Texas Senator Ted Cruz is rising in the Republican presidential primaries, heading up to the 2016 presidential election. He is running second or tied to frontrunner Donald J. Trump. Mr. Cruz, 45, is on a swing of Southern states that will be crucial to the victor of the Republican presidential nomination. Cruz thinks that if the bombastic businessman Trump implodes in the Iowa polling, or near to the February 1 Iowa caucus, that he can surge to support by getting the Trump supporters-blue collar, white working class voters, and consolidating those voters with evangelical conservative voters in Iowa, South Carolina, and the S.E.C. states (Southern states that will hold primaries in March). With Cruz winning those states, other alternatives to Cruz such as Dr. Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum would be effectively finished in the race, with them having no meaning of continuing their nonexistent presidential campaigns.
Cruz could win the Republican presidential nod; if he were to be the GOP nominee in Cleveland in July 2016, he would be one of the most conservative candidates in a generation. Cruz could win the presidency by surging conservative voters to the polls-the same disaffected conservatives that failed to turn out for the Romney/Ryan 2012 G.O.P. ticket. If Cruz wins, we will see how the U.S. will look like in 4 years.
This holiday season will be a feast of the ages. This holiday season will be a season of love, honor, peace, joy, and grace. This year-2015, was a very mixed year. The United States economy seemed that it would rebound, but poverty and anger still lingers. Wages are still stagnant. Part-time jobs are still a lingering issue. Race relations are being a major priority, and last but not least, the world is entangled with the Middle East chaos. Most Americans are afraid of terrorism, since in the wake of the November 13 Paris, France attacks and the December 2 San Bernandino, California attacks, the worst attack on U.S. soil since the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The holiday season is a time for renewal, rest, honor, and dignity. We should look to the true meanings of Jesus Christ, his birth and what it meant to all of us who believe in his glory and his grace. We should look to the holiday season-Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, as a time of reflection-to look at the values that we are given and the values that we can all seek. Values such as hard work, responsibility, decency, vision, and equity should be the types of actions that should be carried out this holiday season heading into 2016.
Enjoy the holiday season. Eat, dine, feast, laugh, and have a wisdom of honor that can make your life-and all of our lives better.