The Ted Cruz Problem of Evil

The Ted Cruz Problem of Evil February 16, 2018

Ted Cruz did an interview with Fox and Friends about the mass shooting at a high school in Florida that killed 17 people and wounded more than 50 more. What he said was just a bunch of empty word salad, full of platitudes and little else. And a lot of talk of the usage of the word ‘evil’ as a noun.

“This horror shouldn’t exist. And we don’t know right now exactly why this deranged individual did this. I’m sure in the days to come we are going to find out more about what his motives were. But whatever they were, they were evil. And this is a horrible, horrible thing and our prayers are with those Florida families.”

According to Cruz, a school massacre “could happen anywhere.”

“We have seen that evil can occur whether in Parkland or in a church in Texas or in schools across the country,” he insisted. “I mean, there are murderers. Evil is sadly always present and we need to do what we can to act to prevent it. Sometimes you see brave heroes who are able to step forward. Sometimes you have heroes that are armed and can engage the killer and stop them and save people’s lives.”

Pro tip: Evil is not a noun. It’s an adjective that can describe specific acts. There is no entity called “evil” that exists in any real form, it’s just a way we describe horrible actions that cause much suffering. It isn’t a “thing” that wanders around the country. And then, this being Ted Cruz, you knew there would be contradictions and hypocrisy coming:

“The reaction of Democrats to any tragedy is to try to politicize it,” Cruz complained. “They immediately start calling that we’ve got to take away the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens. That’s not the right answer.”…

“Had the Obama administration simply followed federal law and enforced the law, existing gun laws made it illegal for the Sutherland Springs shooter to buy a gun,” he opined. “But the Obama administration failed to report his criminal conviction so he wasn’t in the background check system.”

Those Democrats are always politicizing these shootings. And it’s all their fault, really! Because that’s totally not politicizing a tragedy. On Planet Wingnuttia, it’s only politicizing a tragedy when it’s used to support policies they don’t like. When they do the same thing with Muslim terrorism and use that to justify Trump’s Muslim ban, or use crimes committed by immigrants to justify building the border wall, that’s totally not politicizing a tragedy. Heads they win, tails you lose, libtards!

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