Ted Cruz’s Stratospheric Views on Jeb Bush and The “rule of law”

By Alex Gonzalez

Anticipating attacks from tea party and right-wing groups like Heritage Actions, on Sunday Jeb Bush made it clear that he wanted his position on immigration to be on record, in which he argued:

Someone who comes to our country because they couldn’t come legally…yes, they broke the law but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family.

As expected, apart from the usual suspects like Michelle Malkin and Laura Ingraham who have built their careers on the issue of Immigration, the first to attack against Jeb Bush came from Ted Cruz who is working hard to disobey the “rule of law” on Obamacare. Ted Cruz fervently argues that the “rule of law” must be upheld at all cost, even as he tries to break the “rule of law” for a bill he believes is unfair to all Americans–Obamacare; but this law already has been upheld by the Supreme Court, and thus, his opposition makes Cruz a promoter of breaking the “rule of law;”  he also praises his father who broke the law to come to the U.S. when he bribed a customs agent. 

Similarly, Cruz argues that “Washington elites won’t be effective at picking a GOP nominee” for President referring to the question on whether the Republican Party is pushing Jeb Bush for President, but at the same time he is doing the same by promoting the Washington elite groups like Heritage Action, Club for Growth, and FreedomWorks, groups that have a very anti-Republican agenda.

Cruz is suggesting that Washington “elites” should not pick the next nominee for President, but he devotes his time to promote the message of elite groups like Heritage Action, and the National Review that are trying to derail any Immigration Reform, even as the Republican Party of Texas is attempting to salvage a Party Platform that has a pragmatic approach to Immigration under the Texas  Solution, which was adopted in 2012.  Word is that tea party groups are planning to make their demands for “no Amnesty” one of their main issues in the upcoming Convention in Fort Worth.   These same tea party groups in Texas are the same ones that religiously follow the message from these D.C. interests groups like Heritage Action that Cruz is promoting, and the same groups lambasting the Republican “establishment.”   

In addition, Texas businesses are asking Republicans in Austin and D.C. to pass an Immigration Reform because in reality undocumented immigration is officially integrated in the Texas economy; undocumented workers make about 15 percent of the labor pool in Texas, according to the Texas Controller Office. That is the main reason why Texas businesses are pushing  for a realistic Reform.

Texas retailers, restaurants, hotels and farmers are suffering from a shortage of low-skilled workers and need changes to federal immigration laws that will make sure the industries have the employees they need to expand.

Furthermore, two weeks ago the conservative U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted a Economic Summit  at George W. Bush Center about the need to reform our Immigration laws to strengthen our economy by giving immigrants already here a “path” to legalization. Thus, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce –a  well-known conservative group that promotes less regulations and free enterprise to strengthen individualism and the economy — is fundamentally arguing that the current Immigration laws are a detriment for businesses and the U.S. economy, and thus, we must break the law in order the reform it, or we must undo it to reform it because it is an unworkable and an unjust law for businesses that want to grow the economy. And following “rule of law” that is broken is unfair to many, immoral, and un-conservative. And this is the same argument Cruz makes about Obamacare. Isn’t  ironic that we fought a Revolution to defy a the “rule of law” like the Stamp Act that was unjust?

And this issue is not only an economic and political but also moral, even if Cruz pretends it is not.

For example, southern Evangelicals Leaders Ralph Reed and Russell Moore are calling Immigration Reform a Moral Imperative for America, views that mirror the Jeb Bush’s position.

we also must remember that every individual is created in the image of God and precious in His sight. This means laws for how immigrants will enter the U.S. in the future and how those already here are dealt with should acknowledge each person’s God-given dignity. That means a system that allows new Americans to find safe and legal work to support their immediate families.

Consequently, it appears that Cruz is so detached from the traditional Reagan Republican values and economic interests of Texas that it is as though he lives in his own ideological stratosphere surrounded by D.C. interests groups that have done nothing for Texas or the Republican Party.

But nothing that Cruz thinks, or says, on immigration reflects the current economic interests of Texas, or political views of the Republican Party of Texas, or Evangelical Christian teaching. In fact, Evangelical message falls more in line with Jeb Bush’s message than Cruz.

Conversely, Cruz’ views are more in line with D.C. interests groups that have vested economic interest in keeping the Immigration issue alive so they can keep feeding misleading information to tea party groups that have made immigration one of their top priorities, even if these view goes against the economic interest of Texas; and these D.C. groups have attacked Gov. Perry and Republicans in the Legislature when they have tried to solve this issue at the state level, such was the case with the Texas Dream Act and the Texas Solution.  So Cruz is not only working hard to break the “rule of law,” but he is also working against the interests of Republicans and businesses in Texas to enhance the power of D.C. groups in Texas, and thereby, weakening the GOP “establishment” in Congress.

