DeMint: Ted Cruz, Mike Lee 'Representing the Mainstream' of Republican Party

DeMint: Ted Cruz, Mike Lee 'Representing the Mainstream' of Republican Party

Former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint writes in the Daily Signal to defend Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) from establishment GOP attacks on their weekend fight against executive amnesty.

Most Americans don’t watch C-SPAN and I cannot blame them.

More often than not, it seems as though the Senate is in a quorum call or a lone senator is debating something totally irrelevant to the issues that are important to most Americans. That changed a little bit on Saturday when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Utah Sen. Mike Lee forced the Senate to debate President Obama’s executive amnesty.

I’ll save you the boring back-and-forth that occurred in our nation’s capital over the procedural stuff and cut right to the chase: Ted and Mike were attempting to carry out the mandate that voters gave to Congress on Nov. 4.

They were fighting to stop Obama’s executive actions, which grants quasi-legal status, work permits and Social Security numbers to millions of those who are in the country illegally while millions are waiting to come to America legally.

These two senators were representing the mainstream of their party and the majority of voters from the past election.

There is absolutely zero debate within the Republican Party as to whether the president overstepped his constitutional authority or acted improperly. Everyone agrees that he has. The disagreement, apparently, is over whether lawmakers should actually try to stop him.

This is not a difference over tactics, as some have been quick to suggest. It is a difference that originates from distinctly different objectives.

Many of those who pushed through the massive $1.1 trillion “CRomnibus” spending bill–a bill that Obama supported and pushed liberals to vote for–did so because they prioritize making Washington’s gravy train run on time above stopping the president’s unlawful actions.

What Cruz and Lee did was stand up for those who are tired of the status quo.

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