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By Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall
February 17, 2016

The word "TrusTED" decorates the campaign bus in which Senator Ted Cruz travels America to spread the message of why he should be President of the United States. It's clever.

It’s okay to trust someone provided you know what is in the package that comes with him and approve of both... the candidate and the baggage on the bus.

Before you trust Ted Cruz with the fate of your nation, there are some things you need to know. They aren’t the obvious things about which I’ve already written... the fact that Cruz is not a natural-born American because his father was a Cuban citizen at the time of Ted’s birth, for example.

I’ve also written about Heidi Cruz’s affiliation with Goldman Sachs... that she’s on the Executive Committee of that organization, not just a mere employee.

For those who at one time were worried about the North American Union – the joining of Mexico, the United States and Canada into a single nation – Heidi Cruz is listed as a Task Force member by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in its Task Force Report on the Building a North American Community Committee. Mrs. Cruz totally approves of the recommendations contained in the report: Make the three nations into a single entity, same as the European Union?

When you think about it for a minute, how neat would it be for the planned North American Union to have Ted Cruz as President? Joint citizenship in the U.S. and a Canadian citizen -- who is Hispanic and can speak Spanish?

To read Heidi Cruz’s statement of support for the concept of a North American Union between Mexico, the U.S., and Canada, read Kelleigh Nelson’s article.

In the video below you will see Donald Trump hold up one of NewsWithViews's articles written by Kelleigh Nelson.

In fact, Kelleigh has done more research into Ted Cruz and his various relationships than anyone in the media, Mainstream or Internet. If you want to know more about Cruz after reading this article, check out Kelleigh's in-depth researched articles:

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I now call Ted Cruz the CIA candidate and here's why.

It bothers me to call him that because after I met him in Denver in 2013 at a press conference after his speech to Western Conservative Conference attendees, I was thoroughly enamored with the man. He seemed a gentleman with a lot of common sense and political insight.

The other member of Cruz’s family who bothers me is his father, Raphael. I watched with great interest one of his sermons to Evangelical Christians. He is dynamite! I was very impressed with not only his charismatic public speaking talents but with his message. I researched this soon after the 2013 Denver speech because I so liked Ted Cruz. I liked what Raphael Cruz said, not just the way he said it. He words were brimming over with love, respect and enthusiasm for both God and America. That always gets my attention and support.

But then I found out that after fighting with Fidel Castro against Batista in Cuba, Raphael Cruz came to the U.S. in 1957... but he didn’t bother to become a citizen until shortly before Ted’s campaign for the U.S. Senate. If he really loves the country and thinks it is as fabulous as his enthusiastic words portray, why the 50-year delay in applying for citizenship? That bothered me. It struck me as opportunistic for him to wait until his son decided to run for the U.S. Senate to apply for citizenship. Were they planning a presidential campaign even then?

As for Ted Cruz, what did I learn about him personally that changed me from liking and respecting him – to see him as Donald Trump says he is: “a liar”? Well, there is plenty about Cruz that bothers me but it’s the Cruz luggage on the bus that I'm disclosing here.

Let’s start with the Cruz campaign manager, Chad Sweet.

It is pretty well known that Sweet served as Chief of Staff of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). What is less known is that prior to that position Sweet was an investment banker at two firms: Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. Furthermore, he served in the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA’s) National Clandestine Service.

That comes directly from Sweet’s own biography statement.

Then, there’s the Woolsey connection.

ROBERT JAMES WOOLSEY, part of Cruz’s foreign policy advisory team, was the former Director of the CIA during the Clinton Administration.

In his book War in a Time of Peace, David Haberstam states that Bill Clinton chose Woolsey for CIA Director because the Clinton campaign courted neoconservatives leading up to the 1992 election. It was part of proving to voters that Clinton’s promise to be tougher on Taiwan, Bosnia, and human rights in China was for real. You remember. That’s when Clinton's policies were being compared to the movie, Wag the Dog, because of Bosnia mistakes.

Woolsey got the job and became the token neoconservative in the Clinton Cabinet – in the two years he served as CIA Director, Woolsey never had a private meeting with Clinton. Woolsey, A DEMOCRAT, got his BA from Stanford (Phi Beta Kappa), his MA from Oxford University (where he was a Rhodes Scholar – as was Bill Clinton) Woolsey got his law degree at Yale. He was prominent and active in the anti-Vietnam War movement.

Woolsey was CIA Director when Aldrich Ames was arrested for treason and spying against the United States and was harshly criticized for not giving more attention to the Ames leak within the CIA more quickly. Woolsey was forced to resign as CIA head when he refused to terminate anyone at the CIA for not digging Aldrich Ames out of his treasonous sewer more quickly than was done. He has served on numerous Boards and in advisory roles – and the word “Global” appears in many of the organizations with which he affiliates himself.

He is only an advisor to Cruz on foreign policy, but Woolsey is clearly a neoconservative Democrat (hawkish on foreign policy but liberal on economic and social issues). Some now equate “hawkish” in the Middle East with “nation building” and “constant ongoing wars” as a means to stimulate America’s economy. Woolsey currently is Chancellor of The Institute of World Politics.

ELLIOTT ABRAMS is also a member of the Ted Cruz Foreign Policy advisory team.

Abrams is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations – he’s a CFR leader. Like Woolsey, Abrams has a colorful past history.

