A few months ago, many of us were riveted as we sat in front of the television watching Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) excoriate the Nobel Peace Prize winner for his willy-nilly use of unmanned drones to assassinate American citizens without a trial. Senator Paul merely wanted to hear the President (or his lapdog, Attorney General Eric Holder) say that it was not lawful to use drones to kill Americans on American soil without there be an imminent threat to national security. Seems simple enough. In cases like that, it would seem you could just send in the police to arrest the offender and put them on trial. However, it apparently wasn’t that simple for the Obama administration, because they would not give Senator Paul a satisfactory answer. In fact, AG Holder obfuscated and twisted the words of Senator Paul to try to make it seem as though it was the Senator who was being irrational with drone policy.
For Republicans, it may have been an uncomfortable first few moments, seeing as much of the current drone policy had been written under President Bush, but once Senator Paul got going, it was obvious who the real fall guy was – Barack Obama. This was Obama’s drone policy. President Obama had already killed more Americans with drone strikes than President Bush had killed people with them. The left could not hide behind the “skirt” of Blame Bush syndrome. They were forced to deal with the fact that their leader, their “messiah”, their “chosen one” had proven far “worse” on this issue than President Bush.
It was awesome. Senator Rand Paul untied various factions of Americans: conservative, liberal, tea-partiers, moderates, and everyone in between and on the fringes. We were united against the Obama administration and supporting the GOP! It was an amazing few hours.
But then, Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), came marching sullenly down the aisle, to throw water on what should have been the Republicans crowning moment. “If Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously, he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in college dorms,” McCain condescended. Graham took the time to attack Paul’s Republican supporters, “To my Republican colleagues, I don’t remember any of you coming down here suggesting that President Bush was going to kill anybody with a drone, do you?” The Democrat Party had been unable to mount a response to Senator Paul, so McCain and Graham carried their water and attacked their own party.
Not surprisingly, this story would be told again, just a few months later.
This time it wouldn’t be libertarian Senator Rand Paul, but Tea Party Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who would find himself in the crosshairs of the once Republican nominee for President. Just a few nights ago, the nation was again captivated by a filibuster, as Senator Ted Cruz stood for more than 21 hours arguing against the dreaded Obamacare laws. Once again, it was a Republican speaking up for the majority of Americans, demanding that the Democrat Party and their President, Barack Obama, listen to the voice and the will of the people. Ted Cruz held the nation’s attention throughout the afternoon, into the evening, through the night, and into the morning. He read the stories of people hurt by Obamacare, he rationally argued against the law, he reminded America over and over that the Democrats allowed no debate, no negotiation and did not allow the Republicans any word in the Obamacare law.
Most importantly, he reminded purple America that the Democrats fully own the abomination that is Obamacare… and that when they had a chance to “fix” the problems that were found with it, they preferred to simply force it on us anyway.
It was another stunning victory, even in defeat, for the Republican Party. It seemed another opportunity to undermine the administration and the Democrat Party while winning back votes for the GOP. America was watching, America was listening, and America was agreeing with the GOP.
Mere hours after finishing his historic 21+ hour speech, Ted Cruz would be berated, not by the Democrats which was expected, but by his own party. Once again, Senator John McCain would carry the water for the Democrats and the RINO’s. Senator McCain went so far as to say we would not be eliminating Obamacare because “elections have consequences.” It was a stunning stab in the back.
Mark Levin takes him to task for his attack.
Near the end of Senator Cruz’s 21 hours of speaking, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) asked Senator Cruz if he would allow Senator McCain 15 minutes to speak. Thankfully Senator Cruz denied the request, because shortly after his speech, Senator McCain made it clear what he would say. Do you realize the gravity of what this means? It means that Senator McCain was working with Democrat Party leadership to undermine Senator Cruz and the conservative effort to “defund Obamacare.” He’s a double-agent. In essence, the moderate GOP was working to make sure Obamacare would be funded!
Can this be anything else but treason to conservatives and to the Republican Party?
I think Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) most accurately described what Senator McCain did on the floor of the Senate when he attacked Senator Cruz after his filibuster.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) September 25, 2013
Are we outraged yet, Republicans? Are we ready to stand up and fight?
- Republican-in-name-only [↩]
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