I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
Nowhere in that oath is there a clause that says, “except if one of the senators is a big meanie, in which case I get to do whatever I want to preserve my incredible perks.”
Say what you will about Ted Cruz, he is aggressive and unyielding and abrasive, but he is a clear and unequivocal supporter of the United States Constitution. That more Republican senators have not publicly endorsed him is a clear example of the dysfunction of the senate. They are more concerned with collegiality than political philosophy, more interested in maintaining the status quo of donations and trading influence in furtherance of their own careers, at the expense of the republic.
In reality, it is a collection of entitled, infantile and in many cases feeble old frat boys whose only goal is to look and sound impressive in their sound bites, and get to the booze carts in their obscenely expensive offices before 5:00pm. Hopefully their aides will have done their jobs and a hot junior lobbyist will be there for a quickie before dinner.
The childish behavior exhibited by the United States Senate is unbecoming of the great men who inhabited the Senate in years’ past. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, perhaps the last great senator (and a man whose politics I disagree with) was more deliberative and erudite while drunk (A common thing) than any of the current crop is stone cold sober. He could also rise above partisan politics and recognize the great challenges that faced America. For this he was vilified, but he stood fast….behavior that has not been seen nearly enough in the last generation of senators.
The Senate was given its structure by the Founders to be calm and thoughtful and deliberative. The intent was not to create a closed fraternity whose sole purpose is self-protection. The greatest thing a politician can do is act to “support and defend the Constitution” regardless of its effect on his career. Perhaps more senators should put down their bourbons and their bimbos and reread their oaths.