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I just wrote my two Senators as follows:

Senator "Ted" Cruz needs to be at the least censured, and preferably expelled from the Senate.

There may also be other members of the Senate who need punishment for their roles in perpetrating this extortion upon the government using the shutdown and threat of default as the threat.

This needs to happen before the next deadline for a CR or debt limit to prevent a repeat of the extortion by these members. It also needs to be done to set the precedent that such behavior is beyond the pale for a Senator.

Sincerely,

I suggest that those who feel the same way contact their own Senators.

We should also make the same request of our Representatives regarding the extortionists in the House.

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  •  YES!!! Kos needs to organize a movement (12+ / 0-)

    around this idea. We all need to do it. They need to "feel" what they have just done.

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 01:41:58 PM PDT

    •  Senator Cruz Should Be Censured For This, Alone... (6+ / 0-)
      Unfortunately, once again, it appears the Washington establishment is refusing to listen to the American people. The deal that has been cut provides no relief to the millions of Americans who are hurting because of “Obamacare.” The deal that has been cut provides no relief to all the young people coming out of school who can’t find a job because of “Obamacare.” It provides no relief to all the single parents who have been forced into part-time work, struggling to feed their kids on 29 hours a week. It provides no relief to all the hard-working families who are facing skyrocketing health insurance premiums. And it provides no relief to all the seniors, to all the people with disabilities who are right now getting in the mail notifications from their health insurance companies that they’re losing their health insurance because of “Obamacare.”...
      source: WSJ
  •  Great diary!! (3+ / 0-)

    does Texas allow federal recalls?

    "Tax cuts for the 1% create jobs." -- Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

    by MartyM on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 01:48:10 PM PDT

  •  Eh. I dunno. (12+ / 0-)

    What he did was crazy, stupid, and destructive, but he was well within his rights to be those things.

    You want to stop this from happening again, repeal the debt ceiling and fix Congressional rules where need be. Oh, and help not elect Republicans.

    Code Monkey like freedom / Code Monkey like peace and justice too
    Code Monkey very nerdy man / With big warm fuzzy bleeding heart
    Code Monkey like you!

    Formerly known as Jyrinx.

    by Code Monkey on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 01:56:00 PM PDT

    •  i wondered how (5+ / 0-)

      long before someone said the obvious.

      Not liking how someone votes is not cause for censure.

      •  Well, there's a case to be made (0+ / 0-)

        that these particular votes are beyond the pale, and it wasn't just his voting that got the default circus going. But I don't buy it—like I said, he has the right.

        Besides, what made him dangerous wasn't just what he did but the fact that Boehner seemed to be deferring to him. Being a crank in the Senate isn't novel; wagging the House dog (for a while) is the only notable thing here.

        Code Monkey like freedom / Code Monkey like peace and justice too
        Code Monkey very nerdy man / With big warm fuzzy bleeding heart
        Code Monkey like you!

        Formerly known as Jyrinx.

        by Code Monkey on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 02:04:25 PM PDT

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    •  No. What he's still doing is SEDITION (1+ / 0-)
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      and he should swing for it -- I'm not sure I mean that figuratively.
      He's a dangerous, delusional predator with his heart set on the White House, and he's already proven he's willing to stop at NOTHING, including a default on the US' national debts, to get his way.

      He belongs in jail.

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 02:00:56 PM PDT

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      •  You better be damn sure (6+ / 0-)

        you mean that figuratively.

        Sorry, he did nothing illegal. There's nothing to punish him for, except at the ballot box.

        Code Monkey like freedom / Code Monkey like peace and justice too
        Code Monkey very nerdy man / With big warm fuzzy bleeding heart
        Code Monkey like you!

        Formerly known as Jyrinx.

        by Code Monkey on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 02:06:06 PM PDT

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      •  BlackSheep - as a member of Congress (8+ / 0-)

        Senator Cruz has broad indemnity for his actions, and non-actions, as a legislator. He cannot be charged with any crime for opposing the President, and Democrats about anything including the ACA,,and encouraging other Republicans to do the same.

        I am always stunned to read progressives who want to criminalize politics. That is not be a path that would benefit progressives in the future.  

