That was Cruz’ lament last week, when he called out Senate Leader Mitch McConnell as being a liar. Why is he surprised? It’s something most voters have been asking for decades: why do politicians who get elected on their promises forget all about them once they’re safely ensconced in their cushy little office suites on Capitol Hill?  Pontificating on the Floor of the Senate, Cruz said:

There is a profound disappointment among the American people, because we keep winning elections and then we keep getting leaders who don’t do anything  they promised…2010, the American people showed up in enormous numbers and we got a Republican majority in the House — and very little changed. Then the American people were told,  ‘If only we get a Republican majority in the Senate… things will be different.’  We’ve had a Republican majority in both Houses now for about six months. What has that majority done? First thing we did is we came back in December and passed a trillion-dollar Cromibus plan, filled with pork and corporate welfare…[then] voted to fund ObamaCare, voted to fund Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty…then the leadership rammed through the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General.

Cruz concluded his rant by asking: “Which of those decisions would be one iota different if Harry Reid were still the Majority Leader?”

In a rare moment of unintentional candor, Cruz articulated the same frustrations that voters across that board have been expressing for years. He came straight out and admitted there was really only one party, and that party listens to “one and only one voice: that…of the Washington cartel, of the lobbyists on K Street, the big money and the big corporations.” Of course, Cruz is a fine one to talk. One of his largest campaign donors is Goldman, Sachs & Company – where his wife  just happens to be a Managing Director. He also received a total of $35,000 from Warren Buffet’s multi-national conglomerate, Berkshire-Hathaway.

It is not clear as to why corporatist Ted Cruz would bite the hands that feed him in this manner – unless he’s looking at Bernie Sanders’ campaign and sees the proverbial handwriting on the wall. If that is the case, such faux populism is not going to fool anyone. After decades of lies and deceit, corruption, and politicians ignoring their constituents in order to serve the interests of the rich and powerful, the People are waking up. If it comes down to a choice between a fake populist and a true Progressive, they’ll know who to vote for.

And if they have difficulty remembering, we of the Progressive Media will be here to remind them.

K.J. McElrath is a former history and social studies teacher who has long maintained a keen interest in legal and social issues. In addition to writing for The Ring of Fire, he is the author of two published novels: Tamanous Cooley, a darkly comic environmental twist on Dante's Inferno, and The Missionary's Wife, a story of the conflict between human nature and fundamentalist religious dogma. When not engaged in journalistic or literary pursuits, K.J. works as an entertainer and film composer.