Twice in the last two days I’ve heard a Republican, and Republicans attacked for attempting to do the right thing in Congress. This sets up the hour-long speech Senator Ted Cruz gave on the Senate floor, and posted to YouTube on September 28th, 2015. I have transcribed the video it below, but have omitted many words that have nothing to do with the message: Cruz addressing the President of the Senate (which I take is not Joe Biden, in this case) and words and phrases that are used over and over again –– not needed to make his points. The transcript is majorly long, so I’ve summarized first, much in the Senator’s own words –– the things voters need to know about how Congress works out of the light of day, skulking down K Street to gather their wheelbarrows of cash for elections, and betraying us, the “hicks and rubes” who vote them in. You can skip my summary and read the transcript below and view the video.
First, the two snippets I heard attacking Conservatives. Yesterday (September 29th) on Neil Cavuto’s Your World, he wasted some time talking with Fred Barnes and Mort Kondracke. Fred Barnes referred to the outrage of Senator Ted Cruz calling Mitch McConnell a “liar.” Mitch McConnell said there were no side deals on the Export-Import Bank legislation. “It was a direct question….the majority leader looked at me and said, ‘There is no deal, there is no deal, there is no deal.’ Like Saint Peter, he repeated it three times,” said Cruz. Cavuto should have stopped Barnes on the spot and filled-in the fact that the ‘lie’ has been confirmed by Senator Mike Lee who was in the meeting, along with the entire Caucus (I think). Sean Hannity said two additional Senators confirmed McConnell lied but would not allow their names to be mentioned. Had Cruz and Lee not been truthful, the rest of the Senate would have been screaming it from the rafters, such is their disdain for Cruz.
Second, today, Jamie Dupree, Fox News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group, was chatting with Sean Hannity on Sean’s radio show. Dupree insisted that Republican Leadership could do nothing about the crushing defeats Republicans, via their Leadership, have suffered since taking the House and Senate. Dupree insisted that the votes are simply not there. Hannity got down to the root of the problem: Republican Leadership will not use the power the Founders gave them, and I believe Hannity mentioned the “power of the purse.” Dupree is a mouthpiece for, at the least moderates, and it is irritating that I have to listen to him on Hannity’s show.
MY SUMMARY OF THE TED CRUZ SPEECH FROM THE SENATE FLOOR:
● The Republican Leadership stance that we will not shutdown government is a full surrender and a run for the hills. Cruz hits this many times below, and it is this stance that governs everything that comes out of Leadership, because Obama threatens to veto every time. Republicans don’t have the cojones to stand up for what they believe and say, ‘you want to veto –– do it.’
● “President Obama understands the easy key to winning every battle. He simply has to utter the word ‘shutdown,’ and Republican leadership runs to the hills.” Again, Obama will veto, veto, veto.
● We cannot win on ObamaCare, Planned Parenthood, Iran Nuclear Deal, Spending/Debt, or Amnesty because Republican Leadership in both Chambers care about nothing but the priorities of K Street (lobbyists). K Street donors keeps the Washington career moving election-by-election.
● The “Billionaire” Republican donors believe you and I are “hicks and rubes,” and demand that no money will flow to those running for the House and Senate unless they commit to supporting the gay marriage movement, the radical environmentalist movement, support amnesty and be pro-abortion.
● Democrats support Big Government and will “crawl over broken glass with a knife between their teeth to fight for those principles. They will to fight.
● Cruz said he would tell us why Speaker John Boehner resigned. It took a while, but he eventually said the House would vote to “vacate the chair,” because there are now enough principled Conservatives in the House to make the threat stick. Boehner, Cruz said, has cut a deal with Nancy Peolosi to pass “this dirty CR,” and has done it many times in the past. “A very significant number of Republicans will vote ‘no.’ Apparently, Boehner no longer has the stroke to keep his job. “Notice he said he’s going to stay a month … in order to join with the Democrats and fund Barack Obama’s priorities.” “…if the standard for Republican Leadership is that anything that gets sixty-seven votes, we’ll support, that means that Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi remain defacto leaders in the Senate and House.”
● In today’s Washington, there are three kinds of votes.
