It is not as if I haven’t tried to get behind some others and this isn’t a blind move – it was a well thought out decision. Ted Cruz is the one person I can get behind. There are others that I really like. I like Rand Paul (if for no other reason, Thomas Massie supports him) for his principled libertarian beliefs. I appreciate Carson and Rubio for what and who they are – decent men who have a conservative streak in them. Most of the others could drop out tomorrow and I wouldn’t bat an eye. Allow me to explain why Cruz is my champion.
I didn’t use the word “champion” flippantly. Champion originates from the 13th century meaning “to fight for, defend, protect” and “one who fights on behalf of another or others”. In Washington today we have many men and women, those who call themselves representatives but do not well-represent their constituency and others who call themselves senators which they actually tend to live up to (it stems from “old man”). None of them wear the name “champion”, but perhaps that is more appropriate for what we desire from Washingtonians – a brave stand to uphold their oaths. In today’s political atmosphere, that takes a champion.
The first oath of office for the first Senators was simply “I do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States”. Today, for various reasons (mainly the Civil War), the oath has evolved into “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: so help me God”.
Few in either House can argue that they uphold this oath well and some are outright combative to its creed. Supporting and defending the Constitution has become the antithesis of too many and a tribulation for most of the rest. This is best evidenced with the most bipartisan displays of outrage being waged against those who attempt to fulfill this noble oath. Now, Paul and Cruz have both been the bane to those who abuse their positions and trash this good canon. What distinguishes the two, in my mind, is that Cruz carries the sword while Paul carries the banner.
It is one thing for Paul to show up in committees and ask the constructive questions, to rhetorically fight for these first principles, and work on molding the minds of his colleagues (and the people). We NEED Rand Paul and he does his job well and we are fortunate to have him. He raises the banner well. But that is not who I desire to be my President in times such as these.
Senator Paul did take a bit of a shot at Senator Cruz a number of weeks ago, and it is in this that we find the contrast in their mold; not so much in substance, but in style.
“Ted has chosen to make this really personal and chosen to call people dishonest in leadership and call them names which really goes against the decorum and also against the rules of the Senate, and as a consequence he can’t get anything done legislatively. I approach things a little different, I am still just as hardcore in saying what we are doing is wrong, I just chose not to call people liars on the Senate floor and it’s just a matter of different perspectives on how best to get to the end result. He is pretty much done for and stifled, and it’s really because of personal relationships, or lack of personal relationships, and it is a problem,”
Perhaps he is right. Perhaps Senator Cruz has made himself ineffective in the Senate; but he did so standing firmly on the principle of the American people. The interviewer failed to ask if Ted Cruz was right; Paul likely wouldn’t have answered (ironically contrasting personal attacks against Cruz vs McConnell) – but we know the answer. Ted Cruz was right when he called the Majority Leader a liar. He was right in substance, and I would argue, bravura. What is wrong with Washington isn’t simply policy, but character – or lack thereof.
Senator Cruz knew the risk he took in calling out Mitch McConnell and he did it anyway because it was the right thing to do. Senate rules and decorum be damned, this is our Republic and our Constitution being dismantled by the dishonesty of an aristocracy that has hidden behind their ivory towers in the Senate…and its rules/decorum.
We are on the threshold of a nation all but abandoning the principles that make it great. Our leaders are heedless to the conscious of the people and the people have little confidence in their leaders; detaching from the process of representative government in droves. As the walls of the republic deteriorate, the sentinels comfortably slumber, and the gate is unbolted for all aggressors to enter; I do not look for a banner bearer, but a sword wielder, a cavalier, a champion.