By Bryan Fischer
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You can tell whom the left fears by whom they try to
kneecap. Their fire is now trained almost exclusively on Ted Cruz.
When the senator released his birth certificate this week,
proving that he had been born to an American mother, the Dallas Morning News
stated in the very first line of its story that this settled once and for all
the question of Cruz’s citizenship. Though born in Canada, he, according to the
Morning News, is a natural-born citizen of the United States and hence eligible
to run for the presidency.
So its possible blockbuster story was over before it
started. But anxious to cob up Cruz’s presidential possibilities in any way
possible, the paper laughably devoted the rest of the two-page article to
throwing as much dust in the air as possible over his dual citizenship.
In other words, while matter-of-factly disposing of the
birther issue, it breathlessly threw another
red herring on the table.
Cruz obviously scares the saliva out of the Washington Post,
for as Breitbart reports, it did no less than 12 birther stories on Cruz in two
This is telling. Nobody on the left is trying to take out
Mitch McConnell or Lamar Alexander. Marco Rubio has neutralized himself through
his support for the Permanent Democratic Majority Amnesty Bill. The left isn’t
firing at them, or John McCain or Lindsey Graham, because they and other GOP
senators just like them represent zero threat to the political agenda of the
secular left. The left loves Republican senators like these. They’re like
little lap dogs who wear a Republican collar but won’t bite when you pat them
on the head.
Now establishment Republicans have as much distaste for Cruz
as the Washington Post does. They are furious with him for leading the effort
to defund ObamaCare through the Continuing Resolution.
They hate this effort, because it is so bold. As nervous
nellies, they know that anything bold involves risk and you have never seen a
more risk averse group of scaredy cats in your life. If ChernobylCare is as bad
as they have been saying it is, voting for Cruz’s proposal would be a
no-brainer if they had a spine.
Cruz’s effort is separating the sheep from the goats in the
Republican fold, and the ruling class Republicans, the Karl Roves and their
ilk, know it and it freaks them right out.
They know that this vote, unlike the 42 votes in the House
to repeal ObamaCare, is actually substantive and could actually accomplish
something. That’s why they are wringing their hands over the possibility that
President Obama might throw a political temper tantrum if he doesn’t get his
way and shut down the government.
There was no threat that the president would shut down the
government over any one of those 42 repeal votes. Why? Because, in pragmatic
terms, they meant nothing. They were good votes, nice votes, even the right
votes, but they were impotent votes.
A vote to defund ObamaCare through the Continuing
Resolution, on the other hand, packs a punch. Ruling class Republicans know
that Obama and the meanstream media will punch back, and they just don’t have
the stomach for it. They can’t take a punch so they prefer to stay out of the
GOP elites simply have no clue how thin the ice is below
their feet. Just yesterday, seven members of the Maine State Republican
Committee resigned because the party has abandoned even the pretense of
standing for key conservative principles. Sean Hannity threatened yesterday to
bolt the party, and Mark Levin and Sarah Palin have threatened exactly the same
thing. The trickle that has begun in Maine could rapidly, in a matter of weeks,
turn into a flood.
If the GOP leadership
doesn’t get its mind right, right now, on the vote to defund ObamaCare, it will
be the beginning of the end. The party that began with a bang 160 years ago
will end with a whiny little whimper. All of which raises a serious question
for Republican poobahs: what if you gave a political party and nobody came?
In the meantime, conservatives know they have a true
champion in Ted Cruz. The left fears him and elite Republicans are mad at him.
In other words, he’s ticking off all the right people.
noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect
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