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    Born to run: Beto's bad-boy bona fides | Hit and Run is a despicable offense.

    Born to run: Beto's bad-boy bona fides

    DUI is one thing that many voters can forgive, but Hit and Run is a despicable offense.

    September 3, 2018

    Born to run: Beto's bad-boy bona fides

    By Russ Vaughn

    Texas Democrat Senate candidate Roberto (Beto) O’Rourke seemed to have been forthcoming about his criminal arrests for attempted burglary and DUI. Well, except that he hasn’t. In fact, it would seem that Beto’s mea culpas about his bad-boy behavior failed to include the most damaging information: that according to a witness quoted in the police report, in the immediate aftermath of his serious drunken driving incident, young Beto attempted to flee the scene. That’s right, the current Democratic candidate to represent Texas in the United States Senate, had he been left to his own instincts, might well have been a drunken hit-and-run driver, a type of fleeing felon with which too many Texas voters are extremely familiar and for very good reasons.

    In a recently released study of hit and run deaths from the American Automobile Association, Texas ranks eighth in the nation, exceeded only by California, Delaware, Arizona, Nevada, Florida, Louisiana, and numero uno, New Mexico. Looking at that list, would you care to hazard a guess what most of those states have in common? If you guessed they’re in our southern tier, proximate to our southern border, that would be a good start, as four of those states do share borders with Mexico, and that is indeed a factor. But it’s a federal government report, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform that gets closer to the truth: that it is the higher numbers of young illegal males in these states operating motor vehicles without either legitimate driver’s licenses or required insurance who account for a disproportionate number of such accidents. Interestingly, FAIR notes that Mexico has no law against leaving the scene of an accident, which could account for some of this statistical evidence, but I’m inclined to believe that geography plays a larger role than culture, especially in the four border states and states like Nevada and Oklahoma where safe haven in Mexico is at most a few hundred miles away for a unlicensed, uninsured, intoxicated illegal who wants to avoid a possible prison sentence for any crime from DUI to vehicular homicide.

    So Beto, whose father was a prominent border-area attorney and judge, which could well explain the lack of charges filed in the burglary and the relatively light treatment in the DUI offense, has bad-boy bona fides which could make any Democrat green with envy if he were running for the Senate in some state other than Texas, where news reports and headlines about innocent Texans being killed in hit-and-run accidents with jackrabbiting illegals are too frequent to be scoffed at and swept under urban, liberal, media carpets. It’s hard to imagine that Beto’s Democratic handlers actually believed they could keep a lid on this almost hit and run by their candidate, that it could remain undiscovered when it’s in a police report. Of course, the most intriguing aspect of that account is the phrase, “tried to leave.” DUI is one thing that many voters can forgive, but Hit and Run is a despicable offense, something else entirely, although apparently not with some Democratic kingmakers.
    You’d think the Ted Cruz campaign could get a copy of that police report.
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    Police Are 'The New Jim Crow': Beto O'Rourke Slams Law Enforcement in Town Hall Speech

    SYDNEY MONDUY | SEP 20, 2018 | 4:14 PM

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    Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) was extremely critical of law enforcement during a town hall event on Wednesday.
    O'Rourke, who is running against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for his Senate seat, was at Prairie View A&M University discussing America's problematic past.
    “Talking about criminal justice reform, let's talk about where this problem started,” O'Rourke said. “When contractors needed labor, they would talk to local law enforcement, who would arrest African-Americans for idling, for petty crimes, frivolous offenses. Those contractors would describe the number of bodies that they needed, and law enforcement would provide those bodies.”
    This was allegedly how the creation of chain gangs came about, as forced labor was an easier way to guard prisoners and significantly decreased the cost. However, this system was extremely cruel, and many in the chain gangs were mistreated and worked to death.
    “And when they look at the remains in that graveyard, they see evidence of muscles literally torn from the bone, people being worked to death in these convict chain gangs, people who became convicts solely by tint of the color of their skin, in a system that was radically unjust, following what we thought was the end of that injustice at the end of the Civil War,” O'Rourke said.
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    However, O'Rourke believes that law enforcement still has the same opinion but uses a more subtle approach:
    “That injustice, to many more people here than I know firsthand, continues to persist today. That system of suspecting somebody solely based on the color of their skin, searching that person solely based on the color of their skin, stopping that person solely based on the color of their skin, shooting that person solely based on the color of their skin, throwing the book at that person and letting them rot behind bars solely based on the color of their skin is why some have called this — I think it is an apt description — the new Jim Crow.”
    While there are incidents of police brutality, violence against police officers has also increased, with 39 being killed by gunfire so far this year, which has surpassed the 2017 total.
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    We finally got to watch Beto!

    Senator Cruz and Representative O'Rourke finally met each other in the first debate. It was a slaughter.

    September 23, 2018

    We finally got to watch Beto!

    By Silvio Canto, Jr.

