U.S. Senator Ted Cruz recently visited California and was among the featured guests at the Lincoln Club of Northern California’s spring seminar. He spoke of his vision for America which stands in striking contrast with Barack Obama’s.
Senator Cruz was the youngest Solicitor General in Texas; trained at Ivy League Schools (Princeton and Harvard) on the East Coast. He has authored more than 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and argued 43 oral arguments, according to his website.
Senator Cruz introduced his wife Heidi, who worked for Condoleezza Rice when Rice served in the White House as National Security Adviser. Then, Heidi handled Western Hemisphere policy. Now, she is Vice President of Goldman Sachs in Houston, Texas.
When Senator Cruz first met Heidi’s family – missionaries who were vegetarians – he celebrated Christmas dinner with them. When asked how a vegetarian Christmas differs from Christmas in Cuba, Senator Cruz said that it’s mostly the same – except that the entree never arrives. He talked of the Cuban tradition which includes roasting an entire pig.
It’s stories like these that endear you to Ted Cruz, who, liked any good Texan, is polite, likable and approachable.
Cruz spoke of protests of a speech he gave at U.C. Berkeley right when Facebook began. He talked about Berkeley’s passionate involvement and suggested students stay engaged and make it a better world. Unlike some on the left who criticize Cruz, he feels that people who disagree with him are not stupid or evil. He suggests approaching people with a more friendly debate demeanor –
“Pretend it is your mother. You cannot convince anyone otherwise.”
Unlike most liberals who’d like to stick a fork in the GOP, stating that the party is “done”, Cruz doesn’t think Republicans will give up –
“Just because we got clobbered in 2012 doesn’t mean we’re done”.
Senator Cruz defines the economic pie as ever-changing. It doesn’t stay stagnant with 47 percent dependent on government. His philosophy, much like other job-creating Republicans is to have a larger economic pie by creating jobs and more taxpayers, enabling more people get a piece of the pie.
He has advice for Republicans who got caught up in the 2012 rhetoric. He believes the party focused too much on acknowledging those who have already succeeded rather than convincing those who want to achieve –
“Rather than saying ‘You built that’ – say – ‘You can build that.’ “
Cruz discussed debt to his young daughters and says that debt has gone from 10 trillion to 16 trillion in the last four years. It clearly troubles him to think that the cost of our bloated government today will be passed on to his kids to pay.
He talks about Obamacare stating that those who will be hurt most by Obamacare are those who may need help the most. Many of them are of Hispanic origin, living in Texas. He talks of the court cases against Obama, stating that in the end we’ve got to win the argument, because the future of America’s economic health depends on it.
Cruz advocated for “opportunity conservatives”, recognizing the differences between the job creators in California he was addressing and the opportunities they have provided in the way of jobs in high growth industries –
“We are conservatives because the free market works. What you don’t see in Washington is people like those in Northern California who started companies in their garage”.
Cruz thinks the biggest lie in government is that Republicans are the party of the rich. This is a common theme for Cruz, a free market Reaganite, who held nothing back in these comments about President Obama at the Daily Caller -
“I think President Obama is the most radical president this nation’s ever seen. And in particular, I think he is a true believer in government control of the economy and of our everyday lives. In my judgment, we are facing what I consider to be the epic battle of our generation, quite literally the battle over whether we remain a free market nation.”
Senator Cruz pivots once again to a reference of his family from Cuba. His Dad fought in Cuban revolution and was tortured in prison at age 17. He had nothing when he came to America but he got a job washing dishes, graduated from college, and started a small business.
“If we lose our freedom here where do immigrants like my dad go to? I value freedom and opportunity and that’s why I’m optimistic.”
Coming to America sounded so much like my Grandfather’s story. He came here from Italy at age 16, taking any job he could because it was better than the life he left behind. Many of us who are grandchildren of immigrants can relate to this story – but the vast majority of us didn’t endure their parents being tortured.
It’s easy to see why Ted Cruz is so passionate about the gun debate. He values freedom and sees it potentially being compromised. Regarding thoughts of a filibuster which would prevent a U.S. Senate vote, Cruz said yesterday in the Dallas Morning News that he felt it was egregious legislation, not worthy of a Senate vote -
“The question is not whether we have a debate. …The question is whether we should have a 50-vote or 60-vote threshold” before curbing gun rights.
Senate rules are fussy and the 60 votes required for cloture to shut off debate make the Senators even fussier. I remember this from sitting across from U.S. Senate Parliamentarian Bob Dove when we worked for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole in the 1980′s/1990′s.
In the debate today, the Senate vote was 68-31 to bring gun control legislation to the floor for a vote.
But regardless of this lopsided margin, it’s clear that people like U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) understand judicial philosophy, have great passion, and know that what they do today as Senators sets precedent for the decisions of tomorrow.
There’s no doubt that Ted Cruz, at 42, has limitless potential.
This article originally appeared at ThoughtfulWomen.org.