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Ted Cruz Finds Fellow Constitution Haters on the Religious Right

Cuban anarchist Ted Cruz (R-TX) knows virtually nobody is going to vote for him if he runs for president in 2016. So he has done the only thing he can do: attach himself to the Religious Right. He knows no matter how crazy he sounds, they will lap it up. It is a marriage made in heaven, or the bigoted, soul-destroying hell that passes for heaven in right wing circles: He is, as I have argued before here, the dominionist messiah. I mean, where else can you be a hero for praying for bigotry?

So Cruz has been dishing out the standard fare at Religious Right love fests, saying that marriage equality is “heartbreaking” and that therefore asking his aberrant Christian followers (better known as aberrochristians) to pray for bigotry. Because bigotry isn’t heartbreaking. Denigrating and abusing people because you don’t approve of their lifestyle is godly. It doesn’t make Jesus cry at all.

Cruz told gay-hating Janet Mefferd Monday that,

They want to use brute power to force the states to take down marriage laws that have been in place for centuries, and that’s inconsistent with the Constitution. And it’s not right, and it’s heartbreaking. Because you and I both know that the best environment for children to be raised is a loving home with a mother and father.

Cruz is Cuban and came to America by way of Canada. I suggest he read the Constitution. I do not think this is too much to ask: The Constitution trumps state laws, including state constitutions. The Supremacy Clause states, “The Constitution and the laws of the United States…shall be the supreme law of the land…anything in the constitutions or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.” Another word he may wish to familiarize himself with is “preemption.” The principle of “preemption” comes into play when state law conflicts with federal law. I should mention the Fourteenth Amendment, as well, the Due Process Clause states:

No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Cruz claimed that, “We are seeing millions of Americans who are recognizing that our constitutional liberties are being eroded.” He’s right, for once. The Fifteenth Amendment guarantees the right of Americans to vote, yet Cruz’s own party is working feverishly to violate that constitutional liberty. Cruz and his cronies recognize that only by restricting the right of non-white citizens to vote can Republicans win elections.

Cruz also appeared on David Barton’s WallBuilders Live to talk up his profoundly unconstitutional State Marriage Defense Act and talk down President Obama for being a defender of the Constitution.

One of the really sad trends we’ve seen in recent years has been a concerted attack on traditional marriage and that attack has manifested in the courts of law as advocacy groups have used litigation to tear down the marriage laws of states across this country. But it’s also manifested from the federal government, with the Obama administration; this administration is the most hostile to traditional marriage administration this country has ever seen.

The absurd thing is that nobody is attacking so-called “traditional” marriage, which is in any event not to be equated with so-called biblical marriage, which gathered into its godly embrace multiple wives, concubines, and sex slaves. There is not one single law coming out of this administration restricting aberrochristianity’s favorite form of marriage. Saying President Obama is hostile to traditional marriage is like saying because he drinks Coke, he is hostile to A&W Root Beer.

Maybe the Cuban anarchist wants laws against the sodas he doesn’t like. It would be a logical conclusion to draw from his irrational rant. We can call it the Defense of Coke Act (make of that what you will).

The Obama administration came into Utah and said ‘we’re not going to listen to what the US Supreme Court said. We, the federal government, are going to recognize marriages in the state of Utah and Utah state law explicitly does not recognize as marriage’ and that was really, in my view, an abuse of power, using the federal government to try to force what the ultimate objective is of these advocates and their objective is to see traditional marriage laws torn down in all fifty states.

Remember Proposition 8 and all that Mormon money? But let’s not mention Utah coming into California and trying to tell voters there what they can and cannot do.

One of the really most troubling aspects of the Obama presidency has been this president’s consistent pattern of lawlessness. That over and over again, we’ve never seen a president who, if he disagrees with a particular federal law, simply defies it, says he will not obey it and he will not enforce it … This ought to trouble everybody, not just conservatives, not just Republicans, this ought to trouble Democrats, independents, and Libertarians, anyone who believes that the constitutional limitations on government protects our liberty should be deeply dismayed because if you have a president who can pick and choose which laws to follow and which laws to ignore, then you no longer have a president and that’s dangerous.

This cry of “lawlessness” routine has become the Religious Right’s battle cry. All and sundry are using it today to attack a president for doing exactly what every other president does. What really made me laugh personally was his claim that “we’ve never seen a president who, if he disagrees with a particular federal law, simply defies it, says he will not obey it…” Has he forgotten George W. Bush and his signing statements already?

Oh…maybe Cuban anarchists are not required to study American history. They are certainly not required to tell the truth. Of course, he is part of the David Barton crowd, where history is simply invented out of whole cloth. I don’t think I’m going too far out on a limb here to say Ted Cruz doesn’t give a fig for the United States Constitution and is being just a wee bit hypocritical when he accuses President Obama of lawlessness. This is the guy, after all, who illegally brought the United States government to a halt.

We should also note here that Cruz is not big on thinking, and no, just the fact of appearing on David Barton’s radio show is…well, okay, it IS proof of that, but so is what Cruz told Janet Mefferd about what the most important thing is listeners can do. No, it wasn’t studying American history. No, it wasn’t reading the Constitution. It wasn’t even thinking. It was praying:

I think the most important thing your listeners can do is simply pray because we need a great deal of prayer because marriage is really being undermined by a concerted effort and it’s causing significant harm.

Actually, a great deal of thinking would be far more useful than a bunch of people who do not understand an issue praying over it. One hopes God is better informed.

Hrafnkell Haraldsson

Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen's Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.

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