Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced this week that he’s running for Senate again in 2024.
Depending on your perspective, Cruz won quite handily with a 2.6 point spread over Beto O’Rourke in 2018 in an election he was expected to win, or he “almost lost” to a well-funded Democratic candidate. Regardless of your perspective, one thing’s for sure: they both spent record amounts of money trying to get our votes. Between the two, they raised over 103 million dollars, the most expensive Senate race to date in the United States. A substantial proportion of that money came from out of state.
Cruz was also famously runner-up to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential primary. After multiple personal spats (remember “Lyin’ Ted”?) Cruz eventually came around to support Trump. Also famously, he led the effort in congress to unsuccessfully challenge the vote counts in the 2020 elections.
He’s been hinting for a while that he would run for Senate, “if he didn’t run for president” because he wanted to “fight for America.”
Imagine for a moment if Texas politicians didn’t care to fight for “America.” If our representatives, senators, and state level elected officials were focused on fighting for Texas, there’s a chance we’d get better results. If state offices weren’t treated primarily as a developmental stepping stone for Federal office, do you think our government would be more effective? Imagine if the only dollars influencing Texas voters were from Texas sources. We get grumpy when Russia or China meddle in US elections. Do you get similarly put out when US states meddle in Texas’ elections?
All of these what if scenarios are addressed by the same solution: Texit.
An independent Texas could easily keep its best and brightest stars in its own political arena, not send them off to fight for the interests of “America.” If they weren’t working toward a seat in some other country’s government, they could actually represent Texas voters.
I don’t dislike Ted, but he could serve us better if he simply served Texas. Do we need Texan politicians serving in the US government? Of course we do, for now, but there is soon coming a day when we won’t need them at all. It’s OK to let the US train our politicians and our soldiers for now. Robert Lee went to West Point and Jefferson Davis was a representative then a senator representing Mississippi. We’ll need experienced folks when the time comes.
In the meantime, there’s no doubt that the Democrats will be gunning for Cruz after their near-success with O’Rourke. In the meantime, Ted continues to fight for Texas interests like not getting our share of the highway funding. So keep it up, Ted, until the day comes when your interests fully align with Texas, until the day when you serve a free and independent Republic of Texas.