Like many conservatives, Ted Cruz’s ultra right-wing father, Rafael Cruz, has a history of being an opportunist and a hypocrite. He was, in fact, a pro-Castro socialist revolutionary in Cuba. Then he came to our country on a student visa issued by Cuban dictator Batista before Castro took power. Rafael should have been deported back to Cuba when his student visa expired to face the mess he helped create, but our immigration enforcement was pretty weak in the 1960s. Rafael was brainwashed by American conservatives early-on and he started brainwashing his son Ted when he was only 8 years old. Today, Ted parrots his father Rafael, who has demonized all Democratic Presidents starting with Jimmy Carter and ending with Obama. And like members of the lunatic fringe who invoke the name ‘Hitler’ to demonize, Rafael invokes the name of his former socialist friend and revolutionary leader ‘Castro’. From The Raw Story:
Cruz added that “the most ominous words I have ever heard” were uttered by President Obama during his last two State of the Union speeches, “when our president said if Congress does not act, I will act unilaterally. Not much different than that… friend that I left behind in Cuba. Governing by decree, by executive order, just like a dictator, like Fidel Castro.”
First of all, Rafael Cruz got one thing right – Castro was his “friend”. So he went from one evil dictator to an evil conservative political wing bent on destroying the working class in order to increase the wealth of the wealthiest 1 percent. That makes Rafael Cruz worse than Castro. He’s an opportunist who will align with virtually anyone. If North Korea could advance his goals, Rafael Cruz would start referring to Kim Jong Un as his “dear leader”.
The actual quote from the President was, “If Congress won’t act, I will.” The President was speaking about jobs legislation in 2011 that Republicans obstructed. Cruz added the words “act unilaterally”, I suppose for effect. And context is key and always avoided in conservative propaganda; this was following years of Republican obstructionism and refusal to help the American working class with a jobs bill. Never before in American history has a group of unpatriotic politicians, Republicans, plotted on the day of a presidential inauguration to make Americans suffer in order to ensure that a president does not receive credit for an improving economy. Republicans gambled with our mortgages and nearly destroyed our economy in second Bush term. Then they plotted to sabotage the economic recovery in 2009 because of their deep-seated hatred for our first black president.
Rafael Cruz is nothing more than a propagandist working to destroy the middle class and benefit his wealthy pals, just like Ruppert Murdoch. In fact, Cruz and Murdoch look like they came from the womb of the same jackal. Fortunately, they’re older than the hills and will soon pass on, along with many of the old men that declared war on women. To paraphrase Lindsey Graham, “these angry old men aren’t creating enough angry young men” to keep their opportunistic, conservative agenda going for too long.
But enough about the moronic Cruz family.
Let’s discuss another Republican homophobe (sounds redundant). Andy Noquin, a Lafayette, LA city councilman, drafted legislation to outlaw the flying of the LGBT community’s rainbow flag in any public venue. It started when the local paper ran a story on the annual Pride in the Park celebration including a picture of the rainbow flag. Ray Green, a Korean War veteran (and someone who is obviously old and a bigot), saw the picture of the rainbow flag and complained to the councilman, which prompted the draft legislation. Green said:
I did not go overseas and fight for our country so that we could come back and be subject to something like that. Several of us (veterans) feel that the flying of this flag is a poke in the eye of a way of life.
Oh, I’m sorry – so you fought in Korea so that you wouldn’t have to be subjected to the LGBT community’s rainbow flag? I didn’t know that was one of the perks of being a veteran – being allowed to choose what should or should not be allowed in your field of vision. I was under the wrong-headed assumption that when our military men and women fight to protect our freedoms, that means our freedoms. I wasn’t aware that each veteran gets to pick and choose the freedoms they are for or against and then they can have their local representative write legislation to take away that freedom.
When Green realized that he sounded like a bigot, he tried to backpeddle in a really weird and illogical way. Green said he’s “not against the gays”, he’s against “the act, itself”. Yeah, and I’m not against Republicans, I’m just against every f*cking thing they say and do.
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