Monday, March 30, 2015

Why Ted Cruz is not the answer

Last week Senator Ted Cruz of the state of Texas announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2016. He is the first of either party to announce, thus meaning he will have the first opportunity to court donors; as we all know it impossible to win an election without lots of funding

Senator Cruz is seen by some as a Savior of conservatism by some, as he has stood against Obamacare, opposed increasing the debt ceiling, opposed same-sex marriage, and various other conservative principles. At any rate, in the two years that he has been in the United States Senate, Senator Cruz has become an interesting an polarizing figure and will certainly be someone to watch in the coming months.

However, as a member of the Libertarian wing of the Republican Party, I must say that Senator Cruz is not the person to be the next nominee. He may be an exciting Senator, but he is not ready to be commander in chief for the following reasons:

1. Senator Cruz is too young. No, that is not a lazy argument. In fact, in the 2008 election, it was the Republican Party who said that then Senator Barack Obama was too young to be commander in chief, he then having been in the Senate a little under over 3 years. Senator Cruz has been in the same amount of time. There is a reason why the party made this argument back in 2008: The presidency of the United States is not a young mans job. It requires vast experience, the ability to negotiate, and the willingness to stand alone. While Senator Cruz has the last characteristic (which is the only one that makes him an interesting candidate), he does not have either of the former two and all 3 are necessary to be a great president.

Some will argue that the early presidents of the country did not have vast experience either. Oh, very much to the contrary. Before assuming office, George Washington was president of the Constitutional Convention and a general (a job where you are always in crisis); John Adams was the first vice president of the United States for 8 years and a leader in getting the Declaration of Independence ratified and signed; Thomas Jefferson was author of the Declaration of Independence, governor of Virginia, author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (which later became the 1st amendment), secretary of state and vice-president. These men had time to master the principles of leadership before they had to lead the entire nation. Senator Cruz claims to revere the founders, perhaps he follow there example.

2. Senator Cruz has no executive experience. This is a big problem since if elected Senator Cruz would be the chief executive of the country. As a Senator, you have no real responsibility if things are not done; you can just blame the other 99 senators. This is not true of an executive. He holds responsibility to direct the work and get the job done. Only Governors and CEO's have true executive experience, and not surprisingly most great presidents have been governors (Thomas Jefferson, Ronald Reagan, Franklin Delano Roosevelt to name a few).

This is not to say that a Senator cannot be a successful president, John F. Kennedy was for example. But, he had also been in the military and had been a war hero, as well as having been in the United States House of Representatives, as well as having been in the United States Senate for consecutive terms. Senator Cruz does not have these characteristics on his resume.

3. Senator Cruz will not build the party. Due to his rigid conservative ideology, Senator Cruz is a favorite of the Tea Party. However, there are factions of the party that this philosophy will alienate, people that Senator Cruz will need in order to win the nomination as well as the general election. This includes moderates, libertarians (like myself), establishment, minorities, and the youth vote. In all categories, Senator Cruz trails other candidates by over 20 percent. If he trails them for the nomination, how will he get them in a general election?

It is true that polls change, perhaps Senator Cruz can get these people behind him. But history shows that generally does not happen. Mitt Romney is a great example.

4. Senator Cruz is not the best candidate available. There are candidates who have been governors who are vibrant and engaging, as well as experienced who will challenge Senator Cruz when the debates and primaries come about. Some of them are from blue states, and they have had to work across the aisle in order to get their agendas across; a trait that is extremely useful for a president. Even among his fellow senators, there are other candidates who are more original, disciplined, and exciting. Among theses candidates include Governors Chris Christie of New Jersey, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, John Kasich of Ohio, and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. These are the men to look to in the coming election. Senator Cruz, we love you, but stay in the Senate.

1 comment:

  1. Where is there any man or woman worthy of the position of any political office & power?

    It has been proven over & over that governments don't work to preserve liberty because people aren't righteous enough, to stand for liberty or to choose righteous leaders who will.

    Until we as a people become righteous enough to govern ourselves, instead of putting faith & power in the hands of very fallible men & women, we will never have liberty.