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Does Everyone Hate Ted Cruz?

Updated on March 17, 2016
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I'm on the right side of politics and enjoy a good debate on government, the economy, and the rights of the people.

Rafael Edward Cruz, junior Senator from Texas and one of the last men standing in the race to capture the Republican nomination for President. Sen. Cruz is well known for his defiant actions on the floor of the Senate, seemingly taking on all the Democratic Senators and members of his own party alike single-handedly at times. One of his most famous moments came when he called the majority leader a liar. His status as a freshman Senator with no DC record to stand on has irritated senior members of the Senate, especially when he’s tried to rally people to support his conservative causes. He’s seen as a walking talking outrage by the leadership of the Republican Party, and he walks the edge of a knife with his high-risk, no-results stances. With so much of Washington against him, how is it that Ted Cruz has survived this deep into the primary season?

Born in Canada????

Senator Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada in 1970, where his parents had been living for three years. Both of his parents were well educated, with his mother hailing from Delaware and his father from Cuba. Sen. Cruz’s father obtained political asylum in America after leaving college. He then earned Canadian citizenship in 1973, and was later naturalized as a US Citizen in 2005. Rafael’s parents divorced in 1997. Cruz was a stellar student while attending private schools in Texas and graduating as valedictorian. He attended Princeton University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy. He followed up with a graduate degree from Harvard Law School in 1995. Cruz was a champion debater; in 1992, he was named U.S. National Speaker of the Year, and with his debate partner David Panton.

His birthplace has been the subject of considerable media time and there are many American who feel he is not qualified to hold the highest office in the land. Similarly many people felt the same way about President Obama. The Constitution says an individual must be a natural born citizen to run for President. Based on that original framework of the Constitution and the 14th Amendment, Sen. Ted Cruz does not appear to be constitutionally eligible to hold the office of the president. Yet, legal scholars state that Cruz, who came to the U.S. at age 4, is a citizen by birth because his mother was a U.S. citizen when he was born. For that reason can likely be president. Past similar events seem to side with Cruz and unless he actually receives the nomination, this issue will be moot.

Qualifications

Cruz worked briefly as a lawyer after college before stepping into the political realm. He was a policy advisor for President Bush in 2000, an associate deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice, Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, Solicitor General of the State of Texas, which ultimately led up to his Senate run and subsequent victory. He is pro-life, stands for religious freedom, opposes same-sex marriage, and has been a very vocal opponent of the Obama Administrations immigration policies. He wants to abolish the IRS and move America to a flat tax system and is strong on national security. His intelligence and his policy positions seem very favorable to carry him forward as the Republican nominations aside from one nagging thing; no one likes him.

Disliked Most of His Life

Cruz has alienated about everyone he’s ever encountered in life, including high school and college classmates, bosses, law professors, Supreme Court clerks, and especially his Republican colleagues in the Senate. Some hate Cruz because they think he’s a grandstander, but most people dislike Cruz the person. Many of his Princeton classmates were shocked even surprised that he would be running for office, let alone President. He’s been characterized by them as condescending, sneering, unwilling to compromise, and having a naked desire to humiliate his opponents. Other called him a brilliant but arrogant jerk. Everyone who knows him in the Senate hates him to the point a fellow Senator said if Cruz was murdered on the Senate Floor, the killer wouldn’t be convicted. He claims to hold the high ground on social conservatism, but other Republicans disagree. Cruz has tried to present his lack of likability as an attractive quality to voters, sort of like proof that he will stick to his promises, regardless of their popularity in Washington.

His college days are behind him and reliance on the memories of his fellow classmates are not always as accurate as they could be. Perhaps Cruz was disliked because of his successes, with other students jealous of his intelligence or skills. Perhaps he just didn’t fit in with the “cool crowd” and was mislabeled. We could easily drop those days out of the discussion in most cases, but in this case they should be considered because the same results and same type of answers are given by his Senate colleagues when asked about him.

