2 months, 1 week ago by Strawman
For a few brief moments this week the sound of a can being kicked down the road stopped and was immediately replaced by the sound of one hand clapping--courtesy of freshman Senator, Ted Cruz. Just nine months into his new job in Washington, Cruz has entered with guns blazing. His 21 hour not-really-ready-for-prime-time-not-a-filibuster this past Tuesday/Wednesday was, perhaps, one of the most impressive physical and mental displays I’ve seen in years. He was cogent, coherent, and concise while filling those hours with a myriad of topics, yet he was able to maintain his focus on the main objective—defunding the Affordable Healthcare Act.
And yes, Cruz did read the Seuss classic, “Green Eggs and Ham” around bedtime Tuesday night and he did read an essay penned by Rush Limbaugh’s late father. But contained within those 21 hours, he stood his ground. And most importantly, Cruz stood for something. He stood for you and me and for America.
That’s saying a lot given we’re living one of the worst nightmares in the history of this country. We reside in the county of “Shut Up” and the city of “Stand Down.” That’s what we’ve been urged to do by the current administration.
We’re presided over by Mr. “you didn’t build that,” and “at a certain point, you’ve made enough money.” The message being, “you’re not so much---nothing special here—get over yourself.” Mr. Obama has been the champion of; “I won’t lead, I won’t follow and I won’t get out of the way.” And he’s proven it over and over again these past five years.
Ted Cruz and his friends stood up while, just a week before, first responders to the Navy yard massacre in Washington were told to stand down. Ted Cruz stood up, when 13 months ago those attempting a rescue of our embassy team in Benghazi were told to stand down. Ted Cruz stood up and painted a word picture of the disaster that is Obamacare while those who are patrolling our southern-most border are asked to stand down.
So, whether you’re Democrat, Republican, Independent or Libertarian you owe it to yourself, if nothing else, to go to c-span.org and watch the last half hour of Ted Cruz at work. Watch closely as he politely and professionally defuses a nasty Dick Durbin. And watch, as he’s in the final moments of this 21 hour ordeal, how he deftly handles Harry Reid. Do yourself that favor.
America has stood down long enough. Hopefully the efforts of one freshman Senator from Texas will get a few more of us off our backsides and back on our feet.
In the immortal words of then Senator Barack H. Obama (2006); “America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
You can stand up now.