Ted Cruz Says He Questioned Pentagon About Conspiracy Because The Government Is Not Trustworthy (Video)

ted-cruz-pentagonBefore all of this Jade Helm conspiracy ridiculousness started to gain mainstream traction, if someone came at me spouting off some gibberish about an elaborate plan by the United States government to seize control of several states, using Walmart as a staging ground to declare martial law – I would have probably laughed, rolled my eyes and walked away. There’s just no reason to even entertain that level of stupidity.

First, why Walmart? Considering the company mostly backs the Republican party, why would Walmart work in cooperation with the Obama administration to “seize control” over several states?

And why only a handful of states? You’re telling me that Utah is a state that a president would think needs to be targeted in some dastardly plan to do whatever the hell it is these crazy people think the Obama administration is trying to do?

While I’m clearly not any sort of mental health professional, in my opinion, you’d have to be insane to even remotely believe any of the nonsense I’ve heard emanating from these conspiracy theorists. That or you’re operating on a plane of idiocy that’s only understood by those who are equally as idiotic.

So it makes sense that Sen. Ted Cruz actually questioned the Pentagon over worries that the military exercise might, in fact, be a part of some elaborate plan by the Obama administration to declare martial law in several states. Though he claims he never bought into the conspiracies, he did specify that he understands why some might believe in them.

“My office has reached out to the Pentagon to inquire about this exercise,” Cruz said. “We are assured it is a military training exercise. I have no reason to doubt those assurances, but I understand the reason for concern and uncertainty, because when the federal government has not demonstrated itself to be trustworthy in this administration, the natural consequence is that many citizens don’t trust what it is saying.”

Yes, Cruz managed to find a way to legitimize the beliefs of crazy people all because the Obama administration “has not demonstrated itself to be trustworthy.”

Using that “logic,” I wonder how he feels about 9/11 truthers and their distrust of the government, particularly their belief that the Bush administration was involved in the attacks?

Maybe he should sit down with those who believe Sandy Hook was an elaborate hoax by the government to seize guns. These are people who distrust the government based largely on the rhetoric pushed by members of his party that President Obama is going to try to seize our guns.

Oh, there I go again, using logic and common sense to try to understand the thought process of a Republican. I really need to remember to stop doing that.

Though it’s a bit ironic for Cruz to call anyone else dishonest considering he’s easily one of the most dishonest people in our government – if not the most dishonest. Nothing like claiming people have a legitimate reason to distrust our government when your lies are some of the biggest reasons why many Americans have that irrational fear.

Watch the video below:

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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  • Jim Bean

    What are the odds that a high number of ‘crazy people’ would all have the same concerns about a particular situation? One in a hundred, I’d guess.

    What are the odds that Liberals would declare such a group of people ‘crazy’ when their concerns were problematic for the Liberal narrative? A hundred in a hundred, I’d guess.

    • Boardwalker

      Your guesses aside, are you saying that your stance is that Obama is indeed trying to declare martial law and take over the state of Texas? And if that is your stance, how exactly does that make the “liberal narrative” wrong? Did it ever occur to you that the right-wing narrative is wrong?

      The odds that a high number of ‘crazy people’ (your words) would all have the same concerns about a particular situation go up directly in proportion to how many PAID right-wing PERSONALITIES are fear-mongering, lying, and spreading bait that those same ‘crazy people’ eagerly grab hold of, sometimes with the help of those they look to for guidance on such issues (the governor of Texas, for example). Why? Why do they do it? I’ve been asking myself that question for decades. They seem to thrive on fear, and there are plenty of people out there willing to take advantage of that. Those are the people you should be finding fault with.

      • strayaway

        Boardwalker, What’s your take on the interplay between the Posse Comitatus Act and executive order 13528? Do, for instance, executive orders override congressional legislation?

      • Aaron H

        Executive order 13528? Are you stating that this executive order overrides the Posse Comitatus Act? Please explain this one to me, but give me time to get some popcorn.

      • strayaway

        I dont think executive orders override congressional legislation. In fact, I don’t think executive orders go beyond things like approving of hiring contracts, appointing directors, and so forth to fulfill laws passed by Congress. Congress legislates. Presidents execute that legislation.

        Since you were going on about martial law, I thought that I would ask you about the Posse Comitatus act which prevents U.S. military personnel from acting as law enforcement agents on U.S. soil. Some think that executive order 13528 empowers presidents to override the Posse Comitatus Act. I was asking for your opinion. How about just trying to justify whatever the troops were practicing for in Texas with the Posse Comitatus Act?


    Bad people do bad things. Evil people do incredibly bad things. With Evil being the standard by which all true Progressives can be measured I’d say it’s better to be safe than sorry. I love The Wizzard of Oz, he knows…

    “Psychological defence mechanisms such as projection play a large part in Leftist thinking and discourse. So their frantic search for evil in the words and deeds of others is easily understandable. The evil is in themselves.

    Leftists who think that they can conjure up paradise out of their own limited brains are simply fools — arrogant and dangerous fools. They essentially know nothing. Conservatives learn from the thousands of years of human brains that have preceded us — including the Bible, the ancient Greeks and much else. The death of Socrates is, for instance, an amazing prefiguration of the intolerant 21st century. Ask any conservative stranded in academe about his freedom of speech

    Conservatives adapt to the world they live in. Leftists want to change the world to suit themselves”
    Dr. John J. Ray

    • DougNTexas

      Dr. Ray, it is not leftists who believe Mr. Obama is going to bring on the Rapture. It isn’t leftists who want to control completely a woman’s entire reproduction cycle. It isn’t leftists who dismiss scientists claims on global warming. It isn’t leftists who believe the Government is going to take away all out guns away just any day now. Adapt hell, Republicans willfully try to subvert the voting ability of millions of poor people just to win a election. The kooks are on your side Dr. Ray.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        Shame on you for using my State in your handle.

    • ksgurl
      • I-RIGHT-I

        What’s your point dear? Do you think he is wrong about race and therefore wrong about everything else?

  • The Reader

    The bulk of the nut jobs seem to be directly under the GOP umbrella. It gives it the potential for a “conspiracy” if I ever saw one. If there wasn’t a plan of some kind brewing, the GOP would have shut these people down long ago. That they allow this stuff to go on repeatedly through decades speaks to the beliefs of a party determined to build a dynasty on the backs of the country’s less fortunate. Sounds like a conspiracy simmering to me.

  • FD Brian

    So Ted Cruz says the government can not be trusted, Ted Cruz is the government, ergo Ted Cruz can not be trusted. Dots connected.

  • Pipercat

    … and the Razzie goes to: