A direct view of Sen. Ted Cruz unfiltered by the liberal media reveals a man who will become increasingly difficult to marginalize as “too radical” for serious presidential consideration. Recent first-hand observations lead me to expect that, should he decide to run, he will be a formidable contender and deserving candidate for our nation’s highest office.
I first enjoyed an opportunity to join Sen. Cruz at a small group breakfast meeting arranged by Garrett Kobs on Sept. 4 to discuss U.S. space policy issues and priorities. Space participants included two very good astronaut friends and another close friend who is with Boeing.
All of us were very favorably impressed by the senator’s informed contributions throughout a lively exchange of perspectives and opinions covering broadly ranging and interconnected international and U.S. space program topics.
His thoughtful demeanor and strong grasp of complex challenges were greatly appreciated. He proved to be a gracious and attentive listener who asked astute questions and responded insightfully to those put to him. Everyone shared common concerns regarding an urgent need for coordinated and committed presidential and congressional cooperation to reestablish America at the vanguard of aerospace science, technology development and human exploration. Politics were left outside the room.
That evening my wife Nancy and I held a “meet and greet” reception for him at our home which was attended by about 175 people. Co-hosts Garrett, Mickey Ables, Mike Clark, Nell St. Cyr, and her husband Peter Fucik joined with us in inviting guests from diverse professional and business backgrounds.
The group included energy company executives, finance and insurance administrators, medical doctors and hospital officials, attorneys and judges, and high ranking members of the academic community.
It’s probably worth mentioning that not all who attended were of conservative persuasion, and many or most were presumed uncommitted as to their preferred prospective candidate for a 2016 presidential run. All were very welcome. Open minds prevailed, and were rewarded with an enlightening talk and candid audience Q&A exchange.
Especially attractive Cruz qualities are clearly evident. He is a warmly accessible man who enjoys unscripted discussions. He is indisputably smart and articulate. And his leadership mold is cast upon solid bedrock constitutional principles. Once personally exposed, people tend to trust and like him. At least those are the predominate responses reported back from our gathering.
But is Cruz too radical for consideration as an electable White House contender? I even hear that MSM echo chamber narrative played back by some of my conservative friends. When I press for examples, they typically come up pretty empty . . . so just to help them out, I’ll offer several possibilities.
Here is a list of Ted Cruz’s "radical" views:
- Believes in free enterprise over free stuff
- Believes businesses can’t be regulated into prosperity
- Believes that our nation is founded upon firm constitutional structures which its elected representatives should have solid backbones to honor
- Believes that printing more money than we spend is not a responsible debt solution
- Believes that those who favor stacking onerous healthcare and debt costs on the backs of young people while bleeding their future social security benefits should have their cans kicked down the road
- Believes the most popular Obamacare feature should be expanded, extending exemptions granted for Congress and unions to everyone
- Believes that leading from behind is an oxymoron — not a winning national or global strategy
- Believes that national borders shouldn’t be treated as just more meaningless red lines in the sand
- Believes a Keystone pipeline of oil and jobs from a friendly neighbor is better for our natural and economic environment than witnessing them shipped to China.
- Believes exceptionalism is an American legacy to be celebrated and perpetuated, not an unfair advantage warranting apology
- Believes military budgets most needed to be cut are for EPA’s war on coal and for IRS assaults on conservative organizations.
- Believes that sunbeam or moonbeam alternative energy subsidy strategies won’t replace coal or natural gas to recharge electric plug-in cars at night.
- Believes that CO2 is plant food essential for agriculture, not a climate-ravaging pollutant
- Believes that penalizing fossil fuel use won’t halt billions of years of climate changes, both warmer and colder, predating the Industrial Revolution
- Believes that lack of presidential and congressional leadership has caused NASA, ironically the same organization that brought the world GPS mapping, to become lost in space.
If even some conservatives think such views are too radical, I guess they must be right. How could he possibly win?
Larry Bell is an endowed professor of space architecture at the University of Houston where he founded the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) and the graduate program in space architecture. He is author of “Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax,” and his professional aerospace work has been featured on the History Channel and the Discovery Channel-Canada. Read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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