1) Show Votes: votes that are bought up largely to placate the voters, where the outcome is fore-ordained. Where most Republicans will vote one way. Most Democrats will vote the other. Republicans will lose, and Republicans who were elected in Republican majorities in both Houses are supposed to be thrilled that they’ve been patted on the head and given their Show Vote that was destined to lose.
2) Votes that simply grow government: … dramatically expands spending, expands corporate welfare, and those votes pass. You get a bipartisan coalition of Republican leadership and Democrats, both of whom are convinced that career politicians will get re-elected. If they keep growing and growing government, and in particular, keep handing out corporate welfare to giant corporations who –– boy, if you’ve got the lobbyists on K Street pushing for something, you can get 60-70-80 votes in this Chamber, cause Republican leadership loves it and Democrats are always willing to grow government.
3) Votes on ‘Must Pass’ legislation. In an era where one side, the Democratic Party, is adamantly committed to continuing down this path that is causing so many millions of Americans to hurt, ‘Must Pass’ votes are the only votes that have real consequence in this Chamber. They typically fall into one of three categories: either Continuing Resolution, or an Omnibus Appropriations bill or a Debt Ceiling increase. Each of those three are deemed ‘Must Pass’ votes. If you want to change law, those are the only hopes of doing so.
● Regarding the Iran Nuclear deal that has the capability of killing millions of Americans: “I would suggest that if we actually believed the words that are coming out of our mouths, then we would be willing to use any and all Constitutional authorities given to Congress to stop a catastrophic deal that sends over $100 Billion to the Ayatollah Khomeini … President Obama says he’ll veto the entire budget if we do, and to the surprise of nobody, Republican leadership surrenders.
● Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is using Harry Reid’s tactic of “filling the tree” and when an amendment is proposed, members are DENIED the right to A RECORDED VOTE.
● Leadership does know how to fight. Just a couple of months ago, dealing with the export-import bank, we saw Leadership in both Chambers go to extraordinary lengths, herculean procedurals to try to reauthorize a classic example of corporate welfare. Hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer guaranteed loans to giant corporations. Now, for that, Leadership is incentivized. Those corporations hire lobbyists, and lobbyists distribute checks, typically by the wheelbarrow, and there is no incentive greater in this body than getting re-elected and the view of leadership is you get re-elected by raking in the cash.
● Sixty-seven votes are need to win these battles. Sixty-seven votes aren’t there so Republican will not support the measures that could allow a fight. “If Republican Leadership really believes we can accomplish nothing, then why does it matter that we have the House and Senate?”
Begin Maggie’s transcription of Ted Cruz Speech, posted on Youtube 9-28-15:
I’d like to share with you the real story of what is going on in Washington. Why is it that our leaders can’t stop bankrupting this country? Why is it they cannot stop the assaults on our Constitutional rights? Cannot stop America’s retreat from leadership in the world?
It’s a very simple dynamic when you have two sides allegedly in a political battle. One side that is relentlessly, unshakably committed to its principles and the other side that reflexively surrenders at the outset. The outset is fore-ordained.
I will give President Obama and the Senate Democrats credit. They believe in principles of Big Government. They believe in this relentless assault on our Constitutional rights, and they are willing to crawl over broken glass with a knife between their teeth, to fight for those principles.
Leadership on my side of the aisle does not demonstrate the same commitment to principles. How is it, you might wonder, that preemptive surrender is put in place? It all begins with a relatively innocuous statement: “There shall be no shutdowns.” That is a statement in both houses, Republican leadership in both Houses has said, ‘we’re not going to shut the government down.
You know, you can understand, the folks in the private sector, the folks at home, that sounds perfectly reasonable –– except here’s the reality in Washington.
In today’s Washington, there are three kinds of votes. No. 1 – Show Votes: votes that are bought up largely to placate the voters, where the outcome is fore-ordained. Where most Republicans will vote one way. Most Democrats will vote the other. Republicans will lose, and Republicans who were elected in Republican majorities in both Houses are supposed to be thrilled that they’ve been patted on the head and given their Show Vote that was destined to lose.
We have a vote like that in recent weeks on Planned Parenthood. Leadership told us, you should be thrilled. We voted on it. What else do you want? We voted on it in a context that it would never happen, and indeed, it didn’t.
