Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has officially declared himself to be a threat to our national security and to the pursuit of peace across the world. The firebrand presidential candidate and Tea Party darling is known for saying disturbingly ignorant things, but this time he has barreled right over the line of decency and reason. This morning, with the taste of John Boehner’s metaphorical blood still fresh in his mouth, jackal Ted Cruz addressed the Value Voters Summit, energized by his victory over the last semblance of moderation that the House still had.
He decided to open by making a joke about President Obama, who is apparently “the world’s most powerful communist”, and then swung right into calling for the President’s arrest: “If they can project a rainbow on the White House, maybe they can put bars on the windows!” His speech went downhill from there.
In a breathtaking show of dangerous extremism and astounding disrespect for the our nation, our president, and the international community, Cruz announced that on his first day as President, he would “rip to shreds” the Iranian nuclear peace deal and threatened to kill Iran’s leaders. “If the ayatollah [Sayyid Ali Khamenei] doesn’t understand that, we may have to help introduce him to the 72 virgins” (Referring to the misconception that virgins await Islamic martyrs in heaven). The enormity of those statement is simply astounding and enormously offensive. This man, who is apparently running to be the leader of the free world, finds it acceptable to make casual death threats toward world leaders and speaks frivolously about starting major international wars.
What is perhaps even more terrifying is the response from the crowd, which was several standing ovations. There is quite possibly nobody more unqualified to be in government than Ted Cruz. While he dances on the grave of John Boehner and ties on his legislative kamikaze bandana, it is important for us to take stock of just what an ambitious lunatic he really is. This is no way for an elected official to behave, no matter how crude and malleable your support base is. Cruz has proven he has no intention of governing as a Senator; he’s given no indication that he would do any better as President. Statements like these have absolutely no place in the realm of rational and reasonable politics, and Ted Cruz does not deserve a place in our national discourse.
Here is the video of his remarks, if you must see them:
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.