Right-wing religious extremists rush to defend Ted Cruz
Two right wing religious extremists have rushed to defend Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his trip to Cancun while the rest of Texas is in a state of emergency. Texas is currently sandwiched between two storms, the first dropped temperatures to single-digits earlier this week, knocking out the power grid for millions, the second is slated to hit Thursday, again bringing extreme low temperatures.
Senator Cruz opted to fly to Mexico rather than stay on the ground in his home state to help Texas residents.
First, here's what they're saying:
What could @tedcruz do if he were here in Texas? I’m hard-pressed to say. If he’s in Cancun, that means he’s not us… https://t.co/7mA7CKVZ6F— Dinesh D'Souza (@Dinesh D'Souza) 1613664333.0
The fact that people think Ted Cruz, a United States Senator, can do anything about a state power grid, even his ow… https://t.co/MUkUE0nZzB— Erick Erickson (@Erick Erickson) 1613654335.0
I'm sorry Ted Cruz is not there to emote with you people.— Erick Erickson (@Erick Erickson)1613664174.0
"You people." As in, millions of Texans trying to not freeze or starve to death.
What they're exposing is their ignorance about government.
Conservatives, at least Republicans in general, tend to think government serves little important function. They love to toss around the old Reagan jokeœ: "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help.'"
In times of crisis, often the government is the only entity that can effectively help.
And don't forget – we are the government. Government is people, the people we choose to lead and represent us. We hope they do it well.
Because conservatives don't believe in government they consistently abuse it, under-estimate it, and make it worse.
So here's what a few experts are saying about what Cruz could have done instead of fleeing to sunny Mexico.
First, Indivisible co-founder Ezra Levin, who was the Deputy Policy Director for Texas Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett:
@EWErickson Former congressional staff here. Every congressional office has a big constituent services function. Du… https://t.co/c125woCZdG— Ezra Levin (@Ezra Levin) 1613657697.0
For a more in-depth explanation, here's a senior fellow from the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University. Notice how he uses the same word "performative," but explains why that's not what good lawmakers do.
It's sort of like their normal casework load, but on steroids and short notice. There's a reason members are glued… https://t.co/eobH5R4o36— Matt Glassman (@Matt Glassman) 1613662732.0
Apparently, no one told Senator Cruz, or his religious right supporters.
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