Maybe I am beginning to come around to the point of view espoused by I’m a Man! I’m 41!. Maybe it is time we drew a line in the sand and said enough is enough. Maybe it is time we stood our ground and defunded Obamacare, even if some members of the Republican Party believe that is the wrong direction to take. I guess that’s why I agree so strongly with this rant by Rush Limbaugh. I seldom get to listen to Rush live, but it sounds like he was in fine form when he took the Republican Party establishment, in general, and David Brooks, specifically, to task for their attacks on Senator Ted Cruz, R-TX. If you are interested, I have included the audio at the bottom of the post.
Rush Limbaugh via TPNN – Can you believe this? What in the hell are they supposed to do, Mr. Brooks? This is what every one of you ought to be doing. Why do you call yourself a Republican if all you want to do is lay down and agree with Obama and the Democrats? Why don’t you switch parties if it’s so much better over there? What in the world is he supposed to do? He was sent there to stop this. He was sent to Washington specifically to try to stop some of this.
The popular assumption, Mr. Brooks, among most Republican voters, is that’s what the Republican Party at large is supposed to be doing right now! Yet here’s Brooks — and by the way, he’s speaking for a lot of the Republican establishment when he says these things. “Oh, my God, they’re trying to actually oppose this! They’re just trying to obstruct. They’re just trying to stop things. They’re not normal members of Congress. They’re not legislators.”
What the hell is a “normal” Republican, Mr. Brooks, one that bends over and agrees whatever the Democrats want? Makes compromises? Gets along, goes along? What is a “normal” Republican? I guess we know. So Ted Cruz is to be taken out and destroyed because he wants to stop this? I think the vast majority of the American people want Obamacare stopped, Mr. Brooks. The latest numbers from the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll: Only 12% of the American people think it’s gonna do ‘em any good.
Seventy-eight percent, simple math, don’t want this, Mr. Brooks. So Cruz isn’t a good legislator. He does not compromise what he believes. He doesn’t compromise his core beliefs or principles. He isn’t normal. He’s just a malcontent. He’s really trying to get rid of the Republican Party. That’s what he’s really trying to do. Mr. Brooks, the Republican Party establishment needs to be undermined, if you are accurately portraying the mind-set of the Republican establishment.
It needs to be undermined.
It needs to be stopped.
There used to be things that Republicans stood for: free markets, capitalism, individual liberties, limited government. What happened to all that, Mr. Brooks? That’s what Cruz believes in, and millions of Americans still do, too. When did this happen? When did it happen that the Republican establishment decided that their primary objective is to throw in with the Democrats, throw in with Obama? When did that happen?
What in the world did David Brooks say that has Rush Limbaugh so riled up? It was quite a mouthful of nonsense.
What’s going on in the House and a bit in the Senate, too, is what you might call the rise of Ted Cruzism, and Ted Cruz, the senator from Canada through Texas is basically not a legislator in the normal sense, does not have an idea that he’s going to the Congress to create coalitions, make alliances, and pass a lot of legislation. He’s going in more as a media-protest person, and a lot of the House Republicans are in the same mode. They’re not normal members of Congress. They’re not legislators. They want to stop things, and so they’re just being… They just want to obstruct.
David Brooks is supposed to be a conservative. At least, that’s what he tells us. If he is on our side, then we certainly have no need of enemies. He seems to have completely missed the point of what Senator Ted Cruz is trying to do. While I have had questions about the defunding of Obamacare, specifically to do with Senator Tom Coburn’s opposition of the attempt, the questions really go through the roof when I see the Republican Party establishment trying to cover their tracks in this way.
There seems to be a feeling that the people you and I elect to the Senate and the House of Representatives are supposed to go to Washington to pass a lot of legislation and get along with their fellow representatives. All of them run on the platform of representing the people who elected them (that’s you and me, the last time I checked), but when they arrive in the Big W, many of them lose those “good intentions”. All of a sudden, they are more interested in compromise. I posted this in April.
I am not interested in stirring up controversy, but I am concerned that conservatives are always asked to compromise. I do not believe compromise is necessarily an evil thing, but would it be too much to ask for it to go both ways? What we are presently hearing from the liberals is give us more, give us more.
I stand by that statement. I believe compromise can be a good thing, but not when the compromise is one-sided. We have John Boehner, John McCain, Mitch McConnell, plus a whole host of Republicans who seem to be more interested in compromising with the liberals than they are in standing on their principles. Is it such a bad thing for Senator Ted Cruz to choose to not play their game of compromise? Is it such a bad thing for grass-roots conservatives to support someone who is standing their ground, instead of going along, just to get along? If this is what counts as undermining the Republican Party establishment, then count me in agreement with Ted Cruz and Rush Limbaugh.