A defiant (and utterly delusional) Ted Cruz told a gathering of conservatives in Virginia that the Republican Party was going to “win” the ongoing government shutdown. Despite all the evidence in the known universe showing that the public blames Republicans over Democrats and the president for the collapse of budget negotiations, Cruz simultaneously took a swipe at his fellow Republicans, and claimed that the solution to the crisis would not come from elected officials, but from the American people themselves:
“How do we win? If you trust the media, if you trust the voices in Washington, if you even trust, god forbid, some of the elected Republicans in Washington, they say we can’t win this fight. The only way to win this fight is the way we won every other fight throughout the history of the republic, which is solutions don’t come from Washington, D.C., they come from the people.”
Of course citizens in any democracy should be wary of those who claim authority over them, and should be vigilant in the face of abuses of that authority. However, Ted Cruz and the Tea Party have made and continue to make a mockery of that proud tradition of independent thinking and radicalism. The Affordable Healthcare Act has been scrutinized, reviewed, and approved by every branch of the US Government, and resoundingly endorsed by the American people themselves through the re-election of President Obama in 2012.
The people have spoken, and have spoken clearly using their vote and through their elected representatives. Now Cruz and his Tea Party cronies are seeking to undo the expressed will of the same American people they claim to be protecting from “big government,” and are doing so through a shutdown that does not need to be happening, and could not come at a worse time for working Americans.