Ted Cruz: Striking The Balance Between Outsider and Insider


Alex Wong

FILE – MARCH 22, 2015: It was reported that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) plans to announce Monday that he is running for president March 22, 2015. NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – FEBRUARY 26: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) addresses the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) February 26, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. Conservative activists attended the annual political conference to discuss their agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Amid the upcoming 2016 presidential election, there has always been a quest for the most qualified person in the running. In this race, it seems the most liked candidates are considered to be outsiders. The candidate most “outside” the political establishment, perhaps, is the heavy-hitting real estate tycoon Donald Trump. There currently exists such a stigma on insider politicians that voters resort to candidates like Trump who don’t fit the establishment mold.

Just pause to think about that for a second. President Trump: commander in chief of the United States and its vast assets and liabilities. Should you have proposed this ten, twenty, even thirty years ago, people would have likely had no clue why you would want such a thing to happen. They would most likely say that we need an actual politician to run the country.

Well, since then, the American public seems to have drifted to the other end of the ideological spectrum. Americans want exactly what Mr. Trump provides: the unapologetic non-politician that he is. Being that many people view politicians as dishonest–that they only say what their donors want them to–a person like Donald Trump seems to be a great option.

Yet, in the entire mass of nominees–from polar opposites Bernie Sanders and outsider Donald Trump to libertarian Rand Paul–there sits an unacknowledged  man. This man has tried to shut down the government and audit one of the most powerful institutions in the United States. However, he has served as a United States senator as well.  And so, he is the two-sided coin of politicians: both the insider and the outsider.

This man is Ted Cruz. Cruz is a Texan senator who has proposed the shutdown of the government after the fairly recent Planned Parenthood debacle. He also stands with candidate Rand Paul to audit the Federal Reserve, which has not undergone an audit since its creation in 1913. (Given the Fed’s existence of roughly 102 years, it would probably be a good idea to give it a look.)

This man is, in my eyes, just about as pro- and anti-government as it gets, without unequal representations of both ideological standpoints. And so, as I see it, America has a choice to make: insider or outsider? Given the recent trend of outsider ideology that has exploded throughout the United States since the entrance of Trump a Huffington Post poll has Trump’s approval rating at 34.2 percent among Republican voters. Cruz, at 15.4 percent, is just ahead of Rubio at 13.5 percent. There is a trend forming, and whether the American voters follow through on it, only time will tell.