Cruz Ends 21-Hour Anti-Obamacare Speech

He held court in the chamber since Tuesday afternoon

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Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz ended his overnight filibuster-style speech against funding Obamacare at noon on Wednesday, after he had held court on the Senate floor for a whopping 21 hours and 19 minutes.

“The defense of Obamacare is now indefensible,” Cruz said near the end of his speech.

Cruz started arguing, at 2:42 p.m. on Tuesday, against moving forward on government-funding legislation that would actually defund the health care law like he wants, because he said allowing the legislation to proceed now will make it easier for Democrats to strip out the defunding provision later. Republicans leaders are not supporting his tactic.

“The pleas from the American people in Texas are deafening,” Cruz said. “The frustration that the U.S. Senate doesn’t listen to the people is deafening. So I would call all 46 Republicans to unite, to stand together to vote against cloture on this bill.”

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AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

Dear Senator Cruz,

Consider the following e-mail I've sent to no fewer than 11 federal representatives including this one sent to Senator McConnell.  Instead of your poorly executed filibuster.  Get the hint; We the People are tired of this crap.

Good morning Senator McConnell,Sept. 25, 2013

Even though you are not my state representative I am writing to you out of concern for the tactics you and your party have been engaged in that have been hurting this nation and We the People.As the Senate Minority leader I think it only fair that you should consider the opinions and observations of people who do not reside within your state.Please consider the following;

Richard Haas of the Counsel of Foreign Relations writes;

"The biggest threat to the United States comes not from abroad but from within. This is the unexpected message of Council on Foreign Relations President Richard N. Haas in Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order."

"Many of the foundations of this country's power are eroding," he warns. "The effect, however, is not limited to a deteriorating transportation system or jobs that go unfilled or overseas owing to a lack of qualified American workers. To the contrary, shortcomings here at home directly threaten America's ability to project power and exert influence overseas, to compete in the global marketplace, to generate the resources needed to promote the full range of US interests abroad, and to set a compelling example that will influence the thinking and behavior of others."

Abraham Lincoln in his Lyceum Address of 1838 warns of disunity in the United States;

"At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it?-- Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!--All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years."

"At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide."

The context of his speech was the issue of slavery and how it was dividing the nation.As we all know from history that unresolved issue resulted in the Civil War.But, what was true 175 years ago is still very true today.The context today is in the warring political parties who seem much more interested in promoting their own ideology and looking ahead to the next election than they are in actually coming together to solve this nation's problems.And, as Richard Haas points out, this is having a debilitating effect here and abroad.

What we are witnessing and experiencing in Washington D.C. is exactly what John Adams warned about in 1789, the tyranny of two great political parties;

"There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution."

Context is everything.And, for those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat the lessons.One more quote.This one from Benjamin Franklin;

"Experience keeps a dear school but fools will learn in no other."

There are ample warnings and reasons for congress to stop the bitter partisanship that has not only dominated politics in this nation but has actually become much worse over the years.Every election cycle now seems to bring with it more division, more bitterness and more consequences that only hurt We the People.It has to stop.It's time for a fundamental course change.That course change can be effected by joining with NoLabels and their common sense approach to actually solving this nations problems.

Sincerely,

AlphaJuliette

Jon_in_AZ
Jon_in_AZ

Yes Ted, your reading of Green Eggs and Ham truly was the decisive moment where I saw the light, and decided that providing coverage to people with pre-existing conditions was a bad idea.  How did you know that would work?!?

BenIncaHutz
BenIncaHutz

Ted Cruz who? Yeah buddy your 3 minutes of fame are over. Hopefully it gets you somewhere in Texas but the rest of America thinks your a complete idiot.

jareyes.2
jareyes.2

I don't think he understood the ending of "Green Eggs and Ham" or its meaning.  Perhaps his children can it explain it to him....

Sandyone
Sandyone

What did he accomplish? Nothing but feeding his own ego. Political junkies may have been watching but the vast majority didn't even know about it and could care less. That's the reality. Final grade for the fake filibuster  F-. That's as low as you can get.

JohnDahodi
JohnDahodi

Shame on Senator Cruz for wasting the Senate time for his childish act and insisting for almost 21 hours for his wish; like a crying BABY. Think what will happen, if he will be our next President????And finally he voted for the bill? Need to go to the Obama Hospital for a checkup!!!!

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Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Cruz did what he set out to do, get attention for himself.

And I have to say if he is the new (or maybe just flavor of the month) intellect of the republican party it's in even worse shape than I thought.

