September 30, 2015 by Chris Kite
In the linked video, Ted Cruz goes nuts. Again. And once again, he rants and raves about how horrible our system of government is. He says, “Republican leadership in both houses will not fight for a single priority that we promised the voters that we would fight for, when we were campaigning, less than a year ago.”
That isn’t even true. The house has voted 55 times to repeal Obamacare. Every single vote was brought up by Republican “leadership.” The house voted to defund Planned Parenthood. But the vote could not proceed in the Senate. Not because Senate Republicans didn’t try, but because it was blocked from proceeding due to Democratic opposition.
But while his statement, like so many he makes, is not true, that isn’t even really the point. The point is that Ted Cruz doesn’t understand the Constitution. He apparently hasn’t read it. Oh sure, he is often a self professed expert on things that are unconstitutional. Never mind that he is NOT a member of the Supreme Court of the United States and thus isn’t really allowed to determine what is and isn’t Constitutional. Sure. He can have an opinion. But it is nothing but his opinion and it has no legal impact. And his frequent opinions show his total lack of understanding of our Constitution.
While constituents in the backwards state of Texas (where science is forbidden, race or religion other than Christianity is a good reason to discriminate against someone, the bible trumps the Constitution but you worry about creeping Sharia law, and walking around with an AR-15 on your shoulder is seen as patriotic instead of idiotic) seem to vote in people like Ted Cruz. People that promise things such as defunding of Planned Parenthood and repeal of Obamacare, even if it means shutting down the government, hurting millions of Americans, hurting veterans, and damaging the economy. But a large part of the country is more moderate. A large part of the country is more reasonable. A large part of the country expects our Congress and Senate to act like adults, follow the rules, and do what our founding fathers envisioned when they created a system of shared power. Compromise!
A real leader would admit defeat, explain that while his constituents feel the way they do, the rest of America does not. And there is no way to advance their cause as long as they are sharing power.
But Ted Cruz lives in a fantasy land where scorching the earth and leaving a huge wake of destruction is considered patriotic. Please Ted, grow up and act like a leader. Learn when to compromise and when to take a stand.