Senator Ted Cruz Stirs Up A Hornets Nest.
Respect is something that is earned, not given just because of someone’s status. Sen. Cruz is starting to earn my respect because, as you will see in the video, he doesn’t worry about the consequences of challenging senior members of the Senate who think they are his betters. How dare this freshman Senator talk to these senior Senators like this, doesn’t he know his place? I love the fact that he seems not to care what happens when he hits the hornet’s nest with a seven iron.
Sen. Cruz asks some important questions about the constitution which is that pesky little document that gets in the way of what central planners want to do. The best part of this is toward the end when Sen. Feinstein says, “…sir, congress is in the business of making law, the Supreme Court interprets the law….”. Her comment shows exactly why are country is in the chaotic middle ground between freedom and central planning.
Senators take this oath when they are sworn into office.”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
Their job is not to make laws, as Sen. Feinstein states in the video, their job is to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. The first question that every Congressman or Senator should ask when they are proposing a law, discussing a proposed law, or getting ready to vote on a proposed law is this; “does congress have the power to legislate in this area”? If the answer to that question is no, then they shouldn’t support the legislation in question. These powers, given by the States to congress, are specifically spelled out in the constitution, and as added protection, the States put in the tenth amendment which says very clearly, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively,or to the people.” This means congress has specific powers that are listed, and powers that are not listed are reserved to the States and to the people, NOT the Federal Government.
SENATOR’S FIDELITY IS TO THE CONSTITUTION
If you don’t demonstrate “faith and allegiance to the same (the constitution)”, as stated in the oath, shouldn’t you be considered a domestic enemy of the constitution? Even if you honestly think you are “faithfully discharging the duties of the office”, do your good intentions trump the fact that you are not being faithful to the constitution? If you willfully or unknowingly break your oath, the result is the same, individuals lose freedom, just as premeditated murder and involuntary manslaughter result in someone’s death, no matter the intentions of the perpetrator.
Sen. Feinstein says about her proposed bill,(“…this does not prohibit, you use the word prohibit, it exempts 2271 weapons, isn’t that enough for the people in the United States, do you need a bazooka……I respect your views, I ask you to respect my views”), she is performing verbal sleight of hand. To say that it “exempts” 2271 weapons instead of, it “prohibits” 3 weapons, is a verbal trick used to turn a negative into a positive. Why would you list 2271 weapons as exempt from this legislation when under the second amendment, they already are exempt? Because by listing them as exempt, you are saying they were prohibited before you exempted them. When she asks “isn’t that enough for the people in the United States”, the answer is, it’s not in your power Senator to make the decision for each individual, if it’s enough. The second amendment was put in the Constitution in order to protect individuals and the States from the very Government that the Constitution created. People don’t understand this point today because they think that tyrannical Government can’t possibly happen in our country. This ignores the history of the 20th century, in which Governments killed countless millions of their own citizens, the obvious perpetrators being Germany, USSR, China, Cambodia, Cuba etc. So when the Senator asks, “do you need a bazooka”, the answer is simply yes, as the last line of defense against tyrannical Government, I do need to be armed equally or better than my attacker. As far as the Senator stating, “I respect your views, I ask you to respect my views”, the Senators who were answering Ted Cruz’s questions had obvious contempt for him and his views. Just as I have no respect for a group of people (politicians, bureaucrats) who have the power to take away my freedom, these Senators have no respect for anyone who tries to challenge their power to force their superior intelligence and morality on us. I may respect an individual politician or bureaucrat, if they have earned it through actions and not words, but I have no respect for the profession in general.
Good job Senator Cruz, as long as the establishment of both parties have contempt for you, that is a good enough reason for me to respect you and what you are doing.
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