JimStarowicz
JimStarowicz

Now will he actually do the work he was hired to do, he does represent those who didn't vote for him as well as the no votes, and gets paid for along with great health care paid by us,and hasn't yet, Nope, along with the rest of the tepubs in congress but also in the states they control, on what they all ran on, jobs and economic growth, instead of waiting for their described reaganomic, the con of trickle down free market, capitalist 'job creators' to create, NOPE!! 

Haven't yet, and many haven't since in and especially as they rubber stamped, two wars, yet to be paid for along with the results of which will add to the payments the interest costs like the decades and wars from previous, and plenty of other policies when they fully controlled!!

al Qaeda Ideology in U.S. Congress, with christian 'taliban' ideology throughout the country?!  And Calgary Cruz bucks for leadership of!
Bin Laden: Goal is to bankrupt U.S. Monday, November 1, 2004 Posted: 8:07 PM EST

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""We are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy. Allah willing, and nothing is too great for Allah," bin Laden said in the transcript.""
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""As for President Bush's Iraq policy, Bin Laden said, "the darkness of black gold blurred his vision and insight, and he gave priority to private interests over the public interests of America." ""

The cruz continuing what the bushco started! Remember, we abandoned the missions for why we sent our military in the Afghan region, very Quickly after 9/11 and with cheers from the majority of the country, then started hiring even more extremist to our congress and state houses, to not only spread the al Qaeda ideology far and wide but to maintain the fear factor for the profits that brings to the few!!
 As we have yet to pay for either war and especially the long term results of while ignoring the issues from that can be in relation to those who've served, DeJa-Vu all over again!

"If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too" "not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

"12 years also is a long time. We now have a lifetime responsibility to a generation of service members, veterans and their families." Dr. Jonathan Woodson 11 Sep. 2013: With 9/11 Came Lifetime Responsibility

"Eligibility Cuts for Jobless Workers Could Affect 170,000 Low-Income Veterans"

"US wars in Afghanistan, Iraq to cost $6 trillion"
Which gave rapid rise and far reaching spread of the al Qaeda ideology practices, not far removed from the modern day so called christian and jewish ideologies spoken and practiced!

USN All Shore '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71


grape_crush
grape_crush

Thanks for not calling Cruz's self-aggrandizing publicity stunt a filibuster.

GeorgiaCaver
GeorgiaCaver

Well, Rand Paul had done a filibuster, so this long speech _had_ to be done

tfdrumm
tfdrumm

Interesting that a 21 hour speech provides only 4 paragraphs worth of material for the newshawks at TIME.  Did he ever say what he thought was wrong with O-Care?

PismoJohn
PismoJohn

Glad it is over . Let's move on .

stevek77536
stevek77536

" He was a most disagreeable companion ... his conversation was a procession of one."

- Florence Nightingale, On A Politician

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BjjAvYGvPJAY8OBylWQLCw

Cruz and the anti-ACA crowd are whingy brats throwing tantrums.  They should be in kindergarten, not Congress.

MrObvious
MrObvious

Bernie Sanders spent his time on subject and Media let out a collective yawn. Cruz rips a self serving rant and can't even stay on subject and ironically illustrates his idiocy by reading green eggs and ham for anyone that understands the story.

Bernie Sanders, whether or not you like the guy railed against something with passion. Illustrating why and how it would effect regular folks.

Ted Cruz can't even articulate a replacement of what he want to repeal. It's just because.

anon76
anon76

How can reading "Green Eggs and Ham" be considered part of an "anti-Obamacare speech"?

The point of the story is that things that you have not yet tried could turn out to be better than you anticipated.  Sounds pretty pro-Obamacare to me.

What Cruz' speech constituted was a PR stunt that has been largely successful because the media has covered it as if he were a) upsetting the legislative process instead of running out the pre-alotted discussion time for the bill under consideration; and b) bravely standing alone making an impassioned argument against the current law rather than reading unrelated children's stories and being spelled by glory-seeking colleagues in front of empty chamber seats and ever-active CSPAN cameras.

tommyudo
tommyudo

@MrObvious 


In the parlance of the locker room - Cruz couldn't carr y Bernie Sanders'  jock (strap). Cruz has no concern for regular people. He is a corporate shill. This 21 hour diatribe is just a set up for 2016. He doesn't mind being the GOP's sacrificial lamb facing Hillary. The guy has a titantice ego, so just basking in the spotlight is enough. In the meantime, he is gaining the distrust and disgust of the traditional GOP that any candidacy of his will split their party. Or at least, that's what I'm hoping for.

branashton
branashton

@anon76 I don't think Cruz's kids ever read him the ending to Green Eggs and Ham.