Profiles of 2016 presidential contenders
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) announced his presidential bid as Monday began, opting to ask for support via Twitter [@tedcruz] around midnight. His declaration was simple; it was accompanied by a video:
“I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support!”
Cruz made a savvy move by using social media to connect with grassroots—his name is trending and his announcement is sparking exactly the kinds of debate I think the senator would welcome.
The primary, maybe even visceral, difference between GOP Senate leaders and Ted Cruz is simple.
Cruz doesn’t back down if he believes he is acting in the best interests of those who elected him. Nor does Cruz give up the farm to get an apple, as current leadership does. Whereas old guard members like Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Mitch McConnell tend to surrender on major issues, Cruz does not.
CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S ENDORSEMENT OF SORTS
Even before Cruz announced his candidacy, he got an endorsement of sorts from California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), known as ‘Moonbeam’ to those in the over-thirty voting demographic. Responding to an obvious setup question from NBC’s Chuck Todd, Brown said Cruz “rendered himself absolutely unfit to be running for office.”
It will surprise no one that Todd didn’t see fit to put remarks by Sen. Cruz in context. Following the practice of most leftist media sympathizers, Todd also conflated ‘climate change’ with ‘global warming,’ a verbal sleight of hand originating with the Obama administration who realized Mother Earth hadn’t warmed significantly in 17 years.
Here’s what Cruz actually said about global warming:
“My view actually is simple. Debates on this should follow science and should follow data. Many of the alarmists on global warming, they’ve got a problem because the science doesn’t back them up. In particular, satellite data demonstrate for the last 17 years, there’s been zero warming. None whatsoever. It’s why – you remember how it used to be called ‘global warming’ and then magically the theory changed to ‘climate change’? The reason is it wasn’t warming, but the computer models still say it is, except the satellites show it’s not.”
That statement is basically true. Even a left of center fact check group admitted Cruz spoke the truth. And then the left of center fact check group did the same thing it usually does with candidates who aren’t obese government junkies—ruled it “mostly false.” Why? Because despite no “significant warming” for 17 years, we don’t know how long that will last. Only in the world of leftist politics does the complete lack of logic make sense.
The lack of transparency on the parts of government funded researchers has muddied the whole debate we should be having on natural disasters.
Bottom line: California’s governor who got a solid ‘F’ on his fiscal report card from the libertarians at Cato doesn’t like Ted Cruz. That is the best endorsement a leftist extremist like Brown, who loves taxes like celebrities love Botox, could give to Cruz. Such attacks will generate support for the outspoken senator.
CRUZ AND US SOVEREIGNTY
I first met Ted Cruz at a political gathering in 2011. Cruz was running for the US Senate seat he now holds, and he had to fight a bloody war with his own party to win that seat. The Texas senator is not popular with old guard Republicans. To many of us, that is an additional endorsement because old guard Republicans and old guard Democrats have brought us to where we are now. If ever there was a need to loosen the reins the political privilege class holds on all Americans, the time is now for both parties.
I knew of Ted Cruz before that event, however. I actually felt very grateful to him for a case he argued before the US Supreme Court in 2008. That case, Medellin vs. Texas, involved the rape, torture and murder of two young teen girls. The ringleader of the gang who raped the girls was Ernesto Medellin who would be considered a ‘DREAMer’ if the case happened today.
Medellin had grown up in the US, having been brought here as a child. He had received a free education and all the privileges of growing up in America. But when charged with his crimes, Medellin claimed his Mexican citizenship in an attempt to save his own neck. Numerous countries, many of them human rights violaters, joined in an effort to stop Medellin’s execution.
President George W. Bush tried to stop it. Texas refused to surrender and carried out the execution. The person who argued that case was Cruz. He wrote an account of it.
Why does the case involving the brutal murder of two young teens matter to all of us? Had Texas lost that case, US sovereignty would have been threatened even more than it is now by the hyperglobalists in the White House and Congress. Being a ‘citizen of the world’ sounds great when you’re stoned or doing ‘Kumbaya’, but when your rights are imperiled, or when your family seeks justice for a loved one who has been the victim of a brutal crime at the hands of a foreign national, you most definitely want to be a citizen of the United States where the Constitution reigns supreme.
