Ted Cruz should embrace the 2013 Government Shutdown and Own It Compared to the Schumer Shutdown, the Cruz Shutdown should be worn as a badge of honor.

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By Lynn Woolley

Texas Senator Ted Cruz appears uncomfortable with the fact that he’s often blamed with being the driving force behind the 2013 government shutdown. In fact, Todd Gillman of the Dallas Morning News wrote a smarmy article about it, castigating Cruz for his efforts to defund Obamacare.

Cruz claims that he has consistently opposed government shutdowns.

Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at a news conference with Congressional Republicans who persuaded the House leadership to include defunding the Affordable Care Act legislation to prevent a government shutdown, at the Capitol on Sept. 19, 2013. From left are Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Cruz should claim the 2013 shutdown as his own.

Compared to the Schumer Shutdown that we just experienced, the Cruz Shutdown should be worn as a badge of honor.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer shut down The government on behalf of a group of illegal aliens that are demanding amnesty.

Cruz, on the other hand, was trying to stop Obama’s takeover of the healthcare system – something Texas voters elected him to do. I was proud of him then – and now for what he did.

Green Eggs & Ham

Dan Kedmey covered the now-famous “Green Eggs & Ham” filibuster by Cruz in TIME Magazine, published on September 25, 2013.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took the Senate floor at 2:41 pm with a promise to speak out against Obamacare “until I am no longer able to stand.” At 8:04 pm, Cruz held up a copy of Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham and announced to a nearly empty Senate chamber that it was his daughters’ bedtime and he would like to take the opportunity to read them a children’s classic via C-SPAN2. So began Cruz’s performance of “Green Eggs and Ham,” live from the nation’s capitol.

Video: Ted Cruz Reads Green Eggs And Ham On Senate Floor

Kedmey’s article was no tribute to Cruz trying to save us from Obamacare a.k.a. the Affordable Healthcare Act. He pointed out that, technically, it wasn’t even a filibuster – just another speech on the Senate floor.

But what a speech. A YouTube video shows Cruz, five hours in, reading Dr. Seuss with energy to burn. He drops his voice to a theatrical whisper at 1:13 and 1:30 and pitches it to the higher registers of enthusiasm at 1:36 and 2:41, and don’t miss the dramatic turn at 4:34, when Cruz, fully in character, realizes he does like green eggs and ham.

The speech was not well received by by the Left, the media, or by many Republicans in Congress who were loathe to fight for their constituents on this issue. Remember, this was before Trump, and GOP senators were used to being rolled by Democrats and scalded in the media.

Video: Sept. 25 2013 (Bloomberg) — Conservative Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas invokes Dr. Seuss prose in a marathon speech to Congress in support of the House-passed bill that would avert a government shutdown and defund Obamacare.

Cruz was right about Obamacare – but gets little credit.

Cruz gets credit from Gillman and others for shutting the government down – but little credit for being right. President Obama had told us that we could keep our doctors and our medical plans and that the cost of healthcare would go down.

Of course, none of those promises came true.

Obamacare was only deemed constitutional when Chief Justice John Roberts used powers he doesn’t constitutionally posses to deem the mandate a tax instead of a penalty. The plan turned out to be a mess with stories of cancer patients being thrown off their regimens, skyrocketing costs, and a multi-million dollar website that rarely worked.

Americans would be far better off if we’d scrapped Obamacare, and continued to work on a more reasonable, less government-centered healthcare reform. Obama was wrong. Chief Justice Roberts was out of line. Ted Cruz was right. Senator Cruz did what the promised to do to get elected – and fought against a government takeover of health care.

Video: Lies about Obamacare

Cruz was one of 100 senators – and no single one of them can shut down the government – not him and not Schumer. But if Schumer is the face of the recent shutdown, so Cruz is for the one of 2013. What Schumer did was despicable. What Cruz did was honorable. Accept it – and own it.


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