I guess some will claim that Ted Cruz “didn’t get the memo.” An interesting headline comes from the Houston Chronicle: “At home in Houston, Cruz continues fight against Obamacare.”
But the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land now, just like the Fugitive Slave Act and all those other unchangeable laws of the past that we are embarrassed to mention since we have abolished them. So what can Cruz be thinking? I thought his career was over since he had alienated everyone in both houses of Congress.
But, weirdly, he doesn’t seem to be changing course or hiding his problems with other people in Congress.
The freshman Republican senator was greeted with cheers of “Cruz, Cruz Cruz!” and “Thank you, Ted!” from more than 1,000 supporters in a brief appearance at which he underscored his intent to keep doing whatever is necessary to undermine the “national nightmare” and “train wreck” that is the Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare.”
“I’ve spent the past month in Washington, D.C.,” Cruz told the overflow crowd. “It is terrific to be back in America.”
As he did throughout the campaign that saw him demolish the once-favored David Dewhurst in the Republican primary and become an instant standard-bearer for the tea party movement, Cruz emphasized his independence from the “Washington establishment,” which includes the leadership of the GOP.
“People are saying mean things about me,” Cruz said. “Who cares? At the end of the day, I don’t work for the party bosses in Washington. I work for each and every one of you. What they don’t understand is that we’re standing here together. We’ve got a problem in Washington. They’re not listening to the American people.”
To hear the national media, Ted Cruz is a pariah in the United States. Doesn’t seem to matter to him or to his supporters. The important point here is that Cruz is not elected by the nation, he is elected (or voted out of office) by Texans and only Texans. Until and if a majority of voting Texans indicate that they want someone else to represent Texas in the Senate, Cruz will remain a Texas Senator.
What people hate is that there is no law mandating that Texans elect someone of whom the “Republican leadership” approves. There is no law that mandates that a Senator must vote the way other Senators want him to vote. Congressional “Tea Party” representatives and Ted Cruz did exactly what majorities in their states and districts wanted them to do.
That was democracy in action. It was Texas refusing to go quietly into servitude to other states. And it was the beginning of many more such battles.
Get used to it.