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Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:05 AM

Ted Cruz Claims He Has A List Of Communists Who Have Infiltrated Harvard Law

By Zack Beauchamp on Feb 22, 2013 at 1:30 pm

During the confirmation hearing for Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Sen. Ted Cruz engaged in guilt-by-association tactics that reminded several observers (including this author) of former Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI)’s baseless claim to have “a list” of Communists who had infiltrated the U.S. State Department.

It turns out Cruz was even more like McCarthy than previously thought. He believes that “Marxists who believed in the Communists overthrowing the United States government” have infiltrated the Harvard Law School faculty, outgunning the embattled campus conservatives.

Cruz’s Communist comments came in a speech to the Koch-supported group Americans for Prosperity unearthed by The New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer. Mayer attended the speech, and wrote down the text of Cruz’ McCarthyite allegations, which also linked President Obama to the so-called revolutionary Marxists at Harvard:

Cruz greeted the audience jovially, but soon launched an impassioned attack on President Obama, whom he described as “the most radical” President “ever to occupy the Oval Office.” (I was covering the conference and kept the notes.)

He 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.”

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http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/02/22/1626661/ted-cruz-claims-he-has-a-list-of-communists-who-have-infiltrated-harvard-law-seriously/

Link to Jane Mayer's article:
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2013/02/ted-cruz-sees-red-not-crimson-at-harvard.html#ixzz2LeyDfI39

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Reply Ted Cruz Claims He Has A List Of Communists Who Have Infiltrated Harvard Law (Original post)
DonViejo Feb 2013 OP
midwest irish Feb 2013 #1
still_one Feb 2013 #6
Evergreen Emerald Feb 2013 #2
Flashmann Feb 2013 #5
TwilightGardener Feb 2013 #3
DFW Feb 2013 #4
auburngrad82 Feb 2013 #12
DFW Feb 2013 #15
auburngrad82 Feb 2013 #22
gasser85 Feb 2013 #23
htuttle Feb 2013 #7
Loup Garou Feb 2013 #8
DFW Feb 2013 #16
firenewt Feb 2013 #9
Livluvgrow Feb 2013 #10
Manifestor_of_Light Feb 2013 #32
Sunlei Feb 2013 #11
Angry Dragon Feb 2013 #13
Tagish_Charlie Feb 2013 #14
Third Doctor Feb 2013 #17
longship Feb 2013 #18
Moses2SandyKoufax Feb 2013 #19
Jim Lane Feb 2013 #31
Manifestor_of_Light Feb 2013 #33
alcibiades_mystery Feb 2013 #20
dballance Feb 2013 #30
Cha Feb 2013 #21
Cha Feb 2013 #24
struggle4progress Feb 2013 #25
Blue4Texas Feb 2013 #26
Thinkingabout Feb 2013 #27
BlueStater Feb 2013 #28
Manifestor_of_Light Feb 2013 #34
putitinD Feb 2013 #29

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:07 AM

1. Then publish it, bro.

 

Put up or shut up.

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Response to midwest irish (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:30 AM

6. he won't because it is BULL, and the moment he does that, they will have ground to censure the SOB

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:09 AM

2. Distraction--"don't look at what we are doing--look over there!"

How many times will that distraction technique work? While they plunder our treasure and destroy our government, they attempt to distract us--and how many fall for it every time?


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Response to Evergreen Emerald (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:29 AM

5. they attempt to distract us--and how many fall for it every time?

Just a guess.....47%....

*ETA*

Paraphrasing Albert Einstein:Only two things are limitless....The Universe and human stupidity..

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:11 AM

3. Jane Mayer asked his office to provide the names of the commies, and he hasn't gotten back to

her yet. Because he doesn't want a slander suit. Slimey douchebag.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:20 AM

4. Cruz must NOT be let off the hook on this

He needs to be asked, by the press, by emails through his website, by calls to his office, by letters in the mail:

WHO are the communists that were at Harvard? WHAT allegations against Hagel is he making, and if none, why did he even insinuate that there might have been any substance to what he said during the hearings?

America needs to ask these questions of Cruz again and again and again and again until he either apologizes or admits in public that he indeed has, at long last, no sense of decency left.

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Response to DFW (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 11:18 AM

12. I'd also ask him about his father

According to Cruz's bio, his dad fought with Fidel Castro to free Cuba during the revolution in that country. Was his dad a communist?

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Response to auburngrad82 (Reply #12)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 12:41 PM

15. Shaky ground there

In the beginning, Castro was just interesting in freeing Cuba from Batista. He was a huge fan of the USA while in Mexico preparing his revolution, stopping at the US outlets to check on baseball scores of US teams, etc. Only after he got the cold shoulder from the USA after winning the revolution did he turn to the Soviets and become "communist."

