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Beto O'Rourke: He Gave America Hope

Updated on November 9, 2018
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I was involved in politics for about 14 years, fighting for what was right for our community and understand all too well the feelings today.

Beto O'Rourke touched the lives of many Texans and even more people around the United States and gave them all "hope".
Beto O'Rourke touched the lives of many Texans and even more people around the United States and gave them all "hope".
Beto signs were everywhere! Even in states outside of Texas.
Beto signs were everywhere! Even in states outside of Texas.

Who is Beto O'Rourke?

Robert Francis O'Rourke "Beto" was born in El Paso, Texas in 1972. He was named after his grandfather. His father served as County Commissioner. So, being politically involved and fighting for his community was something he learned very young.

In order to differentiate him from his grandfather, he was given the nickname "Beto", which he grew up with his entire life. While Beto is 4th generation Irish, he speaks fluent Spanish.

Beto served his community since 2005 when was a member of the City Council, until 2011. He ran for the 16th Congressional District seat in Texas and served from 2013 to 2018.

Beto took his strong Texas will and started a journey to make Texas better for all Texans, regardless of race, religion and most of all political party.

So, who is Beto O'Rourke? He's a Texan with a heart as big as the state.

How did Beto do it?

Beto O'Rourke wasn't well known in Texas, but he quickly changed that by getting out there in the old tradition of block walking and holding town hall meetings. His speeches weren't hate and rhetoric. He touched on those things that matter most not just to Texans, but Americans.

He brought back to politics the politician who campaigned on policy and issues, not hate and divisiveness.

And although he didn't win, he helped get Democrats to the polls and made a difference in Texas elections.

How did Ted Cruz swing a win?

Ted Cruz, barely won his election on Nov 6, 2018. This is a win for Trump, not Ted Cruz. It would be safe to say, that Trump's decision to hold a rally to pull votes for Ted Cruz was successful, though barely.

The Republicans gerrymandering of districts to vote in their favor and they barely squeaked by with a win. Trump's fear mongering of immigrant invasions stirred his followers up and got them to the polls. After all, his key note of all his speeches was "it's not about Cruz, it's about me."

Another possibility would be that the Libertarian Party had a candidate that pulled votes, though we can't say how they would have voted, they would traditionally not vote Republican.

However, the Republicans did suffer two major loses, Houston, Rep. John Culberson lost in the 7th Congressional District to Dem. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher and in Dallas' 32 Congressional District Dem. Collin Allred unseated Rep. Pete Sessions.

What can the Republicans take from this? Texas can be won by the Democrats!

President Trump campaigns for Ted Cruz.
President Trump campaigns for Ted Cruz.

Beto didn't win, but he changed Texas elections

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© 2018 Matilda

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    • Life History profile imageAUTHOR

      Matilda 

      6 days ago from Texas

      Good one. It would be good to know he's actually in Texas for a change.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      6 days ago from Kaufman, Texas

      You Beto watch out.

      You Beto not cry.

      You Beto not pout,

      I'm telling you why

      Santa Cruz is coming to town.

    • Life History profile imageAUTHOR

      Matilda 

      6 days ago from Texas

      Beto O'Rourke was a city councilman from 2005 to 2011, He then served in his congressional seat from 2013 until he began to run for Senate.

      And Beto was his nickname given at birth in Texas where his grandfather shared the same name. So his nickname was given to him to differentiate them. Yes, he speaks Spanish because he grew up with Hispanics.

      Edwardo Cruz was born in Canada and came to Texas when his father left his mother and relocated to Texas working for an oilfield company. After several months they got back together and Edwardo moved to Texas, by the time he was in the 10th grade, he told a Texas paper, that he knew he wanted to be in politics and miraculously he changed his name to Ted. So, was he trying to garner the white vote...most likely.

    • Life History profile imageAUTHOR

      Matilda 

      6 days ago from Texas

      Please enlighten me with facts.

    • Life History profile imageAUTHOR

      Matilda 

      6 days ago from Texas

      Wow, Facts are not falsehoods. And just because Trump said it, especially if Trump said it, it doesn't mean its true.

    • Life History profile imageAUTHOR

      Matilda 

      6 days ago from Texas

      Supportive facts please.

