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Beto O’Rourke Cannot Defeat Ted Cruz, and Here’s Why

By Nick Hamilton | United States

Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz are finally set to debate Friday night in Dallas. In the critical midterm, the race appears to be one of the closer ones. Though Texas is heavily Republican, O’Rouke is nonetheless gaining steam. As a result, Democrats are investing a lot of time and energy trying to flip Texas blue. However, this appears to be a near impossibility.

Admittedly, O’Rourke is fairly moderate, compared with other Democrats. But in the state of Texas, he still leans too far to the American left to gain enough acceptance. A Texas Tribune poll stated that immigration and border security are the most important issues to Texas voters. As a majority are also Republicans, they generally are strict on both matters. O’Rourke simply does not have the policy record to satisfy these voters.

O’Rourke vs. Cruz on the Issues

Cruz has expressed a firm stance on the border. But on the other hand, O’Rourke has voiced a desire to provide healthcare and lawyers for illegal immigrants. The statement, in an interview with Tucker Carlson, is available here. O’Rourke has also voted against body armor for border patrol officers, arguing that the border has “never been safer”. He even has discussed abolishing ICE, an unpopular idea among Republicans. Thus, O’Rourke will be at odds with the desires of the many conservative Texans who favor increased border security.

O’Rourke also does not have a very strong record protecting gun rights. The National Rifle Association recently gave O’Rourke an F rating on the issue. He then tweeted about the ranking, remarking he has never taken a dollar from them. Cruz was able to retweet him, saying in an interview, “How many times do you get to retweet your opponent?” The incumbent received an A+ from the NRA.

Texas comes in at #18 in the states with the most registered guns per capita, weighing in at 588,969. However, recent data suggests there are more guns than people in the United States. So, the figure in Texas is probably a very strong underestimate. The fact, then, that O’Rourke favors fun control will likely scare some Texans into voting for Cruz.

One of the biggest issues with O’Rourke’s campaign is his desire to “eventually achieve universal healthcare.” Cruz, on the contrary, has repeatedly made his stance clear, saying that healthcare isn’t a right, and is best left up to the private sector. Texas has some of the lowest taxes in the country, and O’Rourke has implied his opposition to raising federal income taxes. But in order for universal healthcare to exist, it is very likely that other senators would propose tax hikes. As a result, O’Rourke may be forced to choose between these two beliefs. In either situation, he would not become a popular figure for a large portion of his fanbase.

Limited Momentum

While O’Rourke seems to be gaining momentum, he has yet to win a single poll against Cruz. And a few years ago, Wendy Davis showed some of these same numbers and momentum against Governor Abbott, whom she lost to in a landslide. So, it appears that Beto O’Rourke does not have much of a path to victory, and Texas will remain under Republican senatorial control.


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Beto is a Texan Poser

By Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

Beto O’Rourke is popular in Texas. Across the state, his campaign logo populates the signs on front lawns, bumper stickers, and tv advertisements. People are starting to wonder, is Beto actually going to replace Cruz in the Senate? With midterms right around the corner, Beto’s increasing popularity has Texas Republicans worried.

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They probably do not need to worry, though, considering the Cruz is polling higher than Beto across the board. On average, he is polling 4.4% above Beto. But election day is two months off. And things can change. One has to wonder if Beto is going to turn things around and win this election. He is campaigning hard and visiting people across the state. One thing that may be his downfall, though, is his position on guns.

Guns are popular in Texas. This is the very last state in the U.S. that would tolerate an increase in restrictions on the ownership of weapons. Yet Beto, on his Issues page, does not come across as a very pro-gun politician.

At first, he states that he grew up around firearms and understands that they are part of Texas culture. That shared heritage — that uniquely Texas experience — means that our state should lead the way in preserving the Second Amendment.” Sounds fine so far. Beto understands the Texan allegiance to guns and wants to stand by what the constitution says about ownership of weapons.

But the sentence continues: “…while working together to ensure people can live without fear of gun violence in their communities.”

This is the classic statist remark of “I believe in rights, but…” If you have the word “but” after your affirmation of a right, you do not believe in rights. Beto believes we should defend the right to bear arms, but we should not have that right if we think it may have a social cost. That is not a defense of rights, though. If you believe in them, you believe in them regardless of the social expense that they may have.

Beto continues to say that we should “Stop selling weapons of war and high-capacity magazines to ensure that firearms designed to kill as effectively and efficiently as possible on the battlefield aren’t used in our schools, our streets, our churches, and our concerts.”

One must understand why we have the right to bear arms in the first place. When the Bill of Rights was written, the founders did not have home robbery or deer-hunting on their minds. They had just fought a violent revolution against a hegemonic power. What they had on their mind was preventing a governmental power from becoming too powerful again. And to prevent a state from becoming too powerful they enshrined the right to bear arms so that we would have weapons of war outside the hands of the war-makers.

The government should be in fear of the people. They should not want to tread on our sacred rights. The best way to ensure that is for the populace to be armed. At one point, even Western governments understood that. During World War 2 the idea of dropping 10,000 single shot Liberator guns over the Axis powers was considered a viable strategy. It would leave the governments of the Axis powers in fear of which civilians were armed and which were not. Subsequently, there would be disarray which would undermine the hegemonic state.

This is why we are armed. Beto seems to think we are armed so we can hunt or look at antique rifles. But that is not the Texan culture at all. The old Texan saying “Come and Take It” calls back to the truest moments of Texas rebelliousness. At the battle of Gonzales a government we did not like attempted to take control of us. So we told them we wouldn’t surrender our weapons and they would have to put up a fight.

The fact that Beto O’Rourke does not see the true reason for Texas gun culture shows that he is merely trying to pander to the populace in an empty manner. He does not identify with your right to bear arms. He especially doesn’t identify with that right in a Texan manner. So it’s about time we see through the empty political platitudes and don’t vote for someone so against our right to defense as Beto.


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