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Ted Cruz: The Path to Victory
senateconservatives.com ^ | Sept 23, 2013 | By Ted Cruz

Posted on 09/24/2013 10:58:59 AM PDT by Jim Robinson

Real Clear Politics | Sept. 23, 2013

By Sen. Ted Cruz

Just a few weeks ago the Washington establishment said the Republican-led House of Representatives could never pass a funding bill that would keep the government open while defunding Obamacare. They were wrong.

All across the country Americans spoke up, asking Congress to stop this terrible law. Over 1.5 million signed the dontfundit.com petition, and thousands more sign every day. Tens of thousands of calls poured into the offices of senators and congressmen. They changed the dynamic.

As a result, on Friday, House Republicans passed a bill that fully funds government without funding Obamacare, even picking up a couple of Democrat votes.

Now, it's the Senate's turn.

If Senate Republicans stay strong and hold true to their previous commitments to defund Obamacare, we will force Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make a choice: keep the government open, or shut it down in the name of funding a glitch-riddled health care takeover that is killing jobs, wages, and health care benefits all across the nation.

The next step is critical. Senate Republicans should demand a 60-vote threshold for any effort that would add Obamacare funding back into the House bill. This is the battle line: Senate Republicans must stop Reid from rejecting the House bill and adding Obamacare funding with merely 51 votes.

The House bill must be protected.

If implemented, Obamacare will change our entire health care system, impacting the lives of every single American. Securing 60 votes is not too much to ask. Our nation is bitterly divided because there is far too little consensus on major political matters. We need more unity to help heal our country. Sixty votes would help move toward that.

The Democrats may have jammed Obamacare through Congress on a strict, bare-knuckled party-line vote, but it shouldn’t be funded that way.

We know the Democratic leadership wants to fund Obamacare, and it's certain Leader Reid will use every gimmick, obscure parliamentary trick, and sweetheart deal to do it. After all, that's how he passed Obamacare in the first place.

Until Reid guarantees a 60-vote threshold on all amendments, a vote for cloture is a vote for Obamacare. It would amount to giving the Democrats a green light to fund Obamacare with 51 votes.

We owe it to our constituents to keep our promise to stop Obamacare. Many in Washington like to talk about "elections having consequences" but seem more intent on focusing on who has power.

It's time to quit worrying about power and blame and simply do what's right.

The evidence is pouring in that Obamacare isn't working. Obamacare is hurting almost every sector of the economy. Universities, restaurants, retailers, museums, and more are all being forced to make brutal adjustments to comply with it.

Even labor unions that once championed this law are decrying how it could destroy the 40-hour workweek for millions of middle-class Americans.

More Americans are losing their insurance each day — despite the president's promise that if we liked it, we could keep it. Last month, UPS and the University of Virginia said they would drop health insurance for many spouses of their employees because of Obamacare, leaving thousands of husbands and wives scrambling.

Just last week the Cleveland Clinic announced massive layoffs and a $330 million budget cut because of Obamacare. Sea World is slashing hours for part-time workers. Investor's Business Daily has tallied more than 300 companies that are cutting jobs and benefits because of the law.

Not one more American should lose their job, wages, or health care plans because of this disastrous, train wreck of a law.

If President Obama, his big corporate friends, and members of Congress and their staffs don't have to live under Obamacare, then no other Americans should, either.

Some argue the law should be delayed. Defunding delays it for everyone, not just the ruling class in DC. In essence, defund exempts everyone from the law. Defund gives a waiver to everyone.

Whether or not Senate Republicans defeat cloture, the question will be whether Harry Reid will demand a government shutdown to force Obamacare on every American. We should not shut down the government, and I hope Reid and President Obama do not do so.

Regardless, the House should stand its ground, and if Reid kills this Continuing Resolution then the House should pass smaller CRs one at a time, starting with the military. Dare Reid to keep voting to shut down the government.

