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No checks, No Balance

blind_justiceThis week I had a chat, as it were, with a prominent pundit with whom every reader is probably familiar. Although this person is unabashedly liberal, I was still somewhat mortified at how far he was still willing to go in his defense of the Obama administration in light of recent developments.

While some liberals have come to acknowledge that the new health-care program (Obamacare) rollout has been a multi-craft commercial airliner disaster, the president has engaged in overreach with regard to his foreign policy, and that his economic policy is at least wanting, this fellow had an excuse – or a deluded interpretation – for absolutely everything: President Obama’s poll numbers are great, Americans think Sen. Ted Cruz is a fool, and the tea party is on its way out.

In the foreground, of course we have the disastrous Obamacare rollout, which is not only a technical clusterbungle, but it has given rise to rude awakenings with regard to lost coverage and fiscal impact – and we haven’t even gotten into the neutralization of personal liberties therein that will take hold incrementally.

We have Obama’s abject tyranny during the recent government shutdown, which infringed upon the rights of so many that I am astounded it did not result in at least a few deaths stemming from authorities’ reactions to “overzealous” civil disobedience.

The president is in violation of Article III, section 3, clause 1, of the U.S. Constitution; this clearly states that the giving of aid and comfort to the enemy is a treasonable offense. With a wave of his hand, Obama waived that law and is now supplying weapons to al-Qaida and Muslim Brotherhood jihadists in Syria anyway. Then there’s the host of unconstitutional executive orders and under-reported crimes about which Congress remains mute.

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Posted by Erik Rush in Columns, Tyranny

Why NOT Ted Cruz?

In the midst of the crisis over whether or not the U.S. would execute a military strike against Syria being turned down to simmer, and the impending implementation of Obamacare and threat of a government shutdown, there was one person possessed of a calm voice of reason. Quietly focused on the latter set of circumstances, he prepared his case for the American people rather than to them.

A singularly welcome change on its own, if I do say so myself.

ted-cruz-filibusterIt is unlikely I will ever laud a politician to the degree that might be called “reverence” (the “man crush” liberals accuse people such as myself of having on Ronald Reagan notwithstanding). I won’t shrink however, from giving a politician his or her due when he or she actually does the people’s work, particularly in these days of emerging tyranny, rampant thieves, cowards and outright criminals holding high office.

Texas junior United States Sen. Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz was swept into office in 2012 in a tea party-driven campaign. During its course, he defeat the establishment Republican David Dewhurst, Texas’s lieutenant governor, for the GOP nomination and won against former state Rep. Paul Sadler, the Democratic candidate. Cruz has a stellar record, including having been the first Latino solicitor general in Texas and the first Latino to be elected U.S. senator from Texas. Despite all this, he is not regarded as a political wunderkind or Ivy League god by the press because he is all at once a conservative, a Republican and an ethnic minority.

Even though Obamacare is but an acute symptom of the disease of progressivism, and there are indeed more imminent dangers to Americans’ life, liberty and pursuit of happiness (believe it or not) at present, suffice it to say that any effort to stave off the effects of the health-care law is a worthwhile pursuit. As the reader is likely aware, Mr. Cruz has been the most vocal champion of the Obamacare defunding movement, the hallmark of which was his 21-hour Senate floor speech on the 25th of September.

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Posted by Erik Rush in Columns, Government