- - Monday, September 30, 2013

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

“Sen. Ted Cruz’s talkathon mostly a spectacle” (Web, Sept. 24) unfortunately shared the same defeatist tone conservatives get from the GOP. It would have been better to focus on the real reason why Mr. Cruz’s efforts are such a long shot at this point, and this reason has to do with the GOP leadership having been willing to go along to get along for far too long.

It is no secret that Obamacare received absolutely no votes from the GOP. It was the sole reason Scott P. Brown won the special election in Massachusetts, the bluest of blue states. It is more puzzling that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House John A. Boehner have not used every legislative tool at their disposal to slow down or defund this increasingly unpopular law. At this stage, I would expect a Senate leader to be establishing a roster of senators to support Mr. Cruz’s effort. I would do this by requiring them to support Mr. Cruz’s filibuster and line up more reserves to initiate their own.

The fact that Mr. Cruz committed to stand until he could no longer, to fight for his constituents and the will of so many people against Sen. Reid — who is arguing to not allow further debate among what is supposed to be the most deliberate body of people on earth — makes me proud. I wish one of my two senators had such passion. I actually felt a bit guilty going to sleep a little past 2 a.m. Sept. 25 while a fellow American was standing up for my beliefs and liberty.

I do not think this is “mostly a spectacle.” I think Mr. Cruz’s voice represents how we’ve gotten into this predicament, where we are now and hopefully where we are going. I would consider it more like performing CPR on our Constitution than a “talkathon.”

RINGO LANZETTI

Falls Church

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