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Response to DFW (Reply #15)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 02:29 PM

22. True, but probably more likely than Cruz's list of communists at Harvard.

I'm saying put him on the defensive. If he can pull a McCarthy then he opens himself up to scrutiny and I don't think questions related to Cuba are untouchable.

I've also heard his parents came here illegally. Maybe he needs to be asked about that as well, since the GOP are so anti-immigrant.

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Response to DFW (Reply #15)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 04:23 PM

23. Sounds alot

like Ho Chi Minh. Was a nationalist before Truman snubbed him. Not wanting to piss off the French.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:34 AM

7. Communists?

Communists? Really?



...communists?



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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:38 AM

8. Carnival Cruz sets sail, like the Carnival Triumph (sic)

"fetid nightmare"





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Response to Loup Garou (Reply #8)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 12:43 PM

16. This is one "Cruz" that is more like the Poseidon adventure.

i.e. a typical, predictable disaster movie.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:41 AM

9. Maybe he got his list from Herman Cain?

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:53 AM

10. Yep and I got a list

with at least 1 Harvard Alumni who is a fascist pig

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Response to Livluvgrow (Reply #10)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:31 AM

32. Singular of "alumni" is "alumnus".

Singular male person: alumnus
Plural male persons: alumni
Singular female person: alumna
Plural female persons: alumnae

Sorry, I suffered thru 2 years of high school Latin.

"Media" is plural. "Medium" is singular.

Thank you for your attention. That is all.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 11:02 AM

11. This R crap is why I wish- Hillary Clinton as Gov. of Texas, the state NEEDS cleanup of politicans

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 11:19 AM

13. Well I have a SATAN list and Ted is on it ............

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 11:48 AM

14. Cruz is in serious need of serious psychiatric intervention

 

Like electroshock therapy, prefrontal lobotomy and massive doses of haloperidol, prolixin and Thorazine.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 01:00 PM

17. In Dr who

jargon. Joesph Mccarthy regenerated into this fellow. It just took decades instead of minutes. So were going back to the red scare of the 50's now? When we say the repugs are regressives that's not a idle joke.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 01:20 PM

18. "Have you no sense of decency sir, at long last?"



A chilling reminder.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 01:53 PM

19. Can we just fast forward to the part where this moron

drinks himself to death?

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Response to Moses2SandyKoufax (Reply #19)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:24 AM

31. Don't go so fast that we skip past the sex scandal. (n/t)

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Response to Moses2SandyKoufax (Reply #19)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:33 AM

33. That was a great Herblock cartoon.


Joe McCarthy wearing a suit, caught in a giant spider web, screaming, "I can't do this to me!!!!"



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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 02:14 PM

20. Um, one is perfectly within one's right to be a Marxist in today's universities

I'm mystified by why so many people are screaming "It's not true!." Even if it was true that there were more "Marxists" than conservatives at Harvard Law, so what? There's no political test for a faculty position anymore.

The charge is bizarre. The response is equally bizarre.

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Response to alcibiades_mystery (Reply #20)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 07:19 PM

30. Thank You. My Thought Precisely. Communist/Socialist/Dem/GOP - All are Allowed

Much ado about nothing. We have had all types teach at universities and run for local, state and national office. There are no real enforceable prohibitions against being a Communist and being a professor or politician.

Some may mention the Communist Control Act of 1954 that, unfortunately, has never been repealed nor ruled on by the SCOTUS. However, I think any challenge to the law would be successful and the SOCTUS would most likely rule it violates the 1st Amendment provisions for freedom of speech and assembly. No, I'm not a lawyer so that's just my layperson's opinion. The fact that no one tries to enforce the law hints to me that no state government and none of the Feds want to waste their budget fighting a case through the courts because they have rightly concluded the law has little chance of standing.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 02:22 PM

21. So Cruz is going around flaunting a secret

Commie List! What a f****** joke.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 04:58 PM

24. As Sarah Jones writes.. Ted Cruz has jumped the Commie Shark..

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 05:43 PM

25. Sure sounds like somebody jilted him

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 05:54 PM

26. Allan West's brother from another father

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 06:08 PM

27. Here is a repub performer, dont know where he came from or where he is going.

Florida had their laughing stock voted out of office and I hope the good people if Texas will throw this zero to the curb and vet a real hero. BTW, Proud Texans are not happy with his crap, makes me have to write more letters to him. He may never produce a list since I doubt he really has one. Talk about being radical, he does not have a clue what a sane sensible Senators job consist of by his actions. He and Rand Paul, what failures.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 06:22 PM

28. I'm convinced this buttwipe has no future outside the senate.

He's like Michelle Bachmann. He gets the crazies fired up yet everyone else (i.e. the majority) thinks he's a nutbar.

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Response to BlueStater (Reply #28)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:34 AM

34. He replaced Senator Breck Girl, who retired.

They get worse and worse.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 06:53 PM

29. Chinese students?

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