It was well known in Texas that Johnson had stolen the 1948 Senate election from Coke Stevenson through voter fraud, and as the election date for Johnson's second term neared, a number of non-profit organizations in Texas were actively campaigning for his defeat.
In early 1954, Johnson succeeded in ramming through Congress what became known as the "Johnson Amendment" to the IRS code. The Johnson Amendment restricted non-taxed entities such as churches from endorsing or opposing candidates for political office. The threat of loss of their tax-exempt status was enough to silence most of Johnson's Texas opposition and he won his second term handily.
Although the Johnson Amendment is in clear violation of the First Article of the Bill of Rights' guarantee of religious freedom, it still stands today as a monument to Democrat chicanery and a severe restriction of the right to exercise free speech.
Johnson was a new deal Democrat – he had worked for President Franklin Roosevelt as Texas Director of the National Youth Administration (1935-1937) and as a Navy liaison officer during the Second World War. As President, in 1964 and 1965, Johnson launched his own new deal, which he called the "great society."
In order to pay for his grandiose scheme of ending poverty in America, Johnson "invested" the Social Security fund in special series non-negotiable non-interest bearing government bonds. In other words, he took the money and replaced it with IOUs. Johnson's chicanery became standard practice for subsequent administrations of both stripes, and the Social Security fund stands today with a surplus of 2.2 trillion dollars worth of worthless government bonds.
And the result of Johnson's "great society?" Increased poverty and the division of the classless American society into a two class society – the working class and the welfare class.
Cruz worked for the George W. Bush presidential campaign and drafted pleadings for filing with the Supreme Court of Florida and the US Supreme Court in Bush v Gore that secured the Presidency for Bush in 2000.
In 2003, then-Attorney General Gregg Abbott appointed Cruz to the office of Solicitor General of Texas. It was Ted Cruz who drafted the amicus brief in District of Columbia v Heller, signed by the Attorneys General of 31 States, that was instrumental in overturning the DC handgun ban. As Solicitor General, Ted Cruz argued nine cases before the US Supreme Court, including his successful defense of the constitutionality of the ten commandments monument on the Texas State Capitol grounds.
Solicitor General Cruz also successfully defended Texas in Medellin v Texas, winning a 6-3 decision that International Court of Justice decisions were not binding in domestic law and that the President of the United States had no authority to enforce them on a Sovereign State. On 5 August 2008, Jose Medellin was executed at Huntsville in accordance with the laws of Texas for the 1993 murders of Jennifer Ertmen and Elizabeth Pena in Houston.
In 2012, Ted Cruz ran for Kay Baily Hutchison's vacant Senate seat, beating Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in the primary and winning the general election with 56.4% of the vote. And on 23 March 2015, Ted Cruz announced that he was running for the office of President of the United States.
Ted Cruz is honest, smart, and conservative to the core – everything a Texan should be – and I'd like to see him as our next President, if for no other reason than that he could exonerate Texas by undoing at least some of the damage Lyndon Johnson did to our country.