Ted Cruz hasn’t been a United States Senator very long, but he’s quickly rushed to the top of my list as the Republican politician I despise most. Every time I see his face, or hear his sniveling voice, my skin crawls.
So when someone sent me a link titled “Look at what Ted Cruz’s father said,” I knew I was in for a mind-numbing bit of stupidity.
See, I’m well aware Cruz’s father is a bit of a crackpot. So when I watched the video where he said his son was “destined by God for greatness,” I wasn’t completely surprised. After all, the man is a radical right-wing pastor.
Almost any time you mix radical right-wing conservatism and religion you’re going to get someone who’s clearly not of this reality.
But Cruz’s father went even further. In a showcase of “true Christian values,” the Texas senator’s father went “full birther” by saying he’d like to “send Obama back to Kenya.”
These remarks were made during Ted Cruz’s senate campaign last year when Cruz’s father often was used as a surrogate to speak for the then candidate Ted Cruz. Though, Ted Cruz’s “official” response to this story was that the elder Cruz doesn’t speak for the senator. Even though Cruz’s father did often speak for his son during his campaign.
But the elder Cruz didn’t stop at just those remarks. He went on to claim that the United States is indeed a “Christian nation.” In fact, he said that, “The United States of America was formed to honor the word of God.”
Funny, I thought our First Amendment said we had the freedom of religion. Oh, and the Treaty of Tripoli says, right at the beginning, “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion..”
But let’s not let these facts dissuade Ted Cruz’s father’s beliefs that this nation was founded on Christianity – an argument I find baffling.
I always like to ask these people, “Why, if our nation was based on Christianity, did the Founding Fathers just not put that in our Constitution? Why does the Treaty of Tripoli clearly say the United States is not, in any sense, found on the Christian religion?”
I’m sure most people reading this would not be at all surprised that when I do ask these questions, I rarely get any kind of answer that even remotely makes sense. In fact, I usually just get something absurd along the lines of, “Well, they assumed people would just be Christians so they didn’t feel the need to put that in there.”
Or another fun one to ask these people is which version of the Christian religion were we founded on? Because, as most people are well aware of, there’s a huge difference in how many denominations of Christianity practice their religion. A country built by Catholics would be much different than one built by Baptists.
But after watching the video of the speech Ted Cruz’s father gave last year, it’s easy to see where Senator Cruz gets his right-wing radicalism from. I’m just ashamed that he represents my state.