While the President of the United States debases himself and his office once more this Thursday morning, ranting psychotically about Puerto Rico, we got a taste of what real American leadership might look like last night. Beto O'Rourke is running for United States Senate from Texas against Ted Cruz. He joined Stephen Colbert Wednesday to offer a vision of Americanism that flies in stark contrast to the hateful, fact-free tribalism running rampant in our discourse.Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
O'ROURKE: El Paso...happens to be one of, if not the safest cities in the United States of America. And what makes us so safe is that we are a city of immigrants, and we treat one another with respect and dignity. I think that's fundamental to security, to success, to safety.
Contrast this with the rhetorical stylings of Tucker Carlson, who has taken to echoing white nationalist talking points on his primetime Fox News program about how changing demographics are destroying the country. Contrast it with Laura Ingraham, who echoed the idea that even legal immigration is destroying the country:
Laura Ingraham: "The America we know and love doesn't exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been foisted on the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don't like ... this is related to both illegal and legal immigration" pic.twitter.com/s5G2qIY4W0— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) August 9, 2018
Of course, O'Rourke's vision also has the benefit of being backed up by the facts—unlike the Fox Newsers. For instance, undocumented immigrants are significantly less likey to commit crimes than native-born citizens. And then look at O'Rourke's vision for an American government that works:
O'ROURKE: Are we a nation of walls? Will we ban all Muslims, or all people of one religion? Will we describe the press as 'the enemy of the people'? Will we take kids away from the parents when they're trying to claim asylum, fleeing from the most brutal countries in this hemisphere, if not the planet? Or are we going to be defined by our ambitions, the big things that we want to do? Going from the least insured state in the country to the one that leads on universal, guaranteed, high-quality healthcare for everyone? A state that values public education and pays their teachers accordingly, and allows them to teach to a child instead of a standardized test? In this diverse state—the most diverse city in the country, Houston, Texas—could we lead on rewriting our immigration laws in our own image, reflecting our experiences? We can do all of those things.Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
What's so striking about O'Rourke's style is that he gets his talking points in smoothly and as simple statements of what he believes. Maybe it's because he actually believes them. He laid out his support for NFL players who stage protests during the national anthem clearly and deliberately, and he did not just support their right to protest—the bare minimum. He made it clear that they are protesting racial injustice in policing and the criminal justice system and that their grievances are backed up by the facts. He supports them on the merits, and he's honest about it.
‘I can think of nothing more American.’ — Beto O'Rourke — the man taking on Ted Cruz — brilliantly explains why NFL players kneeling during the anthem is not disrespectful pic.twitter.com/bEqOAYpxEL— NowThis (@nowthisnews) August 21, 2018
The contrast with his opponent, Ted Cruz, couldn't be more stark—as Colbert unwittingly reminded us.
COLBERT: Trump says he will campaign for Cruz, despite the fact that they just despise each other.Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
As we've discussed previously, Cruz has long positioned himself as someone who, yeah, is a sanctimonious, grating dweeb, but only because he won't give an inch on his principles. Except he will instantly fold on his principles if it means increased political relevance or, in the case of the 2018 election, political survival.
Cruz and O'Rourke are statistically inseparable in the polls, so Cruz has begged for the president to come campaign for him. This, despite the fact he called Trump a "pathological liar" and a "narcissist" and a "sniveling coward" during the election, suggesting he was unfit for office. And this, despite Trump suggesting Cruz's father was involved in the JFK assassination and insulting his wife's appearance. In fact, this round of begging is just the latest capitulation for Cruz, who ended up endorsing Trump and writing a piece in Time praising him effusively.Related Stories > Trump's Lies About Puerto Rico Show He's Not Fit Beto O'Rourke Has...Integrity?
Yes, O'Rourke subscribes to a vision of America that continually strives to live up to its founding principles in a way that Cruz does not. But even if you don't care about any of that, the simple fact is that Cruz is an oleaginous operator continually feigning his firebrand principles. O'Rourke tells you what he believes. That's how you get Cruz accusing O'Rourke of faking his nickname, Beto, to appeal to certain voters. Ted Cruz's legal name is Rafael Edward Cruz.
Source : https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a23115059/beto-orourke-immigration-america-ted-cruz/