Over at World Net Daily, David Barton says that
[Ted] Cruz is the candidate who comes closest to Jefferson and what he believes were the third president’s principles on “debt, religious liberty, and the war on Islam.”
Barton has been elevated to “historian and Thomas Jefferson scholar” and uses his WND platform to assert that the Founders are relevant to politics today. Barton says Cruz and Jefferson hold similar policy positions.
It now seems clear why Barton and WND brought out The Jefferson Lies now. This rather transparent attempt to claim Jefferson as a Cruz supporter comes just as Iowans caucus next week.
Jefferson might have a reservation about Cruz that Barton failed to mention. Cruz’s wife has a significant position with the massive investment bank Goldman Sachs.* Jefferson didn’t think much of banks.
And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale. (Thomas Jefferson to John Taylor, May 28, 1816, in Ford, 10:31.)
Jefferson also expressed misgivings about taxing the poor and suggested that employment be provided to those who had no land. I doubt Cruz will be promoting those ideas on the stump.
I call on Cruz to go on record to say that he will act independently of the Constitution when it is in national interest, as Jefferson did by sending the Louisiana Purchase treaty to Congress.
*As an aside, I think Heidi Cruz has a better resume to run for president than her husband. While she probably has similar Christian nation views, she has a better foreign policy and business background.