    • Life History profile imageAUTHOR

      Matilda 

      6 days ago from Texas

      Sanxuary, a fan of Walking Dead? I agree.

    • Life History profile imageAUTHOR

      Matilda 

      6 days ago from Texas

      Yeah, I don't get it either.

    • Life History profile imageAUTHOR

      Matilda 

      6 days ago from Texas

      If you have that information, send the source and the facts.

    • Life History profile imageAUTHOR

      Matilda 

      6 days ago from Texas

      What's even more interesting, is if we were having such a massive invasion, why did the President leave the country and its people?

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      Randy Godwin 

      7 days ago from Southern Georgia

      It's very telling Faux News was covering the "invading horde" non-stop before the election and the day after stopped as if Trump miraculously solved the problem.

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      Sanxuary 

      7 days ago

      He moved Texas to the left and away from a century of idealismn that is out of date and not in touch with the rest of the nation and he should continue the fight.

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      Randy Godwin 

      7 days ago from Southern Georgia

      I got a kick out of Ted's sucking up to Trump after he accused his dad of being associated with Lee Harvey Oswald, and criticized Ted's wife's looks. What a suck-up! I'm like the old Texan on the ad, I'd ask him to meet me out back for a not-so-nice discussion instead. After the first slap--he couldn't handle a punch--he'd be crying like a little girl. LOL!

      But then, some folks seem to admire him for some unknown reason...

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      7 days ago from Kaufman, Texas

      The information is fact. Someone being too lazy to bother to look up that two plus two does, in fact, equal to four, it in no way changes the result.

    • Life History profile imageAUTHOR

      Matilda 

      7 days ago from Texas

      Well, glad it gives you pleasure to spread information that isn't fact. I actually know some of those people that are making the racist jokes and they are not Mexican.

    • Life History profile imageAUTHOR

      Matilda 

      7 days ago from Texas

      I was in Europe just after the wall fell, I have seen death and destruction, so don't for one minute think that I am a snowflake, much less a millennial. It was fact, nothing diabolical about it.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      7 days ago from Kaufman, Texas

      With a mirror, I can show you someone who's not interested in knowing about Beto's anti-American campaign donations expenditures. If you were interested, you'd have already enlightened yourself about what the rest of us already know.

    • Life History profile imageAUTHOR

      Matilda 

      7 days ago from Texas

      Show me a fact about the caravans, you Trump supporters love to state things like they are fact, but in reality 99% of it is made up. What's actually funny, now that the elections are over, Trump hasn't mentioned the caravans at all.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      7 days ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Beto's chief accomplishments were raking in money from out of state donations, and he used some of that money to finance invasion caravans from down south.

      Interesting, is it not, that the invasion caravans weren't heading south to socialist utopian Venezuela?

    • tsadjatko profile image

      7 days ago from now on

      Maven, Liberal logic always leads down the rabbit hole where nothing makes sense. Like Matilda comparing what Trump said in private a decade ago to what Beto just said in public.

      To her an off color statement in private to one person ten years is justification for what Beto says in public to a large crowd? The old pointing to others bad behavior to justify worse behavior is always how liberals react because they have to embrace anything their idols say of do.

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      maven101 

      7 days ago from Northern Arizona

      Virginia...In the final analysis "Beto" received 52% of the Hispanic vote to "Ted"'s 47%...Beto's Hispanic Blue Wave turned into a ripple...Again, I ask you: What are his accomplishments, other than playing in a rock band, being defeated by another progressive challenger in his home district, and carrying only 63% of the democratic vote as their Senatorial candidate for Texas...Was it his boyish smile, his speaking Spanish, or his guitar playing..? All great and wonderful considerations for a United States Senator...BTW, I believe another "great" democratic Senator named Edward Kennedy also went by the sobriquet "Ted"...Was he using Ted to garner the white vote also..?

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      7 days ago from Kaufman, Texas

      The big joke, mostly shared on Facebook by the Mexican Americans I went to school with, is that Beto is now moving to Louisiana, and he's changed his name to 'Beteaux,' to run for senator there. heheh

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      Randy Godwin 

      7 days ago from Southern Georgia

      The threat of Beto's near win has the Trump lovers worrying about the future of their party in the southwest. Serves 'em right!