Various Internet biographical sketches describe Abrams as a key figure in the Reagan administration before being convicted of charges related to Iran-Contra. He was later pardoned but his Iran-Contra involvement is a fact. Many people believe Iran-Contra was a program implemented by Vice President George H. W. Bush, not Reagan. That idea is supported by the admitted involvement of Ollie North who, when things got hot turned on the paper shredders and it is a fact that North was assigned to the Office of the Vice President (Bush), not the President (Reagan).

Those who are as old as I am remember the appointment of Lawrence Walsh as Independent Counsel to investigate Iran-Contra. Walsh prepared multiple felony counts against Abrams but never indicted him. Abrams worked with Walsh and because of his cooperation he entered a plea agreement of “guilty” to two misdemeanors of withholding information from Congress. He paid a $50 fine, was on probation for two years, and was also sentenced to 100 hours of community service.

Then we have the guy who sent the message to Iowa voters stating that Dr. Ben Carson was “returning to Florida” with a soft suggestion that those planning to vote for him should vote for Ted Cruz instead.

DAN P. GABRIEL is a former CIA covert officer. He was with counter-terrorism for 10 years, and is an expert in countering violent extremism, directing counter-insurgency operations, and counter-radicalization theory. He was a senior strategic communications advisor, consultant and strategist to the U.S. Government. He founded a company called Applied Memetics which specializes in “cultural sociosphere.” What is that, you ask? In the real world it’s called propaganda. Gabriel is a propaganda specialist. That’s what he did for the CIA and is very likely what he does for Ted Cruz.

Is there anything wrong with the above facts? If you are comfortable with a candidate for the Presidency of the United States being surrounded by what most conservatives consider a rogue U.S. Intelligence Agency, the CIA, then it will not impact your voting decision.

If you are like me and believe if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck, you will find someone else to support.

But, you may suggest, the above comments really are not about Ted Cruz. The comments are about his wife, his father, and those responsible for advising Cruz and for running his campaign.

Well, you really don’t have to be a duck for my comments to apply. If you see a bunch of ducks walking towards an objective, the chances are strong they are being led by a duck. These guys are a bunch of CIA ducks, Council on Foreign Relations ducks and are men whose feet are firmly buried in the George H.W. Bush CIA history... men who create propaganda of which the old Soviet Union could only dream.

There are so many red flags about the Cruz candidacy in the above comments it feels like May Day in Moscow.

A friend of mine from Toronto called this morning. He said Cruz was a concern to him because of his affiliation with dominionism. I decided to find out if this was true or false... and I wanted to know more about what “dominionism” is. It asks an important question: "Does Ted Cruz think he is the Messiah?"

I would suggest to all evangelical voters who support Senator Cruz because of his obvious Christian roots that they go here and read the very informative article on dominionism. If Senator Cruz and his father, Raphael, are your kind of Christians, fine. The linked article explains that historically dominionism began as an offshoot of Christian Reconstructionism, the sect founded in the 1960s by defender-of-slavery R. J. Rushdoony. Dominionists, the article says, seek to replace secular law with Biblical law.

Any Christian who believes secular law should be replaced by Biblical law may be a good Christian, but cannot, by definition, be a conservative. The most basic philosophic principle of an American Conservative is a total acceptance of the United States Constitution... very much as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (God rest his soul) defined it: Textualism and Originalism. In other words, as it was written by the Founders, meaning what the words meant at the time the Founders wrote them.

To impose Biblical law on those citizens who do not believe in God would violate their freedom of religion under the First Amendment. Agnosticism and atheism are religious beliefs, too.

Whether it is the CIA, the CFR, the North American Union, Goldman Sachs and other too big to fail investment banks, the Cruz campaign staff is filled with them. As I said: there are so many red flags here it looks like May Day in Moscow.

I guess the bottom line is this: I don’t want to replace one narcissistic President who happens to be a tyrannical liberal progressive with another narcissistic President who happens to be a tyrannical neoconservative President.

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You may feel differently about the Cruz victory speech in Iowa, but before I heard of the dominionism connection I thought how arrogant he was that night. Then I read where his roommate at Harvard, Damon Watson, stated that Cruz did not want to study with anyone who had not been an undergrad at Harvard, Princeton or Yale. “He said he didn’t want anybody from ‘minor Ivies like Penn or Brown’.” Does this sound like Christian humility to you? It doesn’t to me. These are not the words of “a man of the people.”

As I said... a deep sea of red flags waving. They got my attention. I hope they get yours. And if you know a voter in South Carolina, I hope you send them this article. They vote on Saturday.

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Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall began her career in 1956 as a journalist with the Wyoming Eagle in Cheyenne. During her 20 years (plus) as a banker and bank consultant, she wrote extensively for The American Banker, Bank Marketing Magazine, Trust Marketing Magazine, was U.S. Consulting Editor for Private Banker International (London/Dublin), and other major banking industry publications. She has written seven non-fiction books about banking and taught private banking at Colorado University for the American Bankers Association. She has authored seven banking books, one dog book, and two works of fiction (about banking, of course). She has served on numerous Boards in her community.

Barnewall is the former editor of The National Peace Officer Magazine and as a journalist has written guest editorials for the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and Newsweek, among others. On the Internet, she has written for News With Views, World Net Daily, Canada Free Press, Christian Business Daily, Business Reform, and others. She has been quoted in Time, Forbes, Wall Street Journal and other national and international publications. She can be found in Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in Finance and Business, and Who's Who in the World.

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When you think about it for a minute, how neat would it be for the planned North American Union to have Ted Cruz as President? Joint citizenship in the U.S. and a Canadian citizen -- who is Hispanic and can speak Spanish?