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Shutdown showdown

We are just days away from the start of ObamaCare and the end of the fiscal year. This means that we are in the crucial moments in the effort to defund ObamaCare and avert a government shutdown.

There have been some distinct, leading voices in the effort to save America from ObamaCare: Senators Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and particularly Ted Cruz. The establishment in Washington DC is none too pleased with the freshman Senator stirring things up – And by “stirring things up” I mean holding Republicans accountable to their campaign promises. Most, if not all, Republicans ran for office on the platform of defunding ObamaCare. Well the time has come and now people are upset that people like Ted Cruz are forcing them to live up to their promises. This is exactly what is wrong with Washington and why so many Americans are disillusioned with government. Ted Cruz is the exception, not the rule and the American people are frustrated by that fact.

The animosity towards Cruz is palpable and most of it comes from within his own party. Over the weekend, Chris Wallace proclaimed it to be a very strange time for him as he was receiving opposition research on Ted Cruz ... from fellow Republicans! There are reports of there being little love for Ted Cruz from the McCain camp. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn are actively working to oppose Cruz's efforts in the Senate on ObamaCare. As Cruz, Rubio and others have pointed out: A vote for cloture this Friday essentially means a vote to fund ObamaCare, because it would allow Harry Reid to add an amendment restoring funding for ObamaCare. But McConnell and Cornyn are whipping up the votes against Cruz's plan to force Reid to need a 60 vote threshold instead of 51 in order to restore funding for ObamaCare.

Former Obama adviser David Axelrod says that the GOP is simply following Cruz around like lemmings. I would argue that Cruz is simply sticking to conservative principles and promises and actually listening to the American people! He's leading on an issue that is impacting Americans. I suppose you could call that lemming-leadership; I'd prefer to call it bold, principled, conservative leadership. He's actually standing up and doing what he said he would do and he isn't going to let the tired, cumbersome ways of Washington become the excuse as to why we can't save this country from the disaster that is ObamaCare.

How much of a disaster? Day after day the stories continue to pour in as to the negative effects of ObamaCare. Here are just a few of the latest examples:

Obamacare Will Increase Health Spending By $7,450 For A Typical Family of Four

'Family glitch' in health law could be painful

One man's ObamaCare nightmare

One week away, Obamacare’s small business insurance exchanges not all ready for launch

NYT: Americans Will Have Very Limited Doctor Choices on Obamacare Exchanges

Obamacare Bends the Cost Curve—Upward

Mayo Clinic CEO On The Negatives Of Obamacare

My advice to Ted Cruz, those supporting him and those who are considering supporting him in the Senate is to hold the line: Find your backbone, your spine, and stand up for what you know is right for America. ObamaCare is a disaster, yet the unwillingness of Obama and the Democrats to negotiate on this is forcing us to the brink of a government shutdown. The latest polling shows that Republicans and Obama will share virtually an equal amount of blame for any partial shutdown: Republicans (39%) and Obama (36%).

This is a tipping point for America. Who do you want to see win this battle: The American people who do not want ObamaCare to be forced upon them or the Washington establishment who has exempted themselves from ObamaCare and will only continue to use it as a source of power over you? This isn't a battle of Ted Cruz versus Republicans, this is a battle between us Americans and big-government, Washington DC. Why many Republicans would choose to stand on the side of the big government, DC establishment is exactly what has so many conservatives frustrated.