5 Reasons Why the Thought of Ted Cruz as President Terrifies Me

While it’s widely believed by many Democrats and even many Republicans that Donald Trump would be a disaster as president, to be honest, the thought of him being our next president doesn’t scare me nearly as much as the thought of Ted Cruz being sworn into office next January.

Donald Trump is an arrogant, flamboyant blowhard with a massive ego. But I’ll take that any day over a religious fanatic who’s very likely a sociopath. As I’ve said before, Donald Trump as president would embarrass me – Ted Cruz as president would terrify me.

So I thought I would list the five reasons why the thought of Cruz becoming our next president turns my stomach.

1. He’s a religious fanatic: There are people who use religion to manipulate people – then there are fanatics. While most Republicans use religion as a tool to manipulate millions of people into voting against their own best interests, Cruz seems to believe he’s some sort of prophet sent here from God. Heck, if you don’t believe me, just ask his father. He doesn’t want to be the President of the United States… he wants to be the Preacher of the United States.

2. He is completely self-absorbed and cares about nobody but himself: Can anyone here name a single thing Ted Cruz has done as senator that wasn’t almost directly related to setting up his current presidential campaign? A few weeks ago prior to a GOP debate one of the Republican strategists jokingly said that he would love to see Cruz take a policy stance that isn’t straight out of the “how to pander to conservatives” textbook. Ted Cruz has shown time and time again that he puts himself and his own ambitions above everything else. I fully believe, to my core, that Cruz would let this nation be reduced to a pile of rubble if he felt it would benefit his self-serving interests.

3. He’s a pathological liar: While all politicians lie, Ted Cruz has built his entire career on lies. Aside from Donald Trump, Cruz is, by far, the most dishonest person running for president. That makes it rather hilarious to watch the two candidates accuse one another of being a liar – when almost everything that comes out of each of their mouths is a blatant lie.

4. He has no problem embracing hate groups or bigots: While Donald Trump gets most of the attention as it relates to racism and bigotry, Ted Cruz is actually worse. Sure, Trump played dumb when it came to David Duke and the KKK during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. That’s been well covered over the last few days. But what hasn’t been mentioned much at all is Cruz accepting and defending endorsements from a pastor who referred to Adolf Hitler as a “hunter” sent by God to kill Jews. Then there was that time he spoke to an organization recognized as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. We also can’t forget about that time he spoke at a rally where homosexuals were called satanic.

As with #2, Cruz has shown that he has almost no problem embracing all sorts of vile bigotry and hate as long as he believes it will benefit him or his career.

5. He’s a blend of Joseph McCarthy and just about every bigot and racist who’s used the Constitution to defend ignorance: The comparisons between Ted Cruz and Joseph McCarthy have been around for years. Hell, the two even look alike. Like McCarthy, Cruz preys on fear, often to ridiculous and irrational extents. While the two are different in some aspects, their tactics, demeanor and professional personas are incredibly similar.

Moving on from that, Cruz’s “Constitutional conservative” rhetoric is basically the go-to catchphrase bigots and racists have used dating back to before the Civil War. When Abraham Lincoln wanted to end slavery, it was the cry of the South that his actions were unconstitutional. When this nation tried to end segregation, “states’ rights” was once again the battle cry of those in the South calling any attempt at forced desegregation unconstitutional. In 1967, when the Supreme Court ruled that state bans on interracial marriage were unconstitutional (sound familiar?) – racists decried that ruling wasn’t Constitutional. Just like they did last summer when the court ruled that bans on same-sex marriage were a violations of the Fourteenth Amendment. A ruling which, to this day, Cruz still claims is “judicial tyranny” and unconstitutional.

Throughout our history, almost every bigot and racist who’s ever tried to unconstitutionally force their ignorance on others has cited a belief in “strict Constitutional values,” typically followed by a never-ending love of “states’ rights.”

As someone who loathes Ted Cruz, clearly there are many more reasons why the thought of him being our next president terrifies me. But I’ll end it here.

By all means, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook and let me know what you think.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Scott A. Sumner

    Allen Clifton. Constitutional Conservative means you want slavery to return? That is the oldest, and dumbest argument you Progressives have against people who want governing to return to the rules of the Constitution. We understand that the founding fathers knew they would never get the southern states to sign on to a document that freed their slaves. They knew it would have to be dealt with later, and it was. The Constitution has the means to correct it’s shortcomings, but it was not meant to be an easy process. The Constitution is also not a living, breathing document with you liberals think it is. I am proud to believe in governing according to the Constitution. I am not racist, or homophobic, but it’s a nice label for you to brand us with. Reading you’re article showed me that you have absolutely no idea who I am, or who Ted Cruz is.

    • David Cohen

      “The Constitution is also not a living, breathing document with you liberals think it is.”

      – The fact that it has an amendment process says otherwise.

      • strayaway

        Agreed. If presidents want to do things like bomb and overthrow the legitimate, even elected governments of countries, violate and legislate immigration laws, and spy on US citizens, they should wait until the Constitution is amended before doing so.

      • Ann_W

        Then amend it. Don’t just have unelected judges make laws from the bench. Pretty soon there will be no check on their power and none of us will be able to count on the rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. You like the direction it’s going in now, but with a different president you may really wish you could count on freedom of speech, etc.

      • David Cohen

        The role and function of those “unelected judges” is defined in the US Constitution. There are, in fact, significant checks on the powers of the Supreme Court, not the least of which is that cases have to be brought before them and legal precedent has to be taken into consideration. You seem to think that the limits of the court have been breached, but you give no indication as to how or when.

        If you have a point to make, it might be best if you dispensed with the vagaries, innuendo and buzz words.

      • pablo

        Yeah and amending it takes 3/4 of Congress and 3/4 of Americans voting to ratify the change. So it is not a living & breathing document.

      • David Cohen

        You seem to have missed the point. The fact that is can be amended at all indicates that it is a living document. Heck, it was amended 10 times as soon as it was ratified. Surly that fact should inform you that the Founding fathers realized that it was not, and should not have been seen as, perfect and set in stone.

    • ph864

      I do ,
      I live in Loony Texas, where it’s easier to buy a Gun than Vote !
      The Guy a Snake , a Complete self serving Man, he would sell his Mother and eat his Children to advance his own political Career .

  • Paul Lannuier

    Cruz terrifies leftists? He’s got my vote!

    • That’s what your criteria is? Really ?!? Too hell with everything as long as I can spook some lefties?
      I suggest you raise your standards.

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    • bohemio

      For someone that calls himself a Christian he fails terribly with all of the lies and dirty tricks he’s done against the other candidates and for saying “We need 100 more like Jesse Helms”. Fact is, Calgary Cruz is the most hated Republican among Republicans.

  • pablo

    Interesting how not a single shred of proof or evidence is presented as a basis for the article. Of course this is the classical leftist way. Accuse without proof & when called out, yell racism, (insert) phobe, bigot or whatever.

  • ph864

    Fast Teddy Cruz is an Snake ! A complete scum bag . However he is the Standard Politician in the Heil Hitler Party these days.
    No difference between him and Trump except fast Teddy is more educated and cunning than the Der Fuhrer Trump!