At this hour, Ted Cruz is still speaking on the Senate floor. He is, at this moment, reading Green Eggs and Ham as a bedtime story for his children, but until how he has carried on a long, substantive denunciation of Obamacare. The parts I listened to were very good. It isn’t exactly a filibuster, just a really long speech. Still, he clearly intends to follow in Rand Paul’s footsteps; it was Paul who brought back the old-fashioned, on-your-feet filibuster, and created a sensation doing it. I am not crazy about Cruz’s plan to block cloture on the House resolution,
Sounds like Cruz is starting to get some converts.
I hope all ldotters are getting to watch this historic speech/filibuster (whatever it is). Cruz is amazingly entertaining and skilled at handling people like Ditch Turbin. Looks like Turbin gave up -- I guess he was losing the debate so he took off.
I think we are seeing one of the most amazing displays of leadership we´ll see in our lifetime. This is just awesome to watch.
All the nay sayers forget the power of the internet that did not exist in 1995. Wish the elite would fight for the people as hard as they fought for their political skin. I´m so tired of ´getting the issue behind us" as their mantra.
Amazing man...we need about 99 more of him in the Senate. I recall reading all the vitriol in NYT comments sections about how evil he was...gads, those commenters have lived with true evil so long now they can´t recognize true good.
I´ll watch til the end...live...right along with him. i get bathroom and coffee breaks, though. i would´ve offered a Foley placement for him, from a nursing standpoint, too.
The Dems saw this as a way to make Cruz look like the lunatic fringe. They guessed badly. So much is coming to light. The fact that Congressmen and staff will get a tax credit no one else with their pay will get. The fact that after the debate and cloture, Harry Reid can take the defunding out and simply pass the rest with a 50 vote majority. That Obama´s decisions to delay implementation of key pieces of the law were announce in blogs and not in a press conference.
Dick Durbin, one of America´s scummiest grifters, actually did a good dead tossing softball questions to Ted.
I suspect Dick isn´t all that enamored of ObamaKKKare now that he knows what´s happening to his own medical care, and that of his friends on the block.
Now, about Ted´s content ~ he´s dropped the idea of tossing Federal Judges and Federal Retirees into the state exchanges and out of the FEHB exchange.
Means somebody really important to Ted reads Lucianne and understands the interrelationships of the Constitution and compensation ~ BTW, the judges have their own ´exemption´ right there in the body of the Constitution; federal employees have theirs in the 14th amendment.
Ted´s smart to have picked up on that change of direction ~ smacking down the federal judiciary is a separate game to be played on its own merits later on. The 14th amendment needs some changes, but removing the pension exception is not one of that is popular with anyone but folks who still hope and pray for a return of the Confederacy! (There are more than federal implications in that clause BTW)
Tell me when he gets to the $75,000 debt each member of Congress has built up TAKING money from FEHB for health insurance ever since the ACA cut them off back in November 2010.
No doubt there are plenty of people still working on figuring out how they´ll get out of that one without the USSC simply declaring the whole thing UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
So good to see someone in Congress that is doing the will of the people that voted for him instead of the political party. Too often party trumps country. Pleased to say my vote helped send him to the Senate.
#8 I am gonna try to watch the whole thing too. Been here since just a few minutes after he started -- its the least I can do. Well, I sent a message to my other senator, Cornynholio imploring him to vote against cloture.
Its important to watch, or at least keep the channel tuned in since in today´s modern world of internet and cable tv, they know exactly how many people are watching, so every viewer is counted.
But not only this, I am deriving a sense of hope form this whole thing, and hope is in short supply of late.
I love how he is also taking the cowardly Repubs on... I love Cruz...he has guts. I love how he exposes the slimy lying backstabbing Repubs plan to cover-up how they caved and still call it a vote against Obamacare. Lord I dislike the likes of McCain, McConnell, Graham.
