The biggest misconception about Conservatives is that we are all card-carrying members of the Republican Party. I am always trying to educate Democrat voters that I am a Conservative and not a Republican and I believe it is very important for Conservatives to get this message out for two reasons. First, because it helps to define the meaning of “conservatism” and secondly, it distinguishes us from those in the Republican Party who do not hold our political convictions or stand on conservative values. The recent deal in the House and Senate over the government shutdown proves more than ever that the majority of the Republican Party has lost its conservative principles.
I am always apprehensive at promoting any politician. In fact, if there was some sort of self-help group for those like me who feel beat up and abused by the political system and those politicians who I once believed in, I would probably need some sort of 10-step program for recovery. However, Senator Ted Cruz might just be the antidote for my worn and battered conservative stance.
Last Friday, Sen. Cruz spoke at the 2013 Values Voter Summit. His speech made headlines because of the half dozen or so hecklers who interrupted his speech. I had the opportunity to attend VVS and Ted Cruz handled those outbursts from liberal hecklers with grace, humor and complete respect. Amidst the constant interruptions, he encouraged the right of the First Amendment and free speech and in that moment he restored my faith in conservatism in Washington D.C. In fact, thanks to those hecklers, I am more impressed with the Senator from Texas than I was when he stood for 21 straight hours in the Senate to help defund Obamacare.
Senator Ted Cruz conveys my conservative principles. He is a Republican who refuses to play the political games of the GOP establishment. His speech (without the use of the much loved Obama teleprompter) was not polished or agenda driven. He used the words the “American People” over and over again and promoted the notion that Washington is not listening to the people of this country. His message conveyed an understanding of what Conservatives like me want in our government and why there is such a distrust of the political system among the citizens of this country. One of his greatest lines was, “The media will tell us that believing in free market values, believing in the Constitution, believing in freedom are extreme views. It is a lie. If it were not a lie why do so many Democrats, when they are running, pretend to be Conservatives. For that matter, why do Republicans do the same?”
Do I write with trepidation in even promoting a politician? Yes, I do. Feeling the negative effects from the Republican Party who have abused my vote, who have refused to stand on conservative principles and have failed to represent “We the People”, makes me hesitant to stand with any political leader. Nevertheless, Ted Cruz has brought a little hope to this Conservative.
At the end of his speech he encouraged all Americans to take action and, like Esther (in the Bible), he said we are being called on “for such a time as this”. He urged the need to “stand strong” against an administration that has “repeatedly violated our Bill of Rights over and over again”.
Senator Mike Lee stated in his speech at the VVS, “Ted Cruz and I have been roundly criticized for our actions in the attempt to defund Obamacare. We make no apologies. We stand with you. We stand with the people.” I am thankful for voices like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz who represent conservatism. I applaud them for standing with the American people and for standing up to not only the Democrat Party but also those Republicans who have lost my trust in the political system. Their efforts to defund Obamacare, despite a Republican House that ultimately caved under political pressure, has not gone unnoticed by this Conservative.
A straw poll was taken at the Values Voter Summit and Ted Cruz won with 42% of the vote so it looks like I am not the only one impressed with this Senator from Texas. However, there will be no wide-eyed worship of any political figure for a future leader of this country. Instead, I simply stand with Senator Ted Cruz as he continues to stand up for the American people and me. After all, that is what he is paid to do and that is what our Constitution represents.
Please watch Senator Cruz’s response to the recent vote in the Senate: