5 reasons Ted Cruz deserves our respect: Column

Reblogged on libslayer2013.

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1234978_10200693808687883_563444449_nLove him or hate him, he is putting his agenda before political calculation. We need more of that.

by Tom Rogan is a contributor to The Guardian, The National Review Online, and The Week.

To start, something we can all agree on — Ted Cruz tends to evoke passionate emotions.

The left hates him because, well, he’s a human textbook in the art of annoying liberals. The right is more divided. Some conservatives dislike Cruz because they view him as an agitator for agitation’s sake.

Some conservatives dislike him because, well, they aren’t him. But for many conservatives, Cruz is the ultimate politician; a conservative gunslinger — no excuses, no prisoners, no retreat — quite literally, the Lone Star State Ranger.

Yet, regardless of how we as individuals feel about Cruz’s politics, for five reasons, he deserves our respect.

1) He’s intelligent

As his liberal Harvard Law Professor, Alan Dershowitz, 

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