I have seen the uptick in sign placement in Galveston advocating Beto O'Rourke for the senate seat held by Ted Cruz in the upcoming elections. I have no issues with his missteps in his youth, or how he was able to have his transgressions adjudicated. His personal life is of no consequence to me.

It is however disturbing that his projections mirror Leninist socialism and his presentation of support for the common man, and his dreams for the country border on a glazed-over communist manifesto.

Socialism hasn't done anything but bring countries to their knees. He advocates muddying the Constitution — and openly wants to impeach the first president of the United States that has had the guts and rudeness to make this country prosper and embrace nationalism.

I truly fear if we give in to unrealistic and unworkable mantras, we assure the greatness of America will be traded for a socialist, third-world country. Being a Democrat or Republican is not the answer. Being a patriot of the United States of America mirrors the strength of our underpinnings.

George Christie

Galveston

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Christopher Smith

This letter to the editor is classic fear mongering with zero truth behind it. I can understand not liking Beto's policy ideas but at least be honest about it. Beto has never said he is a socialist and he's not suggesting we be a socialist country. You can go to his website and see what he is actually proposing. For the economy he says he'd like to:
"Promote policies that encourage companies to focus on returning investments back to their consumer, their employees, and to the community.
Lower the barrier to entry for small businesses so that every entrepreneur or emerging growth company can have an opportunity to be successful.
Promote regulations that protect consumers, promote competition and grow the economy.
Support stronger antitrust regulations that break up monopolies and trusts that stifle competition and innovation."
You can see for yourself: https://betofortexas.com/issues/
If you are going to attack someone at least be honest.

Kay Lowell

Totally agree with your statment. This candidate actually cares what constituents think, and has made an effort to visit all 254 Texas counties. He is currently serving on the House Committee for Veteran's Affairs and the House Committe on Armed Services His record can be found here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/beto_orourke/412575

Paula Flinn

I agree with Christopher Smith. Fearing others, by itself, is a hollow campaign.

Gary Miller

Lennin said if I have your youth I have your country. In our schools our youth are indocterated by socialist teachers. Taught only the good about socialism and none of the bad. Our youth must learn on their own there is more bad than good in socialism. Thankfully they do learn it as they mature.

Randy Chapman

Beto this and Beto that...I'll Beto anyone $5 that Beto doesn't geto the senate seat held by Cruz. He'll soon be an also-ran.

Carlos Ponce

Gromer Jeffers, political writer for The Dallas Morning News writes "O'Rourke's politics are closer to those of Sanders, the independent Vermont senator and 2016 presidential contender."
https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2018/08/20/beto-like-bernie-liberal-views-could-thwart-orourkes-pursuit-ted-cruz-gop-voters-not
There is no doubt that Bernie Sanders is a Socialist - attractive to the indoctrinated youth and others in this country but not good for this country.
"The goal of socialism is communism" - quote from Vladimir Lenin.
Karl Marx used socialism and communism interchangeably.
NAZI (Nationalsozialismus) translates into National Socialists.

Kay Lowell

Beto's voting record can be found here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/beto_orourke/412575

David Schuler

Democrats run California, and they are running California into the ground with good intentions. Giving everyone a "fair shake" or an "equal opportunity" is fine rhetoric, but in reality not everyone will succeed, and when that happens Democrats double down on 'free' programs that eventually prove unsustainable. There has to be a balance between fair shakes and personal responsibility, and i haven't heard that message from Democrats since John F. Kennedy.

Lisa Blair

Democrats would hardly be running Texas with one senator a Republican and also a Republican governor. Having one senator from each party at least gives Democrats and Progressives a seat at the table. If Texas wasn’t one of the most gerrymandered states we’d already have one.

Brian Tamney

And how does gerrymandering affect a statewide race? Its liberal logic like this that shows why you dont have a seat at the table.

