In the recent events in Washington concerning "Obamacare" and the vote taking place on its implementation or demise, I was flabbergasted, outraged, and incensed at the filibuster attempt by Sen. Ted Cruz and his plot to delay (actually prevent) the vote on what was voted on a couple of years ago to be created and brought to our lawmakers for approval or disapproval.
I know debate is what our legislative branch of government is all about, and I have no problem with healthy debate to reach the best possible laws, programs, or proposals that will help Americans/America.
The problem lies in the fact that a number of lawmakers are so narrow minded that they forget what their job is, to serve at the pleasure of their constituents, those memory lapses evident in so many party-line results in so many votes taken on all levels of government.
Does anyone in Washington believe that we, the people (at one time those words meant something), believe that every Democrat thinks alike, or serves people who all think alike, or that every Republican has the same feeling on an issue as every other Republican does and that all of their constituents have convinced all of them to vote exactly the same way?
Then why are there so many party-line results, if some constituents from one party agree and some disagree?
Every government proposal has positives.
Every government proposal has negatives, too. It's the job of elected officials to listen to those whom they represent (as per the definition of representative government: "A form of democracy founded on the principle of elected officials representing the people as opposed to autocracy and direct government.") It's my understanding that representing the people means voting according to the wishes of the majority of those who live in the territories where the elected official resides.
There should be no personal agendas when involved in the decision making of politicians. There should be no special-interest groups getting priority just because of the campaign contribution they made to get officials elected, and the elected official and people who are represented by those elected officials need to understand that, if I may quote the Rolling Stones, "you can't always get what you want."
Our country is mostly based on the concept of "majority rules."
(Personally, I'd like to see the Electoral College system of selecting our country's top two executives eliminated in favor of majority rules.) "Majority rules" is the way we teach our kids to decide on playing a game, along with some give and take, compromise, and coming to consensuses. Funny how our lawmakers probably raise their children teaching them those very principles, yet can't follow them themselves when discussing or preparing to take vote on issues that will affect all of America.
It's ironic that teaching about how we raise our children with certain principles comes to play in the topic of this piece.
In my opinion, Sen. Ted Cruz acted like a child in his attempt to prevent the vote from taking place. He used a tactic, which has been used throughout the history of our country to try and accomplish exactly what Sen. Cruz set out to do.
That doesn't make it right for Senator Cruz's predecessors, and it certainly doesn't make it right for him either.
I thought it was especially juvenile to use Dr. Seuss' book, "Green Eggs and Ham," in his attempt to accomplish his goal.
Is this what our government officials are being paid high salaries with ungodly benefits to do for the American people?
And by the way, I like the book, "Green Eggs and Ham," but find it a slap in the face to our representative government to read children's books to those assembled to conduct more important business on the floor of the House or the Senate. The American people should be outraged whenever any politician stoops to this kind of childish tactic. Somebody ought to put something in their files stating that they don't play nicely with others.
There are, and will always be, two sides of every issue.
There will always be yeses and nos. There will always be some who are happy with outcomes and some not.
There will always be votes that go our way and votes that go someone else's way. It's a part of having a representative government. This tactic was, in my mind, a way for Sen. Cruz to get up and say that if it can't be his way, it won't be anyone's way ... in other words, if you don't play the way I want to play, there won't be a game at all. This little act, again, used by many before Sen. Cruz, was childish, but he made his act even more childish by reading from a children's book to grown people.
Maybe using A.A. Milne's "The Adventures of Christopher Robin" would have been more appropriate as he might have related to the character, Eeyore, a bit better.
I'm not enamored by people who just criticize proposals, programs, rules laws, and people just because it/they might ruffle their feathers in some way, but may help more people in other ways.
I don't agree with everything that comes out of our three branches of government. Often times, I disagree with a lot of it, but if it is done by due process and follows the charter of our country, I will live with the decisions, whether I agree or disagree, whether I want them or not.
I believe that often, if not most times, some in government, and those "intelligent" radio/television political experts only interested in their popularity or ratings, (as they bash many in politics), epitomize part of a speech by fictitious President Andrew Shepherd, in the movie, "The American President."
When speaking of his opponent in his bid to be elected the nation's chief executive, Shepherd said, " and whatever your particular problem is, I promise you, Bob Rumson is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is only interested in two things, and two things only, making you afraid of it, and telling you who's to blame for it."
How about some of our elected officials spending time in honest effort to get something accomplished rather than spending enormous time and effort in trying to prevent something from happening? And, as evident from the tactic and book used by Sen. Cruz, my advice might also include ... grow up!