Rand was scared. Cruz was not.Submitted by CrimsonTider904 on Thu, 09/26/2013 - 19:11
The Filibuster was designed to humiliate the Republican Party into true opposition to Obamacare. The Republican establishment absolutely did not want to be placed in this position.
For fifty years the GOP has spoken one way and acted another way. Every platform has called for a balanced budget. Every nominee has promised fiscal responsibility. Meanwhile, while sharing power roughly equally, the debt has ballooned to 17 trillion. A Republican president destroyed the gold standard. A Republican president brought us the first trillion-dollar deficit in history. Never has one year’s budget been cut in real dollars relative to the prior year. Once established, no department of government has ever been dismantled. Once granted, no entitlement has ever been revoked. And all along the way, the Republicans have posed as the champions of fiscal conservatism.
In this latest scenario, what the Republican’s wanted was simple. They wanted a quiet vote for cloture (requiring 60 votes). Then they wanted the chance vote “no” on Obamacare funding, knowing that it would pass on a straight party vote. This would allow them to claim to their constituents that they had opposed Obamcare.
Now the GOP senators fear if they vote for cloture, they will be outed as the hypocritical swine that they are and have been for 50 years. And they fear that a vote against could lead to a government shutdown and the wrath of corporate media going into 2014. In short, these entitled, pompous political asses have been put in a very bad position. And being void of any true conviction, the political angle is the only one they take seriously.
So how does this explain the behavior of Rand? Rand has made a secret and solemn oath to himself that he will coalesce with this very same establishment. Does this mean that he has been corrupted? No, not necessarily. But it does mean that he is a calculating political operator by necessity. And having seen his father marginalized and ridiculed by the real power since his youth, Rand has no stomach for embarrassing them.
But the bottom line is this; funding for Obamacare is only an inevitability because the specter of a government shutdown is too horrible for the GOP establishment to fathom. In actuality, the two parties are in an identical position. If either compromises, a shutdown is averted. If neither compromise, a shutdown occurs. The difference though is that the Democrats are filled with ideological zeal while the Republicans are filled with fear.
For a moment, imagine the fear of the Founders, who for principle’s sake, faced down the world’s superpower at the risk of not just their position, or their wealth, but literally their lives. Now tell me you can feel sympathy for a politician fearing reelection today.
Now think back over the last 50 years and tell me that by capitulating now, 2014 will make everything all better.
All of which brings us back to Rand and Ted. Ted, like a modern day Davy Crocket, is fighting a virtually hopeless battle against the president, the democrats, and the establishment within his own party. In his almost expressionless, sleepy-eyed way, and seemly without the burden of political calculation, he is hurling hand grenades in all directions, in a fight over the seminal issue of our time.
Meanwhile, Rand will forever be know as the guy who prevented domestic drone strikes, a political stand requiring the courage equivalent to coming out against killing puppies. But on this Obamcare issue, he has conveniently convinced himself that the politically expedient thing to do is right thing to do. The fact of the matter is, people attempted to persuade him to engage in this filibuster, and in my opinion., in very disingenuous fashion, he argued against its relevance.
For me it all comes down to this. The Democratic Socialists are presiding over the death knell of our Republic. And in just a few days, the bell tolls. This is as grave a circumstance as we have ever faced. It is the culmination of a long downward slide. While most huddle with their political strategists and treat this as just another career maneuver, one guy is raising hell.
You Cruz haters can explain to me how I should not believe what I see and hear all you want. You can advance the theory that by making the GOP elite look weak and fearful and self-interested, Cruz is actually serving their interests, and not mine. But I am not buying it.
I am heartbroken that Rand saw fit to effectively sit this one out. I am disgusted that his limited participation was in asking Crus to be open to compromise.
Senator Paul, I love your father and have supported you and your efforts at taking a more politically astute approach so that you might one day be in a position to really affect change. But at some point you have to fight. In 2016, Obamcare will be a fact of life. It will be too late.