Stop Picking on Heidi! - 5/11/16
I noticed this morning that AOL has a story, in which the (unidentified) author takes Heidi Cruz to task because recently, during a conference call with Cruz supporters, she compared Ted Cruz's failed effort to win the GOP Presidential nomination with the struggle to defeat slavery. (You can read it yourself at http://www.aol.com/article/2016/05/10/heidi-cruz-ted-cruz-campaign-slavery/21374809/)
Mrs. Cruz's exact words were as follows:
"Be full of faith and so full of joy that this team was chosen to fight a long battle. Think that slavery - it took 25 years to defeat slavery. That is a lot longer than four years."
Frankly, I can see nothing wrong with this as a comparison. Apparently, the objection is that the fight to abolish slavery was a much more important struggle than Ted's quest to become the Republican nominee, which it was, and that the comparison was "unseemly" and quite possibly "racist." And perhaps it would have been more felicitous to make the comparison say to Winston Churchill's quest to become Prime Minister of Great Britain, which took him more than 25 years, and which two and a half decades saw Winston suffer several major setbacks in achieving his goal.
But I see nothing wrong with comparing a lesser struggle over a shorter period of time with a greater struggle that took an even longer span of time to achieve. It encourages people to know that someone else took even longer to win an even more difficult battle than what they aspire to.
Actually, if I have any quibble with Heidi's statement, it is with her claim that it took only 25 years to defeat slavery. I assume that she meant black slavery in the United States of America, which was abolished by the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which was ratified in 1865. This would mean that the battle to abolish slavery in American began in 1840, but that struggle began possibly as far back as the introduction of slavery to the Jamestown Colony in 1619. Benjamin Franklin, for example, was President of the Pennsylvania Society for the Abolition of Slavery in 1787, 78 years before the 13th Amendment was passed.
But you will note that my objection is a matter of factual content, not a subjective evaluation of whether Heidi Cruz's comments were "seemly" or not. Come on, folks, Cruz lost the nomination and I think this continued piling on is "unseemly."