Sen. Ted Cruz Is The Latest ‘Mandela-Loving’ RINO

Wow. In the year 2013, you still can’t even feign condolences and act like you care about the passing of one of history’s foremost champions of human rights without facing a rhetorical firing squad from the Republican party’s base.

Senator Ted Cruz, who recently managed to show just enough self-restraint and discipline to get through a whole public statement without using the word “Obamacare,” which would have been news enough for me, but then he went ahead and said something unforgivable by historical standards of GOP decency and civility:

Nelson Mandela will live in history as an inspiration for defenders of liberty around the globe. He stood firm for decades on the principle that until all South Africans enjoyed equal liberties he would not leave prison himself, declaring in his autobiography, ‘Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.’ Because of his epic fight against injustice, an entire nation is now free.

We mourn his loss and offer our condolences to his family and the people of South Africa.

One might read that and suspect Sen. Ted Cruz is attempting to co-opt Nelson Mandela’s life’s work as one based upon Right wing conservative ideology of ‘standing firm on principles,’ while insinuating that freedom from the chains of Obamacare is only a strong, charismatic leader short, and an ‘epic fight’ away from some great victory against their tyrannical oppressors.

They are adorable.

Responses have been pretty predictable from the Republican party’s despicable base of cranks, kooks, and trolls. But these are people who came of age and were politically motivated during America’s own modern day, pro-Apartheid regime that spans Ronald Reagan through Dick Cheney. It wouldn’t be until 2008 that the U.S. officially took Nelson Mandela off the terrorist watch list– long after history had relegated conservative arguments to the contrary wrong-headed and intellectually-violent.

But today, even treading the safe waters of praise for someone like Nelson Mandela, with Republican leaders racing to social media to pretend they care about the passing of an historical icon who fought against pretty much everything they stand for, the base isn’t playing along with this little exercise in make-good “RINO” politics.

This is the reprehensible worldview that Republicans have historically cultivated and are counting on to be the engine of the future that continues the work of driving American policy off the rails as they reclaim ‘their country.’

What should be obvious today, is that when President Obama came into office, he got there in large part by applying Nelson Mandela’s call for peace and understanding through reconciliation to his own call for unity, healing, and forgiveness post-Bush. By taking the prosecution of key members of the Bush/Cheney administration off the table for their innumerable, lingering crimes against humanity, President Obama was essentially carrying the torch for Nelson Mandela.

And they continue to attack him for being a “Communist/Socialist/Terrorist sympathizer,” among other things, even while they’re attempting to slip in some easy, public relations praise for Nelson Mandela.

The ugly, recurring face of ignorance, hate and greed is always trying to overthrow humanity’s best hopes for peace, democracy, and reconciliation.

They call it “freedom!”

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  • muselet

    Who could have predicted that Ted Cruz, of all people, would show more dignity in commenting on Nelson Mandela’s death than Rick Santorum?

    –alopecia

    • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

      I think this proves 2 things. First that Cruz is willing to say or do anything if he thinks it will garner him more power, which makes him a full blown power-hungry sociopath. Second, he is definitely going to consider running for the Presidency.

      • muselet

        Rick Santorum is also definitely going to run for President and he was a, well, colossal dick in his comments.

        Still, you’re right on both counts: Ted Cruz is a sociopath and he’s running for President.

        –alopecia

  • Christopher Foxx

    By taking the prosecution of key members of the Bush/Cheney administration off the table for their innumerable, lingering crimes against humanity, President Obama was essentially carrying the torch for Nelson Mandela.

    And they continue to attack him for being a “Communist/Socialist/Terrorist sympathizer,” among other things

    I understand the political expediance that lead Obama did the former, but it’s predictable that teh letter would follow. As long as these folks (Republicans, Wall St, etc.) continue to pay no penalty they will continue to believe (rightly) that they can do whatever they want.

  • joseph2004

    Obama “.. got there in large part by applying Nelson Mandela’s call for peace and understanding through reconciliation to his own call for unity, healing, and forgiveness post-Bush.

    Ha, jjjAAAAAAAA rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrRRRIIIIGHT! Then O promptly did a 180. What a bunch of liberal progressive self-aggrandizing crappola.

    Brink, you’re so goofy.

    • muselet

      I’m going to regret asking this, but what did Barack Obama do that was “a 180″ from his call for, in Mr Brink’s words, “unity, healing, and forgiveness”?

      He didn’t round up the GWB Administration and ship the lot of them to The Hague. He repeatedly reached out to Congressional Rs and attempted to find common ground if not consensus. Contrary to what you may have heard, the IRS under the Obama Administration did not—let me repeat that in case you missed it: did not—single out conservative political groups for scrutiny.

      Please be specific and provide documentation.

      And to spare us both a lot of meaningless to-and-fro, opinion pieces don’t count as sources.

      –alopecia

      • Victor_the_Crab

        He can’t. joeywhinnyface just wants to be his douchey trolling self.

        • muselet

          I’m kind of curious what he considers Barack Obama’s volte face to be. Of course, if joseph responds, I expect a lot of hand-waving and indignant harrumphing about what I should be reading instead.

          I did say I’d regret asking the question.

          –alopecia

  • bbcaaat

    Well, Raphael Jr. was raised as a communist, so I guess his transition into fascist is understandable.