I rarely get to report something “good” coming out of Congress.
But the Senate filibuster on Obamacare by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) certainly falls into that category.
Cruz stood on his principles. He stood for 21 hours and 19 minutes. He stood, and he talked. He stood despite a lack of support from Republican leadership (ie. Mitch McConnell). He stood up for the American people in the face of a draconian and unconstitutional law that will do unimaginable damage to the economy, and more importantly to freedom and liberty.
“I rise today in opposition to Obamacare,” Cruz said at 2:41 p.m. Tuesday.
Technically, the speech wasn’t really a filibuster. He did not delay a procedural vote scheduled for Wednesday and gave up the floor at noon per to Senate rules. Essentially Cruz gave voice to a whole lot of Americans who rarely get heard. Kudos to him.
The speech featured some great lines, including a reading of Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham, and some amusing senatorial self-deprecation.
“This fight is not about personalities. Look, most Americans could not give a flying flip about a bunch of politicians in Washington. Who cares? … You know, almost all of us are in cheap suits with bad haircuts. Who cares?” Cruz said.
Rand Paul quoted Bastiat.Details