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I am a longtime Conservative in Canada (basically a Canadian Republican), and I want to see Beto O’Rourke defeat Ted Cruz to win the Texas Senate race next week.
This might seem strange, but read on and I’ll explain.
Whether on the political Left or Right, people are coming to appreciate politicians who are authentic.
We’ve collectively caught the scent of a new political archetype; one who enters politics out of a deep drive to serve and help people, and who exudes this in every statement spoken and action taken.
Does Ted Cruz exemplify this?
Maybe he started out that way, but today we are quite removed from that reality. Not only does Ted Cruz not characterize this emergent politically-authentic archetype, he’s pretty much its opposite.
A public figure worthy of holding public office is a principled person who holds true to their ideals even in difficult times. It doesn’t take much searching to find many examples of Ted Cruz sacrificing his principles in the name of political gain.
Senator Cruz has changed his positions so many times over the past couple of years I’m not sure if he even knows who he is anymore.
I think of the great NFL football coaches, and I ask what made them great?
I would bet that each coach you think of is someone who was true to who he was throughout his career. This is crucial in building the confidence of the team and being the steady hand pushing the team to victory.
As a Conservative, there are topics on which I disagree with Beto O’Rourke.
However, what I don’t question is his commitment to doing the job well, and with integrity. He is an authentic politician who is true to himself and to his constituents. This is the kind of politician who can work across the aisle and work to benefit the people.
Whether you’re a right-winger or a left-leaning person, if you lack nuance in your thinking you may tell yourself that the guy on your side is the one who is more authentically driven, and therefore better, simply because he’s the guy on your side. But let’s stop and think about this, because it’s not true.
If you’re in Texas and like me, you line up with the Right I want you to ask yourself, do you want a steady, authentic politician to represent you and lead in the biggest state in America? Or do you want Ted Cruz?