Tuesday, August 27, 2013

For Ted Cruz, Crazy Runs in the Family!

In Alternet.org's section, "Tea Party And The Right," Joan Walsh has written, "For Ted Cruz, Crazy Runs in the Family," proving once again the old saw that the nut doesn't fall very far from the tree:  And a second article, "Why the GOP is the Party of Choice for Sociopaths and Psychopaths," completes the portrait of Nuts In The GOP.

First, the piece by Walsh:

"August 21, 2013.

"Ted and his right-wing nut-job dad are having a grand old time wooing GOP voters, and scaring normal people.

"Be careful what you wish for. The Republican Party sought a crop of new leaders with the vitality and ideological fire both Sen. John McCain and Mitt Romney lacked heading into 2016. Now they’ve got them, most notably Sen. Ted Cruz, who’s leading the charge to either 'defund' Obamacare or shut down the government, to the horror of McCain and other so-called 'establishment Republicans' (as if there were any such thing.) Even Tea Party Sen. Rand Paul has maybe kinda sorta suggested that shutting down the government to defund Obamacare is a bad idea — even though he signed Sen. Mike Lee’s letter threatening to do so.
"When it comes to red meat and red-baiting, Ted is a piker compared to his Cuban refugee father, who talks of Castro’s tyranny but never mentions the fact that he supported the Cuban communist leader’s revolution against Batista."
"Cruz has no such qualms. Headlining former Sen. Jim DeMint and the Heritage Foundation’s 'Defund Obamacare' rally last night in Dallas, he fired up the crowd with his Obama attacks. (Of course, I can’t help but note the irony of Heritage sponsoring Cruz’s “Defund Obamacare” tour when Heritage was the source of one of the plan’s key provisions: the individual mandate to carry health insurance.) Even though some Obama defenders showed up and heckled Cruz, the junior Texas senator and his father were the stars of the night.

"'We’ve all seen this movie before,' Cruz told the audience. 'President Obama and Harry Reid are gonna scream and yell "those mean, nasty Republicans are threatening to shut down the government."' He went on: 'One side or the other has to blink. How do we win this fight? Don’t blink!' Only squishes blink.

"Now is the best time we have to defund Obamacare,' Cruz told the crowd of 1,000. 'We’re seeing bipartisan agreement that the wheels are coming off.'

"The wheels came off the Heritage event, though, when Cruz’s father, minister Rafael Cruz, took the stage to close it out. When it comes to red meat and red-baiting, Ted is a piker compared to his Cuban refugee father, who talks of Castro’s tyranny but never mentions the fact that he supported the Cuban communist leader’s revolution against Batista. Again we heard Cruz Sr. warn that Barack Obama is leading us toward socialism. This time, though, he didn’t merely exaggerate, he outright lied, insisting 'Sarah Palin was right' about death panels in Obamacare.

"Cruz was oddly specific, as though he’d had a very vivid hallucination: There is a 16-member death panel, he told the rapt crowd, that “will be implemented next year.” Those '16 bureaucrats will decide' not only whether you get life saving treatment, but even knee surgery, Cruz warned the audience, farcically. Instead of a 'knee operation,' maybe you’ll just get 'a wheelchair' and pain medication instead. Cruz also predicted shortages of aspirin and a hike in staph infections under Obamacare, just like in his native Cuba (although many of Cuba’s medical shortages are due to the U.S. embargo.) Essentially, according to Cruz, the death panel will tell many of us 'Go home and die!' And to think Republicans complained about Rep. Alan Grayson’s rhetoric back in the day.

"The Cruz and Son roadshow would scare normal voters, but it seems ideal for a GOP primary. Even in Texas, Cruz is the state’s GOP voters’ top pick for a presidential nominee, above Gov. Rick Perry, who is hoping to ride off into the sunset away from the statehouse and toward another primary run. Not so fast, Governor. Cruz had a solid lead even before Perry reversed himself and asked for at least some Medicaid funding for Obamacare, making himself obviously a 'squish.'

"At what point might Cruz Sr. become a drawback for his son? Can you say 'never?' In the important Tea Party primary within the GOP primary, he is leaving Marco Rubio and Rick Perry in the dust, and is neck and neck with Rand Paul nationally. (That’s why Cruz allies are accusing Paul allies of pushing questions about Cruz’s eligibility to be president especially in Iowa, although the two men profess to be friends.) It looks increasingly like Ted Cruz (and his father) dream of him as the 2016 nominee. But so do Democrats.
"Joan Walsh is Salon's editor at large. Read more of her work at Salon."


Nature or Nurture  - or both?  The article by Hrafnkell Haraldsson at Politicususa.com, "Why the GOP is the Party of Choice for Sociopaths and Psychopaths," gives the wingnuts a home - the Conservative front group called the GOP:

"'[O]utlaw the practice of witchcraft and Satanism in the US military, lest we offend the God of Heaven.'
- John Hagee

"'But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.'
- Thomas Jefferson

"The Republican Party has become the party of choice for sociopaths and psychopaths. By now it should be more than obvious why this is true. Sure, these people are going to have problems regardless, but conservatives are more than happy to supply them with ammo, both literally and figuratively.

