Cruz Hits Speed Bumps on His Bid to Occupy White House
Texas Senator Ted Cruz is having a rough go of it since announcing his candidacy for president. Cruz declared his bid for 2016 on Monday, March 23, in front of a raucous crowd of students attending what they believed to be an attendance-mandatory assembly routinely scheduled by the university. While the students were required to stay, a declaration of candidacy for president speech from a sitting U.S. Senator was anything but routine. “Still better than 8AM OChem…” students were overheard saying.
Since then, Senator Cruz has faced harsh criticism for being Canadian, letting his actions completely contradict his words, and lying. But when it comes to politics, the last one is a pass. Still, in only 72+ hours, Cruz has the national media buzzing. Unfortunately, they’re buzzing about his blunders.
America’s Toque-en Canadian
Seemingly immediately after Cruz’s announcement, his legitimacy as a presidential candidate was shockingly called into question. The first thing most Americans learned about Texas Senator Ted Cruz on Monday was that he was born in another country.…and it wasn’t The Lone Star State.
The truth is that the GOP Senator is from America’s hat, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. To be fair, Cruz would consider it America’s toque (archaic French term for a narrow-brimmed hat). Either way, no matter how much Senator Cruz attempted to deflect attention from his own foreign birthplace, after years spent questioning President Obama’s, the truth finally emerged.
Now that the cat is out of the bag, people are asking each other how Cruz can run for president since that opportunity is reserved for “natural-born citizens” of America. Since Cruz’s mother was born in the U.S., and his father – born in Cuba – became a U.S. Citizen, Cruz is eligible to run, according to most legal scholars. The exact definition of “natural-born citizen” is still up for debate. Whether an American-born Hawaiian citizen is an American citizen, is still not up for debate, although Cruz’s party would make it seem that way.
Don’t blame Cruz for deflecting his own insecurities about his birthplace onto a proven citizen’s. He was merely following in the footsteps of his GOP predecessors. Previous Republican candidate for president John McCain was actually born on a U.S. military base in Panama, so it’s no wonder he buried his embarrassing past by questioning the birthplace of others. Cruz is merely following suit. Monkey see, monkey do. Nothing is more true to GOP code than continuing in the exact same way as your predecessor, no matter how ridiculous or out of touch it seems.
Do As I Say, Not As I Do
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare as it’s more commonly known, was signed into law on March 23, 2010. From that point forward, the GOP has bashed the program despite its success around the country. Republicans – including Cruz – have attempted to repeal Obamacare at every turn, despite the fact that the only way Obamacare could be repealed would be by getting a new bill through both houses of congress, which would require either presidential approval or a veto override. Most Americans have come around to this knowledge about Obamacare, but the GOP keeps seeming to forget about it. Obamacare opponents are simply following party protocol by continuing the exact same tirades and outbursts against the other party’s successes, no matter how ridiculous or out of touch it seems, or how damaging it may be to your political career.
Yet despite the years of lambasting the law and unsuccessful attempts to repeal it, , on Tuesday, nearly five years to the day of the ACA being signed into law…Ted Cruz signed up for Obamacare. He had to. Cruz was previously allowed (by Obamacare) to stay insured by his wife’s company, Goldman Sachs. Now that she is taking an unpaid leave to be with Cruz for his jaunt to the White House, Cruz and family must find another means of insurance, or face disciplinary action. Naturally, the easiest and most affordable insurance was through, you guessed it, Obamacare.
Cruz’s decision to go on Obamacare as the best alternative for him and his family despite their relative wealth may put the final quietus on the hue and cry to dismantle the program. Now that one Republican has let it slip that he has gone onto Obamacare, other Republicans may soon find themselves forced to reveal the same facts about themselves.
Small Business, Little White Lies
As if two scathing reports in two days wasn’t enough, Cruz decided to make it three-for-three. Okay, the third actually stems from Cruz’s announcement speech on Monday, but with so many issues surrounding the Senator, it took fact-checkers a few days to release their findings.
During the now infamous inaugural speech at a university merely 1,000 miles from his home state and the voters who put him into the Senate, Cruz set a picturesque scene. “Instead of small businesses going out of business in record numbers, imagine small businesses growing and prospering,” said Cruz, implying that the Obama administration was responsible for the failures. The problem with Cruz’s vision of a Utopian dream world for the small businesses of America under a Cruz administration is that the current failure rate for small businesses in the U.S. under the Obama administration is actually lower than it has been since the Clinton administration.
Ladies and gentlemen of the Republican party, your candidate for president in 2016, Ted Cruz. The longer Cruz stays in the race, the longer his list of digressions will assuredly grow, and we’ll be here to track every single one of them.
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