Ted Cruz is a Complete and Absolute Fool

ted-cruz-foolPolitics is always full of a lot of hyperbole.  It’s just the nature of the business.  People say things like, “It’s literally driving me crazy” when they mean figuratively.  Someone might say a particular politician is the “dumbest person I’ve ever heard speak,” which I guess could be true.  Though I think for the vast majority of people it’s just a figure of speech rather than absolute fact.

But when I say that I think Texas Senator Ted Cruz is an absolute fool, I mean that literally.

Let’s look at the definition of fool.

Fool: A harmlessly deranged person or one lacking in common powers of understanding; a person lacking in judgment or prudence.  

Before moving on, let me be clear.  I don’t believe Ted Cruz is stupid.  His educational background and current position as United States Senator prove that at the very least he possesses some form of intelligence.

And yes, you can be both intelligent and a fool.  Though I wouldn’t call Cruz “harmlessly deranged.”  Deranged for certain, but being that he does have some power over public policy he’s far from harmless.  However, it’s clear that since the shutdown fiasco, the Republican party is making an effort to marginalize his lunacy.

When it comes to Ted Cruz, there’s no short supply of ridiculous things he’s said or done.  So for this article, let’s keep it to his most recent idiocy concerning the fact that Congress voted to raise the debt ceiling – this time without trying to hold anything hostage.

Of course before the vote happened Cruz said, “I intend to insist that it be a 60-vote threshold instead.  I think it’s an irresponsible course of conduct, to keep giving President Obama a blank check.”


Well, when all was said and done 67 Senators agreed to move on with the bill and Ted Cruz, well – his opinion on the matter didn’t make one bit of difference.

But I do love how he continues the blatant lie Republicans often use about the debt ceiling.  The, “We’re not going to keep giving President Obama a blank check!” nonsense.

Now, when a member of Congress willfully tries to perpetuate the idea that raising the debt ceiling is about new spending, either they’re blatantly lying or they’re admitting that as a member of Congress they have no idea what the debt ceiling is.  Either way, it’s troubling.

As I’ve said countless times, the debt ceiling has nothing to do with new spending.  It’s a procedural vote that simply allows our government to spend the money we’ve already agreed to spend.  It is absolutely not “giving the president a blank check.”

Why this vote on the debt ceiling was different than past Republican attempts to blackmail the president is that, shockingly, they’ve learned from history.  Each time they’ve tried to do this, the American people have overwhelmingly opposed their actions.

They oppose such actions because most Americans realize that the debt ceiling isn’t something you use as a political tool to try to blackmail your way into getting something.  Especially when you add in the hypocrisy that the Republican party had absolutely no problem raising the debt ceiling 7 times during Bush’s 8 years in office.

Then there’s always his recent remarks where he said his “heart weeped” over the thought that same-sex marriage is clearly on its way to becoming legal everywhere in the United States.

Because as much as Ted Cruz talks about “Constitutional values,” he still likes to try to use “states rights” to violate the First Amendment rights of homosexual Americans.

Then again, isn’t that historically the rallying cry of the bigots, racists and most ignorant?  Whenever they’re prevented from denying someone their Constitutional rights due to their ignorance they always claim “states rights,” as if that excuses a state from having to follow our Constitution.

Ted Cruz has made a “career” in the Senate out of doing nothing but pandering to the tea party in an effort to solidify himself as their darling, all in the hopes that their support will be enough to get him the GOP nomination in 2016.

Because that’s really what all his endless rhetoric is about.  Whether it’s “Obamacare,” the debt ceiling, same-sex marriage, the government shutdown, spending – it’s all straight from the “How to Kiss the Tea Party’s Ass” handbook.  He doesn’t have to make sense or even tell the truth, he just has to tell the tea party what they want to hear.  Which is exactly what he does.

He uses these moments, like the debt ceiling, to solidify his standing within the tea party and boost funding to various PACs he’s involved with.

You see the NRA use this tactic.  They push lies, rhetoric and propaganda, then by doing so their membership skyrockets, donations pour in and gun sales soar.  It doesn’t matter if they’re telling the truth because being “truthful” isn’t the objective.  Raising money, increasing support and growing their membership is.

