Senator Ted Cruz Should Slither Back Into The Nefarious Cave He Escaped From

Speaking at a FreedomWorks meeting this past weekend, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) accused President Obama of “taking grieving moms and dads who tragically lost their babies and treating them as political props.”  This is just the latest disgusting act of cowardice from Cruz, who is quickly becoming one of the most vile elected officials our nation has ever seen.  Thanks, Texas voters.

Of course, the only political prop Cruz should be talking about is himself.  Cruz is nothing more than a political prop for the rich, and for the brainless, gutless far right fringe who love being scared into thinking their guns are going to be confiscated by the government.

But the thing that makes Cruz even more dangerous is the fact that he’s smart.  Cruz is a brilliant thinker who knows exactly how to make a lie believable to suit his agenda.  He plays his cards effortlessly, knowing he only needs to cater to the easily manipulated for his hogwash to spread and be taken seriously.  Cruz is the Senate’s version of Paul Ryan—a middle-aged white male with the intelligence necessary to manufacture a load of crap and spoon-feed it to so-called “patriots” with ease.

I called out Republicans for proving how clueless they are a few weeks back, and proceeded to be called out by readers who stated ‘Republicans aren’t clueless, they’re just evil.’  It’s a valid point.  Most Republicans (sans loonies like Michele Bachmann) have at least a basic level of intelligence and know how to say what needs to be said to conjure fear in conservative voters.  Key words like “death panels” or “Muslim socialist” go a long way in unleashing the boogeyman and rounding up votes.  Who cares that the points being made are literally so off-base and absurd that rational thinkers would believe they came from The Onion?  As long as it succeeds in scaring conservatives into voting, that’s all that matters.

That’s pretty much what we saw with the gun control debate, which turned into nothing more than an NRA-fueled orgy of misinformation and scare tactics.  Talks of the Second Amendment being flushed down the toilet and secret police showing up in the middle of the night to execute searches and confiscations.  This is the kind of stuff the conservative fringe thrives on, like parasites leeching panic from the predators they elected.

Make no mistake about it, Senator Ted Cruz is a cold and calculating predator.  Not even a year into his first (and hopefully last) term as Senator, Cruz has already mastered his snake oil salesman technique.  It should come as no surprise, considering he credited Sarah Palin with helping him get elected.  Cruz has a lot in common with Palin—in fact, they share a lot of the exact same crazy ideas.  The difference is, Cruz is intellectually superior to Palin and knows how to use manipulative tactics to his benefit, rather than just for shock value and to “stay relevant.”  Of course this is even more concerning considering Cruz is actually in a position of power nationally, while Sarah Palin has been relegated to tweeting harmlessly in her jammies somewhere in the Alaskan wilderness.

That’s why it’s up to us to expose him for the fraud he is.  This is the same guy who warned of the dangers of George Soros conspiring with the United Nations to eliminate golf courses, as part of a grand liberal scheme to save the environment.  Yes, this was an actual “issue” he ran on last year.  And it’s up to us to expose him for the crooked hypocrite he is—like when he voted against “wasteful” aid for Hurricane Sandy victims, but immediately asked for aid for victims of the explosion in West, Texas.  Because what’s bad for victims of a natural disaster on the east coast is good for victims of a man-made disaster in Texas, apparently.  Oh, but those people  don’t have a voice in your reelection, do they Senator?  So who cares about them, right?

So while Cruz is painting himself as some sort of conservative hero to mindless FreedomWorks supporters, let’s not forget exactly what he said and why he said it.  Cruz said that President Obama used Newtown parents as “political props” to sell his gun control agenda.  In saying this, Cruz spit in the face of every single parent who lost a child at that school, and of every single person who lost a loved one to that tragedy.  God forbid they want some  sort of action to be taken on guns, right?  They’re just letting themselves be used as political props, shame on them for stomping on the Second Amendment!

Except, of course, for the fact that universal background checks did nothing to stomp on Second Amendment rights, and in fact would have strengthened them by assuring that all gun purchases were made legally by people who have the right to own a gun.  But who cares about that fact, let’s just scream about our guns being taken away, because that’s so much more fun.

In short, let me just say this directly to Senator Cruz—You disgust me.  I’d say you should apologize to the Newtown families who you called nothing more than “props,” but you couldn’t care less either way.  So go ahead and continue to sink to depths lower than what we thought to be humanly possible, because every time you do, you’re proving that you’re far from clueless—you’re much closer to pure evil incarnate.

Thomas Barr

Thomas Barr

Thomas Barr is a writer, editor and activist who's passionate about progressive ideals, with extra attention given to the fight for universal health care, medical marijuana, and saving our nation from decades of devastating trickle-down policies. Thomas is also a dedicated advocate for Type 1 diabetes research and education.
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