I had never really seen him in action before, but he has "captivated" (unlike the terrorists in Kenya, Barack? ahem) the nation tonight. Even HuffPost is enjoying him. So yes. It is indeed a moment of hope which I pray turns into a turning point in history. (Dreaming here, but who knows?)
To watch the progressive excitement/media buzz build over the day has been something. I am so glad I was home to see it. The accolades for Cruz, the eloquent and smart clips they were forced to air, etc. I tell you, by this evening, it was clear by Dana Perino´s testiness with Stuart Varney and Sean that THIS is really getting under the skin of the GOP establishment. GO TED!!!!
I´m, emailing everyone that will accept non-constituent email. DICK DURBIN does NOT accept...only from his own people. I think that anyone that does NOT accept from all Americans needs to revisit that rule of theirs. It seems that any one of them that does ANYTHING while in office not only effects THEIR little state, it effects ALL the states and they need to hear from ALL of us! It´s not like they are operating in a bubble! I was upset that Loui Gohmer does NOT accept out of state em,ail. SIGH! And he´s one of my favorites.
Fabulous! I turned Jay Leno off to watch him. Right now, Mike Lee is giving him some rest. Go, Ted, Mike and anyone else who supports this filibuster. We need heroes, we desperately need heroes. This entire debacle is hung around the necks of dems. No Republican voted for it - Period!
I am still up. If they can do it, I can do it. It helps that these guys keep the interesting parables coming. A few minutes ago, I was laughing and tears were streaming down my face. The story about the whole roasted pig at the California vegetarians´ house just slayed me.
If nothing else could be said (and there is a LOT to be said)these men are fighting for my country. They are not the gutless cowards the rest of the senate is and I admire them for that. And the "republicans" and some of the writers on the right that are attacking him/them....YOUR actions have caused this country to come to this. YOUR going along to get along, YOUR being slightly a conservative republican (which means your a liberal democrat), YOUR living the high life and crushing your....subjects...if you can´t fight for this country, just shut up.
First time I´ve really watched Senator Cruz for any amount of time. Everyone should get on Cspan 2 to see him at work (because he is working); he´s very impressive. May not be speaking now, but I´m sure you can reference it. No wonder so many of the Establishment want to put him down. He´s formidable guy. With all the "no there, there" candidates around, he puts them all to shame. Definitely not an empty suit.
I AM STILL up and listening! Jimmy Stewart would be SO proud. Contrast this whole night against the Dems who walked out on Mrs. Smith during her Benghazi statements. Class and dedication to principle shows.
I LOVED it when he revealed the dirty little secrets of the Senate. Senators vote against things that they had actually helped to succeed with their prior vote, just so they can point to their useless no vote when it is time to get reelected.
I hope McConnell, Cornyn, Graham and McCain all get sent home in their next election, so they can be reintroduced to the real world.
To you lily-livered cowards who call yourselves Republicans, the time has come to expose you for the gutless, spineless, go-along-to-get-along, audience seat-fillers you are. To you Republicans who possess a surplus of intestinal fortitude and are willing to stick your necks out in support of a cause worth fighting for, no matter what the odds are against you, all of you are leaders.
It’s high time you Democrats get yourselves a new symbol. Donkeys don’t scatter when a light goes on. Cockroaches do.
Please watch Ted Cruz! This is really riveting. Cruz is the gifted orator that the media repeats over and over that Obama is. Cruz is speaking with no teleprompter and making his case eloquently in language anyone can understand. Praise to Rubio, Rand, and Sessions for standing with Cruz. The Demos have to be afraid of him. Call your senators now and make DC listen!
Senator, the best kids book ever written is Hand, Hand, Finger, Thumb. Dum ditty dum ditty dum dum dum. My boys adored that book. Older son said one day in one of his college classes, he heard some kid way at the back saying, ´dum ditty dum ditty dum dum dum.´
I too, had it on since he started. I use satelite, so I kbow the rating will be tracked and reported. It is my understanding it is based on every full hour you are tuned in to the station. Except for a short time when my husband came home from work and wanted to watch some Amazon Prime Deep Space 9 Episisodes, it had remained tuned in. Once hubby went to bed, even whilst I slept, (poor Ted), I left it tuned. I have a funeral today. It will stay on even while I am gone.
