Ted Cruz ‘for A Time Such As This’

by J. Matt Barber

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz
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USA –  -(Ammoland.com)- I've never formally endorsed a candidate in any presidential primary. This time the stakes are too high not to. Look around.

The world is on fire and the party of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, not to mention the GOP's Obama-enabling RINO establishment, are playing with gasoline.

And so, while he's been among my top picks all along, I am now proud to publicly endorse for president of the United States Sen. Ted Cruz, the man who best personifies the anti-establishment, principle over perceived pragmatism, survival over political correctness mood of the American electorate. I believe, God willing, that Sen. Cruz, a constitutional stalwart and steadfast statesman, is here “for a time such as this.” He alone, in the spirit of Reagan v. Carter, can, in my estimation, mop the floor in the general election with Hillary Clinton (aka, Obama in a pantsuit).

Jesus warned: “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand” (Mark 3:25). Nothing has borne out this reality in recent decades like that exasperating spectacle called the Republican presidential primary. These last few GOP horse races have been jam-packed with would-be conservative and faithfully Christian presidents who, after infighting with largely simpatico opponents, have canceled each other out, limped off to lick their wounds and left the perpetually underwhelmed GOP base to stay home and not vote for “imminently electable” establishment paragons like Presidents Dole, McCain and Romney. Divide and conquer. That's how the “moderate” GOP establishment plays the primary.

And then they lose the general.

Albert Einstein famously quipped that the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” In that sense, we conservatives are insane.

How about trying something new?

This 2016 GOP presidential primary is shaping up to be a three-way race between Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio. With Jeb Bush languishing in the low single digits, the Republican establishment is clearly poised to throw its weight behind Rubio, leaving Cruz as the lone principled conservative with a shot.

And Donald Trump?

Well, Steve Deace, my friend and fellow Cruz supporter, recently summed up Trump's conservative bona fides on CNN:

“I know the establishment hates Trump, but Cruz was right to welcome him to the GOP. We're trying to grow the party. And in Trump, here's a lifelong Democrat and progressive who has given more money to the likes of Al Sharpton and Rahm Emanuel than anyone watching this will see in a lifetime. Yet now, with the country at its tipping point moment, he's chosen to come over to our side and adopt conservatism. So we welcome him into the fold.”

As Ted Cruz quipped in last Tuesday's debate on CNN, “If I'm elected president, we will secure the border, we will triple the border patrol, we will get a wall that works, and I'll get Donald Trump to pay for it.”

Trump laughed and replied, “I'll build it!” I suspect there's a place in a Cruz administration for Donald Trump.

Senator Ted Cruz fighting for gun rights.
Senator Ted Cruz fighting for gun rights.

Indeed, while there remains a handful of other honorable, eminently qualified and actually conservative men in the GOP primary, any of whom I'd be honored to support under different circumstances, it has now become clear, in my humble opinion – an opinion supported by the polls – that the window of opportunity has closed for them. Now is the time for them to bow out and throw their support behind Cruz. Moreover, conservative and Christian leaders around the country, as well as voters of every stripe, should put aside personal friendships and loyalties to other candidates and, likewise, rally behind the Texas senator.

Let's beat the establishment at its own game.

Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume, a Washington insider who's made no secret of his disdain for Ted Cruz, recently gave him a backhanded compliment:

“Cruz has so alienated his Senate colleagues, Republicans perhaps more than Democrats, that he's well positioned as an outsider. But his rise in the polls will put him in the spotlight. Iowa voters will have the holidays and all of January to ponder why Cruz is so disliked by his Senate colleagues. The question then will be this: Will they still feel the same way about him when they find out.”

Mr. Hume, you're playing dumb. You know full well that Iowa voters, indeed most voters, understand completely why Ted Cruz is hated by many of his Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Unlike his establishment contemporaries, he often stands alone, resolute and unwavering, in keeping the promises he's made to those who elected him as their Senate representative. The political establishment, whether it's got a “D” or an “R” behind its name, hates Ted Cruz with a white-hot hatred because he threatens the status quo. They're politicians hell-bent, first and foremost, on maintaining political power. Sen. Cruz, on the other hand, is a servant leader, a true statesman, determined to do what's best for America no matter the cost to his personal and political standing.

No, Mr. Hume, the fact that Ted Cruz is hated by Washington insiders such as yourself is not a mark against him. It's a big part of the reason he's gaining steam.

Indeed, candidate Cruz is the right man for right now. Of course, while our ultimate hope can rest in Christ Jesus alone, He does appoint men and women on earth to act as his hands and feet. Ted Cruz is immovable, fearless and dogged in his determination to do the right thing. His integrity, character, remarkable communication skills and extraordinary persuasive powers, as evidenced by his five landmark victories before the U.S. Supreme Court as Texas solicitor general, have, among other things, uniquely qualified this fine man to become the leader of the free world.

Proverbs 4:18 says, “The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.”

These are dark times. Ted Cruz is a righteous man. As president, he'll shine bright. He'll light the path. He'll help make America that “shining city on a hill” once more.