Cruz for Cruz, First and Foremost

They feel Senator Cruz puts what’s best for him ahead of what’s best for America. The 2013 government shutdown blame is placed squarely on his shoulders. For 16 days, the media had a field day with criticizing the Republican Party over the work stoppage. It began with Senator Cruz convincing House members to insert a provision in the next spending bill to defund Obamacare. Despite the fact that the Senate was Democrat controlled and there was no way President Obama would sign anything that would derail his signature legislation. The GOP suffered an image disaster of epic proportions seemingly just so Ted Cruz could look like a hero to members of the Tea Party. He played into the frustrations of many voters but knew deep down that it would only be symbolic at the most. The shutdown nearly led to a national default, terrifying the business community and it led to the lowest approval ratings for the GOP in decades.

Grandstanding ?

Ted Cruz has been accused more than once of grandstanding, including his epic 21 hour rant that went into the night where he just spoke on and on about nothing of importance. Even though he knew that his filibuster would be futile due to Senate rules in stopping or delaying the impending vote, which led to the aforementioned government shutdown. Critics say it was nothing more than a stunt to get attention, again under the guise of standing up for the people. He claims he’s not afraid of taking a stand when it’s the right thing to do, but his critics see him as someone who has never really achieved anything other than enhancing his personal brand and recognition.

No Love from His Peers

He has been at odds with many members of the Senate over the years for different reasons including Lindsay Graham, Mitch McConnell, and Rand Paul. Cruz was critical of fellow Republicans in a book he wrote which contained details from what were supposed to be confidential meetings. He’s publically called out the Senate majority leader for being a liar in allowing a vote on the Export-Import bank, in violation of Senate rules. He was reprimanded by the most Senior Republican members of Congress for that event. Many people supported his behavior with other Republicans because they feel sold out by their elected leaders, falling in lockstep with the Obama administration and capitulating on almost everything. Cruz supporters feel he is one of the few who actually stands on principles. To date only two Senators have come forward to endorse Cruz for President.

Do They Fear the Man or What He Stands For?

Even with all the turmoil that seems to congregate around Cruz, many of the top GOP strategists say that Cruz’s style and the positions he takes are secondary to the fact that he is disingenuous and does not produce results. Hillary Clinton also suffers from the same stigma, although her lengthy political career gives her the “experienced” moniker to lean on. Cruz is intelligent beyond measure and can certainly see that his actions are merely charades that will do nothing but delay the inevitable, yet he pursues them relentlessly and often convinces others to follow. Cruz supporters bash Trump supporters over the brash behavior of Donald Trump and laud Cruz for his willingness to upset the balance of power and stand for conservatism, but is he actually doing that? His loyalty, thankfully, isn’t to his fellow Republicans, but to his principles. But are his principles simply a smoke screen for self aggrandization?

Republican lobbyists, operatives and elected officials based in Washington are unnerved by Senator Cruz who they call a go-it-alone, hard-right crusader who campaigns against the political establishment. Yes, Cruz and Trump will certainly curtail their influence and access to the White House, but many feel Cruz will be more destructive than Trump could ever be. The threat the Washington political elite truly believe in is not Ted Cruz, but the model he represents. The pathway Cruz has paved for an ambitious freshman politician to achieve leadership in the Republican Party is not business as usual. Instead of playing the normal give and take game and deferring to leaders and protocols, Cruz has taken the chainsaw through butter approach. Regardless of whether Cruz or Trump wins the general election, either of their nomination will fundamentally transform the political machine called the Republican Party. It will show America that you can get a shot at the presidency not by playing along, but by playing against the system.

Summary

Let me start by saying that this piece is a rendition of what anyone can read in the news. There is no judgment being made about Senator Cruz by this author. If he gets the nomination, I'll certainly vote for him and I fully expect him and Trump to team up eventually and tear a new rear end through the Washington elite like its never been done before.

It may upset some people who support him and it may gather mean comments from Liberals who love to hate anyone trying to make America better.

