2016: Why I support Ted Cruz for President

UPDATE: Ted Cruz has suspended his campaign after losing Indiana.

Ted Cruz is expected to announce that he is running for President on 3/23/15. This shouldn't surprise anyone who has been paying attention. As a candidate, Cruz has both positives and negatives, but due to his relatively short time on the national scene, he also has a lot of unknowns to fill in before he can be taken seriously as a candidate for President.

Let's get the negatives out of the way first. Like Barack Obama, Cruz will be running for President before his first term in the Senate is complete. He will be doing so with limited legislative accomplishments (due more to his minority party membership and Obama's veto than anything that reflects upon him personally). Unlike Obama, however, he has significant experiences before running for Senate to draw upon, including a distinguished legal career and arguing the famous 2nd Amendment Heller case before the Supreme Court.

In his short time in the Senate, however, Cruz appears to have managed to piss off the Republican Establishment by being a pain in their collective asses. In some ways this is a plus; I certainly like candidates who annoy the establishment. But it does mean that he may have burned bridges with potential allies and crippled his ability to fundraise. We will have to see how this one plays out.

The final negative is that Cruz is sort of occupying a political void right now. He's staked out a number of firmly conservative positions on various issues, but he's also left a lot of ground open where he hasn't said much or taken any sort of position at all. I didn't even realize notice this until I started writing this post, and found myself with a few bits of red meat and almost nothing else. Maybe he's openly trying to emulate Obama's blank slate nature, or maybe he's just not brought up a lot of the minor issues because they didn't seem relevant. Either way, more information is going to be needed as the campaign speeds up.

The left has tried to spin up a birther issue with him, but I don't find it convincing.

Now, on to the good things.
He has a stellar record on the gun control issue, including arguing in defense of the 2nd Amendment immediately after Sandy Hook and writing an Amicus brief and conducting oral arguments for the Heller case. If we want a candidate who can convincingly make the case to expand gun rights and likely to pick Supreme Court nominees with strong 2nd Amendment positions, Cruz is likely our best bet.

He attempted to block funding for Obamacare with a talking filibuster, which failed to actually stop funding but succeeded in annoying all the right people by focusing attention on the issue. Unlike most in the House and the Senate, Cruz is prepared to fight to repeal Obamacare, and he's prepared to expose his fellow Republican Senators who want to take the path of least resistance.

He has called for Congress to abolish the Internal Revenue Service, replacing it with a fair or flat tax that does not need politically sensitive administration.

He wants to audit the Federal Reserve and bring long-needed accountability to that institution. It's a good idea, but it's sort of like tilting at windmills -- there's not a lot of support for it, because both the Democrats and the Establishment are united in opposition.

He opposes federal subsidies for ethanol and has introduced legislation that would repeal the current requirement that gasoline contain 10% ethanol. He does not believe the data supports global warming, and he is right about that.

I think that Cruz has a couple fundamental principles that are strongly in his favor in the Presidential race, and which may serve to distinguish him from the crowd.

First, the evidence is that Ted Cruz is willing to stand and fight on principle even when the establishment leadership of his party is telling him to sit down and shut up. His one-man talking filibuster of Obamacare fundingdid not endear him to his fellow Republicans in the Senate, who did not appreciate being put on the spot and forced to take the political risk of voting. But Cruz stood on principle and was willing to go it alone if necessary. The Presidency can be a lonely office, and what is the veto pen if not a filibuster with a higher threshold?

Second, Cruz is willing to be quiet and cooperate when necessary. You haven't heard him opining on all the social issues that the media and the Democrats love to distract voters with. I don't know what religion he follows, or even if he follows any at all. I don't know his beliefs on abortion, or gay marriage, or whether Texas should secede from the union. I don't know those things -- though, probably, Google could tell me if I went looking -- because Ted Cruz does not shove those beliefs in my face. The Constitution says I dno't really have to care what religion a politician follows, because he is prohibited from imposing it on me. Abortion is a land-mine of an issue that no Senator will be able to act on, and a President only indirectly through Supreme Court appointments.

Third and finally, Cruz is a constitutional law litigator who argued part of the most significant Supreme Court case in living memory and contributed to winning that case. He knows the law, and he knows the Constitution. Unlike Obama, whose claim to being a "constitutional law professor" was a serious case of resume inflation, Cruz is the real deal and he is proposing real solutions to our problems in the judiciary

I am confident that, as President, Cruz will stand firm when standing firm is called for, mind his own business when his office has no Constitutional role, and argue his points to the courts and the People with skill and eloquence. In truth, after Barack Obama, history may not remember a Ted Cruz presidency. I get the impression that there would be a number of legislative victories, legislation signed and executive orders issued to undo much of the damage that Obama has done; and the world would have 8 years under a calm, steady, competent hand to return to normal.

Perhaps that is exactly what we all need.

This entry was published Mon Mar 23 12:20:05 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2016-05-04 11:27:51.0. [Tweet]

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