Sens. Paul and Cruz Will Come Out the Winners

Tuesday, 22 Oct 2013 11:59 AM

By Denis Kleinfeld

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It makes little difference which political party controls the House of Representatives, the Senate or who is President.

All work earnestly together to create bipartisan compromises that leave the country in utter turmoil requiring more bipartisan compromises.

This way the political status quo is always maintained.

Every year, government spending goes up to meet ever-larger budgets, borrowing to finance the deficits goes up, governmental regulations from a 1,000 federal agencies are issued, the horror of the federal tax law increasingly terrorizes the taxpayers and all the other issues favored by special interest voting and campaign contribution groups metastasize like a cancerous growth ever deeper into the body politic.

When will it ever end?

Up until now, a good guess would have been, in one word, never.

In spite of all the fighting, name calling, negatives ads, billions of dollars spent on elections, campaign finance cheating, ballot box stuffing and other devious election frauds, in the end, the only way the major political parties stay in power is to maintain what is currently a modern version of a feudal system of governance.

Yes, some Republican activists, the Tea Party people, got into office in 2010. But mostly they were co-opted. Most may have found it easier to give up on principles by buying into the false logic that they are doing something for the greater good. But not all Republican activists were so foolish.

In 2012, some new Republican activists got elected.

Politicians arguing principles and actually acting on them may be a rarity, but when they do act they certainly stand out from the status quo crowd.

And that is what has just happened with Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

Paul and Cruz have captured the attention of the national and international news media, as well as the politicians in Washington, D.C., for weeks.

They still are in the center even when the media has declared them to be losers.

These newbies boldly went where no establishment politician — Republican or Democrat — wanted to venture.

Paul's principled filibuster initially led the way. It was dramatic.

Moreover, he brought to light the amazing depth of the commitment of the establishment Republicans in the House and Senate to the status quo of Washington, D.C.

Cruz's campaign to abolish the IRS and defund Obamacare was initially laughed off by the political establishment. Paul might be afforded some leeway since being independent and activist is part of his family tradition.

But Cruz, to the political leadership, is viewed as a contemptuous upstart. No doubt, it is disconcerting to those who hold power by way of tenure rather than merit.

Clearly, Cruz and Paul do not easily accept the political power hierarchy where senior senators get to speak and pretend to act like they are doing something, while freshman senators are expected to sit on the back bench and be silent, while their elders screw up the world.

This modern feudal system has evolved because those in political power find it the only way they can safely keep their power and prestige, while merely dealing with any problems by so-called kicking the can down the road.

The failure of political leadership, feared by the signers of the Constitution, has been the standard operating procedure of Washington, D.C., for as long as I can remember. That is, until now.

There is a confluence of events that propels the efforts of Paul and Cruz into the realm of success.

The politics of the status quo, domestic and international, is proving to be a colossal failure. The President and the establishment in Congress are taking victory laps right now. They may not realize that they now own what will transpire.

The demographics of the voters are changing and they are deeply impacted by the failures of their representatives in government. There was no victory because nothing has changed.

As times become more desperate, as events unfold badly, people will look for leadership.
The choice is stark.

On one side are the establishment Democrats, Republicans and a president who are all on the hook and responsible for what likely will be among the most appalling and devastating policy failures in American history.

On the other side will be the Republican activists like Paul and Cruz who have been clear that they have a better way to solve the nation's governmentally generated problems.

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