Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has announced his presidential run for 2016. With the news, Twitter erupted into a firestorm of hilarious hashtag campaign slogans and many pundits concluded his race will get him nothing more than a Fox News Contract. What seemed to go amiss, however, is that this Tea Party favorite is ironically going against every fiber of his conservative being.
“Imagine in 2017 a new president signing legislation repealing every word of Obamacare,” Cruz said to an assembly of Liberty University students as he announced his election campaign. Yet by the following week, the loud-and-proud Obamacare critic was signing up.
"We will presumably go on the exchange and sign up for health care and we're in the process of transitioning over to do that," Cruz told The Des Moines Register.
Cruz’s wife, Heidi, is taking an unpaid leave of absence from her job at Goldman Sachs to join her husband on the campaign trail.
The staunch opposer’s excuse?
“Well, it is written in the law that members will be on the exchanges without subsidies just like millions of Americans so that's—I think the same rules should apply to all of us. Members of Congress should not be exempt."
His decision certainly makes for a great laugh.
Yet what goes more unnoticed by Republicans and mainstream media is Cruz’s birthplace. Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada, yet Republicans remain hush on this fact. President Obama’s birthplace is one of the hot button topics of his presidency with birthers still refusing (despite physical evidence) that Obama was, indeed, born in the U.S.! Cruz’s fan base — the Tea Party — fueled the birther movement, yet a clear double standard is presented here when one of their own is allowed to escape criticism .
Cruz’s birthplace could be controversial, but his mother was born in Delaware so constitutionally speaking he passes the test. And Cruz’s decision to follow the rules for healthcare is comical, but relatively harmless. What these two pieces of news really convey, though, is Cruz’s (and in general Republicans) flip-flopping narrative. The Republican senator is all talk, but when it comes to actually sticking to his principles he falls apart. As if Cruz needed another reason to show why he shouldn’t be president, his total lack of integrity and standing for his beliefs proves he just doesn’t have what it takes to be a real leader.