Lehrer: The scariest, truly dangerous candidate is not Trump

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Yep, that’s right. It is the guy who took Iowa in stride: Republican junior senator from Texas Ted Cruz.

Despite being the favorite, at least for the time being, among the Republican candidates, Ted Cruz still scares me, and should scare you, the most. In case you didn’t know, he appeals most to the evangelical, far right Republican constituency, as well as the Tea Party movement.

But, any person who received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, received his law degree from Harvard and has argued before the United States Supreme Court surely must reasonable, intelligible and coherent, right?

In my opinion, Cruz represents the opposite. He is the kind of guy who, during the 2013 government shutdown that he and other Republicans successfully organized, filibustered on the Senate floor for 21 hours straight. That is not the worst part, though: he read Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham” to prove some of his points. That is the most childish thing I think I have ever seen or heard in my lifetime of any public official who is supposed to have the American people’s best interests in mind.

Cruz also does not clearly understand how things work. Firstly, he is reviled by his own party. Most of the “mainstream” party members, at the local, state and federal level, have noted their utter dislike of the candidate. Moreover, it is quite apparent that he does not understand how military strategy and foreign policy properly operates.

Cruz has claimed that the United States “will utterly destroy ISIS. We will carpet bomb them into oblivion. I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out.”

But wait … This approach violates international law, as per 1977 Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions.

Another fact: It does not work and has not been done since the unsuccessful Vietnam War. Furthermore he is one of the most outspoken candidates who wants to repeal Obamacare, the health care law that has enabled nearly 18 million Americans to obtain health coverage, but does not have any legitimate plan to help remedy the consequences of doing so or come up with an alternative in general.

In addition, he has called for the abolition of the Internal Revenue Service, the federal governmental agency that collects and manages taxes, the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

As a son of a Cuban immigrant father himself, he is one of the Republicans who is in the strongest opposition to comprehensive immigration reform, or so he claims now. (His record seems to show otherwise, but this is his most recent positioning on the issue.)

Following his statements in the light of the United States Supreme Court ruling favor in 2015 of Obamacare and declaring same-sex marriage a federally-guaranteed constitutional right, the type of person Cruz is became clear.

He was in Iowa, and said “This is not a typical moment in American history. The last 24 hours at the United States Supreme Court were among the darkest hours of our nation.”

He is among the far right in declaring global warming and climate change a conspiracy, saying in the fall of 2015, “climate change is not science. It’s religion.” In terms of Ted Cruz’s Senate tenure, his claim to fame is getting one bill passed, out of 44 he directly sponsored and the 187 he co-sponsored. And, this is data from last March of 2015.

I think that is kind of sad, don’t you? He is a staunch opponent of a woman’s right to an abortion, and was one of the lead Republican senators who sought to shut the government down in 2015 in order to defund Planned Parenthood.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Ted Cruz, simply stated, would be the worst president of the United States in American history. I would fear for our nation if he ascends into such a role.

Josh Lehrer is a fourth-year student who has a deep love for following politics and its recent developments. He identifies politically as a centrist who leans slightly to the left.