I remember back before Ted Cruz was ever elected to the United States Senate, during the GOP primaries here in Texas, reading about this relatively unknown tea party hero who even some Republicans were claiming was going to become the most hated man in Washington if he were to win his party’s nomination.
That’s basically what has happened in the few years since.
While Cruz obviously has a few allies in Congress, by all accounts he’s despised in Washington – even by many members of his own party. His entire time in the Senate has been nothing but his own personal taxpayer-funded presidential campaign. I think it’s blatantly obvious to anyone with even the slightest bit of common sense that the only reason he became a senator was to set up a presidential run in 2016.
Well, in his fairly short time in the U.S. Senate, Cruz has been synonymous with quite a few of things – especially his babbling about the Affordable Care Act and the government shutdown he pushed for that accomplished absolutely nothing. But there’s something else for which he’s become notorious – his inability to be honest about pretty much anything. He is the epitome of a politician who’s completely shameless when it comes to lying.
Take for instance Cruz’s recent claim that the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage is in complete contrast to the beliefs held by the vast majority of Americans:
Well, Steve, let me actually disagree with your premise. The court doesn’t follow public opinion. The court’s views are radically out of step with public opinion.
It’s a statement Politifact rated as “Mostly False.”
To be fair, this is a lie that’s been pushed by many Republicans, not just Ted Cruz.
But the truth is, same-sex marriage is supported by nearly two-thirds of Americans – a number that’s rapidly growing, even among Republicans. Heck, just since 2008 approval has jumped 20 percent. Naturally, the strongest opposition to same-sex marriage is typically found in the South, mostly in former Confederate states.
I know, you’re all shocked. Former Confederate states once again finding themselves on the wrong side of history when it comes to their continued efforts to deny millions of Americans equal rights – that’s never happened before, right?
However, sadly, history has repeated itself. We were once again faced with conservatives standing in the way of progress supported by the vast majority of Americans. But just like we’ve seen throughout the last 150 years, conservatives have found themselves on the wrong side of our Constitution and history.
All that being said, it’s over – conservatives lost. Just like they lost in 1964 when conservatives all across this country (especially in the South) were outraged when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed ending segregation, and in 1967 when the Supreme Court overturned bans on interracial marriage. So, these people like Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and other Republicans can continue throwing their hissy fits all they want, but it’s not going to change a thing.
On June 26, 2015, same-sex marriage officially became legal in the United States.