No. 2 – …Votes that simply grow government –– dramatically expands spending, expands corporate welfare, and those votes, those votes pass. You get a bipartisan coalition of Republican leadership and Democrats, both of whom are convinced that career politicians will get re-elected. If they keep growing and growing government, and in particular, keep handing out corporate welfare to giant corporations who –– boy, if you’ve got the lobbyists on K Street pushing for something, you can get 60-70-80 votes in this Chamber, cause Republican leadership loves it and Democrats are always willing to grow government.
The third kind of vote: Votes on ‘Must Pass’ legislation. In an era where one side, the Democratic Party is adamantly committed to continuing down this path that is causing so many millions of Americans to hurt, ‘Must Pass’ votes are the only votes that have real consequence in this Chamber. They typically fall into one of three categories: either Continuing Resolution, or an Omnibus Appropriations bill or a Debt Ceiling increase.
Each of those three are deemed ‘Must Pass’ votes. If you want to change law, those are the only hopes of doing so.
…Republican leadership has said, we will never shut down the government, and suddenly, President Obama understands the easy key to winning every battle. He simply has to utter the word ‘shutdown,’ and Republican leadership runs to the hills.
So President Obama demands of Congress, ‘fund every bit of ObamaCare, 100 percent of it, and nothing, zero, for the millions of Americans are hurting, millions of Americans who have lost their jobs, have lost their health care, have lost their doctors, who have been forced into part-time work. Millions of young people who have seen their premiums skyrocket.
President Obama says you can do nothing for the people who are hurting.
Senate Democrats say, we don’t care about the people who are hurting. We’ll do nothing for them. And here’s the kicker…
President Obama promises, if you try to do anything on ObamaCare, I, Barack Obama, will veto funding for the entire federal government, and shut it down.
Republican leadership compliantly, says, okay fine, we’ll fund ObamaCare.
…Obama understands he’s got a pretty good trump card here, he can pull out any time.
Next he says, okay, Republicans fund my unconstitutional, executive amnesty. It’s contrary to law, it’s flouting federal immigration law, but you, Republicans, fund it anyway, or else, I Barack Obama will veto funding for the entire federal government and shut it down.
Republican leadership say at the outset, okay, we’ll fund amnesty.
Now you turn to Planned Parenthood. Barack Obama, this will surprise no one, says fund 100 percent of Planned Parenthood with taxpayer money, mind you, Planned Parenthood is a private organization. It’s not even part of the government, but it happens to be politically favored by President Obama and the Democrats. Planned Parenthood is also the subject of multiple criminal investigations, for being caught on tape of, apparently, carrying out a pattern of ongoing felonies. In ordinary times, the proposition that we should not be sending yours and mine –– taxpayer money, to fund a private organization with multiple investigations –– that ought to be a 100 to 0 vote.
…So what does he say? If you don’t fund this one private organization…I, Barack Obama will veto funding for the entire federal government, and shut it down.
What does Republican leadership say? … We surrender. We will fund Planned Parenthood.
…Obama has negotiated a catastrophic nuclear deal with Iran. Republican leadership goes on television all the time, and rightly said, this is a catastrophic deal. The consequences are that it is the single greatest national security threat to America. Millions of Americans could die.
I would suggest that if we actually believed the words that are coming out of our mouths, then we would be willing to use any and all constitutional authorities given to Congress to stop a catastrophic deal that sends over $100 Billion to the Ayatollah Khomeini … President Obama says he’ll veto the entire budget if we do, and to the surprise of nobody, Republican leadership surrenders.
…I’ll draw an analogy: If at a football game, at the beginning… the two team captains go out to flip the coin, and one team’s coach walks up and says, ‘we forfeit.’ And they do it game after game after game, right at the coin flip. Leadership says, we forfeit, we surrender.
We Republicans will fund every Big Liberal priority of the Democrats.
Now, if an NFL team did that over sixteen games, we know what the record would be. It would be 0 and 16. I’d be pretty sure that the fans … would be pretty ticked off as they watch their coach forfeit over and over and over again. You want to understand the volcanic frustration with Washington? It’s that Republican leadership in both Houses will not fight for a single priority that we PROMISED the voters we would fight for when we were campaigning, less than a year ago.
