I just finished watching a video from Conservative Review entitled “Ted Cruz Beyond the Boos” (posted below). I’ve seen the video before. I watched Cruz’s speech live from the convention and it still has a raw, hurtful quality to it. I could not believe what I was seeing and hearing. I know it may have seemed different if you were in the audience, but from where I sat it truly seemed that they were booing the things Cruz was speaking about as much as they were booing Cruz.
What was he talking about? What was it he said that had the crowd so incensed? Cruz talked about freedom, and the crowd booed; he talked about the Constitution, and the crowd booed; he talked about love, and the crowd booed.
I realize that the rabid Trumpidians were wanting nothing from Cruz other than for him to grovel before the altar of Trump and pledge his fealty and allegiance. I know they were craving his endorsement. They wanted Cruz to get up there and give a full-throated clarion call to all conservatives to rally behind their orange god-king.
What I can’t get over – what really has me scratching my head – is that they got upset that Cruz urged voters (Trumpists included) to “vote their conscience;” to vote for candidates up and down the ballot that would defend freedom and uphold the Constitution! Did this prick their consciences because they know Trump won’t defend the Constitution? Or do they care whether or not Trump upholds the Constitution?
As I watched this spectacle unfold I felt a knot forming in the pit of my stomach. What I was witnessing, it seemed, was the death of the Republican party. I was sitting there watching the party of Reagan boo the very principles and ideals that Ronald Reagan had championed and that the so called Grand Old Party claimed to uphold.
I am truly concerned for this nation because I think what Trump represents is an America – and a so-called conservatism – that is more concerned about the almighty dollar and economic prosperity than they are about freedom. Now don’t get me wrong. I want economic prosperity as much as the next man. But, if we gain prosperity while losing our freedom then what good is it? What’s more, I don’t think you can have real prosperity without having freedom. It was freedom given to us by God and secured by the Constitution that has made this country the greatest, most prosperous nation in the history of the world.
It is bad enough that we know without a doubt that Hillary and the Democrats will do everything in their power to destroy what is left of our freedom. They will work ceaselessly to make the Constitution irrelevant. They will leave no stone unturned in their quest to fundamentally transform America into a place we won’t recognize. I just never dreamed I would actually see the Republican party practically join forces with them.
Since that night things have gone from bad to worse. Nary a day goes by that Trump doesn’t say something dumber than the day before. Things have gotten so bad that there is talk even at the highest levels of the party of defunding Trump. Basically, dumping Trump. How ironic.
The leaders of this sideshow circus had their chance to dump Trump. They could have let the delegates vote their conscience. They could have gotten on the dump Trump train at the convention and helped lead the movement to get rid of Trump and draft Ted Cruz, or Marco Rubio, or just about any Republican besides Trump. But, they didn’t do it.
Now all we can do is watch this train wreck happen. Stand by and cringe as the Orange One waxes more and more moronic with statements like his assertion that winning the Presidency may be his only shot at getting into Heaven (this was his pitch to get evangelicals wound up for Trump).
All I can do is shake my head and weep; weep for a once great party that has slid into irrelevance; weep for my nation because it appears we are headed for at least four more years of becoming more and more like the old Soviet Union; weep because we will likely see America slide further down the hill into moral turpitude.
You know, you just can’t make stuff like this up! Truth really is stranger than fiction, especially this year. I think the founder of The New Americana may well be right. It really is time for a new conservative party.