Ted Cruz’s epic 21 hour speech on the Senate floor has been called a cheap stunt, a desperate ploy and just simple grandstanding by many in the mainstream media. It’s also been compared unfavorably to the recent Wendy Davis filibuster in the Texas Senate, again by the mainstream media. So if all you do is get news from the mainstream media, you would easily think that Ted Cruz doesn’t matter much.
However, what Ted Cruz did was a shot across the bow of politicians throughout the nation. For the first time in a very long time, a politician actually listened to the American people. A majority, according to Rasmussen look unfavorably on the Obamacare act. For most of it’s brief life, the majority of people have expressed their distaste for this law. A few members have listened, but for the most part their actions have been largely invisible to the American public.
His speech did not stop Obamacare, just as ultimately Wendy Davis’s speech did not stop the Texas legislature for passing a restrictive law against abortion clinics. But his speech has galvanized people like no other.
Ted Cruz has put on notice to all politicians that they had better start listening to the American public. In Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is up for re-election next year. As of now, even though he is in a very safe GOP district, his poll numbers show he is barely holding even against any generic up and comer. His blatant favoritism of Obamacare and other liberal policies has angered his constituents. Expect to see many more professional politicians fighting for their political life in the next few elections.
Americans want Congress to act together, but when that means that the Republicans act like Frenchmen and surrender almost immediately to the Democrats, that’s not what they want. Continued practice of that will lead to a defacto one party government which leads to a totalitarian government. That’s what the Tea Party is all about, not to take over the Republican party, but to make them start to listen to the American public. For too long politicians have gone to Washington and forgot who got them there. They sink into the morass of the political swamp and become slimy in the process.
We forget that what started the Revolutionary War of 1776 actually started with the hated Stamp Act of 1765. The Revolutionary War didn’t start for another 10 years in 1775. The Tea Party of now-a-days has been criticized for not doing much and moving too slow, but that is a misnomer at best. It takes slow careful steps to fundamentally change the way things work. The Tea Party has slowly and steadily been making progress over the past few years. Missteps here and there at times, but that is expected, but we have still seen steady progress that has culminated in Ted Cruz.
Ted Cruz with his performance has catapulted to the top of the polls for the possible nomination of President in 2016. Yes, that’s a long three years away, but in today’s political climate, the earlier you start, the better it is for your chances. Will we have Ted Cruz for President bumper stickers soon? Might be too soon to tell, but hey, let’s take a look at Google.Well, looky there. Guess it isn’t too soon after all. Seriously, I don’t think it will come to pass as there is a lot of time for him to make a huge mistake or two that will knock him out of contention. But I could be wrong, as I usually am when trying to predict presidential politics.
More importantly, Ted Cruz has shown that defying the establishment Republican party is possible and profitable also in a political currency way. Watch more and more politicians breaking away from the old ways of doing things on Capitol hill. Ted Cruz may become just a postmark in history, but his contribution is immeasurable. The American people have been clamoring for politicians to “Listen to me, goddammit!” and finally a Senator has listened.