Ted Cruz complains about the Washington Post dragging his kids into politics. Stay away from my children, he demands with cultivated outrage. But it was Ted himself who brought those children into politics, and the Washington Post cartoon was not directed against them, it was directed against their father.
What about the rights of your children not to be dragged into your dirty politics, Ted? You gave your daughter a political script to read in a partisan TV commercial.
When the press responded with a cartoon about you using your kids, you used that as an opportunity to launch an “emergency” $1 million fund-raiser. What emergency: damage control after allowing your ambition to cloud your parental judgement?
The video contains one of Ted’s children making remarks about, among other political targets, Hillary Clinton and her email server. Fast forward to 1 minute into the Cruz campaign video at Ted Cruz’s Christmas classics to see for yourself. Thanks @AnnTelnaes for tweeting this.
Cruz appeals to people’s resentment against THEM. They (The Media) abuse his children. They (the IRS) are “persecuting religion”. They (the United Nations) are selling out to Iran. They (Gays and Lesbians) are undermining Marriage. They (Abortionists) are selling baby parts. They (the Washington Cartel) – sorry, I have no idea who they are, but you get the picture. He wants you to get mad about all these trumped-up (sic) evils and elect Ted to save America from THEM.
Ted the Cruz-ader
In Cruz’s Courageous Conservatives, he lists 5 things he will do on Day One of his administration. None address critical social, economic or security issues facing America. There’s nothing that will balance the Federal Budget, reduce carbon emissions, help American workers compete in the global labor market, or protect us from religious extremists (of ANY faith). Instead, it’s about undoing alleged wrongs perpetrated on us by THEM, and it has a religious tinge. Moving America’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem is a priority? Jeez (sic).
Religious Liberty according to Cruz
Cruz rates defending religious liberty in America as more important than restoring America’s global leadership. But religious freedom in the United States of America is embedded in the Constitution, so what does Ted want to defend us against? In fact,”religious liberty” in Ted’s sense means that someone such as Kim Davis, the Kentucky official who refused to marry gay couples, should be free to ignore the law if it conflicts with their religious beliefs.
If an atheist refused to sign up for Selective Service, would Ted support his right to be a conscientious objector? I doubt it. If Kim Davis refused to sign up because Jesus said “Thou shalt not kill”, would Ted consider that a protected religious freedom? I’m sure he would!
Are some religious freedoms not as important as others? Does Ted support the freedom of Muslims to break US law on religious grounds? Who decides which freedoms to protect, i.e. which laws it is OK to break in the name of God?
Cruz’s articulate absolutism and partisan religious agenda have brought him to the edge of the Republican presidential ticket. It is no accident that Mr Cruz has not taken aim at Donald Trump. Trump-Cruz 2016 is a real and frightening possibility.
Do you want someone in the White House whose “family values” include using his own little kids to deliver political jibes on TV? Do you want a President who would “carpet-bomb” ISIS with little thought for the civilians in the war zone?
And what about the nuclear launch codes? Can we trust Cruz, who promised to “RIP the catastrophic Iranian Nuclear Deal to shreds”, not to start World War III?
“Our nation is in desperate need of God’s favor” – Ted Cruz
Cruz’s “National Prayer Team” is a prominent feature of his web site. Ted Cruz is a religious extremist who exemplifies an “end justifies the means” approach. It’s OK to use my little kids to bash Democrats and The Media. It’s OK to flout the law if I believe that God wants me to. It’s ok to antagonize the entire Arab world by moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem. It’s ok to toss the Iran nuclear agreement out the window.
The last person we need in the White House is an angry man who holds prayer meetings. There are too many such men in the world already.The last person we need in the White House is an angry man who holds prayer meetings. #tedcruz Click To Tweet