Ted Cruz’ Staggering Lack of Self-Awareness

I’m starting to think that Ted Cruz was created in a lab by Bryan Fischer, so perfectly does he embody the lack of self-awareness and psychological projection for which I named the Bryan Fischer Award. Either that, or he is a pathological liar who simply doesn’t care whether anything he says is true as long as it serves his political goals at any given moment. That seems more likely. Witness his op-ed in Politico declaring Obama to be a “monarch” because of his immigration order.

The Constitution designs a system of checks and balances for our nation, and executive amnesty for immigrants here illegally unilaterally decreed from the White House would seriously undermine the rule of law.

Our founders repeatedly warned about the dangers of unlimited power within the executive branch; Congress should heed those words as the president threatens to grant amnesty to millions of people who have come to our country illegally.

The vast expansion of executive power is indeed a very bad thing, but Cruz supports that expansion in nearly every instance (warrantless wiretaps, torture, State Secrets Privilege, etc). And the president’s immigration order is, in fact, well in line with both statutory and constitutional law. Federal law explicitly grants the president the authority to defer deportations and even to grant green cards. It does not allow him to grant citizenship, which is why he did not do that — and he specifically said so. The idea that this order, virtually identical to orders handed down by every president since Eisenhower, constitutes “unlimited power” and undermines the rule of law is so absurd that it can only be a blatant lie.

To be clear, the dispute over executive amnesty is not between President Obama and Republicans in Congress; it is a dispute between President Obama and the American people. The Democrats suffered historic losses in the midterm elections largely over the prospect of the president’s executive amnesty.

President Obama was correct: His policies were on the ballot across the nation in 2014. The elections were a referendum on amnesty, and the voters soundly rejected it. There was no ambiguity.

Oh, bullshit. The fact that one party wins an election does not mean that the voters have rejected each and every policy the other supports. Don’t believe me? Ask Ted Cruz, who of course did not stop advocating Republican policies when Obama won reelection in 2012. This is grade-A, 100%, prime partisan bullshit. And by the way, polls show that the American public overwhelmingly supports what Obama just did.

Thankfully, the framers of our Constitution, wary of the dangers of monarchy, gave the Congress tools to rein in abuses of power. They believed if the president wants to change the law, he cannot act alone; he must work with Congress.

He may not get everything he wants, but the Constitution requires compromise between the branches.

Goddammit, another irony meter shot to hell. The damn thing just melted right on to the floor. Seriously, Ted Cruz — Ted Fucking Cruz — is demanding compromise? This guy won’t even compromise with his own fucking party, which is why virtually every other Republican in the Senate hates him. I had to stop reading at that point. I can only take some much dumbassery at one time.

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  • dan4

    “And by the way, polls show that the American public overwhelmingly supports what Obama just did.”

    Which polls are those?

  • colnago80

    Ted Cruz is a sociopath and a world class demagogue who will say anything to advance his political agenda. As I have stated previously on this blog, the fact that he combines these two attributes with a high intelligence makes him the most dangerous individual in the Rethuglican Party today. Think Joe McCarthy with brains. Anybody who thinks that Cruz really believes most of the crap that comes out of his mouth is whistling Dixie.

  • John Pieret

    Goddammit, another irony meter shot to hell. The damn thing just melted right on to the floor.

    What brand irony meter did you have? It reacted much better than mine, which is now China Syndroming its way toward the center of the Earth. But, then again, I got as far as this:

    President Obama will no doubt threaten a shutdown—that seems to be the one card he repeatedly plays

  • http://nwrickert.wordpress.com/ Neil Rickert

    Seriously, Ted Cruz — Ted Fucking Cruz — is demanding compromise?

    My understanding is that when the current batch of Republicans call for compromise, what they really mean is that they want Obama to be their nice obedient house nigger, doing exactly what they tell him to do.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    He’s got a point. The previous election they gave to Obama, so they want him to head the country, I guess. This election showed that The American People prefer the candidates and policies of the GOP.

    In short, The American People want Obama, instead of dividing the country, to lead the nation by following the GOP and doing nothing.

