Ted Cruz, awful person

Glenn Greenwald in 2015 wrote an excellent article in response to the media coverage of a data hack of Ashley Madison, a dating site for people looking to be involved in extramarital affairs. Greenwald’s scathing piece criticized this “puritanical glee” of media personalities casting judgement upon the victims of the information leak. In lieu of Ted Cruz’s porn-tweet scandal, some of the lessons from that article are worth sharing.To quote Greenwald:

But whatever else is true, adultery is a private matter between the adulterer and his or her spouse. Except in the most unusual cases — such as a politician hypocritically launching morality crusades against others — it’s most definitely not any of your business. None of us should want (ironically) anonymous hackers serving as vigilante morality police by exposing the private sexual acts of other adults.

Cheating on one’s spouse and “liking” a porn video on Twitter are quite different, but a lot of the same principles apply. As commentator Dylan Marron pointed out, there’s no reason to shame Ted Cruz (or anyone) for watching porn. Personally speaking, I find this to be the most humanizing and reliable thing Ted Cruz has ever done. (This might sound like a mean-spirited joke – I am being entirely serious.)

On the other hand, of course, Cruz fits into the “politician hypocritically launching morality crusades against others” category. He’s an awful person! But, let’s stay focused on why he’s an awful person.

 

 

 

(This meme was worth sharing, though.)