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By James Kardys
If you paid attention to the news in any amount whatsoever during the Republican national convention, you are probably aware that on the third night (July 20), Ted Cruz gave a speech where not only did he decline to formally endorse Donald Trump, but implicitly told voters not to vote for him if it violated their conscience.
Not surprisingly, this speech prompted much outrage from the party.
He was booed offstage.
Former allies such as Sarah Palin said that his career was over.
Rick Perry and Dan Patrick (the lieutenant governor of Texas) have been mentioned as possible primary opponents against Cruz when he runs for re-election in the Senate in 2018.
Donald Trump is reportedly so embittered that not only does he not want Cruz’s endorsement should he change his mind, and has talked about funding SuperPACs against him and John Kasich, who also refused to endorse, in future elections they run in.
Ted Cruz himself has since explained his reasoning behind his decision to not endorse Trump, saying that he is “not in the habit of supporting someone who attacks my wife and attacks my father.”
That, in his opinion, invalidated the pledge that all the candidates signed to support the eventual nominee back in September.
Or did it?
I am a Republican who supported Ted Cruz for the nomination prior to him dropping out on May 3.
As I saw many of my fellow Cruz supporters turn into former supporters over his decision not to endorse, I struggled to figure out whether I should do the same.
I sympathized with the content of his speech (so much, that the Trump-sponsored vicious reaction to his statements, which included emphasis on the importance of preserving the Constitution and the idea that voters must vote according to what they believe is best for our freedoms, prompted me to decide to vote third party even though I’m a registered Republican), but I wondered whether he should be judged for apparently failing to keep his word.
I eventually decided that he should not be judged regarding the so-called “pledge.” Why? Because the pledge was invalidated into non-existence in deed. Not by Cruz, but by Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican Party.
As I thought about how to respond, I remembered an event that took place on March 29, 2015, when Donald Trump also renounced the pledge at the CNN Town Hall event that evening.
According to Time, Trump’s decision to renounce the pledge violated the terms that would have made him eligible to be on the ballots in states that required a loyalty pledge.
This could have caused him to forfeit his delegates in such states that had already voted at the time, such as South Carolina.
That didn’t happen, and the question is, why?
Why didn’t Reince Priebus follow through with his own rules, especially considering that as a leader of the GOP establishment, Trump’s downfall perhaps would have benefited him?
I can’t say for sure, but I would not rule out the idea Priebus’ decision not to penalize Trump was related to his belief that Trump can make deals.
After all, he and Trump had no problem making deals (abeit, indirectly via a coalition of Trump supporters and establishment figures in the Republican National Committee) that threw out proposed amendments to the convention rules that would have limited the power of the party chair, and redistributed it in the hands of lower-ranking members who could have affected the outcome of the development of the party platform, if not the convention itself.
Regardless of Priebus’ motivations, his actions do not reflect kindly on the reputation of the party, which, based on them, has been attacking Cruz based on a false premise.
A pledge that is not enforced is not a pledge. It is a joke.
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Filipino based Islamic extremists beheaded a Malaysian man they had held hostage for six months after a large ransom demand was not paid to return the man to his home.
The man, identified as Bernard Then Ted Fen according to an AP report was kidnapped back in May with another man at a seafood restaurant in the city of Sandakan in the Malaysian state of Sabah.
Militants from Abu Sayyaf, a ISIS sworn (and formerly al-Qaeda) linked Islamic extremism organization based in the Philippines carried out the kidnapping and execution in a move that is not usual for the group.
Then’s beheading is reportedly the first the group has ever carried out against a Malaysian.
From the AP:
“The United States and the Philippines have listed the Abu Sayyaf as a terrorist organization for kidnappings, beheadings, extortion and bomb attacks. The al-Qaida-linked militants have been weakened but have survived more than a decade of U.S.-backed offensives.
The Abu Sayyaf has been suspected of kidnappings two Canadians, a Norwegian and a Filipina from a marina in the south in September. Militants who identified themselves in an online video as belonging to the Abu Sayyaf have demanded more than $60 million for the release of the three foreigners.”
Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, commander of the Joint Task Group Sulu, told GMA News Online (a Filipino news organization) that Then was buried soon after he was executed.
“Accordingly, the body was immediately buried in the vicinity where they beheaded the victim,” Arrojado told GMA News Online.
There are also indications that the beheading might have been precipitated by a military assault against the group.
“It appears that the beheading pushed through almost simultaneously with the bombardment and rocket fires,” Arrojado told GMA News Online
Arrojado also said that Filipino troops are actively searching for the terrorists who adopted the flag of ISIS in late 2014.
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Every year, thousands of young progressives descend on Washington to intern for Democratic lawmakers.
And around the country, thousands more take internships on state and Congressional races each election cycle.
For many young Progressives, an internship like this is the surest way to get a feel for politics.
Perhaps it’s that campaign fellowship with the local Democratic committee that leads to a lifelong interest in political organizing.
Or perhaps it’s that summer stint with a Democratic representative in Washington that sparks a commitment to fight for progressive causes.
That’s how it was for me.
When I first took a serious interest in politics, I was a freshman in college.
That summer, I volunteered with a Senate race in my home state of New Jersey and was immediately hooked on campaign organizing.
That position led to another, and eventually I landed an internship with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Of course, as is common with these positions, they were all unpaid.
Since then, I’ve been able to find work in the private sector – as a paid consultant for some of the very groups where I once worked for free.
While I was privileged enough to take an unpaid position for several semesters – and never worry about having to pay bills thanks to the generosity of my parents – others aren’t always so lucky.
Guillermo Creamer had an unpaid internship with a Democratic member on the Hill, and later with the DC Mayor’s office.
For him, it wasn’t always easy making ends meet.
“The lack of funds really put me against the corner at times when it came to eating lunch, dry cleaning and even paying for rent,” Creamer said in an interview. “I was working 40 hours a week while being required to work a minimum of three days a week. If I ever had a gig that would come up, I’d call out of my internship because it is really hard to turn down money.”
Having had enough, Cramer, and several other Washington, DC students founded Pay Our Interns, a bipartisan campaign dedicated to pressuring more organizations to offer paid internships.
So far they’ve has some success in getting Democrats to listen.
Several of the candidates currently in the running to be the next DNC chair have since pledged to create a paid internship program if elected.
Hopefully these actions will spur other Democratic organizations to do the same.
Yet challenges remain.
Hardly any Democratic members of Congress offer paid internships.
Neither do most campaigns or state parties.
Though there are a few exceptions.
For a party that claims to fight for the rights of workers, not paying interns is especially hypocritical.
In fact, it’s downright embarrassing.
The Republicans certainly don’t have a problem paying their interns.
The Republican National Committee runs the Eisenhower program, which pays a cohort of students to work at the party headquarters every summer.
Meanwhile, the DNC doesn’t even have an established budget line-item for its College Democrats and didn’t even have a full-time staffer dedicated to supporting these students in the midst of the 2016 campaign.
While some may say that a lack of resources are an issue, I find that argument hard to believe.
It costs less than $5,000 to hire an intern for a 10-week semester.
Meanwhile, there always seems to be enough money lying around for multimillion dollar ad buys, or lavish fundraisers at fancy D.C restaurants.
If the Democrats are going to be a party that stands for economic justice and the next generations of young leaders, it needs to first stop profiting from free millennial labor.
Disclaimer: Conor McGrath is a graduate student at the George Washington University and Finance Director of the DC Federation of College Democrats.
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