I would be hard pressed right now to choose the best GOP candidate out of all of their 2016 Presidential hopefuls. But if you were to ask me who their absolute WORST candidate was, I would say Ted Cruz, hands down. Not only is he an insane egomaniac with dangerous extremist views, but he also brings absolutely nothing to the table that would benefit this country…aside from his comedic entertainment value, of course.
This week the New York Times ran a piece about Cruz’s highly successful experience on the national collegiate debate circuit. And while I did find it interesting to read about his political genesis, as a woman I couldn’t help but notice some disturbingly egregious things.
Cruz’s tendency to want to blame or punish women apparently began long ago. Now I’m not really sure what these college kids possibly could have been debating when Cruz believed his best means of scoring points was to explain his big plan for curing sluttiness. But believe it or not, he actually suggested that God step in and punish women with magical regenerative hymens.
In one debate, he proposed a method to detect infidelity in which God should “give women a hymen that grows back every time she has intercourse with a different guy, because that will be a ‘visible sign’ of the breach of trust,” according to a recollection by David Kennedy published in a Harvard debate team reunion booklet in 2001.
Mr. Kennedy’s debate partner mocked Mr. Cruz’s knowledge of the subject matter by contorting herself to see how the anatomy in question could be “visible,” according to the booklet.
Another unmistakable example of Cruz’s early misogynistic roots can be seen when he expressed his disdain for women in the workplace.
When an Amherst team argued at a tournament in 1989 that Ricky Ricardo should have let Lucy work, Mr. Cruz said, in an incensed voice: “Well, guess what, I’m Cuban! And no self-respecting Cuban man of the era would let his wife work.”
Most people outgrow the quixotic ideas of their youth. But it seems that Ted Cruz’s misogynistic proclivity has only grown stronger.
It is no secret that the Republican party is failing miserably with American women. And by promoting candidates like Ted Cruz, it appears that they don’t have any intentions of fixing that problem. Because of all the potential GOP candidates, Cruz has arguably the most anti-woman agenda we’ve seen in quite some time.
In addition to coming down on the wrong side of nearly every issue important to women, Cruz is also determined to make abortion illegal in this country, in all cases, including rape and incest. Another issue that is apparently very important to him is overturning non-discrimination laws regarding reproductive health, which currently prevent employers from taking action against workers for using birth control or having abortions.
Now it is true that very often politicians will change their positions on issues over time for one reason or another. But obviously in the case of Ted Cruz, misogyny is an enduring trait that has defined his character since long before he became a politician.