Ted Cruz: ‘We Need A Hundred More’ Senators Like Racist Bigot Jesse Helms

TedCruzWhen a Texas senator publicly says we need 100 racists in the United States Senate, that will catch my attention real quick. And that’s exactly what Ted Cruz said while speaking at the Heritage Foundation.

During his speech, Cruz recalled — and bragged — about how the first political donation in his life was sent to the late Jesse Helms.  He then seemingly took a “stroll down memory lane,” fondly recalling the late senator’s antics and what he perceived as people “beating up on him” when he was alive.

He then recalled a story about how he heard John Wayne had donated to Helms’ campaign, and the senator had gone out of his way to contact Wayne to thank him for his donation.  According to Cruz, John Wayne said to Helms, “Oh yeah, you’re that guy saying all those crazy things. We need 100 more like you.”

A statement Cruz agreed with, saying, “The willingness to say all those crazy things is a rare, rare characteristic in this town, and you know what? It’s every bit as true now as it was then. We need a hundred more like Jesse Helms in the U.S. Senate.”

So, according to Ted Cruz, we need 100 more like Jesse Helms in the United States Senate.

Well, let me just tell you a little bit about the late Senator Jesse Helms.  This was a man who:

  • Called the University of North Carolina the “University of Negros and Communists.”
  • Said that the Civil Rights Act was “the single most dangerous piece of legislation ever introduced in the Congress.”
  • Used a filibuster to try to prevent a federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Almost always voted against any legislation that promoted civil rights.
  • Frequently tried to block the appointment of African American judges.
  • Supported the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Oh, and beyond race, we can’t forget his disdain for homosexuals and absolute ignorance about the AIDS virus.  In fact, in 1988 he declared, “There is not one single case of AIDS in this country that cannot be traced in origin to sodomy.”

This is the type of man Ted Cruz said our entire Senate should be comprised of.

Basically, Ted Cruz feels our entire Senate should be made up of 100 openly racist individuals who vehemently oppose civil rights and view African Americans as second-class citizens.

So wait, is Cruz saying that he shouldn’t be in the U.S. Senate, or is he saying that he’s a blatant racist who opposes civil rights and views African Americans as lesser humans?

Because he’s currently a United States Senator.  So either he feels he needs to be replaced, or he’s implying that he’s built in the same mold as Jesse Helms—an overt racist.

Then again, the current Republican party is built on racism — as evidenced by the “Southern strategy” they implemented in the 50’s and 60’s, which targeted racist whites as a means to combat the Democrats and their push for civil rights.

What Cruz proved once again with his ridiculous comments is that his ignorance knows no bounds.  In his short time in the Senate, Cruz has proven repeatedly that he’s either completely ignorant, borderline insane or clueless about history and government—or all three.

I’m going to go with all three.

These latest comments proclaiming that our Senate should be built entirely of individuals like the late Jesse Helms show his total disconnect with reality.

And while I’m sure Cruz can hand pick a few instances of good Helms did in his life, those acts don’t trump the overwhelming racist behavior the late senator showed throughout his life and career in the Senate.

Racism that Ted Cruz apparently believes we need more of.

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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  • Pipercat

    ~face palm….

  • ricklee228

    Why is there no “re-do” button when society in general realizes that a bunch of ignorant, non-thinking, hillbilly, mindless, arrogant, malignant pieces for fecal matter find their way into politics? Why do we not enjoy the right to get rid of “mistakes” created by the aforementioned, mindless, idiotic pieces of fecal matter that, regretfully, enjoy the same rights as people who think, analyze, investigate, call out and demand accountability of elected figures. We have to tolerate the overwhelming ignorance of John Beiner, Paul Rand, Rick Scott and now this giant piece of malignant shit Ted Cruz. you know talking that kind of talk as far as I am concerned shows his lack of ability, intelligence and common sense to even be in politics. The man needs medicating and a straight jacket then, respectfully, Mr. Cruz, please go back to were you once came (or your forefathers as long as it’s another nation somewhere, preferably third world so they can buy your crap logic) if you do not like this country because we are not liking you or your kind of ignorant speak. You truly shoot your foot off every time you open your big mouth. If you do not like the way this country is going, because you know your way is a dead end street, then PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE LEAVE, GO HOME AND TAKE BEINER AND RAND WITH YOU!

