WASHINGTON, March 19, 2013 — Several days ago the United States Senate saw a fiery exchange between freshman conservative Republican Ted Cruz of Texas and octogenarian liberal Democrat Dianne Feinstein (Feinstein is actually 79 3/4, turning 80 in June).
Cruz believes in the Bill of Rights. Feinstein hates the Second Amendment. Cruz uses cold logic. Feinstein remains emotional over the gun issue given that her entire political career advanced due to the murders of George Moscone and Harvey Milk.
What really stood out was Feinstein’s temerity at trying to silence Cruz by playing the “mind your manners, young man” card. It was the equivalent of saying that children should be seen and not heard; Cruz is a lowly freshman who should be quiet and carry Feinstein’s jock strap equivalent. Feinstein whined that she had been in the Senate for quite some time. This begs a very simple question.
What if the political parties were reversed?
Bill Clinton swept into office with the rest of the 1960s hippies with Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow” blaring in the background. He was young, hip, and fresh. President George Herbert Walker Bush and Senator Bob Dole were no longer war heroes. They were ancient relics of the Grumpy Old Party.
That scenario repeated when the youthful Barack Obama lit up college campuses. John McCain was a doddering, senile old man who was mentally unstable due to his being a prisoner of war. War injuries including a broken arm are why he cannot type on a keyboard. The left falsely claimed that he was out of touch and had no idea how the Internet worked.
So young liberals are hip and cool while old Republicans are senile and out of touch.
Yet young conservatives such as the congressional young guns are called extremists while elderly liberals are “respected” and “wise.” Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond were excoriated in the media while Robert Byrd was the “conscience of the Senate.”
Dianne Feinstein does not deserve a medal for hanging around the Senate for decades, passing harmful legislation, and refusing to leave. If she were a Republican she would be derided as an old goat who should be quiet, watch “Matlock” and “Murder, She Wrote,” and let the next generation of leaders take over. If she were a Republican the media would mistake her for Terry Kiser in “Weekend at Bernies,” before the embalming fluid kicked in.
Ted Cruz does not deserve scorn for having the guts to stand up for values that his older colleagues refuse to respect.
Feinstein is more “established” than Cruz, but that does not convey moral authority to her. Precisely the opposite, it shows the problem.
She is the establishment. She is part of the governing body that has wrecked California and attempted to wreck the entire nation.
Being an elderly failure should not convey any special status. The voters of California like failure. The voters of Texas like success. California is dead. Texas is thriving. California is the worst state in America from a human freedom standpoint. California is where liberals care more about trees, animals and insects than human beings. Texas is where people go for good jobs at good wages.
Feinstein may be older than the Constitution itself, but that does not mean that she has read it or understands it. Ted Cruz may be depicted as fresh out of kindergarten, but he reads and speaks at a mature adult level.
The Constitution matters. The Bill of Rights matters. The Second Amendment matters. The words “shall not be infringed” matter.
Length is no substitute for strength. Feinstein has been in public service forever. All that means is she lacks the real world private sector experience and understanding of what everyday Americans fought for, died for, and still believe in.
It is she who should show Ted Cruz some respect. He is young enough to express himself cogently and old enough to know what he is talking about.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
Eric is 100% alcohol, tobacco, drug, and liberalism free. Follow Eric on Twitter @TYGRRRREXPRESS.
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