Ted Cruz is one of the only contenders, declared or undeclared, who view the Constitution as a compass for law. That may not seem important now, but in years to come, it will be critical if there are to be any limits on federal powers which at present seem so expansive it is hard some days to think of a single thing leftist extremists don’t want the feds to have the right to do.
Cruz will have to take on the old guard in his own party as well as Democrats who are fretting over their presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton. I’ve heard him speak at various events and I’ve met him in person twice. I think he has something Republicans haven’t seen in a very long time—the willingness to fight for what he believes in and most importantly, for what his constituents want him to fight for. He remains one of the only politicians in Washington to tell Americans the whole truth about the Obamacare Tax Bill. That in itself is a plus for many voters.
Media on both sides of the aisle will take pains to label Cruz as a “tea partier”, when in fact the more appropriate label is “Constitutionalist.” His voting record suggests a center right ideology. The record is for his Senate tenure which is based on deliberation of proposed laws in accordance with beliefs of his Texas constituents.
RESPONSES TO CRUZ ANNOUNCEMENT
I’ve had conversations with Republicans, Democrats, and true libertarians in the last few weeks. When you do what I do, inevitably someone brings up politics. The Dems I’ve talked to seem resigned to Hillary, even if they’re not wild about her. The libertarians like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) but they also like Cruz.
Cruz will need to revisit his position on criminalization of marijuana if he wants to attract more youth. The best means of doing that, at least as a starting point, is to remove the herb from the federal register of Schedule I drugs. Cannabis is right there beside heroin, a scientific anomaly even the leftwingers refuse to acknowledge. It makes no sense. The US taxed Marijuana via the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 until 1971:
“President Richard Nixon placed cannabis, dubbed “marijuana”, in the schedule 1 of drugs in 1971, overriding the recommendations of his hand-picked Shafer Commission, which recommended de-scheduling it. Marijuana has remained there ever since. Americans consume 2,500-5,000 metric tons of cannabis per year, and half have tried the plant.”
At present, revenue from those thousands of tons of cannabis moved largely via the underground free market isn’t benefiting the tax base in most states.
Even conservative legend Bill Buckley, Jr., believed marijuana should be legalized. The essay Buckley wrote is still accessible via the Internet Archives:
“We’re not going to find someone running for president who advocates reform of those laws. What is required is a genuine republican groundswell. It is happening, but ever so gradually. Two of every five Americans, according to a 2003 Zogby poll cited by Dr. Nadelmann, believe ‘the government should treat marijuana more or less the same way it treats alcohol: It should regulate it, control it, tax it, and make it illegal only for children.'”
The issue may not be a priority with older voters, but addressing its position on the federal schedule would be a good starting place with younger voters. Should Cruz take on the matter of federalization of marijuana, it will also help restore faith from Tenth Amendment proponents in a candidate who will need support from all quarters to prevail over power brokers in his own party.
Many Republicans who aren’t part of the establishment are wild about Cruz while the establishment is not.
Fox News, presumed by many to favor Gov. Jeb Bush in the GOP contender field, seemed surprised at something Cruz did as he made his first speech after the announcement. Cruz spoke to a packed house in Virginia. The senator, said the news presenter who seemed incredulous, spoke for 41 minutes without a teleprompter.
A Republican pundit followed up that remark with an assessment that is spot on:
“He’s the anti-establishment candidate…he will run a populist grassroots race.”
Irony of ironies came with an iconic Democrat’s assessment of Cruz:
“James Carville: Ted Cruz ‘the most talented and fearless Republican politician’ since Reagan…This guy has no fear.” https://youtu.be/ZQA4ww_AnQw
Many on both sides of the aisle have been waiting a long time for a candidate like that.
[Featured Image: @tedcruz on Twitter]
(Analysis by Kay B. Day/March 23, 2014)
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