Ted Cruz Blasted by Fact-Checking Site for Making Ridiculous Claim About the First Amendment

ted-cruzWhen it comes to Republican presidential candidates, Sen. Ted Cruz is easily one of the most dishonest of the bunch. This is someone whose entire political career has been built and driven on pushing lies, misinformation and fear-mongering. While Donald Trump gets most of the headlines, I still maintain Cruz is, by far, a much more dangerous candidate than Trump. He’s essentially everything bad Trump would be, plus a whole host of radical religious fundamentalism tossed in for good measure.

I would be embarrassed if Trump became our president, but I would be legitimately terrified if Cruz did.

Well, non-partisan fact-checking site Politifact blasted Cruz for a recent statement he made where he accused Democrats of trying to repeal the “freedom of speech” protections given to us in the First Amendment.

“The Democrats in the Senate last year introduced a constitutional amendment to repeal the free speech protections of the First Amendment,” Cruz said.

Before going forward, I would like to point out that this is one of those statements that only an idiot would believe without actually fact-checking it for themselves. To hear something this radical without questioning the validity of it only proves that those who believed Cruz when he said it are absolutely brainwashed.

Of course, it’s not at all true. Politifact cited scholars who said Cruz “ignored critical facts” for the sake of blatantly misrepresenting what this amendment actually would have done.

What Ted Cruz is referring to is an amendment Democrats supported to help get money out of politics by allowing states (you know, the whole states’ rights thing) to set their own reasonable limitations on campaign finance laws.

Though as many of you might know, because Republicans want more money in politics (which is comically hypocritical considering these are the folks who whine about “big government” and how corrupt it is) they’ve taken up the ludicrous notion that money is “free speech.” Even though it’s fairly obvious that our Founding Fathers did not mean for “freedom of speech” to include the right for the richest among us to buy elections. Freedom of speech is the right for people to say basically anything without the fear or prosecution – it has nothing to do with money.

In fact, for anyone to argue that we should allow more money in politics is completely asinine. How can anyone claim that they want our government to be more efficient and ethical while supporting measures that seek to allow the richest among us to essentially buy our government? In what universe does the “logic” exist where a poor or middle class American would believe that more money in politics is a good thing?

Hell, shouldn’t this be one of the few issues on which liberals and conservatives agree?

Unfortunately, it’s not. While Democrats have been trying to do what they can to fight against the infectious nature of money in our political process, Republicans continue to indoctrinate their supporters into believing that money equals free speech.

And when you get right down to it, this is one of the biggest issues that truly separates Democrats from Republicans. Democrats are the people trying to give the government back to “we the people” by getting money out of politics, while Republicans are fighting tooth and nail to keep allowing millionaires and billionaires to buy our elections, our politicians and our government.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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