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IrishFast

730 points

13 days ago*

IrishFast

730 points

13 days ago*

Is this the same Ted Cruz who claimed that some people on his block - not his neighbors, mind you, or some giant-ass billboard - displaying Beto signs during the election was “disrespectful.” Literally his words. “Disrespectful.” [edit: whoops. He said "rude," not "disrespectful." My mistake!]

As if merely living in proximity to someone means they MUST support you and vote for you.

The fucking entitlement of this vapid resting-cockmouth slob is stratospheric.

huntrshado

59 points

13 days ago

huntrshado

I voted

59 points

13 days ago

I'm more surprised that people like Cruz can live any semblence of normal lives. That they can live in a "normal" neighborhood with neighbors and do vile shit on a daily basis with no repercussions.

Historically, we use to do shit like tar and feather traitors like Cruz. It is really astounding to me how far we have come as a society that we are so apathetic about someone like Cruz that he doesn't even have protests outside of his house for his actions, compared to the insane shit our ancestors would have done to him for being a traitor to the country.

Alekesam1975

32 points

13 days ago

Yeah, that airport photo tripped me out. I was like,"This dude doesn't roll with any security? How has he not been dropped on his ass by now?"

huntrshado

11 points

13 days ago

huntrshado

I voted

11 points

13 days ago

Senators really do be out here, vulnerable af, constantly. That much was proven during the Capitol riots, when even some of the most "secure" buildings in our nation were not enough to protect them properly (we were one hallway turn away from some of them getting killed tbh). Let alone their normal day-to-day.

Piquell

54 points

13 days ago

Piquell

54 points

13 days ago

Vibrantmender20

14.8k points

13 days ago

It's like this guy is addicted to bad press

dropspace

6.7k points

13 days ago

dropspace

Texas

6.7k points

13 days ago

He's trying to see if any amount of bad press will ever matter for the GOP in a Texas Senate election. My bet is no.

frenchfreer

5.1k points

13 days ago

frenchfreer

5.1k points

13 days ago

Considering my family in Texas is claiming Biden gave china access to Texas power grid to shut it down and then only sent aid to counties that voted blue as retribution to GOP voters, I’d say yea Texas’ government is pretty fucked.

iminyourbase

5.6k points

13 days ago

Start calling them liars. Ask them why they're lying. Making false claims without knowing if it's true is a lie. Make sure they know that.

Cfp0001-Iceman

2.5k points

13 days ago

This is what I started doing to my mom after the 6th. I told her I don't want to hear any more Republican lies.

She even said something about Biden being a puppet to a Lex Luther globalist. They treat life like a freaking cartoon show.

TootsNYC

1.1k points

13 days ago*

TootsNYC

1.1k points

13 days ago*

Is she religious? Talk to her about the commandment about bearing false witness, and how being willing to make statements of fact for which you personally have no knowledge is absolutely bearing false witness. It’s not how God wants his people to treat the truth. It’s not just that we’re not supposed to repeat those things that we don’t know—we’re to be skeptical about them and demand proof for the things we believe about others on this planet.

RANDICE007

503 points

13 days ago

RANDICE007

503 points

13 days ago

It always comes back to abortion for my mother and everything else is justified through that and the fact that If she allows herself to believe she voted for this monsterous piece of shit multiple times without accepting that "it's all dem lies" she'll hate herself

kuro_madoushi

363 points

13 days ago

I just...

At what point does “protecting unborn babies” become more important than all the other things in life? Sure you protected that baby but now that the baby is alive and out...is there anything to support the baby and it’s mother? Minimum wage, single payer healthcare, job protections, infrastructure, and a lot more?

I know they’re single issue voters, but does everything else really not matter?

bananafobe

496 points

13 days ago

bananafobe

496 points

13 days ago

United Methodist pastor, Dave Barnhart:

"The unborn" are a convenient group of people to advocate for.

They never make demands of you; they are morally uncomplicated, unlike the incarcerated, addicted, or the chronically poor; they don't resent your condescension or complain that you are not politically correct; unlike widows, they don't ask you to question patriarchy; unlike orphans, they don't need money, education, or childcare; unlike aliens, they don't bring all that racial, cultural, and religious baggage that you dislike; they allow you to feel good about yourself without any work at creating or maintaining relationships; and when they are born, you can forget about them, because they cease to be unborn.

It's almost as if, by being born, they have died to you. You can love the unborn and advocate for them without substantially challenging your own wealth, power, or privilege, without re-imagining social structures, apologizing, or making reparations to anyone. They are, in short, the perfect people to love if you want to claim you love Jesus but actually dislike people who breathe.

Prisoners? Immigrants? The sick? The poor? Widows? Orphans? All the groups that are specifically mentioned in the Bible? They all get thrown under the bus for the unborn."

ValhallaSpectre

201 points

13 days ago*

“Why is it that most of the people who are against abortion are people you wouldn't want to fuck in the first place, huh? Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren't they? They're all in favor of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you're born, you're on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don't want to know about you. They don't want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you're preborn, you're fine; if you're preschool, you're fucked.

Conservatives don't give a shit about you until you reach "military age". Then they think you are just fine. Just what they've been looking for. Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers. Pro-life... pro-life... These people aren't pro-life, they're killing doctors! What kind of pro-life is that? What, they'll do anything they can to save a fetus but if it grows up to be a doctor they just might have to kill it. They're not pro-life. You know what they are? They're anti-woman. Simple as it gets, anti-woman. They don't like them. They don't like women. They believe a woman's primary role is to function as a brood mare for the state.

Pro-life... You don't see many of these white anti-abortion women volunteering to have any black fetuses transplanted into their uteruses, do you? No, you don't see them adopting a whole lot of crack babies, do you? No, that might be something Christ would do. And, you won't see a lot of these pro-life people dousing themselves in kerosene and lighting themselves on fire. You know, morally committed religious people in South Vietnam knew how to stage a goddamn demonstration, didn't they?! They knew how to put on a fucking protest. Light yourself on FIRE!! C'mon, you moral crusaders, let's see a little smoke. To match that fire in your belly.

