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Ted Cruz: 'Our democratic process is broken and corrupt right now'
Washington Examiner ^ | APRIL 30, 2014 AT 3:23 PM | Joel Gehrke

Posted on 04/30/2014 10:00:40 PM PDT by SoConPubbie

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, denounced the current electoral rules as "broken and corrupt" because they favor incumbents, as he responded to retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' argument in favor of a constitutional amendment that would allow Congress to cap campaign donations.

"Our democratic process is broken and corrupt right now because politicians in both parties hold on to incumbency," Cruz said during a Senate hearing Wednesday. "We need to empower the individual citizens."

Stevens made a series of arguments in favor of "reasonable" limits on campaign donations. "All elected officials would lead happier lives and be better able to perform there public responsibilities if they did not have to spend so much time raising money," he told the Senate Rules and Administration Committee before Cruz spoke.

The Texas freshman didn't dispute how limits would affect the happiness quotient for politicians. "Campaign finance reform is all about 'lower the limits, lower the limits, restrict the speech, restrict the speech,' and what happens is the only people who can win elections then are incumbent politicians, because incumbent politicians have armies of lobbyists and entrenched interests that raise the money and fund them, and any challenger that comes across has to raise the money," Cruz said. "And if you don't have an army of thousands upon thousands of bundlers, you cannot effectively challenge an incumbent. And that is not the unintended effect of these laws, that is the intended effect."

If Stevens' rules had been in place in 2012, Cruz would likely have lost badly to Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in his Senate campaign.

"Dewhurst has hauled in more than half a million dollars from business PACs, which is 33 times Cruz's take from business PACs. K Street lobbying firms are siding with Dewhurst, too," as the Washington Examiner's Tim Carney wrote during their campaign. "The PACs of Greenberg Traurig, K&L Gates, McGuire Woods and other lobbying firms have donated to Dewhurst.

"One Dewhurst-supporting lobbyist in attendance told me, however, that the crowd was more 'Texas-heavy' than K Street-dominated," Carney mentioned while reporting on a particular fundraiser -- an observation that makes sense given Dewhurst's broad power over the Texas legislature by virtue of his position as lieutenant governor and president of the Texas Senate.

Cruz, a relatively unknown candidate, relied on grassroots donors from around the country and conservative groups such as the Club for Growth and Senate Conservatives Fund.

Stevens' preferred policy would have cut off such out-of-state funds. "Voters' fundamental right to participate in electing their own political leaders is far more compelling than the right of non-voters, such as corporations and non-residents, to support or oppose candidates for public office," Stevens said.

Cruz isn't the only outsider, insurgent candidate to win a major upset victory by relying on tactics frowned upon by campaign finance hawks.

"Barack Obama rejected public funding for the fall presidential campaign yesterday, a dramatic blow to 1970s good-government reform that has been overwhelmed by an explosion of private money," as the Boston Globe reported in 2008.

"In a video message to his supporters, Obama explained his reversal by asserting that the public-financing system is irreparably broken and he is instead involving the public through his 'grassroots movement' of 1.5 million donors, many of whom give small amounts."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cruz; tedcruz
"If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures." - Alexander Hamilton
 
"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates wouldn’t make any sense at all." -- President Ronald Reagan
 
"A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." - Thomas Paine 1792
 
"It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." - Samuel Adams
 
"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams
 

1 posted on 04/30/2014 10:00:40 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig; Caipirabob; Clump; ColdOne; Monterrosa-24; ilgipper; ...
Ted Cruz Ping!

If you want on/off this ping list, please let me know.

Please beware, this is a high-volume ping list!
2 posted on 04/30/2014 10:02:00 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie
dewhurst...lol..Maybe there is a God...
3 posted on 04/30/2014 10:07:04 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: SoConPubbie

You think it broken and corrupt right now, wait until the Clintons are back in there. Hide your wallet.


4 posted on 04/30/2014 10:10:24 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
You think it broken and corrupt right now, wait until the Clintons are back in there. Hide your wallet.

