Skip to comments.Ted Cruz, Leninist (That's a new tactic!)
Posted on 09/27/2013 8:11:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Critics think the Tea Party senator is being self-defeating, but his antics make sense if he's actually trying to remake the Republican Party in his image.
What's Ted Cruz up to? Is he a political idiot or a political savant?
Many people have argued that his antics, however well designed to appeal to the Tea Party and the Republican-primary voting base, also seem equally well designed to anger his Republican colleagues in Congress, "establishment" Republicans, and organs of opinion like the Wall Street Journal editorial page, and, perhaps more important, big business and big-money donors whose support Cruz will need if he runs for president in 2016. And what he is doing won't stop Obamacare. So it seems like his strategy of alienating his colleagues in the Senate is doomed to failure and he is just being intransigent for the hell of it.
But let's suppose Cruz sees something (or is betting on something) that his opponents in the Republican Party don't see. Then his actions make a lot more sense. He is not a terrorist or a bomb thrower. He is a Leninist. He wants to sow discord among his erstwhile allies so that he can seize control.
Suppose you thought that the Republican coalition is fracturing, that traditional Republican leadership can no longer hold the party together, and that the leadership is too willing to capitulate to its political opponents on the left.
Suppose you are also convinced that Obamacare will be a total disaster. Once in place, constituencies will form that will make difficult to repeal, yet it will make most ordinary Americans deeply unhappy. Obamacare will be the big-government equivalent of crystal-meth: an addictive substance that destroys your health. When the public finally realizes, it will abandon the Democrats in droves and look for an alternative...
(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...
The Atlantic is as irrelevant as ever. The coffee table ornament for English professors.
Obviously, conservatives understand the wailing from the MSM. Cruz needs to be defended by conservatives in any and all venues. He is representing us like no other at this point in time, and if we don’t have his back, we are useless.
The fact the GOP is going after one of their own because he carries a message that reflects the sentiment of over 60% of the population has finally pushed me out of the GOP corner. I’m done.
The Atlantic is still in business? :-)
Then his actions make a lot more sense. He is not a terrorist or a bomb thrower. He is a Leninist. He wants to sow discord among his erstwhile allies so that he can seize control.
I am asking all to stand with Tea Party. They persecute us but we are here (in the millions). Do you have the guts to stand and save our country? Or are you just watching “ american Idle” and pulling for the faggots ans lesbian women? Get up and FIGHT! Your countr5y is going to shit.
I might remind you that Cruz is a:
Good Lord, what a barfer of an article. And his historical allusion isn’t even correct..
Is this guy for real? The GOP runs 'moderates' ... It's dems who traditionally run the most extreme liberal they can find... Obama's a perfect example. Obama is to the left of Putin.
Romney or McCain could easily fit into the Democrat party... Where does Atlantic find these folks? Have they ever met a conservative? Had a conversation with one?
The fact the GOP is going after one of their own because he carries a message that reflects the sentiment of over 60% of the population has finally pushed me out of the GOP corner. Im done.
I quit donating when bush sided with Vicente fox. But the r still had my vote.
Not anymore. I’m done as well.
And when I’m done, so are at least 10 more, and the 10 they know. Believe it or not I’m the politico of the family, the go- to for how they should vote (my lovely, conservatively uninformed family, lol!)
In 2016 , I’ll expect nothing less than a Ted Cruz, or similar, nomination, no RINO will win or lose with my vote.
So because he’s fighting the exact type of health care system, Lenin set out to implement by force, and is against forcing doctors to have their businesses being treated like the DMV, just as Lenin would have advocated, that makes him a modern day Lenin. Right, makes perfect sense /mega vomit tag.
Jack M. Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School, and the founder and director of Yale’s Information Society Project, an interdisciplinary center that studies law and new information technologies. More
Professor Balkin is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the author of over a hundred articles in different fields including constitutional theory, Internet law, freedom of speech, reproductive rights, legal philosophy, and social theory. He writes political and legal commentary at Balkinization. His books include Living Originalism; Constitutional Redemption; The Constitution in 2020 (with Reva Siegel); The State of Play: Law Games and Virtual Worlds (with Beth Noveck); Cybercrime: Digital Cops in a Networked Environment (with James Grimmelmann et al.); Cultural Software: A Theory of Ideology; The Laws of Change: I Ching and the Philosophy of Life; What Brown v. Board of Education Should Have Said; and What Roe v. Wade Should Have Said.
Though the author never gets around to saying it, he is correlating the battle between the RINO establishment and the conservative base to the Menshevik-Bolshevik struggle within the Soviet Communist party -- whence Lenin's minority overcame the majority and seized power.
The old GOP died when Romney lost in 2012.
We are just now finally casting off the dead weight of the old GOP.
Their lingering stench was decreased a lot this week by nice cool breezes coming out of TEXAS and Utah.
Interesting to consider. Do you think the Democrats would want McCain, should he offer to cross the aisle?
