By Juanita Bratcher
Author, Editor & Publisher of CopyLine Magazine
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has been shuffling around the country doing a song and dance about what he sees as the pitfalls and malfunctions of the Affordable Care Act. His utmost desire is to derail Obamacare, kill it off; which will never happen! It has become somewhat of a daily ritual for him. And it has raised him millions of dollars in contributions from those who support his ideology and efforts.
Cruz, a handful of his Tea Party colleagues and some establishment Washington Republicans in the U.S. Congress caused tremendous chaos and havoc on the country due to the shutdown of the federal government for 16 days â€“ causing federal agencies to close, some 800,000 federal workers furloughed, and an economy loss of $24 billion dollars.
Ted Cruz may be a hero darling to Tea Partiers but he is nothing more than an extremist right-wing demagogue to many other Americans. His song and dance is nothing more than a misguided journey to nowhere â€“ a song and dance thatâ€™s not even a good one.
Over a period of time, U.S. House Republicans have defiantly stated that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) should either be delayed, repealed, or defunded, none of which has worked. House Republicans have voted to appeal the ACA about 43 times, which they knew would never see the light of day in being passed in the U.S. Senate, and if it were to pass in the Senate, would meet the open arms of fate with a veto by President Barack Obama, on his signature healthcare law .
Cruzâ€™s Tea Party popularity by no means will push him into the spotlight as a viable presidential candidate in 2016. It will only hamper his ambitions and cancel out any hopes of ever becoming president of these United States of America. It will never happen! Responsible American voters will never put a demagogue in office whether he is on the left or right politically. And certainly Cruz will fall far short in pursuing his presidency goal, because Ted Cruz is not ready for national prime time. His song and dance shuffling will surely come back to haunt him and hurt his chances of that ever happening.
Since his entrance onto the national stage Cruz has made a barrage of wacko statements, but he will be remembered most by his efforts in bringing havoc to an already fragile economy by shutting down the federal government, forcing 800,000 workers on furlough, the closing of federal agencies, national parks and other facilities, and a loss to the economy of $24 billion.
Cruz describes the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) as a â€œNightmare and a Train Wreckâ€. Itâ€™s just a bunch of more non-meaningful words from him â€“ used more for shock value and mis-information instead of truth.
Cruz has been running around the country calling his actions a success â€“ but truth be told, they were far from being successfulâ€¦and frankly, Iâ€™m sure he knows that already. It was not a win for Cruz, neither was it a win for the Republican Party brand. The stock value of the Republican Party went more negative than positive. What Cruz is doing is trying to plant seeds of success in some peopleâ€™s mind to cover up an unsuccessful venture that he led and, in the process, convinced a few colleagues to be part of his losing venture. Cruz accomplished nothing and neither did the Republican Party other than a demeaning crush on its brand. Poll after poll found Republicansâ€™ favorability rating dropping, and blame for the shut down also pointed heavily at Republicans.
The Tea Party is not the answer to Americaâ€™s pressing problems, itâ€™s more ideologue than anything else. What do they stand for? Bullying? Responsible, thinking people will not go along with the shenanigans of the Tea Party that are simply out of mainstream America. The country is much larger than Tea Partiers. As a matter of fact in a short period of time Occupy Wall Street protesters made more of an impact with their message when talking about and focusing on the â€œone percentâ€ than the impact of the Tea Party revolution.
During the shutdown, President Obama warned that the longer the shutdown continues the worse the effects would be. He said it would hurt a fragile economy, more families would be hurt and more businesses would be harmed.
â€œSo once again, I urge House Republicans to reopen the government, restart the services Americans depend on and allow the public servants who have been sent home to return to work,â€ said Obama.
Obama also stated: â€œThis Republican shutdown did not have to happen. Theyâ€™ve shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans. This, more than anything else, seems to be what the Republican Party stands for these days. I know itâ€™s strange that one party would make keeping people uninsured the centerpiece of their agenda, but that apparently is what it is.â€
Ted Cruzâ€™s not so good song and dance will play itself out in the long run, but the devastating effects of what his actions did to the economy will play a better tune in the Year 2016; that in times of crisis he was willing to let the economy go to hell in a basket in his defiant opposition to the ACA which is law â€“ it was passed by the Congress and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Some people were not born to lead. Obviously, Cruz is one of them. And hopefully, Texas voters will do the country a favor and retire Cruz in his re-election bid to the U.S. Senate.
Juanita Bratcher is an Award-Winning Journalist, the Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com and the author of several books, songwriter and poet. She has been a Journalist for more than 37 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics.