Lock Beto Up? Cruz Approves, But For WHAT?

Beto O’Rourke: You’re going to jail!

Admittedly, it’s not clear what the charges against the Democratic nominee for Senate would even be, but the hive-minded conservatives of Texas will figure those details out later. For now, they will loudly chant, “Lock him up!” about O’Rourke at Ted Cruz rallies.

Imprisoning political rivals is actually a fairly common practice – in countries led by dictators. In order to more easily maintain power, tyrants will arrest and vanish viable opponents. This CNN article has a solid collection of examples of this happening in places like Russia, Chile, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Iran and Taiwan.

Theoretically anyway, the U.S. stands apart from these countries by having open and fair elections. In order for a democratic republic to function healthily, people need to be able to run for office without fear of reprisal from the vindictive victors.

Sadly, even Senator Cruz himself doesn’t seem to appreciate these democratic norms. Rather than taking the opportunity to responsibly point out to his supporters that Americans don’t seek vengeance on political opponents, he doubled down on their shouts by indicating that he’d find O’Rourke “a double-occupancy cell with Hillary Clinton.”

Ah, Secretary Clinton. As you may recall, that’s pretty much how that all started. Donald Trump voters – willfully ignoring a long rap sheet of alleged crimes committed by their candidate – wanted to send Clinton to prison over use of a private email server. The now-president embraced this call and even threatened to jail her himself to her face in the second presidential debate.

For this outrageousness, Trump got a surprising pass because he’s a “showman” and pundits swore other Republican lawmakers would serve as the insurance that the Constitution is followed and democratic norms were maintained.

Fast forward a couple of years and those fellow GOP leaders are mimicking Trump’s rhetoric, not safeguarding us against it. Worse, America’s conservative base has devolved into some angry mob that legitimately seems to not comprehend how they’re calling for the end of democratic rule.

Again I have to ask, what would we even be locking O’Rourke up for, aside from daring to run against a Republican in the state of Texas? I can’t think of even a bogus criminal accusation against O’Rourke that would compel this chant. These calls to jail him are highly hypocritical coming from people who continuously insist “innocent until proven guilty” on accusations against Brett Kavanaugh and the Saudi government, yet don’t comprehend the total injustice of threatening O’Rourke for simply campaigning.

Many intellectuals have taken a “let’s just wait out Trump” mantra in the hopes that sanity, civility and constitutionality can be restored whenever he leaves office. Moments like this one at the Cruz rally, however, suggest this country may have wandered too far down a path that we can’t easily return from.

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Susanne R
Susanne R4 months ago

Rhoberta E. - I watched it, and it was outstanding! The students were really enthusiastic, and he was very impressive. He puts "Mr. Haney" (Smiling Ted) to shame.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E4 months ago

Great open forum tonight with Beto O;Rourke and hosted by Chris Mathews from MSNBC. I hope you watched it david f.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E4 months ago

david f
Your comment prior to your rant was about his use of "Beto"
Just like trump you try and change the narrative to show that you're not as idiotic as you sometimes seem
I also didn't see a response to my comment on Bush's DUI in 1976.
You only seem to resond to your own "Fake narratives" and trying to demean others YOU don't like. Like saying "Bee-toe" Childish and shows YOU level of intelligence when you can't win an argument. (but just like trump )

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Susanne R
Susanne R4 months ago

David F. - To avoid causing you any confusion, my reference to "not drinking the water" applies to something you posted on another thread. I notice you didn't respond.

https://www.care2.com/causes/5-fossil-fuel-funded-politicians-up-for-reelection.html

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Susanne R
Susanne R4 months ago

David F. - Paul Harvey was a liberal? Really? According to NPR:
"The Rest Of The Story: Paul Harvey, Conservative Talk Radio Pioneer"

"Say 'conservative radio' to most young people today and they'll likely come up with a name like Sean Hannity or Glenn Beck. But those guys are the offspring of the industry's grandfather - one who told stories more often than he raised his voice, and who narrated history and the present to a generation of young listeners.

His name was Paul Harvey, and his gentle storytelling program was the launching pad for an entire cast of well-known faces from today's conservative movement, from Mitt Romney to Mike Huckabee to Fred Thompson.

To some people he was a far-right conservative, a brother in arms to the John Birch Society, Billy Graham, William F. Buckley and other icons of the 1940s, '50s and '60s.

https://www.npr.org/2014/10/09/354718833/the-rest-of-the-story-paul-harvey-conservative-talk-radio-pioneer

PS Don't drink the water near the sheep farm!

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David F
David F4 months ago

Susanne R, even liberal Paul Harvey recognized decades ago that the media did not cover both sides of the story.
That was back when most journalists had a trace of self respect and honor. "The other side of the story" is more appropriate and important to reduce the left wing hate than ever before.

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David F
David F4 months ago

Rhoberta, if that is true you would have a good point. however Ted Cruz has never tried to hide his Hispanic heritage, he has always spoken of the vast human tragedy when the people of Cuba allowed socialism to utterly destroy their country and his dad's ability to bribe the Cuban official and escape Cuba.

The overall point is that this big government, anti-freedom, anti-law Beee-toe has zero chance of winning in Texas:-)

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Susanne R
Susanne R4 months ago

Rhoberta E. said to David F. "You are just TOO funny for words."

I can think of some words...

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E4 months ago

david f
You are just TOO funny for words.
Do you mean like "Ted" cruz born Rafael Edward cruz? Now calls himself ted?
Do at least a modicum of research.. I came across a family picture of Mr O'Rourke at probably age 4 where he has on an embroidered sweater with the name "Beto" on the front.
Unlike Rafael, Beto was BORN in Texas.
Not even a decent argument even for you david

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David F
David F4 months ago

"Beto," a common nickname in Mexico for people named Roberto.

Renaming himself with the new Mexican nickname came in handy in 2012 when O'Rourke decided to run in a congressional district that is 75 percent Mexican and just 2 percent Irish (Where his family is from).

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