Ted Cruz: The Democrats are running scared because their agenda has failed

On radio this morning, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) joined Glenn to discuss his fight to ensure those responsible for the IRS targeting of conservatives are held accountable, how he is holding up in the face of all the criticism, and why he believes the Democrats are “running scared.”

It has been nine months since the Department of Treasury Inspector General concluded the IRS had improperly targeted conservative and TEA Party groups. President Obama promised to hold feet to the fire and get to the bottom of the corruption, but no one has been indicted.

Instead, the person leading the investigation at the Department of Justice is an Obama campaign donor, and the FBI has publically said it does not plan on bringing charges against anyone involved. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Sen. Cruz asked that a special prosecutor with “meaningful independence” be appointed to investigate the criminal conduct. Ultimately, Sen. Cruz believes the American people deserve answers so that they can be sure it will never happen again.

“The IRS scandal… really bothers me because the people on our side of the aisle – there are very few that are really making this into the deal it should be made into,” Glenn said. “And if this were reversed, people would be crying bloody murder – as they should be. I would be on their side.”

As Sen. Cruz explained, abuse of power shouldn’t be a partisan issue. In fact, it should be something that unites the left and right, but in the case of the IRS that just doesn’t seem to be the case.

“Abuse of power for partisan ends is wrong no matter who is doing it,” Sen. Cruz said. “Not long ago a left-leaning law professor who voted for Barak Obama, Jonathan Turley, testified before the House of Representatives… He said Barak Obama has become the epitome of the imperial presidency. Barak Obama has become the president Richard Nixon always wished he could be.

“And as you know, when Nixon tried to use the IRS to go after his political enemies… there was bipartisan outrage. He was condemned by the media with front-page headlines over and over. And he was rightly condemned,” he continued. “The Obama Administration didn't just try. It succeeded… And it ought to upset everybody, not just Republicans but Democrats, independents, anyone who cares about rule of law. We should not have the federal government trying to stifle political opposition.”

You can learn more about what Sen. Cruz is demanding HERE.

Whenever someone running for office comes on the program, Glenn asks this question: How is your soul? Today, Glenn asked Sen. Cruz a variation of that question. While the media, the left, and even members of the Republican Party continuing to hammer away, Glenn asked Senator Cruz how he is holding up.

“My soul is at peace. I'm doing great, Glenn. There is not a day that I don't jump out of bed because the challenges we're facing right now – our nation is in jeopardy. We're bankrupting this country. The most common thing I hear… is: I'm scared for the future of this country. I'm scared that my kids and grandkids aren't going to have the freedom and opportunity that I had. And that threat is real,” Sen. Cruz said. “So I jump out of bed every day excited and thrilled to have the chance, hopefully, to stand up and fight – to do something about it, to stand up and play some role helping mobilize the American people to pull this country back from the brink. What an extraordinary privilege to have the opportunity for all of us to play a part in saving this nation we love so much.”

When it comes to the 2014 midterms, Glenn is quite impressed with the field of principled, articulate, and passionate candidates he has had the opportunity to speak with over the last few months. More importantly, getting just a couple of the candidates elected could really change the debate in Washington.

“I have never seen a group of candidates as good as the candidates are right now,” Glenn said. “I mean I was excited when we found you and Rand and Mike, and I was like, ‘Hey, if we get these three guys in.’ But there's more coming. We have some good candidates, [and] I don't see the good candidates with the Democrats.”

“I think the Democrats are running scared right now because their agenda has failed,” Sen. Cruz concluded. “The country has the lowest workforce participation since 1978. Millions of people have lost their jobs, lost their health care, are hurting because of the failed Obama agenda. And I think the terrain is very favorable for Republicans to retake the Senate in November, if we stand for principle. That's what we've got to do.”

Watch the entire interview below:

I think we can all agree, both on the Left and the Right, that children who have been caught up in illegal immigration is an awful situation. But apparently what no one can agree on is when it matters to them. This past weekend, it suddenly — and even a little magically — began to matter to the Left. Seemingly out of nowhere, they all collectively realized this was a problem and all rushed to blame the Trump administration.

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Here's Rachel Maddow yesterday:

I seem to remember getting mocked by the Left for showing emotion on TV, but I'll give her a pass here. This is an emotional situation. But this is what I can't give her a pass on: where the heck was this outrage and emotion back in 2014? Because the same situation going on today — that stuff Maddow and the rest of the Left have only just now woken up to — was going on back in July 2014! And it was arguably worse back then.

I practically begged and pleaded for people to wake up to what was going on. We had to shed light on how our immigration system was being manipulated by people breaking our laws, and they were using kids as pawns to get it done. But unlike the gusto the Left is using now to report this story, let's take a look at what Rachel Maddow thought was more important back in 2014.

On July 1, 2014, Maddow opened her show with a riveting monologue on how President Obama was hosting a World Cup viewing party. That's hard-hitting stuff right there.

On July 2, 2014, Maddow actually acknowledged kids were at the border, but she referenced Health and Human Services only briefly and completely rushed through what was actually happening to these kids. She made a vague statement about a "policy" stating where kids were being taken after their arrival. She also blamed Congress for not acting.

See any difference in reporting there from today? That "policy" she referenced has suddenly become Trump's "new" policy, and it isn't Congress's fault… it's all on the President.

She goes on throughout the week.