This past week was a big news week in Washington. The Speaker of the House John Boehner announced that he was going to resign. There was lots of speculation in the media as to why? … I’m going to tell you why he resigned. It’s actually a direct manifestation of this disconnect between the voters back home and Republican leadership.
Speaker Boehner and Leader McConnell had promised there will be no shutdown so therefore we will fund every single priority of Barack Obama’s.
We are right now, voting on what’s called a Clean CR [Continuing Resolution]. Now, I will note that it’s clean only in the parlance of Washington, because what does it do? It fund 100 percent of ObamaCare, 100 percent of Executive Amnesty. It funds all of Planned Parenthood. It funds the Iranian nuclear deal. It is, essentially, a blank check to Barack Obama. …very dirty funding bill, funding for priorities that doing enormous damage.
In the Senate, the votes were always there for a dirty CR … the Democrats will all vote for it. Of course they will. They’ve got the other side funding their priorities … they’ll vote for it over and over and over again, and twice on Sunday.
The simple reality on the Republican side is that when Leadership joins with the Democrats –– about half of the Republican caucus is happy to move over to that side of the aisle. The votes were always pre-ordained. The motion I made just a moment ago, was a motion to table the ‘tree.’ You remember filling the ‘tree,’ something we heard about a lot in the previous Congress. Harry Reid, the Democrat leader did it all the time.
Senators on this side of the aisle [points to the Republican side] said, it’s an abuse of process. In fact we even campaigned, we’re going to have an open Amendment process, and yet what’s happened here is Majority Leader McConnell has taken a page out of Leader Reid’s playbook, and filled the tree. I moved to table the tree. What you then saw was, Leadership DENYING A SECOND, and what is DENYING A SECOND? Denying a recorded vote.
Why is that important? …when you are breaking the commitment you have made to the men and women who elected you, the most painful thing in the world is accountability. When you are misleading the men and women who showed up to vote for you, you don’t want sunshine making it clear that you voted ‘no.’ A recorded vote means each Senator’s name is on it.
Why did I move to table the tree? Simply to add the amendment that I had added, which would have 1) said not one penny goes to Planned Parenthood and 2) not one penny goes to implementing this catastrophic Iranian nuclear deal, unless and until they comply with federal law the administration complies with federal law and hands over the full deal, including the side agreements with Iran.
What you saw is, Republican Leadership, desperately, does not want a vote on that.
Tomorrow, I intend to make that motion again, and I would encourage those watching to see which Senators are here to give a second, or not, and to vote yea or nay.
When you DENY A SECOND, which is truly an unprecedented procedural trick, it used to be that was a courtesy that was afforded to all Senators, indeed, the opposing party routinely over and over again when a Democrat or Republican asked for a second, everyone raises their hand.
BUT, Leadership has discovered that we can do this in the dark of night. I encourage those watching when this motion is offered again 1) who shows up to offer a second and who either doesn’t raise his hand, or just doesn’t come to the floor.
One of the ways you avoid accountability: you are somehow, somewhere else, doing something really, really important –– instead of showing up for the battle that is waging right here and now.
…the key to winning every battle is to utter the word shutdown, and Republican Leadership runs to the hills….
So why did Speaker Boehner resign? I mentioned to you that the votes were always cooked here. … The House was always the bulwark. … remember in 2013 when we had a fight over ObamaCare. … In that fight we never had the votes in the Senate, the Senate was under the control of the Democrats. … but the House was the bulwark in that fight, and in particular there was a core of forty or 50 strong principled Conservatives who cared deeply about honoring the commitments they made to the men and women who elected them. That was always the strength we had in that fight.
It’s been interesting listening to the media, speculating that there would be some magic parliamentary trick that would stop this corrupt deal. In the Senate, there are no magic parliamentary tricks [combining Republicans with Democrats in the Senate] … even with the blood moon we just had, there are no mystical powers to allow you to roll over that.
But in the House, we’ve still that 30-40-50 strong Conservatives, so how is it that Speaker Boehner, and later McConnell could promise there will never, ever be a shutdown?
