Ted Cruz isn’t abnormal; Washington is

OneNewsNow.com, by Star Parker – Guest Columnist, 09/23/13 –

Star_ParkerOnly in Washington – and only by a left-wing press – is it considered abnormal and obstructionist for a member of Congress to ring the alarm about the loss of freedom in America and to take a stand to restore it.


According to a new Gallup poll, 55 percent of Americans say they have little to no confidence that they can rely on mass media to report the news “fully, accurately and fairly.”

Forty-six percent say the media is too liberal and just 13 percent think it’s too conservative.

Justification for this public sentiment is evident as the budget and debt-ceiling issues heat up and the press can hardly restrain its disdain for Tea Party Republicans and the idea that our nation may really be in crisis.

New York Times columnist David Brooks does a regular political commentary feature along with Mark Shields on the “PBS NewsHour.” It’s hard to believe that this feature is supposed to be balanced, with Brooks the alleged conservative and Shields the liberal. But for PBS, like The New York Times where Brooks writes his column, anyone not on the far left is a conservative.

Senator Ted Cruz

Senator Ted Cruz

In a recent “NewsHour” segment about the budget debate, Brooks talked about “the rise of Ted Cruzism.”

According to Brooks, the Republican freshman senator from Texas is not a “normal” senator who sees himself in Congress to form alliances and pass legislation. Rather, per Brooks, Cruz is more a “media protest person.”

The same thing is happening in the House, says Brooks. House Republicans are “not normal. … They just want to obstruct.”

My organization, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, held an event in Washington two weeks ago titled “Reversing the Urban Plight.”

About 100 black pastors and community leaders from around the country listened as black conservatives such as Dr. Ben Carson, economist Walter Williams, Louisiana State Sen. Elbert Guillory and CURE chairman and Family Research Council senior fellow Ken Blackwell talked about how freedom and conservative principles hold the key to resolving our urban crises.

At dinner, Cruz dropped by.

In stark contrast to what the PBS viewing audience heard from Brooks, this audience heard remarks from Cruz that everyone in the room found refreshingly normal.

Cruz had a crisp, clear message about getting America back on track and about what it will take to save our low-income urban communities.

He talked about the importance of school choice and personal retirement accounts for low-income Americans.

Only in Washington is it considered abnormal and obstructionist for a member of Congress to ring the alarm about the loss of freedom in America, to take a stand to restore it, and suggest that Americans, particularly low-income Americans, should be able to decide what kind of school they send their child to and to keep and save more of their hard-earned income.

In Cruz, the black pastors heard someone who wants to liberate, not obstruct. They understood that the obstructionists, whose agenda is holding onto and expanding their own power, come from the political class in Washington.

While the median American family income dropped 6.6 percent from 2000 to 2012, median family income in Washington, DC, grew 23.3 percent — by far the highest in the nation, new Census Bureau data show.

Let’s recall that the tea party movement got going when it was clear in 2009 that America’s new president saw more government rather than less as the answer to America’s crisis.

The 2010 health care reform commonly called “ObamaCare,” which passed without a single Republican vote, has only gotten more unpopular. A USA Today/Pew Research Center poll this week shows 53 percent of Americans disprove of the new law and 42 percent approve. Forty-one percent strongly disapprove and 26 percent strongly approve.

It’s Washington that is abnormal, not Ted Cruz and tea party Republicans.

Only a left-wing press can conclude that the abnormal obstructionists are those taking a stand for freedom in a country that is supposed to be free.


Star Parker (parker@urbancure.org) is an author and president of CURE, Center for Urban Renewal and Education.

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5 responses

  1. Where are you getting your polls? Try this one, which totally contradicts what this article is saying.

    http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/robert-schlesinger/2013/09/23/new-polls-deflate-the-push-to-defund-obamacare-or-have-a-shutdown?google_editors_picks=true

    The majority of people are sick of this constant bickering, and posturing for political power. A shut down will cost the taxpayers 100 million dollars a day. Give it up folks, it is over. Move on or move out.

  2. Senator_Blutarsky | Reply

    I fall in the Frank Zappa camp-

    Frank Zappa once said, “Politics is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex”.

    Since we no longer have a true “opposition party” , regardless of who is in the Oval office, most politics is “posturing”. I would hope that Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee and a handful in the House could actually stymie the globalists, which dominate BOTH so-called “parties”

    “We do not have two political parties in this country, America. We have one party;
    called the Big Government Party.
    The Republican wing likes deficits, war, and assaults on civil liberties.
    The Democratic wing likes wealth transfer, taxes, and assaults on commercial liberties.
    Both parties like power; and neither is interested in your freedoms.”

    Judge Andrew Napolitano – November 16, 2009

  3. Bash big government, until you want to defend the country or pay your social security benefits, or pave a road. Don’t kid yourself, Cruz and company are only in it to win the next election or draw attention to themselves. A shutdown is a bad idea for the military, our economy, the national parks, and senior citizens. 100 million bucks a day is too high a price to pay. These guys only appeal to the fringe, not me. I don’t want my retirement account to take another big hit when we default. Those greedy geeks took so much last time I can’t retire till I am 70.

    1. Senator_Blutarsky | Reply

      Your retirement is already toast, and yes “big government” is the insatiable monster that will eat yours and others.

      “big government” -IS- the problem a shutdown, for months or years, would suit me just fine.

      Continuing the path we are on has not worked out too well, has it ?

  4. Two useless wars and tax cuts for the wealthy got us here. Cruz and you must make some big bucks to want this to happen. The taxes are going up for those who make, what is 250K or more per year. That is what this is about, not big government but cutting taxes for the rich and nailing us middle class folks with the bill.

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