The funeral? A direct result of the IMPACT of Obamacare, it is already hitting our families. My daughter in law by common law marriage had a seizure disorder. She had the wrong skin color to get disability. Medicaid cut her insurance about every 2 months, and it took her 2 months of jumping through hoops to get it back, to only havethem turn around and do it know in two months. Because of the cost (387.00 a month) we could simply not afford her meds out of pocket. Her grand Mal seizures were so severe, but Medicaid would not even allow proper testing to diagnose the cause.
Because of the instability of her meds, the on again, off again, she was having many seizures and they got much worse in intensity. She was nearly biting her tongue off, bashing her nose until she broke it, dislocating her shoulders.
She finally succumbed, greatfully in her sleep. I loved her so much. She was not only my daughter in law, she was my dearest, best friend, too. Obamacare is directly responsible for her death.
I have a special hate, and I do not use that word lightly EVER, for this pResident.
We are witnessing a changing of the guard. It has gotten the attention of many in the Libertarian Gen-X generation. The vote for cloture will be a litmus test. As Cruz said, a vote cloture is a vote for Obamacare. But, as I said, this is about even more than that. The future direction of the Republican party hangs in the balance.
Agree with other L-dotters, now this is historic. Everytime I tuned in, Cruz was fascinating. He is like sunlight. Imagine the vampires in the Demonrat Socialist Party screaming in their coffins. I hope it disrupted their dark sleep.
Ted Cruz is truly doing G-d´s work for the American people. My only wish is that the carping critics, who have already mentally sided with other future leaders, would stop, think and open their minds to this man. Cruz is the first since Reagan able to think, speak and respond as a coherent conservative. Most conservatives wish they had his fortitude and ability. Bravo is in order for Cruz.
Ted has shifted a big flood light pointed at the cowardly hypocrisy of the RINOS and the wickedness of the obamacare supporters, and while those two groups despise him, we love him for having the .....to stand.
He´s giving a new meaning to Don´t Mess With Texas --- boots or no boots. I know Rafael Cruz personally; he must be very proud thta all his efforts have paid off.
The big filibuster is a wonderful idea. I learned much about this disastrous massive change. My insurance is already worse, and a large part of an annual check up was denied reimbursement. We are on our own and Obama´s freeloaders will continue getting stuff from his stack. Illegal Aliens too.
To use some "street vernacular" Ted Cruz is da man! This guy is very intelligent and well spoken. Unlike our nitwit White House resident. The way he put Turbin Durbin in his place was a thing of beauty. He is head and shoulders above democrap senator like Durbin and RINO background fodder like my esteemed senator from NC little Dick Burr. I have good comment about the demcrap other senator from NC Kay Hagan. She isn´t even in the same league as Senator Cruz. Heard Marco(Amnesty)Rubio stand in for Ted this morning on talk radio so maybe he´s got his head back on straight(doubtful). If Ted runs for president in 16 you bet that I´ll vote for him. You know it´s going to take a smart person to clean up the O´Dope´s 8 years of mess.
So Harry says all of this was "time wasted" ...I hate, hate this man. I rarely use that term, and the emotion must match it for me to use it. It does. He is pure evil and corruption straight through. Evil.
#59 there are definitely Cruz detractors on this site. I got in a a bit of a snit with some of them. I don´t understand how it could possibly be; if someone spends just a few minutes watching and listening to Cruz, he fights for us, he frights for me, that is for sure, and I don´t see too many others in congress that I can say the same for. (Sorry for my unclear verbiage, I was up most of the night in solidarity with Cruz so I am a bit frazzled)
#70 Having been up most of the previous night, I didn´t make it through -- took a 2 hour nap. I really wanted to show solidarity, but my advanced age got the better of me. The important thing is that Cruz hit it out of the park. Thanks for your support, #70.
