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Letter to Trump Supporters: The Principles and Person of Ted Cruz, and the Political Realities for Donald Trump

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It does my heart good to see millions of Americans rising up and boldly proclaiming that we are DONE with Washington politics as usual.

To all of those who want to take America back, who want to restore the greatness of our country, and who see Donald Trump as the one who shares their rage - I get it. I understand.

I've spent most of my adult life in the policy arena fighting both the liberals and those in the GOP whose policies are nothing more than "liberal lite".

After eight years of Barak Obama, America is on the brink of destruction and in grave danger of no longer being that Shining City on the Hill that is a beacon of hope for the world. Basic freedoms like the ability to say what we please, to openly live out our faiths, and to raise our children as we see fit are disappearing before our very eyes. If we do not get this election right, our children and grandchildren will live under the strong fist of government and their opportunity to thrive will be diminished. Our very Constitution is in peril. Please hear me: if we do not elect someone who both understands the Constitution and has a proven record of working to restore and preserve the Bill of Rights, WE WILL LOSE THOSE RIGHTS.

And without first having the protections that the Constitution provides each of us as citizens, America can never be great again.

We can build a wall as high as you want and renegotiate all the trade agreements you can dream of, but if we do not get the Supreme Court right, while simultaneously slicing and dicing government agencies, programs, and departments in order to restore the limited government the Constitution portrays, we will each become a person of servitude to a corrupt and stifling system.

Ted Cruz has spent his entire adult life fighting to restore the Constitution. He has argued nine cases before the United States Supreme Court. He has fought for the First Amendment, The Second Amendment, The Tenth Amendment and more as both a Senator and a Constitutional expert. He has always been pro-life and has successfully fought to protect the right to life as well as parental rights. A lifetime of studying the Constitution and American history developed Ted Cruz's thinking and approach to governing, and provides the basis for his public policy prescriptions. The Constitution is Ted Cruz's compass, his North Star.

Please understand this: The public policy prescriptions that will make America great again are all rooted in the Constitution. This is why Ted Cruz's proposals will work: they are all fundamentally grounded in Constitutional principles.

The Constitution plays no such role in the person of Donald Trump. I'm not criticizing him for it; as a businessman and entrepreneur, Donald Trump chose to place his focus elsewhere. And that's fine. But it is going to take more than a businessman to turn the nation around. We need more than good intentions. What we must have at this critical juncture is a president who understands that he is going to war in Washington for the document and principles that made America great in the first place; someone who does not have to be taught that it is the Constitution itself that provides the map for how to make America great again.

A simple overview as well as detailed plans of Ted Cruz's policies can be found on Yes, I know it became a joke during the debates when candidates extolled their websites. But please do your homework and read exactly how Ted Cruz will restore your rights, your opportunity to prosper. He knows how to create jobs, restore freedom, and make America secure.

For example, do you want to protect America? Read his plan to rebuild our military, secure our borders, and untie the hands of our service men and women so that we can utterly defeat ISIS. Interested in economic prosperity? Read his Simple Flat Tax plan that will get rid of government loopholes, get rid of payroll taxes, and allow the IRS to be abolished. See how allowing you and your small business to keep more of the money you earn by the sweat of your brow will result in an increase in the GDP of 13.9% over current projections, create over 4.8 million new jobs, and see a rise in wages of 12.2%. Learn how Ted's plan to cut the bureaucratic regulations and agencies that are stifling the free market system will cause opportunity and prosperity in America to boom! Find out how a Cruz presidency will abolish Obamacare and replace it with a system that enables health insurance accounts to be personable, portable and affordable - and expands the use of HSA's.

If policy prescriptions of Ted Cruz are not enough to convince you, take a look at his personal and courageous efforts as a United States Senator to take America back.

Ted Cruz fought the Washington establishment before fighting the establishment was cool.

