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Ted Cruz: Working for America? Or for Himself?

Is it possible for a politician's personal goals to be the same as the national interest?

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February 19, 2014 - 10:37 am

Thomas Sowell makes the following point about Senator Ted Cruz:

Senator Ted Cruz has not yet reached the point where he can make policy, rather than just make political trouble. But there are already disquieting signs that he is looking out for Ted Cruz — even if that sets back the causes he claims to be serving.

Those causes are not being served when Senator Cruz undermines the election chances of the only political party that has any chance of undoing the disasters that Barack Obama has already inflicted on the nation — and forestalling new disasters that are visible on the horizon.

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The most charitable interpretation of Ted Cruz and his supporters is that they are willing to see the Republican Party weakened in the short run, in hopes that they will be able to take it over in the long run, and set it on a different path as a more purified conservative party.

Some may ask: Why isn’t it possible for a politician’s personal goals to be the same as the national interest? Personal ambition and ego are part of the makeup of any politician and there’s little doubt from what we know of Ted Cruz that he has an abundance of both.

Is this a necessarily bad thing? Sowell evidently believes so.

How about you? Is Ted Cruz working for America? Or for himself?

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A lot of the GOP seems to have contracted a weird pathetic version of Louis XIV's "L'etat c'est moi". They think that the Right's primary goal in life should be to help the Republicans win elections.
It is not.
The goal is to save the country. If the GOP can be useful in that endeavor, then it might be appropriate to support the GOP. If not, then, frankly, the future of the Republican Party is not my concern.

Right now, based on the past several years of GOP performance, I do not believe they will achieve or even try to achieve anything resembling stopping the Obama agenda. They seem to have neither the brains nor the brawn for that.
It took the Republican Party a while, but it has succeeded in convincing me that the answer to the choice between Democrats and Democrats-Lite is "none of the above."

In other words, the GOP needs to prove to me that supporting it is beneficial for the country. So far it is failing miserably at this.
Ted Cruz is at least trying. He might be an egomaniac (as opposed to whom? McCain?), but as long as he's working in the right direction, and the establishment GOP isn't, the choice is clear.
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Working for America, or working for himself?? Uhhh, you mean compared to say, Mitch McConnel. Or how about the "maverick" McCain? What's Boehner done for We the People - ever? I've never met Ted Cruz, and I don't have any idea how he thinks. What I do know is that he's one of maybe a handful of lawmakers who THROUGH THEIR ACTIONS appear to represent me and FIGHT for my values. That's the bottom line at this point. Screw the "moderates."
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Or the factual interpretation of Ted Cruz and his supporters... they do not believe the Republican Party establishment has any intention of undoing the disasters that Barack Obama has already inflicted on the nation or forestalling new disasters that are visible on the horizon.

Fact and recent history support that view.
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Thomas Sowell is one of the most insightful and respected economists and conservative spokesmen in our country. But in this column he is wrong. Ted Cruz speaks up and inspires action to try to stop President Obama and his central planning, big-government socialist ideas, while weaker Republicans announce there is no way to fight unless Rs win the House, Senate and Presidency. Ted is leading, and rallying America to support liberty, and his Republican conservative colleagues would do well to support him.
22 weeks ago
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The objective is not to weaken the GOP, it's to strengthen it by replacing those who are weakening it.

The national party keeps bleating about economics. It isn't about economics, it's about the loss of freedom and the descent of our nation into moral, spiritual and intellectual decadence.

Thanks to the Democrats, we live in a sewer--a sewer, moreover, that finances terrorism, makes war on decency wherever it is found and exalts
profligacy, lawlessness and indolence. Our public school system is an exercise in institutionalized child abuse, now about to be made even worse through the infliction upon it of the "common core curriculum." Our universities are philosophical well-poisoners. The agencies of government that are supposed to establish an outward-looking perimeter for us against
enemies,, have turned around and now instead look inward at us, as if we were the enemy.

"Our" largest businesses have become nations unto themselves, operating
from offshore and milking us as a cash-cow until we collapse, doing their
wealth-producing on behalf of others. Adults now compete with their children for jobs at Burger King, so our children deal drugs.

And it's the Republicans who have been letting them get away with it, the
post-American globalists like Jerry Ford, the Rockefellers and the Bushes,
and the Rove-McCain gang who are made in their image.

