“Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.” – Martin Luther
Not only must man do his own believing, but he must act on that belief. So often, politicians meld into a single organism, seemingly designed to screw us all over. Additionally, they make wildly irrational decisions, not based on the will of their constituency, or the desire to uphold the rule of law, but rather based on their own fears, and selfish desires. If that is the current state of politics, what is the point of elections? What are we voting for?
This malaise and this disillusionment with politics has become so thick in our culture that we have become sadly cynical. This cynicism has allowed many bad men and women to rise to power, and stay there. We have become powerless in our own government. We have lost control of the leaders that we chose.
It is a rare thing that someone comes to power in Washington with a seemingly pure intent. Follow the will of the people. Do what your constituency wants, not what you want. Speak out against corruption, without fear of reproach. We have several (very few) like this in Washington today. Among these people are Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Sarah Palin, and Ted Cruz. These four are some of the most outspoken people in and out of Washington, and they are being heard. The leader of the political pack is the quickly rising star, Ted Cruz. He has been responsible for keeping the Senate, and even the House, in check. A lone man has succeeded in accomplishing incredible things, including the shutdown, due in large part to standing on his principles. He often stands alone. According to Tony Lee, it is thought that it was Cruz who deflated Boehner’s amnesty plan. Shortly after the unveiling of the plan, Cruz came out against it, calling it what it was: amnesty.
“Amnesty is wrong in any circumstance, and if we are going to fix our broken immigration system—and we should—it makes much more sense to do so next year, so that we are negotiating a responsible solution with a Republican Senate majority rather than with Chuck Schumer…Anyone pushing an amnesty bill right now should go ahead and put a ‘Harry Reid for Majority Leader’ bumper sticker on their car, because that will be the likely effect if Republicans refuse to listen to the American people and foolishly change the subject from Obamacare to amnesty.”
We have a fighter here. We have someone who actually has our interests at heart. We have a man who has power simply because he often stands alone, propped up by the words of our founders. If it is true that Cruz’s denouncement of the bill was what killed it, we owe him a debt of gratitude. Cruz seems as though he will continue to fight as long as he has the power to do so.
It’s time to regain our integrity. It’s time to take back our enthusiasm. It’s time to regain control of Washington. The only way to do that is to stop accepting slaps to the face, and actually care what happens. The only way to take our country back is to support Ted Cruz, and those like him, because, if we don’t, if we sit back in a state of complacency, and behave only as spectators, we are at fault. It is our responsibility to mold Washington to our liking.
Support Ted Cruz, support Mike Lee, and support Sarah Palin. Without our help, they can only stand in the wind for so long.