Rafael Edward (“Ted”) Cruz could be our next President.
First, the Tea Party wing of the GOP would have to dominate the 2016 primaries, defeating “establishment” Republicans like Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney, and “libertarian” Republicans like Rand Paul.
Then, the GOP would have to defeat the Democratic candidate for president in the general election, possibly relying on a massive negative advertising campaign funded by right-wing billionaires, and more aggressive voter suppression than anything we have seen before.
But wait, wasn’t Cruz born in Canada?
To quote Wikipedia…
“Because he was a U.S. citizen at birth (since his mother was a U.S. citizen who lived in the U.S. for more than 10 years as required by the Nationality Act of 1940), most commentators believe Cruz is eligible to serve as President of the United States.”
What Ted Cruz believes (in five bullet points).
* Cruz is a member of the Federalist Society, which advocates an extremely conservative interpretation of the law. Essentially, the Federalists would take the USA back to the 19th century when the U.S. government was tiny and had almost no role in society. No taxation could be used to fund “social welfare” programs like education, healthcare, or Social Security, there would be no minimum wage, labor unions would be illegal, etc. Almost all regulations on business activity would be removed and the economy (Wall Street) would be free from any effective government controls.
*But Ted Cruz goes even further than the Federalists. Separation of Church and state? No way. Cruz doesn’t talk about it much, but he believes in “Christian Dominionism.” According to this extreme form of fundamentalism, the USA should be a “Christian” nation, and the Bible should be the basis of all law, not the U.S. Constitution.
*As a political strategist, Cruz believes that government shutdowns are a good way to get what you want. No one was more responsible for the last government shutdown than Cruz, who bullied GOP members of Congress to force a shutdown, threatening them with Tea Party primary challenges if they didn’t vote the way he wanted. Think what will happen if he gets to RUN the executive branch, which represents 99% of the personnel and budget of the U.S. Government.
* Immigration Reform? Send them all back and build a wall. Cruz voted against a path to citizenship & the Dream Act; he would allow local police to demand “proof of citizenship” and arrest anyone who couldn’t produce it.
* Foreign policy & the military. While Cruz is not advocating sending troops back into Iraq (at this time) he has said that the U.S. military should aggressively pursue “Muslim terrorists” anywhere in the world. He also advocates a U.S foreign policy that “protects Christian minorities” in Muslim nations, which could include military intervention for that … single… purpose.
Ted Cruz’s most ridiculous comments while filibustering “Obamacare.”
— Nash 2.5 is a Trail Mix Contributor