I'd really enjoy hearing some thoughts from the community.

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  • Sgt Prepper profile image

    Gunny Cracker 

    2 years ago from Elkhorn, WI

    Ted Cruz could never be construed a "natural born" and is as illegal of a Presidential Candidate as Kenyan-born BHO was.

    www.BirtherReport.com

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    If Cruz is the nominee I'll support him also

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    Hxprof 

    2 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

    Good summary of Cruz. I voted for him in the primaries and would vote for him for president. I don't think a solid president will make much difference for the country in the long run, but in the short run, oh yes. Tired of the lame, oh we can't nonsense from Republicans.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    So, Ted Cruz manages to get Colorado to cancel its primary, disenfranchising over 1 million Republican voters. I'm not a resident of that state, but I'm certainly hearing a lot of unhappy people who felt this move could be more damaging than anything Mr. Cruz has done in this campaign.

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    Gunny Cracker 

    2 years ago from Elkhorn, WI

    If the GOP really wanted to win the presidency they would have run Mike Pence.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Do you get the feeling he's being used by the GOP just to keep Trump out?

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    Gunny Cracker 

    2 years ago from Elkhorn, WI

    Canadian-born Cruz's Wisconsin victory is proof-positive you can never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter. At least BHO lied about his citizenship and made a fake Hawaiian Birth Certificate. Cruz admits he was born in another country to a Cuban father. Birther Trump is our last, best and ONLY chance to undo some of the damage done by Kenyan-born Barack H. Obama the Antichrist. Now prepare for martial-law in the physical world and prepare for The Rapture spiritually! Ephesians 6:12

    www.threeworldwars.com

    BERN THE WITCH!

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    TSAD 

    2 years ago from https:// www.consumeraffairs.com/ online/ hubpages. html

    Bob Dole, yeah he was a great candidate, an establishment Republican if there ever was one just like all the "moderates". Why do you think he calls Cruz a RINO? Reagan won in an unbelievable land slide after people saw what conservatism could do bringing America back from the brink Carter had brought it to. If you don't get that America is fed up with the establishment, on both sides of the aisle (midterm elections, especially) then you aren't paying attention.

    Cutting out 75% of the cancer doesn't cure the patient, you need to get it all or it will still be terminal!

    Good debate Lions, I trust the future reveals who won this debate.

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    CJ Kelly 

    2 years ago from Auburn, WA

    One last thought: I would rather get 75% of what I want, then nothing. That's what you will get with Hillary Clinton.

    It's about jobs, and national security. I'm a realist. My philosophical driving forces have been Reagan and Kemp. They were pragmatists who negotiated and got as much as they could; which was a lot. I voted for Bob Dole too. Was he milquetoast? Ted Cruz will crash and burn. Bet on it.

    Best of luck. Don't forget to vote. Fun conversation. Thx to all.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Welcome to the conversation - everyone here is passionate about their particular candidate, but unless one of the liberals stop by we're mighty civil about our discussions.

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    Wesman Todd Shaw 

    2 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

    I don't hate Ted Cruz. Now were he to get elected President, then I'd likely hate the every word from his mouth, and so forth and so on.

    I always seem to 'hate' the President, whoever it may be. They always seem to give plenty cause for someone to dislike them to the extreme, and I wonder if there could be one would affect me differently.

    Then again, there's enough mass media out there to paint any President as both God and Devil, it is likely impossible for a person to ever know which is what.

    I think I'm happiest when I've got something else to think about, but I came here of my own volition; probably against my better sense.

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    TSAD 

    2 years ago from https:// www.consumeraffairs.com/ online/ hubpages. html

    I agree Jackclee, and if anyone choose to think like lions, well that's an admission the liberals have already won and it's the end of conservatism.

    The whole principle of conservatism is to educate and change liberal thinking. It's the job today of the Republican party to do that, it can be done, liberal policies eventually result in the voter's rejection because they always fail. Just because polls which are often wrong and often conducted by liberals and then used buy them to promote false premises.