There was only one John Wayne. There is only one Republican left in DC. By his example, standing out from all the other imposters, all of them, Ted shows us that it´s almost past time to speak out. We are all being pressed into a communist state of power, absolute power, over the people. Increasingly, more good people are becoming aware of this cancerous, stealth horror against individual freedom. Ted Cruz steps out in front of all the rest of the people who are suppposed to be on our side, all the rest of the elected people who are doing and saying nothing to protect our American way of life. Let´s hope that Ted STAYS on that righteous path of individualism over communism. We need a strong voice against the stealth army of Diane Sawyers, Schumers, Brokaws, Durbins, Feinsteins, Boxers, Reids, Lettermans, Puglosis, we must counter tyranny. Breitbart lives !
I listened to Senator Cruz on Rush´s show today. I don´t know how anyone with common sense could find fault with anything he said. What came through loud and clear is that Congress should be doing the will of the people and too many are not.
I think Americans are beginning to wake up to the fact that their Congress Critters have been/are thumbing their noses at us. Republican RINOs better watch how they talk about the TEA Party, because we are the friends and neighbors of the voters. People don´t like it when their friends and neighbors are called names by those who know nothing about those friends and neighbors.
Congress critters who respond to their constituents will probably be re-elected, but they are on notice that if they pull a Scott Brown, they are going to go down.
Listened. Finally tuned out with Lamar Alexander at the mike, who is far afield from the discussion now. Here is the bottom line: Sen. Cruz, my senator,will you now embrace your No. 2 proposal: Abolish the IRS. Why do I ask? I see that the people have NO leverage except at the ballot box, and that box isn´t offered very often. Does everyone on this forum realize this government could be on its fiscal knees in days if, instead of the IRS, we had a national sales tax funding everything? We could just stop shopping and pouf! Bye bye federal spending. Instead, what are the options for law-abiding taxpayers?
Cruz was so magnificent that it was hard to turn off the TV to go to bed. We did about 1am when Mike Lee had taken over. Lee was equally as brilliant. I woke up at about 3am and turned the TV on and again Mike Lee was speaking. Then this morning back to Ted Cruz. Cruz was spell binding. He is so incredibly smart, poised and tough. Mike Lee was equally smart and poised and tough. These two are the only hope for this country. Mitch McConnell and Juan McCain need to be thrown out along with Boehner. They and the Democrats and that POS president are willing to saddle all of we "little people" with ObamaCare but they will never, ever have to live by it. Cruz pointed that out many times and was masterful with his answers to Tim Kaine from Virginia. As another poster said, and I would include Mike Lee, whatever they run for, I will send them money and support. God bless them.
I´m going to add one more thing before this shuts off for the evening. i took one nap, after Cruz was on Rush, and stayed up long enough to watch idiot Mikulski make more idiot mass. I watched Cruz ALL night, along with Lee, et al. Class.
I now read the vitriol again in the lead NYT article allegedly covering said Cruz event and I can´t help but think that these people are truly blind with not only hate, but sheer disconnect from facts about how this thing is rolling out. One commenter said she´d welcome rationing healthcare to a few, none essentially to the old, etc. She has no way of knowing into which BOX she will fall, but allegedly, has it all figured out.
Come do my job, idiot. Come to the bedside of a 34 yo woman with curable cancer or cardiac anomalies that are fixable. But Zippy´s team says NO because you have the worst coverage in the country. It will take this level of refusal for people to snap out of it and realize we´ve raced headlong to the bottom.
Please, everyone, go to DontFundIt.com and sign national petition. Senator Cruz asked for everyone to do this in his comments during his interview on the Rush Limbaugh show Wednesday. It will only take a moment and will help to make your voice heard.
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