Carlos Ponce

"If Texas wasn’t one of the most gerrymandered states we’d already have one. " - Not true.
US Senate seats in Texas are run state wide - no "gerrymandering" involved at all - just one huge district called the state of Texas. Same for the statewide Governor's office. An accusation of Gerrymandering was made about Texas Congressional Districts but "Supreme Court upholds Texas redistricting a lower court said discriminated against black and Hispanic voters".
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-upholds-texas-redistricting-that-a-lower-court-said-discriminated-against-black-and-hispanic-voters/2018/06/25/bd09592a-7885-11e8-93cc-6d3beccdd7a3_story.html?utm_term=.b6a22a5bbdea
Democrats lose statewide elections in Texas because the political stance of their candidates does not match with the majority of Texas voters.

Lisa Blair

I guess Texas shouldn’t waste its wealth on “good intentions” like health care, literacy, infant and maternal mortality, teacher pay, alternative energy. Yeah, those Californians are wacky.

Carlos Ponce

Some of the issues mentioned are STATE issues, not national. The US Senate has no say in teacher pay for instance.

Gary Miller

Is offering good intentions until the money runs out a good policy? Texas's good intentions are sustainable, unlike California's which are bankrupting the state.

Lisa Blair

I guess that’s your vote in favor of gerrymandering. It’s ok on a case by case basis. Typical conservative logic.

Carlos Ponce

There is no gerrymandering in Texas according to the US Supreme Court. Read GREG ABBOTT, GOVERNOR OF TEXAS, ET AL., APPELLANTS v. SHANNON PEREZ.
https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/17-586_o7kq.pdf
One Texas State Legislative District (HD 90) had problems but the problem was ordered rectified. But all Congressional districts were okayed.
"We hold that HD90 is an impermissible racial gerrymander. On remand, the District Court will have to consider what if any remedy is appropriate at this time. It is so ordered."
State Legislative District representative is Ramon Romero Jr. (D-Fort Worth). Seems that it was "gerrymandered" in favor of a Hispanic Democrat.

Lisa Blair

https://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2018/aug/16/beto-orourke/texas-one-nations-most-gerrymandered-states/

Carlos Ponce

This is one post where Politifact is absolutely WRONG. The Supreme Court of the United States says Texas NOT gerrymandered. End of story.
Democrat definition of gerrymandering - when a Democrat doesn't get elected to every position.
Supreme Court of the United States - YES.
Politifact - NO!

Lisa Blair

Definition of a reliable news source: Only factual when it supports Carlos's opinion.

Carlos Ponce

Lisa, let's weigh the sources. Supreme court of the United States versus Politifact-
One may disagree with SCOTUS but their decisions become law. , Politifact has no legal standing quoting other Left Wing resources to back them. No need to wonder why they left out the ONLY valued opinion Abbott v Reyes, it doesn't back their false narrative. Some Politifact findings are okay when they use unbiased sources for their findings. This one does not.

Michael Jozwiak

Last week I was accosted by a rabid Cruz supporter because I have a Beto sticker on my car. This old man followed me along Seawall and pulled into the Kroger parking lot blocking me into the parking space I had just entered and screaming from inside his beat up old truck. After we determined neither would change each others' mind, he drove off. He deliberately followed me into the lot. Lucky for me, this deranged voter didn't have a gun! Another symptom of the hate fostered by lies of the Trump administration.

Carlos Ponce

Michael Jozwiak, If I saw your O'Rourke sticker in Galveston County I would have left you alone knowing that O'Rourke has NO chance to win Galveston County - Zero, Zip, Nada. So vote to your heart's content but only vote ONCE please.[innocent]

Brian Tamney

Ok I'm at a loss does anyone have small enough words to explain to lisa that gerrymandering doesnt affect Senate races.

Jim Forsythe

While the state-wide nature of gerrymandering would make one think that it has no effect, it certainly could.
Elections are run at the state level, so a state-gerrymandered election could alter that balance of power in the state legislature, which would effect things like voter-suppression measures, enactment and enforcement of campaign finance regulations, and the ability of elections to be monitored and for rules to be enforced by non-partisan (or partisan) entities.
In Wisconsin, this was, in part, the basis of their gerrymandering case/challenge that will now be heard by the Supreme Court. In 2012, Democratic candidates got the majority of State Assembly votes, but the GOP won a huge majority in that lawmaking body. The GOP enacted voter ID and other restrictive measures, that have been struck down, then reinstated, by different levels of the courts.
It would be difficult to claim this did not have an impact on state-wide results. Those in power (regardless of party) tend to favor policies and practices that perpetuate their power.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, I thought we were talking about Texas. Asides from state House district 90 which was gerrymandered to elect a Democrat Hispanic, the United States Supreme Court in Abbott v Reyes found NO GERRYMANDERING in Texas. All was on the up and up.

George Croix

No

Jim Forsythe

Cruz endorsed a person who, in Cruz's own words, is a pathological liar, a serial philanderer and utterly amoral.Those are Ted Cruz's values?
Can you believe what Ted Cruz says. If the answer is yes, here is a few examples.
If not, you fill in the blanks.
Also included, is what the President thinks of him.
If you want to call it political rhetoric, can you believe anything he says, if it is rhetoric?

"He is proud of being a serial philanderer ... he describes his own battles with venereal diseases as his own personal Vietnam," Cruz said, pointing to something Trump said during one of his many appearances on Howard Stern's radio show. "This man is a pathological liar, he doesn't know the difference between truth and lies."

“Why would Texans vote for "liar" Ted Cruz when he was born in Canada, lived there for 4 years-and remained a Canadian citizen until recently,” Trump tweeted in February 2016. “Why would the people of Texas support Ted Cruz when he has accomplished absolutely nothing for them. He is another all talk, no action pol!”

“Wow, Lyin' Ted Cruz really went wacko today. Made all sorts of crazy charges. Can't function under pressure - not very presidential. Sad!” Trump tweeted in May 2016.
"Donald is a bully. Bullies don't come from strength; they come from weakness."

How can Ted Cruz be an Evangelical Christian when he lies so much and is so dishonest? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2016
"To the best of my knowledge, not too many evangelicals come out of Cuba, okay?" Trump added in December while appealing to heavily evangelical Iowa. "Just remember that, okay? Just remember."
From Ted:
This man is a pathological liar. He doesn’t know the difference between truth and lies. He lies practically every word that comes out of his mouth. And in a pattern that I think is straight out of a psychology textbook, his response is to accuse everyone else of lying. He accuses everybody on that debate stage of lying. And it’s simply a mindless yell. Whatever he does, he accuses everyone else of doing. The man cannot tell the truth, but he combines it with being a narcissist. A narcissist at a level I don’t think this country has ever seen. Donald Trump is such a narcissist that Barack Obama looks at him and goes, “Dude, what’s your problem?” Everything in Donald’s world is about Donald. And he combines being a pathological liar — and I say pathological because I actually think Donald, if you hooked him up to a lie detector test, he could say one thing in the morning, one thing at noon and one thing in the evening, all contradictory, and he’d pass the lie detector test each time. Whatever lie he’s telling, at that minute he believes it.
Donald J. Trump
Lyin' Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin' Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!
8:53 PM - Mar 22, 2016

Carlos Ponce

Jim I THOUGHT you were smart enough to separate political rhetoric from reality. I was wrong.

Jim Forsythe

If you want to call it political rhetoric, can you believe anything he says, if it is rhetoric?

Carlos Ponce

Funny that you see no problem when Democrats use political rhetoric:
Obama: If they bring a knife we'll bring a gun - political rhetoric.
O'Rourke (as per PF): The House voted unanimously 435- 0 for the measure (Congressional record shows only 423 House members in attendance that day). Political Rhetoric mixed with hyperbole.
Will Jim Forsythe charge them with LYING? Doubtful.

Jim Forsythe

And your point.

Jim Forsythe

Once you excuse political rhetoric as a reason to lie, truth can not be found.

Trump began spending for his reelection effort within weeks of his election, and officially filed his campaign with the Federal Elections Commission . So, do not believe him because it is political rhetoric? Cruz also has been running , is it
political rhetoric when he speaks, or is he telling the truth this time?


Carlos Ponce

Who else uses political rhetoric? Pelosi, Shumer, Reed, Obama, Sheila Jackson Lee, O'Rourke, etc. but Forsythe dismisses them. [rolleyes]

Jim Forsythe

And your point.

Jim Forsythe

It's up to you if it is political rhetoric. If it is, do not make excuses like , what they mean. If they say it, it is what the mean. Every one of the quotes in the above reply are from Trump and Cruz , in their own words.
All al the quotes true? If they are true than it is not political rhetoric. If it is not true, than it is a lie.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, you just don't get the nature of political rhetoric. If you played football it's like trash talk on the line of scrimmage. Nothing is meant by it. It's not lying per say. It's designed to throw your opponent off their game. It's a mind game.

Jim Forsythe

"It's not lying per say."
It is a lie or it isn't a lie. When a person decides not to tell the truth , it's a lie. You can call it anything you want, political rhetoric., alternate facts,stretching the truth, trash talk, mind games,but it still is a lie. Part of the reason we are in the political shape we are in is because people except lying as OK.
The nature of political rhetoric is, you tell a lie long enough people will believe you.
If lying is all right if you, you will continue to get the government we have now, and nothing more.
You have to expect more, to get more.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, I would believe you if you held the same standard to Democrats which you do not.

Jim Forsythe

Just because I vote for someone, does not mean they do not use political rhetoric.
If you are content with lying, you will continue to get lying.
I have told more than one candidate, that the reason I was not voting for them was their lying.
You will have to decide in the race between Beto and Ted , which one has lied the most.
Lying was the main reason I did not vote for Trump, and he has proven me right, as he continues to tweet non facts, and use political rhetoric. Now he is coming to Texas to tell us about his good friend, Ted Cruz, that just a short time ago he basically call a no good and this is OK.

Out of the list you provided,Pelosi, Shumer, Reed, Obama, Sheila Jackson Lee, O'Rourke, I have only voted for one and I do not dismisses them, for any lying.

Carlos Ponce

"I do not dismisses them, for any lying." Then call them out. Otherwise you look like a hypocrite.

Jim Forsythe


Out of that list, only one I could have dismissed because I only can dismiss the one I voted for, if others also dismiss them . We may be using dismissed differently. The way I'm using it is, fire a person.

And still you will have to decide in the race between Beto and Ted , which one has lied the most.
Lying was the main reason I did not vote for Trump, and he has proven me right, as he continues to tweet non facts, and use political rhetoric. Now he is coming to Texas to tell us why we should vote for his good friend Ted Cruz, that just a short time ago he basically call a no good SOB, and this is OK?

LouAnn Nichols

Amen

Cary Semar

The letter writer is making statements he knows to be false. He should not be believed.

Lisa Blair

Check out the new Vanity Fair profile of Beto. I agree that if he were to lose the race against Cruz, Beto is positioned to run for president in 2020. If Trump survives impeachment (doubtful), I'd love to see this smart, articulate, athletic, young family man run against the bloviating godfather of the Trump crime family. He'll mop the floor with DJT.

Randy Chapman

Beto will not mop the floor with anyone. He may have to mop floors, but that's another story. And Lisa, how is your herd of unicorns?

Carlos Ponce

"If Trump survives impeachment (doubtful)..." Not only will he NOT be impeached, Trump will win a second term. But Robert O'Rourke run against Trump in 2020, against Pence in 2024.

Jose' Boix

When selecting political candidates, consider the well-known Spanish Proverb: "Más vale un malo conocido que un bueno por conocer." Translated it means: "A known one who is not so good is better than an unknown who may be good."

Steve Fouga

Often the devil you know is the better choice, but in this case the devil is Ted Cruz. I'd take almost anybody instead of Ted. The only feature in his favor is that he's self-defeating.

George Croix

Didn’t work out that way last election or we’d be stuck with Hillary and a third term of BHO, with the ‘new normal’ mediocrity and decline continuing......
Always exceptions to even the most entrenched beliefs.....

Robert Braeking

A friend of mine put it best. "Veto Beto".

LouAnn Nichols

Tired of bully politics and untruths. We are living in the 21st century and no one should be afraid of Marxism, socialism, or communism. I am afraid of a budget deficit that keeps growing, of people being killed in schools , church, and on the street for no reason. Instead of talking scare tactics, why don’t you talk issues. I am not afraid of Marxism, never accured to me, I will vote for BETO, not a bully politician

Kelly Naschke

“Acurred”? That tells you all you need to know.

Carlos Ponce

"We are living in the 21st century and no one should be afraid of Marxism, socialism, or communism."
Be afraid, be VERY afraid.

Jose' Boix

Ms. Nichols, while I appreciate your opinions, obviously you have not lived under a communist regime. I have, and my family lost all they had worked hard to develop. It has been my experience that the most ardent and vocal supporters of the communist ideology live (and enjoy) in a capitalistic society such in this great Country.
Just look a few miles South of the US and be reminded of Castro and Cuba - he ultimately left a legacy of failure. He stayed in power not by popular consent but through a brutal dictatorship that imprisoned or executed thousands of opponents. He tried unsuccessfully to export his Marxist revolution throughout Latin America and Africa. And he turned his beautiful island nation into an economic basket case rather than a socialist utopia. Just my thoughts for your consideration.

George Croix

When Democrats controlled Zoe about a century ‘redistricting’ was all the rage. They were for it before they were against it.
Just part of the golden rule......

George Croix

Another iPhone spell help gone bad
Zoe?
Noe....
for about

Not close enough

Carlos Ponce

Here is a list of legislation O'Rourke has sponsored:
H.R.5873 — 114th Congress (2015-2016) To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 511 East San Antonio Avenue in El Paso, Texas, as the "R.E. Thomason Federal Building and United States Courthouse".
Wow, he sponsored a bill to rename a building..... That's really - Not that important. Did it help the average American? The Average Texan? Did it improve your health, your pocketbook, the defense of this country? No , No, No, No and No.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, you forgot a few that he either sponsored or cosponsored.
H.R. 2311: Express Appeals Act To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to provide veterans the option of using an alternative appeals process to more quickly determine claims for disability compensation.
This bill was incorporated into:H.R. 2288: Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 Enacted — Signed by the President on Aug 23, 2017
H.R. 1265 : To require the continuation of tuition assistance programs for members of the Armed Forces for the remainder of fiscal year 2013.
This bill was incorporated into: H.R. 933: Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 Enacted — Signed by the President on Mar 26, 2013

Also 69 bills O’Rourke’s sponsored or cosponsored, including the ones below.
H.R. 5619: Emergency Port of Entry Personnel and Infrastructure Funding Act of 2018
H.R. 4130: Mandatory Arbitration Transparency Act of 2017
H.R. 3943: Protecting the Property Rights of Border Landowners Act
H.R. 3020: Border Enforcement Accountability, Oversight, and Community Engagement Act of 2017
H.Res. 366: Recognizing and commemorating St. Joseph’s School and their service to the El Paso ...
H.R. 2596: Castner Range National Monument Act
H.R. 5501 (114th): Get Veterans a Doctor Now Act
H.R. 5726 (114th): Better Informing Veterans’ Healthcare Decisions Act
Find the whole list https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/browse?sponsor=412575#_


Carlos Ponce

H.R. 2311: Express Appeals Act was introduced during the Obama administration, May 8, 2014. It went no where. You say it was incorporated into H.R. 2288:. His name appears as a co-sponsor but so do the names of 25 others. Co-sponsoring is not quite the same as sponsoring.
H.R. 1265 was introduced March 19, 2013 during the Obama administration likewise went nowhere. H.R. 933 lists NO co-sponsors.
H.R. 5619: Hasn't done much but was introduce in April of this year
H.R. 4130: Introduced 10/25/2017 hasn't gone anywhere
H.R. 3943: The anti- border wall bill - GOING NOWHERE
H.R. 3020: The anti Customs and Border enforcement bill - GOING NOWHERE
H.Res. 366: Another touchy, feely bill to recognize a school
H.R. 5501; Another Obama era introduced bill that went nowhere Status:
Died in a previous Congress
H.R. 5726 (114th): also DOA
Ho Hum

KA Rex

Rafael Cruz has sponsored 6 (six) bills which have been enacted including: S. 1594 (113th): A bill to designate the United States courthouse located at 101 East Pecan Street in Sherman, Texas, as the Paul Brown United States Courthouse. GovTrac.us

Carlos Ponce

Senator Cruz has sponsored 6 bills which have been enacted but you only mention S. 1594? How about the other five, Rex?
Senator Cruz was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
S. 1892: A bill to provide tax relief related to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
S. 442: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017
S.J.Res. 23: A joint resolution disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants.
S. 1297 (114th): U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act
S. 2195 (113th): A bill to deny admission to the United States to any representative to the United Nations who has been found to have been engaged in espionage activities
And S. 1594 which you mention.

Senator Cruz sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Chair, Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness
Member, Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
Member, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Chair, Subcommittee on the Constitution
Member, Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration
Member, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
Joint Economic Committee
Senate Committee on Armed Services
Member, Subcommittee on Airland
Member, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
Member, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
Senate Committee on Rules and Administration

KA Rex

Obviously it did because you still don't get it. Or is it willful ignorance?

Carlos Ponce

"Obviously it did because you still don't get it. Or is it willful ignorance?"
I know exactly what you're doing - I'm just playing a mind game with you, and you fell right in.[beam]

KA Rex

I'm sorry what I meant went over your head. It was a deliberate response to: "Wow, he sponsored a bill to rename a building..... That's really - Not that important. Did it help the average American? The Average Texan? Did it improve your health, your pocketbook, the defense of this country? No , No, No, No and No."

Carlos Ponce

It did not go over my head. No comparison between what Senator Cruz sponsored and the congressman. Cruz's 6 were passed by both houses and signed into law and were significant. Citing S.1594 and the fact there were 6 total bills was nice but an incomplete picture of what the senator has accomplished. I was just finishing the job you started.[beam]

KA Rex

Let me spell out what I meant. It is hypocritical to skewer O'Rourke for the exact same thing Cruz did. You blasted O'Rourke for sponsoring a bill naming a building. Cruz sponsored a bill naming a building. But no Cruz bashing for that. Again, trying to deflect what I am saying by throwing in irrelevant facts. But, in future, if you don't get it, oh well. I don't have time to spoon fed anymore. I have better things to do..."wash my car in the rain, change my new guitar strings, mow the yard just the same as I did yesterday..." TClark.

Carlos Ponce

" It is hypocritical to skewer O'Rourke for the exact same thing Cruz did."
KA, I got that the first time. But you are wrong. If that is the ONLY piece of legislation Senator Cruz got through then you would have a point. But that's not all Senator Cruz has accomplished. Not hypocritical at all since the good Senator has done far more. [beam]

Jarvis Buckley

I say Galveston has a Ted O'Rouke
that would serve our country well, as he serves Galveston Island.

George Croix

As a child, sometimes one can get talked into trading a dime for a 'bigger' nickel, until he gets wise......
Soimetimes, the kid never gets wise and stays a kid at all ages.............

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