As reported by Politico and the Washington Times, the supporters of Ted Cruz have really started to show their true colors. A Republican Representative from New York, Peter King, discussed on the show Morning Joe the vicious and ‘vile’ phone calls he’s been receiving from those who support the idiotic tactics of Senator Cruz. King has been one of the reasonable Republicans, pushing back at Cruz’s extremism, and in response to his practicality and his desire to express how reality works, he is being verbally attacked.
He doesn’t go into any details, just refers to the calls he’s been receiving as ‘profane’ and ‘obscene.’ No progressive would call King a supporter of what is good in politics, take his stance on Glenn Greenwald or his islamaphobia, but at least in the rift now showing in the Republican party, King is on the side of reason. He may be wrong in his opinion of the Affordable Care Act, but he does not see the point in risking a blow to our economy for the sake of winning political points with the TEApublicans.
Of Cruz, King calls him a ‘false leader,’ but as a fellow Republican he refrains from going so far as to call the supporters out for their obvious thuggery and backwardness. While referring to the ones making phone calls as a ‘dark strain’ among the Tea Party extremists, he tries to mitigate any further backlash by saying that he feels the majority of Cruz’s followers are ‘good people.’ While it is probably true that there are those who idolize Cruz that are good people, the people who Cruz most closely represents tend to be the bottom of the barrel when it comes to politics.
Cruz’s views are echoed by the most racist, xenophobic, homophobic, violent, and ignorant of people who are involved in politics, as illustrated in these examples just from the last few weeks here, here, here, here, and here. So while King doesn’t want to upset these people any more than he already has, let’s just call them out for what they are; uncultured, uninformed, shallow, naive, obtuse, dense, unenlightened, and possibly illiterate cretins more concerned with the bullshit they’ve been fed all their lives rather than facts and reality. Debates on the merits of policies are wonderful, but with these people there is no debate. It will be a fine day indeed when the Tea Party movement sputters and dies and leaves behind only the lessons it taught the rest of us and the one or two positive viewpoints it expressed, like distrusting career politicians who work for interests other than those of the people.