In Top Gun: Maverick, Tom Cruise reprises his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, the naval aviator who is selected to train pilots for a dangerous top secret mission. As an actor, Cruise plays his part flawlessly in demonstrating uncommon courage.
At the same time, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has reprised his role as feckless hypocrite (I’d be even more caustic if the English language allowed) as he cautioned U.S. Attorney General, Merrick Garland, that “radical” abortion advocates will be “threatening mob violence” after the Supreme Court of the United States officially overturned Roe Vs. Wade, which guaranteed the right to a legal abortion, on Friday.
“I think there’s a real risk of violence,” he said during his appearance on his favorite soap box, Fox News. “Chuck Schumer stood on the steps of the Capitol and mentioned Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch by name [and] said, ‘You have unleashed the whirlwind. You won’t know what hit you.” Cruz added, “It’s really cynical to see Democrats effectively condoning violence.”
To make this statement in the shadow of the January 6 hearings, which has exposed the complicity of Trump and Republicans allies for inciting that day’s violent insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, is mind numbing. (It does demonstrate how big his cahunas have grown since being emasculated by Trump during the 2016 campaign).
Acting is the art of make-believe and no one does it better than Cruz. His latest is worthy of Shakespearian drama as he plays to an audience that has been conditioned to his red-meat pedantics more than Pavlov’s dog. No one is more aware of the sucker quotient of their audience than Fox and Cruz as they witnessed it proven over and over by the Duper-In-Chief, Donald Trump.
Peggy Noonan, conservative columnist for the Wall Street Journal, acknowledged the gullibility of Cruz’s audience in a recent column. She wrote that despite the president’s people telling him that he hadn’t won, Trump looked to a drunk Rudy Giuliani to tell him what he wanted to hear but that wasn’t enough. “So Mr. Trump looked around for kooks, crooks and freaks. He didn’t have to look far because America has lots of them, and Trumpworld more than most.” She continued: “Mr. Trump’s efforts were knocked down in the courts by his own-appointed judges and rebuffed in the states by Republican officials. Mr. Trump tried to get his vice president to go along, but he refused. So he threw his most passionate supporters on the ground into it, and told them to march on the Capitol. ‘Be there, will be wild!”
Noonan says, “those poor stupid people did…more than 800 people were arrested. Some have served painful time; there was at least one suicide.” She adds: “There is no record of Mr. Trump visiting them in prison. There is no record of his paying their bills. No record of his taking responsibility for their actions and requesting mercy. No record they were shown a cent of the $250 million Mr. Trump’s small-donor fundraising operation took in after the election.”
So Cruz will continue playing his role to his dolted followers, knowing full well the Oscar goes to most convincing of dramatic thespians. However, if an award is created for satire, Cruz is a lock.