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Where Ted Cruz Is Coming From
« on: October 04, 2013, 11:25:22 PM »
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Where Ted Cruz Is Coming From

The tea party senator and his allies campaigned on the promise to revolutionize Washington — so why is everyone so surprised they’re trying to do it? posted on October 4, 2013 at 8:17am EDT

WASHINGTON — And on the third day, Ted Cruz looked upon his creation, and he saw that it was good.

Yes, Congressional negotiations had devolved into a manic game of finger-pointing that centered on cancer-patient gaffes and pitched battles over war memorials; hundreds of thousands of federal workers had been sent home without paychecks; and Republicans were continuing to cling stubbornly to a list of extraordinary demands that Democrats flatly refuse to entertain. With the country careening haplessly toward potential fiscal calamity, the most powerful governing body in the free world had ground to a halt.

But the Tea Party Senator from Texas saw meaning in the madness. One of the primary authors of the chaos consuming Washington, it was Cruz and his audacious campaign to #makeDClisten and dismantle the Affordable Care Act that first set the government on course for a shutdown. Now, even as he endures scolding from his Senate elders and panicked second-guessing from his skittish colleagues, Cruz makes no apology for his government-breaking crusade.

This, after all, is exactly what voters sent him to Washington to do.

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“When I ran for office I promised Texas voters that I would do everything possible to stop Obamacare, and that’s a commitment I’m working very hard to honor,” Cruz told BuzzFeed. “My top priority is restoring jobs and economic growth, and Obamacare is causing millions of American to lose their jobs or not be hired, to be forced into part-time work, to pay skyrocketing premiums, and to lose or risk losing their health insurance.”


“In the past few weeks, we have engaged in a national debate about the enormous harms caused by Obamacare — all because millions of Americans have spoken up and held our elected officials accountable,” he said.

Many of those elected officials do not appreciate Cruz’s antics. They call him a spotlight hog, or an “anarchist,” or a “wacko bird.” But amid all the criticism he and his Tea Party cohorts have received from veteran Washingtonians over the past three years, the underlying sentiment has always been a profound distaste for their unwillingness to conform, to act reasonably, to operate within the tried and true bounds of responsible governance.

As the government shutdown wore on this week, some of the most conservative lawmakers in Congress — as well as the army of ideological aides they command on the Hill — told BuzzFeed that their critics still don’t understand their mission. The Tea Party didn’t come to Washington just to turn the dial a few degrees to the right, or make a couple of symbolic spending cuts. They came to revolutionize the way This Town works — starting with Obama’s healthcare law. And if that means taking big, dramatic risks, or upending traditional policy-making procedure, or slaying a herd of sacred cows standing in the way, so be it.

“I think we have changed the conversation, I don’t think we have changed Washington enough,” said Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador, who entered the House of Representatives during the 2010 Tea Party wave. “I think the American people understand that we came here to make sure there was less deficits, less spending, and we want a strong nation that has growth. I feel we have changed the way things are done here.”

None of the Republicans interviewed defended the government shutdown, and they all blamed Obama for refusing to negotiate with them. But they were also adamant that they couldn’t simply cave to Democrats and pass a funding bill without any concessions. They described the problems facing the country — and the progressive policies Obama has implemented — in terms of urgency, insisting that the state of affairs is dire enough to necessitate bold, controversial action on their parts.

“We’re $17 trillion in debt,” said Tea Party Rep. Tim Huelskamp. “We’re slowly making progress. We’ve held the line on certain levels of spending — and here is an opportunity to continue to make progress.”

If some on the GOP’s right wing seem insufficiently alarmed that they’ve contributed to the first government shutdown in nearly two decades, it’s probably because they always knew radical action might eventually become necessary.

From its genesis in 2009, the Tea Party movement has been fueled by the rhetoric of revolution. True believers attend rallies unironically dressed in colonial garb. Their early organizers preached earnestly from Saul Alinsky’s left-wing activist handbook Rules For Radicals — a book that advises just the sort of procedural disruption they’ve imposed this week. And while Nevada Senate candidate Sharon Angle outraged mainstream political observers when she suggested people may start looking for “Second Amendment remedies” to the country’s problems, one recent survey showed that nearly half of Republicans believe armed insurrection might be necessary “in the next few years.”

Data points like those have long been Democrats’ bread and butter as they work to cast the Tea Party as “extreme.” But they also show just how extreme conservatives consider America’s current peril to be. To believe an armed revolution could realistically be on the horizon is to live with the genuine suspicion that your government could, at any point, be overtaken by tyranny. In that context, some temporary furloughs seem like a small price to pay.

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That isn’t to suggest that many of the Republicans on Capitol Hill are stockpiling ammunition in preparation for a popular uprising. But on a somewhat smaller scale, many Tea Party lawmakers view Obamacare as such a catastrophic threat to the country’s healthcare system and long-term economic health that it’s worth the high-stakes legislative brinksmanship to try to slow it down.


