“Selective” Principles are Not Principles
An object lesson in hypocrisy, if you please.
Here is Ted Cruz, aka Lyin’ Ted, aka the most shameless political climber and sycophant this side of his hero Donald Trump, calling out — oh, imagine the courage! — a moronic professional athlete, Lebron James, whom everyone in America is excoriating today.
From Alt-Right Poop:
Cruz says that Lebron is a “hell of a player”, but that it seems he’s more interested in both he (Nike deal) and the NBA making money. He adds that “kissing up to Chinese communists and tyrants and apologizing for murderers, that’s not a good look for the NBA.”.
“There’s a long tradition of athletes being engaged in politics,” Cruz notes. “I don’t have a problem with that. What I have a problem with is when they don’t know what they’re talking about and they end up defending tyrants – that’s not a good look.”
As far as advice he’d give Lebron, Cruz says “you shouldn’t be willing to sell out freedom just because you want to make a few more bucks on sneaker sales.”
Change “players” and “athletes” to “salesmen,” “the NBA” to “America,” and “bucks” to “ego-gratification,” and you have the very advice Cruz might be offering, on a weekly basis, to Donald Trump, if he had a tenth of the principle he pretends to have when he’s digging for votes. The only major difference between Lebron James and Donald Trump is that what James thinks and says is of no real consequence, because he’s just a private citizen shooting his ignorant, self-absorbed mouth off, whereas Trump is the elected official spokesman for the nation that used to think it was the leader of the free world.
Um, Ted, here’s a word of advice: There’s a long tradition of politicians being engaged in pragmatic self-promotion. I don’t have a problem with that. What I have a problem with is when they pretend they don’t know what harm they are doing and they end up defending tyrants — that’s not a good look. You shouldn’t be selling out freedom just because you want to gain a few more votes for yourself.