Ted Cruz Says Syria and Obamacare Are “Tied Together” — Uh, What?

cruz1I have a love/hate relationship when it comes to Texas Senator Ted Cruz.  I absolutely cannot stand the guy.  He’s a sycophant that will do whatever it takes to pander to whatever group of people he feels will put him in the best position to get what he wants—and what he wants is to become President.  In fact, I feel that’s the only reason he ran for Senator, to put him in the position to run for President.

But he’s absolutely fantastic for the business that I’m in.  As a political commentator, you almost have to love these politicians who seem to go out of their way to say completely asinine things every other day.

And in his brief time in Congress, Ted Cruz has said plenty.

Well the “distinguished” Texas Senator decided to prove he’s a legitimate, and respectable, public servant by talking with the equally “distinguished” and “well respected” right-wing media personality Rush Limbaugh.

In a continuation of his mentally unhealthy and obsessive attack on the Affordable Care Act, he decided to take it a step further by claiming that possible intervention in Syria is “tied together” with the health care law known to Republicans as “Obamacare.”

Yes, he actually said this with a straight face.

He claims “the administration’s arrogance” is the underlying issue here and you continually see that with the decisions they make.  And I guess just for soundbite’s sake he decided to throw immigration reform and guns into this as well.

Because, you know, all four issues are extremely related.

But this “arrogance” of which Ted Cruz speaks is just another fictional reality he’s created in his delusional mind.  I once believed this guy to actually be intelligent, though the more I hear him talk, the less I think he actually knows how our government works.

His continued push for a government shutdown to try and defund the Affordable Care Act (something many Republicans have called “dumb”) is a prime example.  Shutting down the government for a few weeks will serve absolutely no purpose as it relates to the Affordable Care Act—-none.  This is a fact other Republicans have pointed to as well.  But no, that doesn’t stop Cruz from continuing to try and push this idea in speeches he’s been giving around the country.

Then he seems unaware that the Affordable Care Act was Constitutionally upheld.  Where’s the arrogance?  Congress passed a bill, the President signed it into law, the Supreme Court ruled it Constitutional.

Not to mention the American people overwhelmingly re-elected that same President and gave more power back to the party that supports the Affordable Care Act.  

If he wants to talk about arrogance, he defines arrogance.  A pompous freshman Senator who thinks catering to the fringes of his party’s voters is going to get him into the White House.

As for Syria, the civil war has been going on for almost three years; had a Republican been President we would have already been involved long ago.  Hell, both McCain and Mitt Romney made veiled threats against Iran during their campaigns.  An indication that had they become President, that was a war they would have probably gotten us involved in.

Now I’m not endorsing whether or not we should or shouldn’t intervene, I’m just saying to call Obama’s consideration of possible military action “arrogant” is absurd.

Especially when your party started both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

But what this boils down to is just another pathetic example of Ted Cruz pandering to the right-wing(nuts) of his political party.  A completely asinine comparison trying to lump together Syria, Obamacare, guns and immigration reform.  You know, all the “talking points” of the Republican party.

And while his words might make Republican voters stand up and cheer, they simply don’t make any sense.

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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