BY LUKE WATHEN
Sen. Ted Cruz, Republican presidential hopeful and closet-Canadian, has made waves over the last month, especially at the annual Values Voter Summit when he vowed to promptly throw out the Iran Nuclear Deal if he is elected to office.
“If the Ayatollah doesn’t like that,” Cruz said, “we may have to help introduce him to the 72 virgins.”
This line received roars of applause from the crowd of fundamentalist voters and a self-flattering grin from the Texas senator.
When I heard this line, I was speechless. One of the frontrunners for the Republican presidential nomination just casually threatened to kill the leader of a rival nation.
To be frank, Ted Cruz behaves like a spoiled child. This is the kind of language and behavior that is to be expected from a short-tempered teenager fresh out of a high school government class, not a state representative that could feasibly be the head of an entire country.
Even when Ronald Reagan denounced the Soviet Union as an “evil empire,” he had the decency not to resort to death threats.
What is most alarming about this whole ordeal is not Cruz’s idle threat, but the crowd’s response to it. While Cruz’s speech was something to be loathed, the majority of those attending the Values Voter Summit vocally lauded it.
This is what is unsettling about Cruz’s campaign and politics in general. The race to the White House seems to be being won by those that ruffle the most feathers.
Voters, whether intentional or not, seem to be drawn to those that yell the loudest rather than those that make the most sense.
Cruz is, of course, not the only one guilty of this.
Donald Trump has built his entire campaign on such off-the-wall ideas as building a giant wall on the Mexican border to stop illegal immigration.
Not to be outdone, Scott Walker proposed doing the same on the border to Canada.
On the other side of the political spectrum, Hillary Clinton lightheartedly has dismissed anyone that mentions her private email server and its questionable legality.
The worst part: these people may one day be in the nation’s most powerful position.
This championing of idiocy needs to stop. As voters, it is our duty to examine what these people have to offer the American people and whether their leadership can lead to any sort of prosperity or well-being.
And to those candidates running on a platform of sensationalism, Ted Cruz included, you need to grow up. The nation is divided enough already without your half-baked “ideas” driving a wedge between Americans. Stop pandering to the lowest common denominator and start addressing what you can do to solve the nation’s issues. If you disagree with something, find an alternative that does not involve killing any leaders.
George Orwell put it best when he said “Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”
Don’t vote for who yells the loudest, vote for who makes the most sense.