The Teeny Weeny War Of Ted Cruz
This week, a couple of Americans went to a center that serves people with disabilities where one of them worked, and shot 14 people.
In response, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz admonished the nation that this event shows that, “We are at a time of war.”
A time of war?
In the Revolutionary War, one out of every 20 young men died in the war. 17,000 American soldiers died of disease while marching off to war. 100,000 refugees fled from the 13 colonies.
The Civil War resulted in the death of three quarters of a million Americans.
Over a hundred thousand Americans died during World War I.
Over four hundred thousand Americans died during World War II.
More than fifty thousand Americans died during the Vietnam War.
Now, Ted Cruz notices that a crazy couple in California has killed 14 people, and says that it’s a reminder that America is at war.
If this is the biggest hint we’ve got that there’s a war going on, maybe it isn’t really a war. Maybe we don’t need to send huge amounts of money to military contractor corporations to deal with this. Maybe we don’t have to make this the centerpiece of our foreign policy.
Maybe we can slow down, and instead of listening to politicians like Ted Cruz pump up perceptions that we have no choice but to go off to war, we can sit down and work on mechanisms to spread peace instead.