Now We Know Where Ted Cruz Gets It


Ted Cruz is quickly distinguishing himself as one of the most far-right members of the Senate and the more his father speaks in public, the more obvious it is to see where he gets it from. At a recent religious right rally, he said that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were divinely inspired.

Cruz closed by declaring that “outside of the Bible,” the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were the most important documents that had ever been written.

“And the reason is,” Cruz explained, “they were written on the knees of the Framers. The Framers were seeking divine revelation from God, that’s why the Declaration and the Constitution have lasted over 230 years because they were divine revelation from God.”

Hmmm. Let’s see what John Adams, who, unlike Cruz was actually there for the drafting of both documents, has to say about that:

The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the inspiration of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses…

Turns out Adams was naive. It is indeed pretended that the framers were under the inspiration of heaven.

Comments

  1. says

    So by his logic then it follows that the fugitive slave clause of the Constitution was also divinely inspired. Nice

  2. exdrone says

    It’s good to hear that god co-authored something other than the bible. I was beginning t think that he was another J.D. Salinger.

  3. eric says

    So by his logic then it follows that the fugitive slave clause of the Constitution was also divinely inspired. Nice

    I’m guessing this is the more standard, mundane evangelical post-hoc rationailization and not any sort of white supremacy. While they wouldn’t state it this way, they’ll probably say that the bits they agree with are from God, the bits they don’t were the product of Satan/atheists/corrupt liberals.

  4. matty1 says

    they were written on the knees of the Framers.

    Times were harsh in early America even the constitutional convention could not afford tables.

  5. slc1 says

    Here’s what a former professor of his, Alan Dershowitz, had to say about Ted Cruz.

    Alan Dershowitz calls Ted Cruz one of his smartest students
    So who does Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz think is really smart? Ted Cruz of course.
    “Cruz’s views were always thoughtful and his responses were interesting,” the law professor explained. “I obviously disagreed with them and we had good arguments in class. I would challenge him and he would come up with very good responses.”
    “Without a doubt he is among the smartest students I’ve ever had… I’ve had great students but he has to be at the top of anyone’s short list, in terms of raw brain power.”

    By the way, Dershowitz also considers Elizabeth Warren one of the smartest students he has ever had.

    The point of this is that it would be foolhardy in the extreme to take this guy lightly. He ain’t no Louis Gohmert, Sarah Palin, or Michele Bachmann. I consider him to be among the most dangerous of the potential 2016 Rethuglican candidates.

  6. dingojack says

    Matty – it’s far,far worse that. The Framers were so poor* they couldn’t afford paper so they wrote on their knees. Why they didn’t use the backs of their hands, each other’s backs or something is a complete mystery, but according to this ‘smart’ guy thier used their knees.
    Dingo
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    * they got evicted out their hole in the ground!
    (Tell that the the young people today and they wont believe you)

  7. Randomfactor says

    Later on the country advanced. Poe wrote on both ravens and desks, for example.

  8. Chiroptera says

    Well, I’ve always felt that the Declaration of Independence, the first part of it, is a stirring proclamation of the principles of liberal democracy based on Elightenment principles. Other people may disagree, but I think if any document can make the claim of divine inspiration, the Declaration of Independence can. It is certainly a better candidate than the Bible.

    The US Constitution, not so much. I give the framers a pass since theirs was the first attempt at constructing a national government based on these principles (and hampered by the parochial interests of each of the states), but I would think an omnipotent deity could have figured out the future pitfalls and better solutions and inspired a better document.

  9. Chiroptera says

    And the reason is they were written on the knees of the Framers.

    And then crammed down the throats of the citizens of the new nation.

    Sorry, dirty mind and all.

  10. eric says

    The US Constitution, not so much. I give the framers a pass since theirs was the first attempt at constructing a national government based on these principles (and hampered by the parochial interests of each of the states),

    Second attempt, arguably.

  11. dingojack says

    reverendrodney – he already wrote that ”no other gods before me’ thing, so he din’t wanna big note himself..
    I mean he’s a jealous god, but not a publicity-whore god!
    (Have you or anyone else seen him in the last, say, 2500 years?)
    Dingo

  12. bobcarroll says

    For Randomfactor@10 Well then, maybe Poe had an answer to the question, “Why is a raven like a writing desk?”

  13. says

    I agree completely with slc1. Ted Cruz is not at all an idiot. He’s very, very smart. That makes him even more dangerous — and even more culpable for the blatantly false things he says.

  14. thebookofdave says

    Cruz closed by declaring that “outside of the Bible,” the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were the most important documents that had ever been written.

    “Inside of the bible”, there wasn’t enough room to sit down and write.

  15. Pierce R. Butler says

    … the Declaration and the Constitution have lasted over 230 years because they were divine revelation from God.

    Who by this logic loves the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Mahabharata more than ten times as much.

  16. Robert B. says

    Cruz closed by declaring that “outside of the Bible,” the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were the most important documents that had ever been written.

    Inside of the Bible, of course, it’s too dark to write anything.

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