Surely there must be a special place in hell for those who hold up a Bible in one hand, quote Scripture, and then proceed to rip people off. Christians seem to be especially susceptible to the theatrics the TV-evangelist-types use to gain our trust.
Here's a little tip....don't just listen to what they say, but WATCH WHAT THEY DO.
I mean, how could anyone doubt the sincerity of someone who quotes the Bible?
Surely they wouldn't lie to us, right?
*love the tears, Tammy*
*love the tears, Tammy*
Which brings us to....
Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz
Texas Senator Ted Cruz is running a hell-of-a-race (pun intended) to become the next President of the United States. I've watched him rise up (pun intended) as a political creature and take him very seriously. He's extremely smart, cunning, ruthless, focused, a champion debater, and a master of theatrics. Half truths spew out of his mouth.
He is the son of a Cuban immigrant who has become in some quarters a prominent Christian evangelist, and he lets us know about it every chance he can.
Cruz has studied the Tea Party from its inception, has identified their hot buttons, and has used them brilliantly as his vehicle to power. Of all the original Tea Party candidates, he's the last one standing. His road map to the White House was to sweep the deep South, rich with evangelicals, and ride that momentum onward and upward. (They saw right through him, however, causing a major hiccup to his plans. Oops! Desperate times now call for desperate measures.)
I've watched Ted Cruz for a few years now and found that his sleazy actions don't match his pious words. When he ran for the Senate he won by picking off...slandering...one opponent after another, his final victim being the sitting Lt. Governor of Texas. When caught red-handed he will launch into typical politician double-speak, praising God all the while. A politician lying is pretty much a non-event these days...we almost expect it, actually...but most don't masquerade behind a Bible, quoting Scripture the whole time.
Case in point: Several months ago on the day of the Iowa caucus the Cruz campaign spread the rumor that Dr. Ben Carson was dropping out, and asked his supporters to switch their support to Cruz. Later, of course, Cruz said it was just a boo-boo by one of his staffers and apologized. Trouble is, by all accounts Cruz is a micro-manager. No detail gets past him.
He also sent out a very official looking mailer, so official looking the Iowa Secretary of State had to publicly declare it was NOT from his office, pointing out by name on a precinct-by-precinct basis (which means it was meticulously planned) who had a poor voting record. To make amends, Cruz shamed many of them into caucusing for him. Were these dirty tricks enough to give him his slim Iowa victory? We'll never know.
And now there are only three...Trump, Cruz, and Kasich. It's crunch time, winner take all, and I look for Cruz to dig ever deeper into his bag of dirty tricks. No lie will be too outlandish, no slander will be too wrong.
With most candidates you know exactly what you're getting. When they turn out to be crooks, we barely even give it a yawn. Not so with Ted Cruz. He is NOT what he professes to be. Watch him. Don't "TrustTed". He's dangerous.