Republican Sen. Rand Paul said the following on Fox Radio about Sen. Ted Cruz’s remarks on the Senate floor:
“Ted has chosen to make this really personal and chosen to call people dishonest in leadership and call them names, which really goes against the decorum and also against the rules of the Senate, and as a consequence, he can’t get anything done legislatively. He is pretty much done for and stifled and it’s really because of personal relationships, or lack of personal relationships, and it is a problem.”
The “decorum” Paul may be referring to is the Thomas Jefferson rule in his Manual of Parliamentary Practice which states: “No one is to disturb another in his speech by hissing, coughing, spitting, speaking or whispering to another; nor to stand up or interrupt him; nor to pass between the Speaker and the speaking member; nor to go across the [Senate chamber], or to walk up and down it, or to take books or papers from the [clerk’s] table, or write there.”
I love Thomas Jefferson. He, Washington, and Madison are my favorite “founders,” but I think it’s time to chuck the rules of decorum.
Voters are tired of the same old crap we get election after election. We receive nothing but hollow promises from these bums. They go to Washington, and either don’t fight, as they said they would, or worse, side with the establishment or the other party. Small wonder Trump is so popular. People like the “everyman” straight talk and verbal fisticuffs.
What I’m particularly tired of is the arrogance and augustness of this collection of thieves and liars on Capitol Hill – in both parties. We all know it. We’ve all heard and seen firsthand the lies told to us by the leadership in both the House and Senate. And if you’re a geek like me, you watched a few House or Senate floor gatherings as they call each other, “my esteemed colleague,” or I’d like to recognize the esteemed Senator from wherever,” while they’re selling us out and stealing and spending our money to buy votes so they can continue stealing and spending our money.
It’s all crap. It’s all useless pomp and circumstance – as if any of those bums should be held in high regard. We should bring back the days of actual fisticuffs on the Senate floor, like the caning of Charles Sumner in 1856, or in 1902, John McLaurin, South Carolina’s junior senator, charged into the Senate Chamber and proclaimed that state’s senior senator, Ben Tillman, was guilty of “a willful, malicious, and deliberate lie.” Tillman, who was standing close by, spun around and punched McLaurin square in the jaw. Those were the days!
For too long we’ve heard the lies of defunding Obamacare, immigration, and amnesty, the budget, spending caps, and the debt ceiling, Planned Parenthood, etc.
Yet when someone has the courage publicly to call them out, as Cruz did, the body has a collective hissy fit. How dare a Senator speak that way of another “esteemed” member of this august body!
Of course I’m speaking of Cruz’s now famous floor speech where he said the following:
“I sat in my office, I told my staff, the majority leader looked me in the eye and looked 54 Republicans in the eye. I cannot believe he would tell a flat-out lie, and I voted on those assurances that he made to each and every one of us. What we just saw today was an absolute demonstration that not only what he told every Republican senator, but what he told the press over and over and over again, was a simple lie.”
Well, I guess you’re not supposed to say such things in public – certainly not of the “esteemed” Senate Majority leader Mitch “The Knife” McConnell. He’ll smile to your face, and when you turn around, he’ll stick a knife in your back. Cruz, like every other senator, is supposed to sit down, shut up, and tow the establishment line.
To his credit, he’s not going to sit down – he’s not going to shut up and he’s not going to tow the line. If it alienates him to every other member of that arrogant pack of public self-servants, so be it. Cruz knows who he works for – and it’s not Mitch and the gang.
This, among many other things, is the reason I’m Cruzin’ with Ted, and why I’m scratching yet another Republican hopeful of my list – namely, Rand Paul.