Senator Ted Cruz, of Texas, has mastered the narrative of Republicans versus liberal elites that was started over ten years ago in the talk radio sphere and in the opinion pages of national newspapers.
The book “Talking Right: How Conservatives Turned Liberalism into a Tax-Raising, Latte-Drinking, Sushi-Eating, Volvo-Driving, New York Times-Reading, Body Piercing, Hollywood-Loving, Left-Wing Freak Show,” by Geoffrey Nunberg and published in 2006-2007, illustrates the narrative.
Consider Cruz’s comments following the Brussels attacks Tuesday when President Barack Obama appeared on ESPN at a baseball game between the Cuban national team and the Tampa Bay Rays.
“President Obama is happily at a baseball game, yucking it up with the Castro brothers, communist dictators…rather than directing the effort…” to fight ISIS, Mr. Cruz said, according to CBS News This Morning on March 23, 2016.
Every time Mr. Cruz crafts a sentence, he is slow, deliberate, crafty.
“The President goes on a national television conference and lectures America on Islamaphobia. Enough is enough…” Cruz said, according to CBS News this morning on March 24, 2016. (Italics mine to indicate how Cruz pits “Obama the intellectual” against America the brave.)
Love him or hate him, Ted Cruz has a way of talking that attempts to galvanize the mind against the liberal alternative. His talents here should not be discounted. American liberals, the likes of which are found predominantly in Vermont, must mount a counter defense to this narrative.
It can’t be intellectualism against American ingenuity and blue collar work or Democrats will never win the White House. It must be a combined battle between intellectuals and blue collar workers who solve problems every day in their work: fitting a bolt, drilling out an old bolt, fabricating a part, etc.
There must be unity in Vermont. Liberals must understand why Republicans take a stand against immigrants even if they disagree with that stand because America has traditionally been the land of immigrants. There must be an understanding of why those views are taken. There is the instinct to protect children’s future and wealth. If we get overpopulated, we will live in squalor and hopelessness. The earth will cease to be wild and fascinating.
Ted Cruz is a threat to America. His language is smart and sophisticated. It stimulates every aspect of the brain when it comes to the old narrative about Republicans versus liberal elites. It is important that we unite to fight this red herring. The real problem is that the rich are getting richer and our government is no longer redistributing the wealth fairly to all citizens. When we have poor among us, we have to deal with their crime to help themselves survive. A better way would be higher taxes on the top one percent and a re-distribution of wealth so that all citizens of the United States can live in comfort.
I am not necessarily in support of tax hikes for the rich. I would also support voluntary efforts by the rich to support the poor, and I think this would be preferable to taxes, but history seems to indicate that the rich don’t contribute to help the poor unless they are compelled to and our media doesn’t often compel the rich to give to the poor in America. We are also lacking the teaching on the instincts of humans to support one another and establish a lasting presence on this earth for at least a million years in our respective countries and states.
One way the rich could help the poor is providing housing, food and health care to the poor who would work in voluntary work camps building things like rail connections between cities and apartment buildings in the inner parts of cities like Rutland.
Here is Ted Cruz again on CBS This Morning, March 24, 2016, “They have allowed vast numbers of Islamic terrorists to infiltrate Europe and they live in isolated communities where radicalism festers. And we need to be using pro-active policing, we need to be using pro-active law enforcement, and intelligence and national security resources to prevent radicalization…”
Cruz is a smart and highly calibrated politician. We must take a stand in Vermont and counter this highly potent narrative.