Ted Cruz Gets His Honeymoon -- But Only in the Straight, Godly Meaning of the Word

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Basic rule of American democracy: Anybody who wins an election gets 10 seconds of credibility. Let's hope in the case of Ted Cruz, lionized today in The New York Times as "A Republican Voice With Tea Party Mantle and Intellectual Heft," we can make it to the second 10 seconds without throwing up.

Cruz is painted in the Times as an intellectual and elsewhere today as a libertarian who will "do battle with the Obama agenda in the boldest tones, without the deal-making and compromises ..."

Yeah, right. Libertarian? The red-meat issue he and the defeated David Dewhurst fought about in debates was their shared conviction that the government should tell people who to marry based on politicians' interpretation of the Bible.

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Ted Cruz, the man for Texas.
I never thought anybody on Earth could make our former mayor, Tom "Gay Flip-Flopper" Leppert, look good this issue. (And, by the way, just as an aside, do you think the Gay Flip Flop could ever make it as a dance step? I'm trying to picture Leppert in the music video.)

Oh, I know the so-called "social conservatives" are united in their opposition to gay marriage, a right-wing wedge issue straight off the family tree of Anita Bryant and Paul Cameron. But Cruz is even opposed to gay pride parades. He thinks public officials should be censured for encouraging gay people to feel OK about themselves.

That tells the real tale here. Libertarian, schmibertarian. Cruz's positions and basic mentality on sexual freedom are little more than a contemporary iteration of the 1935 Reichstag amendments to the German criminal code, strengthening the hand of the government in the public regulation of the ultimate private behavior -- sex.

We need to keep our heads on straight about his stuff. Sure, of course, everybody's going to give Cruz some moments of honeymoon and free ride at the very moment of his political onset. But how did he earn that onset? What was he really doing out there that made the Tea Party wingnuts favor him over Dewhurst?

When Cruz and Dewhurst fought over which one of them believed more fanatically in the right of government to tell people who to marry, they reminded me of two naked guys in a locker room screaming at each other about which one was more heterosexual.

In the process, Cruz delivered the ultimate slime-line against Leppert, trying to suggest Leppert was soft on homosexuality (the old "light in the loafers" line?) because he had marched in Dallas gay pride parades.

"When a mayor of a city chooses twice to march in a parade celebrating gay pride that's a statement and it's not a statement I agree with," Cruz said in a debate.

What statement?

Was it a statement about marching? Nah. Marching was not an issue. About gay marriage? Nope. It wasn't a gay marriage parade. So that leaves pride.

Cruz slimed Leppert for suggesting by his presence in the parade that gay people should believe in themselves, which, by the way, I doubt Leppert was suggesting. I think Leppert would march in a Puppy Killers Parade if somebody told him puppy killers were a key demo.

But back to Cruz. Cruz was sucking up Tea Party votes by suggesting that male and female homosexuals should be officially censured and shunned somehow by elected officials. Anyone who has ever lost a gay loved one to suicide can tell you what a terribly hateful suggestion that is.

And that's what Cruz and the sex pistols of the far right are really all about -- hatred and official oppression, about as libertarian as Joe Stalin. But we have plenty of time for that. I'm sure it will come out in the second 10 seconds of Ted Cruz. We just have to hold on to lunch the best we can and count: seven seconds, eight seconds, nine seconds ...


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RandyAynIsAPain
RandyAynIsAPain

Libertarian???

Don't you really mean 'old, conservative white guy (or perhaps his son)' masquerading as a centrist?

roo_ster
roo_ster

Mr. Schutze describes the new breed of "libertarian," the sort that requires government to subsidize their chosen sexual activities.  The kind of libertarian that can not tolerate ideas it does not agree with and resorts to accusations of Stalinism.

 

It seems Mr. Schutze is not aware such denouncements are more the province of Stalinists than actual libertarians.

don.abbott
don.abbott

Always, always remember: whatever Roger Staubach or Nolan Ryan like in a politician, pick the other guy.  I absolutely love it when the Park Cities People take it on the chin.  Oh, and I hope we get Super Bowl 50 and have a foot of ice and below zero.

Joseph
Joseph

Good column.  One thing that intrigues me is that Cruz graduated Princeton and Harvard Law. . . he knows better.  I wonder what his agenda really is?  Most of the Tea Partiers I have met are ill-educated and have fundamental misunderstandings of the World and how it operates.  They are mostly lower-middle-brow.  I don't think I've ever met a Tea Partier with an Ivy League background.  This is odd.  Some thing's going on here.

lib_capitalist
lib_capitalist

Thanks for the article. No way Cruz is libertarian.For info on people using voluntary Libertarian tools on similar and other issues, please see the non-partisan Libertarian International Organization @ http://​www.Libertarian-Internation​al.org ....

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Cruz insists that Shariah Law is an enormous problem in America,  that  the United Nations will force Americans to live in "hobbit homes" and forcibly relocate residents from rural areas into densely populated urban cores,  that American politics had been hijacked by the "gay rights agenda",  and that Medicare is unconstitutional.

 

Texas has had a lot of assholes go to Congress in the past, but this one is a psychotic asshole.

ceepee
ceepee

Only 20 comments on here? Hey, Dallas Observer, it sure looks like your blog commentary has fallen off sharply since the new commenting change over. I hate it. 

