raw dreadful craze (2016)
"You know, President Obama and Hilary Clinton’s idea that we should bring tens of thousands of Syrian muslim refugees to America is, is, is nothing less than lunacy. If you look at the early waves of refugees that have flooded in, into Europe, one estimate was that seventy seven percent of those refugees were young men, and that’s a very odd demographic for a refugee wave. The Director of National Intelligence here in America has said that of those refugees in Europe, it is clear that a significant number of them may well be ISIS terrorists. It makes no sense whatsoever for us to be bringing in refugees who our intelligence cannot determine if they’re terrorists here to kill us or not. Those who are fleeing persecution should be resettled in the Middle East in majority muslim countries. Now on the other hand, Christians who are being targeted for genocide, for persecution, Christians who are being beheaded or crucified, we should be providing a safe haven to them."
"We need a Commander in Chief who says we will defeat Radical Islamic Terrorism and let me tell you what that would look like. That would look like number one using overwhelming military power particularly air power. You know in the first Persian Gulf War we had roughly eleven hundred air attacks a day. Obama right now is doing fifteen to thirty attacks a day, it’s pinprick, it’s photo-op foreign policy. Number two, we should be arming the Kurds, the Kurds are on the ground fighting ISIS, they are fierce allies of ours, they are out-armed and yet they are our boots on the ground and yet Obama for political reasons—he doesn’t wanna upset Baghdad—so he won’t arm the Kurds. In a Cruz administration we would be using overwhelming air power and the Kurds as our boots on the ground. And it would be clear to any militant on the face of the earth: if you go and join ISIS, if you wage jihad against America, you’re signing your death warrant."
- Ted Cruz, November 15, 2015
This project documented a group effort to salvage the shared space of language from the above misuse. The paragraphs were cut, each word attached to a pushpin and distributed across the room by a group of volunteers, who chose the order and revision of Cruz’s language. Afterwards, the new constructions were made into a small zine.