This concerns me in so many ways that it’s going to take a bit for me to untangle the jumbled mass my cerebral cortex has become as a result of the cogitations and ruminations on one certain, infamous (and NOT in a flattering way), illustrious Senator from Texas. They breed them big and weird down that way I tell you. (My sincerest apologies to my Texas relatives. I love you oodles and bunches. I respect you for toughing it out in a state that is producing some of the oddest oddities in the political arena. So please keep that in mind when my snark gets out of hand.) Let me get back on track. My brain actually hurts trying to get the thoughts out in some semblance of order. I just want to run screaming out into the sagebrush (which is now brown again, not quite green yet and definitely not white anymore) at the sheer idiocy and asininity (LOVE, love, love that word I made up) and doggone unbelievedness of one Ted Cruz. Actually, if one were to be honest, it’s more that I simply can NOT understand how he was elected. That’s where the sheer idiocy and asininity lies–that people like him actually, ACTUALLY, get elected in the first place. And then stay elected. I can not wrap my thoughts around this fact.
So where to start this beautiful Saturday morning? And not that I want to spend any more of my precious time on this nut job (sorry, let’s call gardening implements by their correct names, shall we?) then I absolutely have to. But I need to get these tangles untangled so I can get some peace and calm up there.
I think the best way is to just start dumping. There might not be any perceived order to my madness, but then the subject is completely mad so I don’t think order could be managed in any sense of the word.
By now, unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard that Senator Ted Cruz, R-TX, has declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President. That in and of itself should make your blood curdle. On the spot. No questions asked. Just some curdling.
This is the same man who instigated the government shutdown last year, throwing a temper tantrum about the Affordable Care Act and as a result:
~causing a near default on the United States debt (no easy feat)
~shaving approximately 1% off of the projected 3% GDP for economic growth
~causing an approximate loss of 120,000 jobs in 2 weeks
and….the cherry on top of the sundae…wait for it….
~costing the United States of America $24 BILLION.
Let’s look at that number, shall we? $24 Billion could also be written as $24,000,000,000. That’s a lot of zeros. That’s a lot of dollars. Can you imagine what that would buy? I can’t. I simply cannot fathom that amount of money. I cannot see that much money. Oh. That would be about 24 times what the esteemed Koch brothers are planning on spending on the 2016 election cycle. (Remember my earlier post on such?) The numbers above are referenced from Standard and Poor’s reporting of the financial effects of Ted Cruz’s temper tantrum. Google it for questions.
That is one of the issues I have with the esteemed Senator from Texas. I guess on his website (the one that discusses his plans for becoming President and what he’ll do when he gets to the White House) he touts the above numbers and his role in the government shutdown as a way to create jobs. OF NOTE: I have not visited said website (and don’t ever have plans to do so as I’ve got enough crazy in my cranium right now) but have read an article referencing it. I’m guessing he sees the shutdown in a different light than I do. Perspective, no?
Second on my list of issues with Senator Cruz (seriously Texas–Cruz and Gohmert? What were you thinking????):
~With the shellacking in the Senate last year, many Democrats were replaced on committees and groups and in positions of importance and such. One of the positions that came open? The chairperson of the Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, which among other things, oversees NASA and science programs.
Guess who was appointed to fill this position? (Three guesses and the first two don’t count and it’s not like I’m writing about anyone else giving me cranial cramps at the moment.)
Yes! You are so smart. Senator Ted Cruz, R-TX. The one and only Ted Cruz. The same man who just this last week compared “climate-change believers” to “flat-earthers.” I have tried to read the transcripts of what he said, and then I tried to read the transcriptions of the transcripts. And then I quit, because they are reminiscent of a certain female who blew on to the political scene in 2008 and hasn’t quit spewing word salad since. I can’t even mention her name but those who dearly love and appreciate me know who I am alluding to. He is the exact same as she. Just as inflammatory. Just as completely, asininely
stupid (whew, I just made up another new word from my favorite word AND I called another human being stupid). Stand back. I might be struck down by a stray bolt of electrical charges flying through the air. “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” Right. Sorry. Couldn’t help myself. I’ll go back and strike it through. There. Just struck it through with a little line so you can see what I’m REALLY thinking, but should have more tact in saying.
Flat-earthers????????? And then he goes on to compare himself to Galileo. The hubris of this man is simply breathtaking. I can’t even figure out how to challenge this. I can’t even figure out how to rebut him. The writers of the transcriptions of the transcriptions are just as baffled. In fact, the comments by Senator Cruz are SO blindingly stupid that they cause one to just gape, open-mouthed, and shake one’s head back and forth. Galileo? Are you flipping kidding me? Galileo was jailed because he said the earth was not the center of the universe. He wasn’t jailed because he challenged the notion of the earth being flat. Galileo wasn’t even born at the time of that debate.
Here’s the scary thing. There are people out there who don’t know a single, cotton-pickin’ thing about Galileo. Well, they may know that he was a scientist-type dude who lived a long time ago, but that’s where the knowledge will stop. And these people are gullible and afraid and will believe the snake-oil salesman who tells them that science is bad and scientists are bad and the earth is going to hell in a hand basket, NOT because of climate change and anything that we as a species are doing, but because the cotton-pickin’ libruls are in charge and so they better listen to him, the snake-oil salesman, because he is the only one who can save them. And the scary thing about this scenario? He has followers. He has people lined up thinking he’s the messiah, the great white hope, the savior. Lord love a duck but we’re in a world of hurt.
And this is the guy who sits on a committee that influences the financial world of science here in the United States. Actually, my bad, he chairs the committee. Now that should be the cause of a few nightmares.
There’s more stupid, but my coffee is gone and I’m tired of sitting here and the sun is shining and the forest is calling. We’re off to the woods on a ‘looking-for-signs-of-spring’ walk. (We’ve given up on wanting winter and are embracing the coming of spring. Seemed the right thing to do.)