The message of Ted Cruz and the rest of the Constitutionalists is that the GOP is supposed to be opposing the destroy-America agenda of the Democrats, not enabling it; fighting evil, not "reasonably compromising" with it; making and implementing plans and policies, not just saying words.

I think we all get that the Republicans are the only actual,alternative to the
Democrats, and hat all this "third party" enthusiasm that suddenly, miraculously, appears around campaign time is a creature of the DNC. We
all saw the wreckage the Democrat-funded "Libertarian Party" inflicted on
the last election, and I don't think anyone wants to repeat it. Primaries, however, are not engines of destruction. They are engines of the will of the electorate. And the GOP desperately needs to become responsive to that.

22 weeks ago
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I read Sowell's article. Normally I agree 100%; however, this time all wrong. Especially when he drew the parallel with Obama's promises. Obama background was based on radical anti American sediment and was raised by communist grandparents and no father figure. Cruz's background has nothing in common with Obama. I'm shocked that Sowell wrote this article. Makes me wonder, did someone get to him too??
22 weeks ago
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Ted Cruz is the real deal. Who's for themselves? Take a look at the GOP establishment. I'm up to my ears with their horse manure.
22 weeks ago
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Does ted Cruz work for himself or Amerika.. In this case, My Firm belief He is working to Restore America via his ideas and his force of character. "Character", something that is terribly lacking in the Republican held House and the Democrat dominated Senate. If one is to have any chance at all to re-direct this countries downward spiral into the abyss of debt and entitlement, It will have to be with ' Force of Character" and the willingness to go against the grain, his ability to to communicate with like minded thinkers in our population is awesome, unfortunately We the people can't control others in his party that don't and won't think of America first verses their own self interest. I believe that Senator Cruz will one day be either Majority leader of a New Conservative party or better yet President of this country. If We survive the current administration.. !
22 weeks ago
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Repeat after me,,, "Shut the government down? Republicans are not in power...it was the President who refused to compromise, to negotiate, and HE shut the gov. down in spite of 11 Bills, let me repeat 11 BILLS, which were passed by the House to keep the gov. open. Bills which were ignored by the President, Reid, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE PRESS, So, (insert name of reporter), you know how wrong it is to claim we shut the gov. down."

If ALL Reps said the same thing on every show, to every reporter, then Cruz would be the hero, the adult in the room. There is no strong leadership in the Rep. party. plus, we are gnawing off our grip on whatever power we have!!!
22 weeks ago
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The Reps eat their own....instead of pointing out Cruz's differences, point out his desire to keep America free. The dems attack and define Reps...Why do we want to help them destroy our brightest? You don't hear dems attacking other dems... Perhaps that's why they are in power. We need NEW leadership in the Rep party..and a loud and clear focus about what they stand for...
22 weeks ago
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Who cares what I think. The question is: what does Clare Sparck think. Clare?
22 weeks ago
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I think Sowell, whom I deeply admire, is wrong. It is not wrong to stand on principle. It is not wrong to call attention to the bad things in a bill or legislation that is being voted on. I want strong men & women to take a stand, even when it is a losing cause, because then I know who the real heroes are, who will stand for our rights and who is on our side. Maybe he likes Rand Paul better for seeming to take a stand, then voting with the crowd because it was either going to pass or fail, anyway! That is not a principled stand.
I want someone to be honest about what is in a bill that we don't want. We have had enough surprises in the ACA to last a generation or two. All we hear from even so-called conservative journalists is that we cannot win, so just shut up and go along. How is that working out? Obama parades another set of fools up on stage to claim that if he doesn't get this bill or that, that these people are going to suffer. Then, he takes that money and gives it to his crony business friends. EVERY SINGLE TIME! Thank you, Ted Cruz, for exposing the lies about these dastardly bills, and taking a stand against them. We know that part of the problem in DC is the republicans who are not adhering to the party platform of small government, etc. THEY have compromised to remain in power. Just as Sarah Palin says, it's time to rid the Capitol building of the potted plants!
22 weeks ago
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Ted Cruz is cutting off his nose to spite his face!
By making it easier for Right Wing Tea Party candidates to challenge incumbent Republicans and possibly win primary elections, Cruz is making it more difficult for the GOP to gain control of the Senate. His actions may make him feel good, but they're harmful to the country in the long run.
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