Carolyn Elkins: My Case for Cruz
“The most enduring legacy of President Barack Obama is going to be a new generation of leaders standing up for liberty.” ~ Ted Cruz
Nearly 4 years ago I had a vision. I had been watching a contentious primary season where people knew early on who their favorite candidates were, but a familiar pattern was forming. The GOP establishment pick was once again lukewarm, even ‘severely’ conservative, yet he was gaining momentum over more conservative picks. I saw people grudgingly accept the fact that an ‘orange soda can’ could beat Obama – and proceed to plug their noses to vote for Romney.
The night of the national election was a nail biter, even down to them calling it for Obama while polls were still full of people on Florida’s west coast, including line ups around voting stations in my own county. I saw friends and family members deflate in disbelief that Obama had won again, but more frustrating was their disgust at what the GOPe had thrown down their throats again. Oh, they voted for him, but not one person I know had him as their top pick – he was their last choice.
Two years previous, there had been a landslide of conservatives voted into both houses on Capitol Hill, and people wanted to see a reflection of that in the Presidential election as well. One was a retired Lieutenant Colonel from Florida named Allen West.
The night of the Presidential election the Senate was able to gain more conservatives, especially in the firebrand Cuban American from Texas named Ted Cruz. I started watching both of these guys early on.
I paid attention to Lt. Col. West because he was one of Florida’s latest Congressmen and a true conservative with promise, and Cruz because of his fierce defense of the 2nd Amendment and opposition to Obamacare.
Allen West was a great congressman; not perfect, as there were a few votes he made which left me scratching my head, but I still appreciated (and still very much do) his conservatism and constitutional stand on so many issues we’ve been facing in our country.
Cruz on the other hand, the more I ‘investigated’ him, the more I loved what he stood for and still stands for. I appreciated his faith, his consistency in conservatism, but more so his Constitutional respect, honor and fight. He had no problem debating senior Senators like Diane Feinstein on gun control legislation or against Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Mitch McConnell when it came to fighting to repeal Obamacare and other unconstitutional mandates.
Cruz’s whole career is consistent in his conservative and constitutional beliefs. Cruz served as a law clerk for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and later for William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Cruz joined a private law firm later and worked on matters relating to the National Rifle Association, and even helped prepare testimony for the impeachment proceedings against President Clinton.
When Ted Cruz joined the George W. Bush presidential campaign in 1999 as a domestic policy adviser, he advised Bush on civil and criminal justice, constitutional law, immigration, and government reform policies. He also assisted in strategizing, and drafting pleadings for filing with the Supreme Court of Florida and U.S. Supreme Court, in the case Bush v. Gore, during the 2000 Florida presidential recounts. When G.W took office, Cruz served as an associate deputy attorney general in the Justice Department and as the director of policy planning at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
Many people don’t know about Cruz’s work at the Trade Commission…
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