Once Senate Republicans unite, red-state Senate Democrats will be next. And that is how we win — by continuing to mobilize the American people to hold every elected official accountable.

Americans are speaking loud and clear. They don't want to lose their health plans and be forced into Obamacare exchanges, keep their businesses small to avoid the law's penalties, and let bureaucrats and politicians in Washington make their health care decisions. Let's listen.

They deserve a win. I intend to use every tool available to me to defund Obamacare, and am encouraged by the thousands of phone calls, tweets, and emails that come to my office each day.

Republicans have the momentum. Conservatives defeated the president’s gun control measures to deprive Second Amendment rights from law-abiding Americans. We pushed back on his reckless drone policy. We convinced him to seek congressional approval on military action in Syria.

Now, we're poised to win our biggest victory for the American people yet: defunding Obamacare. All we have to do is have the will to fight.

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Ted Cruz is a United States Senator for the state of Texas.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cruz; defund; elections; obama; obamacare; tedcruz

1 posted on 09/24/2013 10:58:59 AM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson
Go Ted!

And he's just a n00b.. wait until he really hits his stride.

2 posted on 09/24/2013 11:01:57 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Jim Robinson

“...Republicans should demand a 60-vote threshold for any effort that would add Obamacare funding back into the House bill....”
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Didn’t Reid already reject this?


3 posted on 09/24/2013 11:05:38 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: All
"Regardless, the House should stand its ground, and if Reid kills this Continuing Resolution then the House should pass smaller CRs one at a time, starting with the military. Dare Reid to keep voting to shut down the government."

The House must hold the line. They and they alone wield the constitutional power of the purse. They must not appropriate funds for obamacare come hell or high water. This is not just about health insurance. Obamacare strips the constitution of its limits on government and strips us of our individual rights! And the SCOTUS won't stop them.

Call, email, write, visit your Reps! Hold the line! No funds for the unconstitutional, nation-wrecking obamacare!

We the people are the final arbiters of all things constitutional!

This is OUR fight and we can win it! We must win it! Never retreat, never surrender!

4 posted on 09/24/2013 11:08:33 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

“....Some argue the law should be delayed. Defunding delays it for everyone, not just the ruling class in DC. In essence, defund exempts everyone from the law. Defund gives a waiver to everyone....”

Makes sense doesn’t it?


5 posted on 09/24/2013 11:08:56 AM PDT by nikos1121 (“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” Alexander Pope (1688-1744) English poet)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Shouldn’t stop all 46 Republicans and any patriotic democrats (cough) to demand it.


6 posted on 09/24/2013 11:09:48 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson
Call and email the Senators of the 113th Congress

Call the Republican National Committee:
310 First Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
(202) 863-8500
Let them know how you feel about the treatment of Cruz by RINOS and his effort to defund Obamacare.

7 posted on 09/24/2013 11:11:46 AM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: Jim Robinson

As a next step (assuming the scum Demonic Party sends back the CR bill with the defunding measure removed), why can’t the House send CR’s funding a portion of the government at a time? First the military, social security, etc. until each department has been funded, then stop just short of a CR for Ocommiecare?


8 posted on 09/24/2013 11:14:47 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: humblegunner

He is herding the RINOs into a pen and they don’t even know it.


9 posted on 09/24/2013 11:17:16 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Jim Robinson

Our man, Ted Cruz, does not have the power to stop Harry Reid.
He knows that, but he is not going to just roll over and play dead.

John Boehner has the power stop the whole damn thing.
He knows that, but...


10 posted on 09/24/2013 11:17:17 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Common Sense 101

That’s fine by me. Cutting the excesses from each department, though, wins the next battle. There would be no reason to raise the debt limit. Was just a thought.


11 posted on 09/24/2013 11:17:29 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Sent an email last night to Cornyn to tell him if he voted for cloture I would have to vote for another Republican in his primary and how that hurts me since I had supported him for years. He was on my side when a Democrat DA filed a charge against me to then Attorney General Cornyn. I knew I was right and Cornyn also knew, by law, I was right and that decision came down on my side.

