US Senator Cruz of Texas is a Stellar Conservative

Republican Ted Cruz was elected in November 2012. He is a stellar conservative. He said recently that a spiritual revival is needed in America. Amen. Nikitas3.com concurs.

Cruz said: “I think we’re at the edge of a precipice. If we keep going down this path we’re risking losing our nation. We’re risking losing the incredible oasis of liberty.”

Nothing could be more truthful. This is the kind of language and courage that we need to hear from many more Republicans. After all the Founders of America knew that it was only a moral, accountable, thoughtful and religious people that could maintain liberty.

And we know today that the increasing secularism, selfishness, immaturity and nihilism of American society, promoted by the Democrats and their media cronies, threatens our liberty, our prosperity and our social cohesion.

Cruz truly is someone to watch. He is fearless, vocal and principled and this is what the Democrats fear most about him. Because Democrats favor Republicans like John McCain who wants to be liked by Democrats and their media friends and who says that Democrat ideas aren’t all that bad. Meanwhile no Democrat ever says that Republicans may have good ideas except as occasional political propaganda.

Cruz’s father fled communist Cuba in 1957 and Cruz is the second Republican hispanic in the US Senate. The other is Marco Rubio of Florida who also is the son of Cubans. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey is also hispanic, but he is a Democrat and he is in big trouble. He is being accused of traveling to the Dominican Republic and having sex with underage prostitutes.

So just compare Democrat behavior with Republicans to understand the American crisis today.

Cruz was given little chance of winning his race. He had been the solicitor general of Texas but was up against a well-funded Republican establishment candidate. Then he won the primary, and he won the general election by 16 points. This shows that he indeed is connecting with more and more people, which he will do nationally as time passes. Many already are suggesting that he could be president of the United States someday, even running in 2016.

Here is the opening of the Cruz biography from wikipedia.org:

Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz (born December 22, 1970) …is a member of the Republican Party and was Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 to May 2008… He was the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas, the youngest Solicitor General in the United States, and had the longest tenure in Texas history.

Cruz was a partner at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius where he led the firm’s U.S. Supreme Court and national appellate litigation practice.

He previously served as the director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice, and as Domestic Policy Advisor to U.S. President George W. Bush on the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign. In addition, Cruz was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where he taught U.S. Supreme Court litigation, from 2004 to 2009 (end of wikipedia.org excerpt)

That’s a pretty impressive resume compared to, say, Democrat Minnesota US senator Al Franken, a former comedian on Saturday Night Live. See the difference again between substantive Republicans and frivolous Democrats who are creating a frivolous nation?

Said Cruz, “Texans got engaged in the Senate race, I believe, because they understood that the country is at a crossroads. That we cannot keep going down the road we are going, [with] of out-of-control spending, debt, taxes, and regulation. That we can’t keep bankrupting the next generations. And that it has been career politicians in both parties who got us in this mess.”

Yes indeed. Those Texans know what they’re talking about. Because productive, skilled and educated Americans are moving into Texas in huge numbers and out of liberal states like California and Massachusetts. Cruz sees this reality. More politicians need to point this out as Nikitas3.com has done repeatedly.

Cruz said, “It is a remarkable privilege to serve at a time such as this, at a time when the stakes are so high. I’m honored to work for 26 million Texans, and every day I try to do my very best to fight for them, to defend free-market principles and champion our Constitutional liberties, so that we can pull our country back from the brink. And I’m deeply optimistic that, together, we can prevail – we can return to our founding principles that have made America the freest and most prosperous nation in the world.”

Look at that… “deeply optimistic”. This is what we need in America; leaders who are optimistic about the future but understanding that that only can happen with significant changes. And only conservative principles can make us optimistic. Otherwise we keep going down the Obama path of socialism, debt, stasis and decay.

Cruz said, “In my view, Republicans lost in 2012 and 2008 because they tried not to lose and painted not with bold colors but pale pastels. I think we (Republicans) do best when we present a clear contrast with the Democrats: ‘First you win the argument, then you win the vote,’ as (the late British prime minster) Margaret Thatcher used to say.”

Brilliant. This guy is smart and he is strong on the philosophical side too, which is Reaganesque. And this is why the Democrats fear him. Because whenever conservative principles are stated clearly and without interference and distortion from the Liberal Media, they win the day. That is why liberals always seek to censor or shout down conservative opinions, as they do on college campuses, instead of debating them.

Cruz said, “…for a long time, I’ve advocated what I call ‘opportunity conservatism.’ Every domestic policy that we (Republicans) think about or talk about should focus like a laser on opportunity – on easing the means of ascent up the economic ladder. We should look … at how every policy impacts the most vulnerable among us, on how it impacts those struggling to achieve the American Dream.”