    • tsadjatko profile image

      7 days ago from now on

      Matilda, you need to learn the difference between anger and logical scrutiny, otherwise known as telling it like it is. If you don't understand that difference you might as well join the ranks of millennial snowflakes.

      Besides that, who do you think you are that you can tell someone they don't have to get angry (which I never was) . You have just attempted to divert from the truth by attempting to dismiss an accurate observation and criticism as simply anger. You need to take a closer look at your own character because that is a diabolical tactic, nothing less.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      7 days ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Repeating falsehoods about the POTUS ten million and more times will not suddenly cause the falsehoods to become true.

      "And when you are a star, they let you do it."

      Everyone knows a huge portion of females will throw themselves at a Billionaire. That's basically what the POTUS said. He may as well have said the sky is blue.

    • Life History profile imageAUTHOR

      Matilda 

      7 days ago from Texas

      Well, some people will believe anything they see without looking up the facts. Which is sad, because they do a disservice to themselves.

      Ted Cruz also got involved in politics at young age, by the time he was in the 10th grade he new he wanted to rise in politics and Edwardo was not going to get it done, especially in the GOP.

    • Life History profile imageAUTHOR

      Matilda 

      8 days ago from Texas

      T, there is no need to get angry because she has a right to her opinion just like you do. FACT, you are correct about the name being used for Edward.

      Calling Liberals names is disrespectful and inaccurate.

    • Life History profile imageAUTHOR

      Matilda 

      8 days ago from Texas

      T, Well, at least he didn't say he was going to grab them by the pussy? Or brag about kissing and groping women without their permission? How presidential is that ? If I recall correctly. George Bush, Jr. used the "F" bomb during his July 4, 2008 speech. So people who live in glass houses should never through stones, unless you FACT CHECK.

    • Life History profile imageAUTHOR

      Matilda 

      8 days ago from Texas

      Well, that was their right. Glad they got out and voted.

    • Life History profile imageAUTHOR

      Matilda 

      8 days ago from Texas

      It's shameless to spread in accurate information. He has never implied that he is Hispanic. That rhetoric has come from the GOP and right leaning media.

      Facts are important.

    • Life History profile imageAUTHOR

      Matilda 

      8 days ago from Texas

      And the Supreme Court is made up of GOP support and the President is a member of the GOP party. It will remain to be seen if the Supreme Court will actually uphold the laws of the land or those of the party. It should be interesting.

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      Matilda 

      8 days ago from Texas

      "T", as you yourself have stated, It's your interpretation. So if that is what you believe, you are free to do so and Mr. Happy as well. Thank God we live in a free America.

    • Life History profile imageAUTHOR

      Matilda 

      8 days ago from Texas

      Once again, that is your opinion. NOT a FACT.

    • Life History profile imageAUTHOR

      Matilda 

      8 days ago from Texas

      First of all, I respect that you have an opinion. No where near the same as mine, but we are Americans and we still have that freedom.

      However, sharing a video of Trump at a rally being completely divisive and spreading untruths is not a way to convince anyone. FACTS are FACTS and his rally is fact-less.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      8 days ago from now on

      Lol, well it seems you're article has brought out the usual Fabulist!

      So everyone ever name Edward used Ted, a common nickname for Edward for generations, because they wanted to appeal to white voters?

      Really, that is a perfect example of the deranged reasoning of liberals. Maven I'll let you expound upon the rest of her looniness-careful she may drop the F bomb like her idol. I suppose by her reasoning he did that to appeal to people like her.

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 days ago from Central Florida

      I see that your article about Beto and how close he came to winning has brought out the usual naysayers. Although you can expand your article to provide some answers to their negativity, I can't resist responding a bit here.

      Wesman Todd Shaw - I lived 10 years in South Texas, just 10 miles from the Mexican border. You may not know any Hispanics who voted for Beto, but lots of my friends from that time tell me they did. PS - there are maps showing the TX votes and along the Rio Grande Valley, it is very BLUE.

      Maven101 - If you think Beto was trying to get the Hispanic vote with his name, then you probably recognize that Canadian-born Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz has a nickname designed to appeal to White voters. By the way, his father came from Cuba seeking political asylum, yet Cruz is quite willing to suppress other refugees. Ted had to spend millions of dollars and grovel to the president to hold onto his seat in Congress.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      8 days ago from now on

      O'Rourke's so articulate he has to use the “F” bomb to make a point?