Here's another question I have: how come when it's us, it's an abortion, and when it's a chicken, it's an omelette? Are we so much better than chickens all of a sudden? When did this happen, that we passed chickens in goodness? Name six ways we're better than chickens... See, nobody can do it! You know why? 'Cuz chickens are decent people. You don't see chickens hanging around in drug gangs, do you? No, you don't see a chicken strapping some guy to a chair and hooking up his nuts to a car battery, do you? When's the last chicken you heard about came home from work and beat the shit out of his hen, huh? Doesn't happen. 'Cuz chickens are decent people.

But let's get back to this abortion shit. Now, is a fetus a human being? This seems to be the central question. Well, if a fetus is a human being, how come the census doesn't count them? If a fetus is a human being, how come when there's a miscarriage they don't have a funeral? If a fetus is a human being, how come people say "we have two children and one on the way" instead of saying "we have three children?" People say life begins at conception, I say life began about a billion years ago and it's a continuous process. Continuous, just keeps rolling along. Rolling, rolling, rolling along.

And say you know something? Listen, you can go back further than that. What about the carbon atoms? Hah? Human life could not exist without carbon. So is it just possible that maybe we shouldn't be burning all this coal? Just looking for a little consistency here in these anti-abortion arguments. See the really hardcore people will tell you life begins at fertilization. Fertilization, when the sperm fertilizes the egg. Which is usually a few moments after the man says "Gee, honey, I was going to pull out but the phone rang and it startled me." Fertilization.

But even after the egg is fertilized, it's still six or seven days before it reaches the uterus and pregnancy begins, and not every egg makes it that far. Eighty percent of a woman's fertilized eggs are rinsed and flushed out of her body once a month during those delightful few days she has. They wind up on sanitary napkins, and yet they are fertilized eggs. So basically what these anti-abortion people are telling us is that any woman who's had more than more than one period is a serial killer! Consistency. Consistency. Hey, hey, if they really want to get serious, what about all the sperm that are wasted when the state executes a condemned man, one of these pro-life guys who's watching cums in his pants, huh? Here's a guy standing over there with his jockey shorts full of little Vinnies and Debbies, and nobody's saying a word to the guy. Not every ejaculation deserves a name.

Now, speaking of consistency, Catholics, which I was until I reached the age of reason, Catholics and other Christians are against abortions, and they're against homosexuals. Well who has less abortions than homosexuals?! Leave these fucking people alone, for Christ sake! Here is an entire class of people guaranteed never to have an abortion! And the Catholics and Christians are just tossing them aside! You'd think they'd make natural allies. Go look for consistency in religion. And speaking of my friends the Catholics, when John Cardinal O'Connor of New York and some of these other Cardinals and Bishops have experienced their first pregnancies and their first labor pains and they've raised a couple of children on minimum wage, then I'll be glad to hear what they have to say about abortion. I'm sure it'll be interesting. Enlightening, too. But, in the meantime what they ought to be doing is telling these priests who took a vow of chastity to keep their hands off the altar boys! Keep your hands to yourself, Father! You know? When Jesus said "Suffer the little children come unto me", that's not what he was talking about!

So you know what I tell these anti-abortion people? I say "Hey. Hey. If you think a fetus is more important that a woman, try getting a fetus to wash the shit stains out of your underwear. For no pay and no pension." I tell them "Think of an abortion as term limits. That's all it is. Biological term limits.”

-George Carlin, Back In Town, 1996

Edit: included the name of the show this came from

CameronsDadsFerrari

36 points

13 days ago

CameronsDadsFerrari

I voted

36 points

13 days ago

I would go to church to hear more of what this guy has to say. Nailed it.

captaintagart

141 points

13 days ago

When Reagan got the churches to push hard on conservative politics, it ruined a lot. And it’s hard to sell without using abortion as a wedge issue. Because Jesus would have been a liberal.

awaywardsaint

12 points

13 days ago

awaywardsaint

Alabama

12 points

13 days ago

making abortion illegal doesn't stop it from happening, it just establishes a penalty structure.

adotfree

51 points

13 days ago

adotfree

51 points

13 days ago

It's easy to advocate for "the unborn" and make that your ride or die stance because... all you have to do is go vote for people saying they want to preserve the unborn. You don't have to give money to the unborn, you don't have to feed them, shelter them, educate them, make sure they have clean drinking water, etc. You don't have to think about the wider implications of what forcing someone to give birth looks like unless it's directly affecting you. You can easily say, from a place of ignorant malice "but lots of people want to adopt, so just give you baby to them" and ignore the actual realities of adopting in this country. You can ignore crowded, underfunded social services and the group homes and fosters that take those children and raise them right into the low-income working class.

surfteacher1962

40 points

13 days ago

I don't think that they care about unborn babies. They only want to control women.

Q_Swords

10 points

13 days ago

Q_Swords

10 points

13 days ago

YEP. If you want to stop abortion, the ONLY proven method is to reduce demand for the procedure with comprehensive sex ed and free, easy birth control.

No other method comes anywhere near as close to “saving the unborn” in reality. Criminalizing it doesn’t stop it. It makes it expensive and unsafe, and lays heavy risk and shame on women who seek it... but it doesn’t “save lives”. It just doesn’t.

If your goal is preventing “the murder of innocent children” (blech at that wording, btw) then the ONLY move that makes any difference TOWARDS THAT GOAL is education and birth control.

But they wanna be able to shame and control women more than they want to “save babies”, so, here we are.

scatteredround

280 points

13 days ago

Then make her hate herself

Aspergian_Asparagus

72 points

13 days ago

Aspergian_Asparagus

Georgia

72 points

13 days ago

Exactly.
Maybe, just maybe, it’ll spur an iota of self-reflection.

