By Jeff Rayno
Often in a restaurant there is too much to choose from on the menu to the point that it is overwhelming, so we eventually pick what is deemed the most popular item on the list. Such has been the case with the Republican field of candidates in this election cycle. Limited in their answers in all of the debates, we only get a snippet of substance from political hopefuls while we thirst for a larger portion of "gravitas" to satisfy our intellectual curiosity.
The process of choosing a candidate is flawed, and the media circus around the event only pushes the electorate to ride the waves of poll after poll. While Trump has been the main dish on everyone's plate, there is one candidate who has been running the slow perk campaign, like a gourmet coffee, that will surpass any of the competition – and that man is Ted Cruz.
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Opening his campaign at the Liberty University campus and declaring that the Lord Jesus Christ was his savior set the tone for what will be reviewed as the most brilliant campaign run in modern history. More than ever – in a society that is being shown evil on a daily basis in the form of radical Muslim jihadis' beheadings, rape and torture of innocent women and children and modern-day slavery – we need a leader whose foundation is built on the Rock that built this world. There is no greater weapon to unveil at the start of any battle as we fight spiritual darkness as never seen before in the history of America.
Secondly, Cruz has created the largest grass-roots campaign that rivals the efforts of Obama in 2007. You have the comprehensive use of the social media with text message alerts to supporters, Facebook friends, strategic press conferences and a barnstormer bus tour of the states to get on to the street and meet the people. This face-to-face time with the average voter makes Ted Cruz real, and it gives the electorate the impression that he cares about their families in a unique way. Has any other candidate done this on a personal level?
Cruz is poised to capture Iowa because of the efforts of Christian conservative talk-show hosts such as Steve Deace who lives and breathes the Iowa Caucuses. Winning Iowa means having an insight as to what the people are looking for in a leader and responding to it in a way that doesn't sound like more political gobbledygook. Deace is very helpful in articulating these ideologies, and Cruz is smart enough to utilize this resource as part of his winning strategy. So for those who think a Cruz victory in Iowa might be similar to the hollow wins of Huckabee and Santorum in the past, it simply means the critics are missing the larger plan in motion. It can reasonably be assumed he will repeat this formula for success in every primary state over the next few months.
The Five for Freedom plan by Cruz is a simple way to capture the hearts and minds of Americans and also a means to cut the budget by $500,000,000,000 in 10 years. It begins by abolishing four unnecessary Cabinet agencies and the IRS. It also cuts the red tape of 25 agencies, bureaus, commissions and other programs. The Five for Freedom plan also re-institutes President Reagan's Panel on Cost Control (The Grace Commission) to identify waste and inefficiency while requiring Congress and the president to balance the budget, and enact the REINS Act. Finally, through the use of attrition it downsizes government by instituting a freeze on the hiring of federal civilian employees across the executive branch, and it reforms automatic worker raises. This plan requires a leader who can handle the tough criticism that will follow this reduction of bureaucracy, but Cruz will be able to articulate the plan, absorb the backlash and see it through.
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Although we live in a Common Core math world, the political-reality mathematics will work in the favor of Ted Cruz. As more candidates drop out of the Republican race for president, their supporters, who never liked Trump, will seek a man to match their values. They will also seek a man who holds the persona of a winner. Ted Cruz, who has never criticized Trump, will simply and slowly move to the top of the list of choices as the obvious person to lead this country. Well positioned as an outsider by the disdain of the establishment GOP, Cruz's slow-growth strategy prevails.
No menu item or person can remain king of the hill forever. Eventually, the flaws and weaknesses begin to show, and even those with little discernment skills start to see the truth. Too much of something in today's fast-changing world can actually become boring. At that point, people always revert back to what they know and trust: the truth. A person like Cruz, who places his trust in the Lord, who is the King of truth, shows us that Cruz is humble enough to lead us through a fallen world formed by bad choices. If we don't choose wisely, the next meal may be our last taste of freedom.
Jeff Rayno is a recovering Republican since 2007, now a member of the Constitution Party. He has a loving wife, two kids and two spoiled cats.