Senator Ted Cruz, Champion of the Surveillance State

Senator Ted Cruz has become an interesting case in the Republican primary. He’s surged against the odds and become one of the leading candidates for the nomination. How he has done so is intriguing, considering who he is versus who he portrays himself to be.

The self-described “courageous conservative” is actually thoroughly neoconservative, he just hides it a little better than Senator Marco Rubio.

One of the most telling parts is when he flip-flopped positions on Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who exposed the massive NSA surveillance state before being forced to flee the country out of safety for his own life.

In 2013, The Blaze reported on Senator Cruz’s original view on Snowden:

“If it is the case that the federal government is seizing millions of personal records about law-abiding citizens, and if it is the case that there are minimal restrictions on accessing or reviewing those records, then I think Mr. Snowden has done a considerable public service by bringing it to light,”

Fast forward to 2015, The Hill reports Senator Cruz’s flip:

“Today, we know that Snowden violated federal law, that his actions materially aided terrorists and enemies of the United States, and that he subsequently fled to China and Russia,” he continued. “Under the Constitution, giving aid to our enemies is treason.”

What changed between 2013 and 2015? Senator Cruz is now competing with a bunch of neoconservatives for the Republican presidential nomination.

While many actual conservatives who have growing concerns about the Obama Administration praised Snowden for his massive leak, Senator Cruz has joined the likes of former House Speaker John Boehner and Senator Rubio in labeling Snowden a “traitor”.

What kind of Washington outsider is a former Bush lawyer siding with Boehner and Senator Rubio? The answer is someone who really isn’t a Washington outsider at all.

Senator Cruz showed his interests in protecting big government with his new position on Snowden. Snowden didn’t aid the enemies of the United States or flee to China and Russia. He fled the country out of fear for his life and Russia granted him asylum.

What kind of Washington outsider parrots the official U.S. Government narrative of its unconstitutional policies being exposed? The answer is someone who really isn’t a Washington outsider at all.

The real traitors are those who violated the Constitution, by intruding upon the privacy of law-abiding Americans without proper due process of law. The real traitors are those who knew about this program and willfully allowed it to happen and even aided it. This country is a nation of laws and at its heart, there is a Bill of Rights meant to protect the individual from an intrusive federal government.

What kind of constitutionalist opposes the Constitution in favor of big government? The answer is someone who really isn’t a constitutionalist at all.

Perhaps a more fitting title for Senator Cruz isn’t “Courageous conservative” but instead arrogant neoconservative. There is nothing courageous about standing with big government as opposed to against, and there is nothing conservative about treating law-abiding Americans like criminals who require Orwellian surveillance.

When it comes to being spied on by your government, Senator Cruz is fine with it. If he wasn’t, he wouldn’t oppose an individual who made us all aware to what extent it was truly happening.

Chris Dixon

About Chris Dixon

Chris Dixon is a libertarian-leaning writer. In addition to writing "Undercover Porcupine", he is also the Managing Editor for The Liberty Conservative and writes for Cleat Geeks and Medium.