The moment Sen. Ted Cruz entered the Presidential race, I knew that I would support his campaign. Though I like Marco Rubio a lot, there's something about Ted Cruz that stands out to me, more so than with Rubio. Both men are principled, but what I think I admire about Cruz is that he's ready to deliver on what he says.
I was particularly impressed by him, for example, when he stood up to the rest of the Senate related to abortion and Planned Parenthood. He was willing to take a huge political risk and speak out for his beliefs, even if he was mocked and insulted. I love that about him that he has the political and personal courage to see something through. It's not that some of the other candidates wouldn't stand up for their beliefs, but I think that Cruz will actually put everything on the line rather than cave in to pressure. That's exactly what we need right now.
Trump may be about "the art of the deal," but Cruz is wiser than that. He knows all too well that a bad deal isn't worthwhile, and that sticking to the Constitution is far greater than anything else as an American. Cruz has shown that he has the judgment to make smart political decisions and to be honest. Sure, he'll play politics, as all politicians do, but he strikes me as someone who puts values first, and who bases his politics on his values.
He's been labeled as the Second Coming of Reagan by many on the right, and I don't disagree with that. Reagan was about creating opportunities for individuals to determine their own future and to be independent, and I see that in Ted Cruz. HERE'S+ his record defending the Constitution, from his campaign site. In an essay for Constituting America, Cruz had this to say:
The reason for this failure lies in Congress’s refusal to fulfill its constitutional role. For far too many members of Congress, partisan loyalty to the President and ideological commitment to his goals outweigh any interest in asserting their own institutional rights and prerogatives as the people’s representatives. They are all too willing to hand power over to the President.
A Cruz presidency would hand power back to the People, just as Reagan tried to do. There's been so much frustration with Congress these last several years, and despite all the promises from the GOP saying they're suing Obama or they're doing whatever else, Congress has still failed to meet its Constitutional duties. I believe that a President Cruz would change that and help to restore the balance of power that has been violated again and again by the current Administration and Congress.
Whoever you happen to choose for President this year, I would just urge you to consider the person, and not the title. In this year of the disgruntled voter, there's been a huge, well-deserved backlash against "the establishment," however, that anger should not blind anyone to make a huge mistake. Yes, Cruz is a politician, but he's also a man of principle and strong character. He is not a panderer, and he's not a chameleon. He's just himself, for better or worse. Choose your candidate well, and from BOTH your heart and your mind.
God bless America!
Our national problem is not political, but spiritual. As long as we live in a godless society, we will continue to have the Obamas and Clintons and Trumps of the world.