Speech is the vocalized form of human language and is based upon the syntactic combination of lexical and names that are drawn from about 10,000 different words. Money is any object or verifiable record that is generally accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts in a particular country or socio-economic context. Fear mongering is the use of fear to influence the opinions and actions of others towards some specific end, and the feared subject is nearly always exaggerated. The pattern of fear mongering is usually one of repetition to continuously reinforce the intended effects of spreading fear. Unless one is a Republican, Koch brother, or member of the conservative Supreme Court, speech is not money and money is not speech, but using fear mongering is favored by Republicans, the Koch brothers, and religious right sycophants like Ted Cruz.
Ted Cruz was introducing his evangelical lunatic father at the Christian preacher gathering, Watchmen on the Wall, sponsored by the extremist Family Research Council and combined the Koch-Republican-Supreme Court definition of money as speech with a very healthy dose of Republican fear mongering to influence evangelical fanatics into believing Senate Democrats were abolishing the 1st Amendment. Now, the first indication that Cruz’s imbecile audience was about as intelligent as a fence post was the fact none of them jumped out of their seat and screamed that Congress cannot possibly abolish a Constitutional Amendment, but that never happened because a god-man like Ted could not possibly lie. However, he did lie and it was a serious piece of fallacy that would make pathological liars Willard Romney and Paul Ryan gasp out loud.
Actually, members of Cruz’s audience did audibly gasp when he sounded the ominous warning, “When you think it can’t get any worse, it does. This year, I’m sorry to tell you, the United States Senate is going to be voting on a constitutional amendment to repeal the First Amendment. I am telling you, I am not making this up.” In all truth, the lying evangelical teabagger was “making this up” and he did not stop there. He also told attendees that “Senate Democrats are scheduling a vote to give Congress the authority to regulate political speech, because elected officials have decided they don’t like it when the citizenry has the temerity to criticize what they’ve done.” To instill even more shock and awe in the gathered Christian clergy, Cruz hit them where it would inflict real pain and have the greatest impact when he said, “they don’t like it when pastors in their community stand up and speak the truth.”
What Cruz did not tell the preachers was that Senate Democrats are going to schedule a vote sometime this year on Senate Joint Resolution 19 which, if it garners two-thirds majority support in both the Senate and the House, will be sent to the states for ratification as a Constitutional amendment undoing the wildly unpopular Koch-Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United and McCutcheon cases when the conservative Court redefined campaign financing (money) into 1st Amendment corporate free speech. Cruz never explained to the flabbergasted preachers the resolution required two-thirds support in Congress and the states before becoming a Constitutional amendment, or that it will never happen in most Americans’ lifetime, but his dirty lie had the desired effect.
There are several reasons why the evangelical clergy would fall for such a blatant lie; their stupidity and lack of knowledge of the Constitution or the process for repealing a constitutional amendment notwithstanding. First, it was evangelical freak Raphael Cruz’s son, the one elder Cruz said was anointed by god to greatness leading America into a Christian theocracy who was doing the lying. Second, the religious right preaches and hears Republicans and evangelical leaders complain loudly and often that Democrats led by President Obama were on a crusade to muzzle Christians and their preacher-men prior to rounding the entire herd up and throwing them to into concentration camps. Cruz’s warning that Democrats were voting to restrict Christian clergy’s freedom of speech made sense as a first step to wiping Christianity from the face of America.
Ever the consumate liar, Cruz still was not finished scaring the holy ghost out of the gathered clergy and finished by saying, “I’ll note this amendment, which has 41 Democratic senators as co-sponsors – 41 Democrats have signed on to repealing the First Amendment,” Cruz said, as one of his operatives interrupted him shouting “It explicitly says nothing in this new amendment shall abridge the freedom of the press.” It was a perfect setup for Cruz’s line that, “the New York Times is protected, but it doesn’t say the same thing about the freedom of speech. It doesn’t say the same thing about religious liberty, what is says it that politicians in Washington have unlimited constitutional authority to muzzle each and every one of you if you’re saying things the government finds inconvenient.”
Only a Ted Cruz, the male Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, could make up a pile of bovine excrement like Senate Democrats were voting to abolish the First Amendment, religious liberty, muzzle Christian preachers, and allow the only press in America, the New York Times, to escape unfazed. It is also true that only a room full of evangelical preachers would sit dumbfounded and believe that 41 senators had the power and authority to vote away the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights; likely because it is what they want to believe. Cruz however, knows better and not once did he intimate that overturning Citizens United and McCutcheon, two Supreme Court rulings only a constitutional amendment can overturn was the subject of Senate Joint Resolution 19; and why would he? He had a captive and rapt audience clamoring for news their religious liberties and freedom to preach hate were under assault, and that it was Senate Democrats who were leading the charge.
There is no end to the filthy lies Republicans, and evangelical leaders, are willing to propagate to instill opposition, suspicion, and greater hatred toward anyone not affiliated with the Christian right. Cruz’s real goal was feeding the preachers a fresh batch of lies they could carry to their bible-thumping congregations ahead of the November midterm elections and use Hellfire and damnation to get the vote out for Republicans. The good news is that the preachers and their congregations were never going to vote for any candidate that does not promise a government by Christian theocracy and bible as Constitution under any circumstances, so at best evangelical Ted just gave the preachers momentary heart palpitations. Although he stood before a room full of preachers and lied through his evangelical teeth, he likely did not tell the evangelicals anything they have not already told their congregants or imagined because not only do they believe in archaic mythology, they believe everyone is out to get them because they are as psychotically bent human beings as Ted Cruz is a pathological liar.
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