BECAUSE, I BELIEVE, Speaker Boehner has decided to cut a deal with Leader Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the Democrats, that this dirty CR that’s going to be passed out of the Senate and is going to go to the House and the Speaker’s going to take it up to the floor, pass it with all the Democrats, just like Leader McConnell just did and a handful of Republicans who will go with Republican leadership. A very significant number of Republicans will vote ‘no.’
Here’s the problem: Speaker Boehner’s done that, more than once, and in this instance, there were too many Republicans who were tired of seeing their Leadership leading the Democrats rather than leading the Republican party. I believe if Speaker Boehner had done that, had passed a dirty CR funding Planned Parenthood and funding this Iranian nuclear deal, he would have lost his speakership.
A member of the House that introduced a motion to vacate the chair, cause House Republicans were fed-up with their leader not leading, at least not leading their party, but leading the Democratic party.
Speaker Boehner faced a conundrum. If he does what he and Leader McConnell promised, which is fund all of Obama’s priorities, he would have lost his job. And so what did he do? He announced that he’s resigning as Speaker and resigning as a member of Congress.
That is UNSURPRISING, BUT IT ALSO TELEGRAPHS THE DEAL HE HAS CUT. It’s a deal to surrender and join with the Democrats.
Notice he said he’s going to stay a month … in order to join with the Democrats and fund Barack Obama’s priorities.
Let’s talk about some of the substantive topics we should be talking about.
Planned Parenthood: a series of videos … main stream media has engaged in a virtual blackout on them. ABC, NBC, CBS. The last thing they want to do is show these videos. If you watch Fox News you can see the videos, but the main stream media, in the great tradition of Pravda, wants to make sure the citizenry doesn’t see what’s in these videos. … Just watch these videos and ask yourself, are these my values. … you cannot harvest the organs of an unborn child without consent from the mother.
…ordinarily, when a national organization is caught on film committing a pattern of felonies, the next steps are predictable. The Department of Justice opens an investigation. The FBI shows up and seizes its records. Everything on those videos suggest those felonies are still occurring today.
What does it say about the Obama Justice Department that no one on the face of the planet believes there’s any chance the Justice Department would even begin to investigate Planned Parenthood. What does it say about the most lawless, partisan Department of Justice, that you’ve got this group, hey, it’s a political ally of the President, so that’s apparently all that matters. If it’s an ally of the president, it doesn’t matter that their video tape committing felonies that the Justice Department will not even look at it. …
We’re faced here with a much simpler question. Will we continue to pay for it? … with your and my tax dollars, will we send $500 MILLION a year to a private organization to use to fund this ongoing criminal organization?
What’s the position of the Democrats? Hear no evil. See no evil. They do not care. What Democrat do you see calling for the enforcement of laws against Planned Parenthood? What Democrat do you see saying, at a minimum, let’s not use taxpayer money to fund this? Not one. Not a single Democrat stood up and said that.
What happens if Planned Parenthood gets indicted? Even though the U.S. Department of Justice under President Obama has become little more than a partisan arm of the Democratic National Committee, there are state and local prosecutors who are investigating Planned Parenthood right now. If Planned Parenthood is indicted, do the Democrats maintain their wall of silence, and say we’re going to continue to fund them under indictment? By all indications, yes. You haven’t heard a single Democrat say, well, if they’re indicted, then we’ll stop.
The response from our Leadership is ‘we can’t win this fight.’ … Why? Because we don’t have sixty votes, we don’t have sixty-seven votes. If that’s the standard, the Republican leadership’s standard is we will only do what Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi approve of. That’s what it means. …
Republican leadership took the lead in funding ObamaCare, then Republican leadership took the lead in funding Executive amnesty, and then astonishingly, Republican leadership took the lead in confirming Loretta Lynch as Attorney General. Which one of those decisions is one iota different, from what would have happened under Harry Reid and the Democrats in charge of this Chamber? Those decisions are identical.
