MY MAN on courts, the 14th Amendment, and Gay Marriage
“It is beyond dispute that when the 14th Amendment was adopted 146 years ago, as a necessary post-Civil War era reform, it was not imagined to also mandate same-sex marriage, but that is what the Supreme Court is implying today. The Court is making the preposterous assumption that the People of the United States somehow silently redefined marriage in 1868 when they ratified the 14th Amendment,” he said.
“Nothing in the text, logic, structure, or original understanding of the 14th Amendment or any other constitutional provision authorizes judges to redefine marriage for the Nation. It is for the elected representatives of the People to make the laws of marriage, acting on the basis of their own constitutional authority, and protecting it, if necessary, from usurpation by the courts.”
If you’re looking for a colorable answer to the question of who will wind up in the White House following the 2016 presidential elections, look no further.
A new coloring book depicts U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as a superhero riding on an eagle while carrying a rifle and wrangling with the “hydra” of Obamacare, illegal immigration and high taxes before strolling onto the White House lawn.
“The supplement and book are fact based, fair and objective, about a man who millions of American citizens consider a real life true to heart super hero for children to look up to,” Publisher Wayne Bell said in the release . “Ted Cruz is history in the making.”
FROM THE FOLKS who brought you We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom, comes Ted Saves America, a do-it-yourself encomium to likely GOP presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz. The eight-page supplement is a follow-on to last year’s Ted Cruz to the Future, also published by Really Big Coloring Books, Inc., which featured Cruz surrounded by butterflies shooting finger guns at a (presumably grafted) tree with trunks labeled “U.S. Constitution” and “Ten Commandments.”
In this election-oriented update, the heroic Texas senator battles giant serpents representing the forces of “Obamacare,” “High Taxes,” “Illegal Immigration,” “Injustice,” and “Lawlessness” without even mussing his Reaganesque mini-pompadour. He also soars on the back of an eagle and gives a thumbs-up as he strides confidently across the White House lawn.
“The Ted Cruz to the Future supplement is designed to be used as an educational tool. It does not constitute an endorsement of Ted Cruz,” a disclaimer at the bottom of one page reads. “The coloring book is based on a fair and objective review on this positive role model and real life superhero.”
This blog will be a repository of all things Cruzian of interest to my friends and like-minded folks. My friends tend to dislike the status quo, to be ridiculously open-minded. They’re atheist, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, any or all of the above and more. Many are gay and all of them have at least one gay friend (me).
YOU, YES, YOU will make this work by sending me material (mostly about Ted Cruz and his salvational rhetoric and demagogic activities—but by no means limited to My Man). The rhetorical and actual antics of any “politician” of My Man’s ilk will be grist for our mill.
. . . The Supreme Court’s decision to let rulings by lower court judges stand that redefine marriage is both tragic and indefensible,” said Sen. Cruz. “By refusing to rule if the States can define marriage, the Supreme Court is abdicating its duty to uphold the Constitution. The fact that the Supreme Court Justices, without providing any explanation whatsoever, have permitted lower courts to strike down so many state marriage laws is astonishing.
“This is judicial activism at its worst. The Constitution entrusts state legislatures, elected by the People, to define marriage consistent with the values and mores of their citizens. Unelected judges should not be imposing their policy preferences to subvert the considered judgments of democratically elected legislatures. . .
To erudite academeze . . .
. . . conservative socioeconomic elites deploy noneconomic appeals in order to develop needed cross-class electoral coalitions. Thomas Frank’s analysis of Kansas, for example, argued that economic elites controlling the Republican Party used appeals to traditionalist religious beliefs to attract the less-affluent voters required to make conservatism electorally viable. (25) In this interpretation, national Republicans encouraged the realignment of traditionally religious voters to the GOP. . . (Alexander, Gerard. “The Fog Of Political War: Predicting The Future Course Of Conservatism.” Journal Of Policy History 26.1 : 121-137. His note (25) refers to (25) Frank, Thomas. What’s the Matter With Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America. New York: 2004.)
to help us understand the Cruzian mind.
And we won’t be above making jokes (all in good fun, of course)
So watch for stuff about My Man, and send it to me. My next post here will be instructions how to do that. Let’s help the world understand MY MAN, Ted Cruz!