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Abandon All Reason, Ye Who Enter Here

Yesterday it appeared that Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was attempting to present himself as a voice for reason when he said that he warned congressional Republican leadership that shutting down the Department of Homeland Security was "not a winning strategy" and that they "went down this road" despite his warning.

It now appears that we were mistaken.

Senator Cruz does believe that shutting down the Department of Homeland Security is a mistake, but not because it may pose a risk to national security, threaten the paychecks for over 150,000 agents and personnel, or simply look bad in the polls.

Cruz believes it's a mistake because shutting down just one department isn't enough.

CRUZ: "My views have been clear and explicit from the beginning. Congress should use every constitutional check and balance we have to rein in the unconstitutional and illegal executive amnesty from President Obama. That includes using the power of the purse — although with the 'cromnibus' we've given away virtually all of our leverage, by already funding almost the entirety of the federal government. ... And for a couple of months now I have called on the new majority leader to publicly announce that the Senate will not confirm any nominees, executive or judicial, other than vital national security positions, unless and until the president rescinds his unconstitutional amnesty."

The grave error of congressional Republican leadership is not threatening the funding for the Department of Homeland Security, according to Ted Cruz, it's agreeing to fund any department.

My error, and the error of many others who discussed this subject yesterday, was in underestimating the batshit insanity of Ted Cruz.

What Cruz refers to as "unconstitutional amnesty," is neither unconstitutional or amnesty, and the reason we find ourselves in the current situation is because Republicans in Congress wish to deport hundreds of thousands of students and workers who, for all intents and purposes, consider America to be their home.

The end justifies the means for Ted Cruz and many if not most of his colleagues.

  • Christopher Foxx

    The end justifies the means for Ted Cruz and many if not most of his colleagues.

    Except they don’t really have an “end” in mind. There really is no coherent goal they’re trying to achieve. A general “stick tit to Obama,” but even that’s a vague concept in their “minds”. As are “more jobs”, “fiscal responsibility” or any of the other buzz phrases they use in place of actual plans or goals.

    If pushed for an answer to “What exactly is it you’re trying to accomplish?”, they really wouldn’t be able to say.

  • Hemidemisemiquaver

    “Republicans in Congress wish to deport hundreds of thousands of students and workers”

    Republicans in Congress merely want to appear as if they are doing something. Undocumented workers provide a large pool of workers that can be exploited by employers, almost all of whom are Republicans. No Republican at the federal level will ever propose something workable to reduce the number of undocumented workers that can be exploited. Indeed, when actions are taken at the state level (Nebraska meat-packing, Georgia crop harvesting), employers plead with the government to stop doing what the government is going.

  • Draxiar

    The GOP is a practical joke dropped on The United States. It’s terrible that whenever I see “(R)” in front of someone’s name I immediately think of them as an asshole until proven otherwise (and even then they’re still kind of an asshole). I hate thinking this way.

  • My error, and the error of many others who discussed this subject
    yesterday, was in underestimating the batshit insanity of Ted Cruz.

    oh well, i have to believe that whenever we’re discussing a Republican politician in the years from 2008 through current, we can pretty much count on some level of batshit insanity.

    Too bad we can’t deport Cruz —-> Canada.

    • j hentai

      they’d probably send him back!

    • bphoon

      …Republican politician in the years from 2008 through current…

      I think that dates back to at least 1994.

      • Christopher Foxx

        I think that dates back to at least 1994.

        I’d go a decade or more further than that.

    • Victor the Crab

      CANADA DOESN’T WANT HIM!!! It has enough headaches dealing with Stephen Harper.

    • BanditBasheert

      I think Cuba. I’m sure that they would know what to do with him.

    • Christopher Foxx

      whenever we’re discussing a Republican politician in the years from 2008 through current, we can pretty much count on some level of batshit insanity

      Oh, it goes back waaay much further than that. 1980 at least.