August 26, 2013

While the Tea Party and their Republican hostages have often been accused of having a non-reality based worldview, one individual may be able to point the way towards the light outside of the cave. Senator Ted Cruz, albeit unintentionally, has actually been preaching some common sense lately. He has been in the news recently due to the fact that he apparently has dual-citizenship in both Canada (the country of his birth) and the United States. The media toyed with the “birther” question prompted by the fact that Senator Cruz was not born in the United States and may choose to run for president in 2016, but he was quick to point out that such a concern was “silly” because anyone with one parent who is a U.S. citizen is automatically a U.S. citizen, as well. Senator Cruz’s mother was born in Delaware, so case closed according to him! If only Cruz’s Tea Party supporters had used such matter-of-fact logic during their previous, well actually, still lingering doubts about President Obama’s citizenship. Still, it is refreshing to see common sense prevail amongst the GOP. Hopefully, Senator Cruz’s response to questions about his eligibility to run for president will finally end all discussion amongst the Tea Party about whether President Obama is a citizen.

Aside from being an American citizen at birth, Senator Cruz explained that, “because I left Calgary when I was 4 and have lived my entire life since then in the U.S., and because I never have taken affirmative steps to claim Canadian citizenship, I assumed that was the end of the matter.” It seems that Senator Cruz feels that he is an American because he has lived here so long, loves the United States, and never sought to belong to any other country. Oddly, Senator Cruz fails to connect his personal history with that of so many immigrants who, as children like him, were brought to the United States, have lived here since, have never claimed ties elsewhere, and love this country just as much as he does. Senator Cruz continues to oppose comprehensive immigration reform despite having the same personal story as many of his fellow Texans. Senator Cruz was fortunate enough to have one American parent, which apparently makes him more deserving of the American Dream than the children brought here as infants and the parents who risked their lives crossing the border to work harder than most Americans for less money so their children will have a better future.

Yet, the most reasonable assertion that Senator Cruz has made recently is that Republicans should seek to defund Obamacare before it becomes fully enacted. Senator Cruz and his Tea Party colleagues have begun to argue that Obamacare must be stopped immediately because it will be impossible to get rid of once people begin to enjoy its benefits. The argument now is that, like Medicare and Social Security, Obamacare will prove too beneficial for ordinary Americans to part with. What an insight and admission! The Tea Party has now changed its justification for opposing Obamacare more times than the Republicans changed their rationale for invading Iraq. Cruz even said in an interview that he thinks President Obama would willingly defund Obamacare, his signature domestic policy achievement, if pressured to do so. Will the Right ever be reconciled to reality?



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