Ted Cruz and a Comedy of Terrors

English: Ted Cruz at the Republican Leadership...

English: Ted Cruz at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I read last night that Ted Cruz’s Filibuster in protest of “Obamacare” (known to grown ups as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) ended after a 100-0 vote to do so. Which means, in the words of my FB friend Keith “even Ted Cruz voted to shut Ted Cruz up.” On the face of it this is hilariously funny, though upon sober reflection all it really shows is any politician’s knee-jerk reaction to be led along by the prevailing political winds. His peers were calling him out and rather than abstain from voting as a matter of principle, he cast a vote to salvage his reputation, managing the opposite in the process. Of course this is assuming this is all true, it seems to far-fetched but these days I am willing to believe almost anything of a politician, in particular a Republican one.

I am so wiling to believe this because for six and a half years Republicans have been falling all over themselves to announce their hatred of the PPACA. Right out of the gates  we heard cries of “death panels,” and “socialized medicine!” They have vilified the President for adopting their plan. Since the mid-term elections they have held over forty votes, wasting millions of dollars, in attempts to repeal the law which were doomed to fail. Republican Governors have refused federal funds that would help their constituents. They have poured all of their energy, and a considerable amount of their political capital, tripping over themselves to show they have less respect for the President.

It is getting to the point that think they are doing this on purpose to make their party look ridiculous. It aids in the rightward pull on the Democrats, allowing them to appear as the sensible choice while continuing policies that allow the economic elite to plunder our resources, oppress the workforce, and buy our government. It is the old bait and switch, and so many are ready to bite. Truth be told though, I don’t think that is really the case, however much the Dems have drifted away from the progressive economic ideas that used to define them.

No, I think the Grand Old Party really is afraid of “Obamacare.” They fear it because they know once their constituents start feeling its benefits, they will be exposed for the frauds they are. People will realize that government can be a good, if it is responsive to the people, and will want more of it. The myth of small government (its verity called into question because its adherents only want small government for themselves) will die a death by a thousand cuts as the 99% demand the services that they pay for.

Meanwhile, in these last few years, or possibly to our chagrin decades, we will be treated to a macabre circus performing in the three rings that are the branches of our government. They will throw pie in their own faces as we slowly replace them with sane and motivated people who remember they serve the people and not legal entities filed away in state capitals. Hopefully it will be  a very short show.


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