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 02:11:07 PM PDT

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      •  No, he shouldn't. (5+ / 0-)

        He should definitely be left without a job when he comes up for reelection, but if we're really going to define legislative measures to repeal a law as "sedition"—even extraordinary legislative measures—we go down an unbelievably dangerous path.

        Just imagine what George Bush and Dick Cheney would have done if they'd thought they could get away with charging opponents of the Iraq War, the Patriot Act, or the Bush tax cuts with sedition.

        "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

        by JamesGG on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 02:13:08 PM PDT

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        •  Wikipedia defines sedition this way: (0+ / 0-)
          In law, sedition is overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that is deemed by the legal authority to tend toward insurrection against the established order. Sedition often includes subversion of a constitution and incitement of discontent (or resistance) to lawful authority. Sedition may include any commotion, though not aimed at direct and open violence against the laws. Seditious words in writing are seditious libel. A seditionist is one who engages in or promotes the interests of sedition.

          Typically, sedition is considered a subversive act, and the overt acts that may be prosecutable under sedition laws vary from one legal code to another. Where the history of these legal codes has been traced, there is also a record of the change in the definition of the elements constituting sedition at certain points in history. This overview has served to develop a sociological definition of sedition as well, within the study of state persecution.

          The difference between sedition and treason consists primarily in the subjective ultimate object of the violation to the public peace. Sedition does not consist of levying war against a government nor of adhering to its enemies, giving enemies aid, and giving enemies comfort. Nor does it consist, in most representative democracies, of peaceful protest against a government, nor of attempting to change the government by democratic means (such as direct democracy or constitutional convention).

          Sedition is the stirring up of rebellion against the government in power. Treason is the violation of allegiance to one's sovereign or state, giving aid to enemies, or levying war against one's state. Sedition is encouraging one's fellow citizens to rebel against their state, whereas treason is actually betraying one's country by aiding and abetting another state. Sedition laws somewhat equate to terrorism and public order laws.

          How is Cruz's "leadership" of the shutdown not sedition?

          LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

          by BlackSheep1 on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 02:58:32 PM PDT

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          •  You convict people based on Wikipedia entries? (3+ / 0-)

            We sure don't have to visit Steve King to see Teh Crazy on display.

            You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

            by Rich in PA on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 04:56:52 PM PDT

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            •  No, I don't convict on Wiki entries (0+ / 0-)

              but I do want charges filed in this case, based on statements, actions and writings Cruz put forward in an effort to overturn the government.

              LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

              by BlackSheep1 on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 07:48:54 PM PDT

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              •  BlackSheep - federal prosecutors have actually (2+ / 0-)
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                Rich in PA, Wisper

                read the Constitution and would never embarrass themselves, or the Justice Department, by bringing such a case.

                "let's talk about that"

                by VClib on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 10:26:35 PM PDT

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                •  Cruz isn't just an embarrassment. He's a dangerous (0+ / 0-)

                  traitor with delusions of grandeur, and apparently a seat in the US Senate some here concede him for life because he holds it now.

                  He's not immune from prosecution. He's committed, in word and action, criminal seditious acts against the United States, its government and its people. He wants the nation destroyed.

                  LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

                  by BlackSheep1 on Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 09:53:43 AM PDT

                  [ Parent ]

          •  BlackSheep - he has immunity (0+ / 0-)

            plus his acts don't come close to meeting the criminal standard for the crime.

            "let's talk about that"

            by VClib on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 10:24:59 PM PDT

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    •  I both disagree and agree with you (3+ / 0-)
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      Code Monkey, Chi, Catkin

      A Senator of the United States does not have the right to be "crazy, stupid and destructive" and not be called onto the carpet for it.

      I agree that the debt ceiling needs to be eliminated. I also think that the filibuster needs to be eliminated or returned back to its original form that requires the perpetrator to be public and continuously on the floor speaking on topic.

      "When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?"--Eleanor Roosevelt

      by KJC MD on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 02:05:50 PM PDT

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      •  A thorough carpet-calling is certainly in order. (3+ / 0-)
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        VClib, Catte Nappe, KJC MD

        I'm just not sure a censure is the right way to do it (especially since it won't happen).

        Code Monkey like freedom / Code Monkey like peace and justice too
        Code Monkey very nerdy man / With big warm fuzzy bleeding heart
        Code Monkey like you!