… with Loretta Lynch, the Republican majority could have defeated that nomination. The Senate majority leader could have done so, and yet she looked at the Senate, and when asked how she would differ from Eric Holder’s Justice Department, the most lawless, partisan Justice Department we had ever seen, she said no way, whatsoever. When asked to point to a single instance in which she would be willing to stand up against President Obama to stop his lawlessness, his abuse of power, she could not identify any circumstance in which she would ever stand up against to president who appointed her. Attorneys General from both parties have done that, for centuries. Now with Eric Holder the Senate could be forgiven because his lawlessness manifested primarily after he was confirmed. With Loretta Lynch, she told us beforehand. She looked us in the eyes, and said ‘hey, I’m going to do exactly what my predecessor has done. Republican leadership confirmed her anyway.
…Is it any wonder the American people are frustrated out of their minds? We keep winning elections, and the people we put in office don’t do what they said they’d do. Some people across the country ask me, is Republican Leadership just not very capable, are they not that competent or are they just not willing to fight? It’s neither. They’re actually quite competent and they’re willing to fight. The question is what they’re fighting for. There’s a disconnect right now. You and I go to our home states. We go to any gathering of citizens. We put up a white board, and we ask the citizens in the room, give me the top priorities you think Republican majorities in Congress should be focusing on. We wrote twenty priorities that came from the citizens that came from Oklahoma and Texas, and for that matter, the citizens of any of the fifty states. Those top twenty priorities, at least eighteen of them would appear nowhere on Leadership’s priority list.
On the other hand, if you drive just down the street in Washington to K Street –– K Street is the street in Washington where the lobbyists primarily preside, where their office are –– if you get a gathering of corporate lobbyists that are representing giant corporations and you ask them their top priorities, the list that comes out will not just bear a passing similarity, it will be identical to the priorities of the Republican Leadership. That’s the disconnect.
You know why we’re not here fighting on this? Because not giving money to taxpayer Planned Parenthood is not among the priorities of the lobbyists on K Street, so Leadership is not interested in doing it. …
Leadership does know how to fight. Just a couple of months ago, dealing with the export-import bank, we saw Leadership in both Chambers go to extraordinary lengths, herculean procedurals to try to reauthorize a classic example of corporate welfare. Hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer guaranteed loans to giant corporations. Now, for that, Leadership is incentivized. Those corporations hire lobbyists, and lobbyists distribute checks, typically by the wheelbarrow, and there is no incentive greater in this body than getting re-elected and the view of leadership is you get re-elected by raking in the cash. How do you think we’ve got an $18 Trillion national debt? The way you reach bipartisan compromise in this body today, in the broken world of Washington, is you grow and grow and grow government and you sit around in a room, and you say I’ll spend for your priority, and your priority and your priority. Another Trillion dollars, and we’re done.
The only people who lose are your children and mine. The only people who lose are the next generations who find themselves mired deeper, and deeper and deeper in debt. I think of my little girls, Caroline and Catherine. They’re seven and four. If we don’t stop what we’re doing, your children and my children will face a debt so crushing they won’t be able to spend in the future, the priorities of the future, for their needs, for their wants, for whatever crises come up … they’ll spend their whole lives simply working to pay off the debt, racked up by their deadbeat parents and grandparents. No generation in history has ever done this … the reason is the corruption of this town.
It boils down to a simple proposition, the Democrats are willing to do anything for their priorities and the Republican Leadership is not listening to the men and women who elected us, but it actually an even deeper problem than that. On the Democratic side, the major donors who fund the Democratic Party –– they don’t despise their base. The billionaires that write the giant checks that fund President Obama and Hillary Clinton, and the Democrats on that side of the aisle, they don’t despise the radical gay rights movement, or the radical environmentalist movement, or all the people who knock on doors and get Democrats elected. The simple reality is, a very large percentage of the Republican donors actively despise our base –– actively despise the men and women who showed up and voted you and me into office.
When you sit down and talk to a New York Billionaire Republican donor, and I have talked to quite a few … or Californian Billionaire Republican donor, they’re –– the questions start out as follows: First of all, you gotta come out for gay marriage, you need to be pro-choice, and you need to support amnesty. That’s where the Republican donors are. You wonder why Republicans won’t fight on any of these issues, cause the people writing the checks agree with the Democrats.
The people who show up at the polls who elected this Republican majority –– far too many of the Republican donors look down on those voters as a bunch of ignorant hicks and rubes. That’s why Leadership likes Show Votes. It wasn’t until too long ago when the Washington Cartel was able to mask it all with a Show Vote or two, and they tell the rubes back home, see we voted on it, we just don’t have the votes.