Yet Democrats always paint conservatives as the opposite (i.e., that capitalism is unfair) while Democrats offer “opportunity” only through government handouts and government action. But if opportunity is given by the government and not earned, then it is hollow and counterproductive.

Millions will change their vote to conservative/Republican if that argument is made forcefully and clearly. Cruz is doing so. And the fact that he is hispanic will make it ring even clearer to the growing hispanic population, which is suffering under Obama.

Democrats will seek to trash Cruz because they want the hispanic vote for themselves and they want hispanics to have a favorable view of the government and of dependency.

Cruz said: “The sad truth of the Obama economy is that those who have been hurt the most are the most vulnerable: young people, Hispanics, African-Americans, single moms. Under President Obama, Hispanic unemployment climbed to nearly 10%; African-American unemployment to nearly 14%; and youth (age 16-19) unemployment to over 25%. Notably, the rich do just fine with big government. Indeed, income inequality has increased under President Obama. From June 2009 through 2011, the average income of the top 1% grew in real terms by 11.2%; the bottom 99% saw their incomes shrink by 0.4%. When you hammer small businesses with more and more taxes and regulations, the people who are hurt – those who are laid off, or whose hours are forcibly reduced to 29 hours a week – are those just beginning to climb the economic ladder.”

Yes indeed. The rich get richer under socialism and the poor get poorer. It is a simple message and it always happens under socialist policies. Obama is hurting the very people whom he claims he cares most about. Yet many continue to support him. Because they have been brainwashed.

Said Cruz: “The American free-market system has been the greatest engine for prosperity and opportunity that the world has ever seen. And I believe Republicans should have two words tattooed on our hands: growth and opportunity. Every policy we advocate should focus directly on improving those two priorities. For economic growth, we know what works: low taxes, less regulation, sound money and free trade. Those are the four pillars of sustainable, strong economic growth. We’ve seen this formula work – in the Roaring ‘20s, the Go-Go ‘60s, the 1980s and ‘90s. Every major recession relates to getting policy wrong on one or more of these pillars.”

How true. He added: “Democrats and Republicans should be able to work together on tax reform and regulatory reform to restore growth, to make it easier for small businesses to get started and grow, and to maximize the opportunity everyone has to achieve the American Dream.”

Here Cruz is showing his naivete. Because Democrats will never work with Republicans. Democrats always expect Republicans to change their opinions and to move toward Democrat ideas.

Cruz said: “My biggest surprise (at being in Washington since January 2013) has been the defeatism among some Republicans here. There was such a strong sense of confusion about November’s loss, and many believed we had to retrench and there was no way to stop the president and Democrats from running the table.”

Cruz should not be surprised. The Republicans still refuse to acknowledge how Obama’s IRS strategy targeting Tea Parties and other conservatives helped him to win. Yet even with this government weapon, with total and unyielding media support and with the automatic votes of many, many millions of the dependent poor, Obama only won a very modest victory in 2012.This is a sign that the Democrats are not nearly as strong as they think.

Cruz added these comments:

*“In my view, even in the Senate minority, Republicans can do three things. First, we can stop bad bills. And there is no shortage of those.”

*“Second, we have moments of leverage small and large where we can make good things happen. One example was Rand Paul’s historic filibuster on the Senate floor to force the Obama administration to make a critical concession: that the Constitution prohibits the killing of an American citizen by drone within the United States, unless he presents an imminent threat.”

*“Another place where we have leverage is on the Debt Ceiling. Generally, raising the Debt Ceiling requires 60 votes, which means in the 54-46 Senate, Republicans must at least be consulted in order for it to pass. Thus, the Debt Ceiling presents a moment when we can potentially force some positive reforms that otherwise aren’t on the table.”

*“… we can work to win the argument – to make the case to the American people that we must return to free-market principles and the Constitution, and that doing so will restore growth and expand opportunity for every American.”

*“There is no greater threat to the economy, to jobs, and to our prosperity than Obamacare. …President Obama just acknowledged the wheels are coming off Obamacare by delaying implementation of the employer mandate, granting a waiver for large corporations. My view is Republicans should stand up for the people and stop the rest of Obamacare before it is too late.”

*“If we fail, we risk losing the miracle of freedom that has made America the greatest nation on earth. My wife and I have two little girls, and so I worry about what most parents do – what sort of nation are we going to leave to our kids and grandkids? I worry that we are squandering the legacy we inherited from our forefathers.”

Good for Ted Cruz. He is very smart. He is speaking like Ronald Reagan did, in broad and meaningful tones. We need many more political leaders like him. Otherwise the cost is just too high to think about.

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