It is possible that Ted Cruz is not in on this issue to save the GOP as much as he is in it as a payback to Sen. DeMint, who now heads the Heritage Foundation, and the Editorial Board of National Review–groups that funded Cruz’s 2012 senate race and helped promote his anti-Republican message; but all these groups have very little interest in solving Immigration because this issue still riles up many tea party groups and radio talk shows that make millions selling the outdated “invasion” and “border war” radio shows; and they all see Ted Cruz as the only candidates sticking up to the “establishment.”  In reality Cruz is in it merely to  payback to his contributors and interests groups that for year have worked diligently to create a wedge between Hispanics and Republicans with the issue of Immigration so they can claim to be the true gatekeepers of “conservatism.”     

In an article in Politico about “the Club,“ Alexander Burns argues that:

Among the conservative outside groups that have shaken up GOP politics over the past half-decade, no organization matches the intensity of the Club for Growth.  Club for Growth Action spent $17 million supporting candidates like Cruz. At a recent hush-hush retreat for Club donors, prominent conservative White House hopefuls including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul…Imagine a Republican Party without the Club for Growth, and the GOP would likely control a few extra Senate seats…and David Dewhurst, the Texas lieutenant governor, instead of Cruz. 

So Ted Cruz’s attacks on Jeb Bush reflects the message of the D.C. groups, that, by disseminating misleading information to tea party groups in Texas, seek to position themselves in control of the “conservative” movement by creating chaos and weekend the “establishment.”  If you go to these groups’ social media outlets, you will find many anti-Jeb Bush article from the last five days after Jeb Bush make the comments on immigration  

But an opposition movement to an Immigration Reform by Cruz, tea party groups and D.C. interest groups do nothing for the economy of Texas and its businesses, the “rule of law,” or for the long-term interests of Republican Party that is beginning to feel the urgency of “toning down” the rhetoric and find a viable solution.  Moreover, Cruz’s views on Immigration do not embody the religious agenda of Evangelical movement that see the “moral” need in  an Immigration Reform to strengthen  the Evangelical  movement within Hispanic communities. Jeb Bush’s message  is closer to the moral Evangelical Movement and Reagan’s values than Ted Cruz.

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour suggest that what Jeb  Bush is saying is  similar to what Ronald Reagan believed about immigration, which is similar message by  Paul Ryan when he argues that the “nation’s immigration laws “chief” among the problems that are curbing economic growth. Noting the rate of retirement among baby boomers, Ryan said reforming the immigration system is necessary to fill future jobs.”    

So while Ted Cruz continues to live is ideological stratosphere surrounded by D.C. anti- Republican “establishment” groups, Texans are ready to move on and work on winning the White House. But as George Will succinctly put it:

The time is ripe for Republicans to do as well with Hispanics as Jeb Bush’s brother did in 2000…It should be possible for Republicans to find a nominee who can do as well as George W. Bush did in winning 40 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2004.

Therefore, it his time that Republicans be responsible enough to select someone who can win the White House, and Ted Cruz could never be that person opposing an Immigration Reform and only favoring the interests of D.C. groups that have a selective “rule of law”  message and will continue to harass Republicans who support an Immigration bill.

Sure these groups in D.C. and  Cruz may claim to be for the “rule of law,” but these rules are set by themselves, and those rules have nothing to do with Constitutionalism or Reagan economic conservative values, or Evangelical Texas Values. Yes, Cruz may argue that  his views are based on “principle” by going against the “establishment” and opposing an Immigration  Reform. But what principles you really have when while on one bill you argue adherence the “rule law ” on Immigration, but as soon as turn around you argue the breaking of the law Obamacare.

When Cruz made his “theatric” show in the Senate, as Gov. Perry called it,  he said it was all about principle, not about the rule of law, because he really believed on opposing Obamacare.  So what  Jeb Bush is doing right now is precisely the same stance made by Cruz in the Senate, sticking to his principles on Immigration and  Common Core. Thus, Jeb Bush is a man a great principles according to Cruz’s standards; there is no difference between Jeb Bush and Cruz since both are arguing against the “rule of law.”

The real question is, when the Conservative U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Conservative Evangelical Movement and the Texas GOP support the revamping of Immigration, why is Cruz opposing it?  Is he not conservative?  Or who is he really representing other than Texas?  While most national conservative think tanks, Evangelicals and Republican groups in Texas support an Immigration Reform based on conservative principles, whose values is Cruz really representing when he claims to be a conservative?  Is he so lost in ideological stratosphere that he does no see the realty of  Texas?


Alex Gonzalez  is a political Analyst and Political Director for Latinos Ready To Vote!  He received a Bachelors Degree and a Masters’ Degree, with emphasis in American politics,  from San Francisco State University.
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