There’s Crazy, Then There’s Cruz.

Ted Cruz, who once sold a car because he accidentally turned left in it.

If it’s one person the nation can thank for shutting down the government, it’s Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.  His far-right wing politics, pathological obsession with the Affordable Care Act, and his complete unwillingness to compromise has lost him a great deal of support in the Senate – even among his own party – but endeared him to a large percentage of the rural, religious, “heartland” citizenry.

You know, the people who would benefit from the very thing they’re blindly opposing.

Anyway, I’ve known for a while that this guy was a number of legs short of a full centipede, but it was only recently I gained a full appreciation of the sheer magnitude of crazy to which this country has now been exposed.  This, my friends, is one of the examples of how religion and politics can mix to yield explosive results, and if this guy stays in power, we’re just seeing the beginning.

Ted Cruz Anointed By Pro-Religious War, Antigay Pastors

You can tell a lot about a politician by the kins of company he regularly keeps.  In this case, we’re told volumes after seeing Senator Cruz receive an “anointing” from a whole host of people who have a plan for this country that involves Christian theocracy, divine judgment, and the re-writing of our history to convince future generations that America was intended to be nothing less than a Christian nation.  The video is here:

Among the people surrounding him and chanting were David Lane and David Barton.

David Lane, desperate for divine wrath

David Lane, who only a few weeks earlier had written an op-ed that called upon the faithful to “wage war to restore America to our Judeo-Christian heritage”.

Only a few days after blessing Senator Cruz, Lane stated that “car bombs in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Des Moines, Iowa” would be merciful punishment from God for legalized abortion and “homosexuals praying at the Inauguration”. Without such divine “mercy”, suggested Lane, America might “get judgment like Nazi Germany.”

I have to be honest, I’m used to hearing people ranting incoherently about the end of the world, but it gives me pause to realize that we have a member of the US Senate and serious contender for the 2016 presidential election taking these ideas and the person behind it very seriously.

It makes me wonder how the conservative voting public will view him if it comes down to him and a Democrat like Hillary or … umm … well, I guess it’s just Hillary.  I remember the manufactured outrage at then-candidate Obama and the sermons of his controversial pastor who had the audacity to say that America should face damnation in response to our atrocities like slavery and the Native American genocide.

Eh, who am I kidding?  When faced with a choice between a caricature of their own beliefs and someone they’re convinced will destroy their way of life and lead the world into a dark age of atheism and compulsory sexual permissiveness, they’ll go for the evil they know every single time.

Bryan “history is for losers” Fischer

David Lane also has connections with the American Family Association and its spokesperson Bryan Fischer, about whom I’ve written a number of times before.  He’s the one who advocated kidnapping the adopted children of same-sex couples “Underground Railroad” style in order to rescue them from a life so indescribably horrible, twisted, and insidious that social scientists have yet to prove they exist.  He’s also on record for comparing the public outcry regarding Todd “legitimate rape” Akin to, well, rape.  He’s also been trying to get people scared of “Big Gay”, which is apparently some sort of multi-million dollar left wing lobby that does things like force Tim Tebow to cancel speaking engagements at Christian universities and other really important things.  Oh, and this:

AFA spokeperson Bryan Fischer has stated that “Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews.”

I’m not sure if Bryan was awake during history class or if he’s just trying to see exactly what sort of crazy shit he can say before someone in his listening audience pops their head up and says, “uhhh … hang on a minute ….”

I think your hat’s on too tight, Dave.

Along with Lane and his radical connections, we have “historian” David Barton – the man who was described by Cruz himself just last month as “a good man, a courageous leader and a friend” whose “historical research has helped millions rediscover the founding principles of our nation.”  As you can see from the link above, a number of people disagree with the “re-discover” part on the basis that its adherence to the facts are sketchy at best, and completely fabricated at worst.  Hell, when the Discovery Institute calls you out for being full of shit, and you’re on the same side, you know there’s a problem.

[Barton] has played leading role in creating an entire genre of Christian nationalist revisionist history used to promote the myth that the United States was created as an expressly Christian nation. The genre is used to stoke anger among the faithful – because America’s Christian heritage has allegedly been subverted and stolen – and thus fuel Christian right political activism.

Barton maintains that Jesus opposes the minimum wage, and claims the United States Constitution was based in concepts drawn directly from the Old Testament including the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy. He also claims there’s no such thing as the constitutional principle of the separation of church and state.

