Demons on the Left

Recently, the Wilmington, North Carolina StarNews Editorial Board published an editorial titled, “Demonization has gone too far.” (Link below) Then they proceeded to demonize Senator Ted Cruz who happens to be a very effective (and threatening to the Left) candidate running as a Republican for President of the United States—not surprising because these people usually side with leftist candidates and policies, and criticize conservative people and policies.

Also Cruz hails from Texas and editors especially demonize Southern conservatives. In this case, they carried an attack on Cruz too far; beyond reason.

To further muddy their political editorial waters editors threw in a picture of New York City firemen raising a U. S. flag at the site of the Islamists attack in 2001. Cruz applauded their heroic work and patriotism as Donald Trump tried to deflect attention from Cruz’s point during the recent Republican debate.

In an unbelievable leap over the facts, the Board used Sen. Cruz as an example of “the biggest American haters” and a politician who portrays others as “the enemy”—false and libelous statements.

Admittedly, I admire Sen. Cruz because I believe what he says is honest, articulate and fair. He is straight forward and sincere, and, I think he is a strong, consistent conservative: someone we desperately need to lead this country out of the despair of Marxism.

But the StarNews editorial has represented Mr. Cruz as evil— totally untrue and going far beyond merely disagreeing with his political views.

Until the Trumped up media flap over Cruz’s comment about “New York values” not even his opponents have called him dishonest, deceitful or hateful—unlike many cases of Hillary Clinton’s devilish political history and the devious Democrats she hangs out with. Some may remember her answer to a question about her “enemies”; she named Republicans.

And who are the people that spew hateful speech and actions toward those who support moral values and American traditions?

While black church members in Charleston, South Carolina last year forgave the white killer, leftist hate-groups pressured the governor and local politicians to grovel before their demand to remove the revered Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds—suddenly it changed from a symbol of the American spirit of independence and bravery resisting tyranny to a symbol of hate.

Black Lives Matter members stir up hatred for the police. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s “pastor,” preaches hatred for America, especially white Americans, as does the malicious Nation of Islam. These people come from the crevices of the radical liberal Left; they call themselves “progressives.” If anyone questions their motives or actions they will be viciously and personally attacked.

The Editorial Board refers to Sen. Cruz as “dangerous” because he introduced conservative legislation in Congress that they don’t like and admit “had no chance of success.” In some convoluted way they seem to think that the democratic process is a threat when their enemies participate. Who are the demons here?

The Board writes that “Cruz is opposed to a certain set of values.” They apparently embrace the radical liberal views that Cruz mentioned in his rebuttal to New York City candidate Trump in the last Republican debate: abortion (on demand), “gay (homosexual) marriage,” (crony Wall Street) money and the (Obama) media.

It’s not debatable that these issues do not represent the morals, ethics and principles embraced by the majority of Americans. Yet, apparently, the Board wants us to believe that liberals in New York City are mainstream-America. Clearly, editors are more in tune with NYC standards than with Southern culture and tradition— worlds apart.

Even those of us from upstate-New York have different political and cultural views than most people living in NYC.  Although there are many good people there, their lifestyles and politics are unlike that of most Americans. And Cruz was right; they are mostly socially liberal. An informed person needs only to browse through a few issues of the New York Times to recognize that truth.

Editors would like Sen. Cruz not to dismiss or demonize “those who might disagree (with him).” That’s not the way I see this disagreeable editorial, although editors toss in a small bone of objectivity: “Liberals do the same thing.”

Ted Cruz has not dismissed or demonized anyone. He did remind us that his arrogant, untested opponent is a product of the largest liberal bastion in the country, and inferred that Trump’s close connection to that environment might lead us to question his credentials and sincerity compared to a true Southern conservative with values closer to most Americans.

I think that Senator Ted Cruz just demonstrated, again, why he would make an excellent president of these formerly united States.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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