Republican dream child and Presidential contender, Ted Cruz, decided to get a jump on the field and be the first to declare his candidacy for “the big chair…President of the USA! Although the picture above may vary slightly from the play by play facts of what took place during that few hour span, the actual story is no less breath taking and awe inspiring.
I really can’t pin down, the actual hour count from the moment Cruz stood on stage at Liberty University making his declaration to run for President and pledging to defund every word of the ACA until he sat in front of another camera hours later on a different network accepting ACA for he and his family as though it was the most acceptable, commonplace thing anyone could ever do! To those who were paying any attention at all, that 180 degree reversal was jaw dropping to say the least, but such is the state of political discourse in the USA in 2015! It almost sounds like a script out of some kind of Clint Eastwood spaghetti western movie except I don’t believe even Eastwood would have tried to pull this one off!
As a Canadian, I’m embarrassed to admit that Canada spawned this guy. As a taxpayer, it makes me crazy to think there’s even a remote possibility that there are voters out there crazy enough to vote for him! Still, when you go back a few years and look at the voting record for our country, you begin to believe that even this might not be totally impossible!
One of the more common threads you see following these politicians around as they dance across our TV screens extolling their own virtues and claiming to the world what a wonderful place it will be when so and so is voted out and they are voted in, is that no personal sacrifice ever seems to be required on their part to make whatever it is they’re trying to make happen at your expense, happen!
As in the case of the well insured Mr. Cruz, it’s true that when he signed up for ACA and his wife gave up her blue chip Goldman Sachs family health plan in order to be more active in Teddy’s presidential run, they were the only ones affected. Meanwhile, millions of Cruz’s Texas constituents are on total ignore with no coverage at all because Teddy is lifting not one finger to make an affordable care plan available to them and that doesn’t look to be changing any time soon!
Watching Teddy giving his presidential announcement speech at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University the other day, I was impressed by the way he used the stage. He used it for pacing and timing and pause and effect and did it to perfection to sell whatever he was selling until finally there was only one word I could think of that properly described him.
The only other man I can recall who could seriously carry that title is the man who originally paced that same stage and used every square inch of it to push the product he was selling! The original Shucker himself, Jerry Falwell.
Years ago I used to have to get up early Sunday mornings in order to play a Sunday brunch at a local hotel. I’m really horrible at waking up early, so I’d load up on black coffee and Sunday morning TV programs. My favorite program that was guaranteed to get my heart started was Jerry Falwell selling some tape recorded thing that was supposedly full of sordid crime and sex stories called “The Clinton Chronicles!”
For $19.95 + postage (or something like that) you could get yourself a scandal filled tape of everything that was horrible and dastardly about Bill and Hillary Clinton. Falwell would pace back and forth on that stage, wave his arms, and describe every horrible thing wrong with these people! He was the teacher, a master shucker at work and years later, when his student was on that same stage, pitching his presidential run and simultaneously the repeal of ACA (Obamacare), he proved to the world he had learned his lessons well! Jerry hated the Clintons! Teddy hates Obamacare! They both looked like SHUCKER’s to me!
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