Removing them from your life, ignoring them, or letting them hold you hostage to their delusion isn’t working.

captaintagart

64 points

13 days ago

Removing them from your life is sometimes the healthiest thing for you.

PurpleNuggets

175 points

13 days ago

"I can't tell my family member to stop abusing drugs or leave the sex cult. That would make them unhappy"

scatteredround

81 points

13 days ago*

For both their own good and the collective good of the whole planet some things need to be done. If the conservatives world wide had their way climate change would be ignored

WildGrit

53 points

13 days ago

WildGrit

Australia

53 points

13 days ago

If banning abortions was important to the GOP they'd have done it over the last 4 years. It's a carrot they dangle over conservative heads to get their votes

TaintlessChaps

53 points

13 days ago

The abortion rate stays the same whether it is legal or illegal. Criminalizing abortion only leads to botched, black-market abortions. The right uses a similar argument against gun control: if they outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns. Tragically, the right is immune to logic while shouting FACTS AND LOGIC.

vulgrin

17 points

13 days ago

vulgrin

17 points

13 days ago

Ah, but if abortions are illegal and happening in the back alleys again then they don't count because they aren't being counted and therefore we have no more abortions. Even if we have abortions and women are dying in back alley botched surgeries. /s

And rich white republican senators' mistresses will always be able to afford a "clean" hush hush abortion. Even if said senator has to send her to Canada or Mexico to get it done.

Arboretum7

17 points

13 days ago*

Ask your mom to tell you where in the Bible it says that life begins with conception. It’s not there. The Bible is very clear that life starts at “first breath.” Evangelical Christian outrage over abortion didn’t start until the 70s. Roe vs Wade didn’t cause the sea change, most evangelical leaders actually supported it or were indifferent, Brown vs the Board of Education and a desire to keep schools segregated did.

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/religious-right-real-origins-107133

SirSoliloquy

26 points

13 days ago

There’s a more on-the-nose verse than the commandment about bearing false witness, though it’s not as well-known.

Exodus 23:1

You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.

flyinhighaskmeY

344 points

13 days ago

My mother had a meltdown when I told her there was no evidence of issues with the voting machines. She started to argue with me, insisting they had been hacked.

My mother can barely turn on a computer. I'm a network engineer who's spends roughly 50% of his time dealing with...you guessed it...security. I've been at it for 20 years.

She doesn't even know what a "hack" is. But I wasn't saying what she wanted to hear, so I was definitely wrong.

gingerrosie

213 points

13 days ago

This is just so sad. I live in Northern Ireland and honestly the rest of the world is shaking their collective heads watching what’s going on across the pond. It’s frightening to see how a country can become so divided in a few years. Having lived through The Troubles, I know firsthand how bad it can get. I hope Biden does manage to foster some unity but from the outside, it really looks like an uphill struggle. I feel for you all.

poiskdz

98 points

13 days ago

poiskdz

98 points

13 days ago

A giant problem is that people have zero desire to discuss, debate, learn, or to be correct and factual, they just want to be "right" and will twist, distort, or physically reshape reality in order to make it so.

No_Prize4655

153 points

13 days ago

*whispers

We were always this divided, we just hid it better behind false pleasantries...

millennial_falcon

43 points

13 days ago

It's really weird to think back to the 90s, I was raised not to assume people were bad, my children's books and legos had the same narrative of everyone being on some sort of team; The teacher, the police officer, the business man, the fireman, the judge. And being President was top of the heap. Nowadays police are beating up the teacher who protests, while the judge looks the other way, because he gets donations from the business man who follows the wishes of the evil president. WTF pleasant story books.

ensanguine

35 points

13 days ago

Rodney King was beaten within an inch of his life in 1991. The divide isn't new and things aren't worse. It's always been like this, we're just aware of it now.

[deleted]

20 points

13 days ago*

[deleted]

20 points

13 days ago*

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toolymegapoopoo

19 points

13 days ago

Trump somehow made it fashionable for racists to basically admit it at every opportunity.

SheriffBartholomew

57 points

13 days ago

She doesn't even know what a "hack" is.

They think they were “hacked” when they straight up type their password into some random site they clicked through from a “what pizza topping are you” post. They fill out countless surveys publicly posting answers to every secret question under the sun. Definitely not the most technical group of people.

Rdrpwr

28 points

13 days ago

Rdrpwr

28 points

13 days ago

My 90+ mom finally made the turn after the 6th, she stated she pulled the wrong lever. I get it sometimes it takes time, some never get it. Good luck! Remember The 6th

Ipitythespools

373 points

13 days ago

They either can’t understand policy or are simply too busy watching Ozark (great show) to bother with keeping up on actual policies and facts, and they’ve finally managed to make it into an actual cartoon show. Fuck you and your inscrutable memes for morons, facebook.

oldurtysyle

102 points

13 days ago

I think people want there to be a big bad puppet leader in control of everything because in my opinion the alternative is even worse.

No ones in control and no one knows what happens next in the grand scheme of things or if things get more difficult until its already too late.

upfromashes

37 points

13 days ago

Also why people flock to religion.

wheresjizzmo

19 points

13 days ago

Believing in a big bad puppet brings order to the chaos and makes me a victim instead of sharing any responsibility

the_TAOest

54 points

13 days ago

the_TAOest

Arizona

54 points

13 days ago

I silence my last diehard Republican buddy every 30 days in fb. He popped up yesterday and the shit spewed was such utter nonsense...ie ANTIFA staged the entire Capitol riots. There seems no bound to the detachment from reality.

Able_Engine_9515

16 points

13 days ago

I just stopped talking to those people.

