I've never been a fan of Senator Ted Cruz and was pretty happy to see that he finally suspended his campaign last night after losing again in Indiana to Donald Trump. How he lasted this long in the race is beyond me.
His religious act comes off to me as condescending and false. I don't buy it one bit. To me, it's another ruse to gain the votes of honest, God-fearing Evangelical Christians, who sometimes get played by clever politicians like Cruz who know how to scare Evangelicals just enough to get gain their vote. (Yes, I know, everyone gets played by politicians).
Politicians like Cruz use colorful yet frightening fire and brimstone rhetoric to whip the congregants into a frenzy before swooping in with a simple solution from the divinity in the form of Candidate Cruz. Yes, God put him in front of them today to save them from all the evils in the political world.
When I say evils, I'm referring to people with a different philosophical worldview or who have many different life experiences that influenced that worldview.
Yet, Candidate Cruz cleverly sells that difference as evil in order to gain votes. It's not evil. It's just different. It's not better or worse nor is it lacking divinity nor is it pure sin. It's just different.
But saying that it's merely different doesn't evoke strong emotions nor does it scare the living daylights out of people. It doesn't paint gory pictures that offer a candidate the opportunity to place himself as the savior to this potential (and highly improbable) doomsday situation to save the day for the the loyal flock.
Even though Cruz called off his presidential candidacy, I think his best years are yet to come. When he gets elected out of the Senate, he'll become an even greater star in talk radio and will amass a great fortune as a televangelist. His polished message works in that sphere much better than it does from the White House and it will enrich him beyond his wildest dreams.