My Considered Choice: Ted Cruz

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What the Republican Party needs, if it hopes to defeat the ‘Illogical Left’ in 2016 is a candidate who values (and espouses) a rational plan to return the United States to its positions of economic and military leadership in a world that appears to be lost and uncertain in the wake of a weak and floundering central government.

A Democratic victory in the U.S. Presidential Election in November of 2016 would be disastrous to the United States, to the few countries we can still count on as allies and to the world’s economy.

I firmly believe that what the Republican Party, The United States and ultimately the world needs is a safe and strong United States that stands un-intimidated in the face of dictators and in the face of the rabble who are attempting to destroy all the underpinnings of a civilized world in the name of the most brutal aspects of their religion. Anything less than a return to sanity in Washington, on ‘Main Street’ and on Wall Street and the rebuilding of a strong American military that reflects the traditional values of the United States will not be enough to save us from the uncertain future we face today.

Soft-spoken, intelligent Ben Carson is certainly capable of learning what he needs to know to run the country, but, relatively speaking, if elected, he would be like a first-year medical student doing brain surgery.

Donald Trump is undoubtedly a very successful entrepreneur who, as president, would most likely be able to understand and control our currently out of control economy, but it appears that, as our ‘really great president’, the United States Constitution would rapidly be replaced by a still unwritten tome titled ‘The World According To Donald Trump’; the problem is, that isn’t the way the world or the United States works.

So who is this leader that can restore America to greatness? My hopes are on Ted Cruz.

Originally, in this blog, I boosted Donald Trump and then Ben Carson. They are both good men who share my vision of a safe, strong, powerful United States. Why then this shift to Ted Cruz? Ted Cruz also shares my visions for America and, as a sitting United States Senator (TX) he has proven to oppose the business-as-usual, just-for-profit, anything to get reelected mentality of many (most?) members of Congress. Also, as a sitting member of Congress, he has valuable insights into how our government works now and, more importantly, what can be done to make it work better for the American citizen/taxpayer. This “insider” advantage, combined with his commonsense, anti-establishment, ‘politically incorrect’ positions on the important topics of National Defense, the economy and public welfare makes him preferable to Ben Carson or Donald Trump.

NOTE: Ted Cruz is currently also being touted as the ‘flavor-of-the-month’ for Evangelical voters. As long as his religious beliefs have a negligible effect on his important positions and he continues to quote from the Constitution and not from some religious text, I’m alright with that.

Recommended Reading:

All about Ted Cruz : Follow the links for his Bio, his philosophy, his positions and more.

W.P. Wonk Blog: The Washington Post publishes the “Wonk Blog” on a regular basis, a current post on that blog is “A guide to what Ted Cruz really believes” . While the Washington Post is not a big fan of Ted Cruz (or any Republican) their ‘Guide to Ted Cruz’ is an interesting and apparently fair look at Ted Cruz’ positions relative to Donald Trump and other Republicans.

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Trump’s Poorly-Thought-Out Muslim Proposal

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Let’s just imagine that America’s immigration policy is changed to temporarily prevent Muslims from entering the country; just temporarily, until our government can figure out how to tell the radicalized Muslims from the peaceful ones.

That doesn’t seem like a bad idea when you consider the death and destruction that is almost routinely, caused by radicalized Muslims.

You’d never know it from listening to the broadcast or cable news, or even by listening to Trump himself, but that is exactly what Donald Trump is suggesting. Now Trump, being Trump, doesn’t make proposals that sound reasonable – when he talks, he is talking to the people who are just totally pissed-off about the way our government does things so he uses harsh words and makes wild faces that will energize his followers.

Donald Trump, politically speaking, is not a very smart man! He talks off the top of his head and I seriously doubt that he listens to any rational advice he is given by his political advisors — either that or he has hired a bunch of “yes men” as advisors who do nothing but stroke his very large ego.

There is no doubt in my mind that what Trump is suggesting:

“A total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

is the germ of a good idea, but I get the impression that Trump believes, like he believed about his ‘deport every Illegal Alien’ proposal, that it is something that could actually happen. Even if  Trump were to become the next president, it is unlikely that he could shut down Muslim immigration completely — there is just too much opposition to that idea in both the Republican and Democratic parties as well as in the Supreme Court and in the general public.

In a perfectly rational world, Trump’s proposal would be hailed as a ‘great idea’ but here in America, we are far from being in a perfectly rational world. Americans long ago lost their spirit and their ability to think clearly! What we have now is a “go along to get along” mentality that shrivels at the thought of being thought of as anything other than ‘generous, accepting and forgiving’. We have an entire generation of  liberal “Stepford Wives” controlling the country’s direction.

No, I don’t believe we need (or will ever get) Trump in the White House, who we need is someone who is on the same “wavelength” as Trump but will apply common sense and logic to his propositions. Someone who understands what is doable and what will never get done. Someone who understands the damage that Liberal politicians and a dysfunctional Supreme Court are doing in the United States

Guess what! We have that very person running for the presidential nomination in 2016. He’s as rebellious as Trump and shares many of the same BASIC positions as Trump, but he is not as impractical, as infuriating or as ego driven:

Ted Cruz has been openly, vocally opposed to the kind of destructive legislation and proposals that have been coming out of the White House since Obama was first elected. A Ted Cruz presidency would bring the United States back, in a sensible manner, to a strong, prosperous, safe place in the world where our enemies fear us and our allies would be willing to work with us and would benefit by being our partners in this dangerous world.