About J. Matt Barber:

Matt Barber is founder and editor-in-chief of BarbWire.com and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. In addition to his law degree, Matt holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Regent University. Matt is both an author and a popular columnist. He's known for a unique writing style (an entertaining blend of thoughtful analysis and Swiftian satire, delivered with a rapier wit). Many newspapers and online publications run Matt's columns, to include WND, TheBlaze, the Washington Times, TownHall and many more. Author of the book, “The Right Hook: From the Ring to the Culture War,” Matt is currently penning his first novel. Setting him apart from others in his various fields, Matt was an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer retiring in 2004. Prior to turning pro, he was a several t

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    McCain, and Romney, were both cowards in their respective presidential races. Neither of them fought for anything against obama. The comments above that say hillary will be president are correct if we do not get a candidate that will at least fight for it. Trump, and Cruz, are the only ones I see that will not go down without a fight.

    lkoneal
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    lkoneal

    Clark Kent: Why would they when they’ve got you there telling them that it would be a wasted effort. Abandon all hope, ye who enter the voting booth!

    2nd Amender
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    2nd Amender

    If Clinton is re-elected it will OPEN the doors and borders of this country to a horde of invaders. Anyone 45 or younger more than likely know nothing about the background of the clintons……a pair of self serving ego maniacal megalomaniacs. Their legacy is one of greed and contains a few murder mysteries that have been squelched, not to mention bill Clintons perversions for young impressionable woman. Speak out for Patriotic American Candidates……tell people you know what you think and know, and present that as a format for electing a truly American President. Not one we already know to be… Read more »

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    In case you have not noticed, the USA of today is far, far different from the days of Reagan. And I am not ‘bashing’ or engaging in ‘negative self defeating talk’. I am merely stating what will happen in 2016. By the way, what ‘power of the people’ are you talking about when most folks don’t even get off of their fat azzes to REGISTER to vote, much less cast a ballot. You have to start NOW to ‘preserve our great nation’ during a Hillary presidency.

    John Schoen
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    John Schoen

    I am amazed at the crystal ball fortune tellers who think they have it all figured out. I must wonder if Reagan would have ever been elected if those same fortune tellers back then we’re correct. Interesting that the same kind of bashing took place in regards to Reagan. I believe in the American Spirit that has made the USA great, and the power of the people to wake up and fight back especially when the “odds” are against us. Stand and fight to preserve our great nation in spite of all the negative self defeating talk.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    What! “… “imminently electable” establishment paragons like Presidents Dole, McCain and Romney.” Are you mad? Had we elected any of them, what would we have had? RINOs every one! Liberals in cammo!

    Wait a minute… where is the real Matt Barber? You have kidnapped him and substituted someone other writer, haven’t you. Well, you are not fooling me for a minute.

    And as for the Republican candidate, I will vote for anybody other than Hillary. I’d vote for Alfred E. Newman if he were Hillary’s opposition.

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    You can stick your head in the sand all you want. Hillary will be the next POTUS. That is neither ‘gloom and doom’ nor fear based. It is simply what will happen. Never forget our current pimp in chief got elected TWICE. Cruz might be the greatest thing since clean underwear but he has no chance of becoming POTUS. Hillary has the media, corporations, unions and minorities in her back pocket. Start preparing NOW for a Hillary presidency. The USA is in for a very rough patch in the near future. Wake up.

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    Cruz is similar to one Ronald Reagan. Too conservative, can’t win. Really? As I recall, it was Reagan 49, Carter 1. Reagan “couldn’t win” especially after Goldwater’s loss. Really? Reagan’s economy boomed, unemployment dropped like a rock, our hostages were released, the Berlin wall came down, the cold war was won and Gorbachev virtually disbanded the Soviet Union. Runaway inflation was quenched. The military was rebuilt. Americans felt great to be American! Cruz is the most intelligent man out there, 1st in his class at both Princeton and Harvard Law, Magna Cum Laude. Why don’t they like him in the… Read more »

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    T. Cain

    I don’t agree with electing Cruz or Rubio. They are both hispanic and as non experienced as Obama was. I don’t know if they are as ignorant to U.S. customs and heritage as Obama was but inexperience is just that! This is not an OJT
    position. Get real before we sink farther into being a third world country. We are well on our way with current administration and congress. Hum, these guys are part of the 13% approval crowd. Enough said.

    Chris Anderson
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    Chris Anderson

    How wrong you are. He is the only man with the track record that speak volumes. Go back and look at all of his votes. He stands with the middle class and the American people.

    Don in LA
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    Don in LA

    It’s his tactics against Rubio. Cruz is a liar. I find his actions despicable. He’s just not honest.

    Ricky
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    Ricky

    Yeah go ahead and lay down or cower in fear! But understand that if you do and you don’t fight for and actively work to elect the candidate of your choice then Hitlery will win! It will be a self fulfilling prophecy! Everyone keeps saying Cruz can’t win but that is bovine squanto! He can out-debate her,he’s smarter than her,and she has enough baggage to sink the Titanic!(again) Barack Insane Obysmal beat her and he’s an imbecile!

    Janek
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    Janek

    Do predictions of ‘doom and gloom’ under Hillary help or hurt our momentum?

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    Cruz would be lucky to carry 8 states in 2016. The sad fact is Hillary will be elected POTUS. Better get ready by stocking up and preparing for the worst. The hurricane is coming, and soon.

    Don in LA
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    Don in LA

    I will not. Note for Cruz.