On the heels of what was a fantastic speech, you would think Ted Cruz had just betrayed everything he believed in.
On the contrary.
Ted Cruz stood up for what he believed in.
Those of us who have supported Cruz for doing exactly that in the Senate… are left wondering what the rest of you thought would happen?
While it would have made terrific TV if Cruz had walked out and said, after releasing his speech earlier which he did, “I endorse Donald Trump for President!” and shut up for the ten minutes of applause, Ted is not about Great TV.
Trump is about great TV.
Which is why he made his unnecessary appearance at the end of Cruz’ speech.
Well… I’m not sure it was great TV. It might have been a bit more sage to ask Ted for a video, like the one Rubio provided, and then determine whether or not to run it.
Cruz stood up for the very principles the rest of us have been searching the words of Donald Trump for. Donald has yet to provide any of us the firm ideological foundation those of us who think about these things daily would like to see, feel, hear… something. Ted Has.
I will vote for Trump only because Clinton is a known entity… and Trump is not.
I will not be voting for Trump because of his well thought out admiration for Enlightenment Governing Theory and his steadfast resolve to promote the individual above a rightly, constitutionally, restricted government.
Want to argue with me? Please do. I invite it.
All this being said… the predictions from the Establishment Republican Mouthpiece Karl Rove that Ted’s career (an elected position I will remind you) is Over, are being tossed around as if Rove had the ability to fire him personally.
What you need to remember, because I know you already know this, is the Establishment RINO wing of the Republican Party HATES Cruz. They Hate Cruz more than they hate Trump. They view Trump as a buffoon, a clown, PT Barnum, a cartoon character who can be manipulated and ‘led’ to the ‘pragmatic’ point of view. They see him as a deal maker, in his own words, and nothing more. Ted on the other hand is an individual who does principled things like not endorse a guy who leveled personal attacks on him and his family when summoned to do so at the GOP Convention. Did you think the guy who filibustered for over 14 hours on the Senate Floor making his opposition clear to the Establishment Republicans that he would not bend a knee to them would do anything else. You did? Then you need to think more.
In the end, the Trump crew knew what Ted was going to say. They had the ability to stop it. Instead they permitted Ted the Prime Time spot, in my opinion, with the hopes of embarrassing him.
I’m not entirely sure that happened. But what I do know happened is they put him, I believe intentionally, in a box. His decisions were limited to three options. Refuse and look like Kasich… Endorse and be roundly criticized for compromising his values… or refuse to endorse and be roundly criticized for not supporting Trump. In the end, I do not believe time will paint Cruz as having done anything but give a terrific speech. (Which it was. Don’t think so? Then you’re Trump blind… listen to it, better yet READ IT again. Or, find comfort in your intentional ignorance and remain the ass-hat you are. It was a great speech.)
Cruz has laid his principles, and his bets, on the table…. brilliantly.
If Trump Wins and turns out to not be what everyone has fantasized about, because no one, not you, not me, not anyone on Earth has direct evidence of anything else… Cruz wins.
If Trump Loses and Hillary solidifies the complete Socialization of America… Cruz Wins.
If Trump Wins and turns out to be an Amazing Guardian of the Constitution as written, and rolls back the Socialist Schemes of the last 100-years… Cruz Wins, as do we all.
This is what happens when you have a firm footing in the Ideology of Personal Liberty and Freedom.
Ted Cruz has that.
The Establishment Hates him for it. (Because they are Leftists.)
Trump is mad at him for it. (Right now.)
The Democrats fear him for it. (Because they should.)
Can there be any better endorsement for one’s future in the politics of American Exceptionalism?
Of course not.
Ted Cruz was invited to the Convention to be Embarrassed.
He still showed up.
And, he delivered an Amazing Speech based on the principles that those demonizing him today would profess to be their own.