    Rather than throw in the towel and look for candidates who are more like the Democrats in order to win (that even sounds absurd) we need to be more principled than ever until the electorate gets educated and sees the truth, liberalism is a lie, conservativsm is salvation from the havoc liberalism invokes on the population.

    How can anyone believe the solution is to propose a milk toast candidate? Look at what the voters said in 2010 and 2014, they are rejecting liberalism.

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    Jack Lee 

    2 years ago from Yorktown NY

    I disagree. The country is still 40% conservative. The social issues are closely tied to economics and society as a whole. Politics will swing back and forth between liberal and conservative due to the status of the union. Social issues has a bigger impact on all of us. Abortion is a good example. Even though the supreme court ruled on this back in 1973, it is still a powerful and emotional issue for many. The sentiments have swung more and more against abortions as we learn more about life in the womb. The same will be with gay marriage in my opinion. Time will tell if this social experiment will lead to a better society. Ted Cruz is a Constitutionalist. That is more important in my mind. The Obama Admin. Has done tremendous damage to the Constitution and the rule of law. If we are to return to a free republic, we need someone like Cruz who believes in limiting government not expanding like Clinton and Trump.

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    "IF" the feud between Trump & Cruz gets worse?" Ralph, here's where I honestly don't want to hear another word from either of these men!

    I am adamantly opposed to and thoroughly disgusted by anyone who stoops so LOW as to resort to bringing up "family" of candidates.

    What? Pray tell, they've run out of insults, lies & exaggerations for one another, so they bash wives, children or parents? Frankly, that sort of disturbing & totally unnecessary behavior could turn me completely against an individual. There IS a damned limit. If they haven't the decency to recognize this, what sort of human beings are they?.......MY Opinion.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    I agree with Lion - It's not that Ted isn't principled, he just doesn't have a broad enough appeal. If the feud between him and Trump gets worse, I'm sure some dirt will arise from his days as part of the Bush clan that will turn more people against him.

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    CJ Kelly 

    2 years ago from Auburn, WA

    Tsad, I like your confidence. But the country is now too far liberal to elect a guy like Cruz. I'm sorry. More than 60% of voters now believe that gay marriage and abortion rights should be legal. That fight is over. Done. Time to move on. For voters under 30, the figure is closer to 80%. We're fighting battles we can't win. The social stuff has to be put aside. And isn't that Cruz's forte? Do I fear a Ted Cruz Presidency? No, of course not. But optics are everything today (unfortunately).

    Being a Republican is about a strong economy, strong national defense (not interventions) and law & order. Real issues. We can blabber on about "strict constructionism" all we want, but it doesn't get anyone a job. It won't repair bridges or improve the VA. That unemployed steel worker in Canton doesn't have time to discuss the Federalist Papers.

    With apologies to Billy Joel, we can't be the angry young man with his head in the sand. We must engage real people with ideas. Winning Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania is what this election is about. Cruz can't do it. Ranting against immigrants, gay marriage and abortion is a losing proposition. Absolutism is not an attractive quality.

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    TSAD 

    2 years ago from https:// www.consumeraffairs.com/ online/ hubpages. html

    Lions, do you know how many conservatives didn't vote because we ran Romney?

    It sounds like your idea of winning is to run someone who is as close as a Republican can get to a Democrat and pray he squeaks by.

    And if he does what do we have, a RINO president who is going to further the democrat's agenda only at a little slower rate.

    The only way to win is to defeat liberalism, decisively, therefore giving a mandate to undo the liberal agenda. I predict if Cruz isn't the Republican candidate (because he is a conservative through and through) there won't be a Republican win. Trump could do it if he picks a true conservative as VP, but if you think someone like Kasich, who said he'd consider a democrat for his VP, http://www.allenbwest.com/2016/03/seriously-john-k... or any sort of moderate you are dead wrong, and even if you were to be right a moderate Republican President wouldn't be a win, it would be a loss in the long run. Mark my words.