It's no longer just my wallet I am afraid of being raided.

It's my disappearing basic rights and liberties.

We no longer have the luxury of playing the "Lessor of two evil" game.

Either we get some real conservative leadership in Washington now, or, as the Democrats and/or pretend Republicans take away more of our rights/liberties then we are headed towards a physical altercation that will end in bloodshed.
5 posted on 04/30/2014 10:15:19 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

wallet’s empty. unless they will take an empty wallet.


6 posted on 04/30/2014 10:19:06 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Repeat after me. “We are not a democracy.”


7 posted on 04/30/2014 10:47:55 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: SoConPubbie
Ted Cruz: 'Our democratic process is broken and corrupt right now'

So WHEN will someone take the LEAD and begin wielding the terrible swift sword of justice?

8 posted on 04/30/2014 10:48:27 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: SoConPubbie

What’s this about the “process.” It’s the PEOPLE in Washington who are corrupt.

You can’t have a whole political party devoted to killing babies, and who believe that 57 million dead babies is not enough, and have anything resembling legitimate government.


9 posted on 04/30/2014 11:12:24 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: Arthur McGowan





10 posted on 05/01/2014 12:38:43 AM PDT by 867V309 (GOPe? NOPe!)
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To: 867V309
Is there any way we can vaporize these two?...turn them into puffs of smoke?
11 posted on 05/01/2014 1:09:16 AM PDT by itssme
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To: SoConPubbie
"The first instinct of power is the retention of power, and, under a Constitution that requires periodic elections, that is best achieved by the suppression of election time speech."

[Antonin Scalia]

12 posted on 05/01/2014 2:14:36 AM PDT by NY.SS-Bar9 (Those that vote for a living outnumber those that work for one.)
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To: NY.SS-Bar9
"The first instinct of power is the retention of power, and, under a Constitution that requires periodic elections, that is best achieved by the suppression of election time speech."

[Antonin Scalia]


Is that really a quote from Scalia?

If so, he's not the hero I thought he was.
13 posted on 05/01/2014 2:29:36 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: 867V309

That should settle any doubts.


14 posted on 05/01/2014 2:53:41 AM PDT by Heart of Georgia
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To: SoConPubbie

“Is that really a quote from Scalia?

If so, he’s not the hero I thought he was.”

I read it as Scalia criticizing those who want to hold on to power — not that he wants suppression of speech — but they do.


15 posted on 05/01/2014 3:09:31 AM PDT by Heart of Georgia
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To: SoConPubbie

Fix campaign finance like this:

1) Only individuals eligible to vote may make campaign contributions, in any amount. Since organizations can’t vote, it seems clear the founders did not intend “organizational interests” to influence campaigns. No contributions from foreign sources, period.

2) Names and amounts donated would be immediately disclosed on campaign websites. I don’t want to hear about privacy here. You can’t, on the one hand, demand the right to make contributions as “political speech” and, on the other, demand to keep such “speech” secret. It can’t be speech if you don’t want it heard. Funds would be held in escrow until the eligibility of the contributor is verified. No more “oops I used your illegal contribution to get my campaign rolling, but I’ll give it back since it was discovered.”

3) Outsize contributions would be acceptable as prima facie evidence of bribery if actions taken by the candidate, once elected, specifically benefit the donor. Officials would be prosecutable. In any case, we would know clearly who was in the pocket of whom. Political officers would be presumed guilty until they make a case for innocence.

4) So called “issue ads” by non-campaign organizations would be subject to the same disclosure requirements. Only voting individuals may contribute, full disclosure of names and amounts.


16 posted on 05/01/2014 3:19:06 AM PDT by motor_racer (Who will bell the cat?)
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To: SoConPubbie
It is, but you have mistaken his intent.

Read his dissent here

17 posted on 05/01/2014 3:45:24 AM PDT by NY.SS-Bar9 (Those that vote for a living outnumber those that work for one.)
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To: motor_racer

There is no way to control it in monetary terms.

I think the better way is election changes.

