Mr. Cruz Goes To Washington

By: Lloyd Marcus

From what I recall of my childhood, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s civil rights movement was not universally embraced in the black community. Some blacks were frightened by his actions and angry at the “crazy” colored man for stirring up trouble. “He is making things worse for Negros!” MLK became an American icon.

In 1977, world renowned architect Phillip Johnson was approached by Rev. Robert Schuller with his “crazy” impossible dream. “So, you want to build a glass cathedral in earthquake country without obstructed views to the front and you have no money?” Rev. Schuller replied, “Yes.” The Crystal Cathedral is world renowned as the largest glass building in the world.

Considering that slavery was the norm, founding father Thomas Jefferson calling slavery a “moral depravity” and the greatest threat to the survival of our new nation was a “crazy” thing to say.

Talk about history repeating itself, attempts were made to seduce Jefferson with “fixes” for slavery. If slavery could be made kinder and gentler, that would nullify the need to repeal it. Jefferson did not fall for their trap. He demanded total repeal. The Obama Administration is attempting to bamboozle Republicans with “fixes” for Obamacare. Like Jefferson standing firm on repealing slavery, Sen. Cruz has stood firm on the total repeal of Obamacare. http://bit.ly/fUJwQ3

It was pretty “crazy” for Gen. George Washington and his rag-tag Continental Army to resist the mighty British. In the winter snow at Valley Forge, Washington and his troops had no heat, not enough food, medicine or doctors; 2,500 troops died from the severe conditions and another 2,500 went home. Only 6,000 cold starving soldiers stayed to fight.

Though suffering many defeats and retreats, Washington and his men ultimately won America’s war for independence. http://bit.ly/i6J8Tb

Every great idea and movement began with a visionary leader besieged by naysayers accusing them of being crazy, stupid or arrogant; annoyed at them for even trying. “Who do you think you are?

As do eagles, great leaders typically fly alone.

Freshman Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz is an eagle.

Sen. Cruz along with Sen. Mike Lee tried to warn Americans about the horrors awaiting them as a result of Obama’s infamous lie which says you can keep your health care plan and doctor. Cruz also tried to sound the alarm regarding the catastrophic job-killing aspects of Obamacare.

Sen. Cruz lead the charge to defund, delay and ultimately repeal Obamacare. As are all great leaders, Cruz was vilified; called crazy, stupid, a domestic terrorist and worse.

Contributing to both political party’s and the media’s hatred for Sen. Cruz are his values which are in line with the Tea Party; God, family, country and fiscal responsibility. How in the world do liberals get away with equating wholesome traditional American standards with extremism? And yet, such is the war in which we find ourselves.

Sen. Cruz’s values are in his heart. The apple did not fall far from the tree. At a Tea Party rally in Texas, I had the pleasure of chatting with Ted’s dad, Rafael Cruz. In a nutshell, the Cruzs are real deal conservatives. The senior Mr. Cruz shared his inspirational tale of coming to America with such passion, gratitude and genuine love for America that it brought tears to my eyes.

A “Wanted Politically Dead or Alive” bounty is out on Cruz’s head for daring to go against the establishment. Like Don Michael Corleone told his brother Fredo to never go against the family before having him murdered, freshman Sen. Cruz was expected to know never go against the Washington DC establishment. Republicans, Democrats and the media would love to see Sen. Cruz politically sleeping with the fishes.

In our CYA (cover your a**) political culture, politicians willing to take the heat and do what is best for the American people are extremely rare and deserve our utmost respect and loyalty. Sen. Cruz has proven himself to be such a man.

As we approach Thanksgiving, I wish to thank God for our precious hand full of true patriot politicians – men and women of character and honor who love their country and are willing to take the arrows and suffer humiliation to preserve and restore our lost freedoms, liberty and culture; serving as courageous advocates for We The People. http://bit.ly/1fj8Cv0

Five million devastated Americans have lost their health care plans. At least 129 million more are expected to be unable to keep their health care plan due to Obamacare; confirming that Sen. Cruz’s leadership efforts to stop the insanity was right. http://bit.ly/1fdQfVz

Thank you Sen. Cruz. Thank you very, very much. We The People are extremely grateful and truly appreciate you. Happy Thanksgiving! http://bit.ly/1fj8Cv0

Lloyd Marcus, Proud Unhyphenated American
Chairman: Conservative Campaign Committee


Forum: What Is Your Reaction To Harry Reid’s Using the Nuclear Option To End Filibusters?

The Watcher’s Council

Every week on Monday morning, the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum with short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture or simply day to day living. This week’s question: What Is Your Reaction To Harry Reid’s Using the Nuclear Option To End Filibusters?

NoisyRoom.net: It showcases the lawlessness of the Obama Administration and the absolute contempt they have for the time-honored practice that judicial appointments required supermajorities. In an oft-denied soft dictatorship, there are no rules but the rules that the current political tyrant says there are. And so it goes in America’s halls of power these days. Welcome to the banana republic of Amerika.

Procedures are supposed to remain in force unless a two-thirds supermajority votes to change them. It has been that way for over 200 years, but no more. A 52–48 all-Democrat majority voted to change the rules in a Progressive frenzy and a monumental power grab and voila! Obama can now stack the courts to his Marxist content. What it means is there are no longer three branches of government. The Executive, Legislative and Judicial are now controlled by the President for all intents and purposes. All he is lacking is a House majority and he may get that. Even if Obama doesn’t steal that piece of the pie, he will force himself and his hateful desires on America despite any and all protestations.

As we have seen over and over again by Obama and his minions and sycophants, the Constitution and the Republic mean nothing to them. Obama on a whim says what is legal and what is not; what is just and what is not; who benefits and who suffers. Isn’t that what all dictators do?

