How mistaken I was about Ted Cruz

ted-cruz-has-just-wrapped-up-his-epic-21-hour-defund-obamacare-talk-a-thonI’m all about accountability and honesty.  So when I make a mistake I admit it and when I am wrong about people I say so.  Over the past few years the person I have been most wrong about is Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Around the time of his 21 hour filibuster against Obamacare and at a time when I was firmly stuck in my focus on some of my more liberal viewpoints, I specifically referred to Senator Cruz as a sideshow act.  I could not have been more wrong and for that I owe him a sincere apology.  I am certain that I disagree with him on certain issues, some of which are important issues.  However, what I know I agree with are his stances on what I now feel are the most important issues.  National security and the State of Israel.

There are some people who just get it.  People who don’t merely support Israel out of emotion but out of understanding and logic.  Ted Cruz is clearly one of these people.  In a government that is overwhelmingly supportive of Israel, Senator Cruz has managed to rise to the top of the list.  This is also a man who is showing leadership and strength with his approach towards foreign affairs as exhibited in his authoring a bill that would have Americans who join ISIS lose their passports. The bill, which for some absurd reason was blocked by Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, would have stripped anyone joining a terrorist group likely to strike at U.S. interests of their American citizenship.

I’ve repeatedly said that my next vote for president will go to whoever is best for Israel and strongest on foreign policy issues. It’s early, and he hasn’t even declared his candidacy, but based on those standards if I needed to vote today, there’s a very good chance Ted Cruz would get my vote.  That’s because I have over time come to realize how wrong I was when I said that this man is a sideshow act. What he actually is instead is a rising star who might even wind up being the main attraction.  As I sit here and write this today, I’d be very happy with that.

 

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