Republicans cannot follow their own advice.

“We’re not going to be disrespected, We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”

— Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN), quoted by the Washington Examiner, on the government shutdown.

Republicans cannot follow their own advice. Their current poster boy, Senator R. Ted Cruz demonstrates the problem in spades. The central theme of his harangue to Congress was that Washington politicians need to listen to the American people. And then he proceeded to talk for twenty-one hours straight.

Logical thinkers tend to dismiss such behavior as hypocrisy, but I’m inclined to think that’s unfair, because I don’t think their failure to follow through is intentional. They simply can’t translate into action what they say.

It’s not a new problem. I’m reminded of the story of John Alden, whom Priscilla Mullins had to advise “speak for yourself John,” else they would not have been one of the first Pilgrim couples to be married.

No doubt, it would be better, if Ted Cruz were not only to speak for himself, but to take his own advice.

To listen to Republicans is to listen to people who are seemingly at war with themselves, as if their subconscious were out to do them in. How else to explain a sentence such as this one from the mouth of R. Ted Cruz?

When we look at the unemployment rate of African-American teens of 38.2 percent, the fast food industry has been such a great avenue for advancement for minority teenagers.

That’s right up there with Barbara Bush opining that citizens being stuffed into the Super Dome after hurrican Katrina blew through New Orleans was an improvement for the already “disadvantaged.”

One has to wonder not “do they think before they speak,” but do they even hear themselves speak? Or is it all just a recitation of what they’ve heard others say? Even more to the point, do they need leaders, like some people need a GPS, because they simply can’t follow their own directions?

When people can’t do something, that’s a disability. And a disability requires us to cut them some slack; even provide support. Expecting them to do the impossible is not nice. Failure may be their familiar, but we should not set them up for it. Capitol Hill is not a dumping ground. The citizens of Texas, and any other state that sends people to Washington to watch them fail, should be ashamed.

I leave you with this from R. Ted Cruz (a moniker he used for some time, probably because it sounds like “our Ted Cruz” and made him feel included):

I am not in my argument boots, and I will confess I do feel pretty embarrassed by that. I am pretty sure, since we are on the Senate floor and C-SPAN is covering it, that this may not be covered by the priest-penitent privilege, but I do feel it is a question of sorts.

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One Response to Republicans cannot follow their own advice.

  1. Tom L October 3, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    No where in the Constitution of the United States is there a sore loser clause but the republicans have effectively carved one out by careful manipulation of the procedures and rules of the Senate and the House.

    Before the shutdown occurred the Senate unanimously passed a bill to continue funding the government at current levels. This bill would also have passed in the House if it had been brought to a vote. The majority of the Representatives elected by the people would have voted for this bill and we would not have had a shutdown if their right to representative government were properly respected.

    The Speaker of the House by way of adopted House procedure has the role of choosing which bills get voted on. In this case he chose to obey the Hastert Rule which is not an established rule officially adopted by the House. The Hastert Rule is an unwritten republican party device that says a republican Speaker of the House must only allow votes on bills which a majority of republicans support and those lacking this which the majority of the American People support ought to be ignored.

    So today we are not enjoying representative government under the United States Constitution we are suffering under the tyranny of an unwritten rule of the republican party.

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