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January 29, 2015 / 9 Shevat, 5775
 
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Why Ted Cruz Speaks for Me

He gets that we can’t just sit still, paralyzed by bad press and Democratic talking points.
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Ted Cruz and his allies get it.  They get that Americans can’t afford to have Obamacare implemented against our groaning, near-collapse finances.  They get that we are disgusted (and alarmed) at the idea of being the GOP’s economic attrition strategy for the 2014 election: the strategy that says, “Let things get as bad as they’re going to with Obamacare, and then people will finally blame the Democrats.”  The problem with that strategy is that someone has to pay the price for it – has to accept the financial losses, which for many people could be disastrous, even permanently life-changing – and that someone is us.

Cruz – and Mike Lee in the Senate, along with Matt Salmon (AZ) and others in the House – show that they get what the stakes are, by being willing to take a big risk on a deliberate strategy.  They’re making an attempt they could actually be defeated in:  to galvanize the rest of the GOP and get it to take a risk.

Contrast that with the bet-hedging and consultation-begging we see from the GOP leadership.  Here’s where my confession of populism comes in:  I don’t recall ever having such a sense of revulsion against the air of protecting privileged insularity that hangs over Beltway insiders, both politicians and pundits.  As we understand it, GOP leaders sent unsolicited “opposition research” to Fox News on Sunday, in order to undermine Cruz in his appearance with Chris Wallace.  Karl Rove excoriated Cruz on the Sunday show for failing to properly “consult” with his colleagues.  Tucker Carlson, Charles Krauthammer, and even Brit Hume took up the cry on Monday’s Special Report, accusing Cruz of grandstanding, and personalizing their criticisms of him to a startlingly petty degree.

Meanwhile, as the GOP impugns Ted Cruz’s motives with slam-book-quality allegations, it quietly accepts Obamacare exemptions and special subsidies for Congress.  The whole scenario seems like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington come to life.  All that’s missing is misleading photos of Cruz making bird calls.

But the truth is, this isn’t Mr. Smith Goes to Washington – because the plot of Mr. Smith turned on a relatively small matter, one that might have had symbolism for the operation of the whole government, but that in a literal sense affected only a small number of citizens.  The implementation of Obamacare is the biggest issue America has dealt with since how to get rid of the atrocious institution of slavery, and what “union” and “states’ rights” mean.  It profoundly affects everyone who will ever be an American from this day forward.  Issues don’t come any bigger.   Obamacare is about government’s relation to the citizen; about what government can dictate and control in our lives; and about what our economic liberties will mean, not in a decade, not a year from now, but tomorrow — and for the rest of our life as a nation.

From where I sit, it looks like Ted Cruz gets that.  He gets that we can’t just sit still, paralyzed by bad press and Democratic talking points, and let these questions be decided through the back door by the implementation of brain-deadening regulations.  He gets that that’s what’s happening.  He recognizes that a time comes when risk must be taken: when it just isn’t good enough for the well-worn remedies of consultation and deferral to produce the same unsatisfactory outcomes that they always do.  This time, the cost of taking that risk-averse route is too high.

Cruz did what he had to do on Fox on Sunday, remaining on message with admirable rhetorical discipline.  What he said was an accurate and succinct representation of the alternative he and his allies are offering:  fund the government without Obamacare in fiscal year 2014, as the alternative to funding it with Obamacare.  Delay implementation of the individual mandate, if that’s the best deal we can get, but go for the most we can get while still funding the government.  Don’t shut it down.  I found him to be effective in getting his point across.

But the old-school GOP leaders won’t get onboard with that message, apparently preferring to emphasize that they haven’t been consulted with.  They might as well just concede the terms of the fight to the Democrats and have done with it.

There are an awful lot of Americans out here who don’t know when the next shoe is going to drop, as the predator in the dark stalks their jobs, insurance, and finances.  Despising these people and their worries about Obamacare and the trend of big government – in the manner of Harry Reid – is as much bad karma as it is bad politics.  Yet senior Republicans seem to join Reid in being annoyed with the people for not wanting to play the role of the sacrifice in an electoral-politics ritual.

Instead of deferring an Obamacare fight to a future point we can’t guarantee we’ll even reach – i.e., after a Senate victory in 2014 – Cruz and his allies propose to fight today, on ground we can at least define clearly and prepare for in the present.  Are they right?  There are arguments pro and con.  But I don’t hear GOP leaders making any of those arguments in a forthright or convincing manner – or in any other way, for that matter.

One thing we can guarantee: we, Republican leaders and voters, won’t come to a unified position on that by refusing to address the question on the terms proposed by Cruz and his allies.  Cruz is trying to force the issue, which accords it the weight and immediacy that I give it.  He’s carrying my water.  If GOP leaders want to lead, they need to get out in front of this issue.  Go in strong with Cruz to make the strategy theirs – give the people something to applaud or reject – instead of merely sniping from the shadows.

About the Author: J.E. Dyer is a retired US Naval intelligence officer who served around the world, afloat and ashore, from 1983 to 2004.


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15 Responses to “Why Ted Cruz Speaks for Me”

  1. This is nothing but a bunch of Green eggs and ham.

  2. Shemayah Shiloh Phillips says:

    This is nothing but a bunch of Green eggs and ham.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The guy who wrote this article is retired military and gets free health care for life. Why should he care about anyone else?

