Who Are The Republican Presidential Candidate's Advisers?

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  1. poncho

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    I'm hoping this thread will be a cooperative effort to find out who the Republican candidate's advisers are and what they stand for. We often get caught up in listening to what the candidates have to say on issues that concern us but forget that behind these candidates are people who advise them on different policies and may steer them in directions contrary to what their stated positions are.

    I feel it's important to know who is behind these candidates and in what ways they might influence the decisions and actions taken by those they are advising. The idea isn't to bash the candidates but rather to find out what directions they might take if they become president.

    So lets find out who's behind them, who their connections are and what they stand for . . .

    Ted Cruz.

    The first person highlighted in the article is the chairman of Cruz’s foreign policy team, Chad Sweet (shown).

    Sweet’s professional and political background betrays Cruz’s claims of being someone who promises “not to continue going in the same direction” and to “bring power out of Washington, and back to we the people.”

    Infogram’s biography of Chad Sweet includes the following associations, demonstrating that he is very much a step in the “same direction”:

    With a diverse background, starting as Director of the CIA, Chad Sweet went into the world of big banks — from Investment Banker at Morgan Stanley to VP with Goldman Sachs. He would then work for the Department of Homeland Security in the Bush Administration. Currently he is the Co-Founder of Chertoff Group.


    Sweet cofounded Chertoff Group with former Bush and Obama administration Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. Hardly the pedigree of an outsider. In fact, his neocon bona fides could not be better.

    As a leader of the Chertoff Group, Sweet “advocated for expanding NSA metadata collection.” Again, this belies Ted Cruz’s public position on the NSA’s unconstitutional surveillance of Americans.

    “One of the most troubling things we have seen in recent years is an expansion of federal government authority into surveilling American citizens. I am proud to be a co-sponsor of the USA Freedom Act," Cruz said during a speech in Austin in November 2014.

    Despite such public declarations, it’s little wonder that a key member of the Cruz foreign policy team would support dragnet surveillance of Americans given that one of the principals of the Chertoff Group is General Michael Hayden, director of the NSA until 2005.

    These sorts of inconsistencies have sunk other campaigns, particularly those of candidates who fly the flag of the Constitution as proudly as Ted Cruz.

    When it comes to ending the federal government’s collection of personal data on millions of Americans in direct contravention of the Fourth Amendment, it seems Ted Cruz’s lips draw nigh to the Bill of Rights, but his heart (and his personally chosen counselors) are far from it.

    Next up on the roster of Ted Cruz’s neocon inner circle is Victoria Coates.

    Continue . . . http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnew...ruz-s-closest-counsellors-are-neocon-cfr-vips
     
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    The GOP is wasting a prime opportunity with Cruz and Rubio. Cruz is a dud. But they really could have worked the Rubio angle. If his team is listening, they need to start stressing him as Marco Antonio Rubio. Play up those Hispanic roots.
     
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    I'm not so much interested in bashing the republican candidates as I am in finding out whether they are being guided by the same old neocon warmongering ideologues and bankster operatives that have caused this country so much trouble in the past

    Marco Rubio . . .

    It's not surprising that Rubio might out-Bush Jeb Bush when it comes to foreign policy. Last year, the conservative National Reviewreported that Rubio was a popular presidential prospect among the Bush administration's neoconservative alumni. Meet some of the hawks and former Bush administration officials shaping Rubio's foreign policy views.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics...eocon-advisers-bush-council-foreign-relations

    John Ellis Bush . . .

    If Bush's goal is to present himself as his "own man," that list of advisers undermines the point somewhat: 19 of the 21 people on it worked in the administrations of his father or brother. We've identified the roles each played in the past three Republican administrations, divvying them up as needed in the following Venn diagram.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...cy-team-is-eerily-familiar-in-1-venn-diagram/

    As Jeb Bush prepares to announce his presidential candidacy, he’s mostly viewed as the smarter and less dangerous Bush brother, but he has his own tangled history of dubious business deals and unsavory associates, writes Chelsea Gilmour.

    https://consortiumnews.com/2015/06/12/jeb-bushs-tangled-past/
     
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    I read up on who some of his " backers" are earlier this year and quickly scratched him off my list.
     
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    How can we believe that anything is going to change for the better with these candidates when it seems their advisers all come from the same two banking and neocon war monger camps? These are the same camps that caused this country so much harm.

    And the democrat's advisers come from the same two camps.

    It's like, "heads we win tails you lose".
     
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    2016 Republican Presidential Hopefuls and Their Advisors, Part 1

    From Yahoo, comes an article entitled, The Brain Trusts Behind the 2016 GOP Hopefuls. The Republican presidential hopefuls are getting help from advisors on how to answer a wide range of questions on domestic and foreign policies. When I saw who these folks had as advisors, there is nary a one I could vote for in good conscience. It's a typical list, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Paul Ryan, and Bobby Jindal.

    Continue . . . http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/04/2016-republican-presidential-hopefuls-advisors/

    2016 Republican Presidential Hopefuls and Their Advisors, Part 2

    In part 1 of this article, we covered Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Chris Christie. Now let's take a look at Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Paul Ryan, and Bobby Jindal.

    Continue . . . http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/07/2016-republican-presidential-hopefuls-and-their-advisors-part-2/


     
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    100% correct. But they don't expect the American voting public to look at that part of their candidacies. I would like to think that if everyday Americans knew this, that we would get some fresh faces. But apparently the only ones who can raise money are tied to these political bigwigs.
     
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    That's probably because the majority of the voting public are looking for the next celebrity figure to idolize.

    It's no different with the dems. It's the same type of people, the same foundations the same organizations and the same money men behind them.

    It's all theater.
     
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    Pretty much. It's one of the greatest scams of all time.
     
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    I hit the "agree" button because I agree with what you said. :)
     
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    poncho, it really is sad. I keep wondering when people are gonna wake up and realize that the (D) or (R) in front of a candidates name doesn't mean anything when the folks behind the scenes controlling the strings are the same from election to election?

    So many of them try to express to the masses how they aren't Washington "Insiders". But then you look at their advisers and the folks on their "teams" and you see the same collection of connections that their predecessors have used.

    If that's the type of "Change" folks want to believe in, then we are complete idiots and deserve exactly what we keep getting.
     
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    People still have those two magical words "conspiracy theory" they can use to make the ugly reality of the situation disappear from their minds.
     

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