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OPINION: Is Ted Cruz Out of His Tea Party Mind?

Ted Cruz - The Sheriff of Texas

Ted Cruz – The Sheriff of Texas (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

 

Just when you think Ted Cruz will accept his recent political defeat, and fade away … at least for a little while, he comes up with something new to frustrate those who feel he should not even be a member of the United States Senate.

 

This time, he should have choked on his words!  He had the unmitigated gall to say that the ‘Stand Your Ground Laws’ are beneficial mostly to the African-American community!  And, adding insult to injury, Trayvon Martin‘s mother was in the hearing room.  Apparently, he has taken his callousness to an all new low.  Beneficial? Tell that to the parents of the two most recent victims of this law.  His comment was the equivalent of repeating the comments of those who attempt, in retrospect, to say that African-American slaves  were ‘happy’ on the plantations.

 

Ted Cruz apparently has no filter between his brain and his mouth. Unless when an apology is due, then he seems to think long and hard before he refuses to apologize.  An apology is due, not only to the parents of those two teenage victims, but to the African-American community as well.  A public apology and in writing!  He seems to like being in front of the cameras, so he should call a press conference and make the apology.  He needs to be made accountable for his nonsensical comments.   He seems to feel that pandering to the Tea Party will make him a ‘player’ and a ‘contender’ in the next presidential election.  He should pull Sarah Palin to the side and asked her just how that worked out for her in her failed bid for Vice-President of the United States.  The Tea Party backed her, and she lost … big time.  Sean Penn, (see link below), says that Ted Cruz should be committed to a mental asylum.  Apparently Mr. Penn is saying what a tremendous amount of people are thinking.

 

 

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Should Requirements to Serve in U.S. Congress Be Changed?

Unofficial seal of the United States Congress....

After watching the circus surrounding the House Republicans, one wonders if the requirements to serve in the United States Congress be changed to include  a mandatory civics lesson.  And, no one should be allowed to serve unless they take a course and pass it.  There are now people in positions of legislative power who do not have the first clue as to how our government works, and worse, have no clue as to just what role they play in governance.   It is their shock and surprise as to the services provided to ordinary Americans that is mind-boggling.  They didn’t know that the federal government pays for expenses of those American troops who have died in the service of our country?   They didn’t know that the FDA, funded by the federal government, protects our food supply?  What part of  the Constitution of the United States of America which reads “… for the people…”  have they failed to understand?

Some Republicans are comparing President Obama’s discretionary closures to the closures of President Clinton in the 1990’s.  One even had the audacity to complain that the Lincoln memorial has never been closed, and was not closed during the House Republican shutdown in the 1990’s.  Perhaps they are not paying close attention to the dates.  That was the 1990’s.  This is 2013. That makes it what?  It makes it a post 9/11  decision, when potential high-profile targets for terrorists have to be factored into the equation as to what will or will not remain open.  Another factor is that the Park Services personnel has been furloughed and should not be expected to work for free.  (To the Tea Party Republicans: That would be the dreaded Socialism against which you so adamantly and routinely rail against.)

But back to the civics lesson.  No one should be in office who does not know how our government works and just how much our government does for us.  It appears that this batch of Republicans is a bad stew that needs to be thrown out.

And lastly, no one should be allowed to serve without taking an I.Q. test, and passing it with at least a score of 120.  That would, in and of itself, more likely than not, go hand in hand with the passing of the civics tests.   It is  doubtful  that any of the Tea Party Republicans currently serving in the House of Representatives would pass either test.

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