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Senator Ted Cruz Is Shaking Things Up In Washington
Political Realities ^ | 02/25/13 | LD Jackson

Posted on 02/25/2013 4:46:13 AM PST by LD Jackson

Newly elected junior Senator Ted Cruz is really shaking things up in Washington. He campaigned on a promise to do just that and he has easily fulfilled that promise, even though he has been in Washington for less than two months. In the United States Senate, things are supposed to be genial and comfortable, or so says the status quo. Ted Cruz is not playing along and some of his fellow Senators aren't so happy about his unwillingness to go along, just to get along. I would contend that's maybe what we need in Washington, someone who will see what needs to be done and follow through, no matter whose feathers are ruffled along the way.

(Fox News) Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has earned a few nicknames in the brief seven weeks he’s been in Congress – including the unflattering “Senator No.” But nobody can say the Ted Cruzfreshman senator has broken his campaign promise to shake up Washington upon arrival.

The Tea Party-backed candidate has so far made good on vows to be combative and uncompromising in his adherence to conservative principles.

The 42-year-old Cruz has already voted against Senate rule changes to modestly curb filibusters, aid for Superstorm Sandy victims and the Violence Against Women Act.

He also was one of only three "no" votes against Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry's nomination to be secretary of State. And he publicly skewered President Obama’s nominee for Defense secretary, former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel.

All of that has helped Cruz earn such nicknames as “Cruz Missile,” “Senator No” and even “The GOP's Nasty Newcomer.”

He also was featured in the past few weeks by Politico and The New York Times.

Senior Texas Sen. John Cornyn and voters across the state have praised Cruz for his brashness and sticking to his principles.

"He's been a terrific partner," Cornyn said. "What he's finding is there's a lot of critics in Washington when you try to change the status quo."

At a stop last week at Lodge Lumber, in Houston, owner John Lodge said Cruz seems like the first elected official in a long while who is on his side.

I would contend that Senator Ted Cruz is following a path that was blazed by other Senators, such as Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe, both from Oklahoma. Neither man has followed the genial path through the Senate, with Dr. Tom Coburn earning the nickname of "Dr. No". In a chamber filled with overblown egos on both sides of the political spectrum, maybe it's time we had more than a few men and women who went to Washington and represented their states and the people who elected them, instead of stroking their own ego because they managed to spend enough money to become a United States Senator.

If you want to read more about Senator Ted Cruz, from someone who is from Texas and knows his background, I suggest you visit Texas Fred. He is more than a little familiar with Ted Cruz and can tell you more about him, than can I.


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: 119th; cruz4america; cruz4americans; notliketheothers; patriotcruz; senate; tedcruz

1 posted on 02/25/2013 4:46:22 AM PST by LD Jackson
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To: LD Jackson

Cruz is quickly becoming my favorite guy in Washington. He’s got the skills to buck the party. Since he is born Canada, he can’t be President, but he can be a force for major change in the Senate.


2 posted on 02/25/2013 4:47:46 AM PST by ilgipper (Obama supporters are comprised of the uninformed & the ill-informed)
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To: ilgipper

I like Cruz so far, but let’s wait a while to see if he becomes just another scumbag politician in it for himself.

Seen it WAY too many times.


3 posted on 02/25/2013 5:00:46 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: ilgipper

I also am paying attention to the good Senator from Texas. I also find a resemblance , facially to Sen. Joe McCarthy. Just an observation.


4 posted on 02/25/2013 5:01:15 AM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: LD Jackson

I am very pleased so far with this vote. Cruz was my firrst pick, and a long shot to beat Do-hurst. Now that he is there I hope he stays three or four terms and sticks to his guns.


5 posted on 02/25/2013 5:03:57 AM PST by WilliamRobert (God Bless Texas)
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To: LD Jackson

I continue to be prouder and prouder of my vote for Ted Cruz!!!


6 posted on 02/25/2013 5:05:39 AM PST by ontap
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To: ilgipper
His parents are Americans so I believe he could be president!! i believe John McCain had the same situation!1
7 posted on 02/25/2013 5:09:51 AM PST by ontap
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To: unixfox

I’m with you. Time changes (most) everything. I hope he holds true to what he said he’d do.


8 posted on 02/25/2013 5:17:17 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s Are The 21st Century's Muskets. Free Men Need Not Ask Permission!)
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To: ontap
“His parents are Americans so I believe he could be president!! I believe John McCain had the same situation!”

Unlike Hussein whose Father was Kenyan and citizen of the British Crown —— Hence, Obummer could not have been President either, Right?

9 posted on 02/25/2013 5:19:48 AM PST by TRY ONE (Grab a Sword (or Gun) and Sequester!)
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To: LD Jackson

Our kinda guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


10 posted on 02/25/2013 5:20:00 AM PST by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: rrrod
"Our kinda guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Not mine. He another one of the cowards still unwilling to insist that Obama PROVE he is eligible. Until then, he's just another part of the problem. Talk is cheap.