At least, that’s what they hear when they return to their districts.

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“You hear back home, ‘You guys never stand up to the Democrats, or you won’t fight,’” said South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, who won a special election earlier this year with Tea Party support. “And again, not going into the merits or demerits on the strategy, there’s a belief within the [Republican] conference that people are trying to stand up in a way they haven’t in the past. And a belief from the folks back home that’s finally being done.”


Kate Nocera contributed to this report.
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776

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Re: Where Ted Cruz Is Coming From
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2013, 11:29:48 PM »
Yep! He's doing exactly what he promised the good people of Texas he would do if elected - a concept foreign to most in Washington -  but maybe, just maybe, it will catch on!
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Re: Where Ted Cruz Is Coming From
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2013, 11:34:04 PM »
Let's hope.  The guy running against Landreu sounds good to me....
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Re: Where Ted Cruz Is Coming From
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2013, 11:35:17 PM »
Let's hope.  The guy running against Landreu sounds good to me....

Yes he is! I've taken a good close look at that race and I think he has a very real chance to unseat her!
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Re: Where Ted Cruz Is Coming From
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2013, 11:39:15 PM »
Yes he is! I've taken a good close look at that race and I think he has a very real chance to unseat her!
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What is you take on how NJ has been swinging?
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Re: Where Ted Cruz Is Coming From
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2013, 11:40:55 PM »
BTW I think she has shown her abject stupidity in her sticking with Reid.
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Re: Where Ted Cruz Is Coming From
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2013, 11:43:04 PM »
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What is you take on how NJ has been swinging?

That one is going to be a lot tougher but still possible depending on how things work out between now and then.
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Re: Where Ted Cruz Is Coming From
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2013, 11:49:53 PM »
BTW I think she has shown her abject stupidity in her sticking with Reid.

Indeed! Louisiana has become a VERY red state!
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Re: Where Ted Cruz Is Coming From
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2013, 12:00:31 AM »
Indeed! Louisiana has become a VERY red state!

IIRC isn't her brother the mayor of NOLA now?  Does she think they will bring out those school buses again and collect up voters they can pay to vote for her?  Has she forgotten most of the poor 9th Ward voters were relocated after Katrina and it is not the same state it used to be?
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Re: Where Ted Cruz Is Coming From
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2013, 12:27:32 AM »
Appears that it is time to remind the cowardly, faint-hearted, and phony Conservative(s) on here that repeal of ObamaCare was a principle (look it up) enunciated in the Republican Party Platform of 2012 (just a year ago). So in actuality Senator Cruz is being faithful to those principles and, well, you are not.

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – was never really about healthcare, though its impact upon the nation’s health is disastrous. From its start, it was about power, the expansion of government control over one sixth of our economy, and resulted in an attack on our Constitution, by requiring that U.S. citizens purchase health insurance. We agree with the four dissenting justices of the Supreme Court: “In our view the entire Act before us is invalid in its entirety.” It was the high-water mark of an outdated liberalism, the latest attempt to impose upon Americans a euro-style bureaucracy to manage all aspects of their lives. Obamacare has been struck down in the court of public opinion and is falling by the weight of its own confusing, unworkable, budget-busting, and conflicting provisions. It would tremendously expand Medicaid without significant reform, leaving the States to assume unsustainable financial burdens. If fully implemented, it could not function; and Republican victories in the November elections will guarantee that it is never implemented. Congressional Republicans are committed to its repeal; and a Republican President, on the first day in office, will use his legitimate waiver authority under that law to halt its progress and then will sign its repeal. Then the American people, through the free market, can advance affordable and responsible healthcare reform that meets the needs and concerns of patients and providers. Through Obamacare, the current Administration has promoted the notion of abortion as healthcare. We, however, affirm the dignity of women by protecting the sanctity of human life. Numerous studies have shown that abortion endangers the health and well-being of women, and we stand firmly against it.
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http://whitehouse16.com/republican-party-platform/#Item6
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Re: Where Ted Cruz Is Coming From
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2013, 07:11:18 AM »
Appears that it is time to remind the cowardly, faint-hearted, and phony Conservative(s) on here that repeal of ObamaCare was a principle (look it up) enunciated in the Republican Party Platform of 2012 (just a year ago). So in actuality Senator Cruz is being faithful to those principles and, well, you are not.
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http://whitehouse16.com/republican-party-platform/#Item6


Another very excellent point!

Fidelity to the party platform is another concept that has been foreign to most elected representatives in Washington! Hopefully that will change now that a few are showing some REAL leadership!
« Last Edit: October 05, 2013, 07:12:28 AM by Bigun »
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Re: Where Ted Cruz Is Coming From
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2013, 01:00:23 PM »
Fidelity to the party platform is another concept that has been foreign to most elected representatives in Washington! Hopefully that will change now that a few are showing some REAL leadership!

In addition perhaps certain voices should put the criticisms of Senator Cruz on mute as he is only doing what the Republicans promised to do just one year ago.
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