Cruz and Paul react to Trump’s positions

 Breitbart News tells us:

“Presidential Candidates Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) are demanding a halt to immigration from Muslim [sic] nations with jihadist movements.”

While it’s good that Cruz and Paul are saying these things, talk is cheap. And no matter what the supporters of Cruz and Rand Paul say, these men are simply trying to compete, offering a ”me-too” to Trump’s calls for similar curbs. Were they so hard-line before Trump emerged as a candidate, and has made a good showing in the polls? I think both men supported and still support increasing H-1B visas, for one thing.

As I recall, Rand Paul made tougher statements on ”conservative” issues when first running for office, then began to sound like a ”compassionate conservative” a la George W. Bush:

“Are there many in the Latino community who go to church, believe in tradition values, are conservative? Yes. Maybe half, maybe 60 percent . . . there’s enormous upside potential . . . but you got to get the door ajar.”

One way to open that “door” to the Hispanic community, he said, is to offer reassurances that “Mrs. Garcia’s nephew is not going to be sent home to Mexico.”

 Don’t fall for his statements; I find his recent ”getting religion” on border controls less than convincing.

Cruz? I’ve said my piece about him more than once; I believe his Hispanic surname surely helped elect him in Texas, where the Hispanic population will soon exceed that of ‘Anglo’ Texans. And the fact is, Cruz is an immigrant himself, as is his Cuban father. Contrary to what many Republicans say, Cubans tend to side with other Hispanics when it comes to immigration, almost to a man. White Cubans included; even Rubio seems White as do most other Cuban Republicns but they vote with their other Latino linguistic brethren.

Maybe I’ve become too cynical about career politicians, as many Americans have. But I think they are just emulating Trump’s rhetoric in hopes of winning the nativist/patriot voter, the people who are finding Trump the candidate who most represents their views.

No longer great

In Britain, an ‘interfaith’ commission including Moslems and Jews as well as putative Christians has decided that ”their” country is no longer Christian, and that Anglicanism should be removed from public life as the official religion.

“The Commission on Religion and Belief in Public Life document says:

• Faith schools are “socially divisive” and the selection of children on the basis of their beliefs should be phased out

The number of Church of England bishops in the Lords should be replaced with imams, rabbis and other non-other non-Christian clerics as well as evangelical pastors

• Acts of worship in school assemblies need to be be abolished and replaced with a “time for reflection”

• The coronation service for the next monarch ought to be overhauled to include other faiths

• Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4’s should include non-religious messages.”

[All emphasis above is mine]

Most Americans have been weaned on the idea that a state-established religion is bad, and therefore most might agree with this decision on its face, but into the vacuum left by the removal of Anglicanism, something will appear, and considering the way members of a certain faith aggressively throw their weight around, we can guess which religion(s) will dominate.

And it’s true that Anglicanism, or at least its public face in the UK, is an empty shell of its former self, what with a self-identified Druid, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and other New-Agey types dominating, it’s still a shame to see this. Britain at its peak of prestige and prosperity was a strongly Christian country, producing great men of faith like Bunyan, Milton, Charles Wesley, George Whitefield, Charles Spurgeon, C.S. Lewis. Sad.

Oh, but there’s more to the Commission’s recommendations:

“… the report also calls for a rethink of anti-terror policy, including allowing students to voice radical views on campus without fear of being reported to the security services.

And it recommends new protections for women in Sharia courts and other religious tribunals — including a call for the government to consider requiring couples who have a non-legally binding religious marriage also to have a civil registration.”

The people of once-Great Britain will probably have to see things grow much worse before they realize that this slow takeover of the country by strangers must be opposed and reversed. Otherwise the historic peoples of the British Isles will be nations without countries, occupied by hostile outsiders. The same situation obtains in all Western countries, whether the sleepwalking native populace realizes it or not.
It’s past time to wake up.