Romney, they'd take, of course -- because of his money.
someone tell the writer that analogies MUST be appropriate in all regards in order to.....work
Lenin?? not so much
The Laws of Change: I Ching and the Philosophy of Life... From the Amazon site:
"Balkin, a Yale law professor, offers an engaging translation and interpretation of this Chinese classic. Based on a system of 64 hexagrams and their associated oracular statements, the I Ching began as a Bronze Age divination manual for rulers seeking advice on upcoming battles, marriage plans and human sacrifices, among other things. While it continues to be a popular medium for fortune-telling, centuries of scholarly commentary have made it a centerpiece of Confucian and Taoist philosophy. In addition to the text of the I Ching, Balkin provides a fascinating history of the work along with a lucid introduction to Chinese philosophy. But he is most interested in the I Ching as a system of practical wisdom applicable to everyday problems. By "enticing us to make sense of" its "vague and cryptic" language, he argues, it "induces us to abandon logical and linear thinking" and stimulates intuition and inspiration. Balkin includes detailed commentaries that help make sense of the book's pronouncements, which are sometimes self-evident ("Perseverance brings good fortune") but more often based on oblique metaphors ("Cart and axle separate / Husband and wife roll their eyes at each other" warns of "accidents" leading to "loss of dignity," while "He bites through the tender meat,/ So that his nose disappears / No blame" means that clearly beneficial reforms should be pursued energetically). Regardless of its prognosticatory powers, the I Ching's evocative imagery makes it a great work of literature, now more accessible than ever thanks to Balkin. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title."
Um, hello. Just who is it you're talking to?
Add linda Graham to your Easily Fit list.
Lenin won out because of World War I. The Bolsheviks were the only party to oppose the catastrophe and that put them in power. It’s really not that complicated and the not the result of some sort of murky power struggle.
And it has nothing to do with Ted Cruz. This writer is a Yale professor ?
For one to be Leninist....one must aspire to be Socialist/Communist...or support entities that are Socialist/Communist
Ted Cruz is the last one in the GOP to be Leninist
$0.7 trillion deficit, $17 trillion debt, $92 trillion in unfunded liabilities and we are "immoderate" radicals?
Big deal. A lot of people enjoy the music of John Lenin. Bob
He is a Leninist. He wants to sow discord among his erstwhile allies so that he can seize control.
For a Yale professor to reduce Lenin to that characterization is an indication either that he's a complete idiot or that he thinks that we are. No, please believe me, Cruz is not Lenin. He isn't really even a revolutionary, although to hear the shrieking on the Left at the moment - this article is a case in point - he's somewhere between Proudhon and Genghis Khan. This is simply silliness.
They're absolutely terrified of populists, because they figure that's their exclusive territory. It explains the phobic reaction against Sarah Palin. Cruz must be similarly demonized, similarly marginalized, similarly destroyed by any means necessary. If that includes a particularly adolescent attempt to equate him with Vladimir Ulyanov, then so be it. Whatever it takes. One almost pities the degradation of a Yale resume necessary to make this point, but one would be a fool to hire the fellow who makes it, because he is either profoundly dishonest or profoundly stupid.
Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin are counter-revolutionaries
Ted Cruz = Reagan, roughly 1973....
Fine, say he’s a Leninist. Shouldn’t the media praise him for this? maybe this is a great new tactic?
Well, it sounds like the writer succeeded in abandoning logical and linear thinking.
“The flak is thick enough to walk on.”
They sure are afraid of the Cruz missile... and they should be.
Like most college professors, he knows Lenin and the 1917 Revolution better than he knows our current political reality.
So true. They published some Raymond Carver stories on occasion. Carver died in 1988.
“When the public finally realizes, it will abandon the Democrats in droves and look for an alternative...”
That process is already happening: Republicans and conservatives control 26 states while rats control 11. In some states, not a single rat holds a statewide office.
I expect that within the next few years, rats will all be congregated on the west coast beaches and the Northeast. Everything else will be Indian territory for them. They’ll live in forts called big liberal cities like DC and fear venturing out without taking a platoon-size Pretorian guard with them for protection.
That’s great, but bring back American manufacturing, and American businesses.
The GOP is completely out to lunch, on the matter of American jobs.
That’s fine, but you’ll not be making a statement. That award goes to the millions who stayed home in 2012, those “upstanding” stay-at-home Christians who bestowed upon the rest of us 4 more years of misery.
“Thats great, but bring back American manufacturing, and American businesses.’
Absolutely. We need small machine shops turning out real steel fasteners like bolts and screws, not that ChiComm crap that strips out and can’t take torque. We need fabrication shops, tool and die companies and mini-manufacturers that can handle small orders.
“Ted Cruz, Leninist (That’s a new tactic!)”....
And so it starts, just like they did with Palin, the destruction of someone the libs and demodummies disagree with and are definitely afraid of.
It’s pretty obvious that Cruz and Palin are the real “patriots” and it is time for all of us who want to save this country to back people like those two.
Balkin is a racist who hates Cruz because he’s Hispanic. everyone who disagrees with Cruz is a racist.
"Obamacare will be the big-government equivalent of crystal-meth: an addictive substance that destroys your health. "
Support my contention that the left knows the truth and occasionally, if not couched in sarcasm, lets it slip out from time to time. The leftist media is evil, not stupid, the latter honor belongs to its consumer base.
Oh, no! Talking points mixup! Atlanta JC said he was the McCarthy! Can’t be both !
Yeah, so's John McCain. What's your point.
I could not have said it better myself.
That you need to focus on your enemies, and not become part of the “circular firing squad” that Cruz, himself has complained about.
Two years ago I may have agree, but it’s time for the GOP to clean house, and since they won’t do it, it’s up to us.
I thought that the Lenin *sisters* were now ensconced on the Supreme Court. Oh well. Bob
Cruz and Palin are PATRIOTS.
WHAT IS A PATRIOT?
PATRIOTS are not “Revolutionaries” trying to overthrow the government of the United States.
PATRIOTS are “Counter-Revolutionaries” trying to prevent the government of the United States,
from overthrowing the Constitution of the United States. - Unknown Author