No, I’m not moving from Rand Paul to Ted Cruz

Rand Paul’s announcement regarding his freshly dead presidential bid officially killed any shred of liberty within the major two parties. Many have assumed and encouraged me to jump ship to Ted Cruz. While he’s more stomach-able than the likes of Marco Rubio, Donald Trump or Ben Carson, that will not happen.

Yes, Cruz is better than all three, but here are just some reasons I can’t justify a vote for Cruz, other than that he looks like Kevin Malone from The Office.

It can't be unseen.
It can’t be unseen.

Military – I don’t care if it was a joke, anyone who jests about bombing any area so much that the sand will glow in the dark has no business command our nation’s armed forces. We’ve spent over a decade building failed nations, meddling in affairs we don’t understand and intervening in civil wars.

And what do we have to show for it?

Benghazi’s attacks were the result of arms running to ISIS, and the reason that power vacuum happened was because we illegally intervened to remove Muammar Gaddafi. ISIS came to power partially because of the power vacuum in Iraq and partially because we armed the “Syrian rebels” (I’ll give Cruz for voting against arming the rebels, but his rhetoric doesn’t lend itself to explaining the root cause of the problem). Both of those were specifically United States actions.

So now, we’re supposed to throw more of our soldiers into the Middle East as cannon fodder because we can’t figure out not to get in the middle of civil unrest? I don’t think so. He hasn’t even mentioned anything regarding the fact that constitutionally, only the Congress can declare a war, which hasn’t happened since World War II.

On top of that, Cruz and every other Republican wants to increase military spend when we’re already trillions in the hole and we have a bigger military than the next 10 countries combined and we have 662 foreign military bases in 38 countries. We already can’t nationally pay our bills; it’s irresponsible to increase the biggest part of our budget when it’s already bigger than we need for it to do its real job – national defense.

#SorryNotSorry

Fourth Amendment – Yes, Cruz kinda came out against the PATRIOT Act, as he should have, and he called for NSA reform.

What he didn’t tell you at first was that when he voted for the USA Freedom Act, it actually gave the NSA more power to collect your phone records.

Now, to Cruz’s credit, he at least opposes the indefinite detention clause in the National Defense Authorization Act, but that’s what overreaching surveillance gets you. If you want to send me to war, get a congressional declaration; if you want to search me in any way, get a warrant.

Auditing the Fed – Cruz proved himself unreliable by missing the Audit the Fed vote – which he had previously said he supported – claiming he had a campaign event in New Hampshire scheduled at the same time as the vote. Of course, his wife works for Goldman Sachs, so we couldn’t have that, right?

War on Drugs/Criminal Justice Reform – Cruz currently says marijuana is a state issue, but there’s no telling what he’ll say tomorrow. At the same time, he’s on record for saying the War on Drugs, which has led to Merica having the largest prison population in the world, is the “law of the land” and just needs happen. He also seems to be cool with the militarization of police and won’t really address the whole police brutality thing. That’s kind of become a big deal lately.

Problematic theology – Look, I get that we’re kinda international buddies with Israel, but they’re far from perfect and do some jacked up things sometimes. That didn’t stop Cruz from extolling Israel’s virtues at a conference that was supposed to be aiding Iraqi Christians in their plight with ISIS, as he started ripping on Hamas because we Americans LOVE ripping Bible verses out of context. Cruz has even said that placing an embassy in Cuba as part of our re-engagement with our neighbors to the south was a “slap in the face to Israel,” because we won’t move our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. I mean, at least we didn’t have a trade embargo with Israel for over half a century.

Sorry, Cuba.
Sorry, Cuba.

In short, I don’t trust Ted Cruz to support the entire Bill of Rights, nor do I trust that he won’t get us entangled in yet another asinine, pointless armed conflict, nor do I trust how he views the role of government in economics or its role in his theology.

Am I off base here? Let me know in the comments.

Here’s the question everyone missed about the Cheerios commercial (and it’s nerdy)

If you’re not a gamer, just skip this.

Otherwise, about 0.1 percent of the general population flipped out over the Cheerios commercial that featured a biracial family. Another 30 percent flipped out at those people for being stupid.

If you haven’t seen it yet, watch it below.

Now, here’s the real question.

The mom’s a Breton.

But if you play Skyrim as a white guy, you’re a loser.

Dad is obviously a Redguard.

But no one wants to be the black guy either.

So, since the girl is a Breton and a Reguard, then what power does she get? Does she get Adrenaline Rush or Dragonskin?

These are important things, people. I want answers.

Blue Ridge Christian Academy is in the middle of a controversy that shouldn’t even exist

So there’s been a little controversy lately about a certain fourth grade science test at a private, Christian school that happens to be about 20 minutes from my house. It looks like so.

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The backlash on the school, Blue Ridge Christian Academy, has been pretty harsh, particularly from atheists. This school also happens to be where my little cousin is educated, so I may or may not be somewhat biased.

And, as usual, I think I’ll blow up everyone involved.

Seriously, science is based on what one can measure and replicate within an experiment. It’s about what we can observe.

In fact, Creationism is not scientific, as we can’t observe it.

We have not observed that the universe is not, in fact, billions of years old.

We have not observed that the dinosaurs didn’t live millions of years ago.

We don’t know for sure that animals only ate plants.

On the other hand, Evolution is not scientific, as we’ve never observed it.

No one was around to see and record the universe when it was first created, except God.

We have no records of dinosaurs and people living together or not living together, largely because written records from that long ago are remarkably scarce.

As a Christian, I have serious problems with Evolution. Not only has macro-evolution, where one species turns into another, never been observed; it doesn’t even make genetic sense.

But I also have a problem with teaching this as science. It’s simply not science and a lot of it rests on seriously shaky theology. Saying animals with sharp teeth didn’t eat other animals? The only backing for that is that God made garments for Adam and Eve out of skin, and that’s the first mentioned death in the Bible. Does that mean nothing else died before, ever? What about bacteria or plant cells in stomach acid? That’s stuff dying.

Obviously, the Richard Dawkins of the world routinely take it upon themselves to act like they know everything. Let’s not stoop to their level by saying that this is the only way it could have possibly happened.

Instead, let’s look at what’s really important.

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.”

1 Corinthians 15:3-11

What does Paul say is most important? Jesus and the grace he extends. That’s it. Everything else is secondary.

Mark Driscoll (and others, I’m sure. I just heard it from him) uses an analogy of the closed fist and open hand. We hold onto the core things in the closed fist and the secondary things in the open hand, because you don’t want to bludgeon people with things that aren’t essential.

We’ve allowed this to be a distraction for too long. If someone thinks God took his time or used a slightly different method to make things than you do, does that does that really undermine the Gospel? Does that really change the fact that we’re jacked up and need grace?

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