Ted Cruz Doesn't Get Along? He's in Good Company
To the Editor:
Declaring Independence from England was not a popular sentiment in the colonies among the political class of the time, and the Founding Fathers were not, with very few exceptions, beloved among their peers.
The political battle that led to the signing of the Declaration of Independence was a bitter one in which the "Establishment" resisted every step of the way. Abraham Lincoln was despised by the ruling elite of his time, and yet under his leadership, the Union was saved. Winston Churchill was hated by the "Establishment" of his day, while Neville Chamberlain was a well-liked deal maker, and we all know how that turned out. Ronald Reagan was villified as too extreme, and the Republican establishment tried their collective best to destroy him during the 1976 and 1980 primary seasons. But under Reagan's Leadership, the Cold War was won, and the economy soared. Ted Cruz has at least one thing in common with all of these great leaders. He takes unpopular, principled stands for the good of country and not personal gain. Whether Ted Cruz will rise to the greatness of these men or simply be a footnote in history, I don't know. But perhaps we should give him a chance. Chris MillerNew Richmond