Ted Cruz, the freshman Senator from Texas and current presidential candidate for the 2016 GOP ticket has never been shy during his brief time in Washington DC. He portrays himself as an outsider when it comes to Beltway politics. A maverick, however, he is not because despite all the bark what has he actually accomplished other than temporarily delaying actions at financial costs to the taxpayers. Well he has obtained taxpayer paid electioneering and advertisements to promote Ted Cruz.
His supporters retort that I should try taking on Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, and I would understand that they are responsible for nothing coming from the Cruz rants. They have a point. Personally, however, I am not willing to concede that either Senator Reid or Senator McConnell is that much more capable than any current member of the US Senate. Historically I find no evidence to consider either the Minority or Majority Leader among the most powerful or influential individuals who served in the Upper Chamber.
If Ted Cruz has been this ineffective against current leaders, it’s frightening to imagine him serving in that Chamber alongside the likes of say, John C. Calhoun, Daniel Webster, or Henry Clay of the 19th century, Robert LaFollette or Robert Taft of the early to mid-20th century, or even Hubert Humphrey, Strom Thurmond, or Russell Long of the recent past. At best one could argue that Senator Cruz has been on same level of effectiveness achieved by then Senator Barack Obama who himself would not be regarded as one of the great members of that Chamber.
Cruz, however, has taken offense at positions taken by President Barack Obama regarding Syrian refugees.
Even without media and electioneering fear mongering, I can see why some people are afraid. It’s that fear of the unknown or more precisely the fear of the what ifs. That type of fear is real, but it’s also the type that we cannot allow to control us for it truly sucks the marrow of life from our very selves. We should not desire or accept a life paralyzed by things that may happen. Be prudent, take precautions, but in no way, shape, or form will you or I be in any additional danger surrounded by refugees than we currently are among those who profess to be Christians who were born in the United States. Statistically we are in the most danger of experiencing violence with family and people we know.
The Harsh Truth:
- Since 11 September 2001 the United States of America has resettled 784,000 refugees.
- 3 of those 784,000 or 0.00038265 percent have been arrested for planning terroristic activities. THAT’s ALL folks.
- 2 were Iraqi refugees living in Kentucky who plotted to send missiles and other weapons to al Qaeda and other jihadists in Iraq.
- 1 was a Russian speaking refugee from Uzbekistan arrested in Idaho for plotting to carry out an attack on US soil.
In Texas, state representative Tony Dale penned a letter to US Senator John Cornyn opposing allowing Syrian refugees into the state of Texas.
In seems that Mr. Dale is worried about the possibility of refugees legally purchasing weapons.
“While the Paris attackers used suicide vests and grenades it is clear that firearms also killed a large number of innocent victims. Can you imagine a scenario were a refugees is admitted to the United States, is provided federal cash payments and other assistance, obtains a drivers [sic] license and purchases a weapon and executes an attack?”
It seems like a rationale concern to not want terrorist to legally purchase weapons. Some might even say that concern is common sense. Apparently, however, it’s nothing other than yet another gun grab attempt.
In both the House and the Senate are bills, HR 1076 and S 551, which have just sat in committee since February.
The sad fact Senator Cruz is that we are actually in more danger than homegrown extremists than from anything abroad.
Riders such as the Tiahrt Amendments make enforcing the gun laws which the NRA claims could be enforced virtually impossible to enforce. More people are killed accidentally by firearms on average than by terrorists. I’m more likely to be murdered by a family member, work colleague, or friend than by a stranger or terrorist whether domestic or from abroad.
You seem to think that anyone of the Muslim faith has the potential to join ISIL or to be a jihadist, but doesn’t that also mean that you, I, or anyone else of the Christian faith has the potential to join other groups which claim Christianity such as the KKK?
Instead of playing to the media and being the beneficiary of in excess of $36 million in donations from 6 individuals:
Farris and Dan Wilkes and their wives Jo Ann and Stacy, Robert Mercer, and Toby Neugebauer, Toby to 3 of your Keep the Promise Super PACs
or accepting the in excess of $12 million in donations from Wall Street,
why don’t you actually represent the people who do not donate wealth to you and spend some effort actually moving legislation through the Senate?
The excuse of what about Obama or what about Hillary means little because unlike you Obama was elected President of the United States and twice for that matter. None of what opponents’ term as presidential overreach would be possible if Congress did the work set forth for the body by the Constitution. Believe it or not, I would argue that President Obama has exceeded his Constitutional powers on different occasions but one of the sad facts is that overreach may have been necessary and proper because you and your colleagues Sir refused to uphold your responsibilities and only made excuses.