Ok, so it was a slip of the tongue, on-air on MSNBC. But, that doesn’t make it any less amusing, and who can pass up an opportunity to point out the stupidity of anything Al Sharpton happens to say?
It’s no secret that Ted Cruz is trying to make a preemptive strike against what probably should be considered inevitable complaints about the fact that he wasn’t born on U.S. soil. Not unlike John McCain, Cruz was born outside of the country, but is a U.S. citizen by merit of the fact that his mother is a U.S. citizen. Yes, this is the point where birthers should be shutting up about Obama, and possibly apologizing to everyone for all the rumors they sent flying over his citizenship status. As far as U.S. law is concerned, citizenship follows the mother – if your mother is a U.S. citizen, you could be born on the Moon, and still be a U.S. citizen. So, that whole “where was Obama actually born” thing shouldn’t have been the question – if there were questions to be raised, it should have been over his mother’s citizenship status at the time of his birth.
But this isn’t about picking on birthers. It’s about pointing out yet another in the long line of stupidity that we see practically daily from Sharpton. He started his career in the spotlight with a lie, so it makes sense that he should continue to keep trying to make himself relevant with silliness. One should not forget that he came to the political scene via the over-the-top political talk show “The Morton Downey, Jr. Show” in the 1980′s, pushing the sensational case of Tawanna Brawley. She lied about being raped by white men, but when she finally admitted that, instead of Sharpton going up in smoke, Downey was left holding the bag. Sharpton went on to play the race-baiting game to this day, and Downey’s television career went downhill fast.
As for Cruz, not only did Sharpton try to play the citizenship issue – in spite of it not being an issue in the first place – but he also decided it was good idea to say that the Senator is a “radical by choice.” Well, perhaps this one should be turned around on the old man trying to keep some semblance of relevancy. Would it really be such a bad thing if Cruz adopted that term? What is really wrong with running a campaign on being a conservative radical? There’s no doubt there’s at least one heavy-hitting conservative commentator out there that would say it would be a great idea. Maybe Cruz needs to look at what Alfonzo Rachel has to say about embracing our radical conservative roots. Cruz could run a campaign that suggests the radical notion of smaller government, free markets, lower taxes, real economic recovery, and maybe even a sensible energy policy – especially since we haven’t had an energy policy in years. Yes, Cruz is a radical. Now to see if he’ll actually embrace that concept, instead of letting the left use it as a weapon against him.
For your amusement, take a look at Sharpton pointing out that Cruz has been a Senator since birth – according to “experts” no less!