Ted Cruz & Kant

From, off all places, a forum discussing the works of Cormac McCarthy, I learned some impressive info about Sen. Ted Cruz:

If you are itching to get out more, go to the Iowa State Fair this weekend and talk with Ted Cruz. He’ll gladly discuss literature, political philosophy, regular philosophy (Plato, Aristotle, Kant, etc.), positive and natural law in connection with the Constitution and American founding, and much more.

During the gun control debates that took place over this past winter and spring, I read the amicus brief authored by Cruz for the 31 states who filed on behalf of Heller in what is now known as the Heller case. I then read Scalia’s decision and found that it was conceptually homogeneous with Cruz’s brief, strongly indicating that it was in fact Cruz’s argument that had the most influence on the court’s decision. I knew that Cruz served as head clerk for Chief Justice William Rehnquist and argued and won numerous cases before the Supreme Court. So, after reading Cruz’s now famous brief, I sent him an email asking if he had studied Kant because his argument in that brief struck me as “Kantian” insofar as it was grounded in refuting the presuppositions implicit the arguments of the gun control advocates. He responded affirmatively that he had indeed studied Kant quite closely and developed that particular mode of argumentation when responding to the challenges of Alan Dershowitz at Harvard Law School. I think another reason he himself responded to me was that my email call name contains “harveycmd,” which he recognized as connected to well-known Harvard professor of Government, Harvey Clafin Mansfield.

What does all of it mean? I don’t know. But I can tell you Cruz is the real deal. I’ve never encountered a politician like him. And I like that he scares the hell out of the lefties.

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