on a minute by minute basis as well as the unbridled terror of current weather patterns brought on by our reckless pollution of our environments in the air, soil, and oceans of the Earth.
The Dallas Morning News also schooled me on one other matter, that O’Rourke also took the dangerous step of saying publicly that he would vote to impeach Donald Trump but continued to favor Trump’s past and often references to Cruz as “Lyin’ Ted” which I must admit I have done myself and in strong written rants. (And proud of it).
For me, Beto (Robert) O’Rourke has given me reason to watch myself. He has ingeniously realized that Texas voters, too are tired of the ridiculous warfare going on between left leaning and ultra-right citizens. The proof of this, according to Dallas beliefs are the daily starvation Texans feel for the almost erased need as an American had the nerve to present a unifying campaign even it meant
Disagreeing with the majority on this or that issue – unimportant today as we witness numerous bombs being planted in mailboxes by who-know-who to scare the willikers out of our children and all of us – My grandmother never told me what “willikers” are – and to this day I know that she would say “Gee willikers Jeffrey! That guy, Beetle O’Rourke is one heckuva guy.”
Jeffrey Koopersmith, Editor Emeritus
& Don Wynner, Editor