Cruz: Marriage Equality Only Exists Because of ‘Propaganda’

One of George Carlin’s most famous routines was about how everyone else’s stuff is shit and our shit is stuff. The same could be said of the word “propaganda.” Our advocacy is just logical and reasonable, while our opponents’ advocacy is obviously just propaganda. Ted Cruz demonstrates:

“We are seeing a propaganda effort from the mainstream media and from Hollywood” to legalize same-sex marriage, he added. “This notion that gets repeated everyday on the mainstream media is baloney.”

Yes, you see, arguing that gay people are human beings with equal rights and should be allowed to marry the person they love as long as they are a consenting adult, regardless of their gender, that’s propaganda. Calling gay people demon-possessed pedophiles deliberately trying to destroy America and God and grandmas and apple pie? Totally not propaganda.

“This is hand-in-hand with a concerted assault on religious liberty and a concerted assault on the Judeo-Christian values this country was built on,” Cruz said of the marriage ruling, dismissing polls showing growing support for gay rights as biased since “it is very easy to design a poll to get the result you want.”

Well yes, it is easy to design a poll to get the result you want. But that doesn’t mean that every poll is designed for that purpose. Most are not, especially from the major, reputable polling companies. It is perfectly rational to examine the questions and the methodology on a specific poll to see if they were written in a slanted manner to reach a predetermined result. It is not rational, however, to deny the validity of polling entirely, or to deny it only when one doesn’t like the outcome of that poll.

And when it comes to same-sex marriage, we now have years worth of polls from a variety of polling companies all showing the same trend and the same result. Rejecting all that polling data merely because you don’t like the result, without looking at the questions or the methodology, means you’re doing the same thing you’re accusing the polling companies of doing, reaching the conclusion you wish to reach regardless of the evidence. Some might even call that propaganda.

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  • John Pieret

    we now have years worth of polls from a variety of polling companies all showing the same trend and the same result

    That’s only because a majority of American are in on the conspiracy to produce those results as propaganda … or sumthin.

  • colnago80

    Re John Pieret @ #1

    Nah, they’ve been brainwashed by the rascals in Hollywood and the lamestream media. Cruz longs for the days when it was fatal to one’s career to be outed as a homosexual in Hollywood (see Elizabeth Scott).

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    Yet again, something that he doesn’t like has happened. Can he accept that his attitudes are out of step? Absolutely not. The blame must be laid on some ill-defined, nefarious agency and their “propaganda.”

    Tell me again how Republicans are the “party of personal responsibility.” Despite that claim, they seem to spend a lot of time blaming others for their misfortunes.

  • colnago80

    Re John Pieret @ #1

    See also Farley Granger.

  • raven

    Cruz: Marriage Equality Only Exists Because of ‘Propaganda’

    You could say the same thing about xianity.

    Hmm, no that isn’t true.

    It also took a lot of gunpowder, sharp steel. the power of the state, and millions of dead bodies. Xianity lost its best reason when it lost the power of the noose, bullet, and stack of firewood.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    Just another example of how modern republicans live in an alternate reality. Remember how all those polls that showed Romneybot losing were “skewed” and he was really going to win by a landslide? How did that work out again?

  • dingojack

    Nevermind Teddy, I’m sure someone will be along any minute now to “unskew” the result, just like in the last Presidential Election

    see how well that worked out for the GoP.

    Dingo

  • D. C. Sessions

    Remember how all those polls that showed Romneybot losing were “skewed” and he was really going to win by a landslide? How did that work out again?

    And so it proved: the polls (and therefore the Electoral College) were skewed. Rather heavily, in fact.

  • gshelley

    Cruz seems to have decided that this is one of his main platforms – he’ll probably be competing with Jindal, Santorum and Huckabee for the bigot vote

  • Broken Things

    Republicans repeatedly refer to their candidates in glowing terms, e.g., brilliant legal mind, principled man of (insert whatever here) and so forth. I thinks these terms do not mean what Republicans think they mean.

  • scienceavenger

    Cruz is using a standard technique on the right one might call The Speculative Error Gambit. It’s a means of dismissing all polling, scientific, or other data that conflicts with one’s world view by speculating about potential flaws. No verification of the flaws is required, just the possibility is enough (kind of like voter fraud).

    So, you’ve got a study that says blacks get high end jobs less often than whites? They probably didn’t adjust for educational/economic factors. Another study says women are short changed in pay? They probably didn’t account for them working less. Fewer murders in countries with gun control? They obviously didn’t account our famous violent American nature. And so on…

  • naturalcynic

    gshelley:

    Cruz seems to have decided that this is one of his main platforms – he’ll probably be competing with Jindal, Santorum and Huckabee for the bigot vote

    You sorely underestimate the bigot vote. Where’s The Donald?? And lots of them will be for Jeb?! And Walker gets the anti-labor bigots. etc. etc.

    It’s likely that Cruz questions any kind of poll because he is on the border of being cut out of the Fox debate. It’s just not fair!!!!!

  • xuuths

    I long for the reporter who say, on camera: “You know that isn’t true. Are you lying or just really ignorant?”

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    It is not rational, however, to deny the validity of polling entirely, or to deny it only when one doesn’t like the outcome of that poll.

    Is there any category of empirical evidence where Republicans don’t do this consistently?