Dear Senator Cruz

Dear Senator Cruz

From, A Conservative Millennial
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Dear Senator Cruz,

The election season ended last Tuesday evening, and while I submitted my absentee ballot weeks ago, I still felt so incredibly sad on election night about not being able to check the "Cruz-Fiorina" box on the ballot. It was an honor to work for your presidential campaign and an even greater honor to cast my first ever vote for you on Super Tuesday. Your campaign meant so much to me, as it did to many other conservative millennials looking for the truest conservative in the race.

While you may not have gotten the nomination, you were by far the most deserving candidate and you had the best resume. Not only are you a great senator who goes above and beyond in your job, you had numerous notable academic achievements in high school and college and you clerked for the Supreme Court. America would have been lucky to have you as our president and your beautiful family as our first family. Not to mention, Carly Fiorina would have been the first female vice president, and a great one at that, so that would have been even more amazing.

Thank you so much for defending our rights every day in your job and in front of the Supreme Court. I hope that Trump will be smart enough to put you on the Supreme Court-- and if he isn't, then I really hope you'll run for president again. Like, really, can you please run for president again? It takes courage to stand up for what is right, and that's what you do for a living. I was even more proud to be a Cruz supporter after your amazing speech at the Republican National Convention. We really need you involved in our government in some way, shape or form. Please never stop fighting for all of our conservative values and our rights as Americans. It was my honor to join your fight in your campaign, and I look forward to hopefully doing it again in a few years (PLEASE!)

No matter what ends up happening with this new president, I know that I will always be guilt free no matter how things turn out, because you were my only real choice in this issue. I may have voted my conscience in the general election, but my choice in the primary was Cruz. On the night you visited my state for a campaign event, I tried my hardest to get out of my shift at my part time job, it was October of my senior year and I was taking AP Government at the time, so I was really invested in the upcoming primaries and who I should vote for. Unfortunately, I didn't end up making it to the rally, but I do hope to meet you one day just so I can express how much of an impact you have had on my life.

In a country that is going very left, very fast, it was refreshing to me that there are still people in Washington that are going to keep our values in mind. I know that sometimes change is inevitable, but I really appreciate all of the work you do for conservatism. It's inspired me to get involved, and I'm actually considering becoming a senator myself one day.

Lastly, thank you for fighting until the bitter end and having a lot of class. It took a lot of dignity and hard work to run the campaign that you did. I'm so glad that the first vote I that I ever cast was for you, and for liberty.

Sincerely,
A Conservative Millennial

Cover Image Credit: tedcruz.org

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.
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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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The Disrespectful Nature Of My Generation Needs To Stop

Why choosing phone games over a Holocaust survivor was my breaking point.

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While many students that attended Holocaust survivor Hershel Greenblat's talk were rightfully attentive, I noticed, out of the corner of my eye, a few outlier students tapping away on their phones. They were minute movements, but inappropriate nonetheless.

Immediately I became infuriated. How, I thought, fuming, did my generation become so blithely unaware to the point where we could not proffer basic respect to a survivor of one of the most horrific events in human history?

Perhaps the students were just texting their parents, telling them that the event would run a bit long. 10 minutes later, my eyes diverted from Greenblat back to the students. They were still on their phones. This time, I could see the screens being held horizontally—indicating a game or a show was being played. I wanted to get up, smack the distractions out of their hands, and ask them why they thought what they were doing was more important than a Holocaust speaker.

I will not waste any more time writing about the disrespectful few. Because they could not give Greenblat the time of their day, I will not give them mine. Instead, I want to focus on a massive trend my generation has mistakenly indulged ourselves in.

The Greenblat incident is only an example of this phenomenon I find so confusing. From young, it was instilled in me, probably via Chinese tradition, that elders should be respected. It is a title only revoked when unacceptable behavior allows it to be, and is otherwise maintained. I understand that not everybody comes from a background where respect is automatically granted to people. And I see that side of the story.

Why does age automatically warrant respect? It is the fact that they have made it this far, and have interesting stories to tell. There are exceptions, perhaps more than there are inclusions.

But this fact can be determined by the simple act of offering an elderly person your seat on public transportation. Sure, it can be for their health, but within that simple act is a meaningful sacrifice for somebody who has experienced more than you.

Age aside, at Greenblat's talk, majority of the disrespect shown might not have been agist. Instead, it could have been the behavior students just there for the check-in check-out extra credit that multiple classes and clubs were offering. While my teachers who advertised the event stressed the importance of attendance not just for the academic boost, but for the experience, I knew that some of the more distracted students there must have been those selfish, ignorant, solely academic driven cockalorums.

I stay hopeful because majority of my classmates were attentive. We knew to put aside our Chromebooks, regardless of note-taking, and simply listen to what Greenblat had to offer.

It would be wrong to label my generation as entitled— that's a misnomer for the generation before. We are still wavering between the line of automatic respect and earned respect, but we need to set a line for people whom we know the stories of. Especially a Holocaust survivor.

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