When I was first elected to this body I heard some senior Senators saying some variation of the following: ‘Now Ted, that’s what you tell the folks back home. You don’t actually do it.’
Here’s what’s changed, the voters have gotten more informed. They now understand the difference between Show Votes and a real vote. They understand the vote we had a week ago on Planned Parenthood was designed to lose, to placate those silly folks who think we shouldn’t be sending taxpayer funds to a criminal organization that is selling the body parts of unborn children.
But on the actual vote that could change policy, leadership has no interest in fighting whatsoever.
In the past couple of weeks, one of my colleagues sent me a letter that really embodied the Leadership message. This letter said, explain to me how you get sixty-seven votes to defund Planned Parenthood. If you can’t produce sixty-seven votes, I won’t support it. If that is our standard, then we should all be honest with our men and women who elected us. We do not have sixty-seven votes in this chamber and there’s no real realistic prospect of our getting sixty-seven votes in the foreseeable future. If the standard is, unless you sixty-seven votes, Republican Leadership will support no policy issue, then each of us when we run could tell the voters, if you vote for me, I’ll support whatever policy agenda Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi decide. That’s my standard, if I don’t have sixty-seven votes –– do you ever recall Harry Reid and the Democrats saying how can we get Republican votes? No, no. Their side is absolutely committed to their principles. You don’t see them holding back at all. If the standard is, how do we get sixty-seven votes, name one thing that Leadership will fight for….
The answer is, there are three types of votes. They’ll fight for Big Government, they’ll fight to grow government, they’ll fight to expand corporate welfare. That can get sixty-seven votes, but I’ve never been to a Townhall once where a citizen said to me is the problem is we don’t have enough corporate welfare. I need more subsidies for big business.
If 100 percent of the agenda is the Republican Leadership is for more subsidies for Big Business, what the heck are you and I doing in the Senate in the first place? That’s certainly not why I ran and I know it wasn’t why you ran either. You don’t have to win every fight. You don’t have to fight every fight, but you do have to stand for something.
Let’s look to Iran. Of all the decisions the Obama adminitration has made, there may be none more damaging than this catastrophic Iranian nuclear deal. If this deal goes through there will be three consequences. 1) The Obama administration will become quite literally the world’s leading finiancier of radical Islamic terrorists. When I said that a couple of months ago, President Obama got very upset. He said it was ridiculous that I would say such a thing. But despite attacking me directly President Obama didn’t refute the substance of what I said. Let’s review the facts. 1) Iran is today the world’s top leading sponsor of terror. That fact is undisputed, even by this administration. 2) If this deal goes through over $100 Billion will go directly to Iran, to the Ayatollah Khomeni and 3) if that happens, billions of those dollars will go to Hamas, Hezbollah, to the Houthis, to radical Islamic terrorists across the globe who will use those billions to murder Americans, Israelis and Europeans.
It’s worth remembering, fourteen years ago this month, the terrible terrorist attack that was carried out on September 11th. Osama bin Laden hated America, but he never had billions of dollars. He never had $100 BILLION dollars. The Ayatollah Khomeni hates America every bit as much as Osama bin Laden did, and this administration is giving him control of over $100 BILLION. Imagine what bin Laden could have done. Look at the damage he did with nineteen terrorists carrying boxcutters. Imagine that same zealotry with BILLIONS of dollars behind it. The consequences of this deal could easily be another terrorist attack that dwarfs September 11th in scale, that kills far more than the roughly three thousand lives that were snuffed out. Who in their right mind would send over $100 BILLION to a theocratic zealot who chants to America?
A second consequence of this catastrophic deal is that we are abandoning four American hostages in Iranian jails. …[he mentions each of the hostages and some of their history. You can hear this in the video beginning at about 50 minutes in].
