Sen. Ted Cruz: A Real Stand-Up Legislator

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, rose to speak on the Senate floor at 2:41 p.m. on Tuesday in opposition to Obamacare. And, like Jimmy Stewart in the film, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, he said he would continue to speak until he could no longer stand (or speak).  Cruz and some of his colleagues were still standing but they were cut off by a new day of Senate business at noon by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Technically, it was not a filibuster, according to The National Journal.  “In a real talking filibuster, as in the Jimmy Stewart film, a senator occupies the Senate floor indefinitely so as to block the chamber from taking up any other business.  In Cruz’s case, Senate rules limit his time, and would have had to cede the floor by Wednesday morning at the latest. “

“That’s a long time, but the Senate will have to wait whether Cruz speaks or not.  As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday morning, ‘I want to make sure everyone understands: There is no filibuster today.’”

 But it was a very, very long speech from the Texas senator who has been the center of attention in Washington’s budget fight, and the Senate leader in a doomed-to-fail movement to strip funding for Obamacare out of any resolution that Congress passes to fund the government.  If Congress fails to come to an agreement, the government will shut down at the end of this month.

Following up on his comments calling Cruz’s speech a “big waste of time,” Reid said that “any day that government is hurt is a good day” for the Tea Party.  Reid called it “the New Anarchy.” 

Marco Rubio, giving Cruz another break, spoke on why the American Dream resonates with the Hispanic community in America. He spoke specifically about how big government pushed Hispanics out of Venezuela and Cuba, and brought them to the freedom of places like Miami. 

“That’s what big government does; it traps people in the circumstances of their birth.” We should defund Obamcare because, Rubio said, “it undermines the American free-enterprise system.”

Fox News selected 21 quotes (20 of which are from Cruz; the 21st is from Harry Reid – we won’t waste your time posting it) from Cruz to sum up what he was trying to tell us:

  1. “I intend to speak in support of de-funding Obamacare until I am no longer able to stand, to do everything that I can to help Americans stand together and recognize this grand experiment three and a half years ago is quite simply not working.” 
  2. “Millions of people are asking for accountability, truth, the truth about Obamacare is it’s failing the men and women of America. It is time, quite simply, to make D.C. listen.” 
  3. “Hardworking American families are struggling and their life has become harder and harder and harder. And madam president Obamacare is the biggest job killer in this country. The American people want to stop this madness and so do I.” 
  4. “I don’t know if it’s the water, something in the air, the cherry blossoms, but people get here and they stop listening to the American people.” 
  5. “When President John F. Kennedy told this country “We are going to send a man to the moon.” There were a lot of people who said it can’t be done. It’s impossible. It cannot be done. And yet John F. Kennedy had the vision to say Americans can do things whatever we set our mind too….We get to Obamacare and what do all of those voices say. It can’t be stopped. It can’t be done. We cannot defund it. Now, Mr. President by any measure, Obamacare is a far less intimidating foe than those that I have discussed. With a possible exception of the moon, the moon might be as intimidating as Obamacare.”  
  6. “Millions of Americans tune into Duck Dynasty so I want to point out just a few words of wisdom from duck dynasty…Jay said Redneck rule number 1 most things can be fixed with duct tape and extension cords, that’s actually very true.”  
  7. “It’s a late night. I’m going to venture to say most members of the United States Senate are home in bed, asleep, while America lives the nightmare.” 
  8. “I would say standing here after 14 hours standing on your own feet. There is sometimes some pain sometimes some fatigue that is involved. But you know what?  There is far more pain involved in rolling over.” 
  9. “I wondered if at some-point we were going to see a tall gentleman in a mechanical breathing apparatus come forward and say in a deep voice say “Mike Lee, I am your father” …and just like in the Star Wars movies, the empire will strike back.” 
  10. “I will credit my father; he invented green eggs and ham. He did it two ways. The easy way was he would put green food coloring in. ‘Green eggs and ham’ was my favorite book as a little boy. You can actually do it- the food coloring is a little bit cheating. But if you take spinach and mix it into the eggs, the eggs turn green.”
  11. “When Americans tried it, they discovered they did not like green eggs and ham and they did not like Obamacare, either. They did not like Obamacare in a box, with a fox, in a house or with a mouse. It is not working.” 
  12. “This is the first time I’ve seen when Republican leadership is actively whipping the Republican conference to support Harry Reid and give him the power to enact his agenda.  I’m quite confident that this is not what Texans expect of me.” 
  13. “You might think a camel’s hair brush must be made of camels….But a Camel’s hair brush is made of squirrel fur, and it makes you wonder; the squirrels apparently have a very bad marketing department.” 
  14.  “They want to make this about a battle of this senator versus that senator, this person versus that person. So it’s all personal. It’s like reading the Hollywood gossip pages. That’s how this issue is covered.” 
  15. “I simply want to note to the American people who have so engaged that this debate is in your hands. Ultimately, all 100 senators; all 46 Republicans, all 54 Democrats work for you. The pleas from the American people, I can tell you in Texas, are deafening. The frustration that the United States Senate doesn’t listen to the people is deafening.” 
  16. “This fight is not about personalities. Look, most Americans could not give a flying flip about a bunch of politicians in Washington. Who cares? You know, almost all of us are in cheap suits with bad haircuts. Who cares?” 
  17. “I like their little burgers. I’m a big fan of eating White Castle burgers.” 
  18. “Mr. President, if the representations that so many members of this body make to the American people were true: that Obamacare is terrific, is wonderful, then I would think the President would be eager to have it kick in before the election.  If it were a good thing, you would want the good stuff to happen before the election and not after the election.” 
  19. I think it is better for this country if this vote is at a time that is visible for the whole country so that the American people have a voice in it, and I think sticking it on a Saturday in the middle of football games disserves that objective.” 
  20. “Although I am weary,  there is still at least strength in my legs to stand a little longer….if the majority would consent to allow me speak until the conclusion of my remarks and then begin the next legislative day and have the prayer at the conclusion of those remarks.  If the majority says no, then my time will end at noon under the rules of the Senate.”

Of course, the Senate Majority Leader said, “No.”  During his 21-hour speech, Cruz also referred to his favorite novel, “Atlas Shrugged.”

There are plenty of senior citizens out there who are scared of this bill.  Senior premiums in Tennessee are said to have risen 291 percent; premiums which are already astronomical.  Senior citizens over the age of 75 will be denied care for many serious illnesses including cancer and diabetes.

The government doesn’t care if Ted Cruz’s legs fall off, and it doesn’t care if Grandma’s legs fall off.  Members of Congress managed to get themselves exempt from this universal health care plan that they’ve foisted off on us, with fines and even prison as a penalty for not complying with it.

Affordable Care will bankrupt our nation.  It’s so expensive, that companies are already changing their full-time employees to part-timers, or simply terminating them altogether.  The American taxpayer will be paying for everything from simple pain-relievers to major surgery for illegal aliens and minorities.  Supposedly, premiums will be affordable, but the Administration is loth to provide any damning details.  Nancy Pelosi told us we would have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.  Well, Congress passed and we still don’t know what we’re in for.




Published in: on September 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

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