As we approach the 2016 elections, we owe it to ourselves to become informed about each candidate. Sometimes, we’re able to inform ourselves by what we see reported about a candidate, whether via Internet news sites or television reporting. Unfortunately, time and space requirements often limit that reporting. Television reporting is driven by “sound bites”, often limiting actual reporting to a matter of seconds. So too, the liberal slant of the “lamestream” media skews the coverage to advocate for their preferred, liberal candidates.
My contribution to you is to provide my thoughts and opinion after reading Ted Cruz’s new book: A Time for Truth – Reigniting the Promise of America. I carved out what time I could to read the book over the last week. It’s not a hard read, but one I couldn’t accomplish in a single sitting. I can tell you, however, it was worth my time.
As most books of this type do, it starts off with a chronicle of the author’s life. Beginning with his father’s escape from Castro’s Cuba and proceeding to the author’s current standing as a United States Senator. His candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States isn’t mentioned in the text, but can certainly be inferred. He does provide pictures of the preparation and delivery of his Presidential announcement speech at Liberty University.
Rather than give you a “Cliff Notes” version of each chapter, I can give you a few thoughts that popped out immediately to me. While many of these types of books provide a chronicle of events directly impacting the author’s life, Ted Cruz includes a bit of history in each chapter as context. As an example, the first chapter is titled “The Beacon” and is primarily dedicated to Ted Cruz’s father’s journey from Cuba to Texas. The chapter goes a step further, however, and discusses the history of Cuba. The discussion isn’t extensive, lasting only a few pages, but it does provide the reader with a background on how Cuba got to where it is today.
This technique, in my opinion, is one of the most valuable aspects of the book. Rather than rely on the reader’s understanding of historical context, Ted Cruz goes the extra mile and provides the history. In today’s educational environment where our youth is rarely taught political history that doesn’t benefit the left’s agenda, this book screams out to be read by young voters. Whether discussing his time in school, clerking for the late Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, or reading “Green Eggs and Ham” during his 21-hour filibuster against the 2013 budget deal, each chapter provides invaluable historical context as background to explain the circumstance.
Throughout the book, Ted Cruz comes across as a genuine, principled individual, not just an avowed constitutional conservative. He highlights youthful indiscretions as providing valuable learning experiences for his future growth and doesn’t shy away from admitting to mistakes made during the 2000 Bush campaign where he ignored those youthful lessons. In his own words,
Coming out of the campaign, I hoped to get a senior job in the White House. I thought I had done a good job on the campaign and that the president-elect had appreciated my work. But I didn’t get it, and for one simple reason: In the heat of the campaign, I had forgotten some of my own life lessons learned during my seventh-grade makeover.
Instead, I was far too cocky for my own good, and that sometimes caused me to overstep the bounds of my appointed role.
As a consequence, I burned a fair number of bridges on the Bush Campaign.
It takes a pretty good person to essentially admit being a jerk, but I think it speaks well of Ted Cruz for his ability to recognize and acknowledge it. We certainly could use a little bit of humility in the White House these days!
The last chapter of his book is the part that people who have followed Ted Cruz may be most familiar with. He discusses his policy prescriptions for “Reigniting the Promise of America”. Among those, he discusses regulatory and tax reform, a balanced budget amendment and term limits. More importantly, however, he provides historical context to support his positions, which can generally be summed up as a lesson on our Constitution.
I find it sad to think that my 22 year-old son might never get to experience what happened as a result of the Reagan Revolution. Even though it remains a vivid memory of mine, the left would like nothing better than to cast it aside as ancient history, irrelevant in today’s world. That very thought does not appear to be lost on Ted Cruz, however. He provides plenty of examples to demonstrate that what worked then can and will work again. After reading his book, I believe him.
Note. I find it interesting that the best image I could find of the book cover contains what appears to be an alternate subtitle, “Reigniting the Miracle of America”. I like the final version better, “Reigniting the Promise of America”.