While GOP presidential frontrunner has responded to today's terrorist attack in Brussels by calling for more torture, the GOP's only realistic alternative to Trump has called for an inquisition in Muslim neighborhoods.
Ted Cruz responded to the attack by blaming political correctness and immigrants, because of course, and said we need to "secure" Muslim neighborhoods.
CRUZ: "Our European allies are now seeing what comes of a toxic mix of migrants who have been infiltrated by terrorists and isolated, radical Muslim neighborhoods. [...]
We need to immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant al Qaida or ISIS presence.
We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.
We need to secure the southern border to prevent terrorist infiltration."
Given that law enforcement already has the power to patrol Muslim neighborhoods just like any other neighborhood under their jurisdiction, it's not entirely clear what Cruz is proposing, but we can infer.
It's the call to "secure" neighborhoods "before they become radicalized" that's concerning. What does that mean exactly? Does that mean deploying political officers who will clamp down on free speech? Does that mean restricting the free exercise of religion?
Bear in mind, Ted Cruz is the supposed religious liberty candidate.
If you were to judge based on just the reaction of Republicans, you could say terrorism works. Just one attack sends Republicans flying completely off the rails, prompting them to call for restrictions on free speech, closed borders, torture, and foreign intervention. Everything the terrorists want Republicans would give to them. They're afraid of their own shadows.
Far more people are killed by guns on a daily basis in America, but Republicans routinely respond to our crisis here at home by calling for more guns.
If Muslim neighborhoods need to be "secured," it would be to protect them from the kind of people who vote for Ted Cruz.