Huge_Put8244

60 points

13 days ago

Is the new season out????

yloduck1

37 points

13 days ago

yloduck1

Minnesota

37 points

13 days ago

Not yet

Huge_Put8244

45 points

13 days ago

Awww, my hopes were up for a minute. I love me some Ruth.

confusedbartender

87 points

13 days ago

“I don’t know shit about fuck”

Interstellar_Lasagna

37 points

13 days ago

MEANWHILE! At the Legion of Doom!....

Express-Feedback

72 points

13 days ago

I vaguely remember watching the presidential debates with my mom when Bush Jr. was up for relection and uttering something along the lines of, "Mom why isn't he answering the question?". Had to be around the time I noticed that there were (are) 2 teams vying for the win. Wanna guess which part of my family I stopped posing any questions to?

The ones who I noticed also had a penchant for evading questions and honest answers. It shaped my political viewings as I reached my teens and adulthood probably more than anything else. The spark that lit the fire.

Kids soak up so much more information than people realize and are unabashedly in-tune with adults misgivings. "Because I said so" is not a legitimate answer to the question "Why?".

Ipitythespools

199 points

13 days ago

The ones I’m related to sometimes do things like push you when you’re calm and reasonable with them. It’s like they find measured, quiet discussions uppity or communist or something. If you’re not reactionary enough, they feel shame for about 1 second, but republicans are now primed to be enraged by shame (thanks, Fox and Rush, and all of the other whiny bullshit professional victims), so they simply escalate the behavior and attack you harder. But you can’t say any of that to your family in Alabama. They live in a different world and are scathing if you don’t know your Tucker Carlson rants.

CurdledTexan

205 points

13 days ago

“foxycontin” ... right wing hate media gives these people a constant source of dopamine they can’t get from facts. My dad is one of the lost 😞

Vodka-Forward

54 points

13 days ago

Foxycontin! Brilliant. Right up there with Hippochristian

ndngroomer

20 points

13 days ago

Gravy Seals is one of my favorites.

bigtoebrah

114 points

13 days ago

bigtoebrah

114 points

13 days ago

Foxycontin needs to catch on. It's so much better than Faux News since it actually works out loud.

esisenore

30 points

13 days ago

First time i heard this so true.

Rage and hatred literally rewires your brain. You can't go without it, so you believe obvious lies. Its the same as someone stealing from their parents because they are dopesick. These facists with rewired brains cannot go out with fear and Rage.

my_valentine

20 points

13 days ago

I feel your pain. I lost my father to this same fate.

Taskerst

77 points

13 days ago

Taskerst

77 points

13 days ago

I'm related to the same types. If you don't erupt in histrionics they're convinced you don't have conviction and to them, adhering to a belief is a more honorable trait than being flat out wrong about an issue. If you recalculate your thoughts, they think you're a flip-flopper. It's worse to look weak than appear stupid.

11thUserName

45 points

13 days ago

I left behind all the trash in my family during the early Obama years when they couldn't stop sharing Obama-as-a-monkey memes. No ragrets.

PEDANTlC

32 points

13 days ago*

its like they find measured, quiet discussions uppity or communist or something

This is hilariously well put and so so painfully true

InsertSomeName

93 points

13 days ago*

No no no. Call them communists.

Take their insanity to the extreme and throw it in their faces.

I've had some people get mad saying this is all Biden's fault so I call them communists for expecting Biden to take care of them during a storm lol.

techleopard

35 points

13 days ago

techleopard

Louisiana

35 points

13 days ago

Pretty much. They expect the word "fascist" now.

Calling them communist and then explicitly tell them why, in the same overly-simplified way that they always talk in, at least leaves them sputtering with a, "Wha..Wel...no...YOU TOO."

supafly_

24 points

13 days ago

supafly_

Minnesota

24 points

13 days ago

"Well you probably believe in open borders too"

"Well now you've just made the assumption I believe in borders in the first place."

That one got a reaction the fist time I pulled it out.

BaphometsDaughter

12 points

13 days ago

BaphometsDaughter

Canada

12 points

13 days ago

Brilliant!

Stealing this. I want to see some heads spin when I toss this at them.

Next_Visit

136 points

13 days ago

Next_Visit

136 points

13 days ago

That's when they start in with their "be kind" and "agree to disagree" bullshit.

kylehatesyou

80 points

13 days ago

Now's not a time for facts, it's a time for "unity".

CuriousDateFinder

85 points

13 days ago*

“Never believe that anti-Semites are completely unaware of the absurdity of their replies. They know that their remarks are frivolous, open to challenge. But they are amusing themselves, for it is their adversary who is obliged to use words responsibly, since he believes in words. The anti-Semites have the right to play. They even like to play with discourse for, by giving ridiculous reasons, they discredit the seriousness of their interlocutors. They delight in acting in bad faith, since they seek not to persuade by sound argument but to intimidate and disconcert. If you press them too closely, they will abruptly fall silent, loftily indicating by some phrase that the time for argument is past.” -Sartre

Helldozer5000

50 points

13 days ago

"WOW, WHAT HAPPENED TO SO-CALLED "TOLERANT" LIBRULZ??" -Republicans literally anytime someone disagrees with them

I guess to them "tolerant" means "agrees with me".

Next_Visit

43 points

13 days ago

I guess to them "tolerant" means "agrees with me".

Everything with them is one-sided.

You have to tolerate them. Not the other way around.

phthaloverde

19 points

13 days ago*

To an authoritarian, respect implies submissive deference as an extension of hierarchical in-group/out-group social schema.

slovakiansledgehammr

13 points

13 days ago

“We just need respect back in politics”

Hamburderz

59 points

13 days ago

The simple and cruel truth?: White power. Reconstruction utterly failed.