I hated to send that email. I told him to stand by Texans and Cruz and do not vote for cloture or he would lose his Texas supporters, including me.


12 posted on 09/24/2013 11:17:43 AM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.)
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To: Jim Robinson

See it here:

http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/09/ted-cruz-speech-on-floor-of-senate-today/


13 posted on 09/24/2013 11:17:47 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Candor7

Yes, I know. Saw it on Cspan yesterday.


14 posted on 09/24/2013 11:19:11 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

He won’t be sucessful his time.

The prize will be when he becomes POTUS because of the trainwreck caused 0bamacare.


15 posted on 09/24/2013 11:21:39 AM PDT by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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To: Gamecock

He won’t be successful if we all wave the white flag.


16 posted on 09/24/2013 11:22:57 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Marcella

Thank you for “sending a message!”

Remember:
“No pain, no gain!”
Sham pain to our friends,
And real pain to Old-Style Republican politicians.


17 posted on 09/24/2013 11:24:59 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Yes, see post 13 video from yesterday.


18 posted on 09/24/2013 11:25:52 AM PDT by MulberryDraw (That which cannot be paid, won't be paid.)
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To: Jim Robinson

I’m not waving!

I pray he will be sucessful.


19 posted on 09/24/2013 11:31:48 AM PDT by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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To: Jim Robinson

It was a speech well done, I hope many other Freepers get to see it too ;-)

Cruz has definitely entered the presidential candidate room.

This has the RINOs pished to no end, LOL.They wanted to keep Cruz on the back bench but ....no such luck!


20 posted on 09/24/2013 11:34:18 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Common Sense 101

“...send CR’s funding a portion of the government at a time...”
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List of United States federal agencies:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_federal_agencies


21 posted on 09/24/2013 11:38:38 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Cruz is DA MAN!


22 posted on 09/24/2013 11:53:29 AM PDT by Paladin2 (h)
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To: humblegunner

He is getting to that point just by jumping in with and ahead. The pundits are getting whiplash trying to keep up. They don’t want to say nice things about him not realizing he is not going to fail, but they’re in a bubble

Watching ‘the Five’ is fun. They are so confused and snapping at each other all afraid to join. Bad bet.


23 posted on 09/24/2013 11:54:15 AM PDT by stanne
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To: GeronL

amen!..........exactly what I have been saying to anyone that will listen! By forcing this vote it will shine a white hot/bright light on the bastard Rino’s we need to get rid of starting with McConnell and Cornyn! I really and truly thought Cornyn had a brain! Cruz has put him in the squeeze chute in Texas! That sob will not have a chance in hell of getting re-elected if he bucks Cruz on this!


24 posted on 09/24/2013 11:54:36 AM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: Cen-Tejas

Alexander and Linda need to also be at the center of the targeting.


25 posted on 09/24/2013 12:01:20 PM PDT by Paladin2 (h)
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To: Jim Robinson

This man is the greatest American politician I have seen since Ronald Reagan.

Every word he says is priceless.


26 posted on 09/24/2013 12:07:17 PM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Thanks for posting this, Jim.


27 posted on 09/24/2013 12:16:14 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Jim Robinson

Cruz in filibuster mode live right now:

Right Here:

http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN2/


28 posted on 09/24/2013 12:17:43 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Jim Robinson

gave me chills reading this speech! GO TED!!!!!!!


29 posted on 09/24/2013 12:22:26 PM PDT by Amigo04
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To: Candor7
Mike Lee now picking up the trace.

(Where is Hatch? Cornyn?)

30 posted on 09/24/2013 12:45:37 PM PDT by Paladin2 (h)
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To: Paladin2

There’s a book in this deposition.


