Something has bothered me for a long time. I haven’t said anything because it’s something about a politician who I largely agree with, but I can’t stay silent any longer.
I have long admired Senator Ted Cruz’s ability to deliver a message that resonates with a lot people, including me, but something about his style has rubbed me the wrong way. When I watch him deliver speeches to large crowds it reminds me of a well rehearsed televangelist speaking in one of those arena style mega-churches. Each pause in his speaking, tilt of the head, and hand gesture delivered just the way he practiced it. His hair is always perfectly poofed, his smile is just at the right moments, and his sincerity is always suspect in my mind. I have tolerated the theatrics because I felt that the message was more important, but today the theatrics overcame the message.
I was shocked today to see his tacky display at the White House. He and others kneeled for the cameras to publicly pray. Using religion to further his political brand, Showbiz Ted crossed the line for me. The political statement they were making didn’t matter to me because I was so appalled by the stunt.
His dramatics are just too much, even for me – and I’m a GAY!
Authenticity in a politician is important because, at the end of the day, voters need to be able to trust them. I just don’t know if Ted has it. Maybe he should try Hollywood.
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