Yes, Donald Trump came in second place last night. Yes, this is a blow to his campaign, unless you remember Reagan and G. W. Bush lost Iowa, too. Iowa can be an indicator (like the Golden Globes), or it can mean absolutely nothing (like the TV Guide Awards). In case Iowa is an indicator this year, let’s take a closer look at the man who came in first for the GOP, Ted Cruz.
Ted Cruz wants to “carpet bomb ISIS into oblivion,” but doesn’t understand the meaning of “carpet bomb:”
You would carpet bomb where ISIS is — not a city, but the location of the troops. You use air power directed — and you have embedded special forces to direction the air power. But the object isn’t to level a city. The object is to kill the ISIS terrorists.
Military historian Lance Janda, defined carpet bombing to Politifact as:
Carpet bombing typically refers to bombing a defined area without discriminating between targets.
Ted Bromund from the Heritage Foundation (yes, that Heritage Foundation) agrees:
It implies the use of mass, conventional air-strikes not directed against specific targets, delivered with sufficient intensity to completely cover — ‘carpet’ — an area.
Carpet bombing means the exact opposite of what Cruz wants to do, which means he either isn’t going to carpet bomb most of the Middle East, or he is, and just thinks conservatives are too stupid and/or xenophobic to care.
Ted Cruz has a pet pastor named Kevin Swanson. Swanson has an interesting view of the LGBT community: he wants them all dead. Swanson supported Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill, saying in 2012:
Yeah there’s a lot of problems in Uganda, there’s the Muslim influence, there’s dishonesty and graft and the sort of things that this guy was trying to repent of, and you know you got all of this stuff and I think America is actually wealthier and America’s got more of a Christian heritage and America’s got more of this and this and this. But the trajectory is radically different. Our trajectory is going right down back into paganism. Our people are heading back into cannibalism, vampirism, tattooing, body mutilation and every form of fornication, homosexuality, etc. They are trying to get out of it, that’s the difference. (source)
Kevin Swanson also hates the Girl Scouts. He believes they promote lesbianism, and do not support “godly womanhood:”
The individualism of feminism has been devastating to this country. I’d say you ought to say no the Girl Scout cookies too. I don’t want to support lesbianism, I don’t want to support Planned Parenthood and I don’t want to support abortion, and if that be the case I’m not buying Girl Scout cookies. Now I suppose if you take a big, fat, black magic marker and you say, ‘give me that box,’ and you start marking out all of the references to the Girl Scouts of America on all the boxes then maybe we’re not promoting that organization anymore and I’d be willing to buy it. Maybe it’s not food offered to idols anymore if I had the opportunity to scratch out references to the Girl Scouts of America on the boxes of the Girl Scout cookies offered to me at Safeway.
…I don’t want to promote a wicked organization that according to its own website doesn’t promote godly womanhood, it just doesn’t, I don’t see anything that promotes godly womanhood. The vision of the Girl Scouts of America is antithetical to a biblical vision for womanhood, it’s antithetical to it. (source)
Finally, there’s Troy Newman. Newman (not this Newman) is the president of Operation Rescue, and a board member of the Center for Medical Progress, the group behind those debunked Planned Parenthood videos. Newman published a book in 2000, entitled “Their Blood Cries Out.” The book is out of print, but Mother Jones was able to locate a quote by Newman from “Their Blood Cries Out:”
…the United States government has abrogated its responsibility to properly deal with the blood-guilty. This responsibility rightly involves executing convicted murderers, including abortionists, for their crimes in order to expunge bloodguilt [sic] from the land and people.
Ted Cruz has created an anti-choice coalition called The Pro-Lifers for Cruz. Chaired by Tony Perkins, president of the hate group Family Research Council. And during a campaign stop last Wednesday, Ted Cruz, the man who won the Iowa caucus, praised Troy Newman, calling Operation Rescue “one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation.” Scott Roeder, the man who murdered Dr. George Tiller, participated in Operation Rescue events and protests in Wichita, where Operation Rescue is headquartered. And Cheryl Sullenger, VP for Operation Rescue, served two years in federal prison in the 1980’s for conspiring to blow up an abortion clinic.
Donald Trump came in second last night. All his bluster and bullying couldn’t win over Iowans. The man who did win over Iowans is a hateful, bitter, anti-LGBT, anti-choice, pro-war, anti-Muslim sociopath, who, if he becomes president, will ruin this country. So let’s not get too excited about Iowa. Ted Cruz is an incredibly dangerous man, and he more frightening than Trump for one reason: he’s a fanatic.
Ted Cruz embraces people who hate, people who want to murder LGBT individuals, people who embrace violence against abortion providers. Cruz wants to “carpet bomb” the Middle East. Cruz does not support rape and incest exceptions to abortion. This is the man who won Iowa. This is the man who could win the White House.
Cruz may have won last night, but in the long run, if any of the GOP candidates become president, we all lose.