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September 25, 2013 - 9:17 am

CBS News’ Mark Knoller clocked Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s astonishing marathon speech against funding Obamacare:

 

So what was that all about? During Cruz’s superhuman speech, a hashtag appeared on Twitter: #makedclisten. Make Washington, D.C., listen.

Our government is not listening to a majority of the American people, which have never supported Obamacare, and the millions who are already suffering under it now. Cruz focused attention on that and on the destruction that Obamacare is wreaking on the health care and employment of Americans. Sen. Harry Reid responded to Cruz’s speech and thus the #makedclisten effort as a “big waste of time.” Reid also called it “anarchy.”

In the mind of Harry Reid, then, abiding by the arcane rules of the Senate in order to protest a bad law that a majority of the American people never wanted is “anarchy,” but his president’s willful and routine violations of the Constitution are not. Reid’s Senate failing to pass a budget for five years, in violation of the law, has become routine.

Compared to Cruz, who even after 20 hours of standing and speaking was able to gut Sen. Dick Durbin in a mini-debate over the federal employee health care system, Reid sounds like he could use a nap. Reid is not listening. He will never listen. And he will never learn. Democracy to him is just a “waste of time” when there is power to be grabbed forever by his political party.

Reid has been in Washington far too long. Obama suffers from a different problem. He has not been in Washington very long, but he brought Chicago’s corruption and partisanship to Washington with him. He won’t listen either. He keeps selling Obamacare’s virtues despite all the evidence that it is hurting millions.

The question is, where do we go from here? Even after 21 hours and 19 minutes of Ted Cruz heroically destroying Obamacare in detail, DC will not listen. Democrat voters and their media megaphones will never hold them accountable. They will stop at nothing to impose themselves on the rest of us, destroying our viable state economies and even our way of life.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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The bill was designed so that the 'damage' would be delayed. At the time of the last election, people were so happy about the pre-existing condition fix and allowing 26 year olds to stay on their parents insurance.

It's only been since after the election that people have woken up to the fact that those with pre-existing conditions won't be able to find a doctor and 26 year olds can't find a job.
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hmmm.... Obama and Cruz both gave a speech yesterday. We're only talking about one of them.
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I take a backseat to no one in my loathing of the Obama administration and the permanent political class in DC, but I don't think we can really say that in this case they're not listening to America.

If America wanted Obamacare gone they could have made it so in the last election. They could have taken their anger and swept Obama and his pack of crony-socialist scumbags out of office. But they didn't. After his disaster of a first term the American people RE-elected him, thereby guaranteeing that this would remain the law of the land.

Maybe once they start seeing what this monstrosity actually does some of them will wake up, but I wouldn't count on it. The low-information voters are now a solid majority, and the rest of us are going to get screwed right along with them.
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Sen Cruz looked a like a Giant striding among the halls of Congress, a behemoth that needs to be listened to. A man of passion skill, logic and a VOICE OF and FOR the PEOPLE>

Harry reid looks like the mental midget that he is, scurrying about biting people's shoes, and and having people cower from him because they don't quite realize that this midget needs to be, much like a cockroach stepped on and removed.
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ObamaCare: Bad Medicine For A Sick Nation

Credit to President Obama and the Democratic Congress. They succeeded in giving Americans so-called healthcare reform, politically-motivated and politically-manipulated instead of scientifically-based and scientifically-driven.

Do politicians, either Democrats or Republicans, really want to deliver optimal medical care? Doubtful.

The politics of the Democrats are clear. Since FDR, they’ve pushed America toward a socialistic, trans-national state. ObamaCare is the latest jewel in their crown or, perhaps, the latest nail in our national coffin. But what about the Republicans?

In 1994, after the defeat of ClintonCare, did they pursue a comprehensive, scientifically-based review of medical delivery in America? Did they formulate an explicit plan to deliver optimal medical care to all Americans that would be affordable and constitutional?

No. Instead, they adopted a politically-motivated patchwork-approach catering to specific groups that only worsened a bad situation. Then, they passed power back to the Democrats in 2006 and 2008. Now, they have some power again and claim to have seen the light. Really? What light?

How about this light as an alternative to ObamaCare? Universal coverage. Single-payer. Private sector. Competition. Scientifically-based and scientifically-driven. Constitutional. Acceptable to most third-party payers.

Would Republicans support such a plan today? If they’d supported it when they had it in they hands in 1994,* we might not have ObamaCare today. Senator Cruz might not have to tilting at windmills.

*Moss, GR: Healthcare Reform D.O.A. (1994); nominated for two national awards by the American Risk & Insurance Association (1995). For an updated version in the form of a semi-fictional novel, visit www.inescapableconsequences.com.
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It ain't going to be a waste of time getting Reid thrown out of Congress.
And I'll walk to his funeral to be the first to pee on his grave.
42 weeks ago
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Harry Reid—You are A Big Waste of Time!
43 weeks ago
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I hope Cruz runs as an Independent or Libertarian

the GOP is dead
43 weeks ago
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A party has planks, a set of ideals. Good ideals may go out of fashion but they are not more or less true just because the calendar date changes.

Is slavery a bad ideal just because we entered the 19th century over 200 years ago? Well if the change of an year makes the proposition of slavery bad or good, then may be slavery will be good again when another 200 years go by?

Maybe the various ideals that libertarians believe in are true/good one decade or century and bas another decade or century. Which is why we need politicians to keep changing the laws /snark
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We have to STOP letting the media control who we (Republicans) have as our presidential nominee. Having North-East states primary early also hurts.

Contrary to what the "Establishment Republicans" think in DC, MOST of us are Conservatives and can't stand "moderates" who want to compromise on everything. I live in Kentucky and am very proud of Senator Rand Paul.

I was up till 1:00 AM watching on C-SPAN last night.
I can do that, since I was "downsized" along with 25 of my co-workers as a result of Obama's dismal attempts at Economic Recovery.
Free Market Capitalism and reduced regulations are the ONLY thing that can stimulate growth. Unfortunately, the Utopian Socialist will not allow it...
43 weeks ago
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We all know what a master of judgement Reid is. When was the last time he made a decision that any of us thought was valid??
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the fascist progs wouldn't be so snide if they though Cruz hurt conservatism

they just need to keep their facile base slobbering and ginned up with hate
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It was such a waste of time that Reid felt it was neccesry to take the time to call it a waste of time!

His sentiments sure don't pass the sniff test though.
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I believe more Americans learned about what obamacare will mean for them in real life during Sen Cruz' outstanding 21+ hours speech than they've learned in all the years this has been forced through Congress ("we have to pass the bill to know what's in it ...").
The denigratory talking points in the MSM, provided so kindly by the despicable, supercilious, patronising Dem Senators will have to stand against the one question Americans can now ask their Congress critters, and hopefully will, a question provided by Sen Cruz: "If obamacare is so good - why is Congress, why are government employees exempt?"
Indeed - why should there be one law for ordinary people and another for Congress, government, unions, rich lobbyists?
This question won't go away ...
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