11 posted on 02/25/2013 5:29:15 AM PST by Uncle Sham
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To: ilgipper
"Since he is born Canada, he can’t be President,...."

It doesn't matter where the President was born anymore. Oh! I forgot, Cruz is a Republican. Sorry...I lost my head for a minute.

12 posted on 02/25/2013 5:30:29 AM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: LD Jackson

Thank you Texas, for sending this man to Washington! Now we have to pray he remains immune to the toxic fumes.


13 posted on 02/25/2013 5:34:35 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: ilgipper

I approve of what Cruz has done except for protecting filibusters. I want to get rid of filibusters altogether.

There are a number of reasons, but in the long run it means that past legislative errors can be easily fixed by a new legislature.

IOW, ObamaCare could be ended with simple majorities in Senate and House and having the presidency.

Can one side do mischief if they have the 3 branches. Sure. But it can be undone. As it stands now, the Senate can block anything.


14 posted on 02/25/2013 5:44:56 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: ilgipper

The way to show leadership is to convince others of your beliefs. He has not done that because everything he voted against ended up passing. When he can sway the Republican party to his ideals then I will be impressed until then he is having a pretty easy time.


15 posted on 02/25/2013 6:11:41 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: MotorCityBuck

As to the facial likeness to JRM, I now see it! Thanks for pointing it out. But his likeness otherwise is even more commendable.


16 posted on 02/25/2013 6:13:19 AM PST by Mach9
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To: Mach9

I hope your right. We sure could us someone whom truly Represents US!


17 posted on 02/25/2013 6:22:34 AM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: LD Jackson

Mr. Cruz goes to Washington.


18 posted on 02/25/2013 6:39:31 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: COBOL2Java
Cruz was the TEA Party outsider fighting the Texas Republican Establishment.

Running against Lt. Governor "Dirty" David Dewhurst

It was the nastiest primary ever in Texas. Rick Perry endorsed his Lt. Governor.

19 posted on 02/25/2013 6:47:27 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

Hidden in the middle of the article, the author stated,
“..........maybe it’s time we had more than a few men and women who went to Washington and represented their states and the people who elected them,”

Ya think?


20 posted on 02/25/2013 6:53:44 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: ontap

John McCain was born in a then American territory, the Canal Zone. I still think he is/was ineligible because he was not born in the United States proper. I think Rubio is unfortunately also unqualified by birth to non citizen parents. More unfortunately, citizenship of any sort is pretty much a moot point and will be formally so when the current resident illegal alien in the WH finally proclaims his status after he leaves office or after he makes it permanent. General subsurface knowledge of the alien status of the current president has already softened Republican attitudes about running non Natural Borns. Democrats have long believed that anyone in the world is eligible to run for the US presidency and should be able to vote in US presidential elections on the theory that every act of the United States affects everyone in the world thus everyone should have political access.


21 posted on 02/25/2013 6:55:26 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: LD Jackson

Ted Cruz was the only bright spot on the ballot for me this year.


22 posted on 02/25/2013 7:11:05 AM PST by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: arthurus

John McCain was born in a then American territory, the Canal Zone. I still think he is/was ineligible because he was not born in the United States proper
= = = = = = = = =
The only difference between McCain and Cruz/Rubio was that McCain SR was on Active duty in the Navy. (Of course because McCain’s Mother/Father were married in a bar in Tijuana MAY raise suspicions <: <:)
Even Romney was ‘accepted’ though his father was born in Mexico while his family was on a “mission for the church” so, in essence, if I were to be STATIONED, by Government fiat in say Japan, a child that my wife birthed (providing she was a ‘natural born US Citizen (as I) would not be eligible to be President”?
You wouldn’t ‘get away’ with that if say two members of the ‘Peace Corps’ or ‘Volunteer Overseas Mission’ were involved in the same scenario.


23 posted on 02/25/2013 7:32:41 AM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: ilgipper

“Since he is born Canada, he can’t be President”

Personally I agree with you but if they try to run Rubio who is also not eligible due to the fact that neither of his parents were US citizens at the time of his birth then all bets are off.


24 posted on 02/25/2013 8:26:51 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Uncle Sham

So I see you are still looking, as the Jews are, for the TRUE Messiah. I would not hold my breath FRiend.


25 posted on 02/25/2013 9:07:00 AM PST by mc5cents
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To: xrmusn

Romney’s father was born in Mexico but the critical fact was that Romney’s parents were both American citizens when Romney was born, That is not the case with Rubio. I like Rubio. I like Cruz. They are not, however, Natural Born Citizens, and neither is McCain, though I don’t like him at all.McCain is in the “but, but...” category but he is still outside the zone.


26 posted on 02/25/2013 10:04:10 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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