Ted Cruz: The Most Reckless Man in Government

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is leading the charge against the passage of the healthcare reforms properly known as the Affordable Care Act (more popularly known as Obamacare). He and his supporters are threatening a government shutdown. If it were just a shutdown of Congress -- which hasn't accomplished anything since 2010 anyway -- this would be no big deal. But a government shutdown would affect critical services that people actually need, including the Veterans Administration, Medicare and Medicaid, even the National Parks Service. And Cruz and his fellow radicals are willing to do that, just because they're upset that they lost the battle on the ACA. They're like children threatening to take their ball and go home.

A Sulky, Childish Response

Last time I checked, a representative democracy involved the legislators whom the people select casting votes to decide if something will happen or not. The side that gets the most votes has its way and the measure is either pushed along the legislative process or sent back. This threat of a shutdown completely circumvents this process (which sounds simple but has obviously evolved into something far more complex). They are saying "Oh, well we don't care if more people want this to happen than not. We don't want it to happen, so we are going to stop participating in the democratic process in which we were elected to serve and bully you into making things go our way."

A Sulky, Childish Response

It is not surprising that freshman Senator Cruz and his Tea Party cronies are justifying this blatant disregard for the system which they claim to hold so dear. He has proven to be very unreasonable to say the least; John McCain even called him a "wacko bird." Cruz once baselessly asked during Chuck Hagel's Defense Secretary nomination hearing if he had secret income from North Korea. He forgot to ask if Hagel had ever played doubles badminton with Osama bin Laden, Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein.

The Truly Unamerican

Senator Cruz and his friends should stop threatening the democratic process just because they didn't get their way. This shouldn't matter if you support it or are against it; that is the way it works. Ironically, these are the people who are first to call someone "un-American." Well, halting the democratic process because you lost seems pretty un-American to me.