Texas Senator Ted Cruz certainly livened up the 2016 GOP Presidential Primary race by being the first major candidate out of the gate. Predictably the mainstream media along with the left wing of the Republican Party attacked, dismissed, maligned, and otherwise wrote off Cruz as being everything but a child of God. One thing never changes – the Left (in both parties) will tell you who they fear the most.
When I discuss Cruz with people, one of the more baffling criticisms I hear of Cruz is that they like him but he is too conservative or that he is an extremist. When that charge is made, I ask people to please define “too conservative”, and tell me which of his positions he should change. So far the only people who have been willing to respond turn out to be a little to the left of Jeb Bush in their ideology; no one who could seriously be considered even a moderate Republican has taken up the challenge.
It is true that his political views do put Cruz in the “extreme” Right-wing of the GOP by virtue of the fact that there are no other potential candidates who are more conservative, but rather than indicating he is too conservative it indicates the rest of the candidates are too liberal. Can you imagine how much better off the country would be if the House and Senate were full of Republicans as solidly conservative as Cruz? (Okay, I’ll admit I asked that question just to rob Liberals of a good night’s sleep.)
When I hear the “too conservative” line, I have to wonder in what way he should be less conservative? Should he promote bigger government, or perhaps he should push gun control? Some people might think he should become pro-abortion, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. Would people prefer Cruz push for higher taxes, or maybe stronger EPA regulations? He could push for a weaker military or perhaps a higher national debt, but there seem to be plenty of people doing that already. Cruz could push for amnesty for illegal immigrants, but that position has already been staked out by virtually every other candidate in the race. He could promise to let our enemies thumb their noses at us, do nothing while terrorism runs rampant around the world, set the Middle East on fire, allow Iran to have nuclear weapons, and turn our back Israel, but Obama will have pretty much accomplished all of those things by the time he leaves office.
Try as I might, I can’t find a single issue I’d like to see him weaken his position on. If he did that, he would be just another one of many semi-conservative candidates in the race, but Cruz has earned another reputation, that of a “hard-liner”. I suppose means he isn’t a flip-flopper, but aren’t other candidates criticized whey they do flip-flop on issues? This is getting a bit confusing.