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Sen. Rand Paul: ‘Cruz has started a rebellion against coercion’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) set a youthful, determined stance in comparison to the ageing GOP Old Guard. Still standing on the U.S. Senate floor after starting his not-a-filibuster speech on Tuesday, and still articulate and  energetic, Cruz fielded questions laden with remarks from fellow senators. He even brought up the Star Wars films, saying, “This is a fight to get the empire to listen to the people.”

Cruz said he knew the empire would fight back, but we would get the people to prevail. Cruz has repeatedly stressed the need for the American people to speak with a “loud enough volume that forces Republicans to unite.”

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) used his time, in part, to talk about scammers, considering the expansion of information about individuals in government databases.

Roberts is also concerned about IRS’ abuse of the First Amendment after it was disclosed the agency had persecuted conservative groups. “Why on Earth would we want IRS to be in charge of your healthcare?” Roberts also said 5 other agencies will have individuals’ information in a database.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) sparked curiosity when he said something happened after he left last night, and he wanted to get back in line to share it when he has floor time at 9 a.m.

“At 9 o’clock, I feel confident I’ll still be able to stand,” Cruz said.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said, “We’re getting ready to go through a process where there will be no amendments offered.”

Paul said, “This is being portrayed as ‘Republicans are obstructionist’….it’s exactly the opposite.” That’s because Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) won’t allow debate or amendments. Paul believes President Barack Obama wants to shut the government down. He asked, “Who talks about shutting the government down? The Democrats, the president and the liberal media.

In sharp contrast, in an interview with a website publication, Democrat Rep. Alan Grayson (Fla.) praised the rise of “stealth socialism,” said Mediate. Grayson and the Democrat party in general aim at federal control of business and the private sector. The party has already made inroads with that goal, taking over the mortgage lending industry, auto manufacturing and much of energy with disastrous results for individuals. Increasing government control over private wealth also places market control in the hands of large corporations often allied with the government, and disenfranchises small businesses, especially those thought of as ‘mom-and-pop’ operations.

Government does control major sectors of healthcare, including Medicare and Medicaid. Both programs have been plagued by fraud.

As the central government has expanded drastically beyond powers and limits set forth in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, individual wealth has declined for all but the political class that includes select mega corporations.

Old Guard Republicans like Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) have largely been negative to opposition to Obamacare by fellow Republicans. Old Guard control has resulted in losses during the last two presidential elections, increased talk of a third party (especially from the libertarian bloc) and a general degeneration of the GOP brand once associated with fidelity to the U.S. Constitution.

Paul said Cruz has “started a rebellion against coercion.” Paul was referring to fines and possible charges levied against individuals who refuse to purchase health insurance as dictated by the Obamacare bill.

Paul also asked if union leaders would “get a special deal no one else gets.” Big labor met with the White House recently to demand changes in the bill they once pushed for and influenced heavily.

Cruz said he liked the thought we need a rebellion against oppression.

A particular sticking point for many is the fact that the Obama administration acted to give generous subsidies to federal employees, members of Congress and presidential appointees who will get a 75 percent subsidy the majority of other Americans will not receive.

Paul asked, “Do you think we should ask the president to come down and sign up for Obamacare today?”

Cruz also chastised Obama for "picking and choosing" which laws to enforce as well as for "arbitrary" enforcement.

Cruz praised efforts by both Paul and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for their support.

C-SPAN is broadcasting Cruz' speech.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Sept. 25, 2013)

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