Commentary: Hey Ted Cruz, Beer Is Also Not Constitutionally Guaranteed
Should Americans have Constitutionally-guaranteed rights to access a light alcoholic beverage? If Ted Cruz thinks so, someone should warn him that a Constitutional Convention is a pretty elaborate process, and in the meantime, its just not comparable to voting.
As reported here yesterday, Texas Democrats protested voter suppression efforts in their state by briefly leaving. Through this they hoped to prevent a quorum that would allow the Texas House of Representatives to successfully move the legislation.
Well, Ted Cruz isn’t happy with this and appeared on Fox News to complain about it. Vox journalist Aaron Rupar shared the clip on Twitter with criticism for Cruz’s false equivalency — Cruz calls it “ironic” that the travelers likely had to show ID to get on the plane.
Ted Cruz on Texas Democrats: "It's ironic. As they were getting on their private jet to fly to Washington DC, they almost surely had to show identification to get on that jet." (This is a false equivalency — people have a right to vote but not a right to board jets.) pic.twitter.com/VXxZ6jMBiE
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 13, 2021
Rupar pointed out that this isn’t the same as having to show ID to vote, since voting is a right enshrined in the United States Constitution, and flying is not.
Cruz fired back, perhaps selecting the video tweet without reading the text, to refer to the case of beer that can be seen in a plane seat in one photograph that’s been circulating, and said, “They also needed an ID to buy their Miller Lites.”
So, here’s a little PSA for Cruz and anyone who might have fallen for this false equivalency.
The right to beer is not in the United States Constitution. People who are over 21 but do not have transportation to acquire ID, people who don’t have a birth certificate, people who don’t have access to their identity documents for a variety of reasons, are not, under U.S. law, having their constitutional rights violated when they aren’t sold a beer.
Voting isn’t beer.