    • Charles Vincent

      Y 4 U such a BIGOT I R not STOOPID….. I NOT DUMB UR DUMB….

  • mojones1

    If The voters in Cruz’s district had an ounce of integrity they would recall this creep.

    • Pipercat

      Problem is mo, he’s a Senator from a very red state. That ain’t happening anytime soon. I live in Texas, but I did not add to his tally.

    • Sally Somes Laird

      I am from that Red State…..and we are trying to change the tide to Blue…unfortunately it will take a while. On the other hand Rick Perry is out recruiting all those business from Blue states, and since we are 49th in spending on education, all those business that decide to relocate will have to bring their employees with them.
      We will gladly accept all the progressives that want to move here and make a change!

      • Charles Vincent

        It occurred to me that the reason I am opposed to the liberal mind set is not because they want to be charitable, but because they want to be charitable not only with their property but with mine and others property and they use government force to achieve this immoral and illegal act. Then when we protest the act they look down their nose at us and excoriate us for being selfish and uncaring people, not realizing that we first have a duty to care for our own needs and that taking our property subverts that duty and also prevents our ability to be charitable to those around us in need.

      • Sally Somes Laird

        You have my interest. Please elaborate on the property of yours that has been immorally and illegally taken.

      • Charles Vincent

        Anything I derive from my labor is my property. You nor government have any right to take my property.

        BAstiat said it in his Publucation The Law Here is the appropriate excerpt;

        “Property and Plunder

        Man can live and satisfy his wants only by ceaseless labor; by the ceaseless application of his faculties to natural resources. This process is the origin of property.

        But it is also true that a man may live and satisfy his wants by seizing and consuming the products of the labor of others. This process is the origin of plunder.

        Now since man is naturally inclined to avoid pain— and since labor is pain in itself —it follows that men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work. History shows this quite clearly. And under these conditions, neither religion nor morality can stop it.

        When, then, does plunder stop? It stops when it becomes more painful and more dangerous than labor.

        It is evident, then, that the proper purpose of law is to use the power of its collective force to stop this fatal tendency to plunder instead of to work. All the measures of the law should protect property and punish plunder.

        But, generally, the law is made by one man or one class of men. And since law cannot operate without the sanction and support of a dominating force, this force must be entrusted to those who make the laws.

        This fact, combined with the fatal tendency that exists in the heart of man to satisfy his wants with the least possible effort, explains the almost universal perversion of the law. Thus it is easy to understand how law, instead of checking injustice, becomes the invincible weapon of injustice. It is easy to understand why the law is used by the legislator to destroy in varying degrees among the rest of the people, their personal independence by slavery, their liberty by oppression, and their property by plunder. This is done for the benefit of the person who makes the law, and in proportion to the power that he holds.Victims of Lawful Plunder

        Men naturally rebel against the injustice of which they are victims. Thus, when plunder is organized by law for the profit of those who make the law, all the plundered classes try somehow to enter — by peaceful or revolutionary means —into the making of laws. According to their degree of enlightenment, these plundered classes may propose one of two entirely different purposes when they attempt to attain political power: Either they may wish to stop lawful plunder, or they may wish to share in it.

        Woe to the nation when this latter purpose prevails among the mass victims of lawful plunder when they, in turn, seize the power to make laws! Until that happens, the few practice lawful plunder upon the many, a common practice where the right to participate in the making of law is limited to a few persons. But then, participation in the making of law becomes universal. And then, men seek to balance their conflicting interests by universal plunder. Instead of rooting out the injustices found in society, they make these injustices general. As soon as the plundered classes gain political power, they establish a system of reprisals against other classes. They do not abolish legal plunder. (This objective would demand more enlightenment than they possess.) Instead, they emulate their evil predecessors by participating in this legal plunder, even though it is against their own interests.

        It is as if it were necessary, before a reign of justice appears, for everyone to suffer a cruel retribution— some for their evilness, and some for their lack of understanding.The Results of Legal Plunder

        It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.

        What are the consequences of such a perversion? It would require volumes to describe them all. Thus we must content ourselves with pointing out the most striking.

        In the first place, it erases from everyone’s conscience the distinction between justice and injustice.

        No society can exist unless the laws are respected to a certain degree. The safest way to make laws respected is to make them respectable. When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law. These two evils are of equal consequence, and it would be difficult for a person to choose between them.

