Born and raised in Texas I’ve watched our politics devolve into a miasma that only gets worse over time. The lunatic fringe that is the Tea Party in this state is essentially nothing more than a vitriolic minority. Like most people around the country few people acknowledge being a part of the Tea Party and yet their extremist views seem to be everywhere.
People who call themselves conservatives seem to be supportive of these insane political and economic philosophies presented by TeaParty zealots simply because they are under the illusion that even bad Republicans are better than any qualified Democrat. Score one for the linguistic engineers within the GOP that have convinced too many of our citizens that all Democrats are “socialists” and want to institute “death panels” through “socialized medicine” while generating more revenue for “welfare queens” by engineering a “death tax”.
It is perhaps the worst thing that can happen to a democracy when people don’t take the time to look beyond the veil of outrageous claims or who haven’t developed basic critical thinking skills. Blind loyalty to a one-Party system replaces a democracy with an oligarchy.
Senator Ted Cruz, like a strutting peacock, appears to believe in his own delusional self assessment. He mindlessly prattles on about his righteous indignation concerning Obamacare and entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare, insisting that we should damage our own economy by shutting down the government just so he can score points with TeaParty extremists. How quickly he and other near-sighted Republicans discovered that many of their own constituents were angered by such callous disregard for veterans, tourists and our own national security.
But if it was attention he wants, Cruz can rest assured that the world is indeed now watching, but not in the favorable terms he might imagine. Those extreme right values of the Ted Cruz’s who now dominate a once admirable Republican Party have become a laughable and discreditable set of values as viewed not only by most Americans but by our friends and allies around the world.
Fearing that the uncompromising GOP will fail to raise the debt ceiling to allow the treasury to pay its bills, global leaders have now joined Americans’ condemnation of the U.S. Congress, having one Australian editorial even suggesting that “lunatics have taken charge of the asylum in Washington.” China has even called on world leaders to seek a “de-Americanized” economic model, since clearly the constant worries about the U.S.’s credit worthiness is a destabilizing factor for the global economy.
Ted Cruz has led us to believe that we must abandon a ship that is in no danger of sinking but merely one that isn’t painted the color he prefers. Holding our economy hostage with government shutdowns and refusing to pay our bills are not sane solutions to our problem but simply taking crazy to its illogical conclusion.