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Ted Cruz, Leninist (That's a new tactic!)
The Atlantic ^ | September 27, 2013 | Jack M. Balkin

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 ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2016; cruz; obamacare; tedcruz

1 posted on 09/27/2013 8:11:19 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Atlantic is as irrelevant as ever. The coffee table ornament for English professors.


2 posted on 09/27/2013 8:13:22 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The flak is thick enough to walk on.

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.

3 posted on 09/27/2013 8:16:42 PM PDT by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

FUA


4 posted on 09/27/2013 8:18:55 PM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


5 posted on 09/27/2013 8:23:38 PM PDT by econjack (If you ask questions, you may look stupid. If you don't ask questions, you will STAY stupid.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

The Atlantic is still in business? :-)


6 posted on 09/27/2013 8:23:52 PM PDT by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
There is no doubt that the GOP is in search of a leader.
There is no doubt that Cruz is a leader.
So where is the tie to Lenin in all of this?
7 posted on 09/27/2013 8:25:46 PM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.

Lie-Beral Projection


8 posted on 09/27/2013 8:26:03 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Pox

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.


9 posted on 09/27/2013 8:26:14 PM PDT by SADMILLIE (r)
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To: econjack

I might remind you that Cruz is a:
REPUBLICAN!


10 posted on 09/27/2013 8:27:20 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good Lord, what a barfer of an article. And his historical allusion isn’t even correct..


11 posted on 09/27/2013 8:29:23 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Barack Barry Hussein Soetoro Obama, America's first woman president..)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In some sense this is a repeat of the conservative movement's playbook from 1964 on: Push moderates out of the Republican Party and make it a wholly owned subsidiary of the conservative movement.

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?

12 posted on 09/27/2013 8:30:18 PM PDT by GOPJ ( Politicians who fear the people seek to disarm them. - - Bill St. Clair)
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To: econjack

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.


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.


13 posted on 09/27/2013 8:32:04 PM PDT by KittenClaws ( You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


14 posted on 09/27/2013 8:33:11 PM PDT by freedom462
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To: GOPJ

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.


15 posted on 09/27/2013 8:35:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: oldbrowser
So where is the tie to Lenin in all of this?

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.

16 posted on 09/27/2013 8:37:30 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: econjack; texas booster; B4Ranch; All

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.


17 posted on 09/27/2013 8:40:15 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: GOPJ
Romney or McCain could easily fit into the Democrat party...

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.

But McCain...???

18 posted on 09/27/2013 8:42:10 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

someone tell the writer that analogies MUST be appropriate in all regards in order to.....work

Lenin?? not so much


19 posted on 09/27/2013 8:47:38 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Don't care for his lack of insight into conservatives but I read your comments 2nd and ordered his I Ching book from Amazon...

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."

20 posted on 09/27/2013 8:48:23 PM PDT by GOPJ ( Politicians who fear the people seek to disarm them. - - Bill St. Clair)
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To: SADMILLIE
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.

Um, hello. Just who is it you're talking to?

21 posted on 09/27/2013 8:51:08 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: okie01

Add linda Graham to your Easily Fit list.


22 posted on 09/27/2013 8:51:20 PM PDT by upchuck (nobamacare must be stopped before it can live down to our expectations.)
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To: okie01

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 ?


23 posted on 09/27/2013 8:52:25 PM PDT by sunrise_sunset
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

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


24 posted on 09/27/2013 8:56:42 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Unemployment is so high...its getting harder for Obama to job people anymore)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The moderates are mostly gone.

$0.7 trillion deficit, $17 trillion debt, $92 trillion in unfunded liabilities and we are "immoderate" radicals?


25 posted on 09/27/2013 9:04:29 PM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Big deal. A lot of people enjoy the music of John Lenin. Bob


26 posted on 09/27/2013 9:05:05 PM PDT by alstewartfan ("Guardian angels, wherever you may be Reach down and keep my soul for me. Al Stewart)
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To: alstewartfan
No, no. He means the Lenin Sisters. Man, could they ever sing harmony.

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.

27 posted on 09/27/2013 9:17:03 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin are counter-revolutionaries


28 posted on 09/27/2013 9:19:08 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ted Cruz = Reagan, roughly 1973....


29 posted on 09/27/2013 9:21:23 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Fine, say he’s a Leninist. Shouldn’t the media praise him for this? maybe this is a great new tactic?


30 posted on 09/27/2013 9:37:23 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: GOPJ
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

Well, it sounds like the writer succeeded in abandoning logical and linear thinking.

31 posted on 09/27/2013 10:18:53 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Pox

“The flak is thick enough to walk on.”

They sure are afraid of the Cruz missile... and they should be.


32 posted on 09/27/2013 11:24:36 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: freedom462
So the professor is projecting that which he knows best onto our modern political system.

Like most college professors, he knows Lenin and the 1917 Revolution better than he knows our current political reality.

33 posted on 09/28/2013 3:26:57 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

So true. They published some Raymond Carver stories on occasion. Carver died in 1988.


34 posted on 09/28/2013 4:32:27 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“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.


35 posted on 09/28/2013 4:38:16 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: sergeantdave

That’s great, but bring back American manufacturing, and American businesses.

Now.

The GOP is completely out to lunch, on the matter of American jobs.

Buy American.


36 posted on 09/28/2013 4:43:06 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: KittenClaws

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.


37 posted on 09/28/2013 4:45:53 AM PDT by EnquiringMind
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

“That’s 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.


38 posted on 09/28/2013 5:19:36 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: sergeantdave

“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.


39 posted on 09/28/2013 5:28:37 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Balkin is a racist who hates Cruz because he’s Hispanic. everyone who disagrees with Cruz is a racist.


40 posted on 09/28/2013 5:32:37 AM PDT by SUSSA
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
The Atlantic is as irrelevant as ever.

True, but....

"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.

41 posted on 09/28/2013 5:37:58 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, no! Talking points mixup! Atlanta JC said he was the McCarthy! Can’t be both !


42 posted on 09/28/2013 6:08:32 AM PDT by Red Boots
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To: Kansas58
I might remind you that Cruz is a: REPUBLICAN!

Yeah, so's John McCain. What's your point.

43 posted on 09/28/2013 8:43:26 AM PDT by econjack (If you ask questions, you may look stupid. If you don't ask questions, you will STAY stupid.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obamacare will be the big-government equivalent of crystal-meth: an addictive substance that destroys your health.

I could not have said it better myself.

44 posted on 09/28/2013 10:48:04 AM PDT by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: econjack

That you need to focus on your enemies, and not become part of the “circular firing squad” that Cruz, himself has complained about.


45 posted on 09/28/2013 11:01:02 AM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Kansas58

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.


46 posted on 09/28/2013 11:04:26 AM PDT by econjack (If you ask questions, you may look stupid. If you don't ask questions, you will STAY stupid.)
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To: Billthedrill

I thought that the Lenin *sisters* were now ensconced on the Supreme Court. Oh well. Bob


47 posted on 09/28/2013 1:26:31 PM PDT by alstewartfan ("Guardian angels, wherever you may be Reach down and keep my soul for me. Al Stewart)
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To: Graewoulf

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


48 posted on 09/28/2013 10:11:49 PM PDT by B4Ranch (AGENDA: Grinding America Down ----- <<http://vimeo.com/63749370)
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