On July 7, 2014, her top story was something on the Koch brothers. Immigration was only briefly mentioned at the end of the show. This trend continued all the way through the week. I went to the border on July 19. Did she cover it? Nope. In fact, she didn't mention kids at the border for the rest of the month. NOT AT ALL.

Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not?

Make up your minds. Is this an important issue or not? Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not? Do you even care to fix it, or is this what it looks like — just another phony, addicted-to-outrage political stunt?

UPDATE: Here's how this discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.

Glenn gives Rachel Maddow the benefit of the doubt

Rachel Maddow broke down in tears live on her MSNBC show over border crisis.

Progressives think the Obamas are a gift to the world. But their gift is apparently more of the metaphorical kind. It doesn't extend to helpful, tangible things like saving taxpayers money. Illinois has approved $224 million to pay for street and transportation upgrades around the planned site of the Obama Presidential Center. The catch is that Illinois taxpayers will have to cover $200 million of that cost. For a presidential museum.

Eight years of multiplying the national debt wasn't enough for Barack Obama. Old fleecing habits die hard. What's another $200 million here and there, especially for something as important as an Obama tribute center?

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That's all well and good except Illinois can't even fund its pension system. The state has a $137 billion funding shortfall. That means every person in Illinois owes $11,000 for pensions, and there is no plan to fix the mess. Unless Illinois progressives have discovered a new kind of math, this doesn't really add up. You can't fund pensions, but you're going to figure out a way to milk the public for another $200 million to help cover the cost of a library?

It's hard to imagine who in their right mind would think this will be money well spent. Well, except for maybe Chicago Mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who said, "The state's… investment in infrastructure improvements near the Obama Center on the South Side of Chicago is money well spent."

Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

The spending has already been signed into law, even though the Obama library has not received construction approval yet. Part of the holdup is that the proposed site is on public land in historic Jackson Park. That doesn't seem very progressive of the Obamas, but, you know, for certain presidents, you go above and beyond. It's just what you do. Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

Here's the thing about taxing the peasants so the king can build a fancy monument to himself – it's wrong. And completely unnecessary. The Obamas have the richest friends on the planet who could fund this project in their sleep. If the world simply must have a tricked-out Obama museum, then let private citizens take out their wallets voluntarily.

As the Mercury Museum proved this weekend, it is possible to build an exhibit with amazing artifacts that attracts a ton of visitors – and it cost taxpayers approximately zero dollars.

'The fool builds walls': China blasts Trump over tariffs

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I can picture it now: Thousands of years ago, Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, standing before hordes of his followers, in the Qin Dynasty, with a bright red bamboo hat on, and chanting, "Build that wall!"

It took a couple centuries to build the thing, but it got built. And it has been carefully maintained over the last 2,000 years, but, today, the Great Wall of China is so massive that astronauts can see it during good weather conditions from the lower part of low Earth orbit. The wall boasts over 3,000 miles of towers and brick embankments, with over 1,200 miles of natural defensive barriers. It's worth mentioning that the Chinese government is also exceptionally good at imposing digital walls, so much so that China ranks worst in the world for internet freedom.

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So it's a little strange to hear an editorial run by a major news network in China criticized President Trump for his proposal to build a large wall along the southern border of America.

"Following the path of expanding and opening up is China's best response to the trade dispute between China and the United States, and is also the responsibility that major countries should have to the world," the author wrote. "The wise man builds bridges, the fool builds walls."

Similarly, the Pope told reporters in 2016, "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel."

Don't throw stones at people who want to build walls when you live in place surrounded by walls.

If you've been to the Vatican, you know that it is surrounded by enormous walls. The same goes for all the celebrities who live in heavily walled compounds—a safety measure—but who have also vehemently criticized President Trump's plans to build a wall.

You know the adage: "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones at other people's glass houses." Perhaps the phrase needs an update: Don't throw stones at people who want to build walls when you live in place surrounded by walls.

An immaculate Nazi doctor hovers over newborn. He probes and sneers at it. "Take it away," he says. This is the very real process that Nazi doctors undertook during the era of Nazi Germany: Nazi eugenics, the studious, sterile search to find children who would define a pure breed for the German lineage. The Übermensch.

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During a speech to a delegation of Italy's Family Association in Rome on Saturday, Pope Francis referred to this cruel Nazi practice, which he used as a comparison to the increasingly popular process throughout Europe of "ending" birth defects, by offering abortions to women who have babies with chromosomal defects.

Here are two passages from the Pope's remarks:

I have heard that it's fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first months of pregnancy they do studies to see if the child is healthy or has something, the first offer is: let's send it away.

And:

I say this with pain. In the last century the whole world was scandalized about what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today we do the same, but now with white gloves.

When CNN got the quote, and it shocked them so much that they had to verify the quote with the Vatican—in other words, it didn't fit the usual narrative.

It didn't fit the usual narrative.

The Pope also addressed claims that he has dedicated himself to LGBTQ causes:

Today, it is hard to say this, we speak of "diversified" families: different types of families. It is true that the word "family" is an analogical word, because we speak of the "family" of stars, family" of trees, "family" of animals ... it is an analogical word. But the human family in the image of God, man and woman, is the only one. It is the only one. A man and woman can be non-believers: but if they love each other and unite in marriage, they are in the image of God even if they don't believe.

The media have largely seen Pope Francis as the cool Pope, as the Obama of Catholicism. It'll be interesting to see how abruptly and severely that perspective changes.