Albert
Albert

"Flip flopper" is a pejorative term now?

MereMuleSkinner
MereMuleSkinner

You won't see JimS down at the chick-fil-a kissoff lending any non-participatory support. You see he's more into criticizing others than lending support to his crocodile tear 'just causes'.

morrainepeak
morrainepeak

Why is Mr. Schutze so obsessed with Ted Cruz? (fatal attraction?)

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Telling people who to marry is just the tip of the iceberg .

Wait till the fun starts with that bunch starts telling people that shacking up( Living in Sin )  runs counter to their social conservative beliefs and agenda .

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

You know the far right  "social conservatives" show up to vote, every time.  So to get elected in a Republican primary Mr Cruz must play to them.  Dewhurst did not lose because he wasn't anti-gay enough, he lost because he was viewed as more of the same.

 

What message do the Democrats need to push to get their so called supporters to show up and vote. What message do Libertarians need to get voters to show up?

 

James080
James080

I seem to remember President Obama was against gay marriage before he very recently declared he was in favor of it.

 

"I’ve stated my opposition to this. I think it’s unnecessary. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage." Candidate Obama in 2008

 

Personally, I don't care who marries who, same sex, opposite sex, no sex...whatever.  So I don't have a dog in this fight. But I don't recall the LGBT community, JimS or even Rham Emanuel for that matter, uttering so much as a peep when the President spoke out against gay marriage over the past three years. Certainly Senator-elect Cruz takes it to the next level, but those who remained silent when the President campaigned against gay marriage hardly have any high ground to criticize Cruz now.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @Joseph Many Ivy leaguers aren't that aware of how the world works.  Or, they're not interested in rocking the boat.  The world will treat them fine.  What makes no sense is why middle class and lower class people would support this new road to serfdom.  Cruz supposedly studied Hayek, but he had a teacher with an agenda.  Hayek supported national healthcare.  Libertarians don't want you to know that.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Blah Blah Blah - He'll still beat the Democrat running against him.    Where are all the old school yellow-dog democrats?    Face the fact that the Democrats have no message that motivates the voting public.  Note I say "voting public" not sideline snipers

Albert
Albert

 @MereMuleSkinner 

 

Welll that is his job, and the paper he works for is called the "Observer".  He's at least up front, not hiding behind the bogus "objectivity" that people go to J-school to have beat out of them.

 

Back when I was an OH, publishing verbotten thoughts on stolen mimeo materials that enraged a community and resulted in the extreme weight of the authorities, we had to publish anonymously. I like to think my fearless efforts of yore are well-represented by Jim Schutze, and when people attack personally for stating views, classic American liberalism has been lost, and so has all else.

 

 

Albert
Albert

 @morrainepeak 

 

"Why is Mr. Schutze so obsessed with Ted Cruz? (fatal attraction?)"

 

Maybe because he is paid to write about Ted Cruze? Just like the folks at National Review.

 

You wouldn't be here if he wasn't presenting ideas, taking a position, I don't think he should be called a dick for doing his job.

 

I make the same defense if Jim Schutz that I do with Glenn Beck - when we have a problem with diverse ideas, we have a huge fucking problem.

Albert
Albert

 @oakclifftownie 

 

"Telling people who to marry is just the tip of the iceberg "

 

More like the base of the iceberg, considering the centuries of tradition.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @Sotiredofitall The national election might well bring out more voters.  Texas is turning purple.  Though, I agree that democrats don't give us much to vote for.  As for me, I'll likely be voting Libertarian. 

LLCoolL
LLCoolL

 @Sotiredofitall

Democrats should promote more jobs, more entitlements & higher taxes on the rich. 

 

Libertarians - Less Government, period.

 

I say whoever runs on the "decriminalize marijuana platform" has the only shot at building some excitement and getting upsetting the establishment.    

Albert
Albert

 @Sotiredofitall 

 

"What message do the Democrats need to push to get their so called supporters to show up and vote. What message do Libertarians need to get voters to show up?"

 

Maybe the Tea party is actually on to something.

 

 

 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @James080 the partisan hypocrisy is nauseating.  Clinton encouraged mountain top removal coal mining and the Sierra Club was silent.  The ACLU and civil libertarians were up in arms over Bush.  Obama has only accelerated these same policies and most of the same folks are mum.  It seems one is better served when their political nemesis is in office, than when their guy is in there.  People find it so hard to criticize their own.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @Sotiredofitall The Dems are cowards for sure.  They've offered no argument to the GOP reductionist economic vision that has gutted this country of capital intensive production.  

morrainepeak
morrainepeak

Here's the deal Al. If one wants to join the ranks of coherent  punditry which can be taken seriously, perhaps it is best not to blend the ideation of the middle European  eighteenth century Aufklarung with the long forgotten Anita Bryant.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

 @scottindallas Um, buys, a whole lot of us libtards were up in arms, angry, and complaining about Obama's stance against gay marriage, and medimari, and many other things on which he campaigned and didn't act.

But considering the alternative, I'll vote for hjm again.

engmofo
engmofo

 @scottindallas It all starts coming down to the lesser of two evils(depending on your world view)

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @engmofo you should advertise that on Backpages.  Though, your pic makes you look more like a submissive than a dom.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

I miss the edit button. I really do know how to spell. I just don't type very well.

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