One person’s extreme is another person’s principle

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is the first to officially announce his intentions to run for president in what will be a long line of Republican suitors for the presidential nomination.  Get ready for the media frenzy.

The Liberal media will call him extreme and he may be extreme. By the same token, he may not be extreme.  Before you blindly accept someone else’s view of him at least research the guy than decide if he is too extreme for your vote.  I refuse to let the media define a person or topic for me.

He will be called confrontational.  A lot of establishment Republicans do not like him because of his role in “shutting down the government” in 2013.  They blame him for the hurting their image.  Really? A Republican getting a fair assessment from the mainstream media is as rare as seeing a unicorn.  Oh, that’s right, it doesn’t exist.

Do you know what you will not hear from the mainstream media?  That he is the first major Latino candidate to run for president.  How many times will we hear Hillary Clinton is a woman or how often did the media say President Obama was black when he was campaigning. But you’ll hear crickets from the media about Senator Cruz.  If he were a Democrat, then his nationality would be front page news.

By the way, some will say the first Latino candidates was New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson in 2008 or Ben Fernandez in 1980 but I am talking about a major candidate.

I have not decided who I am going to support or vote for because it is too early and I need to get a better understanding if each candidate’s views.  This is what I know about Senator Cruz.

He wants to repeal Obamacare and instead “expand Health Savings Accounts, [to] allow individuals to purchase insurance across state lines, and make health care more personal, portable, and affordable.”  The media will say he is against the poor and wants to steal their healthcare.

Senator Cruz is against granting legal status to illegal immigrants.  He says “We need to secure the borders, we need to stop illegal immigration, and we need to improve and streamline legal immigration.”  Is that a radical idea?  Is that extreme?   Again, the media will portray him as hating the poor.

He proposes a flat tax and desires to abolish the IRS.  I have advocated for a flat tax since the start of my blog so I’m good with his idea.  If we have a flat tax we will not need the IRS as it is constituted today so his idea is logical.  The media, however, will bombard you with stories about how heartless he is for trying to trim the government patrol.

He “embraces school choice” and supports vouchers.  He says education is a civil rights issue for the next generation.  Senator Cruz is a strong supporter of vouchers, and wants legislation to allow funds to “follow low-income students to any public or private school of their choice.”  You guessed it the media will portray him as anti-teacher.  What is wrong with wanting our children to have access to the best education they can find versus being forced into school because of proximity?  If Liberals really care about educating our children why does it matter if the school is public or private?

He is against Net Neutrality and wants a constitutional amendment to require a balanced federal budget.  Senator Cruz believes in voter ID, having congressional term limits, states’ rights when it comes to gay marriage and legalizing marijuana, and is a guns-rights activist.

All these positions to him are based on his principles to Liberals his views are extreme.  After I research him more he may not be the right candidate for my vote but I want the right to research him myself and not be fooled by a media with a slanted agenda.

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About Armando Diana

A freelance writer for more than 25 years I covered the political scene in New Jersey which can prepare anyone for national politics. I have no fancy political degrees and I'm definitely not a lawyer - I am a common person who is fed up with politics. I want leaders focused on doing what is right for the country, not for them.
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