5 Reasons a Hispanic Nerd for President Is Best for America and Diversity

Diversity is an imperative not only for business, but in all fields of endeavor, including the business of running the country — more so, if the country is as diverse as the United States of America. Leading the country is not just any kind of job, and it’s not just for any candidate aspiring for that position. It requires a special brand of leadership, and a special kind of person.

As mentioned in the previous article, “A Nerd for President: What America Needs for Diversity,”only a nerd can best answer America’s need of the hour and would also be best for America’s diversity. At this pivotal point in America’s history, being  election year with a roster of presidential aspirants like no other, and with significant values-transformation happening within and around the world, only one person fits the bill: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Running under the banner of the Republican party, he is in a close race with Donald Trump for their party’s nomination. Sen. Ted Cruz, is the epitome of a nerd, minus the physical stereotype: brilliant, smart, passionate and caring about their causes, almost to the point of obsession, and deep. Cruz, of Cuban-descent on his father’s side, is all that and more, not just because of his reported love for science, fantasy and superheroes — as this article seems to denigrate this side of Cruz.

Nowadays, being a nerd no longer carries a negative connotation. In fact, according to this treatise by a young nerd himself, the idea of nerd has made a “cultural resurgence,” that it’s now cool to be a nerd. This article also describes what makes someone a nerd, and why nerds are needed in the world.

A Hispanic-American nerd, Ted Cruz, is indeed best for America and for diversity.

Ted Cruz’ Diversity Profile

Sen. Ted Cruz himself is diversity personified, having been born of mixed heritage:

  • Father – born in Cuba, and of Spanish descent
  • Mother – born in Delaware, and of Irish-Italian descent. (Wikepedia)

Cruz’s father left Cuba for the US at a young age to study; then met his mother. Shortly after getting married, the couple moved to Canada for their oil business, and Ted Cruz was born there in 1970. (IBTimes)

Some says his parents’ education backgrounds contribute to Ted Cruz’s nerd persona. Rafael Bienvenido Cruz was a mathematics graduate, and Eleanor Elizabeth Wilson was a computer programmer. Nerds are said to be excellent at and passionate about science and technology. Information technology jobs are among those that will continue to grow in demand for the next decade.

Cruz’s Educational Profile

Those desiring to pursue legal jobs will find in him a great inspiration:

  • Undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy, Cum Laude, from Princeton University
  • Law school: Juris Doctor, Magna cum Laude, Harvard Law School

Indeed, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Such brilliance has lent luster to his legal and political careers. One of his earliest achievements before entering into the political field was to be the 1st Hispanic to work as clerk for a U.S. Chief Justice. He also served as Solicitor General of Texas from 2003-08. (Wikipedia)

At some points, he pursued private practice at firms where he quietly worked, successfully handling big cases. By the time he entered politics in 2012, Ted Cruz had already established a solid, sterling legal reputation, earning him accolades, such as:
– One of the 50 Best Litigators under 45 in America in 2008 (American Lawyer Magazine)
– One of the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America, 2008 ( The National Law Journal)
– One of the 25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century in Oct. 2010 (Texas Lawyer)
(Wikipedia source)

Ted Cruz’s Policies

Ted Cruz’s political stance on issues is well-known to be consistent, and he’s made of sterner stuff than other politicians who cater to their constituents or followers just to get their support.

But with Ted Cruz,  he is known for not backing down amidst the storms that threatened to silence him. Here are only some of his well-noted, controversial political positions:

On Immigration
Among his strong long-held views is on immigration. He stands firm against illegal immigration, and wants to reform legal immigration to protect the interest of American people.

“I would urge people of good faith on both sides of the aisle if the objective is to pass common sense immigration reform that secures the borders, that improves legal immigration and that allows those who are here illegally to come in out of the shadows,” Cruz said in 2013. (Wikipedia)

On Abortion and Marriage
Ted Cruz is strongly anti-abortion:  “We need leaders who will stand unapologetically in defense of marriage and life,” Cruz said.

On Death Penalty
“I believe the death penalty is a recognition of the preciousness of human life.”

On Government

One notable position he has held relates to the scope of government: Cruz wants to decrease the size of the government significantly, reminiscent of Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president of the U.S., with whom many compare Ted Cruz, as a nerd, due to their similar strong, quiet, no-nonsense style of leadership, no matter how unpopular their choice of actions be.

You can read more about Ted Cruz’s political stance here and here.

5 Reasons Ted Cruz, as a Hispanic President, Would Be Best for Diversity

1. As shown in his brief profile above, his heritage personifies diversity.

2. Being a Hispanic-American, Cuban heritage, he can easily connect with this large, influential segment of the U.S. population, and can relate to the plight of Hispanic Americans. Although he is adamant about putting an end to illegal immigration, favoring deportation of illegal aliens, he is also open to legal immigration reforms and favors increasing the number of skilled foreign workers entering the United States using H-1B visas, from 65,000 to 325,000 per year.

3. Strong and committed he is to his convictions, yet he does not impose, and is open to letting others have the freedom of choice, on personal matters such as same-sex marriage. Even though he stands strongly against same-sex marriage, he believes that the legality of same-sex marriage should be left to each state to decide.

4. He is well-versed and articulate on all issues and knows exactly where he stand on these, so he knows where to take the country. He is the only one among the candidates, from both sides, who has the capability and the moral principles to rally together the diverse demographics that make up the American nation on the journey towards reclaiming the great American dream.

5. Ted Cruz is a nerd, as this article seems to agree.