By Theresa Camoriano
In the primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire, the voters have clearly indicated that they are unhappy with the way our government is being run. Bernie Sanders has said that the game is rigged, and to a large extent he is right. Big business and big government have joined forces to benefit themselves at the expense of the little guy, especially small businesses, middle class workers, and low skilled workers. The corruption and abuse of power runs very deep in both political parties, but voters do not seem to understand what they need to do in order to remedy the problem.
We need to recognize that our problems stem from the government being too large and too powerful, which has shifted the power away from the people and has encouraged corruption and cozy relationships between big government and big business. As Lord Acton said, “power corrupts”. If we want to reduce the corruption and abuse of power, we need to shrink the federal government that intrudes into every aspect of our lives and return to a Constitutional government of limited powers.
Which presidential candidate is most likely to do that?
Certainly not Bernie Sanders, who wants to grow government even bigger, or Hillary Clinton, who is the poster woman of big government corruption.
So we turn to the Republican candidates. Will any of them return us to a Constitutional government of limited powers?
Donald Trump certainly will not. People who are swept off their feet by Trump’s promise to “make America great again” should look a little closer at the real substance of the man. Trump has been part of the problem. He has been involved for many years in the insider wheeling and dealing and abuse of power that are the problem in Washington, D.C. He is proud of it. Like Obama, he would abuse executive power in order to achieve his goals. He already has tried to use eminent domain to forcibly take a woman’s home so he could use it for a parking lot. He already has indicated that he wants a single payer health care system like they have in Canada and in Scotland, which would go even further than Obamacare in taking away our freedom to choose our own doctors and control our own health care. He would be a Republican tyrant, which would be only nominally better than a Democrat tyrant in that he would be somewhat less likely to veto Republican-sponsored laws. He certainly would not lead the restoration of a limited government that is accountable to the people and that protects our freedoms.
Unfortunately, Kasich, Bush, and Christie also want to grow the size of government.
Only Cruz and Rubio have indicated that they understand the benefits of the American system of limited, Constitutional government. Unfortunately, Rubio has shown that he cannot be trusted to stand up to the pressures of the entrenched interests. When he ran for Senate, he promised that he would not support amnesty for illegal aliens, but, once he was elected, he was promptly rolled by the gang of eight into supporting amnesty.
That leaves Ted Cruz as the only candidate who clearly understands the genius of the system of government established by our founders and who has consistently fought to restore that system of limited, Constitutional government. Cruz understands how a Constitutional, limited government empowers the people to make the most of their God-given talents and how that benefits all the people, from all economic, religious, and racial backgrounds, and Cruz has been courageous in standing up to the powers that have eroded that system. He has stood up to Mitch McConnell and the Republican leadership. He also is the only major candidate who has had the courage to stand up to the ethanol lobby in Iowa. Trump, Rubio, Kasich, Christie, and Bush all caved in to the ethanol lobby. Miraculously, Cruz won Iowa despite being attacked by everyone, including the governor, for his unwillingness to cave in to the ethanol lobby. His win in Iowa shows that he can persuade people of the benefits of limited government, even when they are the recipients of special government protections, and that he has the courage to stand up to the special interests.
Cruz has run a serious and respectful campaign. He does not shoot from the hip. He does his homework and has thought through his policies. When people disagree with him, he hears them out and explains to them why his plan will make them better off. There are many YouTube videos showing Cruz doing this – from his conversation with a member of Code Pink who opposed his foreign policy to his conversation with an Iowa farmer who opposed his ethanol policy. He does not dismiss opponents and denigrate them as many other candidates do. Instead, he deals with them respectfully and tries to persuade them. That is the proper approach for a President to take. That is the approach that a dedicated conservative would take. Instead of dividing people by race, class and gender and playing one group off against another, Cruz would respect every person and treat every person fairly.
We do not need a showman who will make big promises on which he cannot deliver. We do not need another big government Republican like Presidents Bush 1 and 2 or a Republican version of Obama who will abuse government power. We need Ted Cruz.
(Theresa Camoriano is a patent attorney in Louisville KY.)
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