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Editorial: An Open Letter to Senator Ted Cruz

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Dear Senator Ted Cruz,

You made front page splashes this week by being the first into the pool of candidates for the 2016 general election.  You’ve been one of the sweetheart candidates of many conservatives and libertarians and, in general, we like you as well.  Any man willing to speak for over 21 hours on the Senate floor in support of defunding the Affordable Care Act is A-Okay in our book.  Hopeless political theatrics aside, that speech was a reminder that all is not lost in Washington, D.C.  (I was one of many who stayed up all night, tweeting you and other senators to keep the torch of Liberty burning, even if only to be a thorn in the side of the State.)

But the deep respect you garnered from us last year was dashed yesterday, after an interview with the Des Moines Register.  In that interview, you admitted that you and your family would be signing up for Obamacare, due to your wife taking a leave of absence from her work at Goldman Sachs; a move that cancelled the family healthcare plan.

You said:

“We will presumably go on the exchange and sign up for health care, and we’re in the process of transitioning over to do that.”

As a sitting senator, we are aware that you must sign up for the Affordable Care Act by the letter of the law.  But what’s even more saddening than your decision to sign up for Obamacare is your reasoning for abiding by an unconstitutional law.

“I believe we should follow the text of every law, even [a] law I disagree with,” you said during the interview.

Sorry, Ted.  We should not follow the text of every law.  Unconstitutional laws are null and void.

“Since an unconstitutional law is void, the general principals follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it..

Indeed, insofar as a statute runs counter to the fundamental law of the land, it is superseded thereby.

No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it.” 

— Sixteenth American Jurisprudence, Second Edition, Section 177. (late 2nd Ed. Section 256)

We are aware that the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled the Affordable Care Act as lawful and constitutional, rather erroneously in a 5-4 decision.  The fact that the Court was split on the decision is an indicator of significant remaining doubt in the minds of the Justices.

Carrying the “follow all laws” concept to its logical conclusion, what if Congress passes a law that makes the practice of Christianity illegal?  That makes illegal drinking alcohol on Friday nights?  That makes not giving 100% of your income to the government an illegal act?

In short, we certainly should not follow all laws just because they’re laws.  As the saying goes, “Everything Hitler did was legal.”  And, given the current trends in the federal government, eventually all the harm they do to the American People will be completely legal as well.

For all that the Founders risked to secure precious Liberty, including committing acts of violence against the King and vandalism against the property of the King, it seems quite ridiculous that such an outspoken critic of Obamacare would indeed sign up for it.  As Ronald Reagan did not ask Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down the wall” by offering to help add brick and mortar to it; I would urge you, Senator Cruz, to not add any credence to a law that even you feel is not suitable to be foisted on the American People.

Senator Cruz, show some true backbone and defy a law that is unjust and unfair to the American People!  Do not submit to a law that you truly feel is not congruent with traditional American values and our beloved Constitution.

If you are a Patriot, here’s your chance to be one.  If you wish to stand on the moral high ground when asking us for our votes, this is an opportunity to show us your mettle.

Mike Shelby is a former military intelligence NCO and contract intelligence analyst. He spent three years in Iraq and Afghanistan and is now the intelligence and warfare researcher at Forward Observer.


  1. While I philosophically agree with you, violating the law is a sure way to get disqualified for the election process.

    Let him get there, in order to change things. Those like US, need to keep doing what you propose.

    Everything I’ve seen so far, is that he’s taking Alinsky’s Rules, and shoving them back in the Bolsheviks faces. He isn’t allowing himself to be boxed into their bullshit arguments, and is using a tone of voice that is sure to infuriate them.

  2. I would be more concerned with him not being a natural born citizen.

    your points on legality are way off. Most of what the federal government does is illegal. They can pass all the illegal edicts they like, but if it is not allowed to them in the Constitution, then it is illegal.

  3. Cruz is a Junior Senator who just recently paid off his large amount of student loans. He is not a fat cat career politician like many others and can not afford the luxury to buy expensive private insurance for his family while also trying to raise funds all on his own for his grassroots presidential campaign. please give the man a break. if he did not absolutely HAVE to enroll in the horrendous obamacare like so many others also have to, he wouldn’t. circumstances being what they are, he has no choice. think about this logically. everyone who supports him please donate as much or any amount as you can as often as you can to his campaign. it is truly a grassroots effort without any wealthy financers. he is being financially backed only by his supporters which says a lot for this man and how many believe in him. his campaign raised over 1 million dollars within 24 hours of his announcement but he needs at least 50 million for a strong campaign. america NEEDS Ted Cruz as our next POTUS to turn our great nation around.

    1. He is a pauper to be sure. I mean he only makes $174k as a base salary. Plus perks. A wife who was a senior executive for Goldman Sachs.

      You disgrace yourself with your comments.

  4. The problem is the system. Hypocrites and dung eaters like Cruz only play the system. When the Constitution is appealed to the plea is to Bolshevism. Cruz is just another Party ass puppet. He’ll change exactly nothing. So, write your Senator. And keep voting. It’s been a briliant strategy so far./ S//

    1. Agreed, but anything that can be done at the federal level to stem the hemorrhage of American cash to the behemoth is a prudent move.

  5. People can be targeted for influence, both bad and good. Lobby groups use hard cash and astroturfed together campaigns with a handful of useful idiots – it has worked for them so far.

    However, normal people can band together decide on a battle order, collect information, produce intelligence products that target for influence and use PSYOP teams to target people for influence on a local, regional and national level. It’s what all the training is for. People are actively doing it to wreck everything – why not try doing to make everything better?

    Just a thought.

  6. Of anyone with a potential to grab the “national microphone” he is the one with a smidgen of a chance to disqualify the media, the propagandists of Team Evil. But I say a smidgen at best because for the life of me it is beyond belief that a politician when faced with the media forgets the political game of Rule of Threes and instead like all conservatives sits on the edge of their seats like they are in the principal’s office.

    But of course conservatives always fall for the type who can spout endless intellectual points to the true believers. I personally want a man or woman who can be a master politician who can disqualify and destroy those on Team Evil not another god damned would be college professor (I’m looking at you George Will) whose only feat is to somehow ensconce the left as legit authority.

  7. The guy said, publicly, that he wants to abolish the IRS. I’m sure this won’t happen, but if there were EVER anything that should make the hearts of every right-thinking, America-loving, true-believing small-‘C’ conservative and small-‘L’ libertarian State/Nazi/Commie hater out there, this is it.

    Which agency is tasked with ACA enforcement? IRS
    Which agency was pointed at Tea-Party-owned businesses? IRS
    Which agency is free of oversight, and baldly lied to congress about emails and servers in the Tea Party “investigation”? IRS
    Which agency can (and will) steal your money, freeze your assets, and use giant private corporations (banks) against your plans for life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, private property, and travel/movement about the once-great-United States of America? IRS

    He’ll never get it done, but if it makes them fear a little bit of oversight, a reorganization, or some other ‘check’ against the gaping maw of state bureaucratic growth, I want him to be the president. This, of course, means that he’ll be treated by the press the same way as was Ron Paul, and all the soccer moms will parrot the theme of “Nice man, kooky ideas”, while drinking state sponsored kool aid from their shiny, sustainable, stainless car mugs.

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