Its completely unfathomable to me how people who claim to yearn for smaller govt have embraced Donald Trump and rejected Ted Cruz.
Texas embraced Cruz and rejected Trump. Whereas New York embraced Trump and rejected Cruz. Do you really need to know anything else?
Yes, Texas was Cruz’s home state, but that only confirms Texas has better judgment. He was elected Senator in what the MSM described as “the biggest upset of 2012 and a true grassroots victory against very long odds.” Cruz was endorsed by Sarah Palin, radio host Mark Levin, the Tea Party Express, the Young Conservatives of Texas and U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, Jim DeMint, Mike Lee and Rand Paul. He was also endorsed by former Texas Congressman Ron Paul.
Since his election and re-election Cruz has earned the rancour of both sides of the political establishment. In a November 2014 Senate speech, Cruz accused the president of being “openly desirous to destroy the Constitution and this Republic.”
Cruz has repeatedly said that the 2015 international nuclear agreement with Iran “will make the Obama administration the world’s leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism.” Obama called Cruz’s statements “outrageous attacks” from Republican critics that crossed the line of responsible discourse”. Mitt Romney also criticized Cruz for his remarks, writing that Cruz was “way over the line” and “hurts the cause.”
In 2013, Cruz referred to Republicans who he thought too weak opposing the proposals of President Obama as a “surrender caucus.” Cruz also called fellow Republicans out as “squishes” on gun-control issues during a Tea Party rally. Cruz’s role in the United States federal government shutdown of 2013 in particular attracted criticism from a number of Republican colleagues.
John McCain particularly dislikes Cruz and denounced his reference to Nazis when discussing the Affordable Care Act. McCain also called Cruz a “wacko bird” whose beliefs are not “reflective of the views of the majority of Republicans.” John Boehner described Cruz as “Lucifer in the flesh”. Lindsey Graham said “If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you”. Note all three of these are fully fledged RINOS.
Cruz accused Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, another rank RINO, of telling “a flat-out lie” over his intentions to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States. In the same speech, Cruz assailed the Republican majority in both houses of Congresses for an insufficiently conservative record. Cruz’s speech, and especially his accusation against McConnell, was condemned by various senior Republican senators, with John McCain saying that the speech was “outside the realm of Senate behavior” and “a very wrong thing to do.”
So Cruz has few allies in the Republican Party, a fact that he says he is proud of. He is endorsed by the honourable gentleman Mike Lee. Another Senator who stands head and shoulders above other Republican RINO rabble.
(In a characteristic example of Trump’s political confusion, Trump stated that Cruz has “no friends in Washington”, meaning it to be a criticism. Directly after this, Trump calls Cruz “part of the Washington establishment”. Also meant as a criticism.)
In fact Cruz has fought the establishment almost alone, from within. And being alone, he has failed in some instances, made unsatisfactory compromises in other matters, and successes in some. My personal view is Cruz has always done the best he can for the principles of small Constitutional govt under his isolated and comparatively weak circumstances.
As for his election platform, Cruz advocated the following positions-
- On abortion, Cruz is strongly pro-life and would allow the procedure only when a pregnancy endangers the mother’s life. He is in favor of cutting federal funding to Planned Parenthood.
- Cruz personally opposes both same-sex marriage and civil unions, believing that marriage should be legally defined as only “between one man and one woman,”however he has conceded that it should be left to each state to decide. He referred to the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide as “among the darkest hours of our nation” and accused the court of judicial activism.
- Cruz is a proponent of school choice and opposes Common Core.
- He fully supports the 2nd amendment.
- He supports the death penalty.
- He proposes the abolition of the IRS and the implementation of a flat tax where the average American can fill out taxes on a postcard.
- Cruz has promised to eliminate the Department of Energy, the Department of Education, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Cruz rejects the myth of man caused climate change, saying “the scientific evidence doesn’t support global warming.”
- Cruz opposes the 2015 international nuclear agreement with Iran negotiated by the U.S. and other world powers, calling it “catastrophic” and “disastrous.”
Americans for Limited Government named Cruz “2013 Person of the Year” Cruz was also named “2013 Man of the Year” by conservative publications FrontPage Magazine and The American Spectator. He was named “2013 Conservative of the Year” by Townhall.com.
So Trump supporters threw out of all of this in preference for a new York liberal who doesn’t have a firm position on any issue. Building a wall, ceasing Muslim immigration, deporting Mexican illegals, whatever, you show me one statement he’s made I’ll show you another contradicting that stance.
Trump supporters threw all that away to cheer for a New York liberal who over the years has donated millions to progressive left wing politicians, Democrats and Republicans, (RINOs mainly), and said he has do do it to oil the wheels of commerce, which is just another euphemism for cronyism. Trump has been a big part of the problems that now besiege the US.
People who despised the cynical emptiness of Obama’s promise of “hope and change” now embrace Trump’s pledge to “make America great again”.
However, even if I put all that aside, there’s no way I can ever support the man who smeared Ted Cruz as a liar, and called him this over and over again, on talk shows and the fawning FOX network, yet refused calls to debate Ted Cruz one on one. This to me marks Trump as a liar himself, but worse a coward, and no one fit to be Commander in Chief of the US armed forces. (He’s a draft dodger like Bill Clinton anyway)
The mission in the US is the restoration of the Constitutional Republic. Cruz memorized the Constitution when he was fourteen. Trump sees it as a document of little relevance today. He never mentions it. He never uses the words freedom, or liberty, or the phrase small government.
So that mission will be set back decades by the elimination of Ted Cruz and the nomination of Donald Trump, rightfully described by Cruz as the other side of the same progressive coin that is Hillary Clinton.
So there it is. The reason I see the support of Trump by Conservatives and Constitutionalists as unfathomable. The US has not only missed the best chance they have had in generations to turn things around in the US, they instead threw their support behind a New York liberal, a force that will only make things far worse. Especially if Trump fails against Clinton.
You want the final proof of this scenario? Why did Kasich stay in the race so long yet withdraw immediately Cruz withdrew? He was there to draw votes way from Cruz, and he did this at the behest of the Republican establishment who FEAR CRUZ FAR MORE THAN TRUMP. Trump is malleable to their will. They knew from Cruz’s record that he is not. They saw his actions as a Senator, and feared what he would do once he had the power of the Presidency.
Will Trump make Kasich his running mate? A big call, and not one I would make, but if it does happen, it will confirm the plan all along. If its not Kasich, my guess is it will be some other sop to the political establishment. Same result, same plan.
Washington may well fear Donald Trump, but he will never make them tremble the way the thought of Ted Cruz as President made them tremble.
Cruz is out and the choice now is Trump, Hillary of Bernie. No matter which one wins, the US will continue its downward spiral.