1. The current House of Representatives should have many more people than what they do. For a nation of 300 million, the House should have in the neighborhood of 3000 members.

Much smaller congressional districts make KNOWING the people you vote for a much more likely result.

2. Repeal the 17th amendment, and then put Senatorial selection back in the hands of state legislatures.

3. Return the presidential election to the Electoral College, and with the larger House of 3000 members, the battle in each district will be over the ELECTOR that that congressional district chooses. The College will then choose the president with the majority of EC votes. In other words, it will be a republic and not a democracy. We know that majority rule doesn’t work.

4. Amend the constitution to require term limits for all federal legislators, senators, judges, presidents, and the upper two levels of civil type service.


18 posted on 05/01/2014 3:50:08 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: SoConPubbie
Our Republic was founded under a set of guiding principles that I consider God-inspired. That said, the protections they provide were intended to be managed and enforced by honest men and women.

Unfortunately, they have been used against us by evil people to weaken nearly every protection there is. In my opinion, this continual slide to ignominy won't be cured by voting.

19 posted on 05/01/2014 4:12:33 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Heart of Georgia

Me too. He doesn’t come off as a proponent of it - he is stating the tactics used by Democrats/liberals.


20 posted on 05/01/2014 4:14:07 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: SoConPubbie

You think so, Ted?


21 posted on 05/01/2014 4:44:26 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: SoConPubbie
Congress is where you go to get FILTHY RICH and really not have to work for it, it's kind of like a life time free pass to Disney World, all you have to do is show up; vote to spend more of taxpayers money, then retire to a global corporations board of directors.
22 posted on 05/01/2014 5:19:57 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: 867V309

0CommieCare and Amnesty will guarantee our pockets are lined for decades. I love you, man.

23 posted on 05/01/2014 5:47:06 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: 867V309

OH’s Boehner will do anything to get IL’s Obama to say something nice about him.


24 posted on 05/01/2014 6:08:47 AM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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To: SoConPubbie

Scalia is not endorsing suppression of speech here; he is saying that suppression of free speech works to the advantage of socialists.


25 posted on 05/01/2014 6:11:56 AM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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To: Theodore R.

You’re correct. Which is why Scalia opposes the finance limits, because he knows that they favour the incumbents. Imagine a war where you have to attack an entrenched enemy and being told that you have to limit yourself to the same number of troops as the enemy. When you are attacking an established opponent you need even more resources to overcome the natural advantages of incumbency.


26 posted on 05/01/2014 6:22:31 AM PDT by littleharbour
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To: PoloSec
Congress is where you go to get FILTHY RICH and really not have to work for it, it's kind of like a life time free pass to Disney World, all you have to do is show up; vote to spend more of taxpayers money, then retire to a global corporations board of directors.

True enough. And, that makes it all the more remarkable that JFKerry was a financially poor senator until he married up.

27 posted on 05/01/2014 6:44:19 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Theodore R.; NY.SS-Bar9; Heart of Georgia
Scalia is not endorsing suppression of speech here; he is saying that suppression of free speech works to the advantage of socialists.

My bad.

I shouldn't try to comprehend/analyze things at 2:00 AM in the morning. :)
28 posted on 05/01/2014 7:05:54 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

I figured something like that caused you to misinterpret. We all do it at times.


29 posted on 05/01/2014 12:33:19 PM PDT by Heart of Georgia
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To: 867V309

That pic....looks very odd.


30 posted on 05/01/2014 12:38:37 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: 867V309

“You know what?”

“You’re all right.”

“I love you.”

“You’re my best friend.”


31 posted on 05/01/2014 9:23:48 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Isn’t it true that when his first wife threw him out for cheating, he actually lived in his car for awhile? Wouldn’t be hard for a Senator, since they have a gym, showers, etc.


32 posted on 05/01/2014 9:25:57 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: Arthur McGowan

I heard about the car... or living in his office. I didn’t hear why the first wife tossed him, though. Haha, JF’nK. As loyal personally as he is politically.


33 posted on 05/02/2014 5:05:10 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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