      That’s the Democrat’s idea of being presidential? Makes sense when you consider their target audience.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      8 days ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I live in Texas. I've always lived in Texas. I have countless Mexican-American friends, and I don't know a single one of them who voted for O'Roark. Those people are lots of things, stupid is not one of those things, and I don't think they appreciated his fakery at all.

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      maven101 

      8 days ago from Northern Arizona

      Robert O'Rourke's purloined use of the Hispanic sobriquet "Beto" is a shameless political ploy to curry favor with the Hispanic vote...Looking at his record, or rather his lack of a record, should be the focus for anyone voting for a US Senator, not his implied ethnicity......

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      Readmikenow 

      9 days ago

      President Donald Trump can not change the Constitution. He can give an executive order stating that children of illegal aliens will no longer automatically be American Citizens. There will be a legal challenge. This issue will then go to the Supreme Court. The court will then interpret the constitutionally of the executive order. No constitutional amendment will be changed. There could be a new interpretation of the 14th amendment by the Supreme Court. This is the job of the Supreme Court.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      9 days ago from now on

      No one is changing the constitution because the 14th amendment had nothing to do with giving children of illegal immigrants citizenship.The “main object of the opening sentence of the Fourteenth Amendment,” the court explained — and not for the first or last time — “was to settle the question, upon which there had been a difference of opinion throughout the country and in this court, as to the citizenship of free negroes and to put it beyond doubt that all persons, white or black … should be citizens of the United States and of the state in which they reside.”

      Critics claim that anyone born in the United States is automatically a U.S. citizen, even if their parents are here illegally. But that ignores the text and legislative history of the 14th Amendment, which was ratified in 1868 to extend citizenship to freed slaves and their children.

      The 14th Amendment doesn’t say that all persons born in the U.S. are citizens. It says that “[a]ll persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof” are citizens. That second, critical, conditional phrase is conveniently ignored or misinterpreted by advocates of “birthright” citizenship.

      Critics erroneously believe that anyone present in the United States has “subjected” himself “to the jurisdiction” of the United States, which would extend citizenship to the children of tourists, diplomats, and illegal aliens alike.

      But that is not what that qualifying phrase means. Its original meaning refers to the political allegiance of an individual and the jurisdiction that a foreign government has over that individual.

      The fact that a tourist or illegal alien is subject to our laws and our courts if they violate our laws does not place them within the political “jurisdiction” of the United States as that phrase was defined by the framers of the 14th Amendment.

      Once again Mr. Happy (and present company included) shows that he is clueless.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      9 days ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Anchor babies? Yes, I support Trump changing the US constitution on this account.

      What I'll never support are Robert Francis O'Rourke's sanctuary cities for persons in the nation illegally.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      9 days ago from now on

      Yeah, like Beto is anything to brag about. Nothing but another crooked Democrat.

      https://youtu.be/wjnL_n2PiBg

    • Life History profile imageAUTHOR

      Matilda 

      9 days ago from Texas

      Mr. Happy, I understand how you feel. It was good to see that 18- 30 years old made up a large number in the Democratic votes. Thank you for your comment. Love your dog.

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      Matilda 

      9 days ago from Texas

      Mr. Wiseman, So you support Trump changing the Constitution? I thank God each day that this country is still a free country and last nights election, I believe proved that. I love my country, I believe in the rules of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. So, we can agree to disagree on who we support. That is great.

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      Mr. Happy 

      9 days ago from Toronto, Canada

      If the South is turning even a little tiny bit blue, those are good news. I am terribly impatient but even I know that social change often takes decades and/or entire generations. If "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" then, we'll have to wait for that dog to die. I don't want to sound mean but the younger generations are not voting Republican (for the most part). So, as the baby-boomers die-off, the political landscape will continue to change towards a more socialy responsible politics.

      I found it interesting to read Mr. Wesman's comment about: "I actually like the USA and the US Constitution, and its Bill of Rights". Donald Trump said he was going to change the 14th with an executive order. Mr. Wesman must have missed-out on that point.

      Well, keep up the good fight! Thank You for your article.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      9 days ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I voted against him specifically. I'd do so a thousand times more, were I only given the chance. I actually like the USA and the US Constitution, and its Bill of Rights.

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