I think it’s safe to say that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) finally announcing that he’s running for president has been one of the most hotly debated topics of the last few days. In his short time in the Senate, the junior senator from Texas has proven himself to be quite the polarizing figure. Not only is he nearly universally despised by most on the left, even many within his own party can’t really stand him. He might just be the most hated man in Congress.
That being said, it should come as no surprise that fairly eccentric liberal comic Lewis Black had some interesting things to say about Cruz on The Nightly Show.
“I took LSD in my youth, and it didn’t prepare me for him,” Black said.
“We’ve lived through this before. This is 1956,” he continued. “If Cruz had appeared at Liberty University and it was shot in black and white, then I’d go, ‘I get it.’ This is someone who should never have made it to color television.”
Though he didn’t mention him by name, it was clear Black was referring to the infamous Senator Joseph McCarthy.
Black went on to emphasize the importance of the separation of church and state and how many Republicans in the mold of Cruz seem to oppose keeping religion out of the legislative process.
Host Larry Wilmore chimed in concerning Cruz’s radical religious beliefs, saying he didn’t have a problem with evangelicals or creationists, but he was non-apologetic for feeling that the most powerful person in the world shouldn’t be someone who believes the Earth is 6,000 years old.
“Someone who’s making the most important decisions in the world should not believe the Earth is 6,000 years old,” Wilmore stated.
Both Black and Wilmore are absolutely right – Republicans like Cruz are extremely dangerous. Not only are they essentially against acknowledging any sort of science that might not go along with their radical religious beliefs, but they’re insistent on doing everything they can to abolish the separation of church and state by trying to turn this nation into a theocracy.
When you doubt overwhelmingly accepted scientific facts such as evolution and climate change, while believing that “religious freedom” means that Americans should have the right to discriminate against homosexuals based upon their religious beliefs, those are extremely dangerous precedents to set. But those are the beliefs held by Republicans like Cruz and quite a few others who are proudly part of that same ultra-conservative right-wing branch of the GOP.
Thankfully, Cruz stands almost no chance at becoming president. Sure, he’s going to get a lot of attention (which is ironically great news for Democrats and bad news for Republicans), but at the end of the day he’s going to be nothing more than a fringe candidate who might win a couple of states in the primaries, but will never really be any sort of threat to win the nomination.
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