For better or worse (usually worse) we’re now in a world where we really do have to watch at all times what we’re saying and doing. The Internet hasn’t only allowed us to be more informed and connected than ever before, but it’s also stripped away a lot of our privacy. It’s ironic that in a day and age where more and more people are expressing concerns over their own privacy, we continue to put more of our private lives online where privacy is often at its most vulnerable.
Not only that, but in a somewhat alarming trend, we’re seeing instances where “private recordings” of public figures are being released to the public. Such as where Sen. Ted Cruz was recorded saying some rather unflattering words about the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.
“We have had three elections since President Obama was elected. Two of them – 2010 and 2014 – were national referenda on Obamacare. It was the number one issue, twice. Both elections were tsunami, tidal-waves for Republicans — historic victories,” Cruz said.
“Now, in between the two tidal waves, the Republican Party, in its infinite wisdom, sought out and found the one human being on the face of the planet who had designed and implemented a program just like Obamacare. Literally – there are 7 billion people on earth. You could have grabbed any other person and asked them, ‘Excuse me, sir, have you designed and implemented Obamacare? No? You’re a better candidate!'” he continued.
Okay, first – they weren’t “historic victories.” Historically, the political party that occupies the White House loses seats during midterm elections. That’s nothing new. In fact, it happens nearly every time. Not only that, but 2014 was one of the worst years for voter turnout in decades. It’s ridiculous to claim a “victory” when your party really only gained the power that it did due to historic voter apathy.
And neither were “referendums” on the Affordable Care Act. The American people had their chance to boot President Obama out of office in 2012 – yet they didn’t do that. Not only that, but it was conservative voters who picked Romney during the 2012 primary. So I’m not really sure what he’s whining about.
Though I will say that I echoed a somewhat similar sentiment about the GOP selection of Romney back in 2012. I found it absolutely hilarious that in a presidential election where “repealing Obamacare” was the go-to catchphrase, Republicans managed to run, as their candidate, someone who actually passed the exact same law in Massachusetts when he was governor.
But this goes to show just how delusional Cruz really is. He is absolutely obsessed with the Affordable Care Act. Furthermore, he’s not even right. The fact is the majority of Americans don’t favor repealing the Affordable Care Act. So, once again, he’s speaking for the far-right minority instead of the majority of Americans.
Though I guess this recording at least proves once and for all that even in private, Ted Cruz is every bit the fool that he seems to be when he’s out in public.