Reconsider Ted Cruz
Overall, I liked your article (The four horsemen of the political apocalypse are upon us, March 30). Interesting, well written and funny. But I will nitpick one or two parts. Does it really matter that Ted Cruz did not move to Texas until he was 3 years old? If you had been born in Canada and relocated to Houston at age 3, wouldn’t you still be the same Joe Southern that you are?
In February the Illinois Board of Elections ruled in Cruz’s favor, stating, “The candidate is a natural born citizen by virtue of being born in Canada to his mother who was a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth.” So Joe, you really should move on from the citizenship thing.
Your paragraph that begins “Show me a candidate who will restore….”, well, Ted Cruz will fight to do all the things you listed, save for the fact that no human will ever get “unity across both parties” the way the parties are.
Having said that about unity between the two parties…please read this excerpt from the Wikipedia on Ted Cruz: “On April 1, 2014, Cruz introduced Senate bill 2195, a bill that would allow the President of the United States to deny visas to any ambassador to the United Nations who has been found to have been engaged in espionage activities or a terrorist activity against the United States or its allies and may pose a threat to U.S. national security interests. The bill was written in response to Iran’s choice of Hamid Aboutalebi as their ambassador. Aboutalebi was involved in the Iran hostage crisis, in which of a number of American diplomats from the US embassy in Tehran were held captive in 1979.   
“Under the headline “A bipartisan message to Iran”, Cruz thanked President Barack Obama for signing S 2195 into law. The letter, published in the magazine Politico on April 18, 2014, starts with “Thanks to President Obama for joining a unanimous Congress and signing S 2195 into law”. Cruz also thanked senators from both political parties for “swiftly passing this legislation and sending it to the White House.”
So maybe Ted Cruz could, as you say, “seek unity across both parties for the betterment of the country”
I did like your acknowledgment that “he most closely represents me politically.”
Your compliment of Hillary saying she “is probably the most qualified” would be true IF being in Washington the longest actually would make you a better President. I’m afraid a long tenure in Washington only makes you worse.
Since you criticized Bernie, Cruz and Trump, but not Hillary (you only criticized her husband), I’d say if you moved any voters, it would be toward Hillary.
John G. James