Senator Ted Cruz closed in on twenty-four hours on the Senate floor in an effort to “Make D.C. Listen” to the American people and fulfilling this promise: “I will do everything necessary and anything possible to defund Obamacare.” So many hours later, he was just as articulate and fired up as he was in the first hour, making the case against the “train wreck” bill all Republicans should have been making long since. Americans across the continent have been clamoring for this kind of leadership and representation. Republicans across the country should have been watching with pen and paper in hand.
In these many hours with no teleprompter and few notes, Senator Cruz stood firmly articulating the arguments to defund Obamacare. Full-time hours forcibly cut to part-time hours, thousands of workers laid off because businesses can’t afford to cover their health insurance, the invasive role government will play by taking over health care, the denigration of quality of and access to health care, and much more. He has made the case for a free-market alternative to Obamacare that would include interstate competition resulting in lowered costs, more choice for the individual, and coverage for preconditions.
Senator Cruz told story after story of those already negatively impacted by Obamacare. In an unprecedented move he read “tweets” from Twitter from the hash tags #MakeDCListen and #StopObamacare, truly giving the American people a voice on the Senate floor. The People want the Senate to vote against Cloture, a procedural motion that would facilitate efforts by Senator Harry Reid and others to strip the defunding language from the Continuing Resolution passed by the House.
With the majority of Americans now understanding the negative repercussions of Obamacare and everyone from the Unions to the Tea Party against it, you would think the GOP would take this golden opportunity to unite with this bipartisan support against a law most of them admit they know is terrible. But no, Republicans in Name Only across America are showing their true colors. They remain absent from the Senate floor and continue to work against the American people and the few men (Senator Cruz, Senator Rand Paul, and Senator Mike Lee) who are truly representing us.
“If we listen to the people,” Senator Cruz said, “if we make D.C. listen, this wouldn’t be about party. This wouldn’t be about Democrats sticking to the bill they passed, this wouldn’t be about Republicans afraid of political blame and repercussions. This would be about a hundred senators listening to the people and saying ‘This bill isn’t working.’”
Senator Cruz’s leadership is truly inspirational. As I write, he is going head to head with Senator Dick Durbin; and you would think he’d just woken up from a full night’s rest, astute and fresh as a daisy. Twitter and Facebook are inundated with notes in support of the Filibuster and defunding Obamacare, and many stayed up all night to watch the Senator in solidarity. Thousands of citizens have been flooding their representatives’ phone lines and inboxes with calls and emails to vote NO on Cloture and to stand with Senator Cruz.
The People are speaking. Will DC listen?