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Ted Cruz and Nelson Mandela: Can a hyena really change its spots?

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A strange thing happened over the weekend involving Canadian born, Texas Ultra-Conservative, U.S. Senator Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz, and his “New Confederate” political base that worship the ground he walks on.

In short, the Southern / Western Tea Party political base and Senator Rafael Cruz…{I like your real name, why don’t you use it more often?} had a nasty family spat over the adoring and respectful remarks / comments Cruz made regarding the memory / legacy of the late-great South African President, Nelson Mandela.

It’s no secret that haters of President Obama, Affirmative Action, Civil Rights, Women Rights, Gay / Lesbian Rights and the Rights of the Poor, once and still do consider Nelson Mandela a “Black communist and terrorist” while in contrast, Cruz’s supporters for the most part view the former Apartheid government of South Africa as a “God-Loving, democratic government” that was ran by some fairly “Groovy White Guys” who unabashedly opposed “Uppity Negroes” and understood just how to handle them whenever they {Uppity Negroes} “acted up”.

Not long after the official News broke around the world on December 5, 2013 that Madiba had died, Cruz eulogized Nelson Mandela on his Facebook page, writing, “Nelson Mandela will live in history as an inspiration for defenders of liberty around the globe…Because of his epic fight against injustice, an entire nation is now free.”

Really Senator Cruz, how does a hyena change its spots so quickly? Or is it a not-so-shrewd ploy on your part to display one of your many Canadian-Cuban-American faces that you hope will garner you “Moderate-American Votes”?

Please excuse Progressives / Liberals for being “somewhat suspicious” but didn’t you just say on September 11, 2013 during a speech made at a Heritage Foundation event dubbed the "Jesse Helms Lecture Series," that the United States Senate needed 100 more senators like Jesse Helms?

Mr. Cruz, in case you’ve forgotten, Jesse Helms, the late Republican senator from North Carolina, was one of the most racist and bigoted human beings that ever walked through the chambers of the U.S. Senate.

Indeed sir, this is the story you told to the audience at the “Heritage Foundation”, which by the way, is arguably just a front for an old racist organization that once called itself “The White Citizens Council”.

“Jesse Helms once received a $5,000 political donation from actor John Wayne, who apparently later told Helms he liked him because "you're that guy saying all those crazy things" and we need 100 more like you”.

Senator Cruz you continued with, "It's every bit as true now as it was then, we need 100 more like Jesse Helms in the U.S. Senate."

Jesse Helms was an Ultra-Conservative {Redneck} from North Carolina who served in the U.S. Senate for over 30 years. Known for his passionate efforts to prevent laws in the Senate from passing that protected the rights of Women, Blacks and Gays / Lesbians, Jesse Helms who opposed the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, often referred to Nelson Mandela, the very man you “Now adore”, as a “Black Commie-terrorist”.

So what really gives Rafael? Your pseudo-Christian political base will tell you that “A man cannot serve two masters”. Everything that Nelson Mandela represented in life and represents in spirit, you are on the record for being against, just like your hero Jesse Helms.

In 1988, Helms opposed the Kennedy-Hatch AIDS bill, stating that there "is not one single case of AIDS in this country that cannot be traced in origin to sodomy."

Wow, Jesse really sounded like a swell guy didn’t he Rafael? Not.

And just to think, you Senator Cruz made a $10 political donation to Jesse Helms as a child when you weren’t even “knee-high to a June Bug”. Wow, we Progressives wonder who taught you so much about the “Good things” Senator Jesse Helms was accomplishing in the U.S., was it your Pa? Come on admit it, ignorance / hate that is taught with an effervescent zeal that you and Senator Helms have / had only comes from a “nurturing Aryan home environment”.

So again, what happened, did you hear voices over the weekend like Joan of Arc? Did you have an epiphany while reading an old Jet Magazine? Inquiring Progressives and Ultra-Conservatives {Rednecks} really want to know. What happened?

Oh…and it’s nice that you’ve decided to attend Madiba’s funeral that’s being held in South Africa, you must be checking on your blood-diamond stock while over there now aren’t you? Everyone knows you don’t really love Nelson Mandela or what Madiba stood for and fought against. So what’s really up? Inquiring minds wanna know.

Anywho…both your Ultra-Conservative Political base and Liberals / Progressives already know that you can’t change your hyena spots overnight. In any case have a fun time in South Africa and please don’t illegally bring back any Ivory while you’re over there. We hear U.S. Senator’s bags aren’t examined too closely on diplomatic trips.

And please be careful when you return home to Texas, we hear {in the words of Ricky Ricardo} that you have much “Splaining” to do when you address your next Tea Party Town Hall meeting.

And by the way, “Only if you were to return home to Texas dressed in the authentic garb of a Zulu warrior, denouncing your devilish pursuit of ending Obamacare will Progressives in the U.S. ever begin to believe that a hyena can indeed change its spots”.

As always, the New Orleans Examiner is interested in what you think, is Ted Cruz going to South Africa to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral because he believes in Madiba’s fight against all that Apartheid represented? Or is just another Tea Party / GOP Jedi Mind Trick? Inquiring minds want to know. Sound Off.

Until next time, Good day, God bless and Good fishing.



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