  • John Pieret

    dan4:

    Here is a summary of a lot of polls:

    http://www.pollingreport.com/immigration.htm

    The results are complex because of the way the questions were asked but a quick perusal indicates that Americans overwhelming are in favor of allowing law-abiding undocumented aliens to stay and work. Of course, the unrelenting misinformation drumbeat by the Republicans has caused skepticism as to Obama’s Executive Order but its actual goals has widespread support.

  • Michael Heath

    Barack Obama has what Ted Cruz demonstrably lacks, the willingness and ability to make a cogent argument. The president’s national speech on immigration is Exhibit A where many exhibits exist.

    I assert this in light of the claims of Sen. Cruz’s college profs from many years ago that some here like to cite; as if that’s a compelling argument that Cruz is a smart rational guy (hint – it’s not). Since at least becoming a public figure, Mr. Cruz has demonstrated no such ability.

    However I didn’t find President Obama’s immigrant speech perfect relative to what a structurally sound argument looks like. Mr. Obama’s claim that the current status quo is effectively amnesty is absurd and falsified by premises Obama himself made earlier in that same speech; e.g., hiding in the shadows results in illegal immigrants frequently making an unfair wage and the harm it does to families.

    The president’s reference to “scripture” was also disingenuous. Why not just reference the Bible and the relevant book, chapter, and verse rather than the vague, “scripture”?

    I also didn’t find that biblical passage all that relevant when it comes to public policy; but instead one that resonates only if we’re Christianists. That same point would have also been far better had he quoted President Ronald Reagan; the following Reagan quip being one of several relevant Reagan quotes:

    I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and who have lived here even though sometime back they may have entered illegally.”

    Obama could have then noted he’s not that much of a leftie where he then compared his more centrist position to Reagan’s liberal advocacy.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    … virtually identical to orders handed down by every president since Eisenhower…

    But as many documented extensively at the time, Eisenhower was a dedicated agent of the International Communist Conspiracy™, plotting to put czars in our government and black kids in our schools, and allow the unlimited proliferation of Commie comic books!

  • thebookofdave

    In short, The American People want Obama, instead of dividing the country, to lead the nation by following the GOP and doing nothing

    Don’t forget that compromise is a process of give and take, Modusoperandi. Ted Cruz is willing to make sacrifices to achieve mutual goals. In return for satisfying the demands of The American People, he promises Obama a pat on the back and a biscuit, and may even let him use his bathroom*. I’m sure his offer is sincere.

    *You know. The one he keeps in the White House

  • dan4

    @6 Thank you, Mr. Pieret.

  • raven

    That is not all Ted Cruz has forgotten.

    1. Ted Cruz was born in Alberta, Canada and managed to run the border to the USA.

    2. His father, Rafael, was born in Cuba and is in fact, a Hispanic refugee.

    If we are going to send people back for not being born in the USA, can we start with those two?

    3. The last election was definitely pretty weird. But that historic overwhelming mandate of the GOP/Tea Party was 20% of all eligible voters. Turnout was a 72 year low and the GOP got 52% of the vote. In no way a huge majority of eligible voters.

    It was more a huge victory for apathy, disinterest, and low voter turnout.

  • John Pieret

    If we are going to send people back for not being born in the USA, can we start with those two?

    Sending Teddy back to Canada could start a war.

  • garnetstar

    I agree that there’s something wrong with Cruz, in that there’s some kind of nastiness inside of him that he just can’t keep from pushing out.

    He’s quite intelligent and an excellent liar, but for all that has managed to completely ruin any chance of achieving his ambition to be president. His actions have made him unelectable in any national race and about every Republican in Congress hates him: you can’t be nominated without their help.

    So I think his sociopathy has destroyed his chances and prevents him from understanding that.

  • kantalope

    Slate’s Amicus podcast has Cruz arguing in the Supreme Court to have a clearly crazy guy executed – well it is Texas but Cruz is just actively evil: http://feeds.feedburner.com/slateamicuswithdahlialithwick the one on “Mental Illness and the Death Penalty”

  • typecaster

    Sending Teddy back to Canada could start a war. – John Pieret

    Yeah, but unlike the last few, it would be one we could win.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Yeah, but unlike the last few, it would be one we could win.

