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Ted Cruz: 'High intelligence in the service of evil'

‘I would rather have anybody else be the president of the United States. Anyone. I would rather pick somebody from the phone book’ - Ted Cruz’s college room-mate

The Republican Party candidates for the US presidency have attracted many lurid adjectives over the past year; offensive, dishonest, xenophobic, misogynist, and even weird… to name a few.  But only one candidate, Senator Ted Cruz, has been described as evil and creepy.

Cruz is a zealot in the Old Testament mould whose face wears a semi-permanent sneer. He is a master of whipping-up fear, especially among his loyal haters. There are no shades of grey on Cruz’s palette. It’s all black and white, but mostly black.

The apocalypse, according to Cruz, is not coming; it’s already here. We are under constant physical, moral and religious attack from a long and growing list of enemies who must be crushed, bombed and destroyed. A New York Times journalist described the tone of his campaigning as ‘dark and satanic’. Another described it as ‘pagan brutalism’.

Cruz is a Princeton and Harvard-educated lawyer and former Texas solicitor-general. He is also a cunning and shrewd communicator, debater and a political opportunist with a thick impermeable skin. He has run a perfect campaign, gliding almost invisibly in the slipstream of the buffoonish Trump, undoubtedly whooping in glee as the Republican debate continues to veer off into dark and divisive territory. If Trump stumbles on his bloated ego in this mad marathon, Cruz is perfectly poised to take the presidential baton.

Cruz is now running just behind Trump in popularity. He is the most conservative of the conservatives, which makes him a favourite of Tea Party and preferred candidate for a slew of wealthy and deeply conservative Trump-hating billionaires. His wife, Heidi Cruz is an investment manager with the bank Goldman Sachs which has already been active in her husband’s campaign.

Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, is a Cuban immigrant who was allegedly tortured by forces loyal to Fidel Castro. He is a preacher and director of Purifying Fire International Ministry and has often appeared alongside his son at speaking engagements where faith and politics go hand in hand. He has recently been retired from public appearances, probably for his pronouncements like this below.

Cruz senior says his son is one of the evangelical Christians anointed as ‘kings’ to take control of all sectors of society, and ‘bring the spoils of war to the priests’, and bring about a prophesied ‘great transfer of wealth from the wicked to the righteous gentile believers.'

Former college classmates had this to say about Ted Cruz in his student days:

‘It was my distinct impression that Ted had nothing to learn from anyone else,’ said Erik Leitch, who lived in the same student residence as Cruz. Leitch told a journalist he remembers Cruz as someone who wanted to argue over anything or nothing, just for the exercise of arguing.

The only point of Ted talking to you was to convince you of the rightness of his views.’

Several fellow classmates described the young Cruz as abrasive, a crank and arrogant.

Several used the word creepy with some pointing to Cruz’s habit of walking to the opposite end of their dorm’s hallway where the female students lived dresssed in only his bathrobe.

His college roommate, Craig Mazin told a US media outlet: ‘I would rather have anybody else be the president of the United States. Anyone. I would rather pick somebody from the phone book.’

'We should be afraid that someone like that has power.'

Cruz is also detested by most of his own party. ‘Why do people take such an instant dislike to Ted Cruz? It just saves time,’ a Republican staffer told reporters.

The former Republican speaker John Boehner was asked at a dinner for his thoughts on Cruz’s presidential campaign. Boehner chuckled and then raised a middle finger.

Cruz is the champion of the haters – the presidential haters, the gay and lesbian haters, the abortion haters, the Islam haters, the Obamacare haters, the gun control haters, the illegal immigrant haters and a myriad of other haters that are rising to the top of this strange stew called American politics today.

When Cruz is on his election pulpit you can smell the fire and brimstone.

 “The Obama economy is a disaster, Obamacare is a train wreck, and the Obama-Clinton foreign policy of leading from behind — your world is on fire…'

'American is heading off the cliff to oblivion.'

'Isis – we will carpet bomb them into oblivion.'

'There is a war on faith in America today.'

'We’re seeing an assault on the Judeo-Christian values that built America into the greatest country in the history of the world.'

'We’re seeing our freedoms taken away every day and last night (the Democrat television debate) was an audition for who would wear the jackboot most vigorously. It was an audition for who would embrace government power for who would strip your and my individual liberties.'

'If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you.'

'President Obama is the most radical president this nation’s ever seen.

'Any president who doesn't begin every day on his knees isn't fit to be commander-in-chief of this country.'

Cruz plays himself off as crazy and a little unhinged. He likes his bacon cooked on the muzzle of a machine gun and likes to hang out with rednecks in the swamps in army fatigues and camouflage paint.

But he does so with scrupulous planning and design. The Rolling Stone magazine wrote:

'Ted Cruz is far from crazy, which is the essential Ted Cruz problem. Crazy you can deal with, even forgive a little, often ignore…. But Ted Cruz knows exactly what he's doing. He doesn't even hide it particularly well. Not only is his intelligence one of his favourite selling points, his book undermines any notion that he misspeaks. He is gaffe proof because the gaffes are not arrived at by error. Ted Cruz does awful things by intelligent design.'

 Media commentator Bill Maher has this to say about Cruz:

'It’s high intelligence in the service of evil. It’s one thing to have evil people who aren’t that bright! There’s a reason why everyone hates Ted Cruz. There’s a reason why the big question about Ted Cruz is always, “When he shaves in the morning, how does he avoid spitting in the mirror?” To think of this guy being the president of the United States, this ambition and love of power combined with being on the wrong side of every issue, it’s a very scary prospect.'

When it comes to looks and demeanour Cruz is remarkably similar to another divisive figure in American politics - Senator Joe McCarthy - who led the Communist witch-hunt in the 1950s, an era described as ‘evil and unmatched in malice’.

 

Cruz, (that’s him on the left), like McCarthy is also capable of wreaking havoc. It was Cruz who led the disastrous shutdown of the Federal Government in October 2013 in a maniacal effort to abolish Obamacare.

Cruz also spoke for 21 long hours and 19 minutes in opposition to the health care reforms. His speech included the reading of the Dr Seuss children’s book, Green Eggs and Ham.

If elected, Cruz promises to abolish government agencies, including the departments of Education, Energy, Commerce, Environment and Housing and Urban Development.

He says he will also do away with the Internal Revenue Service and cut corporate tax rate from 35% to 15% and build a massive wall along the Mexican border and triple border protection.

Or in the words of Cruz, the son of an immigrant:

'We need to padlock that building (the IRS). Take all 90,000 (IRS staff) and move them down on the southern border (Mexico). Imagine if you travelled thousands of miles in the blazing sun, you’re swimming across the Rio Grande, and the first thing you see is 90,000 IRS agents; you’d turn around and go home, too!

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