Well, now with those opening Twitter thoughts out of the way, it’s time to cruz on over to talk about porn.
Here’s the thing.
I am not going to bash Ted Cruz for liking porn on Twitter.
But, really, who watches porn on Twitter?
Before Cruz’s “like”, I didn’t even know there was porn on Twitter.
Now, unfortunately, I know two things I didn’t need to know, 1) there is porn on Twitter and 2) someone with access to Ted Cruz’s Twitter account “liked” it.
Perhaps sometime I will delve into my views of Republicans, in general, but for now, let’s just stick with Senator Cruz.
Because, I have very specific feelings regarding this individual.
Days before I came out to my family, I disappointed my father by refusing to attend a Ted Cruz for President rally being held nearby.
I had no intention of attending this rally. There was not a single platform of his that I agreed with, and I feared that if Cruz verbally attacked LGBT people, as he was wont to do, it was unlikely that I would have been able to control myself. But aside from that, I did not want to be associated with attending a Ted Cruz rally, and I found it deeply distressing that my father was so excited to be on the Ted train.
I slept in on the morning of the rally. When I did get out of bed, I found that information regarding the rally had been slid under my door. This act would prompt me to spend the next hour or so browsing the internet to remind myself of all the hateful rhetoric the senator had spread and to better understand his platform.
I remember only feeling a mix of sadness and disappointment.
There’s a lot of that those days leading up to and after that I wish I wrote down more of in the immediate aftermath of those days. Because even though I wrote a lot of notes about those days then, I still find myself forgetting some of the nuances to my memories.
When my brother, grandfather, and father return from the Ted Cruz Rally, my brother comments about how surprised he is that my grandfather was not as much of a diehard supporter as he had thought. But, I can’t remember when that conversation took place or where.
When on Christmas night, out on the porch, my grandfather and father and uncle begin to joke about Caitlyn Jenner’s transition. I abruptly leave my whiskey sour behind, fight back tears, and slide down the wall to the floor as my ex-fiancée texts words of encouragement that it won’t be as bad as I am afraid it will. But, I can’t remember how the conversation on the patio started or what happened after I left the bathroom.
But, I can tell that I am not ready to write about all of that, my coming out and the family sit down that followed, not yet, because just drifting into nearby memories has almost completely soured my day and evening.
Yet, those memories only grapple at the surface of Ted Cruz, a staunch supporter of the hate group, the Family Research Council and about as bad as it gets when it comes to LGBT rights and equality.
And, now, to his porn “like”.
With a reminder that Ted Cruz has fought against the sale of sex toys and believes solely in the Biblical laws of marriage and masturbation, whatever that means, that Ted Cruz “liked” porn.
Which to me, is about as hypocritical as being told all your life about the vileness of pornography, only to find that parent’s porn stash.
That’s how I equate it.
As hypocritical as the many Republican politicians with anti-LGBT agendas that as truth comes to the surface only reveals their own homosexuality.
And, here’s the thing, if you “like” a post on accident, you simply “unlike” and go about your merry way.
And, porn does not just show up on your Twitter feed for no reason.
It was searched for.
That is how Twitter works.
So, I have to ask.
Why can’t politicians just be honest?
Why can’t people just tell the truth?
It ain’t easy.
But, it is freeing.
And, being honest about yourself to others, reveals as many truths about them as it does about you.
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