The elder Cruz thinks kings ought to rule America, taking money from heathens and giving it all to evangelical preachers and their followers. Not coincidentally, perhaps, Rafael Cruz is a fundamentalist preacher himself.
“The wealth of the wicked is stored for the righteous,” Cruz said at an Irving, Texas, megachurch last year. “And it is through the kings, anointed to take dominion, that that transfer of wealth is going to occur."
Here are more of Cruz's thoughts: The liberal media has an "evil agenda" that aims to destroy the country, Obamacare mandates "suicide counseling," and there are way too many RINOs in the Republican Party. Is he talking about Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker and Bill Haslam?
Tickets are $50 to hear Cruz speak at the West Tennessee Reagan Day Dinner. If his speech isn't bizarre enough, you can look at the bones of prehistoric creatures (editor's note: um, Bishop Ussher actually says those bones are only 5,000 years old) while you listen. The party is holding the fundraiser in the Dinosaur Hall of the brand new Discovery Park of America in Union City. For $150, you can eat dinner with Cruz.
According to the invitation, "pastors in attendance will meet in the room following the reception to offer prayers for America" and maybe ask God for another government shutdown.
The state GOP is understandably a bit sensitive about Rafael Cruz's visit to Tennessee. We asked Tennessee GOP director Brent Leatherwood whether the state party is sanctioning this event featuring this total nutjob, and he responded a little evasively:
"With Tennessee becoming more and more Republican, county parties, like the Obion County GOP, are able to host a number of nationally known conservatives. This is just the latest example."