Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is a “dangerous” man. The first generation American son of immigrants, he is a brilliant thinker and an eloquent speaker. He has all of the credentials liberals love – cum laude from Princeton, magna cum laude from Harvard Law, editor of the Harvard Law Review. Liberal icon Alan Dershowitz even says of Cruz, “Without a doubt he is among the smartest students I’ve ever had… I’ve had great students but he has to be at the top of anyone’s short list, in terms of raw brain power.”
Some Democrats mistakenly hope for a Ted Cruz Presidential candidacy, imagining glaring holes in his politics that don’t truly exist. He has been called a McCarthyite by many on the left for his decision to hold the administration to account on many of their scandals. Whether on Benghazi, the IRS or defunding Obamacare, Senator Cruz does not meekly request that the administration be more open and honest about their dealings – he demands the truth for the American people. The left reads his demeanor as barbaric, inflammatory and not incredibly politically correct. They also understand that Ted Cruz doesn’t care, and that aggravates them to no end.
I believe Cruz can be a game changer for the Republican Party for one major reason. He has the capacity to unite the various factions of the Party. Senator Cruz swept his way into Congress against the strength of the establishment and on the shoulders of Texas conservatives.
Senator Cruz is the perfect example of what the Tea Party can accomplish when united and excited. Of even greater importance, Senator Cruz is beloved by evangelical Republicans as well. Cruz is a devout Southern Baptist whose socially conservative credentials are impeccable.
Libertarian Republicans should see a lot to like in candidate Cruz. He has been a faithful ally of Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) in many a fight; he has also been described by his one time Professor Dershowitz as “always very active in class, presenting a libertarian point of view. He didn’t strike me as a social conservative, more of a libertarian… He had brilliant insights and he was clearly among the top students, as revealed by his class responses.” On foreign policy Cruz describes himself in this interview with Time Magazine. “Right now there is a divide, say, between the views of John McCain on the one hand and the views of Rand Paul on the other. I like and respect both men, and I would say that my views are somewhere in the middle. The person whose views on foreign policy mine are closest to is Ronald Reagan. Reagan’s views on foreign policy, and how I would characterize my views, are that I think the United States should be a clarion voice for liberty, that we should speak against oppression, against tyranny and for freedom. I think the U.S. needs to be exceedingly reluctant to put our men and women in harm’s way. I think if and when military action is justified, it should be justified only to protect the vital national-security interest of the U.S.” The man is no war hawk, though he may be more of an interventionist than his colleague Rand Paul.
The last faction of the Party that Cruz would need to get, and I believe he could, are the voters the mainstream media describe as mainstream Republicans. I would tend to call them moderate/liberal Republicans, but you know our media — they love liberal Republicans. I think Cruz’s views are perfectly mainstream. His difficulty with these more moderate Republicans will be in keeping them from believing the media narrative about him.
I wholeheartedly believe that Ted Cruz can unite the Party unlike the more “electable” candidates that the media likes (more on this some other time). I also believe that Cruz can do something both John McCain and Mitt Romney couldn’t do – excite the base and get them to the polls. Ted Cruz is a true conservative who believes in the value of Republican principles. He is a man for our times.
Fortunately for us, I believe that today’s Republican Party has several politicians like Cruz who are ready to take up the mantle of Conservative scion and lead us into the future. However, we need to get the current, stale, disloyal Republican leadership out of the way first. Once the establishment Republicans are gone, the future is ours.
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