30 Mar
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Ted Cruz’s Right Ideas

By NYYRC Blogger Lawrence Jeffords

Whether or not he becomes the Republican candidate for president in 2016, during his announcement, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) floated some winning ideas that all Republicans should embrace.

The Promise of America. Many in our country take for granted the great opportunities and hope the United States offers to both our citizens as well as people worldwide. In his speech, Cruz began by talking about America’s promise and how without it he would not be where he is today. This is a point that can resonate with both natural-born citizens and immigrants. People do not flock to America because she is the same as the lands they left, but because she is different and offers the greatest opportunities and best advantages. “You can come here with nothing and achieve anything,” said Cruz. Liberals would have you believe that this country only provides an edge to the wealthy. However, there is no greater edge than being an American, all of our citizens have it, and millions have come here to get it, and this is a point that should be driven home by the Republican Party. Cruz rightly reminded our country of “the American exceptionalism that has made this nation a clarion voice for freedom in the world, a shining city on a hill.”

Liberty. Regulations from the executive agencies are stifling our freedoms. Cruz talked about standing for and restoring the liberty given to us by the Founders. The government installed by them was designed to protect our liberty, but today’s government has eroded it. The federal government spies on its citizens without warrants; it stifles economic growth through over-regulation; and it eliminated large swaths of the healthcare market and reduced citizens’ choices through Obamacare. Reigning in the bureaucratic government will increase economic opportunity through reducing regulations and allow for more growth and innovation in energy, healthcare, and a myriad of other areas. School choice is another area where restoration of liberty will help our citizens by giving all of them the opportunity to get a quality education of their choice. Republicans need to stand and promote liberty as the way to turn our country around.

Restoring the Constitution. Cruz stated “it’s time to restore the Constitution,” and “as Thomas Jefferson put it,the Constitution serves as chains to bind the mischief of government.” As we have seen during this administration the citizenry is imperiled when the officers sworn to uphold and obey the Constitution show nothing but contempt for it. We have been living through arguably the most lawless and Constitutionally ignorant administration in our history.
In fact, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled actions taken by the Obama Administration to be unconstitutional 20 times, and many more not as a whole panel. The Constitution requires that the president faithfully execute the laws. Obama has violated this mandate repeatedly by making law through executive fiat and blatantly ignoring laws on the books. Obama’s unconstitutional actions include his executive amnesty. The Republican Party needs to present and tout a plan for restoring a constitutionally limited government.

Reducing the Federal Government. Whether it’s abolishing the IRS as Cruz suggested, or reducing federal control over local education by eliminating Common Core, the Republican candidate and the party needs to attack the leviathan that is the federal government. Without reducing the Federal Government, liberty and the Constitution cannot be restored.

Ultimately, Republicans need to focus on what makes our country great and how to restore it to its full potential by fixing the follies of the current administration. While Senator Cruz may not become the Republican nominee, whoever is selected should run with some of the same ideas he has in mind.

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