To my surprise, I actually have something in common with Senator Ted Cruz, the Republican Huey Long of our generation whom I predict will lose in an electoral college landslide to Hillary Clinton in 2016. Senator Cruz and I both really like the 2006 British movie Amazing Grace and admire a 19th Century British Parliamentarian, William Wilberforce.
“Yes, about William Wilberforce,” Cruz said. “It’s an incredible story about a member of Parliament who fought for his principles, and when he began, he was almost entirely alone. And conventional wisdom in the British Parliament was there was no way to stop the British slave trade. And Wilberforce endured enormous criticism and animosity and yet, over the decades, stood resolutely for principle and transformed not only Britain but the world, by succeeding at long last in abolishing the unspeakable evil that was the British slave trade.”
Click here if you are interested and want to learn a little more about this stubborn reformer who worked tirelessly for 26 years to get Parliament to abolish slavery in the British Empire. Wilberforce stood up for what was right when no one else would. He fought for reform when no one thought for a second he could possibly succeed in changing a bad system everyone just took for granted as being “the way it was.”