It would be a real tragedy if Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) decides not to run for president. The prospect of him standing on a debate stage with Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum as they try to out-stooge each other like a homophobic trio of Moe, Larry, and Curly is just too alluring not to happen. Considering that Cruz would be running against the last two winners of the Iowa Republican Caucuses, he'd have to bring his 'A' game, as in 'Anti-gay.'
This week Cruz was on Iowa talk radio with area nutter Jan Mickelson, presumably to let everyone know that he'd be the most homophobic S.O.B. in the 2016 field. Reiterating his pledge to introduce a constitutional amendment allowing states "to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman," Cruz went all-out persecution complex:
"[T]he federal government and unelected judges cannot set aside the democratically-elected legislatures' reasonable decisions to enact and protect traditional marriage.... If the courts were following the Constitution, we shouldn't need a new amendment, but they are, as you put it quite rightly, making it up right now and it's a real danger to our liberty."
Amazing, isn't it? While other potential candidates are navigating the typical stops and starts that accompany the spring training phase of the presidential campaign, Ted Cruz is already in mid-season form.
A real danger to our liberty.
You have to admire this. Not because it's true, but because it's so spectacularly not true. It's like doing 100 mph in a 55 and then telling the cop who pulls you over you have no idea why you're on the side of the road.
Cruz's "real danger to our liberty" refrain is the current refuge of anti-gay scoundrels trying to cloak their homophobia in constitutional legitimacy. At a time when gays are still marginalized in much of the country, Cruz is turning the situation on its head. It's not gay people who need protection from bigots like him; it's the bigots like him who need protection from gays. As I pointed out last year, this bizarre argument is the latest and probably final argument in a long line of failed excuses as to why homosexuals aren't full citizens.
The really messed up part is that Cruz isn't even the most anti-gay person in his own immediate family. That dubious distinction goes to his pastor father, Rafael Cruz, whose insanity on gay issues is a sort of gold standard for homophobia. According to the elder Cruz, gay people stole the word 'gay,' for their own nefarious use, threaten children, and are pushing marriage equality as part of a Marxist plot to "destroy the family."
If he runs for president, Ted Cruz might have to answer some questions about his father's virulent anti-gay views, as he should. But you never know. By the time the Iowa Caucuses roll around, junior might have to answer questions about why he can't be more moderate on gay rights like his dear old dad.
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