It’s the same tactic Ted Cruz uses.

He doesn’t have to be factually accurate, or even make any sense.  All he has to worry about is giving the tea party exactly what they want and he knows their support will remain while the money piles in.

But by doing so, he’s ticked off just about everyone in Washington.  Of course he claims that their frustration with him is because he’s “bucking the establishment and telling the truth” (a common line of wacko conspiracy theorists who are dismissed by people who aren’t insane).  In reality, the reason why most in Washington (even most Republicans) are tired of him is because they see through his propaganda.


They’re sick and tired of him leading these charges that make absolutely no sense.  They’re tired of him using the United States Senate as his own personally campaign finance platform.  And Republicans in particular are tired of him throwing the entire party under the bus to feed his own selfish ambitions.

Politicians like Ted Cruz crack me up.  They love to bash Washington, the “establishment” and even their own party – but they sure as heck didn’t mind running under the GOP banner to get elected.  If people like Ted Cruz or Rand Paul were really “Washington outsiders” they would have ran as an Independents or under some third party to really show how they want “change in Washington.”

But no, they didn’t.  They ran as Republicans because they wanted all the fundraising and other goodies that running as a Republican would give them.

And while Ted Cruz continues to try to interject himself into the conversation, it’s clear the Republican party has grown sick and tired of dealing with his nonsense.

So I absolutely stand by my view that Ted Cruz is an absolute fool.  Then when I look at how the Republican party has seemingly gone out of their way to marginalize his influence in Congress – it’s clear that I’m not the only one who views him this way.

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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  • nkj777

    Mr. Cruz has a method to his madness. Why is he opposing the Constitution by running for president even tho he is NOT eligible. What does he intend to accomplish, I wonder.

    • Jerry Graybosch

      Since the Constitution is not specific, Congress has decided that “natural born” simply means an American citizen at birth. Cruz will have to educate (probably in the most condescending manner) his tea bagger friends of this.

      • nkj777

        He was not an American citizen at birth. He was born in Canada of a non US citizen father.

      • real_world_truth

        But his mother is/was a US citizen. One parent who is a citizen is all it takes, not birth inside the US or it’s territories.

  • mickey

    you could say all you want, and I do agree, but the folks of texas are the ones that will have to vote this guy out.

  • Linda Collins-Arnhart

    Besides the fact that I totally agree that Ted Cruz is a complete and total idiot I want to know if he was born in Canada. I keep hearing this but not seen the facts. I may have missed it but I sure would like to see it. Thanks

    • Jerry Graybosch

      He was born in Canada and admits it. But contrary to many people’s beliefs, the current interpretation of the Constitution’s …”natural born” … means a US citizen at birth. He qualifies as long as his mother or father was a citizen at the time. So even if Obama had been born in Kenya, he would still be qualified.

      • Theresa K Cherry

        He has dual citizenship. He will have to give up his Canadian citizenship in order to run for president. As of just a few months ago, he had not completed the paperwork to give it up. Until he does so, he is not eligible to run for prez.

      • John Gunn

        I would really like to know what’s taking so long for him to give up his Canadian citizenship. I think something is going on there.

  • Pipercat

    I love it when my junior Senator turns his head, tilts it slightly, sticks his jaw out and begins to pontificate! Actually, it gives me agita…..

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      and he has a slight resemblance ( in aesthetic and actions) to good ol’ joe McCarthy- a great conservative american

      • Pipercat

        No shit. That part is frightening.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        hope he ( cruz) has the same standard of “success” with his ploy as McCarthy did…
        extinction after embarrassment

  • Theresa K Cherry

    A fool who is not harmless is a sociopath. Sociopath: “a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience.” A sociopath is dangerous; a fool is not. Cruz is a sociopath, not a fool.

  • TaxPaying American Voter

    Please somebody that voted Ted Cruz in office explain what made you get up that morning and say to yourself, “Yep, That Ted Cruz guy is my guy, he’s the one I want in my district for the next six years representing me and my family. He is the most intelligent choice”. Please EXPLAIN.

