"Wacko like a fox" Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is "actually... crazy"

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Another Los Angeles Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Ted Cruz, wacko like a fox," Opinion, July 31

Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) chances of becoming president go down as the possible government shutdown in October that he's threatening gets closer.

Understanding the consequences of defaulting on our national debt — likely higher interest rates, the downgrading of the government's credit rating and a major recession or even depression — should be enough to convince many Republicans that while Cruz might have been "among the smartest students" Alan Dershowitz taught at Harvard Law School, he actually is crazy.

Pat Ormsbee

Newport Beach

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  • Dennis Collins

    If I have heard correctly, although he was born in Canada, his parents at least one of them, were/are US citizens. Hence he is a US citizen, just as President Obama is a US citizen much to the chagrin of foolish people like Orly Taitz (hope I spelled her name correctly). Even if only one parent is a US citizen Cruze is therefore also a citizen. Another parallel to President Obama.
    If citizenship is simply a result of what land you stood on at time of birth, John McCain is Panamanian. Multiple citizenships can also result because of local law which is why the right wing screams about "anchor babies".

  • flan59

    You know...now that I think of it perhaps if the headline was Sen. Cruz "is crazy"...Yeah, like a fox, and instead of the finger circling the head there was a picture of a sly fox...I may not have said anything. Using the term "Wacko" right off the bat didn't help. I am only saying this because your response made me look at the article again - trying to look at it in a new light, and I realized that it was more the heading and the picture that bothered me than it was the quote. Not sure if you think that is being over sensitive, but it just dawned on me, and I thought you should know.

    Also, please read the AP guidelines, at the bottom of Pete Early's blog post. I realize they may not pertain to you - as a blogger - but as someone who is sensitive to the issues, you may want to read the part about using derogatory terms, unless in a quote. Your headline falls into this category, in my opinion.

    Your headline piqued my interest - and that is what you wanted, but the term Wacko is very derogatory and does imply clinical mental illness when combined with the finger circling the head picture.

    I am not trying to be argumentative, but as someone who can influence the general public, your words carry weight. Thanks again, for putting up with me!

  • mmaynard119

    Laffy - Crazy like a fox, or crazy because of fox?

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    There is clinical "crazy" and there is metaphorical. I grew up around dr's my entire life, because my dad was one of the finest. I understand the difference, and I understand your concerns. I've had close friends and family who suffered from mental illness, and it's no laughing matter.

    Maybe the author of the letter meant it literally, who knows, but my take is that he's an extremist crackpot, not someone who has been diagnosed medically.

    However, people use the term freely, and as offensive as it is to you, it's out there to stay. My mom died of Alzheimer's, and people use that one in a lighter context, too. I understand that, even though it brings back painful memories.

    My heart goes out to your family, it's not easy. xo

  • flan59

    So, being ignorant of financial matters and/or following blind party politics is on the new DSM-5 manual to identify mental illness? We throw around the word "crazy" nonchalantly these days, which only serves to minimizing what it is really like to be "crazy". I know crazy...my brother lived with schizophrenia for 32 years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sandi-Bachom/543657293 Sandi Bachom

    He can't be president, he's born in Canada. But he's doing a damned good job of channeling Joe McCarthy