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    Tim Lajoie 

    2 years ago from Lewiston, Maine

    Very good...I shared this on my Twitter feed. But I'm glad that there is some consensus here...no Hillary or Bernie.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    I agree Lion, hardcore liberals will not cross over

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    CJ Kelly 

    2 years ago from Auburn, WA

    Hi Tsad, the elections were close, particularly in 2012. The margins are thin. A "strict constructionist" and hardcore social conservative will only exacerbate that division. Romney did not get wiped out. He was not Mondale or McGovern. He got 59% of the white vote, He need 63%+. That's close. Had he appealed to a few more under 30 voters, he would have made up the difference.

    Let me add this: Bush 41 was an extraordinary individual. He was one of the most qualified men ever to be President. He was the Bush who did not fully invade Iraq. The smart one. Again, younger voters were his downfall.

    I love the passion from all of you, but moving more right is not the way to go. We'll all have to review this in November.

    Jack - I stand by my prediction. Bernie's voter will move to Hillary when faced with a Cruz or Trump.

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    TSAD 

    2 years ago from https:// www.consumeraffairs.com/ online/ hubpages. html

    Lions, a moderate candidate? Mc Cain was a moderate, Romney was a moderate...moderates are losers. Why vote for a moderate when you can just vote Democrat, neither stands for anything principled!

    No our problems are all due to moderates not standing against Democrat liberals and stopping what they do going back to GHW Bush! Moderates bow to the media and want to give the liberals whatever they want and CAN NOT win an election.

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    Jack Lee 

    2 years ago from Yorktown NY

    I have to disagree. Hillary is one of the worst candidates in the Democratic party. She is just not likable. Many traditional democrats and young voters does not like her at all. She would be a weak candidate if nominated. The Democrats will loose this year because the events are against democrats just like in 2008 when Republican McCain could not win in the aftermath of Iraq war and the crash of wall street.

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    CJ Kelly 

    2 years ago from Auburn, WA

    Good points all, but can they get 70% of the white vote without getting the majority of the soccer moms? No.

    We underestimate the popularity of the President. We are "high" information voters: we know that the economy does suck, the world situation is very dangerous, homelessness has increased, the middle class is thinning and African American unemployment is even worse. The Dems are now the party of the 1% (see my hometown of NYC)...and it is never reported.

    Low information voters just want to feel good. Sad, but true. Guess I'm not that optimistic. But I'm voting anyway! Keep up the fight.

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    Old Poolman 

    2 years ago

    Don't know if it would ever work but they would make a great team.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    I think Cruz will fall short of being able to get the delegates after yesterday. I would like to see him mend the fence with Trump to keep the establishment from stealing the nomination at the convention

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    Old Poolman 

    2 years ago

    It looks like the GOP has decided to back Cruz in this race. I honestly could go with either Trump or Cruz as they both have their strong points and are a far better choice than Clinton or Sanders.

    There are some who still believe Kasich has a good chance of being the candidate as he is said to be the only one of the candidates who could beat Clinton.

    It should prove interesting as this moves along.

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    Jack Lee 

    2 years ago from Yorktown NY

    lions445, I agree the media is pro Democrats and biased. However, I disagree Cruz cannot win. This year 2016, is primed for a Republican land slide. Whoever is the nominee will win. It is both a sign of the times against the last 7 years of Obama and against a flawed candidate in the name of Hillary Clinton. The media likes to play the competitiveness for ratings else who is going to watch them.

    Cruz is an outsider different than Trump. He will defend the Constitution which has been under assault by the Obama Admin. He will also challenge the Republican controlled Congress to get things done. Congress's approval rating is in the 10-15% range. They need Cruz more than Cruz needs them.

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    CJ Kelly 

    2 years ago from Auburn, WA

    As much as we don't like the media, we all see our candidates through them. There really is no choice in the matter. A majority of voters get their information from TV or the internet. That's why Cruz has zero chance of winning a general election.

