If I could cast a vote for the upcoming Ted Cruz-Beto O’Rourke race my vote would go to O’Rourke. The problem with the binary option offered by American politics is that the choice is between two options. When both options are bad, the decision comes down to which option is the lesser of two evils. Political decisions should never be about which is the lesser of two evils, but the American political system offers no alternative.

As such, voters will be forced to decide between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke. Anyone that has read my blog over time knows that I have created an extensive record of Beto O’Rourke’s public policy decisions and history that makes him someone I would not support for political office. Just use the search feature on my blog and enter “Beto O’Rourke” to see how I’ve created a record of O’Rourke’s politics that enable drug dealers and encourages taxes for El Pasoans.

But Ted Cruz is no better, especially when it comes to immigration issues. I’ve posted several pieces about Ted Cruz as well. Cruz has a nexus to the University Medical Center and one of its board members. Ted Cruz was born in Canada, which makes him an immigrant although one of his parents – his mom – was a United States citizen. As an immigrant from Canada, Ted Cruz should have more empathy for immigrants, but he does not because he mistakenly equates U.S. citizenship through his mom as proof that his is not an immigrant. Conveniently ignored by Cruz are the facts of his father’s communist activities and violations of immigration laws that Cruz and other anti-immigrants use to attack immigrants in America. It is hypocrisy at its most poignant.

As with Beto O’Rourke, you can use the search feature on my blog to read my pieces on Ted Cruz.

But none of that negates the fact that the binary choice for El Paso voters is between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke.

Discussing this with a friend a few days ago, the discussion turned to who I would vote for if I could vote.

My answer was Beto O’Rourke.

Obviously that was followed with the question of why?

My answer is simple, the most important national issue for me is Donald Trump’s continued war on immigrants and Mexicans, like me.

There are only two viable solutions for ending Trump’s war on immigrants; impeachment or waiting until the 2020 elections to see him summarily dismissed from office.

Immigrants, like me, do not have the luxury of waiting until rational politics returns to Washington after the 2020 elections, although we may have to.

A vote for Beto O’Rourke offers one important thing to me – a vote to impeach Donald Trump.

As such, the only valid vote for me, is a vote for Beto O’Rourke.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...

2 replies on “Voting for Beto O’Rourke”

  1. Nice try, no cigar. He is not an immigrant he is an American citizen period. Obama was an immigrant ? Children of US military, official US overseas employees with one US parent are not immigrants.

  2. WASNT JOHN MCCAIN BORN IN PANAMA ? your TDS is still showing. Take a Xanax. Beto Oroarke’s mom and father in law are more corrupt imho than Cruz’s father. Impeach on what grounds ? again, try the Xanax.

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