No one really knows history anymore. When I think back to my own U.S. History classes in high school, I have realized that I got the whitewashed version of U.S. History-essentially all the important information about our country’s history that led to what it is today was not taught and I had to go without that information for 1 or 2 years after I left high school. Then, my interest in history was piqued when I came across a book called The 5000 Year Leap. The premise of the book was that the Founding Fathers took all the lessons of history-of failed nations and empires, what worked and didn’t work in government, and knowledge of the human race as it was explained by philosophers and not to mention the Founders own life experiences and what the First Great Awakening had taught them about human nature, and applied it to forming what would become something the world had never seen before-an experiment that is still working itself out. But this experience brought about many world changing ideas and innovations that spread like wild-fire. Alexi de Tocqueville said that America was a “Great Experiment” in his book Democracy in America. And in many ways it is. Our country’s foundation was strong, but it could also be easily destroyed if we have the wrong type of people in government. Benjamin Franklin, when asked what the Constitutional Convention had produced, said, “A Republic, madam, if you can keep it!” The way our country was set up was to keep the government small and in check by the people it served. The formula that the Founders used to create our government was as follows:
- It acknowledged that individual rights are derived from a Creator. (Stedman, 2015)
- It was based on enduring principles compatible with “the laws of nature and of nature’s God.”(Stedman, 2015)
- It recognized human imperfection and that a tendency to abuse power is ever present in the human heart.(Stedman, 2015)
- It restrained those in power through a written Constitution which carefully divided, balanced, and separated the powers of government and then intricately knitted them back together again through a system of checks and balances.(Stedman, 2015)
- It left all powers with the people, except those which, by their consent, the people delegated to government and then made provision for their withdrawing that power, if it was abused.(Stedman, 2015)
With this basic formula for the foundation of our country and its survival, I wish to bring your attention to something that Abraham Lincoln once said: “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” In America today, we see government eroding our freedoms slowly under the current administration. People don’t view it that way, but in our nation and with encouragement from the current administration, there are speech codes in universities so liberals are not offended-a violation of free speech. We see the religious freedoms of citizens under attack on several fronts. And under the same current administration, the threat of pulling funding for a public school for daring to uphold the privacy rights of girls in locker rooms because a transgender boy wanted to change in the same area as the girls, even though he had the anatomy of a boy the school respected his wishes and let him change in the girls locker room, in an area of the locker room separated by a curtain. This did not satisfy the boy and wanted the whole kit and caboodle and sued the school. Violation of the girls deserved privacy rights. The logic of the Obama Administration’s Dept. of Education in that situation is mind boggling—just because the school didn’t capitulate to the boy’s wishes, the Dept. of Labor threatens to punish the whole student body by taking their funding away? So much for educating the next generation…
I digress however. With a government wildly out of control, and a Congress filled with what Rush Limbaugh calls “linguine-spine Republicans” who don’t put up a fight and amoral Democrats who only care about keeping the government’s gravy train on biscuits running, we need a president who will bring this wild horse under control and put the formula the Founding Fathers came up with for our government back to work.
And I believe the person I believe most capable of doing all this is Ted Cruz.
Cruz, time and time again, has shown how tenacious he can be against his opponents in both parties. He has shown himself to be separate from career-politicians by not just talking the talk, but also walking the walk. He has shown that when he says he’s going to do something, he follows through on it. He may not always win, he faces great adversity, but he brings everything he has to the table to fight on issues that are important to him. He fights for citizens’ constitutional rights regardless of whether they agree or disagree with him. That is what I believe is phenomenal about Ted Cruz, he will not only fight for the rights of those who agree with him, as Obama has done, but rather fight for the constitutional rights of all Americans-since our Bill of Rights do not apply only to one group of people, but rather universal to all citizens.
His ability to speak alone is what caught my attention and interest in him. I have watched videos of past speeches made by leaders of governments in the past, and the last president that America had who could speak amazingly well and could deliver speeches in a fashion that could give your support whether you wanted to or not, is Ronald Reagan. Ted Cruz’s ability to speak is like that. I listen to him and I just want to give my support-he talks with a passion that this nation has not seen in close to 30 years.
Cruz’s platform is Reigniting the Promise of America-in fact it’s the title of his book, which I hope to have time to read in the coming weeks. I believe this platform is Cruz wanting to take the country back to foundational principals that made our country unique and the greatest nation in the world. A nation where all are equal in the eyes of the law and have inalienable rights such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. A nation that is willing to fight to protect the rights of its citizens and is willing to fight for the lives and freedom of others. We need a president who can take up that mantle and lead us back to the correct formula that the Founding Fathers created 240 years ago.
Vote for Ted Cruz, and see what he can do for America, because he has proven that he can fight, and he can deliver.
Stedman, W. D. (2015, December 21). Will The Great American Experiment Succeed? Retrieved from National Center for Constitutional Studies: https://www.nccs.net/will-the-great-american-experiment-succeed.php