CriticalDog

72 points

13 days ago

That was exactly what reconstruction was supposed to do, after Lincoln died. Johnson was a Southern Sympathizer, and he happily allowed the former Confederates to rejoin the Union, allowed their politicians, who had engineered a war that killed thousands of Americans on both sides, to come back to their seats and resume their careers with no penalty.

Davis should have hung, and the rest of the "Confederate" leadership should have been barred from public office for life.

Alas, no. And here we are.

Shattenkirk

20 points

13 days ago

hanged

Nac82

38 points

13 days ago

Nac82

38 points

13 days ago

My parents no longer talk to me for not putting up with the delusions.

eden_sc2

17 points

13 days ago

eden_sc2

Maryland

17 points

13 days ago

Honestly, wear it as a badge of honor. I know it can hurt but it's the right path

sanguinesolitude

49 points

13 days ago

sanguinesolitude

Minnesota

49 points

13 days ago

"Is that what CNN told you?"

Impstrong

128 points

13 days ago

Impstrong

128 points

13 days ago

Tbf he probably sent the most aid to areas that voted blue.

Because that's where a majority of the people live.

Phog_of_War

347 points

13 days ago

Waoh that's out there. I mean, you could remind them that DJT gave the location of some of our ballistic missile submarines to the Dictator of Argentina. That at least has been confirmed with things like facts and evidence.

sanguinesolitude

215 points

13 days ago

sanguinesolitude

Minnesota

215 points

13 days ago

According to a Facebook meme thats fake news.

SebasGR

70 points

13 days ago

SebasGR

70 points

13 days ago

Probably was, as there is no dictator in Argentina.

ryumast3r

54 points

13 days ago

Yeah what a weird statement by that person. It was the Philippines, and it was a threat.

[deleted]

124 points

13 days ago

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124 points

13 days ago

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40 points

13 days ago

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40 points

13 days ago

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CurdledTexan

28 points

13 days ago

Oh sure! Those radical letters think they’re numbers now!

shivaherer

32 points

13 days ago

I refuse to use Arabic numbers, I only let my kids use AMERICAN numbers !

pj7140

12 points

13 days ago

pj7140

12 points

13 days ago

Holy shite> where on Earth did they conjure this idea from?

scrambledeggsnbutter

21 points

13 days ago

How do they make it through the day without having a fatal accident?

Sissy63

94 points

13 days ago

Sissy63

94 points

13 days ago

You might be surprised. He barely beat Beto in one of the largest voter turnouts in Texas in decades. Nobody likes him and my guess is after us freezing and his Mexico stunt, its worse for him now.

LordTonka

231 points

13 days ago

LordTonka

Washington

231 points

13 days ago

He will be sorry when another white male with a capital R next too their name. Then and only then will he be sorry.

neonoggie

189 points

13 days ago

neonoggie

189 points

13 days ago

Too bad he isn’t white. He is Cuban. He is from Canada and immigrated here at a young age. It blows my mind that someone like him could join the GOP but brainwashing knows no bounds

ZookeepergameMost100

408 points

13 days ago

He's a white cuban, and white cubans are often Racist with a capital R, so it doesn't remotely surprise me that he would join the republican party.

Hotrodhobo75

209 points

13 days ago

I’m Cuban and I can tell you the most racist people I have ever met were white Cubans! Because I’m half white they don’t even like me lol

SpinningHead

32 points

13 days ago

SpinningHead

Colorado

32 points

13 days ago

I feel your pain, fellow non-right-wing Cuban.

Airborne-Potato

33 points

13 days ago

Respecc

junkninja

35 points

13 days ago

It’s that Castilian Spanish colonial oppressor vibe. Like the CEO of Goya foods. He makes 90% of his money off people who are migrants or immigrants yet loves him sum Trump.

The_Sausage_Smuggler

42 points

13 days ago

(R)acist

AlgernonQSkinnypenis

54 points

13 days ago

Hard-R Republicans.

evil_timmy

19 points

13 days ago

This has been my go - to term for a while, because you have a strong suspicion that behind closed doors, they don't even bother to reign in their racism.

clickmagnet

29 points

13 days ago

I often wonder what kind of asshole Cruz would be today if he’d stayed in Canada. Not that we would take him back. You took Gretzky, this is your punishment.

NicR808

28 points

13 days ago

NicR808

28 points

13 days ago

I thought Bieber was our punishment

clickmagnet

26 points

13 days ago

That was for Neil Young, you monsters.

homofones

93 points

13 days ago

One can be white and still be Cuban. Race vs nationality vs ethnicity.

Im_not_nice81

38 points

13 days ago

He even changed his name to sound "white" . Its Rafael. not Ted.

AceContinuum

78 points

13 days ago

He even changed his name to sound "white" . Its Rafael. not Ted.

It's quite the Republican thing to do. See also, Piyush Jindal, better known as awful former La. Gov. Bobby Jindal (how awful? Louisiana actually elected a Democrat to succeed him as Governor...), and Nimrata Randhawa, better known as Trump flunky Nikki Haley.

(It goes beyond race, too. RNC Chair Ronna Romney changed her name at Trump's request to Ronna McDaniel to sound "non-Romney".)

Meanwhile, Obama leaned into "Barack". He actually dropped the "Barry" moniker he'd previously adopted in an attempt to "white"-wash his name. And you don't see Kamala Harris rebranding herself as "Kristy Harris" (say), or Raphael Warnock rebranding himself as "Ralph".

sec713

35 points

13 days ago

sec713

Texas

35 points

13 days ago

Speaking of "Bobby" Jindal, remember that crazy whitewashed portrait he had of himself?

Dude, Bobby, you're brown. That's not brown. If you're gonna try that, at least go through the hassle of bleaching your skin like former Major League Baseball star and current ghoul, Sammy Sosa

Remote-Boysenberry

22 points

13 days ago

Out of all the names, why would Nimrata pick one that sounds like a porn star?

