Freedom is… What?


Ted Cruz spoke today.  I will not hide the fact that I think Ted Cruz is one of the worst people in America.  He has little respect for people who are not like him and almost as little respect for people who are like him.

He is scared of anything he does not understand.

I will not make fun of his appearance.  That would be in bad taste.  Instead I will post a picture I took of him on my television during his speech tonight.

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Today was his day.  His night.  He started by delivering a speech about the deaths of police officers.  What he does best.  Selling fear.

Then he switched and started selling freedom.  Because this is something he has always believed in?  A sudden change in tactic.  Ted Cruz goes positive?

I thought to myself, who do I know who would support Ted Cruz?

My in-laws.

I started to think of all the things that they like about Ted Cruz.  Hardest part of my conversation with myself.  I compared this list with the words he said today.

If there’s one thing I know, there’s often a difference between the words that a person says and the actions that person takes.

There is a better vision for our future: A return to freedom. On education, your freedom to choose your child’s education, even if you aren’t as rich as Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

Ted Cruz gets Goldman Sachs money.  He’s wealthy.  At least a multi-millionaire.  Maybe not as much as the Clintons, but I’m pretty sure Cruz can do quite a bit for his children with his earnings.  It’s not like his little girls are going to public school.  A quick search suggests he is worth $3.5 million.  I have yet to come close to that in my entire career.

Rich is rich.

Anyway, I thought I would answer some of the Cruz speech thinking like my in-laws.

On taxes, your freedom to provide for your family without the IRS beating down your door. The Internet? Keep it free from taxes, free from regulation. And don’t give it away to Russia and China.

Yes, no taxes.  And free internet.  Oh, except pornography is a public health crisis.  So regulate that.

Freedom means free speech, not politically correct safe spaces.

Yes, freedom of speech.  As long as you love America and shed a tear when seeing the flag.  No dissent.

Freedom means religious freedom, whether you are Christian or Jew, Muslim or atheist.

Uh, this does not compute.  Must be Christian.  Must be Christian.  Must be Christian.  Who is this man?

Gay or straight, the Bill of Rights protects the rights of all of us to live according to our conscience.

Did Ted Cruz just say this?  Does not compute.  Gays are bad.  Kill all homosexuals as per that convention last  year.  Kim Davis for Secretary of Education.  Gay people made a choice.

Hillary Clinton believes government should make virtually every choice in your life.

Yes, this is true.  Government should only decide what religion you follow, what sexual orientation you are, which bathroom you use, and that corporations are people.

We can do this. 47 years ago today, America put a man on the moon. That’s the power of freedom.

That was a government agency.  NASA.  I thought we wanted small government?  NASA feels like taxes.

So.  Confused.  Right.  Now.

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Just me, or was Ted Cruz sounding more like a Libertarian today than ever before?  He was toeing the line.  He was trying to separate himself from Donald Trump.

He was initiating his run for President of the United States 2020.  The PAC has likely already been started.

He is gambling that Trump will not defeat Clinton this year.  Cruz did not endorse Trump and is trying to establish himself as the candidate that the GOP should have picked.

Ted Cruz reinvented himself on that stage and was booed off.  He decided to take a huge chance and not support the Republican nominee for president.

Instead he pitched an idea that even atheists have rights.

New for Cruz.

He pitched the idea that homosexuals have rights.

New for Cruz.

He pitched the idea that he once heard a Janis Joplin song.  But he missed the meaning.

And the passion that Janis had.

Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.  Nothing as long as Cruz wins in 2020.

I texted this to my mom.

Almost punched the television, but it’s not my TV’s fault Ted Cruz is on.

I guess freedom is the right to sell an idea you don’t believe in if people are dumb and ignorant enough to believe it.

Good luck beating Kanye West, Teddy, because I’m guessing the 2020 race will be even more ridiculous.  Especially if you’re in it.

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