He lead the charge to defeat the Washington cartel and the Gang of Eight that tried to give blanket amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Think about what that took for a moment - about how the young Senator was willing to anger the Establishment in fighting boldly for us. Still, he fought on. He led another bold charge - the charge to defund Obamacare, daring to cross his party leaders. He led the charge against the federal budget increases, daring to out party leaders. Ted Cruz created fissures in the concrete foundation of the Washington Establishment, weakening their death grip on the process and on us. So while not always ultimately successful, it is Ted's courageous acts that showed America and other conservative leaders that you CAN stand up to the Establishment, and not only survive, but live to fight another day. And in Ted's case, to fight the next time as President of the United States.

As President, Ted Cruz will encourage freedom fighters in Congress to boldly continue to dare to stand for Truth and the Constitution. And as president, he will have the authority to destroy the unconstitutional schemes and executive orders of Barak Obama. Ted Cruz knows what needs to be done, he knows how to do it, and he has a proven record of doing it over and over again.

If I haven't convinced you so far on the principles or the personal record of Ted Cruz, then please bear with me as we explore the politics of why you must support him.

In order to be president of the United States of America you have to win at the ballot box. And Donald Trump will not be able to do that in a general election.

In the bluster and noise of endless news coverage of this very interesting (to say the least) presidential race, the simple facts often get lost.

Facts like those revealed in national polls:

- 75% of women have a negative opinion of Donald Trump (ABC/Washington Post)

- 80 % of young adults view Donald Trump unfavorably (Washington Post) ; only 17.5 % view him positively (Monmouth College)

- 85% of Hispanics have a negative opinion of Donald Trump (Washington Post-Univision)

- 80 % of Blacks have an unfavorable view of Donald Trump (Washington Post)

And get this: The ABC/Washington Post poll reveals that while only 37% of Americans think that Hillary Clinton is trustworthy, only 27% believe that Donald Trump can be trusted! It's a sobering reality that the current GOP frontrunner is less trusted than even Hillary Clinton.

These are just some of the reasons why poll after poll also shows that in a contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton contest, Hillary Clinton wins hands down.

As encouraging as Donald Trump's message has been to some, we now know with absolute certainty that a vote for Donald Trump in the GOP primary is a vote for Hillary Clinton. The reality is that even if Republicans were to coalesce behind Mr. Trump, it would not be enough to win in the key demographic groups that we must win in order to gain the White House.

Despite many in the media who are ready to crown Mr. Trump as the GOP nominee, he has only received about 38% of the votes in Republican primaries and caucuses thus far. Why? Until recently, the GOP field was composed of numerous conservatives who were splitting the other 62% of the vote between them. Now that the field has narrowed to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz (oh, and John Kasich), Ted Cruz in surging. (Mathematically, only Trump and Cruz can still reach the required 1,237 delegates before the convention to receive the nomination outright. Kasich can not reach the required number, and is excluded from having his name placed in nomination due to the fact he has only won one state, seven short of the required GOP rule of a minimum number of eight state victories to be considered for nomination. Kasich is holding on to some illusion that he will mysteriously become the GOP candidate, which is an impossibility. It can only be concluded that John Kasich is in the race as a spoiler, either due to the Establishment using him to keep delegates from Ted Cruz, or due to Kasich's own ego.)

Ted Cruz is surging because Republican voters are starting to understand and think about what is at stake in this election. Many who were enamored with Donald Trump's large presence and exciting rallies are beginning to look deeper and are discovering that he is not prepared to be the leader of the free world. And even Republican leaders who were angry with Senator Cruz are coalescing behind him. Why? Because he earned their respect; because they know he is a fighter who he is true to his word; because they understand that he is the only one that can beat Hillary Clinton.

Ted Cruz is more than prepared - he is steeped in the wisdom that comes with years of understanding how freedom thrives, and he is experienced in battle. On day one of a Ted Cruz presidency, you and I will begin to feel the exhilaration that liberty brings as it is unleashed from the shackles of oppressive government. And you, your family and America will be great again.

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