Ted Cruz is a Republican senator from Texas, who is famous for his filibuster, relating to Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). He has become a de facto leader of the Republican right, who are currently moving heaven and earth to disrupt Obamacare, to the extent of shutting down the Federal government, through the House of Representative’s refusal to raise the debt ceiling.
On the surface Benjamin Disraeli was a very different kind of politician. He was British Prime Minister in the mid to late Nineteenth Century, and he was revered for his “One Nation” conservatism – completely the opposite to what Ted Cruz appears to stand for. One Nation conservatism is about closing the gap between rich and poor, and in the context of the Nineteenth Century, it was about giving more people the vote and passing legislation to improve the living and working conditions of ordinary workers.
However Benjamin Disraeli’s career wasn’t just about wisdom and statesmanship. It was also about vicious, self-serving politicking.
In 1846, when Disraeli was in his 40s, British politics was in complete disarray, because of a huge argument about some legislation known as the Corn Laws.
The Corn Laws were a set of tariffs, imposed on imported corn, that were designed to protect domestic producers. The Conservative government, led by Robert Peel, decided to repeal the Corn Laws. One reason for the repeal was the general principle of free trade; another was to reduce the cost of food, particularly in light of the Great Famine in Ireland, which started in 1845.
Disraeli apparently wasn’t bothered by the starving millions in Ireland, and neither was he interested in party unity. Indeed he went against the leadership of his party, and vociferously opposed the repeal of the Corn Laws. Partly as a result of his actions, the Conservative Party split, and the next time a Conservative Prime Minister was in power, with a parliamentary majority, was twenty-eight years later, in 1874. And this Prime Minister was none other than a sixty-nine year old Benjamin Disraeli.
So it seems that Benjamin Disraeli and Ted Cruz potentially have a few things in commons. Benjamin Disraeli helped split his party, and denied them the possibility of effective government for a very long period of time. Ted Cruz so far hasn’t split the Republicans, but he is trying very hard. The Tea Party and the right of the party might think he’s wonderful, but some traditional, establishment-orientated Republicans are getting seriously annoyed with him.
Although Benjamin Disraeli was born in London, his grandfather was a Sephardic Jew, who had emigrated from Italy. So in the context of Nineteenth Century England, Benjamin Disraeli had to make a special effort to be accepted by the system. Likewise with Ted Cruz. His family on his father’s side are from Cuba, and he was born in Canada. He might therefore feel an extra need to take action to demonstrate his all-American credentials, action which included his very public renunciation of any claim to Canadian citizenship.
Disraeli was born in 1804. So when he helped split his party in 1846 he was forty-two years old. Ted Cruz was born in 1970, which mean that right now, as he puts the splitting-knife into his own party, he is a year older, at forty-three.
We then come to birthdays. Disraeli was born on December 21, so his Sun was in the last degree of Sagittarius. Ted Cruz was born on December 22, which means his Sun is in the first degree of Capricorn.
This is interesting. Some astrologers talk about the evolution of the soul, through the twelve star signs. I don’t normally buy this idea, but in this instance we have the concept of a soul evolving from the last degree of one sign to the first degree of the next. Now it might seem the Disraeli was a much more talented and interesting person than Cruz, but that might just be prejudice. As a fallible human, a million miles from Nirvana, who am I to judge? Besides, Ted Cruz, for all his flaws, has a first class legal mind.
We now come to the question of whether or not history will repeat itself. If Ted Cruz really is the reincarnation of Benjamin Disraeli, will he destroy his party for a generation, and then reinvent himself as a moderate – and in the process win the 2032 or 2036 Presidential Election, when he is in his sixties?
I’m not sure if history repeats itself. Perhaps at an unconscious level Ted Cruz is living out Benjamin Disraeli’s script, and his Karma is to discover that it no longer works.