    • rossbro

      The ONLY explanation for this loud-mouthed jerk being elected is that there are one helluva lot of bigots in Texas. He’s pushing their agenda.

      • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

        And a lot of people who would vote for a republican no matter what kind of ridiculous stuff comes out of their mouth! It’s sad!!

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      that’s easy! white trash regressive scumbag Christian liars who hate all that’s not old and white and religious

  • rossbro

    Cruz is worse than a fool . He thinks he’s right.

  • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

    He hides his intelligence very well!!

    • real_world_truth

      It doesn’t take much to hide something so small.

  • Sunny Ray

    He is where he is thanks to his father, the result is an incompetent, arrogant, spoiled, selfish, fool, dangerous man with too much power over too many people. By the way, there is another bush running for congress, watch out!!

  • paisano57

    Religious zealot Rafael Cruz Sr. and his anointed son are the American Taliban.

  • I don’t think we should underestimate Ted Cruz. His stances and statements are carefully chosen, and very effective. They may seem like dangerous nonsense to us, but to his base they are brilliant and powerful. He’s risen, in just two years, to the top of the GOP/Tea Party heap. The guy plays politics very well…

  • Danny Mathey

    In Ted’s case…..The apple does not fall far from the tree .His father is about as bat shit crazy as they come ! What makes anyone think ted would be ant different.?

    • noah vail

      is it true that his mother was a prostitute?

  • pacholiejb@aol.com

    Let me tell you a horror story about people like Ted Cruz and his lunatic supporters, and the real devil…oil companies: a story about a
    young man that was severely injured in an oil field today. His arm was nearly
    ripped off by a forty foot pipe. Had it hit his head, it would be over. He was
    patched up as best we could and to be transferred to a higher level of care for reattachment. However the young man on workman’s comp was refused from the very large renown hospital in a very large city East of here because he was on workman’s comp from an oil company. I cannot tell you how many of these I have seen, and after never being able to work again, do you think they are supported…oh no…denied. After many hours of people calling he was transferred to another University hospital with a trauma surgeon for reattachment. There will be an investigation into an EMTALA violation, but does that help him now? No, and so much for our healthcare system. You blame the ACA…are you kidding? Those of us who care for the sick and injured give thanks for the ACA which has helped thousands. We are
    not going backwards. Do not buy these corporations products; do not vote for
    state and federal politicians that only pay lip service to good quality
    healthcare. We have the power…use it!

  • Okc Dave

    Again Allen is clueless about what the Debt Ceiling is. It does in fact promote future spending. THINK ABOUT IT!!

    It is a sign the government has overspent already and why did they do it? Because they have the impression from the past they can just raise the debt ceiling to cover it, then it gets raised, and it furthers their misconception that it’s A-OKAY to keep overspending more and more.

    A previous example was about credit card debt and what would happen if the already due debt wasn’t paid. YES THAT IS A GREAT EXAMPLE. If our government cannot pay their existing debt without raising the debt ceiling then they absolutely should have their credit (credibility) destroyed and no longer be able to control spending to this extent, should have to have a private firm come in and dictate how they’re going to PAY OFF their debt and not raise it any further.

    As with a credit card (example) it would mean they now have to operate from a secured debit card framework, no more spending then threaten the people with what happens if we don’t just accept this baloney.

    As with a credit card debt, if you spend more in a month than you can pay off with your income, then you don’t spend that much next month, instead having to spend less than you should have in the first place so next month you can pay off the prior month’s portion you couldn’t cover last month.

    Maybe it’s time we pay our legislators based on national debt performance. If they end up in the red THEN THEY DON’T GET PAID. If they pay down the debt then they get a graduated pay scale based on performance metrics related to at least stabilization (interest).

    Make no mistake. When a debt ceiling needs to be raised the government is telling you that they screwed up and you’re going to pay for it, establishing that this is all perfectly fine by them (despite feigning the opposite) and there is no disincentive to stop doing it again.