Ted Cruz: The Good, the Bad…and the Liberty?

If not for Rand Paul, Ted Cruz would likely be the Republican candidate that mostly closely aligns with the principles of liberty. This isn’t to say that Cruz’s political philosophy is considered to be libertarian leaning. Rather this speaks more to how far the other Republican candidates have strayed from the principles of liberty.

It’s hard to believe that Ted Cruz has only a little over two years of service time in the Senate. Immediately upon arriving in Washington Cruz made a name for himself as a skilled orator and provocateur. Almost instantaneously upon landing in the Senate he began challenging the status quo by agitating veteran establishment politicians on both sides of the aisle. His clash with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) over her proposed bill to ban assault weapons let the political world know that Cruz was intent on making waves.

Ted Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta Canada. His father was a Cuban immigrant and his mother an US citizen (more on this later). Growing up in Texas, Cruz had early exposure to the ideas of liberty. While attending high school in Houston, Cruz participated in a group called the Free Market Education Foundation. This group first exposed him to free-market economic philosophers such as Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, Frédéric Bastiat and Ludwig von Mises. After high school Cruz made his way to Princeton, where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy. Cruz moved on to Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1995 with a Juris Doctor degree.

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