The recent and past announcements of Republican Presidential Candidates signals bad news to the average American.  Today, March 23, 2015, Senator Ted Cruz becomes the first candidate in any party to announce for President from Liberty University.  A normal type activity except for the location.  More on that later.

When candidate Ronald Reagan spoke at Philadelphia, Mississippi (http://volokh.com/2011/08/16/reagans-infamous-speech-in-philadelphia-mississippi/) in 1980, it made huge signals to conservatives across the country that there concerns would be addressed in the coming campaign and more importantly in the presidency itself.

It would be a way of putting Black people and minorities back in their place.  Signals and dog whistles of an end to affirmative action, cuts to college grants and loans (as instated by Governor reagan in California, an attack on the Welfare program, tough on crime policies which could decimate the inner cities and “make White people feel safe.”

Seven miles away from the Neshoba Fairgrounds where the Labor Day event was being held, is the town of Philadelphia, Mississippi, where three civil rights workers were murdered in 1964. Unfortunately, it would be difficult to find many places in Alabama or Mississippi which are not within seven miles of the scene of some infamous past act of racial violence, such as a lynching of a Black man.  Coincidentally, this small town in the Deep South happens to be the national headquarters of the Ku Klux Klan.

So why Liberty University?  A place with a name that is truly an oxymoron: neither a place where free thinking is entertained or education or science is held in esteem.  A “Christian” institution of higher learning which seeks not to open young minds but close them to diversity, intellect, and religious tolerance.

So why Ted Cruz?  An individual capable of only self promotion and a Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy look-alike (remember how that worked out).  What has he done, what has he not done?  Does he have the temperament to be a leader?  Does his right-wing extremist reverend father invalidate his candidacy if Reverend Wright did that for Obama?  We all know he led the GOP’s government shutdown, costing the economy a staggering $24 billion; probably the biggest display of showmanship to achieve presidential ambitions.  His opposition to “Obamacare” bordered on insanity and vanity.
He has obstructed every piece of legislation from raising the minimum wage to paycheck fairness to immigration reform; all in the spirit of a huckster like P.T. Barnum.  His worship of international corporations and the richest Americans invalidates any claim to being a populist president.  He truly would govern at the expense of working Americans and future generations.

NARAL says:

Ted Cruz has said some pretty wild (and some just plain strange) things in his career.

Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme”
Describes same-sex marriage as “tragic and indefensible”
“The moon might be as intimidating as Obamacare.”

But what’s scary isn’t his ridiculous words–they’re his outrageous actions. Despite what’s important in our lives, Ted Cruz has made a career out of just riling up his anti-choice base: railing against abortion rights, sharia law, and the United Nations. But when it comes to improving the lives of Americans, Ted Cruz is conspicuously absent.

Jerry Brown’s commentary on Ted Cruz’s candidacy 3-22-2015:

Donald Trump’s announcement….

President Ted Cruz.

If you’re like us, William, just reading that phrase probably sent shivers down your spine or produced a pretty serious roll of the eyes.

But as of this moment, Texas Senator Ted Cruz is officially running for president, and if we don’t do everything in our power to stop him, the possibility of President Ted Cruz could become a reality.

So here are three things everyone needs to know about wannabe President Ted Cruz:
He led the GOP’s government shutdown, costing the economy a staggering $24 billion, as part of a personal crusade to take away quality health care from millions of Americans and give control back to the insurance companies.
He has obstructed everything from raising the minimum wage to paycheck fairness to immigration reform.
He would give corporations and the richest Americans huge tax breaks, at the expense of working Americans.
Here’s what you can do to fight back right now — become a Factivist, and commit to spreading the word about Ted Cruz and his fellow Republicans:

http://my.democrats.org/Ted-Cruz

Thanks for doing your part!

2016 DNC Factivists

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/03/23/ted-cruz-announces-presidential-run/?wpisrc=al_alert
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced — again — his candidacy for president in a speech this morning at a landmark of the American evangelical movement, Liberty University.

“Today, I am announcing that I am running for president of the United States,” Cruz said, about 20 minutes into a speech to students here. “Ted! Ted!” students yelled.

“It is the time for truth. It is the time for liberty. It is the time to reclaim the Constitution of the United States,” Cruz said.

The content of Cruz’s announcement speech — which embraced the goals of evangelical Christians, military hawks and small-government tea partiers–illustrated the broad Republican coalition he is hoping to assemble. The location of the announcement, at an evangelical college, showed that Cruz hopes to mobilize young people behind a campaign that will start at the back of the GOP pack.

Cruz had technically already announced his candidacy with a tweet sent early Monday morning.

“I’m running for president, and I hope to earn your support!” he wrote just after midnight. That made Cruz, who has been in the senate since 2013, he first major presidential contender to formally declare himself a 2016 candidate. It endeded after several months of fervent — but all unofficial — jockeying by a large field of Republican hopefuls.

They booed loudly when Cruz mentioned President Obama’s health-care law, which was signed five years ago today.

Cruz moved around the stage, urging students to imagine scenarios in which conservative ideals prevailed on a variety of policy issues. Imagine no “Obamacare.” Imagine no Common Core education curriculum.

“Instead of a federal government that works to undermine our values, imagine a federal government that works to defend the sanctity of human life, and to uphold the sacrament of marriage,” he said, focusing on evangelical priorities as well as secular conservative ones. Instead of a government that works to undermine our Second Amendment rights — that seeks to ban our ammunition— imagine a federal government that protects the right to keep and bear arms of all law-abiding Americans.”

Cruz drew parallels with moments in American history: the American Revolution, the Great Depression, the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980. He said Reagan helped win the Cold War and revive the American economy.

“Compared to that, repealing Obamacare and abolishing the IRS ain’t all that tough,” Cruz said.

Earlier, Cruz showed his savvy for the modern media world, managing to make the announcement of something entirely unsurprising — that he is running for president — into four separate news events.

First, his campaign announced a major speech, which many suspected would serve as his announcement. Then, his team leaked the news that the speech was, indeed, his announcement. Then came the tweet. Now, for television, he will go through the familiar ritual of a candidacy launch: a speech, a crowd, his family, American flags. Photos taken by the AP on Sunday showed Cruz doing a rehearsal for his announcement on a stage at Liberty, walking hand-in-hand with his daughters and practice-smooching his wife.

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