The big buzz and all the fuss is beginning regarding who will make a mad dash for the White House! Some more pathetic candidates have emerged from the shadows like Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, and yes, even Mitt Romney (who would mark his third stab at the golden goose).
One name that has been in high circulation among Conservatives and the base, but has been left off of virtually every Republican poll, is Ted Cruz. The sharp-shootin’, no-nonsense Texas Senator has become somewhat of a rock star among common-sense Americans and is gaining legions of loyal supporters. Cruz has not yet announced any plans to put together an exploratory committee or any hints that he desires the nomination, but that hasn’t stopped the left and even some progressive Republicans from attacking him.
News recently broke that when Cruz was a senior in high school way back in 1987, he was ticketed for alcohol possession. The report revealed that the police pulled him over and found an unopened case of beer which he was then issued a ticket for. When he was applying to be Texas Solicitor General, the incident was discovered.
Cruz made the following statement in regards to his mistake, “Teenagers often make foolish mistakes, and that certainly applied to me as well”. The release of this information is clearly a desperate attempt to discredit what the progressives and some Republicans fear, Ted Cruz winning in the primaries and ultimately the presidency. With the support and devotion Cruz has been able to rally among voters, they need to pull any punches they can get their sad hands on.
Cruz has been seen as a super hero of sorts, ready to defend and protect our most precious freedoms and liberties. He is a consitutionalist, who isn’t afraid to ruffle feathers if it’s for the good of the country and the people he works for, his constituents. Cruz has an innate understanding of exactly who employs him and he aims to please. Taking on issues like Obamacare, the borders, and out-of-control spending have thrust him onto a stage where many times he stood alone, gaining praise from the people who matter the most.
Instead of joining the Senator in his fight for America, Republicans instead have chosen to attack Cruz; creating an even bigger divide within the party. Cruz made headlines and GOP leadership red in the face when he announced his dissent to the outrageous spending bill proposed by House leadership. The issues also dealt with the Department of Homeland Security funding, which they wanted to push back to the following year. Cruz took a hard line stance saying to Republicans, “Do what you promised” in regards to the deportation of millions of illegal criminals.
Ted Cruz is well aware of the issues that are important to voters, Illegal immigration’s being a hot-button issue, with the majority of Americans against it. They broke the law and therefore need to be deported. Republican strategist Hector Barajas disagrees saying, “The Democrats are betting on Republicans shooting themselves in the foot. Even for Hispanics who aren’t in fear of being deported, the big question is: ‘Why are they picking on us?’” Barajas went on to say,“It could have some devastating effects for Republicans.”
Cruz has rejected the idea that his position on illegal immigration would hurt the party in any way, but instead would actually make it stronger because of voters’ desire on the issue. Cruz said in an interview, “The Democrats said that before November as well. It proved correct: It did mobilize voters — and we saw a historic tidal wave of an election that was a referendum on executive amnesty.”
John Cornyn, also a Texas Senator, disagrees with how Cruz has handled the immigration issues. “More responsible voices need to speak up and try to frame that debate rather than just surrender the field to the shrillest and most obnoxious,” said Cornyn. “It’s not representative of the party”.
Not representative of the party? It’s not supposed to be “about the party”. It’s about the will of the people and the preservation or our country. Something Ted Cruz definitely gets and the others need to learn very quickly. The country has Republicans on notice and if they continue to act more like Democrats than actual Republicans, they will be handed their pink slips in their bid for a re-election. Americans don’t need any more bullies within the Republican Party; we already have enough of them in the White House.