Eventually, I may have to post a full list of the current Presidential candidates who have definitively disqualified themselves, by evidence of character, integrity, honesty, temperament, trustworthiness, leadership ability and core values (or, in the cases of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the absence of them), from the very office they seek. Frankly, I’m afraid that no one will be left.
Senator Ted Cruz’s recent statement about Kim Davis, the now correctly jailed Kentucky clerk who cites God’s authority to justify defying the law, is so irresponsible, dishonest and cynical that he has to be moved to the top of the list.
Here it is. My comments are in bold.
“Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny. Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This is wrong. This is not America…
This is a lie, and a gross mischaracterization of the facts. Kim Davis can live and worship any way she chooses. She objects to same sex marriage, and she may refuse to associate with gay married couples, refuse to attend gay weddings, make whatever statements opposing gay marriage she chooses, picket gay weddings, lobby for a Constitutional amendment and more.
What she cannot do is refuse to perform the duties of her office, and withhold from citizens the government services they have a right to receive because of her religious beliefs. It is beyond legitimate question in law and ethics that she does not have the right to do this. She has been arrested for defying a court order and being in open contempt of legal judicial authority. This is not unprecedented, this is America, and must be America if democracy and rule of law is to function.
“I stand with Kim Davis. Unequivocally. I stand with every American that the Obama Administration is trying to force to choose between honoring his or her faith or complying with a lawless court opinion….
Kim Davis is, as we now know, a likely hypocrite using her faith as a shield for her anti-gay bias. She has conveniently defied “God’s laws” when it suited her fancy, and will probably do so again. Standing with an ignorant bigot like Davis is signature significance for an irresponsible and pandering politician.
“In dissent, Chief Justice Roberts rightly observed that the Court’s marriage opinion has nothing to do with the Constitution. Justice Scalia observed that the Court’s opinion was so contrary to law that state and local officials would choose to defy it…
Cruz is a lawyer and very well-trained one with a sharp mind. He knows that all Supreme Court decisions except the rare unanimous ones include dissents, which have no force in law whatsoever. This is the fallacy of the “appeal to authority.” Roberts and Scalia had losing arguments, no matter what kind of rhetoric they used to defend them,. Cruz would not approve of a D.C. official who continued the District’s unconstitutional handgun ban citing the dissents to the majority Supreme Court’s decision backing the Second Amendment. For a lawyer to pretend that Supreme Court dissents should be given more weight in law than the ruling they dissent from is incompetent.
“For every politician — Democrat and Republican — who is tut-tutting that Davis must resign, they are defending a hypocritical standard. Where is the call for the mayor of San Francisco to resign for creating a sanctuary city — resulting in the murder of American citizens by criminal illegal aliens welcomed by his lawlessness?
Irrelevant, fatuous, and a blatant invocation of Rationalizations 2. The “They’re Just as Bad” Excuse, or “They had it coming”…22. The Comparative Virtue Excuse, or “There are worse things.”…26. “The Favorite Child” Excuse…27. The Victim’s Distortion...39. The Pioneer’s Lament, or “Why should I be the first?”…and some others, but that’s six too many already. The fact that over 300 cities have been allowed to defy the immigration laws because serial administrations have been cowardly and negligent regarding all aspects of illegal immigration enforcement doesn’t argue for tolerance of more lawlessness elsewhere.
“Where is the call for President Obama to resign for ignoring and defying our immigration laws, our welfare reform laws, and even his own Obamacare?
What THE HELL does this have to do with Davis, Senator? And while we’re at it, why is Roger Goodell still running the NFL? And what’s the deal with cough drops, anyway? Why no more little Ludens boxes, only bags?
When trying to assert a legally and an ethically absurd argument pandering to the ignorant and the bigoted, by all means change the subject to distract from your argument against the rule of law and pretend that it’s an argument for the rule of law (just not in the case your statement is supposedly about.)
Wow. You’ve got gall, Ted, I’ll give you that. No scruples, but lots of gall.
“When the mayor of San Francisco and President Obama resign, then we can talk about Kim Davis.
This may be the Mother of All “It’s not the worst thing!” arguments. Yes, Ted, let’s refuse to prosecute any more crimes until they finally nail O.J. for murder and indict Hillary.
I know you’re smarter than this.
“Those who are persecuting Kim Davis believe that Christians should not serve in public office. That is the consequence of their position. Or, if Christians do serve in public office, they must disregard their religious faith–or be sent to jail.
Utter lies, and the kind of victim-mongering the Republicans love to mock. Who believes that Christians should not serve in office? Davis’s attributing her unethical conduct including dereliction of duty and violation of her oath of office to her religion rather than her own arrogance, selfishness, bias and ignorance does real harm to faith, however, as it provides ammunition for those who distrust Christians as doctrinaire fanatics. So does Cruz’s statement.
Davis is not being persecuted by requiring her to perform the duties of her job. Like every other citizen, Christians must obey court orders or be punished, including being sent to jail.
All judges insist on being obeyed. They are funny that way. Religion has nothing to do with it.
“Kim Davis should not be in jail. We are a country founded on Judeo-Christian values, founded by those fleeing religious oppression and seeking a land where we could worship God and live according to our faith, without being imprisoned for doing so.
1) Davis, like anyone else in contempt of court, should be in jail. If scofflaws are not punished, society collapses. 2) Straw man, Senator. Davis can still worship as she chooses. She is not being jailed for doing so. She may not impose her religious beliefs and practices on others through a government position.
“I call upon every Believer, every Constitutionalist, every lover of liberty to stand with Kim Davis. Stop the persecution now.”
Disqualified, Senator. Go back to haranguing the U.S. Senate; by your own words, you declare yourself unfit to hold executive government power. In the United States, the “law of God” as various individuals interpret it cannot and must not take precedence over the law of the land. You are advocating anarchy and theocracy.
Note: Mike Huckabee also made disqualifying statements about Davis, but we know he wants a theocracy. He disqualified himself long ago.