Last, there’s his father Rafael – a businessman and pastor whose diatribes about the evils of same sex marriage and America’s inevitable path toward destruction as a result of its legalization leave little mystery behind where Ted gets the idea that ” … our rights come not from a king or queen, not from government, but from the Lord God almighty.”

To anyone wondering why atheists like myself “waste” so much time fighting against a God we don’t believe in, this is the reason why.  It’s not God we have a problem with, but the people who are so convinced of it all that they want to turn this country into something it was never meant to be, and force the rest of us to live under their rule.  Cruz is a living, breathing violation of the First Amendment and I am convinced that he has a solid shot at something greater in the current GOP.

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12 Responses to There’s Crazy, Then There’s Cruz.

  1. Erin W says:

    ” [A] large percentage of the rural, religious, “heartland” citizenry. You know, the people who would benefit from the very thing they’re blindly opposing.”

    These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know… morons.

  2. Why is it always Texas you pick on? Oh, because there are so many crazy extremists here. 😉

    Funny, I was commenting on the same line as Erin W. It amazes me, truly, that people are so stupid that they will vote against their own best interests, financially and otherwise. I have no idea why this is, but they remind me of my dog. My dog will go absolutely nuts for a bit of treat. He will run around and do any damn thing you ask, oblivious to the world around him, as long as you are holding that treat out. So, pleasing god (because, you know, it increases your chances of a spot in heaven), is that little treat these politicians wave around.

    I often wonder what kind of education these folks have. I read once that Cruz went to Princeton and Harvard Law, so you’d think that would make him an exceptionally bright man, and what smart person could be so brainwashed? He just seems like such an anomaly. Then I wonder, does this guy really believe the stuff that comes out of his own mouth? Who knows. If a politician has aspirations of being pres, and he knows the only way is to tap into and harness the power of the far right, maybe he doesn’t care if he believes what he says, only if others believe him….

    • Exactly – I’m willing to bet a lot of politicians don’t believe a word they’re shoveling. They do it to get votes. There are probably a lot more atheists and agnostics in government than would ever let on. And the bit about the treat – yes, it works every time. My father likes to say “A poor man voting Republican is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.”

  3. creativerealms says:

    These people, sigh they have to rewrite the whole world’s history to be right.

  4. saab93f says:

    I have little to say – I am just amazed of the amount of crazy otherwise normal people show when it comes to pleasing their deities. What is sad, as Deb mentioned, is that the crazy can rally folks around them truly against their best interests.
    What is scary is that few people are willing to call a spade a spade – if Mr Cruz were anything but a xian, he’d be institutionalized 🙂

  5. I went to a football game last Friday because my daughter was playing in the band. After half-time, there went those kids on their knees praying and making a big old show out of it, of course. One: Why would God care about a damn football game? Two: What about praying in your damn closet? Arghhh. Of course it’s student led, so that’s okay – unless you’re the one atheist on the team and it’s go along or look like a jerk.

    This Cruz guy freaks me out, but I’m sure they’ll love him – after all his name is Cruz, and that sounds Hispanic right? Yay, they got a “minority” who spews garbage. I just hope the Democrats come up with someone with a chance in Hell. However bad they may get, they’re better than the insanity the Republican party has been reduced to by this religious nonsense.

    • I would get a kick out of a secular student group going out during halftime with a giant “MATTHEW 6:6” banner. The crowd might not get the hint the first couple of times, but if it happens enough some of them might catch on 🙂

      I think you’re right about Cruz. He and Rubio are the GOP favorites right now because, as you said, they’re minorities who tow the party line so that somehow gives their nutball ideas more validity. It’s as if they deliberately give them some of the craziest things to say, figuring they can cry “racism” if anyone criticizes them.

      • It does sound as if they are getting crazy wired into them through secret headphones connected to their secret alien base. Yet despite losing two elections in a row, these are the people they continue to nominate . . .

  6. Richard says:

    This recent piece of analysis by Sean Carroll, if you haven’t seen it, seems to point in the direction I’ve been waving this whole time. 🙂
    http://www.preposterousuniverse.com/blog/2013/10/14/inside-the-mind-of-the-republican-party/

    • That’s an excellent piece, and something we’ve both been discussing on and off across numerous comments. Their way of life is changing, and they don’t like the way it’s going. If they lose the rural Republican vote (i.e. the demographic convinced they’re going to be rich someday, and vote as if they already are), then they’re absolutely finished as a party. The ACA has the very real potential to make that happen.

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