Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) – real name, Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz - has been on fire after he made an insensitive remark that stunned his Houston district. Cruz had told his tea-party supporters during a public appearance at a Houston rally last week that Nigerian “email scammers” have all been hired to run the “Obamacare websites." Here are Cruz’s words:
"Have you all noticed, you know the Nigerian email scammers? They've been a lot less active lately, because they've all been hired to run the Obamacare websites."
Nigerian residents quickly reacted from all over the country asking for a retraction of this comment, and public apology from Cruz. The Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S. Prof. Ade Adefuye denounced the comments and called on Cruz to be a ‘gentleman’ and apologize. Prof. Adefuye said that the embassy received calls from Nigerian residents in the U.S. and from other African embassies appalled by the perceived cultural insensitivity.
But Cruz’s brush with Nigerians was not coincidental. The notorious Canadian immigrant has been consistent with callousness and arrogance. He has steadily exhibited a disregard of the communities he supposedly represents. For instance, Cruz angered the Filipino community with another horrible comment that tied his speech against Obamacare to the historic “Bataan death march.” During his infamous 21-hour bogus filibuster wrap-up calling for the defunding of Obamacare, Cruz ruthlessly thanked his staff “who have endured this Bataan death march.” This comparison outraged veterans of the actual 1942 death march, who stormed Cruz’s office for a retraction.
It is shocking that Cruz has just been in this office since January – less than a year. He was the Republican nominee for the Senate seat vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison, a fellow Republican. In 2012, he defeated Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in the Republican primary runoff, and then proceeded to the November 2012 general election when he defeated his Democratic opponent, former state Representative Paul Sadler. Since his induction January 2013 as a junior senator, Cruz has generated more controversy than Bush’s Iraqi War; displayed so much immaturity over critical national issues, and even used his legislative powers to witch-hunt his own district.
Today, the name “Ted Cruz” is like HIV, and remains a killer-virus that nobody wishes for. This may be why even his Republican counterparts dissociate him from issues of national urgency. To make it worse, Cruz’s hometown newspaper; the Houston Chronicle denounced him in the most distasteful context – claiming that the Junior Senator has not lived up the legacy of his predecessor, Hutchison. Chronicle it may be recalled, endorsed Cruz in his senate race, but in a stunning reversal, the Newspaper wrote, “Cruz has been part of the problem in specific situations where Hutchison would have been part of the solution.”
When Cruz embarked on a nationwide campaign in the summer of 2013 to promote a trivial congressional effort to defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it was obvious the senator was up for another comedy show. Cruz had addressed his Republican counterparts on October 11, 2013 against accepting Obamacare, describing it as a "train wreck," and also argued that a shutdown of the government would not be a disaster for America or the Republican Party.
But here is the irony about the Senator who detests a policy that gives the masses an affordable access to health coverage. Cruz’s wife, Heidi confirmed to the New York Times that Cruz gets his health insurance through Goldman Sachs. For the conservative senator who lambasted the health care reform law and helped drive the country into a two-week administration blackout, critics see his Goldman Sachs’s full insurance coverage as hypocritical.
Cruz’s arrogance in the senate, insensitivity in his own district, and brainless approach to important national issues may not be his only administrative cracks. While the lawman parades his conservative pureness, he may also be battling reprehensible lapses in ethics. Time disclosed that Cruz violated ethics rules by failing to publicly disclose his financial ties to a Caribbean-based holding company during the 2012 campaign. But Cruz did not deny his ‘backyard’ deal with a Jamaican private equity firm founded by his college roommate. In fact, he claimed he was in the process of rectifying his disclosure.
As this junior senator from Texas endures his dishonorable nationwide drama series, one thing is obvious – that Cruz is a parliamentary error representing nobody but himself. Texas may be red, but Houston, Texas is unapologetically as blue as October skies. Houston is the capital of the world where all nationals are represented and respected. There are no tea-partiers in Houston – the only teas we understand are made in form beverages. Believably, Cruz is not desired in Houston because he is not who we are.
You may send Senator Cruz a message, and let him know, he is not who we are: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/contact.cfm