Ted Cruz is doing his damnedest to perfectly embody the Freedom Caucus/tea party nihilism. It's all about destroying things they hate, which is pretty much everything that makes our society work. No. Really. In fact the Washington Post Politics page counts the ways he wants to destroy our government or aspects of it. Here's their list of what "he'd get rid of or change."
- The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv would be moved to Jerusalem.
- He'd axe the Commerce Department, and with it millions in grants and small and minority-owned business assistance.
- Being a 10ther, a proponent of the theory that ignores the history of the constitutional convention and says all power should devolve to the states, Cruz wants to abolish the Department of Education and leave that entirely up to the states. They'd get federal help in block grants, but it would be entirely administered by states and localities. Which gives Mississippi and Idaho the opportunity to fail even bigger!
- The Department of Energy would also be toast, mostly it seems because Cruz really wants to fire a bunch of public employees, saying it would save the country $500 billion (because apparently federal employees don't need to eat or have shelter or health care or jobs or money). Additionally, no regulation at all on the extraction and export of fossil fuels would be a bonus. Drill, baby, drill. Then export it and make as much money as possible while you can.
- Bye-bye Housing and Urban Development. He says some of the programs within HUD would be preserved, but doesn't say how when there's no agency to administer them. Details, details.
- The Internal Revenue Service would be "abolished" as a symbol of Washington bureaucracy. He says we should be able to do our taxes on a postcard or app on our phone. Apparently you don't need anyone to process that at the other end. It just magically goes from your phone to the treasury. Also, too, Cruz wants to abolish income and payroll taxes. You know what goes away when there aren't any payroll taxes? Yep, the Social Security and Medicare trust funds. That would be a really convenient way of abolishing those programs, wouldn't it.
- He'd reverse the Iran nuclear deal. We don't know if that also means he send the newly released hostages back or send crews in to take the concrete out of the nuclear reactors Iran just deactivated. Once again, details.
- Taking a page from Trump, Cruz would "utterly destroy" ISIS, and with his carpet bombs apparently a pretty big chunk of geography in the Middle East. But, you know, it's not like anyone is using it or anything. It's just sand, right?
- This is an easy one: Obamacare. Because of course it is. He's got his with his wife's Goldman Sachs coverage—and man, how handy (and profitable) has that Goldman Sachs connection been for him? Does he have a plan for what to do when Obamacare is gone? Of course not. He's a Republican.
- All of the stuff President Obama has managed to achieve without Congress would be "erased" because Cruz says he has a pen with an eraser. So immigration and gun control executive orders are out the window.
- He'd shut our borders to, you know, those kind of refugees, the ones who aren't Christian. Because that's apparently what Jesus would have done?
- Cruz's devolution of power from the federal government to states and localities of course has its limits. One of those is the decision by municipalities to be sanctuaries for some undocumented workers. So he'll pick and choose what the states and localities he wants to give all the power to get to do with that power. Because he's a Republican.
He really is the leader of the maniacs, the House Freedom Caucus nuts who don't believe in governing. Nihilists. Say what you want about the tenets of Donald Trump, Dude, at least it's an ethos.