        The nature of law is to maintain justice. This is so much the case that, in the minds of the people, law and justice are one and the same thing. There is in all of us a strong disposition to believe that anything lawful is also legitimate. This belief is so widespread that many persons have erroneously held that things are “just” because law makes them so. Thus, in order to make plunder appear just and sacred to many consciences, it is only necessary for the law to decree and sanction it. Slavery, restrictions, and monopoly find defenders not only among those who profit from them but also among those who suffer from them.The Fate of Non-Conformists

        If you suggest a doubt as to the morality of these institutions, it is boldly said that “You are a dangerous innovator, a utopian, a theorist, a subversive; you would shatter the foundation upon which society rests.” If you lecture upon morality or upon political science, there will be found official organizations petitioning the government in this vein of thought: “That science no longer be taught exclusively from the point of view of free trade (of liberty, of property, and of justice) as has been the case until now, but also, in the future, science is to be especially taught from the viewpoint of the facts and laws that regulate French industry (facts and laws which are contrary to liberty, to property, and to justice). That, in government-endowed teaching positions, the professor rigorously refrain from endangering in the slightest degree the respect due to the laws now in force.”[1]

        Thus, if there exists a law which sanctions slavery or monopoly, oppression or robbery, in any form whatever, it must not even be mentioned. For how can it be mentioned without damaging the respect which it inspires? Still further, morality and political economy must be taught from the point of view of this law; from the supposition that it must be a just law merely because it is a law.

        Another effect of this tragic perversion of the law is that it gives an exaggerated importance to political passions and conflicts, and to politics in general.

        I could prove this assertion in a thousand ways. But, by way of illustration, I shall limit myself to a subject that has lately occupied the minds of everyone: universal suffrage.”

      • Sally Somes Laird

        I understand philosophy and theory.
        ….but I asked you what specific property of yours had been immorally and illegally taken.

      • Charles Vincent

        Taxing an individuals Income that he/she derives from trading his labor for some sort of remuneration.(this is an even trade much like me buying something from you in a private sale)
        Property tax on land or a Vehicle every year(but this isn’t just relegated to me alone)
        The ACA is taking my money and giving it to someone else( as is the current model of healthcare).
        Bastiat called this legal plunder. Money is property Just as much as a knife ot a backpack, consequently money is the most used form of property.

      • LRC

        i dont hear you bitchn bout salaries of dead beat congressman who make almost 200k a year to fuck up our country. I dont hear you complaing about the oil subsidies or shit that companies like walmart pull with their low wages and forcing their employees onto food stamps and section 8. the problem is that your mad at the wrong people. if the poor were given a livable wage instead of 7.25 an hour no one would need to take your taxes. Your just another misinformed republican idiot from texas. the state who I may add take way more from the fed than it gives. you sir need to stop voting for republicans as they are taking your money. they are creating a class of citizens from which need assistance because they are basicly legal slaves. BTW thanx for the wall of text that still didnt prove your case. 5 seconds of reading i knew you got all your ideas from fox news and talking points of bigoted racist republicans. people like you who are so uneducated about what the real problems are, is why this country cant be fixed. Youve been brainwashed to be angry and the needy, instead of the ones who turned them into the needy.your just another texan with his head up his fucking ass, with everything he thinks he knows fed too him by people that use him.

      • Charles Vincent

        Slow your roll turbo the context of what i was descussing doesnt cover that. Its a Wholly different subject. If you want to discuss that I am game.

      • Sally Somes Laird

        LRC…actually Texas is about even in what we pay and receive. Charles, if taxes are immoral and illegal, what is your solution to a civilized society?

      • Charles Vincent

        Not taxes the constitution grants two types of taxation Direct and indirect.
        Income tax is not in the purview of congressional taxation powers.
        My solution thats easy follow the constitution there are plenty of Historical documents that clear up contested details of what things mean.

      • Sally Somes Laird

        Ah, so we should only adhere to the original document? Hmmm…..as a woman I’m not really a fan. And I’m guessing neither are a good portion of the descendants of slaves, immigrants and all others who were excluded 237 years ago. I understand your “purest” attitude. One of my best friends is in your camp, and we have lively discussions. But not living here in Texas you don’t have a good grasp on the corrupt political environment here….from local to state levels. Nor do you (I believe) have a grasp on the fundamentalist Christian right that has invaded our liberties.

