By Greg Campbell
The left’s war against Senate newcomer Ted Cruz continues to rage on as the mainstream media bristles while Cruz maintains his conservative principles. At a time when many on both the right and the left complain that politicians are too apt to “say anything for a buck,” Cruz has earned the scorn of the left for doing exactly the opposite and sticking to his conservative principles.
Cruz came to Washington speaking harsh truths about Washington and claiming that he would work to turn things around by implementing conservative policies. His resistance to failed economic policies and his brash stance against many of the left’s supported policies has earned him some nickname- some of which are not as flattering as others- including “Cruz Missile,” “Senator No” and “The GOP’s Nasty Newcomer.”
His firm conservative stances have not endeared him to the liberal media, however, who have taken issue with Cruz’ vehement vetting and questioning of Chuck Hagel, whose past stances and policies make him a controversial pick for a Secretary of Defense nominee. Cruz’ firm questioning of Hagel’s past has earned him an unflattering comparison from several media outlets who have called him a modern-day Joe McCarthy- who rose to fame rooting out Communists and suspected Communists in government.
In an article in the New Yorker entitled, “Is Senator Ted Cruz Our New McCarthy?,” Jane Mayer discussed Cruz’ 2010 assertion that Harvard Law, which Cruz attended in the nineties, employed a majority of leftist radicals as professors.
“[Cruz] then went on to assert that Obama, who attended Harvard Law School four years ahead of him, ‘would have made a perfect president of Harvard Law School.’ The reason, said Cruz, was that, ‘There were fewer declared Republicans in the faculty when we were there than Communists! There was one Republican. But there were twelve who would say they were Marxists who believed in the Communists overthrowing the United States government.’”
“Cruz was absolutely correct that there were, and are, many radicals on Harvard Law’s faculty, and few Republicans…
Several members of Harvard Law’s faculty espouse other radical left ideas. They are not card-carrying Communists, but some do see themselves as proponents of different forms of Marxist thought, and would like to see revolutionary changes in both the U.S. government and the international order. Saul Alinsky, too, was not a Communist–but he believed in the radical disruption of our political system and the redistribution of wealth.
Those views are distinguishable from formal Communism only by virtue of the fact that they do not call for a proletarian dictatorship. Our contemporary ‘social democrats’ wish to impose such revolutionary changes through our present political system, transforming our Constitution and our society through democratic means. There are far more of such radical professors at Harvard Law School than those who defend conservative thought.
The media’s crusade against Cruz proves that in Obama’s America, it is considered far worse to accuse someone of being a Marxist than to be one. The same journalists who demand full disclosure of every penny that conservative financiers might have put into lobbying or politics now mock Cruz’s attempt to probe Hagel’s financial disclosures–or the lack thereof, since Hagel has refused to supply much of the requested information.
It is certainly of interest that a man who would lead the Pentagon would have close ties to an organization funded by the Saudi government, the Hariri family, and foreign arms dealers, among others. Had Hagel been chairman of Americans for Prosperity, Mayer would no doubt be clamoring for a full-scale investigation into the Kochs. Instead, she is leading a smear campaign against Cruz, one of the few in D.C. actually doing his job.”
Cruz defended his assertion and his questioning of Hagel, saying,
“My view is simple: Washington is a rough-and-tumble place. If folks want to attack me personally, they’re welcome to it. Texans elected a senator to go to Washington and speak the truth.”
The mainstream media’s interest in Cruz is the very thing that has endeared him to Tea Partiers and other conservatives; at a time when the country is in undeniably bad shape, Cruz is dedicated to doing what he told his constituents that he would do if elected.