  4. Myriam Obadia says:

    The health plan currently dubbed Obamacare is actually a Republican plan 1st proposed by Richard Nixon, which didn't have time to get through Congress, due to Nixon's precipitate resignation (to avoid impeachment). The same program was gotten out of the dusbin of time and implemented by Mitt Romney, while he was governor. This is a decent Republican plan, which is nowhere close to what the Democrats had in mind, but it is already saving money to both the working population and the Insurance companies. Why does the Republican Party want to scuttle it? Simply because it works reasonably well and would therefore be a credit to the Democrat Administration which ended up implementing it. Quite frankly, making the Medicare system universal would have saved billions to the government and been much more efficient, but that was what Mrs Clinton wanted and, if there is someone the Republicans abhor more than Barack Obama, it certainly is Hillary Clinton. PS: Do not assume that I am an unconditional admirer of President Obama, quite the contrary: I think that he is just as inept as G.W. Bush on the international field and completely lacks backbone.

  5. Anonymous says:

    If I can't live in Eretz Yisrael at this time, then thank you, Hashem, for making me a Texan, the next best thing!

  6. Edward Lobel says:

    J.E. Dyer is extremely used to following orders no matter whether they are right or wrong and apparently know little of Raphael Eduardo Cruz.
    Cruz has spent his entire life promoting Raphael Eduardo Cruz!  When he was in college he used to send out Christmas cards to people he did not know with updates on his fabulous self!  He hoped that someday he would be on their radar and they could help him. 
    The one real thing that Cruz became good at was debating!  When you debate the only objective is to win and win at all costs.  When you debate to win you say anything that you can think of that will help you win, no matter what the facts are.
    Skip forward to the present day and actually listen to what he says and then look up the actual facts and you will see that what he says and what is true are completely false!  All the things that he says about the ACA are LIES that he thinks play very well to the low informed.  It is an extreme example of hitler’s lie theory and that is if you lie enough and make it outrageous enough they will believe you!
    This coupled with a new study recently released that shows once a fact is registered in a person’s brain, no matter what the truth is, they will not believe it even if the truth is shown to them. This is what Cruz is playing on.  
    The facts of the ACA are completely opposite from what Cruz and his ally go around lying about. 
    Cruz, if he is as smart as he thinks he is, knows he cannot win this argument but still continues.  There must be a reason and that reason is he is counting on the low informed to only remember what he lied his way into peoples brains so that he can run for higher office in 2016!
    Ask yourself this, what has Cruz actually done?  The answer is NOTHING!  He has not been responsible for any bills in the senate nor because he has alienated so many of his fellow senators is he likely to get any bills submitted and approved during the balance of his term!  He has been a senator for 8 months and has been given the distinction of being the most disliked senator in the U. S. Senate.
    Sorry Raphael Eduardo Cruz, your 15 minutes are up and you are out!

  7. Cary Brief says:

    wow, you are completely smoking the crack pipe. Ted Cruz speaking for you? NO PROBLEM THAT BUSH AND THE GOP SPENT 6 TRILLION ON TWO UNNEEDED ILLEGAL WARS – As a Jew you should be ashamed of yourself for supporting a party that is SO ANTI SEMitic the only reason they support Israel is their belief that Christ is coming and the jews need to control Israel for him to return. THEY DON'T GIVE A **** ABOUT YOU OR ANY JEW – go hear what they really say. Where is the charity , Tzedakah , that being jewish is about? It certainly cannot be found taking food stamps abway from the starving, or letting people die or go broke because of our terrible health care system. SHAME ON YOU.

  8. Cary Brief says:

    just a RICH FOLKS LACKEY – just because you wear a yarmulke doesn't mean you have any morals

  9. Cliff Webb says:

    Are you kidding? As a Jew you should be celebrating Cruz's efforts to maintain the status quo in America's healthcare racket….

  10. Cliff Webb says:

    In fact, Jews have the GOP on lockdown, won't find a bigger group of Israel loving sellouts than under their banner…

  11. Jerry Blaz says:

    I think that Cruz is a great phenomenon. However, you must understand me from where I see things. I am proudly a Jew and a liberal Democrat. He is a great "nach-shpeis" to the defeat of the Republican Party.

  12. cRUZ IS A VERY DANGEROUS LIAR AND HYPOCRITE….HE NEEDS TO BE RUN OVER BY A FAST MOVING TRAIN.

  13. Dan Silagi says:

    Ted Cruz sure doesn't speak for me. But I agree with Jerry. As a middle-of-the-road Democrat and former Republican who has become totally disenchanted with the Tea Party traitors and idiots, I applaud Ted Cruz. He singlehandedly is ensuring the Democrats control Congress in 2014 and beyond.

  14. Dan Silagi says:

    Ted Cruz sure doesn't speak for me. But I agree with Jerry. As a middle-of-the-road Democrat and former Republican who has become totally disenchanted with the Tea Party traitors and idiots, I applaud Ted Cruz. He singlehandedly is ensuring the Democrats control Congress in 2014 and beyond.

  15. HermanRosen says:

    OBAMA KILLED HIS PLAN WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN CALLED “MEDICARE FOR ALL” AND SOLD WITH A GOOD ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN AND CLEAR EXPLANATIONS WHAT THE PLAN IS…THE PLAN WAS FIRST PROPOSED BY RICHARD NIXON  (who looks awfully good now)  AND CARRIED OUT BY MITT ROMNEY IN NEW ENGLAND..INSTEAD THE OBAMA PEOPLE NEVER EXPLAINED ANYTHING ABOUT THE PLAN AND HOW MUCH IT WOULD COST.. AND NO ONE EVEN KNEW WHAT AN “INSURANCE EXCHANGE” IS. AS FOR TED CRUZ ..HE AINT VERY GOOD LOOKING AND WHATEVER HE IS SELLING WE ALREADY HAVE WITH MICHELLE BACHMANN (who is still awfully cute)  IN THE END THE TEA PARTY SHOULD STICK TO BREWING TEA.  AND I HOPE THAT CHRIS CHRISTI FINALLY  DOES THEM IN ….

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