AnalogDogg

47 points

13 days ago

"Well, he's willing to let the adults die, but he promises to protect the unborn babies and my guns, so he has my vote!"

Brainyviolet

21 points

13 days ago

Brainyviolet

Texas

21 points

13 days ago

His eyes are on the White House and he watched Trump get all the bad press in the world and still win....

Arkose07

13 points

13 days ago

Arkose07

California

13 points

13 days ago

I don’t think he’s trying to see, I think he’s trying to prove no matter how much bad press the GOP gets, it’ll never matter.

Mt838373

278 points

13 days ago

Mt838373

278 points

13 days ago

They're trying to use the Trump playbook which is dont back down. It worked for Trump for the most part but it's not clear rather it will work for anyone else.

randoliof

168 points

13 days ago

randoliof

168 points

13 days ago

That's why I think Ted trying to play the strong, independent Republican is so laughable. He's too stupid to see that he doesn't have broad appeal, and too conceited to appreciate that he only has his job because Texas will elect anyone with an R next to their name.

He doesn't have Trump's charisma, and he doesn't appeal to the everyman. He creeps most people out, and comes across as disingenuous, at BEST. Frankly, it's a miracle he has his seat now. He'll never get elected to anything beyond the Senate.

Laura-ly

58 points

13 days ago

Laura-ly

58 points

13 days ago

"He doesn't have Trump's charisma..."

For the life of me I can never been able to find Trump's charisma... and I've looked everywhere.

randoliof

40 points

13 days ago

He's charismatic in all the wrong ways, but his supporters love him for it

temp91

40 points

13 days ago

temp91

40 points

13 days ago

Trump is a thoroughly broken human being. However he does have some comedic timing and the sort of charisma that a grade school bully has when he gets the rest of the class to laugh at his tormenting antics.

FlerblesMerbles

11 points

13 days ago

Biff Tannen’s goons cackling after he calls someone a butthead for the millionth time. That’s the essence of Trumpism.

czamani

60 points

13 days ago

czamani

60 points

13 days ago

HumanChicken

71 points

13 days ago

My expectations were low, but still not met.

michaelnpdx

48 points

13 days ago

michaelnpdx

Washington

48 points

13 days ago

The weirdest part of that was that he approached a producer with that intel, and separately recorded whatever the fuck that was. Like, how did nobody tell him that was a bad choice?

Yikes.

HumanChicken

50 points

13 days ago

“Uh, Senator... you’re just reading lines in your own voice. That’s not really an ‘impression’...”

conundrum4u2

18 points

13 days ago

and those were his BEST??? RUFKM!

pushing_past_the_red

23 points

13 days ago

Texan here. I didn't think I could have any more contempt for that man.

borkborkbork99

32 points

13 days ago

borkborkbork99

Illinois

32 points

13 days ago

r/cringetopia would love this shit. Jesus.

darkpaladin

40 points

13 days ago

Trump has a lot more charisma than Cruz. It's why Cruz lost to him in the first place.

The_Umpire_Lestat

46 points

13 days ago

The_Umpire_Lestat

Washington

46 points

13 days ago

I agree overall, though I'm not sure "charisma" is quite the right word for someone as utterly repellent as Trump.

Gumburcules

45 points

13 days ago

Gumburcules

District Of Columbia

45 points

13 days ago

Right?

"Charisma" is Bill Clinton in 1992 where even Republicans who voted against him wanted to have a beer with him. Trump may have been popular with a certain subset but he has no charisma whatsoever. They loved that he hates the same people they hate and says he will hurt the same people they want to hurt, but that's not the same as having charisma.

jdcgonzalez

36 points

13 days ago

Shit is charismatic to a dung beetle.

superfluid

36 points

13 days ago

superfluid

Canada

36 points

13 days ago

Nah, he just straight doesn't give a fuck. There's no need when you have an R next to your name. You can grab them by the pussy all you want.

VocationFumes

63 points

13 days ago

He's just truly and genuinely a piece of shit, and the cameras just keep catching him being the best at what he does, being a piece of shit

DJTHatesPuertoRicans

28 points

13 days ago

DJTHatesPuertoRicans

America

28 points

13 days ago

Remember, in conservative orthodoxy the "mainstream media" is in the bag for Democrats. So if the media says you're a horrible person that just means you're an awesome conservative and Real Conservatives should donate/vote for you.

AvengerAssembled

90 points

13 days ago

He doesn't need to give a shit. He needs precisely five words to win his next election:

"I stand with Donald Trump."

That's literally it. He could fly to Cancún again tomorrow. He could help to plan another deadly attack on the Capitol next week. He could drop trou and squeeze one out on a newborn baby and his voters swear the kid was a socialist who had it coming.

Flyin' Ted doesn't give a shit because he doesn't have to give a shit. He knows that's what appeals to his mouth-breathing ignorant piece-of-shit supporters.

Roller_ball

12 points

13 days ago

That's true, but I think he has higher ambitions and this was purposely meant to show that didn't think the hearings were worth his attention. He's doing this for the same reason they played with fucking fidget spinners during the other impeachment hearing.

onezerozeroone

27 points

13 days ago*

The only thing authoritarians understand is authoritarianism.

Unless there's a bigger, nastier dog with its jaws clamped around their throat, they simply don't care. They only understand hierarchies of power and dominance enforced through violence (political, psychological, emotional, physical, or otherwise). Don't get it mixed up though, the second that force gets applied to them BOY will they squeal!

They are lizard brains. Never expect anything more, better, or different from them.

Dawg1001

2.7k points

13 days ago

Dawg1001

2.7k points

13 days ago

Travelocity

Piano_Fingerbanger

927 points

13 days ago*

Piano_Fingerbanger

Colorado

927 points

13 days ago*

Maybe he's looking up incest porn again.

Edit: For the uninitiated, Ted Cruz liked incest porn to his main Twitter account... on 9/11.

