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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ted Cruz And Attack On His Experience

Here's the Nonsense:  Ted Cruz doesn't have the experience to be considered for the nomination in 2016.  We need someone who's accomplished something as the candidate.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Too many people don't do their homework.  Ted Cruz has a very impressive resume for such a young man.  Pay attention and learn what this young man has accomplished in a very short time.

With Ted Cruz's announcement that he's running for president, all knives have come out to attack him.  And it's not just the mainstream media and Democrats.  In fact, some of the worst has come from the establishment GOP and right-wing media.  Once again, the right attacks as much as the left does, in fact maybe even more, to destroy a candidate who they fear.  And the consistent message they are all touting is that Cruz has no experience and is no different than Barack Obama was when he ran for president in 2008.  Let's take a look at some of the experience that Ted Cruz brings to his bid for the presidency.

When someone is truly conservative and represents the majority of Americans, you can bet that they will be attacked and efforts will be made to destroy them.  That kind of person threatens the future of those people because it represents exactly what America's founders represented to Britain before the American Revolution.  That is why, in many ways, the establishment Republicans and the media who support them need to be ignored in their ranting and replaced with solid conservatives if we want the truth to prevail. 

Even such media sources as Fox News need an overhaul.  Their attacks on Cruz just reinforce what those of us who pay attention already know, that they support the establishment GOP.  They do have a few conservative hosts, but for the most part they are moderate in their positions and candidates they support.  That's why they continually have people like Karl Rove on their shows and hosts like Megyn Kelly challenge Cruz as being too far to the right.  And when you move into the mainstream media it's no surprise that they are looking for anything they can to attack Cruz.  Even his campaign logo is under assault by the likes of the Washington Post.

But let's get to Ted Cruz and his experience.  He is 44 years old.  When some have heard his accomplishments and experience they demand that that's not enough for a candidate.  Let me repeat, he's ONLY 44 years old.  That's not very old, contrary to what a lot of people think.  And when you see what he's done it's actually pretty amazing in my opinion given how few years he's had to accomplish it.

Cruz began his Senate career 3 years ago, which would have made him 41 at the time.  That means that he's probably had about 19 years since college (assuming he graduated at 22 years old) and about 15 or 16 years since he graduated law school to accomplish all he's done.  He went to Princeton and graduated from that Ivy League School Cum Laude.  Then he attended Harvard Law School and graduated Magnum Cum Laude.  Alan Dershowitz was his Harvard Law School professor. Dershowitz, a strong Democrat, has said of Cruz that without a doubt he is among the smartest students Dershowitz has ever had.  And his Ivy League education gives him the educational credentials that both the left and the establishment right seem to demand as a qualification to run for president.

After law school Cruz clerked for Supreme Court Justice Rehnquist making him the first Hispanic to clerk for a Chief Supreme Court Justice.  Then he took a job with a law firm in the private sector, becoming a partner in Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, one of the largest law firms in the nation.  During his 5 years working there as a partner, he led the firm's U. S. Supreme Court and national Appellate Litigation practice.  He authored more than 80 U. S. Supreme Court briefs and argued 43 oral argument, 9 of which were before the Supreme Court.

He served as Texas Solicitor General from 2003-2008 during which time Texas achieved an unprecedented series of landmark national victories, including successfully defending:

  • U. S. sovereignty against the U.N. and the World Court in Medellin v. Texas (in this case the International Court of Justice tried to reopen the criminal convictions of 51 murderers on death row throughout the U.S., but Cruz successfully defended against it);
  • The 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms (he assembled a 31 state coalition to defend the 2nd Amendment);
  • The constitutionality of the Texas 10 Commandments monument;
  • The constitutionality of the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance;
  • The constitutionality of the Texas Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment law; and
  • The Texas congressional redistricting plan
Cruz was the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas history.  He was the youngest Solicitor General in the U. S.  He had the longest tenure in Texas history.

The National Law Journal has called him "a key voice" to whom "the [U.S.Supreme Court] Justices listen."  He has been named by American Lawyer magazine as one of the 50 Best Litigators under 45 in America.  He has been named by the National Law Journal as one of the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America.  And he's been named by Texas Lawyer as one of the 25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century.  And those are just a few of the awards and acclamation he's received.

Prior to becoming Texas Solicitor General, he served as:
  • Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission; 
  • Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U. S. Dept. of Justice; and
  • Domestic Policy Advisor on the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign

From 2004-2009 Cruz taught U. S. Supreme Court Litigation as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law.  In 2012 he was appointed vice-chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

He defeated Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst who was a heavily favored and backed by the GOP establishment in the primary runoff for Kay Bailey Hutchison's senate seat.  He won the runoff 57%-43%.  He went on to beat Democrat Paul Sadler in the general election by 56%-41%.  The Washington Post said his victory was "the biggest upset of 2012 ... a true grassroots victory against very long odds."

National Review has described Cruz as "a great Reaganite hope."  George Will has described him as "as good as it gets."  And the National Federation of Independent Business characterized his election as "critical to the small-business owners in [Texas, and], also to protecting free enterprise across America."

He currently serves on Senate committees including:  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation;  the Committee on Armed Services; the Committee on the Judiciary;  the Joint Economic Committee; and the Committee on Rules and Administration.

That's quite a track record for a guy who's only 44 years old and only had about 15 years to accomplish it.  

Ted Cruz has consistently stood up against both parties to fight for the majority of American voters who want such things as Obamacare repealed.  No other candidate has his track record for taking a stand against anyone who won't do the will of the people.

He may not have been a governor and run a state.  He may not have spent decades running business.  But he is likely the most solid constitutional lawyer to serve in government in generations and no doubt the most true in his conservative convictions of any politician who's shown interest in running in 2016.  If you want more experience, then you should be supporting a candidate who is much older, but I doubt you'll find one with a conservative record like this.

Just remember, when the Democrats, the establishment Republicans, and the mainstream media come out strongly challenging the candidacy of a conservative, it's a sign that they fear him or her the most.  This is why it's critical that people get involved now to affect who the nominee will be in the primaries.  Waiting until the primaries are over to learn about the candidates and get involved in the election, which is what the majority of Americans do, is a guarantee that the wrong person will get the nomination.  It's important for all of us to be talking to everyone we know and meet, educate them as to what's happening in America, and then get them involved to make change in our government in the 2016 election.  If we don't, I have no doubt we won't get another chance.