Ted Cruz. Remember that name. He's Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann in pants. He's from Texas. He graduated from Harvard Law, "Magna cum laude," works for a prestigious law firm, was Solicitor General of Texas, and is now heading to Congress as the senator-elect from the Lone Star State.
Ted Cruz. You'll be hearing more of him and from him.
He's a self-righteous ideologue who is very smart yet dumb as doggie doo! He's another blot upon the historic canvas that is the United States Senate.
Ted Cruz. He's in the news. Today. He gave a speech yesterday at the annual conference of the Federalist Society. In his speech he blamed Romney's electoral loss on the fact that conservatives didn't present their case properly to the electorate, and so Romney had to shift his views to align more closely with President Obama's views.
Hey, that's what he said!
Cruz thought Romney did pretty well in the first debate, giving the conservative view with forcefulness, explaining the difference between the conservative view and the liberal view. But between the first debate and the third debate, says Cruz, something happened.
"[...] inevitably, there are these mandarins of politics, who give the voice: Don't show any contrasts. Don't rock the boat.' So by the third debate, I'm pretty certain Mitt Romney actually French-kissed Barack Obama."
Whoa! Think about that for a minute. What is it with these conservatives and their obsession with sex? Who would say such a thing? What kind of mind would come up with such an analogy?
"...Romney actually French-kissed Barack Obama"? Yes, that's what Ted Cruz said. Is Ted Cruz sexually confused? In the closet? Hiding his real self?
I dunno. But you have to admit that is one hell of a strange thing to say, even if, as Ted Cruz claims, he was joking.
Ted Cruz will take his seat in the U.S. Senate and will remind us again and again that there must be something in the water in Texas that softens brains and destroys common sense and skews moral and ethical values.
Ted Cruz, of course, claims to be right up there on top of the hill - shining a beacon of light to a morally- and ethically-compromised world. That's another problem with the extreme right (I hate to use the word, "conservative," and Ted Cruz in the same sentence, as he's not so much conservative as he is an extremist of the lowest order). The extreme right never is able to perceive that their morality and their ethics stink to high heaven.
Ted Cruz and the conservative view:
* No abortions.
* Favors a partial birth abortion ban.
* Businesses and corporations can deny insuring birth control.
* It's one or the other: federal spending or free markets and liberty
* Opposes gay marriage and gay pride parades
* Marriage is between one man and one woman - the foundation of society
* Educational decisions should be made at the local level
* Opposes moratorium on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico
* Believes "Cap-and-trade has no impact on global temperature."
* We should explore proven energy reserves
* Democrats are trying to make the American people dependent on the government
* Loves the 10th amendment as he thinks it allows states to ignore the Feds
* Believes voters should be required to show photo ID because of all the voter fraud
* Federal agencies should be audited to reform or eliminate them
* Is opposed to "unreasonable and burdensome gun restrictions"
* Has vowed to repeal Obamacare (He would throw his body in front of a train to stop Obamacare.) Does anyone have a train to donate to the cause?
* Wants to "save" Medicare by raising eligibility age
* Opposes the TSA and the National Defense Authorization Act (Patriot Act)
* Strongly urges strengthening the military
* Opposes giving a path to citizenship for 1.65 million illegals in Texas
* Give police more power to question people re their immigration status
* Strengthen border security; build a wall; triple the size of the Border Patrol
* Believes extending unemployment benefits creates more joblessness.
* Defends placing the Ten Commandments in public buildings and the words, "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.
* We should raise the retirement age.
* Younger workers should be forced into a personal savings system
* Adopt a single-rate tax system
* Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death taxes
* Believes government checks create dependency
* Opposes same-sex domestic partnership benefits
* Favors strongly teacher-led prayer in public schools
* Is a strong believer in the death penalty
* Is in favor of the "3-strikes your out" sentencing laws
* Supports an absolute right to gun ownership
* Very much against federal funding for health coverage
* Supports privatizing Social Security
* Supports vouchers allowing public funds to be used for private schools
* Opposes alternatives to coal and oil
In his speech to the Federalist Society, Cruz also said that "centrist strategies were doomed to fail Republicans, who should instead focus on a simple motto: 'Our ideas work. Theirs don't.'"
Remember what I said earlier about Cruz and his cohorts being divorced from reality? Which ideas are those that work? Maybe the ones that came from George W. Bush? Yeah, they worked!
We wrote about this guy before here.
[Note: The information in this post came from Politico and ontheissues.org.]