Monday, September 26, 2016

Week of 09/26/2016

Cruz Endorsing Trump Proves He Is Amoral Scum
Remember the old complaints about politicians?  That they were empty vacuous amoral scumbags that would sell their mothers into slavery just to stay in office.  Did you ever wonder why that characterization never went away?
Well, part of the reason is that we, the voting public, are complete and utter willful idiots who buy into their lies and false promises.  But another reason is that they prop themselves up on platitudes they don’t earn and quickly abandon when the cameras are off them and their taxpayer-funded pensions are secured for another term.
The classic con is that of the “principled politician”.  The one that sucks up to the bible-thumpers and holy rollers and tells them that he’s somehow different from the “corrupt establishment”.  He says that he’s really one of “them”.  He’s pious and moral and has standards that he’s quick to display.  He’s got that perfect family, brought up the “right” way, and wouldn’t the world just be a better place if everyone had to follow their lead?
Of course the latest wrinkle to that is that they’re also supposedly “strict supporters and interpreters of the U.S. Constitution”.  They like throwing that claim in as if they could suddenly channel Thomas Jefferson and John Adams from the great beyond.  It gives them that illusion of legitimacy.  Funny how Jefferson and Adams had no love for organized religion imposing itself in government like these people want to have happen.  I guess that makes them only partial-mediums, huh?  Only the part that benefits them.
Anyway, the key word in “principled politician” is the word “principle”.  As in they have standards.  They have something that goes beyond the whimsical demands of the “establishment”.  And supposedly those standards come before anything else.  The whole world could demand one thing, but if it is against what the person believes in, that person would refuse to do it, no matter the consequence.
Bible-thumpers and holy rollers love hearing that kind of thing.  Hell, they have a certain book that they love to tout full of stories with that precise message in them.  Stories about how people like them are always persecuted for what they believe in, but still hold themselves true to those beliefs and are eventually rewarded for doing so.
That brings us to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, the one-time “serious contender” for the White House.
Cruz was a “serious contender” because he had the support of those bible-thumpers and holy rollers.  His father played up the evangelical crowd and had them singing his arias like a tabernacle choir.  They thought they have a solid plan to sneak in, get the support of those “heartland” states, stay pious and above fray of the other wannabes, and end up with the GOP nomination while the other wannabees pick themselves apart with petty squabbling.
And Cruz made sure that everyone knew he was a “principled politician”, that he would put principle above party.  He ran a good old-fashioned filibuster of Congress in his effort to kill the Affordable Care Act.  He wasn’t above criticizing members of his own party when they behaved like career politicians.  He wanted everyone to know that he was somehow different from the typical GOP party-player.  And for a while, it worked.  Of course it also helped that he cheated a little here and there to get the upper hand in a few of those early states.  That’s why he earned the hashtag #Cheat2Win.  But, hey, that’s what Jesus would do, right?
Then Senator #Cheat2Win came up against “The Ego”, Donald Trump, otherwise known as #WhinyLittleBitch.
Trump played the game like a proverbial GOP elephant in a china shop.  Or, in Trump’s case, a drunken and belligerent GOP elephant.  Carrying around like a schoolyard bully, gloating when he got his way, and crying foul whenever things weren’t going his way.
And unfortunately for Cruz, Trump outplayed him in the primaries and caucuses.  While Cruz could only pretend to be an “outsider”, Trump was a real political outsider.  Cruz could only pretend to be a political lone wolf.  Trump was the real lone wolf.  I say “was”, of course, because Trump is now the nominee, so he is officially on the inside, and the “lone wolf” just became the leader of the GOP pack.
So when the 2016 GOP National Convention came around, the world wondered whether Cruz would follow his earlier campaign promise to support the eventual winner.  This promise was mostly made on the premise that anyone but Trump would be the nominee.  But obviously just the opposite happened, and now everyone wondered if Cruz would support Trump like he promised to do.
Cruz refused to endorse Trump at the convention.  He simply told Americans to “vote your conscience”.  He didn’t condemn Trump, but he didn’t overwhelmingly support Trump either.  Cruz would later say that he could not in any conscience support a man who attacked his wife and accused his father of helping to assassinate President Kennedy.  And Trump, in his usual narcissistic way, said that he wouldn’t accept any kind of endorsement from Cruz anyway.
So, that’s that, right?  Cruz calls Trump a scumbag, Trump calls Cruz a sore loser, the GOP writes Cruz off, and Bob’s your uncle.
But then this past week, #Cheat2Win Ted Cruz stepped up and actually endorsed #WhinyLittleBitch Donald Trump.
Ted Cruz, the supposed man of principle, who called Donald Trump a “serial philanderer”, a “sniveling coward”, and a “pathological liar”... just did what he said he would never do.
Oh Ted, poor Ted...
Now I know the script-writers and apologists are busy trying to craft some story about how Ted “caved to pressure” from the GOP bosses and those unaccountable power-brokering donors that demanded party unity at all costs.  (He says that didn’t happen.)  I’m sure the timing of it was far from coincidental, given that this happened in the same week that word got out that former President George H.W. Bush would be voting for Secretary Hillary Clinton.  That probably played a role, but I don’t think it was necessarily the reason why #Cheat2Win Ted would come out for the #WhinyLittleBitch after all that he previously said about the “sniveling coward”.
You see, #Cheat2Win Ted could have just joined some of his other failed wannabes in obscurity and relative silence.  You don’t hear too much from former Governor Jeb “Low Energy” Bush, do you?  Just sit down, shut up, and keep your focus on your own job and your own constituents.  After all, he has two more years before he needs to worry about re-election and voters are proven idiots with short memories.
But, no, that wouldn’t be Cruz, would it?
Let’s get brutally honest here... what we are seeing here is the real Ted Cruz.  Not a “principled politician”; just another amoral scumbag trying to stay relevant and hoping for a spot in a predicted Trump presidency.  A man who just demonstrated that party politics are more important than principles.  A weasel-faced self-righteous hypocrite whose standards are based in sand instead of stone.
You know, I previously had some modicum of respect for the Senator from Texas for standing up against the GOP and holding true to what he said about Trump.  It was the same modicum of respect that I initially had for him when he actually staged a physical filibuster on the floor of the U.S. Senate instead of invoking a phony “proxy filibuster” that Senators usually wage.  Of course it turned out that his filibuster was pretty much for show.  He waged it for a few hours, got his media clips for the campaign trail, and then pulled the old Nixon trick of “declare victory and leave”.  He gained nothing except attention.  But now I see that this is just standard operating procedure for him.
I suppose that we should not be surprised to see a so-called “principled politician” be exposed as an amoral hypocrite.  The problem with these kinds of pretenders is not that they get caught, but that the masses do absolutely nothing about it when they are exposed for who and what they are.  Ted Cruz will back-spin and double-talk his way into justifying both stances, his special interest sponsors will back him up on it, and his gullible constituents will vote him back into office so he can keep playing these games.  Because, after all, Texas “needs” to have a “principled man of God” representing them against the “amoral corrupt criminals of the Washington elite” ...
... even if the man they chose happens to be no different than the rest of the lot.

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