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Demogogue

A jerk who is playing on other folks’ emotions

DEMAGOGUE:

From the online Merriam-Webster dictionary:

noun \ˈde-mə-ˌgäg\

: a political leader who tries to get support by making false claims and promises and using arguments based on emotion rather than reason

1:  a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power

If that does not perfectly describe the man in the picture above then I am a monkey’s uncle.

Ted Cruz appeared at the World War II Memorial in order to stoke the fires of a public that seemingly is not capable of understanding where the fault lies with the “government” being shut down.  These folks cannot appreciate the irony of the fact of Ted Cruz appearing with them shouting out “tear down these walls” (?) .  Now, I’m not going to go elite on anyone and call these folks rubes or anything of that nature.  After all, I didn’t go to Princeton, Harvard or Harvard Law.  But that being said, I’m more than certain that these good folks don’t know that it was Cruz’s antics and one-man show on the floor of the Senate which helped to goad the House into demanding the removal of funding for Obamacare in any continuing resolution which would have ended the stalemate on funding the government.  Had a clean continuing resolution passed, then no government shutdown would have happened.

A crowd converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Sunday, pushing through barriers to protest the memorial’s closing under the government shutdown.

Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah, along with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, were among those gathered Sunday morning. Cruz said President Barack Obama is using veterans as pawns in closing the memorial.

“Let me ask a simple question,” Cruz told the crowd. “Why is the federal government spending money to erect barricades to keep veterans out of this memorial?”

The crowd chanted “Tear down these walls” and “You work for us.” Protesters sang “God bless America” and other songs as they entered the memorial plaza.

Did you notice above who accompanied Cruz? Yes, his good buddy Mike Lee from Utah.  Gee, it must be nice to have your own personal pet Senator to follow you around.  I mean, I’m assuming he is house broken and all.  🙄  And while Lee is basking in the approval of his master, his true bosses, the constituents of Utah are paying the price for his shenanigans.

Nine counties declared states of emergency since the federal government shutdown began 11 days ago. “We definitely need to get [the national parks] reopened. It’s been a huge financial impact on us already,” commissioner of Washington County, which is 75 percent federal land, Alan Gardner told KSL.com this week. The ongoing shutdown has had a devastating impact on the tourism sector in Western states. So it came as a huge relief when the Department of the Interior reached an agreement with the states on Thursday allowing them to reopen national parks using funds from state coffers.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert quickly wired the federal government enough to keep the parks open for the next 10 days, and Zion National Park in Washington County reopened Friday. Others are set to reopen over the weekend.

But the fact that the state was so hard hit by the shutdown can’t have helped its Tea Party-affiliated U.S. senator, Mike Lee, whose polls numbers have taken a huge hit in his home state as he’s made common cause with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz over the shutdown.

If you’d like to get an idea of how popular the Congress is right now, then please check this out.  I’m serious.  Here’s the link to the poll.  H/t to Skydancing for having that graphic up.

And did you notice who else was there also?  Why none other than the Queen of Wasilla.

“Our vets have proven that they have not been timid, so we will not be timid in calling out any who would use our military, our vets, as pawns in a political game,” Palin told the crowd.sarah palms

The memorial has become a political symbol in the bitter fight between Democrats and Republicans over who is at fault since the shutdown began. Earlier rallies have focused on allowing access for World War II veterans visiting from across the country with the Honor Flight Network.

Sigh.  Sarah, Sarah.  Have you not realized that your time has come and gone?  You and your family have had more than your fifteen minutes of fame.  Sarah, the expression on your face here is like the face of someone watching a plane crash or horrific car wreck.  It’s almost like the expression on your face is “Geez, did we stir this up?”

Now judging from the two guys saluting, it’s possible you’re staring at a flag, but I cannot imagine you in that amount of “rapture”.

Okay, sure Sarah was there as a side-show to the main event of Cruz being there.  I’m more than certain that Cruz had to have had a chuckle or two at the fact he was there at the closed memorial and one of the main reasons it is closed is because of him.  And apparently, ole Teddy himself had no idea what he was starting when he began this cluster****.

Ted Cruz faced a barrage of hostile questions Wednesday from angry GOP senators, who lashed the Texas tea party freshman for helping prompt a government shutdown crisis without a strategy to end it.

At a closed-door lunch meeting in the Senate’s Mansfield Room, Republican after Republican pressed Cruz to explain how he would propose to end the bitter budget impasse with Democrats, according to senators who attended the meeting. A defensive Cruz had no clear plan to force an end to the shutdown — or explain how he would defund Obamacare, as he has demanded all along, sources said.

“It was very evident to everyone in the room that Cruz doesn’t have a strategy – he never had a strategy, and could never answer a question about what the end-game was,” said one senator who attended the meeting. “I just wish the 35 House members that have bought the snake oil that was sold could witness what was witnessed today at lunch.”

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