I went to a political meeting here in San Antonio tonight to see Ted Cruz – a former Texas Solicitor General who is hoping to be the next US Senator for Texas, replacing the retiring Kay Bailey Hutchison.
(You can just see my head there in the top right hand corner of the picture)
It’s hard to remember the last time I was so impressed by a politician. Firstly, he has a great track record already. We have Ted Cruz to thank for forcing the US Supreme Court to clarify the Second Amendment – law-abiding people now have an established constitutional right to own a gun that was hitherto only theoretical. And as a lawyer he has a track record of pummeling the ACLU for their dogmatic secularism. But tonight, he talked about Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged, he pledged to abolish the Departments of Education and Energy, and even the IRS!
I asked him a question about Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan, and he called it “a good first step, but we should work towards a single low flat tax and a fair tax”. Any man who thinks 9-9-9 doesn’t go far enough is my kind of politician!
Cruz is Cuban-Hispanic, but no fan of immigration amnesty – he talked at length about protecting the borders with walls, fences, drones and anything necessary. He pointed out that it was not a racial issue about Mexicans – many nationalities use the Mexican border for human trafficking and other illegal activities. He pointed out that his opponent – Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, had been pretty tepid on the immigration issue in his ten years in office.
I only wish we had politicians like this in New Zealand. And while he is trailing Dewhurst in the polls right now (Dewhurst has a lot of money and a lot of attack ads), if he can force a runoff election on Tuesday, he is looking pretty good to take Dewhurst out and beat whatever token wraith of what passes for a Democrat in Texas these days and assume a Senate seat. That would be a marvelous thing, because I could then say I shook a Senator’s hand 🙂
When I talked to him briefly, I mentioned that I was from New Zealand and he told me that people had said to him that the only other free country in the world was New Zealand, and that if America went down the drain, maybe that’s where people could go! I told him that there were some good things about NZ, but that there were a LOT of socialists.
It’s guys like this that make me proud to live in Texas, and I hope he wins.