31 posted on 09/24/2013 12:52:43 PM PDT by Paladin2 (h)
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To: RedMDer

BTTT


32 posted on 09/24/2013 12:53:07 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Paladin2

(Where is Hatch? Cornyn?) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Who knows who might show up? All he needs is 16.


33 posted on 09/24/2013 12:53:58 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Jim Robinson

As I compose this, I’m watching Ted Cruz as he filibusters to halt the disaster called Obamacare. I hope you will watch it as well.

If he has used it once, he’s used the phrase “...we no longer listen to the people, our constituents...” over a hundred times. And he’s right...they don’t. And the fact is, THEY NO LONGER NEED TO.

I’ve sent my little rant on this topic before but Ted’s honest comment compels me to do so again.
Dick Bachert

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WHY THE POLITICAL RULING CLASS NO LONGER LISTENS TO US!

Among others, Thomas Jefferson warned that the financial disaster we now face would be but one of many problems paper money would visit upon us if we allowed our “leaders” to remove the backing from the currency, to wit:

“When the servants if the people are paid with something other than that which the people themselves have produced (i.e. the real, tangible products of their labors or some fixed and real medium of that exchange), the roles of master and servant will be reversed.”

It was believed by Roger Sherman and a majority of those at the Constitutional Convention that un-backed currency would so damage the fabric of the nation that they ATTEMPTED to prohibit it with these few words at Article 1, Section 10, requiring the states to enforce the prohibition: “No State shall…make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts;”

If the people and their states grew inattentive to this matter (and they have!), Jefferson also saw this problem ahead:

In a letter to John Taylor in 1816, he wrote, “And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”

We have been “…swindling futurity…” for a long time and this is now where we find ourselves. If the government, through its banker masters at the Federal Reserve, can create “money” from thin air, they certainly don’t need ours every April 15th. That annual sheep shearing is simply an attempt to vacuum enough of the excess paper from the system to keep the rest of us from catching on to the biggest theft ring in the history of man. They have now created so much that their attempt is failing and failing badly to a point where all but the dullest among us (Obama voters and his growing cadres of personal and corporate welfare beneficiaries) are starting to “get it.”

If you understood that last paragraph, you can now make the small leap to an understanding as to why the “progressive” utopian welfare state hacks in Washington don’t give a damn WHAT you think. Their power to create all the “money” they need to fuel their infernal machine and fill the gaping maws of enough of those hoards of welfare constituents to assure their perpetual re-election means that — ready — THEY NO LONGER NEED YOU! They have become, as Mr. Jefferson predicted, our MASTERS.

That they are taking down a nation and a system that has provided more wealth, safety and abundance to more people than any other in history matters not to them. Failing to grasp the lesson of the French Revolution, they believe themselves to be above the impending disaster.

We’re running out of time to get this increasingly rapacious beast back into the cage from which we have carelessly allowed it to escape.


34 posted on 09/24/2013 1:03:25 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is not bliss. It is the road to serfdom.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Yep, that’s quite a list ain’t it? I guess the “anarchists” better start sending the CR’s sooner rather than later...


35 posted on 09/24/2013 1:46:55 PM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: Candor7
Jeff Sessions is on the floor now, helping out.

Keeping score here will be interesting.

36 posted on 09/24/2013 2:54:50 PM PDT by Paladin2 (h)
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To: Paladin2

Well we have Sessions, Vitter, Lee and Cruz, but they need all 41 Republicans procedurally to turn this into a filibuster to overide the scheduled vote at noon tomorrow.

Its good to see that Cruz is not alone.


37 posted on 09/24/2013 2:58:15 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Dick Bachert
"In a letter to John Taylor in 1816, he wrote, “And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”"

Whoa.

Quite prescient.

38 posted on 09/24/2013 2:59:10 PM PDT by Paladin2 (h)
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To: Candor7

The targets are now easily recognized apart from their usual camouflage.


39 posted on 09/24/2013 3:00:29 PM PDT by Paladin2 (h)
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