A lot of politicians and pundits produce year-end messages. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has an especially good one, and his production team put a lot of effort into making it a high-energy video. If the energy level were any higher, it would end with a pack of ninjas rushing on stage to attack Cruz – only to learn, to their cost, that the Senator was packing a lightsaber.
I usually don’t go for this fight-fight-fight approach, because I’m an old-fashioned guy who votes for people to represent me, not do battle with the chosen gladiators of my fellow citizens in some winner-take-all arena. But that’s the way we live these days. It’s a zero-sum game in which the “losers” are explicitly told they must submit to the agenda of the “winners.” I notice the old-school cordial school of Republicans who want to make “bipartisan” deals with their esteemed colleagues across the aisle keep ending up on the floor, holding their lower abdomens and wondering what just hit them.
Establishment Republicans keep forgetting that they don’t get any credit for compromising on principle and cutting deals, or for adopting preferred Democrat narratives. They’re still treated like obstacles to “progress,” only now they’ve also alienated the people who voted for them. And those people are not going to take it on faith that a few more reinforcements, voted into Congress during the next election, will suddenly turn a Barney the Dinosaur leadership into a T-Rex. Besides having a great deal of unfortunate history weighing on their minds, the GOP base notices that the price of making a deal with Democrats often involves lashing out at them. Somehow it seems like the conclusion of “bipartisan reconciliation” has to include the ritual sacrifice of some Republican base voters. A very large portion of the population finds itself marginalized, crowded out in order to make room for an ever-larger State, an ever more powerful Ruling Class, which wraps up every year by telling us we’re no longer allowed to vote against certain things, and soon won’t be permitted to discuss them any further.
Case in point: the GOP leadership just got finished wrapping up a nice, cordial, reach-across-the-divide budget deal that gave Democrats everything they wanted, began the process of unraveling sequestration, and stuck a thumb in the eye of military veterans. The leadership savagely attacked any conservative who dared to criticize this deal, and anyone who gently reminded them how these “spending increases and tax hikes now, spending cuts later” promises invariably work out.
Their reward for doing this dirty work on behalf of their Democrat pals? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV): “Congress is finishing this year less popular than a cockroach, and mindless, knee-jerk obstruction from Republicans is exactly why.”
Go get ’em, Senator Cruz.
Bonus: Senator Cruz on “Duck Dynasty,” from his Facebook page:
The reason that so many Americans love Duck Dynasty is because it represents the America usually ignored or mocked by liberal elites: a family that loves and cares for each other, believes in God, and speaks openly about their faith.
If you believe in free speech or religious liberty, you should be deeply dismayed over the treatment of Phil Robertson. Phil expressed his personal views and his own religious faith; for that, he was suspended from his job. In a free society, anyone is free to disagree with him–but the mainstream media should not behave as the thought police censoring the views with which they disagree.