What do I think of the Nuclear Option? It’s radioactive poisoning of the American government and it is to die for.

The Razor: My reaction? The Democrats are stupider than I thought. And here I thought the GOP were the ones on the short bus…

I’m all for it since I fully expect the Republicans to retake the Senate in next year’s elections. It will also make it much easier to stop the practice of “Borking” Supreme Court nominees.

The key is for the Republicans to not let their hissy fits overshadow the news of the continuing scandals and the debacle of Obamacare.

The GOP must use this to take back the Senate and when it does, the Democrats will be kicking themselves for making the minority weaker.

Like the suicide bombing attacks on Hezbollah headquarters in Beirut this week, it couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of *sshats.

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: As Frankly Unctuous spake in WaPo – It’s like a totally naked power grab.

Stymied on judicial nominees, the Donkie party is justified somewhat in their grief that rowdy GOPers and on again/off again allied Tea Party cats are queering the mix. Totally unjustified though in their brazen move to kill fillibusteringness.

Most likely, as Sen. Charles E. “Sarah Palin was right about Death Panels” Grassley LOLed before Thursday’s vote, “When we have the majority, when we have a Republican president, we put more people like Scalia on the court.”

Changing Senate rules have a long long range: The Democratic action sets a precedent that a future Republican majority will use to change procedures when it gets into a political jam, rather than negotiate with Democrats. The logical outcome is a Senate operating more like the House, with no rights for the minority, no reason for debate and no incentive to cooperate.

Now, that may not be a bad thing. Though, if cats dig that action – look how the House is currently doing for a counterargument.

As devious as ancient politicians are – Sen Reid will prob change the rules back on the last hour of the last session of any future lame duck session he may hold as Senate Majority cat.

Liberty’s Spirit: The “nuclear option” used by the Democrats turns 200 years of precedent on its head. Of course when the GOP was in power they were openly contemplating the same nuclear option due to some very similar complaints that the Democrats just voiced: “the rights of the minority party are a messy and unwieldy side-effect of our Constitution;” “gridlock, the political class complains prevents Washington DC’s business from being done.” Our modern political class seems to conveniently forget that “gridlock” was exactly the intent and purpose of the framers if the parties did not get along and learn to compromise. The DNC, as if on cue, hypocritically railed against this usurpation of power when the GOP was the party in power.

It is important to remember that there is no Constitutional requirement that judges, other than the Supreme Court, be approved by an advice and consent vote level. The only judges mentioned in the Constitution are SCOTUS. The entire federal judicial system was set up later by Congress in The Judiciary Acts (1789 and 1801). So the Senate has every right to change its procedures in electing judges to the federal bench. If it chooses to, the Senate powers that be, can rid itself of the filibuster as well. It is simply a classless and unbecoming tactic to take, but par for the course as far as the Obama administration is concerned.

The truth of the matter is that the DNC believes that in the midterms they are going to be decimated. This would mean that a Republican controlled Congress will be able to pass legislation to overturn what Obama and Reid have put into place during their control of the White House and both Houses of Congress, most notably Obamacare. By stacking the court system it is the belief of the Democrats that they will be able to forestall the destruction of the socialist-statist economy that they have been able to put into place. What they think they cannot achieve through democratic elections, and legislation, the Democrats are planning to achieve by the use of activist judges that do not adhere to the meaning and purpose of the US Constitution. It is a blantant power grab, reminiscent of fascist politicians, unbecoming of our democratic traditions.

The Independent Sentinel: Using the nuclear option for judicial nominees can’t be underestimated. The Democrats and Obama will reshape the fundamental structure of our Republic. They will bring Progressive Democrats closer to realizing their dream of almost limitless executive power.

What is happening right now, before our eyes, is that the president, with the help of his minions in the Senate, is seizing power from Congress for the Executive Branch.

An overly powerful Executive can operate lawlessly, without restraint. The purpose of Congress is to provide checks and balances.

The Senate gave Mr. Obama almost limitless power to appoint anyone he wants to the courts when they invoked the nuclear option and assigned that power to him with only 51 votes.

They employed the nuclear option only for judicial nominees so far but they will likely use it for Supreme Court justice nominees and for legislation, at a future date. There is nothing to stop them.

They can fill the courts with leftists – Progressives.

Thanks to the powers granted to Mr. Obama by the Senate, the shaping of the IPAB, the Independent Payment Advisory Board for Medicare, is now, solely the province of the king, I mean the president.

IPAB will determine what healthcare seniors receive and IPAB will ration care.

Obama, with his new powers, can put the most radical people on the board. He can put eugenicists on if he chooses. He can put an Ezekiel Emanuel on the board. Ezekiel, if you remember, wants most care directed at people ages 15 to 40 years because of their usefulness to society. There are no moral guidelines for Ezekiel, there are age guidelines.

The IPAB, or the Death Panel, will be comprised of 15 political appointees who will decide the payments to be made to doctors and hospitals for Medicare patients.

Democrats wrote into the Obamacare law that 60 votes was a critical threshold in the Senate but now they are dispensing it.

IPAB is completely unaccountable.

Another lie by Mr. Obama is that IPAB can’t ration care. IPAB can cut anything it wants as much as it wants. It is unregulated by Congress. There is no oversight. It can pass any rules it wants concerning Obamacare, in other words, it can legislate, and Congress can’t stop them. It is a rogue government within a government.

The nuclear option was one more very serious power grab.

The Glittering Eye: I think the move is imprudent. It won’t have an appreciable effect on appointments-they haven’t changed senators’ power to use “holds” to prevent nominees from coming up for votes. The most that will happen is that will aggravate an already angry and unfriendly situation.

I’m not even sure why Sen. Reid felt the need to make this move. I can only speculate that he was under tremendous pressure to do something. This is the something.

Well, there you have it.

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