1. He makes a clear profession of faith. ” . . .in 1979, I too asked Jesus to be my savior at Clay Road Baptist Church. When people ask if faith is real, I don’t have to speculate; I’ve seen the fruits of a walk with Christ in my own life and in my family.”– A Time for Truth, p. 32
2. He is pro-life. “[John] Drogin, who at the time was jobless, didn’t just jump at any any offer to mange a statewide campaign. Instead he said, “I need to ask you two questions before I can accept.” The first question was “Are you a Christian?” The second was “Are you pro-life?” ” . . . thankfully I was able to answer both questions in the affirmative.”
3. His father fled Cuba and so deeply and personally understands the anguish of an oppressive dictatorship. As a teenager in Cuba in the 50s, his father was involved in underground revolutionary activities aimed at deposing the the oppressive dictator, Batista. “My father was fooled by Castro, but only for a time, and only in his youth. Few people would go out of their way to atone for such a mistake, but he did, by denouncing his own public statements and asking for forgiveness. That must have been difficult and it’s one of the many reasons I’ve always admired my dad’s character.” p. 20
“It is difficult for many of us to fully comprehend what a beacon of hope this country offers the rest of the world. There is no other place on earth that would have welcomed so freely to its shores a man like Rafael Cruz. He was eighteen, penniless and spoke no English. He owned three things: the suit on his back, a slide rule in his pocket and a hundred dollars that my grandmother had sewn into his underwear.” pp 16-17.
4. He staunchly supports the constitution. ” [Diane Feinstein] said, ‘Congress is in the business of making law. The Supreme Court interprets the law. [If] they strike down the law, they strike down the law.’ That answer too was very instructive–and exemplifies one of the biggest problems of the federal government. For far too long, Congress has passed legislation with no one in the Senate once asking what should be the preliminary question: Do we have the constitutional authority to enact this bill?” p. 249
5. He believes in the Second Amendment for two reasons. First, “the ability of the people to defend themselves has been a critical precondition to securing liberty from monarchs and tyrants.” “Second, the right to keep and bear arms protects the fundamental right of each and every one of us to protect ourselves, our family and our children from imminent physical harm.” p. 252
I appreciate Cruz’ commitment to telling the truth, in an arena where deception is a way of life and campaign promises are routinely broken. Only time will tell if he will continue to uphold the principles he espouses. But, in his short tenure as Senator, he has demonstrated remarkable courage and sacrifice to defend these very principles.
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