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.