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Opinion: We’ve absolutely got to challenge you

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It is hard for a sitting U.S. senator, who has accepted money from Wall Street, who has had a career in politics, to make the claim that they are not apart of the so-called “establishment”.

But then again, this is the 2016 election cycle, and nothing is what it seems.

Too soon to call anybody but Trump a frontrunner, Ted Cruz is the best the party has to a challenger. Credit is deserved for winning the first state, however evangelical and rural it is, against the odds and where just days before it had seemed like another win for the billionaire. If one were to take polls at face value though, it would be clear that Cruz is a DISTANT second to the dominating Donald Trump.

With status of second-to-Donald being passed from Rubio to Carson to Cruz, comes the as-expected, increased scrutiny and vetting. Yet because normalcy in this race is a frowned upon vice, Cruz could not even enjoy proper status as second-to Trump, as the latter boycotted the debate before the Iowa Caucus. Cruz became the biggest target for criticism from moderators and survived with mixed results.

He would of course, go on to win the Iowa caucus. He fashions himself anti “politics as usual” and something the media does not want to promote. He has attacked, and triumphed from accusing moderators, from MSNBC’s to FOX mind you, of a liberal bias.

And at the night of the Iowa Caucuses, when his camp spread the “news” that Carson was dropping out, he took the opportunity of the debate Saturday night to clear the air and say that the fault lied with none other than CNN and faulty reporting.

Since, CNN has vehemently denied any misleading stories or anything of Carson dropping out, and the story has been proving unequivocally false. An apology and acknowledgement of such was even doled out later by Cruz. But because it happened during a debate, the damage had been done, and the idea that it was the media’s fault reached 13.2 million people, unchecked by anything except Dr. Ben Carson’s word. For the record, he is far from the only candidate to attack the media, and it looked like every candidate had jumped on that bandwagon during the MSNBC’s debate debacle. The moderators let things get out of hand there, but were chastised for asking hard, fair questions. Trump reacted so poorly to critical questions during the first debate that he boycotted the next one that FOX hosted (and Megyn Kelly moderated).

Cruz has been the most vocal candidate to perpetuate the narrative that the hard questions asked were a result of the establishment, liberal media. After what looked like concerted posturing in the first debate, and high concern for self-image in his finger-pointing autobiography, its worthy to look at how much Cruz is concerned with histrionics. His legend started in filibustering to shut down the government, and has evolved into one that has no friends, for lack of cooperation, amongst Republican leadership in congress. But, when he makes as big of a boogeyman out of journalists as he can, including conservative ones who are sure to be kindest to him, the debate process suffers. He has average Americans thinking that it is unfair to ask such tough questions that, and I would hate to mirror a Jeb Bush talking point, but are necessary for determining who is best suited to leading our nation.

He lacks justified reasons to be indignant. If ones’ family, personal life, or faith are questioned, then becoming hostile is more justified and the moderators could be rightly accused of some bias or unprofessionalism. This has not been the case.

The people of the United States deserve to have their politicians as thoroughly investigated as they have been this cycle. We ought not to give a pass to a man or woman with the ego to want to preside over our country. Power like that can do powerful things. Freedom of speech exists and protects journalism almost by design, so that the people of the nation can see the necessary criticism of government to keep a democracy alive. We ought to do ourselves a favor, and treat both the media, and politicians with criticism.

Because again, it’s only as if the presidency is on the line.

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