“Could Eisenhower really be simply a smart politician, entirely without principles and hungry for glory, who is only the tool of the Communists? The answer is yes.” He went on. “With regard to … Eisenhower, it is difficult to avoid raising the question of deliberate treason”.
The above quote is attributed to conspiracy-theorist and founder of the John Birch Society, Robert Welch, Jr.
While I do not pretend to believe that communism was never a threat from within the United States, I do believe these ridiculous conspiracies propagated by the proponents of the John Birch Society were then, as they are now, pathologically ridiculous. Alas, the conspiracy theorists amongst the conservative grassroots, as well as the establishment masterminds who use them as useful idiots, are back at their posts peddling their frightful tales of conspiratorial woe against Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz.
Trotting out their old 60s conspiracies of communism, Cruz’ father makes an excellent mark, having fought with Castro against the previous Cuban regime. Clearly this data point suggests that Ted Cruz is really a secret communist, cleverly concealed behind a long life of strategically adopted conservative and constitutional views which he argued for and won on before the US Supreme Court. That his father was horrified by what Castro was and became, and that Senator Ted Cruz has, having learned the lessons of his father, been one of the fiercest fighters for liberty in the United States, isn’t worth consideration to the conspiracy-inclined.
While Ted Cruz the secret communist sounds juicy, it’s not the juiciest conspiracy at the ready. The real threat isn’t Ted Cruz, but his nefarious wife Heidi. You see, after working under Condoleezza Rice on economic policy for George W. Bush, she was hired by Goldman Sachs. Goldman Sachs isn’t just a massive corporatist enterprise (which it is), but a dark minister of evil and one world government conspiracy (which it isn’t). Therefore, Heidi Cruz, secret agent of a shadow government may have married and converted secret communist Ted Cruz into the ranks of a global corporatist agenda aimed at doing stuff… you know, bad stuff… horrible, no good, you just use your imagination kind of stuff!
These juicy conspiracies aren’t new, so I haven’t had to produce an original defense. Establishment Republicans and radicalized grassroots in Texas already trotted out these ridiculous claims in 2012 when Ted Cruz ran for Senate against powerful establishment candidate and Bush friend David Dewhurst.
The following is from an article entitled, “Anatomy of a Smear: Heidi Cruz and the “North American Union“.
I could go after the ridiculousness of tainting Cruz because his immigrant father fought with Castro as a teenager in Cuba, or because his law firm defended a Chinese tire company in a patent suit, or because he has taken some campaign money from arch-devil of the conspiracy fringe Goldman-Sachs. None of these other attacks make any sense, but there’s one attack which I find more offensive and which is right up my ally because of my past writings on the subject.
The link at the bottom of the paragraph takes you through the conspiracy theories related to the North American Union. If you are interested in that ridiculous conspiracy theory, that link will take you in depth.
You see, it turns out that according to a whisper campaign coming from Dewhurst or Addison or perhaps direct from the John Birch Society, Ted Cruz’ wife is one of the architects of the dreaded “North American Union.” The JBS is the most likely original source in a now-deleted article in the online version of their New American magazine called “Faux Neo-Conservatives Defend North American Union.”
As it turns out, Cruz’ wife Heidi is an international investment banker who was invited to be part of a working group at the Council on Foreign Relations which reviewed a notorious 2005 paper called “Building a North American Community” which was largely authored by Robert Pastor and is the presumed origin of the idea of the North American Union, though Pastor has repeatedly denied that it contains anything like that.
Although the proposals in the paper are a mild call for general hemispheric economic cooperation with no formal structure, the conspiracy-inclined have interpreted it as a sinister conspiracy to destroy American sovereignty and combine us into a single union with Canada and Mexico. They are inherently suspicious of the Council on Foreign Relations, despite its repeated claims to be politically neutral and solely interested in studying issues objectively. It has become a lynchpin in globalist conspiracy theories and anything associated with it immediately looks more sinister in some eyes.
Those familiar with conspiracy theories know that for any conspiracy theory to work the theory must have as little actual information as possible. The less we know, the more we can believe.
Heidi Cruz’ role in all of this was as one of a large panel of readers and her sole identifiable contribution to the project is a one-paragraph response in the final appendix in which she says:
“We must emphasize the imperative that economic investment be led and perpetuated by the private sector. There is no force proven like the market for aligning incentives, sourcing capital, and producing results like financial markets and profit-making businesses. This is simply necessary to sustain a higher living standard for the poorest among us — truly the measure of our success. As such, investment fundsand financing mechanisms should be deemed attractive instruments by those committing the capital and should only be developed in conjunction with market participants.”
So basically, her role here is to say that free markets and free trade are the answer to greater regional prosperity. I find it hard to believe that any conservative or republican would disagree with this or condemn her for believing it, and it’s positively bizarre to see someone who is as much of a globalist insider as Dewhurst raising this sort of argument.
That’s what Heidi Cruz had to say on the matter. If you feel inclined to argue with conspiracy theorists, which I discourage you from doing, as you have many more pressing and important things to do, this is the information you need to share with them. However, you sharing it with them is not my intent in sharing it with you. Sometimes you can’t be sure that just because something smells crazy, looks crazy, and sounds crazy, that it really is crazy – this is just to help you solidify that, yes, these conspiracy theories are crazy. What you do with that knowledge is up to you.