      • Charles Vincent

        You’re going somewhere I wasn’t advocating thats an overreaction to what I was talking about. Frankly its asinine for people to swing so wildly to opposite poles like that.

        ” I understand your “purest” attitude.”

        It isn’t about purist.

        “But not living here in Texas you don’t have a good grasp on the corrupt political environment”

        You imply that only your state is rife with corruption this is a false premise.

        ” fundamentalist Christian right that has invaded our liberties.”
        And libral progressive democrats invade peoples liberties as well Its hypocrisy to say it doesnt happen rwegardless of political affiliation either way.
        Read all of Bastiats’ The Law he really lays out how things should be concerning law and liberties, he even excoriates the US over slavery and rightly so.

      • Sally Somes Laird

        In the beginning of this thread you said “Then when we protest the act they look down their nose at us and excoriate us for being selfish and uncaring people”, I believe you have turned the tables to include yourself in that statement. Those who are not persuaded by your arguments are the selfish and uncaring. And implied uninformed. I choose not to subscribe to your theology. We are all influenced by our circumstances, education, family and affiliations. Obviously ours are very different. I never implied that Texas is the only state with corruption, I stated that not being a resident of Texas you have no first hand knowledge of the corruption here. This article is about Ted Cruz. I spoke my mind on topic.

      • Charles Vincent

        Again you’re extrapolating some meaning I never intended. If you want to be charitable great, knock yourself out dig right into your pocket and be charitable, but don’t use government to take my property and then use it for your idea of charity.

        ” I believe you have turned the tables to include yourself in that statement.”

        Except I am not taking your stuff to give as charity to someone else nor am I looking down my nose at you for wanting to be charitable. I am however taking issue with liberals taking other peoples property to use in a charitable endeavor they would not have otherwise chosen to give charity to.

        “Those who are not persuaded by your arguments are the selfish and uncaring. And implied uninformed. I choose not to subscribe to your theology.”
        I never implied this its a fact that liberals do this read the postings on this site if you want to see evidence of this. I was not attempting to persuade anyone my original post was a statement not an argument.
        This isn’t a religious statement therefore its not a theology. It is however and ideology.

      • Charles Vincent

        “BTW thanx for the wall of text that still didnt prove your case. 5 seconds of reading i knew you got all your ideas from fox news and talking points of bigoted racist republicans.”

        Frédéric Bastiat was around well before fox news. I think its you that have been brainwashed and are angry and needy judging from the rancor dripping off both of your posts.
        OOhhh wrong again I am a registered independant keep the assumptions coming I want to see if you can fit both feet in your mouth and then put your head up your butt, I think this would be a guiness record.

      • LRC

        taxes pay for much more than poor people with their hand out. police, hospitals, schools, ect. you live in this country, you make money in this country, you have an obligation to contribute.period.Another texan with his head up his ass. thanx for the wall of text that still didnt answer the very simple question you were asked. I hate texans so much, easily the dumbest, most inbred useless retards our counry has ever spawned. next time you hurt, be a man and dont call an ambulance or go to a hosptial. Also, home school those inbred useless kids you have. You dont want to pay taxes, fine. dont use any of the services they pay for. that includes driving on the fucking road.

      • Charles Vincent

        “police, hospitals, schools, ect”

        My income tax to the federal government isn’t spent on those things.

        my state and city tax are however spent on those.

        ” you have an obligation to contribute.period.”

        You dont get to tell me anything about what I do or don’t contribute to.

        “Another texan with his head up his ass. thanx for the wall of text that still didnt answer the very simple question you were asked. I hate texans so much, easily the dumbest, most inbred useless retards our counry has ever spawned. next time you hurt, be a man and dont call an ambulance or go to a hosptial. Also, home school those inbred useless kids you have.”

        Bigotry and insults make you look like an inbred moron. I dont live in Texas and had you read my Posts you could have avoided the dreaded foot in mouth problem you currently have.

        ” that includes driving on the fucking road.”
        I pay for the roads in my state every time I pay for gas.

      • Karen Christie

        Sounds to me like liberals are not the problem, but corporations who pay slave wages to their workers while people like Ted Cruz give more middle-class plunder to those same corporations.

      • Charles Vincent

        That’s Corporatism/cronyism not true free markets.

      • Albert Gump Kaye

        Why are so many people like Charles Vincent completely devoid of a social conscience. “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country” is something completely devoid from their thinking. As far as they are concerned they owe nothing to others if the means to that end if from social programs. He speaks of morality but has no moral qualities excepting those that suit him.