"Do I even have to write an article after providing the very different quotes given above? Okay, I suppose I do. But rather than talk about bullets and guns laws and 'Second Amendment remedies', I am going to talk about the hate that pulls the trigger. Let’s be up front about this: most of what I want to say I can’t put into print. But let me take a deep breath and try.

"Watch the video from Right Wing Watch:

"John Hagee clearly needs a refresher course in American history and in particular the Constitution. Likely, if he reads anything it was written by David Barton or by somebody equally ignorant and dishonest.

"Look, I just took after these people yesterday (Trapped by Religion) and here they have me back at it the very next day. There is simply no excuse for this sort of willful ignorance on the part of people who should know better (by that I mean people with at least a grade school education and a better than room temperature IQ), and no clearer example can be made of Gerd L├╝demann’s assertion that Hagee’s religion is incompatible with the pluralism inherent in a modern liberal democracy.

"It fits in pretty well with the sort of theocracy the Constitution prohibits, however. In fact, it fits in very well with the sort of tyrannical religious bigotry inherent in the church for the better part of 1500 years before the Enlightenment freed the human mind from religious superstition and intolerance.

"To make matters worse, Hagee told atheists to get out of America 'if our belief in God offends you.' What happened to turning the other cheek? Isn’t that what Hagee is supposed to do according to his professed belief in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? If he wants to be like Jesus, what he should have said was, 'We’ll turn the other cheek if our belief in God offends you.' I won’t even get into how he missed the boat on the whole 'love your enemy' thing.

"I read the Bible. I’m pretty sure that’s in there.

"The Young Turks have a scary collection of Hagee sermons if you care to expose yourself more fully to this man’s all-consuming hate. Watch the video from TYT Network (suggested: purification rituals before and after viewing, or at least a bath afterward, perhaps some counseling):

"It’s safe to say nobody knows hate like John Hagee, perhaps not even Brian Fischer. John Hagee is the guy who went on record as saying hate is the only way to save America. He’s apparently still serious about it. And of course, he is the guy who said that God allowed Hitler to kill millions of Jews to give them the needed nudge to go back to Israel. And yes, Hagee is the same guy who said God tried to destroy New Orleans with a flood because he hates gays and lesbians and that God kills birds when he throws a temper tantrum. This is what Hagee calls taking “America and the world back to the God of our Father, asserting all the while that it makes him “America’s preacher.”

"A better name for it would be destroying America.

"I know, right now you’re saying, 'WTF! Why give this a** clown time?' The simple answer is that a lot of people listen to this a** clown. He is an influential preacher and his slimy mode of talk is going to weigh with voters on Election Day.

"His own church – Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas – has, according to Wikipedia, has more than 19,000 active members and he poisons many more minds than that thanks to modern technology. He is CEO of Global Evangelism Television (GETV), a non-profit, off which he apparently makes a much better living than Jesus – in other words, Hagee isn’t limited to a change of clothes and a well-worn pair of sandals – and:

"Hagee is the President and CEO of John Hagee Ministries, which telecasts his national radio and television ministry carried in the United States on 160 TV stations, 50 radio stations, and eight networks, including The Inspiration Network (INSP), Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), and Inspiration Now TV. The ministries can be seen and heard weekly in 99 million homes. John Hagee Ministries is in Canada on the Miracle Channel and CTS and can be seen in Africa, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and in most Third World nations.

"And though Hagee is a pastor is happily supports presidential candidates through endorsements – from Alan Keyes in 1996 to John McCain in 2008; the latter actively sought Hagee’s endorsement. It’s safe to say to borrow a metaphor that I am David and Hagee is Goliath. I cannot hope to reach 99 million homes.

"I wrote last September that I would be hard pressed to cram so much excrement into so small an area. Seriously. You really have to be an accomplished liar to do what Hagee has done. Well, here we are almost a year later and Hagee still has excrement pouring out of his mouth, and is completely missing the point of the whole American exercise as conceived by our Founding Fathers.

"Really, if anyone should leave, it is Hagee, because he refuses to get along with the rest of us and to follow the Constitution. Meanwhile, as Towleroad said last year, 'For the love of God, someone get this guy on a morphine drip.' Given Hagee is only the tip of the iceberg, I’d say morphine drips all around. It might be the difference between life and death – for the rest of us."


Separated At Birth...

"...the difference between life and death – for the rest of us," indeed!

It seems like a superfluous observations that demagogues like the Cruz boys are going after the the best haters for recruits, "... people with at least a grade school education and a better than room temperature IQ."  Besides looking like the creepy Joe McCarthy, Rafael Jr. is pulling out all the demagogic weapons to help the GOP stockpile the sociopaths and psychotics for its new base.

It's easy.  All your motivation is bundled up in two little words: Destroy America.


"No sooner does man discover intelligence than he tries to involve it in his own

Jacques Yves Cousteau.  (French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker,
scientist, photographer, authore and researcher who co-developed the Aqua Lung.
1910 - 1997.)

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