    Image matters and when a GOPer is running for President, there are 2 opponents: the Dem candidate and the media. So you have to contend with one and mollify the other. I don't think Cruz can do it. He will lose 40 states. Reagan knew how, but guys like Cruz just can't. What we need is another Mike Deaver on the GOP side.

    The country has moved to the left (or at least center left) and it's not coming back anytime soon. Religion's influence is diminishing. How you say things matters, and Cruz comes across like Elmer Gantry. That's not good.

    He's not a bad guy, and I admire his scholarship. But I'm realistic. The bar is much higher for Republicans. If you want to change the country, you have to win first. Having a candidate who can portray himself as a moderate is the only answer.

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    TSAD 

    2 years ago from https:// www.consumeraffairs.com/ online/ hubpages. html

    I hope so, maybe he can pull off a win.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Cruz looks good to win Utah

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    Old Poolman 

    2 years ago

    That is really cool Tsad.

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    TSAD 

    2 years ago from https:// www.consumeraffairs.com/ online/ hubpages. html

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    Old Poolman 

    2 years ago

    Awww guys, you made my day. I love you guys.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Poolman - you are like family to us - wise beyond your years, keeping the whippersnappers in line, cutting through the BS

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    LOL....I just knew you were going to say that very thing, Mike!!

    Hey....I would miss you if you were gone!! And don't ever change. There is no other way to tell it than how it is!

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    Old Poolman 

    2 years ago

    Tsad - I learned a long time ago that very few miss me when I'm gone. I have a bad habit of just telling it like it is.

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    Old Poolman 

    2 years ago

    Unfortunately no, but wish I could say it was true.

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Mike....You're not "THE POOLMAN" from the TV series, "Desperate Housewives," who had a hot & heavy affair with Eva Longoria when her husband left for work each day....are you????

    It's OK Mike, you're among friends~ you can tell us.

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    TSAD 

    2 years ago from https:// www.consumeraffairs.com/ online/ hubpages. html

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    Old Poolman 

    2 years ago

    I was his poolman but the SOB always devalued the currency before he paid his bill so I had to fire him as a customer.

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    TSAD 

    2 years ago from https:// www.consumeraffairs.com/ online/ hubpages. html

    Old poolman knows all about Soros, if I didn't know better I'd think he was Soros's poolman :-)

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Take a look at the hub I put up on Soros

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    Old Poolman 

    2 years ago

    Sadly that is true RJ.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    I heard that once a pool guy, always a pool guy.....

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    Old Poolman 

    2 years ago

    Retired pool guy RJ.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    He's the Poolman..pool guys are legendary for their knowledge and foresight

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    Old Poolman 

    2 years ago

    Tsad - Not always right but darn close. Thanks anyhow.

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    TSAD 

    2 years ago from https:// www.consumeraffairs.com/ online/ hubpages. html

    BP who is your favorite? You take the quiz on line like I did? You might be surprised who you side with on the issues.

    Ralph, Old Poolman is always right, and that's why he should be suspect, no one is always right, but I have not found him wrong yet! :-)

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    breakfastpop 

    2 years ago

    I admit that I don't care for Ted Cruz. Having said that, if he is the nominee he will get my support. No matter how offensive people find Cruz, Clinton is far worse!

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    I suspect you are right about that Poolman

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    Old Poolman 

    2 years ago

    If Cruz wins the primary I would not be upset. I would be OK with any of those whom are left in the race.

    Cruz made a bunch of the establishment "the-good-ole-boy" club unhappy because he didn't agree to their welcome to Washington speech.

    That speech probably goes something like this when the newly elected arrive in Washington. "Look sonny, if you know what is good for you, you will vote the way we tell you to vote. If you don't we can guarantee you will never get a bill approved during your entire term."

    I suspect Cruz got this speech and told them all to go to hell.