      • StayonTopic

        Charles, you’ve changed the subject. stay on topic.

      • Charles Vincent

        Actually I was just following the progression of the discussion.

      • Annie

        Charles, I am a progressive, some call me a liberal, but I oppose 99% of foreign aid. I support domestic programs that are designed to level the playing field-but, I do not favor hand outs without something in return from the recipient of said benefit.

      • Charles Vincent

        I don’t disagree but, when you use government force to take from others to give that handout then I have a problem. I have no problem with people organizing and voluntarily giving things to help people in need but this is often not the case.

        For Example you might choose to donate food and labor to a soup kitchen with a few friend who have the same motivation to help absolutely nothing wrong with this, I think its great that people do these things voluntarily. Maybe I would only donate time to share knowledge so those in need can help themselves my cause is no less noble than the one you had undertaken and again its a voluntary action on my part. Does this make sense to you?

  • Anthonij

    Fans of Jesse Helms… John Wayne and Ted ‘Maple Leaf’ Cruz… LOL… Say no more!

    But seriously, why is Cruz worried about the US Senate?… Does’t he want Texas to secede?…lol

  • JQPublic

    This is where you are wrong Allen. I think your disdain for the republican party has made you blinded lately on what is being said. Cruz might be a moron but lets be honest you are currently putting words in to his mouth beyond what he spoke. He is saying he thinks we should have people who openly speak their mind and not say what we want to hear. Is Helms a good example to use NO oh god no but that idiot did speak his mind and didn’t back down from his beliefs just to be popular. And no I don’t think Cruz is a bright one to begin with but that is what most of the Tea Party is comprised of anyways.

    • Sam Brosenberg

      When your beliefs are despicable and antiquitated, it is not a virtue to loudly trumpet them and to refuse any and all opportunities to even consider an opposing viewpoint.

      I also disagree. Ted Cruz is extremely intelligent, and everything he says is calculated to play to an audience. He knows that the majority of voting Texans, if not share theseviews, at least don’t mind being represented by a man that holds them, and thus he will not be losing his seat by espousing them.

  • Josie

    I simply do not get why this man is not vilified within his own district and by the Republican party. Does he even have a brain? Or perhaps, he believes these statements will appeal to his base. If so, we are in serious trouble! And let me tell you, people(male or female) who think like Jesse H. did often were very opposed to women’s rights also. That just gets far less press.

  • itsallgood4me

    People who use racism to get elected ,don’t give a damn about the people who they gain votes from by using racism ! They outsourced their jobs to china and put those same people on government asisstance ! Republican policy gives American korporates ,subsidies and tax breaks to move American jobs over seas !How could this American job outsourcing , not affect the people who voted for them ? It affect everybody in America who has to work for a living ! Then republicans claim that all of those unemployed Americans were just lazy ,didn’t want to work and were perfectly satisfied to hold their hands out to the government for everything that they need .Republicans are happy to see that their divide and conquer strategy is working so well and the fact that their policies are hurting every working class American ,even the people who keep voting for them , means nothing to them ! Republicans just want to keep getting elected to office, even at the expense of the people who support them !Exploiting racist mentalities in America ,is the easiest thing to do and republicans have become good at it ! It even means that republicans can send American kids off to wars that republican administrations have lied to start ! The know that the liars are above the law as long as they keep the country racially divided ! I am very sure that some of their supporters have sons and daughter who may have been sent off to the iraq war and there seems to be not one complaint about how & why that war was started ! No complaints about the 1 trillion dollars price tag or the over 4,500 American kids killed there ! Their supporters would rather bitch about the millions spent on welfare and the idea that minorities are the only ones on welfare & food stamps ,as if the outsourcing of all those American jobs to china had nothing to do with Americans being unemployed . The 36 billion dollars paid to chaney’s halliburton and concerns for the fact that chaney may have gotten his hands on some of that money ,never comes up ! Chaney campaigned the hardest for that war and gave halliburton all of those no bid contracts means nothing to them. The key for all this republican support is to keep Americans divided along racial line and they can do anything that they want ! Racism is the biggest threat to America ,it can be used to destroy America ,from the inside out !!!!!!! Anybody who thinks that America’s enemies haven’t given this a thought ,is crazy !!!!!!

  • Russ

    reminds me of Hitler