InfluentialBear

219 points

13 days ago

Say what now?

habb

360 points

13 days ago

habb

I voted

360 points

13 days ago

one of his "staffers" liked some incest porn on pornhub on his twitter account

robertw3524

200 points

13 days ago

You're forgetting it was on 9/11 when he did the liking.

habb

91 points

13 days ago

habb

I voted

91 points

13 days ago

ted cruz just looking at porn gives me ugh vibes

Death_Star_

111 points

13 days ago

And then was promptly never seen again, followed by a cryptic puzzle to the police

habb

21 points

13 days ago

habb

I voted

21 points

13 days ago

they solved that shit

cranktheguy

87 points

13 days ago

cranktheguy

Texas

87 points

13 days ago

Roses are red
Violets smell like heaven
Ted Cruz liked incest porn
On 9/11

Link

X_PRSN

77 points

13 days ago

X_PRSN

77 points

13 days ago

Treason? Trivago.

mcscruffthegruff

94 points

13 days ago

mcscruffthegruff

South Dakota

94 points

13 days ago

He’s gotta plan his next trip

godotful

3.4k points

13 days ago

godotful

3.4k points

13 days ago

“My kids were sending me jojo memes and asking for immediate responses, and I was being a good dad, gosh it’s been a hard month for a lot of folks.”

Nineties

418 points

13 days ago

Nineties

418 points

13 days ago

Never expected a Jojo reference in this sub

Panda6568

159 points

13 days ago

Panda6568

159 points

13 days ago

Jojo doesn't sleep on r/politics. Jojo never sleeps.. ever.

[deleted]

2.5k points

13 days ago

[deleted]

2.5k points

13 days ago

[removed]

ckirk91

634 points

13 days ago

ckirk91

634 points

13 days ago

I keep voting blue in Texas, and it’s so discouraging every time. One of these days I hope it actually fucking makes a difference.

PaintingtheGarage

229 points

13 days ago

Arizonan voter here- it really does! Just keep voting every time.

badSparkybad

108 points

13 days ago

AZ flipping blue is testament to the ability for that to happen. Never in a million years would I imagine AZ flipping, I'm so proud of them!

DamnYouVodka

33 points

13 days ago

I moved to Colorado and it flipped to blue, I moved to Arizona and it flipped to blue. I'm not saying I have superpowers ᵇᵘᵗ ᴵ ᵐᵃʸ ʰᵃᵛᵉ ˢᵘᵖᵉʳᵖᵒʷᵉʳˢ

BossAvery2

14 points

13 days ago

I have a similar power but it’s raising canes chicken finger restaurants.

nonamenolastname

164 points

13 days ago

nonamenolastname

Texas

164 points

13 days ago

Same here...

dont_worry_im_here

213 points

13 days ago

Well, until all the smaller cities start recognizing the damage they're doing... we still have a lot of work to do.

I'm in Austin... my extended family is in Abilene... I was there a few months back and remember seeing all of these

SOCIAL[ISM] DISTANCING

shirts...

and I asked one of them, at the Texas Roadhouse... "you know the stimulus check you took from the govt was a form of socialism, right?"... and she threw a fat fit and I just left...

It sounds pompous... but it's just the fact that there are too many uneducated and uninformed people in this state.

The_Hoopla

148 points

13 days ago

The_Hoopla

148 points

13 days ago

Honestly? One of the things I enjoyed so much about Andrew Yang is he packaged socialism in this palatable capitalist box.

“The Freedom Dividend. A direct injection of high velocity capital into the hands of Americans.”

Universal Basic Income is socialism, but ironically it’s about the only thing that’s going to keep capitalism alive in the future, and he very much leaned into that.

sunbear99999

64 points

13 days ago

Andrew yang is a king of messaging

butIguessifyousayso

25 points

13 days ago

Universal Basic Income is socialism

You guys over that side of the pond killed the word/concept of socialism, and I honestly fucking hate it. That shit hurts as an econ major.

Lord__of__Texas

21 points

13 days ago

Lord__of__Texas

Texas

21 points

13 days ago

I don’t think Smaller cities will be around for to much longer. And the more their small town dies the tighter they will grip to their dumb rhetoric. I mean have you been to small town Texas lately it’s looking roughhhh

Tickle_My_Butthole_

23 points

13 days ago

It all changed after Hank moved outta Arlen and closed down bucks propane company. Bobby's death was really hard on him. I mean that was his boy, what kind of man can live in the same town his only boy died in.

toxygen

26 points

13 days ago

toxygen

26 points

13 days ago

Keep it up, guys. Keep voting. These old boomers deciding our futures will get what is coming to them

11711510111411009710

30 points

13 days ago

One day it'll work. We got close a few times.

QuotidianTrials

19 points

13 days ago

From a Georgian, please don’t give up.

SeekerSpock32

17 points

13 days ago

SeekerSpock32

Ohio

17 points

13 days ago

At least your state's getting closer to flipping blue. Other than Sherrod Brown, we're as red as Illinois and Oregon are blue.

HumansKillEverything

18 points

13 days ago

I’d rather vote blue in a red state than keep voting blue in a solid blue state. Looking to move to a solid red state in the future.

jesuisdevenulamort

186 points

13 days ago

Ken Paxton and Dan Patrick. All corrupt horrible human beings. GOP never, Texas forever!

movesinherds

75 points

13 days ago

movesinherds

Texas

75 points

13 days ago

Neither of these dudes are even native Texans, so fuck them extra.

LawBird33101

29 points

13 days ago

LawBird33101

Texas

29 points

13 days ago

Neither was Bush. Didn't stop him from getting us a bad rap for 8 fucking torturous years. LBJ was the last Texan President as far as I'm concerned, Tennessee can have dumb Bush back. And so long as Jeb's still in Florida, that's where he belongs.

