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Christian Group Releases Rap Song In Support Of Ted Cruz

05/28/2015 10:40 am ET | Updated May 28, 2015

A group of musicians calling themselves "We Are Watchmen" released a hip-hop song Wednesday in which they declared they are "all in" for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who is running for president in 2016.

The performers describe themselves on their website as part of a "movement that uses music and message to mobilize American Christians to civic duty."

Their song makes an appeal to conservative values like limited government and personal responsibility, but it also busts fresh rhymes while doing so: "When power is concentrated centrally and federally / It creates dependency that's medically like leprosy / Our heredity and pedigree is liberty intrepidly / Moral individuals and family's the recipe."

The We Are Watchmen site -- which was created on April 29, according to a Whois.net search -- does a decent job of satisfying Godwin's Law. Citing an unsubstantiated story from an anti-abortion activist, the group argues that a majority of American churches have become complacent in the face of cultural decadence, in much the same way that German Christians allegedly ignored evidence of the Holocaust as it was happening. (Again: It's not clear what, if anything, this account of history is based on.)

Just as many churches in Germany sang louder on Sunday mornings to drown out the sounds of wailing Jews in boxcars on the way to the concentration camps, the majority of pulpits and pews in the American churches have been willfully ignoring the stench of blatant evil rising in this once godly nation.

OK, then.

"If you're conservative, then prove it," the group tells voters in the song. "Set it on fire." The Watchmen evidently hope that with a catchy hook and enough references to the Federal Reserve, they may be able to ignite the "Reagan Revolution part two."

Cruz publicly declared his candidacy in a speech at Liberty University in Virginia on March 23. There is no indication that Cruz has any affiliation with We Are Watchmen.

It's unclear whether Cruz is even a fan of hip-hop. In March, he told CBS News that he grew up listening to classic rock but switched to country music after Sept. 11.

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    It’s not a proposal that is likely to resonate with Latinos. In a 2011 survey by the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project, some 75 percent of Hispanics favored a bigger government that provides more services over a smaller one that provided fewer services. Only 41 percent of the general population, by contrast, favored a larger government that provided more services.
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