So What Exactly Does Ted Cruz Stand For? The Answer is Simple – Only Himself

ted-cruzThere are a lot of Republican politicians I don’t really care for, but few reach the level of absolute disdain inside of me that Texas Senator Ted Cruz does every time I see his name mentioned.

While I might not support — or like — many conservative public servants, I can at least find some level of “professional respect” for those who stand up for their beliefs.

But Ted Cruz is a snake — pure and simple.  He’ll slither and coil himself around any idea or talking point he can if he thinks it will benefit his political career.

While most politicians are trained to say and do whatever it is they think might get them the most votes, Ted Cruz seems to be someone who would sell his soul for one — especially if it means he could be President.

Everything he’s done since being elected Senator seems to be a catalyst for a future presidential campaign ad.  A complete sideshow of pandering to his right-wing base in hopes of landing the GOP nomination in 2016.

But he’s not the only one who’s behaved in such a manner — Rand Paul is no different.  The only real difference I see between the two, as it relates to their public behavior, is that Rand Paul still tries to pander to his dad’s cult-like followers.  He seems obligated to live up to his dad’s “legacy” so he tries to remain somewhat close to those lines, though he’s strayed from them.

Ted Cruz doesn’t have to do that.  He just focuses on pandering to the far right-wing elements of the Republican party.  And by doing so, he’s shown time and time again that he just doesn’t “get it.”

Sure, Cruz makes for a fantastic poster boy for the GOP.  Well, the tea party wing, at least.  He knows all the right-wing talking points, he panders to their Obama fear mongering and he quickly took up with the political movement that “Obamacare” will be the end of all human civilization.

He’s even gone as far as to say that we should “shut the government down” until “Obamacare is defunded.”

Which just sounds fantastic — if you’re a Republican voter who doesn’t have a clue how our government works.  And judging by their behavior during the debt ceiling debacle of 2011, most of them don’t.

I mean let’s face it, this is the party of “Drill baby drill!” — yet they’re apparently completely unaware of how oil is traded on the global market.  Commodities futures pricing is apparently “liberally biased” as well.  Isn’t that the “go to line” for Republicans whenever reality or facts don’t support what they want to be real, but isn’t?

This is also the party of “birthers” which is doubly ironic considering Ted Cruz’s father isn’t a naturally born American (in fact, he was an illegal immigrant) and Cruz himself wasn’t born in the United States (he was born in Canada).

Oh, but it’s okay now — Cruz renounced his Canadian citizenship.

But doesn’t that singular move show just how shallow and pathetic Ted Cruz really is?  Is being an “American” that cheap of a term to him?  Does he have no loyalty or pride about his past?

For a man of his age to suddenly renounce his natural-born citizenship just displays what a callous and unscrupulous human being he really is.  He should be proud of where he came from, not disowning it.  And if he was so ashamed, why did he wait until now to renounce his citizenship?  Sounds to me like his pollsters probably told him being a Canadian citizen would be used against him during the GOP primaries, and would impact his chances of winning the nomination.

However, it’s just extremely ironic that Ted Cruz is a potential favorite for the Republican presidential nomination coming off the years of the “birthers” attacking President Obama.  Ted Cruz was born in Canada!  A fact that is indisputable.

Heck, Obama had to provide birth announcements and 2 forms of his birth certificate and still many birthers claim he’s not a “real American.”

Yet I bet many of these hypocrites would vote for Cruz if he were to win the Republican nomination.

Cruz strikes me of a man who specifically ran for Senate to use his seat in Congress to run for President.

A man who wants to shutdown the government to “defund Obamacare” — something anyone who knows anything about government will tell you makes absolutely no sense.  Who was born to an immigrant and himself immigrated to the United States as a child — yet opposes sensible immigration reform.

This man is the cartoon character tea party Republicans would create if Fox News developed an animated series.

He stands on stage and gives speeches that ignite the crowd.  He tells them what they want to hear and gets them to stand in unison with thunderous ovations.  He can travel around the country and have right-wing voters eating up his every word.

The problem is — most of it doesn’t make any damn sense.

Sure, telling a group of right-wing Republicans, “I would rather shutdown our government than see Obamacare ruin our nation” might get a huge reaction, but what good does that do when the reaction is based on ignorance and your statement has no substance?

Yes, he might gain some popularity and feed his own ego with the conservative praise he’s sure to receive as a tea party darling.  Yes, he might think he has it “all figured out” as it relates to 2016 and his quest to become the next President of the United States.

But he might want to rethink his strategy, because we’ve seen this story before.

You know, a tea party darling who uses catchy phrases, panders to the far right radicals and bases their entire career off conservative talking points instead of actual facts.

Trust me, you know Sarah Palin.  How’d that work out for her political career?

About Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. Follow Allen on Twitter as well, @Allen_Clifton.

  • John Cross

    Poor Cruz. He does not have a chance in hell. He is trying to ingratiate himself by appealing to the most racist segment of the population–and he is HISPANIC! Reminds me of when I was campaigning for Obama and an old lady was telling me how her coffee club was leaning towards Obama even though he was Black. “Well, at least he isn’t Hispanic.” She said. LOL. That was just before I introduced my Mexican wife! He will get 0% of the Hispanic vote either. They are not stupid.

  • decreator

    The saddest thing is the ones with their heads in the sand. Know he’s a
    crazy sleazeball bastard , yet still support him just so they can be
    Anti-Obama. Those idiots are what’s wrong with this country. They know
    nothing!. Have no facts, no clue, just the mad up reality sold to them
    by corporate news. God forbid they read or do some legitimate research
    of their own! Or acquire enough of an education to actually understand
    what they are fighting against. Which in most cases, is their own best

  • Cavco

    The only thing tat confuses me is whether we r talking bout Ted Cruz or r we talking bout Obama when he was running for office. Liberals have no problem expressing themselves in such an ugly mean spirited manner. Apparently, hate is all most liberals r good for when comforted with the truth.

    • mojones1

      Are you serious?? Really???? Evidently in your trolling you have missed the comments left by your fellow citizens of Trollville. Hateful and ugly and all too often racist misogynistic and homophobic.

  • Barbara Garrett

    He’s just contributing to the further erosion of the Republican Party. Let him walk himself and all his followers right off a cliff.

  • Glenna Jones-Kachtik

    I llike the idea of Cruz being what FOX would come up with if they were developing a TV show. That defines him well.