It’s time to Break It Down!
Most of us know that Texas Senator Ted Cruz is spearheading the Tea Party/GOP initiative to shutdown the Federal Government in an effort to defund the program known as Obamacare. The Senator, who has roots in Cuba (where his father was born & was a one time supporter of the Castro Regime), and in Calgary, Alberta (That’s in Canada in the unlikely event you are operating at a cultural literacy or geography deficit), is slowly but surely filling out the palette that is his personal profile.
In one of the best-kept secrets of competitive politics, the Senator has been positioning himself to make a run for the Oval Office in 2016. At age 42, he is at the opposite end of the chronological spectrum relative to Senator John McCain and Governor Mitt Romney, the last two GOP Nominees for the Presidency. That and his Latino heritage position him, along with Florida Senator Marco Rubio, also 42 and of Cuban descent, as prospective darlings among Republican Party hopefuls for 2016.
It’s early, but not too soon for various elements of candidate behavior to be “interesting.” As a rule, I do not immerse myself in the intricacies of GOP Party politics, especially three years for before a Presidential election. I must admit, however, I’m still waiting for evidence that Senator Cruz has passed the requisite Trump…I mean, Litmus test. You know, the one in which someone of mixed heritage, or extra-national birth is required to produce a birth certificate. I kid, I kid; a college transcript will do!
Lest I digress too far, the gist of this essay is the completion of the quote used in the Title, above. To be clear, a couple of weeks ago, on the anniversary of Nine-Eleven, the Junior Senator from Texas built a “Bridge too far!” Here is the complete quote. He said, in remarks at a Heritage Foundation event:
The then, to which Senator Cruz referred, was the occasion of John Wayne making a $5,000.00 contribution to Senator Jesse Helms, who died in 2008, and following up his donation with a flattering expository comment. May God rest the souls of both Mr. Wayne, and Senator Helms.
Having said that, the one-time Senior Senator from my home state was an enthusiastic opponent of all things civil rights. Senator Helms, a 30-year member of the U.S. Senate, opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which he called the single most dangerous piece of legislation ever introduced in Congress. He was against the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He was, by many accounts, the single most ardent opponent of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, and in 1983 staged a 16-day filibuster in an attempt to block the holiday. In 1988, he opposed the Kennedy-Hatch AIDS bill, and argued there “is not one single case of AIDS in this country that cannot be traced in origin to sodomy.” This is a sampling of Senator Helms’ stand on the issues of his day: positions of which the Senator was damn proud.
For his part, Senator Cruz revealed that his first-ever political contribution was to Senator Helms. I suppose that is revealing in its own right.
The GOP is in part salivating over the prospect of a Cruz candidacy because of his heritage, and the notion that by picking him, or someone like him, the Party will instantly become more desirable, or at least less toxic, among ethnic demographics. This “peeling” of the onion that is Ted Cruz should be seen as an incredibly eye-opening sequence of events. The scale of the irony here is quite simply incalculable.
Never mind Presidential politics. After all, the 2016 election is still 1,140 days away. Alternately, a government shutdown, should one occur, is a mere six days from now. That the leader of the “Shut Down the Government” movement has cast himself as a devotee of “Senator No,” on its face, seems a case of remarkable transparency. I would suggest you know all you need to about this gentleman, both as it pertains to the 2016 Presidential Election, and to shutting down the government.
To paraphrase another renown Republican icon (Nancy Reagan), I encourage you to “Just say no” to the uncivilized antics of the Junior Senator from Texas. Remember what this assertion means; a U.S. Senate filled with Jesse Helms clones… Ted Cruz: “We Need 100 More!”
I’m done; holla back!
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