Martin Luther King, Jr. made the observation that:
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
Sarah Palin proved her ignorance when she said:
Palin proved she was stupid when she made this statement.
Most would agree that Sarah Palin proved that she is neither sincere or conscientious when she quit her job. However she is still dangerous because she is an ignorant, stupid, politician, and she used to be attractive.
Even though it has been four years since Sarah resigned from her elected position as Governor of Alaska, she still entices people to give her money. She travels the country spending her PAC money on herself rather than supporting candidates. For example she has raised almost ½ of a Million Dollars this year, but made only one donation to one candidate for $5000.00. That single donation represented roughly one percent of the total funds received by SarahPAC.
In July of 2012, Palin not only endorsed Ted Cruz in his race for the Senate, but she and Todd appeared in Houston to campaign for him.
Cruz won the race and has since proclaimed that “I would not be in the U.S. Senate today if it were not for Governor Palin.” Palin and Cruz have formed a mutual admiration, at least when in public. Cruz said Palin, like him, drives the mainstream media “bat-crap crazy” because she is “fearless,” “principled,” and “courageous.”Palin has praised Cruz by declaring that he “chews barbed wire and spits out rust.”
The difference between Sarah and Ted is easily identifiable. Sarah is poorly educated. Not only did it take her five colleges and six years to earn a four year degree, but she attended some junior colleges and chose some of her colleges based on where her friends were going. When she thought there was too much rain at a particular institution, she simply dropped out. After graduating, it appears that Palin’s dedication to education came to an abrupt halt, as she failed to see the need to educate herself on current events.
Conversely, Ted CruzCruz graduated cum laude from Princeton University where he won awards in debate, including the best speaker award. He was named the U.S. National Speaker of the Year and his Team won the “Team of the Year.” Cruz was also a semi-finalist at the 1995 World Universities Debating Championship.
Cruz attended Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude. Cruz was a primary editor of the Harvard Law Review, and executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and a founding editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review. Harvard Law, Professor Alan Dershowitz said, “Cruz was off-the-charts brilliant.”
This “brilliant” Senator is smart enough to understand things, about which, Sarah Palin knows nothing. When Sarah Palin claimed that Obamacare would result in Death Panels, she was credited with lying and being foolish, but nobody gave her credit for being strategic, or attempting to energize her followers. However Ted Cruz is smart enough to attempt to energize his base by using political rhetoric that has no basis in reality. Cruz is leading a fight to defeat “Obamacare” by defunding it. He is traveling Texas this week for town hall type gatherings to promote the notion that the solution for people who oppose Obamacare is to “defund” it, even if it means shutting down the government.
Even most Republicans agree that “shutting the government down” would not solve the problem. Republican Senator Richard Burr said: “I think it’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard of.” So far only 13 Senators have signed the legislation that would paralyze the government if Obamacare is defunded. Most Republicans agree that to take such a dangerous position might result in disastrous consequences for the 2014 elections. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican congressman from Illinois, said that once voters realized the damage that could be caused by a shutdown, they might push his party out of control of the House. “Potentially there will be a collapse of will to keep the government shut down because soldiers are not getting paid, and all this other stuff’s happening, and we turn around and lose 10-20 seats in 2014,” he said.
Even Fox News acknowledges the fundamental error is the suggestion that the way to reign in government spending is to defund Obamacare. The Continuing Resolution (CR) that is being advocated by Senator Cruz only affects the government’s discretionary spending. Virtually all of Obamacare is mandatory spending which would be unaffected by CR. Defunding Obamacare under the CR plan would not affect spending for the expansion of Medicaid, which is almost half of Obamacare. In fact, as “little as 1%-2% of of Obamacare outlays for the first ten years would be affected by approval of the CR. Thus the CR would translate into less than a $10 Billion cut to Obamacare while $1.5 Trillion dollars over the next ten years would still be spent on the program. What would be defunded immediately by a government shut down would be payment of such trivial things as meeting payroll for the members of the military.
Cruz doesn’t appear to care if his plan makes sense. If he truly cared about passing conservative legislation, he wouldn’t spend all of his time purposefully angering his Republican colleagues. If he cared about the Republican Party’s national image and reputation, as opposed to his own image, he would have at least offered rhetorical support for immigration reform. Cruz, like Sarah Palin, is in it for himself. A majority of Americans want the GOP to be more conciliatory and moderate.
This week, all the respectable, professional Republicans told Ted Cruz not to try to shut down the government over Obamacare. Karl Rove said it, in a Fox News editorial. His argument is that no matter how awful Obamacare is, a shutdown will hurt the party. He is correct.
The frightening thing is that Cruz is more dangerous than Sarah Palin. When Palin “went rogue” people laughed because she was obviously so ignorant. When Senator Cruz goes rogue, we can’t laugh because he knows exactly what he is doing. Cruz is sly and has the gift of gab.He is neither conscientious nor sincere. Cruz is conniving and manipulative. He is dangerous. Given Cruz’s efforts to clarify his citizenship during the last week, there may be an indication that Senator Cruz has his sights on the White House in 2016. Underestimating the danger of a potential President Ted Cruz would be a mistake.