Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has recently taken a lot of fire, some of it “friendly”, for his robust stance against the execrable “Affordable (yeah, right) Care Act”. He has been soundly spanked by everyone from Dingy Harry Reid (the leftiest of the Left), to Fox’s resident loud-mouth, Bill O’Reilly, whose world-view focuses somewhere to the right of Vlad the Impaler.
So I’m thinkin’, anyone who has the entire Beltway political class majorly honked must be doing something right. Now we could argue all night about whether his Cruz-ade was directed solely toward hastening the demise of Obamacare, or simply a tawdry tactic to heighten his name recognition in preparation for the 2016 Run For The Big Chair … but to do so would, I think, be to miss the real point of the entire exercise.
What Cruz did (and I hope he did it with malice aforethought) was to tap into, and thereby demonstrate, the fiercely rooted antipathy toward government-directed healthcare. One of the great fallacies abroad in the land is the notion that those in Washington can sense unerringly the mood/needs/wants of the entire country. Most of these swaddled drones have mewled and suckled at the government teat for so long that they have lost any ability they may have ever possessed to distinguish between reality and Potomac-induced mental twilight. And yes, I’m talking about the ones we send there through the laughable exercises we call elections, as well as the seemingly endless phalanxes of entrenched bureaucracy. After a year or two breathing the fog from the Chesapeake the best and brightest that we elected couldn’t run a chicken downstairs with a broom.
Fact is, most folks who live outside of D.C., New York, and California hate, absolutely despise, Uncle Sam’s incessant meddling, whether it is their wallet, their health or their faith that is being messed with. Already I hear the yowls of protest from those who believe devoutly that the only true source of truth, grace and wisdom is that swampy ten mile square patch nestled like a carbuncle between Maryland and Virginia. Tain’t so people – you can hear more sensible chatter at a Saturday night card party in Bumnuckle, Nebraska than at any Washington soiree. If you don’t believe it, try watching 3 or 4 hours of C-Span sometime.
See, the Founders had an idea – that humans should be allowed to live in any manner of their choosing as long as they inflicted no harm on others; they further thought that there should be some sort of loose authority to help and protect the citizens in things like property rights disputes, building roads, and providing a minimal common defense for all. This seemed like a good thing and they managed to forge these ideas into an ideal – a goal to which all people of good will and ordinary abilities could aspire. And it worked, and worked well until about 100 years ago when a pernicious progressivism arose and managed to gull the unwary, the uncaring and the uninformed into believing that real governance consists of relinquishing personal rights and liberties to some central planning authority in exchange for a false sense of ease and security. In other words, the ideal began to be replaced by an ideology – one of something for nothing … and voila, the nanny-state was born, and has been accelerating pretty much unchecked since the days of Woodrow Wilson.
So Senator Cruz, however honorable or despicable his motivations, managed to knock the scab off that festering wound once again – and that is a good thing. Except of course for that cadre of pols whose fiefdom is dependent on keeping the great unwashed convinced that they are best served by rapacious collectivism. They are frightened by any ray of light, no matter how dim, that threatens to expose their great charade. Good job, Ted.
Next time we’ll talk more about the “Affordable Care Act” … and why it’s not.