It’s encouraging to see that so many people understand the need to “make America great again” following the failed leadership of the current administration.

But the worst thing we can do in this upcoming presidential election is vote with our emotions instead of our minds. That’s how we got Barack Obama.

For the first time in nearly eight years we’ve an opportunity to logically look beyond the rhetoric and seek out substance in a principled, knowledgeable candidate who has proven he will stand up to both liberal Democrats and the so-called GOP establishment.

Sen. Cruz understands big government is the problem, not the solution. As president, Cruz promises to reduce government by eliminating the Department of Education and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Education will be returned to the states, and the IRS will no longer be a feared government agency targeting anti-liberal policies.

West Virginians know all too well that Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency cronies are deliberately killing the coal industry. Cruz has promised to pull back the massive EPA regulations and allow the coal industry to breathe again, revitalizing jobs across the country.

Cruz understands the economy. He’s consistently voted against raising the debt ceiling, massive spending bills and government bailouts. He’s for free trade and against government subsidies where government picks “winners and losers.” He understands business, not government, creates jobs.

Ted Cruz understands foreign policy and the quandary in the Middle East. He led the fight against Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran and promises to “tear it up” early in his presidency. He’s been a staunch supporter of Israel and doesn’t believe in a “neutral” approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

And finally, in January’s edition of “Charisma News,” Cruz openly shared his testimony about his faith and his commitment to religious liberty.

“When I was 8 years old, I went to our church’s summer camp, along (with) my cousin Bibi. At the invitation, tears streaming down my face, Bibi and I both walked down and gave our lives to Jesus.

“And it changed my life. To have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, to know that God’s only Son died to pay for my sins, that I was fallen that I am redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, nothing is more important to me. I am a new creature in Christ, and it is central to who I am today.”

Serving in the highest office in the land requires a servant’s heart, not a taskmaster’s whip.

And it requires someone with proven integrity.

Ted Cruz toes the line.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.