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Choose Cruz: Three Reasons to Vote for Ted Cruz on Election Day
October 31, 2018
Democratic challenger Robert “Beto” O’Rourke has been making the rounds in the media and is challenging incumbent Senator Ted Cruz for one of Texas’ Senate seats. Here are three reasons to vote for Ted Cruz instead of Beto O’Rourke on election day.
1. Ted Cruz is a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights.
Cruz has voted “nay” on several unconstitutional gun ban proposals in the Senate (for example, Senate Amendment 4750 and Senate Amendment 715), and has pledged his support to defend Second Amendment and self-defense rights. As his website states, Cruz led the fight against Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) gun control legislation that would have criminalized the sale of private firearms, a clear infringement on the Second Amendment. He also argued on behalf of 31 states in the Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller, where the SCOTUS ended up overturning a ban on firearms that restricted citizens from legally owning handguns.
O’Rourke’s website states that he supports stopping the sale of “weapons of war,” though no gun that is used by the U.S. military is legal for the normal citizen to purchase. He also voted against the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act last December, which allows people to keep a concealed weapon on their person to defend themselves across state lines. In terms of the Second Amendment, which was created to protect freedom from overbearing governments, it is clear that Cruz is a much more staunch defender of individual liberties, especially those listed in the Constitution.
With O’Rourke as a Senator, you can expect several measures to be taken that will attempt to undermine the original purpose and fundamental intent of the Second Amendment.
2. Ted Cruz’s track record on foreign policy is much cleaner and more responsible than O’Rourke’s.
Cruz was one of many members of Congress (unlike O’Rourke) to come out in support of moving the United States’ Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem; because Cruz recognizes that the U.S. shouldn’t be told by other nations where they can or cannot place their embassies. While Beto claims to support a two-state solution regarding the Israel-Palestine conflict in the Middle East, he was one of only eight members of the House to vote against the bill (HR 4870 to be exact, which Cruz supported) that would help fund Iron Dome, an Israeli-missile defense system that shoots down rockets in midair that are aimed at Israeli settlements. Thanks to U.S. aid, Iron Dome has saved hundreds of thousands of Israeli lives from rockets fired by terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon, who are funded by Iran, the world’s number one funder of global terrorism. Cruz is also a proponent of stopping hostile nations from engaging in threatening behavior against the U.S.—in fact, he voted “yea” on SB 722, which imposed sanctions on both Iran and Russia and also requires the president (now Donald Trump) to receive congressional approval before lifting sanctions.
O’Rourke, on the other hand, is the opposite. He voted “nay” on a bill (House Amendment 917) which proposed to stop giving military weapons to the tyrannical and oppressive Assad regime in Syria—you know, the regime that uses chemical weapons on their own citizens. He also voted against requiring the Department of Treasury to provide Congress on the estimated assets of top Iranian leaders—the same leaders who used hundreds of billions of dollars of U.S. taxpayer money to fund terrorism thanks to the horrendous Iran Deal, which O’Rourke supported. In addition to opposing the Iron Dome bill, O’Rourke also voted against a bill (HR 3457) that would’ve kept sanctions on Iran until they paid for court-ruled fines on judgments related to terrorism.
In all, O’Rourke’s anti-American and pacifist foreign policy stances are damaging to Texas’ values and America’s inherent purpose on the global stage.
3. Ted Cruz has a much more reasonable and realistic view of border security.
One of the most important issues to Texas voters are the policies regarding immigration. Beto voted “nay” on HR 3004, also known as Kate’s Law (which was actually introduced into Congress by Cruz), which increased punishments on illegal immigrants who re-enter the United States after being deported once already. Kate’s Law was inspired after a woman (32-year-old Kate Steinle) was brutally shot and murdered by an illegal immigrant who had been deported and re-entered the United States five separate times. Additionally, he voted “nay” on Joint Resolution 79, which proposed to allocate funds for certain agencies of the Department of Homeland Security (which keeps Americans safe) for the 2014 fiscal period.
Despite what Beto and the media say, Cruz actually supports legal immigration into the United States. He sponsored the Stop Illegal Reentry Act (SB 2193), and was a co-sponsor of the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act (SB 2146). He also proposed amendments to SB 744 that were ultimately responsible for expanding green card opportunities and increasing H1B visas for immigrants coming to the United States.
Leading Democrats proclaim that it is “time for change” and that Beto O’Rourke can be the change Texas needs. Texas, however, has been going strong for decades—and it’s due in large part to Republican congressmen and women (like Ted Cruz) who deregulate the economy, encourage trade and commerce, stand up for freedom both at home and abroad, and protect the nation from border security (while supporting legal immigration) to the words inscribed in the Constitution of the United States. Due to his long history of standing for economic responsibility, limited government, individual freedom, and his positive track record, Ted Cruz is the best candidate for senator.