    Or better yet, lose.

  • colnago80

    Re Michael Heath @ #7

    I assert this in light of the claims of Sen. Cruz’s college profs from many years ago that some here like to cite; as if that’s a compelling argument that Cruz is a smart rational guy (hint – it’s not). Since at least becoming a public figure, Mr. Cruz has demonstrated no such ability.

    It’s not just Alan Dershowitz and other law professors at Harvard who have opined that Cruz is brilliant. Other students who were contemporaries at Harvard with Cruz have said the same thing, even when they totally disagreed with his views.

    I think you are not taking into consideration who Cruz’s intended audience is. It’s not intelligent people like you, its the numbnuts in the Tea Party who wouldn’t know a rational compelling argument if it bit them on their posterior. The crap that Cruz spouts is just the kind of demagoguery that floats their boats.

    Do not make the mistake of underestimating this man. He is dangerous and woe betide this country if he ever made it to the Oval Office.

  • busterggi

    Ted Cruz isn’t a sociopath, he’s Christian Dominionist – he believes he is appointed by god to achieve a theocracy. Were he a sociopath he’d be less dangerous.

  • Hoosier X

    Ted Cruz isn’t a sociopath, he’s Christian Dominionist

    I’m imagining a Venn diagram where some of the bubble labeled “Christian Dominionist” is outside of the “sociopath” bubble.

    I’m trying to imagine it, I mean.

  • speed0spank

    Ugh. I know we got whooped in the elections but I am getting so sick of hearing right wingers say things like “the country has spoken!”. Voter turnout was fucking abysmal and “the country” just decided not to speak for the most part. I wish they would stop acting as if a teeny weeny amount of the voting public = the actual majority of people they are elected to represent.

  • David C Brayton

    I’m with colnago80. Ted Cruz is a brilliant, sociopathic demagogue that is solely interested in personal power.

    Garnetstar, whilst right on his assessment of Cruz’s personality, doesn’t realize that, if Cruz starts to show promise in the run up to 2016, many will join the bandwagon. Jeebus, George W Bush got elected and re-elected.

  • gerryl

    Michael Heath @7. Regarding the comment that “the current status quo is effectively amnesty”: I believe the Prez used this silly argument because it is something at least one Republican (Rubio?) has said in the past. In other words, he was probably including that notion as a way of saying “See, I am agreeing with you!”

  • Michael Heath

    gerryl,

    I understand the context within which the president raised the assertion of amnesty. So I wasn’t criticizing his raising the issue, but instead the poor quality argument he made.

    Rebutting another’s defective argument doesn’t provide credible license to make an absurd argument, which the president did on amnesty. Absurd due to his prior premises on the current situation contradicting his subsequent conclusion that illegal immigrants were currently enjoying amnesty now.

  • lorn

    There was, not too long ago, a figure that learned to cater to the paranoid populist mind by studying under the best in his day, people underestimated him also. His name was Richard Milhous Nixon.

    I remember Nixon. As his aide he learned character assassination and dirty tricks from Joseph McCarthy. A whole lot of what is wrong with politics in general, and the GOP in specific can be tracked back to Nixon. Nixon hired Dwight Chapin who hired Segretti who used a young political operative by the name of Carl Rove to sabotage Democratic campaigns.

    Segretti did time for the operation Rove participated in and Dwight Chapin did time in jail for lying about Watergate.

    Beware the twisted little men.

  • colnago80

    Re Lorn @ #24

    As a native Californian, I remember that in almost every race he ran, his opponent was smeared as soft on Communism. This includes his first race for Congress, his first race for the Senate, and his race for Governor. His head hatchet man was a man named Murray Chotiner, a sleazy lawyer who orchestrated the smear campaigns. I can recall stopping by the voter registration office in downtown LA to pick up an absentee ballot, parking behind a car that had a bumper sticker with the message, “is Brown pink”. Pat Brown, the father of the current governor of California, was the incumbent and Nixon’s opponent.