It is fairly obvious from my Facebook posts that I am supporting Ted Cruz for President, and that I am starkly opposed to Donald Trump. I haven’t said much about Marco Rubio, and recently a few of my friends asked for my thoughts as to why I picked Ted Cruz over Marco Rubio.
Let me preface my remarks, then, by saying that I don’t think Marco Rubio would be a bad president. I’m not starkly opposed to Rubio, and I will back him if he somehow receives the Republican nomination, which is something I can’t say regarding Trump. I have no interest in attacking Rubio or his supporters. However, while I believe that Rubio is a decent candidate, I believe that Cruz is better. Where Rubio is good, Cruz is exemplary.
So first, why do I like Cruz? I decided to make a list of reasons (in no particular order), to elaborate on a few, and then to contrast with Rubio at a few key places.
Who Cruz is:
- Cruz knows the Constitution. He memorize the Constitution at the age of 15 and travelled around with a group called the Constitutional Corroborators teaching about the Constitution: http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2015/03/23/Ted-Cruz-20-Things-You-Didn-t-Know-About-Him
- Cruz is smart. He managed to stand out in the memories of both Robert P George and Alan Dershowitz, his professors at Princeton. His mentor Robert George is a conservative, but Alan Dershowitz is a distinguished liberal professor who called Ted Cruz “Off-the-charts brilliant.”
- Cruz knows the Supreme Court. Cruz has argued before the Supreme Court 9 times, and won 5 times. That takes some doing. He also clerked for William Rehnquist and has written more than 80 briefs for the court. He has also pledged to appoint “principled constitutionalists” to the Supreme Court, which we desperately need in order to fill the void left by the death of Antonin Scalia. http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2016/02/26/live-ben-carson-ted-cruz-christian-media-convention-nashville/80967868/
- Cruz has actively sought out fights to promote conservative values. He was a contributor to the 2nd Amendment Heller case, as well as the case to keep the Ten Commandments from being removed from the Texas State Capitol. (more on that later)
- Cruz gets marriage right. Ted Cruz has signed the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) pledge promising to defend marriage as between a man and a woman and has been endorsed by NOM: https://marriagepledge.com/. He has also fought to defend states from the intrusion of the federal government, allowing each state’s electorate to decide the issue themselves – in accordance with the Constitution: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/sen.ted.cruz.says.same.sex.marriage.rulings.are.a.real.danger.to.our.liberty/49847.htmThis is in contrast to Marco Rubio, who may believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, but has not signed NOM’s marriage pledge and who has reached to gain the support of the Log Cabin Republicans, and gay conservative group: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-rubio-gaymarriage-idUSKBN0ND0AT20150422
- Cruz gets the Second Amendment right. Cruz was instrumental in the well-know Heller case that finally ended the DC gun ban preventing residents of our nation’s capital from defending themselves effectively: http://www.gunowners.org/alertcruz02252016.htmNow, Marco Rubio’s platform is pro-Second Amendment, but to those who are familiar with some of the formative and landmark cases in gun rights, the Heller case is a decided victory for Cruz and weighs more heavily. Furthermore, Rubio did vote in 1999 to ban guns from city parks in Miami: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/02/29/video-emerges-proving-marco-rubio-voted-for-gun-ban/ Rubio’s campaign had been denying this allegation by Cruz’s campaign.
- Cruz gets Religious Freedom right. He understands that our rights aren’t anchored in the Constitution, but are protected there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgthjWZNB5QIn the case of religious rights, he has worked to defend Hobby Lobby from the Obamacare HHS contraception mandate forcing Hobby Lobby to violate their consciences: http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2014/01/28/ted-cruz-liberty-university-file-amicus-briefs-in-hobby-lobby-case/
He also defended the Ten Commandments displayed at the Texas Capitol building: https://www.tedcruz.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/VanOrdenRespondentsBrief.pdf
He led the way to defend the words “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance at the US SCOTUS: https://www.tedcruz.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/NewdowAmicus.pdf and successfully defended them in the Texas Pledge of Allegiance: https://www.tedcruz.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/TexasPledge.pdf
- Cruz gets the right-to-life right. He also believes that Roe v. Wade can be overturned legislatively: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDCv62h–jw He has vowed to investigate Planned Parenthood his first day in office, and has stated that he would pardon the Center for Medical Progress activist David Daleiden, who released sting videos demonstrating illegal activities at Planned Parenthood.
- Cruz gets economic principles right. Cruz worked at the Federal Trade Commision’s Office of Policy Planning, where he did an excellent job defending economic freedom: “At the FTC, Cruz’s agenda could have been written by Milton Friedman…. For most of its history, the FTC has focused on private conduct that harms competition, such as (allegedly) anticompetitive mergers. Under Cruz’s leadership, the FTC instead targeted governmental conduct that harms competition.” https://pjmedia.com/blog/what-no-one-seems-to-know-about-ted-cruzs-past/Cruz will take on government subsidies. Heck, the man took on ethanol subsidies in Iowa – and won! (How did he do it? Watch! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6cUDscjrNg )
Can you honestly say you believe that Rubio will fight big business interests and crony capitalism to establish a fair market and spread economic freedom?
Cruz also supports a flat tax. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/ted-cruz-gets-specific-on-abolishing-the-irs/article/2563631
- Cruz gets Trump right. Cruz has caught Trump in a number of outright lies (https://www.facebook.com/tedcruzpage/videos/10153917713152464/?pnref=story and http://www.politifact.com/nevada/statements/2016/feb/23/ted-cruz/ted-cruz-attacks-donald-trump-wanting-leave-public/ for example), and has been attacked by Trump for exposing him. He has consequently suffered unjustly for telling the truth.
Three more reasons that I am voting for Ted Cruz instead of Marco Rubio.
- If you get Ted Cruz, you also get Heidi Cruz. Heidi Cruz is an asset to a potential Cruz administration, adding critical foreign policy expertise to his campaign. Heidi served on the National Security Council under Bush: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/416095/ted-cruz-has-not-so-secret-weapon-2016-his-wife-joel-gehrke?LzzLIXQILPWD7zkl.01
- Ted Cruz is far more likely to win his home state of Texas than Rubio is to win his own home state of Florida. Texas: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/tx/texas_republican_presidential_primary-3622.htmlFlorida: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/fl/florida_republican_presidential_primary-3555.html
- Trump voters are more likely to support Cruz than Rubio. If it is possible to defeat Trump, then Cruz would pick up more Trump supporters than would Rubio. Furthermore, if Cruz were to drop out, his supporters would be slightly more likely to support Trump (hey, not all of us are thoughtful!), while if Rubio backed out, more of his supporters would support Cruz. In other words, a Cruz dropping out supports Trump, but Rubio dropping out supports Cruz. http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/poll-trump-leads-when-it-comes-second-choice-cruz-top
Now, to sum all of this up, it seems to me that one of the big differences between the two camps is how they view the state of the nation. Are things just slightly out of balance, but nothing a good Republican can’t fix? Then they go with Rubio. Is our nation in need of a massive reset and return to Constitutional principles? Then Cruz is your man. If you think that this election may be America’s last chance to get things right, then I don’t see how we can choose someone less than Cruz.