        Formerly known as Jyrinx.

        by Code Monkey on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 02:07:25 PM PDT

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      •  Absolutely. Call him out, repeatedly. (3+ / 0-)
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        Code Monkey, Catte Nappe, Catkin
        A Senator of the United States does not have the right to be "crazy, stupid and destructive" and not be called onto the carpet for it.
        Let him be pilloried on all the networks, let his name be a byword on all the social nets and blogs, let all his calls to donors and would-be supporters go unanswered. (Sadly, the right-wing hate machine will ensure that none of those three things happens.)

        But let's keep in mind that past Senates throughout this nation's history have set a pretty high bar for the kind of "crazy, stupid, and destructive" actions that a Senator can engage in while still not being expelled from the Senate.

        "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

        by JamesGG on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 02:15:59 PM PDT

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    •  In the House, they have a Rep from Oklahoma (0+ / 0-)

      (Markwayne Mullin) that can't speak English and has stated that the US has four branches of government.

      But, my favorite comment on Republican stupid today came from a Pete Sessions constituent.  He said "Pete is so stupid, he was streaking in college...and got caught!"

      Link

    •  It's just drunken progressives... (3+ / 0-)

      ...enjoying their fantasies of criminalizing their opponents.  At least I hope they're drunk.

      You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

      by Rich in PA on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 04:55:46 PM PDT

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      •  Not asking for criminalization... (0+ / 0-)

        Just asking for behaviour standards in the Senate to be re-established and reinforced. As was done with Joe Mccarthy.

        "When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?"--Eleanor Roosevelt

        by KJC MD on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 01:22:23 AM PDT

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  •  I wrote to both of my Senators and my Rep (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Catkin

    using your templet. I added Senator Mike Lee (Utah) for the Senate and asked my Rep to work to punish all members of the Tea Party in the House who created this debacle.

    This is what we need to do. Keep fighting them tooth and nail.

    Thanks for this diary.

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 01:58:51 PM PDT

  •  Unfortunately... (5+ / 0-)

    The Senate is unlikely to expel a member for being an insufferable, attention-seeking asshole. Because if they did that for one insufferable, attention-seeking asshole they might feel obligated to do the same for the rest of the insufferable, attention-seeking assholes. It would take too much time.

  •  Ted Cruz is an American Hero (1+ / 0-)
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    a2nite

    Some people who call Ted Cruz for being an American hero for standing up against Obamacare and high government spending.  Most Americans will remember as person that blocked the functioning of government for two weeks and somebody that almost helped the US default on its debts.

  •  ted cruz reached his peak of fame and influence (3+ / 0-)
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    Code Monkey, yojimbo, julesrules39

    about a week ago

    he will become a lot richer being the pied piper of the "rascal & teabag bunch" but will never win another election, i'll wager

    Sarah Palin is a disgusting racist pig.

    by memofromturner on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 02:13:25 PM PDT

  •  After Curz lead GOP in a charge up a Dead End (2+ / 0-)
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    Empower Ink, julesrules39

    I was going to send Ted a nice thank you note with a 10% off coupon for Chick-Fil-A.

    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 02:36:54 PM PDT

  •  Cruz muse Sarah showed the way forward for him. (0+ / 0-)

    Following behind-closed-doors excoriation by the likes of Mitch and Lindsey, Ted may just resign his seat in order to agitate for a New World Order via the FOX lecture circuit.
    One can hope.

    “I came here in peace, seeking gold and slaves.” - Jack Handey

    by yojimbo on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 02:40:41 PM PDT

  •  If Obama or anyone ever wanted a list of the (0+ / 0-)

    dangerous, ignorant racists in the US, he could just check the Cruz campaign contributor list.

  •  Ted Cruz Expulsion (0+ / 0-)

    It can happen.  It takes 2/3 = 67 votes to expulse/expel.

    The current Senate breakdown is as follows:

    53 D's
    2 I's
    45 R's

    53 + 2 = 55 (not only possible, but probable)

    Needed to reach 67; only 12 Republican votes.  Fact is most of the R's are terrified of this guy.  After all, he's a psychopath and no one is safe, least of all our RINO's.

    Ted Cruz R, Texas just cost the US $24B.  How much next time?  $100B, civil war?  Ted Cruz R, Texas is a "Clear and Present Danger" to the USA.  What are we waiting for?

    Let's get cracking!!!

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