Lynn & Lou Ann’s Excellent Beto Adventure O’Rourke told his mesmerized crowd that the U.S.-Mexican border is more secure than ever.

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By Lynn Woolley

The left-wing featurepapers are full of excitement that this El Paso liberal, Beto O’Rourke, might be a serious contender to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. So when the Texas Tribune announced a Beto event in Waco at McLennan Community College, we (producer Lou Ann Anderson and I) decided to attend.  [NOTE:  Video is available at the Texas Tribune site. Click the above link.]

Beto O’Rourke official portrait

It was a rainy, stormy afternoon in Central Texas as, perhaps, 250 gathered to hear the Tribune’s Evan Smith grill O’Rourke. The takeaways: he’s raising a lot of campaign cash, he’s handsome and personable, and he’s liberal to the core.

So was the audience, for the most part.

Many stood and applauded and Smith commented that this was the best attendance he’s seen in a while for such events. But make no mistake.

If elected, O’Rourke will support all the left-wing causes that you’d expect from Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi. If you loved President Obama you’ll find much to love about Beto.

What was the headline? Easy. The border.

O’Rourke told his mesmerized crowd that the U.S.-Mexican border is the safest it’s been in his lifetime. He also stated that the Right wants to make us all afraid of Mexicans.

“They want you to be afraid of Mexicans. When they call them rapists and criminals, and say only a wall will keep them out.”

O’Rourke called that “bullshit.”

This is typical left-wing hyperbole, but it says a lot about where O’Rourke would take our representation should he defeat Cruz.

This is typical left-wing hyperbole, but it says a lot about where O’Rourke would take our representation should he defeat Cruz.

The border cannot possibly be considered secure with at least 11,000,000 illegal aliens residing in the U.S. In fact, President Trump had to threaten to send troops to the border to halt the “caravan” of Hondurans trekking across Mexico hoping to get into this country.

As for the “fear of Mexicans” bit, O’Rourke is the one trying to instill fear. Virtually all conservatives favor some sort of commonsense immigration plan, usually merit-based, that would bring “diverse” people from many countries assuming they brought some skills to the table. Most conservatives also favor commonsense guest worker programs so long as we don’t get anchor babies out of the deal.

So O’Rourke would be in lockstep with the Three Amigos – Jorge Ramos, Luis Gutierrez, and Xavier Becerra – all of whom advocate for Mexico from high positions within the United States.

Program from the Texas Tribune event at MCC

O’Rourke is for higher taxes – and for spending them.

O’Rourke, like Pelosi, railed against the wealthy and corporations and wants to tax them more. Strangely, he wants taxpayer money to duplicate the Rural Electrification Program to connect rural areas to the internet.

O’Rourke comes from a rich family and he’s had some business dealings in technology. When he got out of college, he went to New York to work for internet service providers. After that, in 1988, he returned to El Paso and co-founded Stanton Street Technology, an internet services and software company that develops websites and software, now run by his wife Amy.

His personal wealth notwithstanding, Beto knows full well that the United States is $21 trillion in debt, and tech companies are rolling in trillions of dollars worth of profits. Let them connect rural areas – since they will be ones to profit. But Beto prefers taxpayers do it.

Beto’s fundraising.

This was the first line of questioning from Evan Smith. Yes. Beto is doing well. He’s actually setting record, reporting $6.7 million in the first quarter of 2018, and he’s doing it without PAC money.

Commentator Chris Cillizza writes that O’Rourke is trying to prove that he isn’t part of the Washington swamp. (The Swamp,” of course, is about more than fundraising – and to hear Beto talk, he sounds like a swamp-dweller. If he isn’t, and he gets elected, he soon will be.

Ted Cruz on Beto.

The incumbent senator has already made fun of Beto with his jingle parody of “If You Want to Play in Texas, You Gotta have a Fiddle in the Band.” Cruz changed it to “if you want to run in Texas, you can’t be a liberal man.” That angered O’Rourke supporters, but it was clever, and, honestly, it was the first political ad in while that was fun to listen to.

Furthermore, Cruz says Beto is just like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. He told the Dallas Morning News and KXAS-TV that O’Rourke is far too liberal to be elected in Texas. Cruz said that O’Rourke supports the standard liberal agenda:

• Open borders
• Higher taxes
• More regulation
• Aggressive gun control
• Obamacare

For his part, O’Rourke counters that he’s a commonsense guy who just wants to improve public education, make health care affordable, create jobs that pay above a living wage, and reform immigration. That may be so, but from what I heard at MCC, he’d try to do all this in liberal ways that haven’t worked in the past.

The Irishman from El Paso.

In Cruz’s jingle, he charged that O’Rourke changed his name to Beto. Perhaps that was to sound more “Hispanic,” but Wikipedia says he got the nickname before kindergarten. Typically, “Beto” is a nickname for “Roberto” and is used primarily in Spanish speaking countries.

Robert Francis O’Rourke is actually a fourth generation Irish-American born in El Paso to a very politically connected family. Beto has been a city council member in El Paso, and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Yes, he can win. It’s not likely in red Texas, but the crowd at MCC was star-struck. It cheered and clapped for everything he said, no matter how wacky it was. The Mainstream Media has created an anti-Cruz cult that includes some Republicans. People who have an irrational hatred of Donald Trump (think all the staff at CNN) also tend to despise Cruz.

If Beto O’Rourke is elected, he will be in lock step with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (who might become Majority Leader) in restoring the legacy of President Barack Obama. Any conservative that enjoys the current economy that Trump has presided over had better be careful.

O’Rourke is gaining steam and he could win. You have been warned.

lynn@BeLogical.com

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