I know, this comes as quite contrary to how every other conservative is taking the news of Sen. Ted Cruz’s entrance into the 2016 presidential primary. And I feel that it is necessary to explain why that is.
I do like Sen. Cruz, he seems to be a good father and family man and his heart does look to be in the right place. But that is not all that is required to make a good president. I realize that he has experience as in Washington serving at the justice department and has served as solicitor general and now senator in Texas. But when it comes to his experience in policy and getting things done, he is still very much ‘green’ you could say.
Though passionate he lacks any real accomplishments, I heard a staunch Cruz supporter on the radio last night. And when he was asked what Cruz has said he would do while running for senate and has accomplished that make him right for the position. All the individual could say is that he tried hard to fight against Obamacare, that he tried to defund and has tried to fight both parties on the issue. The key word that comes is tried, which an admirable thing to do, does not give you any record other than a bomb thrower.
Senator Ted Cruz has only been in the senate for two years, and he has yet to put forth any legislation of note, or even cosponsor any legislation. All he worked to do is use his new platform to project his frustrations with Washington, which though I do share, do not create anything more than the cloud of hot air that hangs heavy over D.C.
I understand that Cruz may see some opening for him in this coming election, and that with the American people beginning their soul searching for a new leader; which may be a conservative leader this time around. It seems Cruz does not want to wait four or even eight years for a shot at the oval office. And while that is a bold move, it is likely a mistake. I would have preferred that he would have chosen to stay and gain knowledge, and develop his gravitas and leadership image. Individuals such as Jim Demint and Rick Santorum where in the senate for many years and learned a great deal and both men can see things they did right and acknowledge failings. Rick Santorum namely admitted on the campaign trail last time that he made a mistake in voting for “No Child Left Behind”. That is what we need in a leader, someone who admits they are human.
Another area that Cruz lacks knowledge in, and one that is important to me, is foreign policy. Cruz’s knowledge on policy does not go far beyond the U.S. – Mexican border. And what we need in the next president is someone who knows how to deal world leaders and put America back on the right path. They need to have the ability to repair our broken image that is in desperate need of repair. We need someone with that experience, and Ted Cruz has little enough that I don’t feel that comfortable with him taking the helm in such a volatile time in our world.
If Cruz where to have stayed in the senate those eight years, and worked on passing legislation to make America better and change the nation. Then I would certainly be more inclined to give him a serious look, and I might even endorse him. But now is not the time for him.
Though, I will say it now, that if he does somehow capture the nomination. He will certainly have my vote and support.