WAPs_and_Prayers

10 points

13 days ago

I told my friend the other day that the thought of secession doesn't bother me, but the thought of who would be running the Republic of Texas bothers the hell out of me.

AvengerAssembled

1.3k points

13 days ago

Well he already knew exactly what was going on, because he helped to plan it.

lurker1159

258 points

13 days ago

lurker1159

258 points

13 days ago

Honest question, I watched the guy defend the capital riot like the spineless trump suck up he is but to what evidence is there that points to him having a hand in organizing/helping plan the capital riot? If there is any evidence/credible news story pointing to it I’d like to see it. Not a Ted cruise fan, or a GOP voter but I also like to know the reasons I detest a politician are grounded.

Plane_Refrigerator15

480 points

13 days ago

He was the one leading and legitimizing the idea that the election results could be contested. There was no legal reason given by any court to contest the election and he was only doing so to try to galvanize the GOP base, which in turn led to the riot.

Ixius

285 points

13 days ago

Ixius

285 points

13 days ago

Dude is a Harvard educated lawyer. He’s not stupid or oblivious; he knew exactly what he was doing.

Ted Cruz isn’t a pawn. He’s smart, and Trumpism suits him great; he’s a face for the new political movement of “do and say anything to win”.

karkovice1

64 points

13 days ago

He continued to lie about the election, even after the attack. Anybody still spreading that lie, after it was proven to have a complete lack of any supporting evidence, that the election was stolen was perpetuating a call to action that is so outrageous there really was only one outcome, and it was a very predictable outcome.

Basically, telling people that the election was stolen and that Biden is illegitimate, amounts to a call to arms. Thats actually probably the appropriate response if those lies had any grounding in reality. Violence is a completely expected result of that kind of rhetoric. Then, even after experiencing first hand the treasonous attack on our government, he continued to spread the lie that directly lead to the violence.

Because of the legal claims all failing he can’t claim he wasn’t lying, because he was in the capitol that day he can’t claim ignorance about the violence, and yet he still gave the attackers more reason to feel justified.

I don’t know of evidence showing his involvement in the planning of the attack specifically, but he very much was involved in the incitement of the attack in the first place.

james-1990

310 points

13 days ago

james-1990

Georgia

310 points

13 days ago

-porm

150 points

13 days ago

-porm

Washington

150 points

13 days ago

No thanks

PizzaTammer

46 points

13 days ago

Agreed. As a Texan, l’m living that subreddit IRL

Pugupine

534 points

13 days ago

Pugupine

Michigan

534 points

13 days ago

One of the big things in school is to not have your phone out during class. Why adhere to that ever if US Senators just fuck around on their phone during important hearings.

I wish I could just be on my phone all day while representing 1/100 votes in the most powerful legislative body on the planet.

Comfy salary and benefits to play candy crush all day and vacation in Cancun.

Swagasaurus785

74 points

13 days ago

What’s crazy to me and has nothing to do with this post is that my 12 year old daughter is allowed to have her phone during class now. The kids are just supposed to keep them on silent. When I was 17 in high school and my cell phone was taken away the only way they would give it back was if my parents came and picked it up.

Kaneda_PMA

58 points

13 days ago

teachers have lost that war -- enough parents complain (even if it's only 10% and 90% dont have a problem with it at all) and the teachers really can't enforce the rule anymore.

whileoceaniasleeps

131 points

13 days ago

Probably browsing Kayak for his next all-inclusive package.

hamsterfolly

175 points

13 days ago

hamsterfolly

California

175 points

13 days ago

Hey, come on, Cancun Cruz was just picking out hotels for his upcoming trip! /s

Centauran_Omega

139 points

13 days ago

He got reelected in Texas and basically no matter what he does, he Cruzes. He was an active participant of the events of Jan 6, 2021--a total and complete violation of the oath of office, and literally NOTHING of consequence happened to him.

Why would he ever give a damn? You think shaming someone that went against the founding tenets of this country makes a difference or matters? He is so completely beyond shame, the effort put into trying to appeal to the ethics of someone who doesn't have any is both tragic, ironic, and arguably imbecilic.

elucify

9 points

13 days ago

elucify

9 points

13 days ago

This. Sorry to say it, but we have a majority of Texas voters to thank for Ted Cruz.

crispypotatos

93 points

13 days ago

He is not a politician. He is not doing political work. It just looks like his position is an inconvenient job that he's dealing with. Its like saying you're a chef but all you do is sleep in the wine closet.

finleyredds75

97 points

13 days ago

finleyredds75

I voted

97 points

13 days ago

Everyone hates Ted Cruz. Everyone. Does he know this? Someone should tell him.

BaconGreaseLover

24 points

13 days ago

Tell that to the mother fuckers that keep voting for him

MinneapolisSpice

204 points

13 days ago

Heidi sent some photos of her recent vacay with David.

The_Great_Leon

30 points

13 days ago

What's the difference between Heidi Cruz and armed insurrection?

Ted will defend armed insurrection

agentup

85 points

13 days ago

agentup

Texas

85 points

13 days ago

‘David is such a good friend, he rubbed sunscreen all over her body’

CertifiedWarlock

160 points

13 days ago

CertifiedWarlock

New York

160 points

13 days ago

Looking at incest porn again, probably.

Apprehensive_Hat_444

32 points

13 days ago

Looking up all the ways Trump disparaged him during the years, to remind himself how much of a good boy he is.

Viiinez

24 points

13 days ago

Viiinez

24 points

13 days ago

Republicans are shitty humans.

pj2da82

46 points

13 days ago

pj2da82

46 points

13 days ago

He was just looking for his talking points. Give the guy a break. He was just on vacation.

Graaaaavy

20 points

13 days ago

Probably looking at more incest porn.

BackCountryBound

34 points

13 days ago

What a smug fucking prick.