Liberal blogs have accused Ted Cruz, a Tea Party favorite, of believing that the United Nations wants to take away America’s golf courses. Cruz says that is not part of his worry about the loss of U.S. sovereignty under President Obama.
A commentary column by Sean Higgins in The Washington Examiner reported that Ted Cruz, Solicitor General of Texas who is now running as a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, had to dismiss a rumor on liberal blogs that he believes in a United Nations conspiracy to take away America’s golf courses.
Cruz, a Tea Party favorite whose upset win of the GOP Senate nomination in Texas has made him a target of the left, said the golf course rumor stems from the fact that he opposes a United Nations project called Agenda 21, which is aimed at persuading local governments to adopt sustainable development plans and limit growth and development to protect the environment.
Opposition to Agenda 21 has become a popular issue in some corners of the Tea Party, Higgins noted. Cruz, a staunch advocate of private-property rights, devotes a whole section of his campaign website to it, warning that “Agenda 21 subverts liberty, our property rights, and our sovereignty.” He lists golf courses as one type of project that would likely be affected by the initiative.
In issuing his denial that there was a conspiracy directed at golf courses, Cruz did confirm his belief that liberals, including President Obama, are trying to “undermine” U.S. sovereignty, Higgins reported.
“There are a great many on the left, including President Obama, who fundamentally disagree with the notion of U.S. sovereignty, who want to make us subject to the United Nations and to the will and desire of other nations,” Cruz said. “I think they view U.S. sovereignty as an antiquated notion, [and] I think the American people disagree with that.
“This is all silliness,” Cruz added. “From day one, my campaign has focused on the central challenge facing this country, which is that we are going broke. Our spending is out of control, our debt is out of control, and government control of the economy and our lives is threatening our future and our prosperity. The New York Times editorial page does not want to talk about that. So they claim the central issue is about golf courses. It is designed to be a distraction.”
After getting an endorsement from Sarah Palin that he credits with being critical to his victory, Cruz beat Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a runoff election for the Texas GOP Senate nomination.