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Ted Cruz is a prince among men; he'll kick you when you're down

To The Daily Sun,

Last week, Sen Ted Cruz addressed the Values Voter Summit: "You want to know how much each of you terrify Washington? Yesterday, John Boehner was Speaker of the House". I won't lie, my initial reaction was — what a .... But then, I thought, my God, he's absolutely correct.

Let me say at the outset, I'm no fan of Senator Cruz. He's a real kick-you-when-you're-down kind of guy. Four days after Beau Biden died of brain cancer, Sen. Cruz addressed the Livingston County Republican Party (Michigan): "Vice President Joe Biden — You know the nice thing? You don't need a punch line." At the Iowa State Fair, the day after President Carter announced that his cancer had gone into his brain, Sen. Cruz chose to compare the Carter and Obama administrations: "same failed domestic policy, same misery, stagnation and malaise, same feckless and naïve foreign policy."

Ted's a real prince among men.

Sen. Cruz screams about the "The Washington cartel,"  but who, really, has tied Congress in a knot? Go back to the 2010 election when the Tea Party became a significant force. Since that election we have had the least productive Congress in the history of the country. Several months ago, I asked Mr. Ewing to point out one piece of constructive legislation put forth by the Tea Party Caucus. I was assured that not only he, but "many other contributors" would provide "many examples". (Kinda sounds like The Donald.) So far, I haven't seen a single one.

The Tea Party has done nothing but obstruct. They'll tell us that they're just a bunch of patriotic, fun-loving folks who just want to make government smaller. This will, of course, improve our lives beyond our wildest expectations. But wait. Take some time and check out who is exactly funding the Tea Party.

Check out Ted Cruz's campaign donors. Check out "In national politics, big money drowning out everyone else" by Michael Kranish. You'll find the billionaire Wilks brothers who donated millions — millions with a lot of strings attached. It's big corporate money that controls the Tea Party. Look at the influence of the Koch brothers. Anyone who believes that the needs of the average citizen are ever considered is sadly mistaken.

I can't speak for anyone else, but I don't like bullies and I question the integrity of a United States senator who rejoices in "terrifying." We absolutely need a change in Washington. But Ted and his Tea Party are not the answer.

June M. Huot

Laconia

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Only 1 candidate is running to fix broken system: Larry Lessig

To The Daily Sun,

We don't live in a democracy anymore. Billionaire celebrities, millionaire CEOs  and zillionaire SuperPac donors have made a mockery of this election. Is it no coincidence that months after the Koch brothers announce that they will donate $900 million to GOP candidates that there were suddenly 17 of them each wanting a piece of the pie? I think not.

Big money donors have bought our representatives. They're sold, and they'll say anything to get your vote so they can ignore you for four more years and while they turn Washington, D.C., into the largest profit center for corporations in the world.

With your tax money.

I'm sick of it. I'm more than sick, I'm angry about it. I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore. You might not know this, but there is one candidate who is running solely to fix this broken system. It's his only goal, because you know deep in your heart that whatever platform your favorite candidate is selling ain't gonna happen until we fix democracy first.

I'm supporting Larry Lessig for president. If you agree with me, you should, too.

Brian Shields

Ashland

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