The third consequence is that this deal will only accelerate Iran’s acquiring nuclear weapons. The administration claims that the deal will prevent Iran from acquiring from nuclear weapons. Why? Because the promised not to do it. We have learned from Iran that they break their promises over and over again. What we do know is that they’ll have an extra $100 BILLION DOLLARS to develop nuclear weapons. The administration has laughingly suggested, well they’ll use that on infrastructure, to rebuild their roads, to rebuild their energy industry. Right now they are sending vast sums to Hamas and Hezbollah, funding terrorism across the world, and they have those same infrastructure needs. With another $100 BILLION you don’t think they’re going to funnel a lot of it off to developing nuclear weapons? It is no by accident that the Ayatollah Khomeni refers to Israel as the “Little Satan,” and America as the “Great Satan.” This is the one threat on the face of the earth that faces a real possibility of millions of Americans being murdered in the flash of an eye.
Everything I’m saying, the Republican Leadership has said over and over again, and yet, Republican Leadership refuses to enforce the terms of the Iran Review legislation –– federal law that the administration is defying by not handing the entire deal over. I’ve laid out a clear path, a detailed path that leadership can follow to stop this deal, and Leadership refuses to do so. Instead, we had a show vote that was designed to lose. It did exactly what we expected. The Democrats … put party loyalty, above the national security of this country, above standing with our friend and ally, the Nation of Israel, above protecting the lives of millions of Americans,
If we really believed what so many of us have said, that this poses a risk to millions of Americans, is there any higher priority? The most powerful constitutional tool Congress has is the power of the purse. If we had the ability to stop this deal and we don’t, and millions of Americans die, ow do we explain that to the men and women who elected us.
Look, I’m not advocating that we fight willy-nilly. I’m advocating that we fight on things that matter. Don’t give $500 MILLION to Planned Parenthood. a corrupt organization that is taking the lives of vast numbers of unborn children and selling their body parts, in a criminal conspiracy directly in conflict with federal law, and don’t give $100 BILLION to the Ayatollah Khomeni who seeks to murder millions.
In both instances, those are defending life –– yet Republican leadership is not willing to lift a finger. If only all the people who might be murdered by a nuclear weapon could create a pact in Washington and hire some lobbyists, maybe Leadership would listen. But the truck driver at home, the waitress at home, the school teacher at home –– the pastor, the police officer, the working men and women –– the Washington Cartel doesn’t listen to them.
I’ll not where this deal is headed. In December when this dirty Continuing Resolution expires, Leadership is already fore-shadowing, they plan to bust the budget caps. Why? Barack Obama has discovered, he says the word shutdown, and Republican Leaderships screams ‘surrender,’ and runs for the hills. Obama, understanding that quite well, if you don’t bust the budget cap, I’ll shut the government down. Republicans, in this bizarre process, Republican Leadership will blame whatever Obama does, on other Republicans.
Do you notice how much energy Leader McConnell devotes to attacking Conservatives? You notice how energy Speaker Boehner devotes to attacking Conservatives. Yesterday, the Speaker of the House went on national television and directed and obscene epithet at me personally. He’s welcome to insult whomever he likes. I don’t intend to reciprocate, but when has Leadership every displayed that level of venom, animosity to President Obama and the Democrats who are bankrupting this country, destroying the Constitution, endangering the future of our children and grandchildren, who are retreating from Leadership in the world and have created an environment that has led to the rise of radical Islamic terrorists.
One of the dynamics we’ve seen in fight-after-fight, is Harry Reid and the Democrats sit back and laugh…because it’s Republican Leadership who leads the onslaught attacking Conservatives, saying ‘no,’ you can’t and we don’t do anything to stop ObamaCare … stop amnesty … to stop Planned Parenthood … to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. If Republican Leadership really believes we can accomplish nothing, then why does it matter that we have the House and Senate? Every two years, come October, November, we tell the voters it matters intensely. To paraphrase the immortal words of Hillary Clinton, “what difference does it make?” if the standard for Republican Leadership is that anything that gets sixty-seven votes, we’ll support, that means that Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi remain defacto leaders in the Senate and House. If in December Leadership goes through with their suggestion to bust the budget caps, they will have done something astonishing. Historically, the three legs of the Republican stool have been fiscal conservatives, social conservatives, national security conservatives. Between Planned Parenthood, Iran and the budget caps, Leadership will have managed to abandon all three.
End Maggie’s transcription of Cruz’ The Real Story of What’s Happening in Washington video
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