Syndicated talk show host Steve Deace said with great confidence that Senator Ted Cruz will endorse Donald Trump, despite all of the attacks on his credibility and his family as well as his non-conservative beliefs. On Friday afternoon, he was proven right.
6) But again, I think it's the worst political miscalculation of my lifetime. I hope I am wrong. The people will decide that.
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) September 23, 2016
This news struck me hard, I must admit – a crippling blow to my day.
In my home state of Indiana, I worked for two weeks, dedicating 120 hours to the one man I believed was true to conservatism, to principles and to God. It wasn’t possible for me to be more proud of Cruz when he held his ground amidst all of the uproar against him during his Republican National Convention speech. He stood by the words he’d spoken the whole election.
To be honest, I did not think my most revered conservative figure would side with the “anyone but Hillary” movement. I’m a high-school aged conservative; he is my biggest role model, and naturally, I am horribly disappointed. In my mind, his Facebook endorsement was a betrayal to the conservative movement as well as every lesson about principles I had ever learned from him.
For him to go back on his decision has been utterly disappointing to part of his firm, conservative NeverTrump/NeverHillary base. On the night he withdrew, I was at the Indiana watch party when we lost and he said, “I give you my word I will continue this fight with all of my strength and all of my ability.” By turning on his own principles and endorsing a man who knows nothing of true conservatism, does that not go against his word? Regardless of the justification he gives, Cruz is choosing to support the “lesser of two evils”…which is still an evil.
The situation now stands: Senator Ted Cruz has now endorsed the GOP nominee, Donald Trump, not only potentially ruining himself but also his brand of ideals. I could not be more convinced now that the GOP must burn swiftly. The conservatives must build a new party in the ashes of the Republicans to rid the conservative brand of the threats we now have to face. People should not have to choose between two wrongs and hope that it comes out right.
“…Vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.” Is it remotely even possible to associate Donald Trump with the Constitution? With the Bible and its teachings? And why should we trust Trump any more than we should have in weeks past when conservatives were raging about his flip-flopping stances, unkept promises and baseless arguments? He links his fate with Trump’s win or loss come November as well as whatever acts he may commit if elected.
People have told me to not make a big deal out of Cruz endorsing Trump. I can’t help but heartily disagree, especially since some of these people are the same ones who argued on different forums against non-NeverTrump voters. Not just from my own immense disappointment from a personal hero but also from the perspective of our future party. We need leaders like him who have strong, Godly moral convictions and the courage to act upon them. What we lack now in Cruz is the action behind those words and those convictions, even in the tensions of this chaotic election. As Aaron McIntyre said on the Steve Deace show Friday night, “Cruz’s speech [in July] is a far cry from where we are now.”
Of course, Hillary cannot win in November if we want to preserve any of the fundamental values we have left. Does that mean voting for an incoherent, rambling liberal?
Cruz risks dividing the conservative base to support a Godless, unprincipled New York liberal, all in hopes that Hillary will not win. Among my conservative friends I even see this, on Twitter, everywhere on the media. If conservatives are divided over our “leading figure”, we can’t rebuild. We need to discern who does and does not have grounded conservative beliefs, who will stand by them through every challenge that comes forth.
It is imperative that any threats from the neo-Republicans are squelched before they hurt the efforts of the potential conservative party. While we need people like Ted Cruz in our government and in our new party platform, we need to be careful who we consider our leaders and faces of this movement. The base of our potential party is staunch, unwavering conservative values. Unwavering. This time, Cruz’s actions do not line up with his words throughout his campaign and in his speeches of the Republican National Convention, and the two-party system is partly at fault by giving us people who do not represent the citizens. We need to rid ourselves of this broken system in order to prevent these fallouts of good, strong people.
Like I told my father minutes after the endorsement was posted: People who think of Ted Cruz as the “savior” of conservatism are just as wrong as people who think of Trump as a savior of this nation. I don’t think conservatives can throw this under the rug while thinking this has no effect on his legacy and the conservative brand. I think it is a tremendous mistake by Cruz to come out publicly in favor for Trump.
I believed Senator Cruz was special because he stood apart from the rest of the former candidates as a fearless leader for God and America, someone who resisted pressure and acted for the good of the country and the grassroots. I admired that he wasn’t afraid to be different from anyone else, that he was different from the rest of the typical Washington politicians. He told the people of Iowa in January that conservatives will win with “bold colors, not pale pastels”. Though I still respect his values and love for the Constitution, I can’t help but feel betrayed. Trump is still Trump and always will be Trump, no matter how much anyone hopes otherwise. Cruz caved into the pressure from multiple fronts, giving away all of the words he’d ever spoken on behalf of principality in hopes that America can be great again under an authoritarian, the new face of the Republican party. It is simply too far gone, as no longer representing the very heart of the party, and it must go.