Pop quiz time:
How many political parties are there in the USA?
If you answered “2”, you obviously thought the question asked how many “officially recognized” parties their are. The correct answer to that question would indeed be “2”. But the question suggested nothing about “official” parties.
The correct answer is that there are actually three distinct parties:
1. Democrats, made up of moderate centrists through leftists social democrats. They see government more as a friend than as an enemy and they believe that government serves functions that the individual cannot serve by himself or herself. Public safety issues fall under this classification. They also believe the capitalism works best when it is will regulated to prevent abuse by the powerful against the powerless.
2. Moderate Republicans, who often are not very different from moderate centrist democrats, although they tend to have more faith in the individual and more skepticism in government than their centrist democrat counterparts. However, the moderate republicans are still pragmatic enough to accept that there are many functions that individuals cannot possibly accomplish by themselves. Thus, more often than not they will join with democrats to negotiate and comprise to produce solutions and programs that work for the greater good of all. They tend to have more faith in free capitalism than democrats, but will still respond firmly with controls and corrections when burned by bad economic policies.
3. Extremist right-wing republican pseudo-fascists, who are further subdivided into the anarchists, the Christian right, and the fruit loops (a combination of the anarchists and the Christian rightists). These folks actually might be a new and distinct species of humanity, since the only characteristics that they share in common with mainstream democrats and republicans are the abilities to campaign and fund-raise. But all similarities end there.
The anarchists, who prefer the label libertarians, believe in the absolute minimum amount of rules, laws, government, foreign relations, interactions, government programs, social programs, taxes, etc., and the absolute less the better. The Christian right believes that that all rules, laws government programs, foreign relations, interactions, government & social programs, taxes, etc., must all be based upon the new testament, and the more, the better. The fruit loops believe in BOTH, or a combination thereof. In all cases, they all share one important priority: “ME!”
This third rail offshoot of the republican party is commonly known as the Tea Party, and its present darling (a title that seems to rotate like flavor of the month) is a freshman US senator from Texas, Ted Cruz. Previous Tea Party favorites have been Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Rand Paul and Todd Akin.
Texas is the state with the highest percentage of people, and the highest number of children with no health insurance of any of the 50 states of the USA. It is also the state with the highest number of executions of any of the 50 states as well. Cruz is about as opposed to any form of government-sponsored and/or government-assisted and/or government mandated health insurance as anyone can be. That means he hates Obamacare. And as a result, he decided he was going to shame his follow republicans in the senate into voting against the bill sent over by his GOP buddies in the House to defund Obamacare by babbling his brains out on the senate floor for 21 hours straight in a filibuster that really wasn’t because senate rules demanded he stop talking after 21 hours. Did you get all that?
Translation: He wanted everyone to vote against something he and they actually wanted. So he spoke for 21 hours in a mock-filibuster that served no purpose and convinced no one. In the end, he voted FOR what he wanted everyone, including himself, to vote against.
Weird, right? But it gets much worse.
Ted Cruz, during his 21 hour on-the-job monologue which he claimed was “intended to save the taxpayer jobs and money”, spoke about Star Wars and Darth Vader, Saturday Night Live, Sean Connery, Chinese gooseberries, and the Bataan death march of World War 2. He read from the bible and read two bedtime stories to his daughters including “Green Eggs and Ham” as well as other stuff, while earning his taxpayer-paid salary of $174,000 a year, which doesn’t include the taxpayer-paid salaries of his many supporting staffers in this meaningless political endeavor.
That Cruz then negated his own monumental waste of time and money and voted against his own proposed “no” vote was just icing on the circus cake, like a clown who steps in the elephant droppings and then laughs at his own clumsiness. The trouble is that the rest of the tea-flavored koolaid sipping fruit-loops think that the move is just part of some brilliant strategy that they can’t understand, which just reinforces to them just how brilliant it really is.
Ted Cruz is a fruit loop and fruit loops begat more fruit loops. 🙁