Dear Ted Cruz – Thank You By: John Gray and Brian Darling

As two liberty-minded conservatives, we want to thank you for your contributions during this presidential race. Though we were sad to see you withdraw your candidacy, your campaign has provided us with renewed hope for the conservative movement. Your involvement in this campaign provided optimism for conservatives all over the country who are still fighting for their principles. We want to highlight just a few areas where we think you’ve enhanced the conservative dialogue and made Constitutional principles a fundamental touchstone of the national debate.

A Reasonable and Realistic Foreign Policy

As Republicans, we are all too familiar with being the party of war. And as voters, conservatives often have to choose between a candidate who would like to bomb people all of the time (Republicans) – or never bomb them at all (Democrats). Our nation deserves a more cautious and intelligent foreign policy approach, and you were a leading voice in that discussion.

In fact, the foreign policy platform of all final GOP candidates was more pragmatic than it has been in years. Hawkish, neoconservative candidates, like Senator Lindsey Graham, received almost no support, while you ended up as the most serious contender with 565 delegates.

It’s difficult to remember the last time a Democrat took a more hawkish view of the world than Republicans – and yet that is where Hillary Clinton seems to be tracking. History demonstrates that you were correct to remain steadfast in your persistent challenging of Hillary’s war in Libya, and your consistent questioning of what role America should play in Syria.

Conservatives demanded a candidate that promoted a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, debated the dangers of unelected bureaucrats implementing costly regulations, and requested an audit of the Federal Reserve — and you delivered.

In the end, the foreign policy you espoused took a considerably different approach than what was offered by both George W. Bush and Barack Obama. We believe our party is better for it.

 A Steadfast Belief in Smaller Government

This election required a strong voice for small government. You proposed to eliminate five federal departments, including the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Conservatives demanded a candidate that promoted a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, debated the dangers of unelected bureaucrats implementing costly regulations, and requested an audit of the Federal Reserve — and you delivered.

More so, you were the only top-tier candidate that ran on a Constitutional platform. America is now devoid of a true Constitutionalist candidate; a candidate that understands the privilege of being commander-in-chief, and the Constitutional burdens that come with it. Your expertise as a Constitutional scholar was refreshing.

Proving Conservatives Can Win

Most importantly, you were a candidate that was not anointed, nor hand-picked by the Republican establishment. Current members of Congress often dismissed and belittled you; those members often pointed to the speech you made, challenging Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on his veracity regarding the Export-Import bank.

Establishment mouthpieces like Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post relentlessly bashed you, yet were shocked to see that, in doing so, they helped Donald Trump win the nomination. Rubin called you an “overly ambitious guy” and criticized you for not having the support of inside the beltway senators.

The establishment would like you to think that you lost because you alienated elite Washington politicians, when in fact, the opposite is true. You did so well because you enraged the Rubin’s and Mitch McConnell’s of the world, who have an interest in promoting establishment ideas.

They promised this would sink you. Instead, you beat them all:

The Republican establishment promised voter retribution would result from your involvement in the repeal of Obamacare that led to a government shutdown.

Instead, Republican approval ratings went up.

Time for new Senate leadership

The last laugh is on the Republican establishment — you continue to prove them wrong, time and time again.

Thank you Senator Ted Cruz for running for President. Thank you for proving that the conservative movement was and is worth fighting for.

Keep your chin up and walk into that Senate chamber next week knowing that you fought a great fight and you need to double down on fighting the Washington Cartel. The conservative movement is optimistic — and we will continue to stand with you.


Brian Darling is a former staffer for Sen. Rand Paul. Follow him on Twitter @BrianHDarling. John Gray is a Senior Editor at Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @JohnW_Gray. –

Posted: May 6, 2016


About Katherine Wacker

Katherine Wacker is currently a reviewer for Bethany House Publishers, and Howard Books. She is a Craftsman graduate of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writer’s Guild. She holds a B.A in History from San Diego State-Imperial Valley Campus. In her spare time she likes to read books, watch sports, and do jigsaw puzzles. She lives at home with her parents and three dogs, Charlie, Roscoe and Daisy.
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