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    jack......Sorry kind Sir.....We ALL have an ego. It's humanly unavoidable. Most individuals keep theirs in check, at a nice acceptable level. Then there are those who push the limits a bit~~the Ego-maniacs~~the Narcissists~~the Malignant Narcissists and then at the very highest, most irritating, unbearable, superhuman level............THE DONALD TRUMPS!! LOL!

    I've always felt that anyone who RUNS for political office is either an ego-maniac or incredibly masochistic...which is a kinder way to say, stupid.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Now this goes out to all three of you - Tsad hit the nail squarely, as I only wrote what the general public might see on the news or the Internet. I

    Eternally like him and his attitude, but still favor Trump first. I wanted to see what real people thought, because it's easy for the press to smear him to make political hay. Paula, your first paragraph is spot on. Jack, you are also correct - he will be a stalwart in DC - I hope him and Donald mend their battles and team up.

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    Jack Lee 

    2 years ago from Yorktown NY

    Ralph, your leading question of this hub can't be true. He is second out of 17 candidates on the GOP side. He is hated by some especially the GOP establishment. He is willing to take on his own party bosses when they go against their election promises. His filibuster on the Senate floor is a sign of true character ( Mr. Smith goes to Washington). I support Cruz because he is a Constitutionalist and will defend our rights to the end. He is an outsider even though he is a member of the Senate. I believe he will bring some sanity back to Washington DC. Frankly, I am surprised why some of Trump supporters don't like Cruz. They share some common traits however, Cruz is more Presidential and does not have en ego.

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    TSAD 

    2 years ago from https:// www.consumeraffairs.com/ online/ hubpages. html

    The problem with this hub page, and there is only one because it is an excellent rendition of what the media says about him, but that is it...it is just an accounting of what the drive by, lame stream media says about Cruz.

    That is a contrived opinion that is set forth by the media. Notice how they say things about him that are very appealing to conservatives and the part of the electorate that is fed up with the lies and status quo of politics and politicians and then spin it to sound as if this is really a bad thing.

    Take for example the Gov't shut down. To begin with 80 some percent of the government does not shut down and the next election after the shut down was a landslide victory throughout the nation, winning the Senate for Republicans, increasing the house majority and in governships and state legislatures throughout the nation. What harm did the shutdown do? Only harm was found in the way the media portrayed it while the facts on the ground said it was totally ignored.

    The quote you gave "Everyone who knows him in the Senate hates him to the point a fellow Senator said if Cruz was murdered on the Senate Floor, the killer wouldn’t be convicted." was said by Lindsey Graham - guess what he just endorsed Cruz.

    Everything you just said in this hub page is simply a repeating of the media assault on this man for obvious alternative reasons which aren't to get at the truth. But I know you know this Ralph as you summed up in your disclaimer, I'm not criticizing your hub page, just telling it like it is, which you are pretty good at doing yourself.

    But you and I know the last thing we want to do is believe the spin the media puts on anything.

    Paula's first paragraph sums it up nicely! just how much good has it done us

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    I do not hate Ted Cruz.....in fact, I should hesitate to admit this after reading your Hub, Ralph (LOL) but I actually like him. I know he's unpopular with a whole SLEW of people....but then, just how much good has it done us to go for the "much-loved, likable, popular guy?"

    If in fact his fellow-Senators hate him for not being one of "them" & for standing firm for US....that's a good thing, IMO. Honestly Ralph, depending on WHO may have done a lot of the research you read....I mean, let's face it~~someone could interview friends and co-workers, classmates, etal and then selectively choose the negative or the positive remarks. It depends on how a person or group wants him to be seen. Correct?

    Ralph, with all the damned lies flying from every direction to every direction, frankly, I'd have to hear what many people have to say about TED with my own ears. Seriously, who do we believe....How do we know we CAN believe them and why should we? I'd like to believe I can form my own opinion to a great degree too. I like a lot of his "promises." I watched him just 2 nights ago as he went down the list of his campaign promises. They all sounded very good to me.

    Hey...his parents, wife & daughters LOVE him! Good hub, Ralph.

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