Week 26: Prat – Senator Ted Cruz

by Jackie_South on June 28, 2015

Texas_pratThis week, the junior senator from Texas wins our apparently much coveted prize for being the biggest prat of the last seven days

“Today is some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history”

Is this statement Ted Cruz, Texan senator and Republican presidential candidate hopeful, uttered on Friday on rightwinger Sean Hannity’s radio programme remotely true?

Well, despite Hannity’s response of “I couldn’t say it more eloquently” about what is a clunkily grammared statement, is the idea that the US Supreme Court has ruled gay marriage a constitutional right really among the darkest days of American history?

Are we really saying that this compares to the assassination of four of its presidents?
Or 9/11?
Or the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy and Huey Long?
Or the burning down of the White House by British troops in 1814?
Or the Civil War?
Or the bombing of Pearl Harbor?
Or the destruction of Chicago by fire, San Francisco by earthquake or New Orleans by hurricane?
Or the Wall Street Crash?
Or the deaths of 2,500 American troops through starvation, disease and cold at Valley Forge?
Or the lynchings of African Americans and the murder of civil rights activists in the Sixties?
Or the Trail of Tears?
Or the Sand Creek Massacre?
Or the judicial lynchings of Sioux men and the invention of the concentration camp  (for their wives, children and elders) under President Lincoln?
Or the Vietnam War?
Or even the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dred Scott case?

Those are the real dark days of American history: either the tragedies that shook the nation or the shameful episodes that belie America’s belief in itself as a beacon for the world.

Does allowing two people who love each other to marry really rank among those events?

Of course not. Ted, you are such a prat (and you too, Hannity).

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

john problem June 28, 2015 at 4:44 pm

I thought – for a moment – he was talking about the various conflicts around the world, of which there are 42 at the moment…….


George_East June 28, 2015 at 6:49 pm

A right under the constitution rather than ‘legal’. It was of course already legal in 37 states, this just means it is now also legal in the other 13 and that it is not permissible for states to act laws banning it.


Jackie_South June 28, 2015 at 6:58 pm

Good point. Now corrected.


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