    Senator Cruz and Representative O'Rourke finally met each other in the first debate. There are two more debates later in the campaign.
    Yes, I plan to vote for Senator Cruz. My mind was made up before the debate. Nevertheless, I was curious to watch Beto, or the man so many are already comparing to the Kennedys.
    Honestly, Beto looked stiff, maybe nervous, and totally uninspiring. It's hard to see how he pleased his base with that performance.
    First, he looked uncomfortable talking about issues. He went to slogans and clichés every single time. How many times did he say he visited all 250-something counties? Or the one about working with President Trump when we can and standing up to him when we must? Or the silly line about the GOP tax plan being good to the rich?
    Does Mr. O'Rourke understand that Texas is booming and no one down here is giving President Obama the credit?
    Then he started talking about uninsured Texans. Can someone remind Mr. O'Rourke that the Affordable Care Act is in fact the law of the land? How can so many be uninsured? Didn't Beto tell Texans that they can buy a subsidized policy in the exchange? To my knowledge, President Trump has not stopped anyone from buying a policy on the exchange.
    On the other side, Senator Cruz just pricked each Beto balloon with ease. In baseball terms, Beto had very little on the ball last night.
    It won't get easier for Mr. O'Rourke. He will soon debate foreign policy, and I can't wait to hear his position on Israel.
    It won't get easier when they talk about abortion, an issue that does not play well with Hispanic women – or his vote against banning abortion after 20 weeks.
    Overall, not a good debate for Mr. O'Rourke. It didn't help that his explanation of the 1998 drinking and driving incident contradicts police reports. To be honest, I'm not that worked up about the incident twenty years ago, but Beto sounded like a man who didn't anticipate such a question.
    To be fair, Senator Cruz is not a TV-friendly candidate. At least he was prepared and had a game plan. Beto, on the other hand, just seems to be counting on some kind of magic. Beto thought he could charm another audience, but he really didn't.
    Beto showed that he is a candidate traveling too much rather than doing issue-oriented press conferences. He'd be better off going on Texas talk radio than going on Ellen again. He needs to get better at handling tough questions, the sort his "Beto-mania" sycophants are obviously not asking him.
    Last, but not least, the two reporters were good.

    PS: You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.
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    Cruz-O'Rourke debate exposes Beto as 'out of touch' with Texas voters

    September 22, 2018
    By Rick Moran

    The first debate between Senator Ted Cruz and his Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke was, as expected, contentious and personal. But between the barbs and bric-a-bracs thrown by both candidates, a clear choice emerged from the verbal skirmishing.

    Cruz was successful throughout the debate at blowing up O'Rourke's carefully crafted image of some kind of "moderate," exposing him as a far left liberal out of touch with the majority of Texas voters.
    On every major issue, Cruz made sure to draw a very clear line between the them.
    On gun rights:
    Cruz said O'Rourke wants to erode gun rights by blocking conservative judges and trying to unwind recent Supreme Court rulings protecting individuals' rights to own guns.
    "Did you support Hillary Clinton?" Cruz asked O'Rourke.
    "That has nothing to do with the Second Amendment," O'Rourke shot back.
    He said "weapons of war belong on the battlefield," not in communities, schools and churches. That was a nod to his support for bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. O'Rourke also wants to strengthen background checks on gun buyers, saying states that have tightened their checks "have seen a near 50 percent reduction in serious gun violence."
    On immigration, the candidate's positions were even more divergent:
    O’Rourke called it morally right and economically smart to provide citizenship for “Dreamers" — and potentially for other unauthorized immigrants as well.
    Cruz would deport the Dreamers, which economists say would impose billions in costs on the U.S. economy, O’Rourke said.
    “We will gain hundreds of billions to the positive if we keep them here,” he said.
    O’Rourke said he also favors a path to citizenship for adults who entered the country illegally.
    Cruz boiled his immigration stance down to four words: “Legal good, illegal bad.”
    There was this back and forth on the NFL anthem protests:
    Cruz and O'Rourke mixed it up over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, which O'Rourke has defended in comments that have received national attention. O'Rourke reiterated at the debate that he believes "there's nothing more American than" such nonviolent protests, which the players say they are doing to draw attention to racial inequality.
    Cruz shot back at O'Rourke that "nowhere in his answer did he address" that, in Cruz's view, kneeling during the anthem is disrespectful to veterans. Players have a right to protest, Cruz added, but they can do it in a way that does not "disrespect the flag."
    O'Rourke was forced to explain his 1998 drunk driving arrest where a police report stated he tried to leave the scene of an accident, but was stopped by a witness.
    Friday night, O'Rourke said: "I did not try to leave the scene of the accident, though driving drunk, which I did, is a terrible mistake for which there is no excuse or justification or defense. I will not try to provide one."
    The DUI charge was dismissed after O'Rourke completed a court-approved diversion program.
    Since his arrest, O'Rourke said, he's cleaned up his act. He started a business, got married, had three kids and launched a career in public service, he noted.
    As he's done before, O'Rourke acknowledged that similar mistakes by poor people and minorities have foreclosed their ability to get Pell grants to attend college and to obtain jobs. As a result, O'Rourke said, he's vowed to "work on real and meaningful criminal justice reform."

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    Cruz, an able debater, scored points against O'Rourke time and time again. But O'Rourke avoided a knock out blow - this time. There are 2 more debates before election day and it seems likely that even a casual voter watching the debates will see O'Rourke for what he is.

    But Cruz is hardly a shoo-in for re-election. His personal popularity among voters is underwater and O'Rourke's candidacy has energized Democrats in the state as well as around the country. That's the problem for Cruz whose own voters may decide to stay home on election day while O'Rourke voters - especially Hispanics and women - flock to the polls.
    Even just a normal GOP turnout should give Cruz a close, hard fought victory. But there are certainly no guarantees, so Cruz will have to fight for every vote available.

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