“…I think an awful lot of Republicans fail to stand for principle and contributed to getting us in this mess,” limited government constitutional conservative Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz told The Christian Broadcasting Network in a recent interview.
Of course, the portion of the interview most of the establishment media picked-up on was the part where Cruz said, correctly, that, “I think President Obama is the most radical president we’ve ever seen…”.
We think that, not only are both statements true, understanding the truth of both statements is essential to understanding the scope of the “mess” in which the country is in, to which Cruz refers, and to the correct understanding of how to get us out.
In one respect, the “mess” is simple to understand: over $16 trillion in federal government debt and a federal budget that is out-of-control.
In other respects the “mess” is not so easy to understand, because it is not just numbers. It is the “mess” of a virtual breakdown of truth and principle among our Nation’s governing elite in both political parties -- but especially in the ranks of establishment Republicans.
Far from being the Party of constitutional principles and individual freedom, the establishment Republican Party -- and its leadership figures in Congress -- have become facilitators of big government in every respect as bad or worse than the Democrats. At least the Democrats will generally own-up and make no bones about their desire to grow government, regulate away personal freedom and confiscate and redistribute private income.
Establishment Republicans end-up in the same place – they just protest and wring their hands a little bit before going along, with say a “Fiscal Cliff” deal or another “this time we really mean it” phony plan to “cut spending” that INCREASES spending by some $7 trillion over the next decade.
This culture of lying and playing games with the public trust, especially on matters involving federal spending and the budget, is the most dangerous of the messes that Ted Cruz was talking about.
Fortunately, while it may not be as easy to understand as the budget mess, this problem is easier to fix: simply elect more principled limited government constitutional conservative “boat rockers” like Ted Cruz to offices up and down the ballot.
After all, we are stuck with the $16-plus trillion federal debt and the trillions in future interest and other promises establishment politicians have made – but we are not stuck with the politicians.