Cruz boards the Trump Train. The GOP must die.

Ted Cruz Endorsing Trump

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.

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.

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Megan Kerr

Christian conservative writer Megan Kerr is a senior in high school. In addition to being a freedom fighter, she enjoys debating, volunteering for political campaigns (such as Ted Cruz’s Presidential Campaign in Indiana) and writing about politics. She is also a violinist and violist at the Anderson University Chamber Orchestra as well as in her school music programs. When she isn’t writing for The New Americana, she is playing the viola and violin, studying American history, checking up on the news and spending time with her family and friends.

  1. I’m going to be honest. I voted for Cruz in the primary, but did so because my choices were Trump or Cruz. While Cruz is obviously much more conservative than Trump, he always came across to me as an opportunist. I’m not going to attack the man, or anything of that nature, but did want to express that.

    As for his endorsement, I’m surprised by it, not pleasantly so. While I can understand anyone that feels they have no choice but to vote for Trump, I don’t necessarily understand endorsing, especially at this point in the game.

    I’m torn with Cruz on this. On the one hand, he stood up and refused to endorse him at the convention, and even doubled down with his reasoning after. I understood why he couldn’t at the time, although I disagreed with how he handled it. On the other hand, he made a commitment early on in the primary to endorse WHOEVER the candidate was. …so on that hand, I felt he should honor his commitment to do so. I’m not really disappointed in Cruz either way, as I’m not overly fond of him. While I see it as surprising, I don’t really see it as a betrayal.

  2. Yes, Megan, the party must go for all the reasons you cite, but also because it is the kind of tyrannical party that puts a person like Senator Cruz in this position. They were going to ban him from running for office again under the GOP, maybe even the Senate, if he did not endorse. That means he would definitely be out of the picture, perhaps permanently. They boxed him in so that there was no escape, merely choosing which poison to drink.

    Furthermore, the pressure from those formerly on his side, and from the evangelical community, was enormous. Ginni Thomas called him a traitor, Richard Viguerie called him unforgiving, un-Christian, Janet Parshall blasted him as selfish, and on and on. It has turned into bizarro-world where such epithets and threats could be made to a man who has suffered so much at the hands of Trump. Utterly unreasonable and contemptible. But it’s where we find ourselves.

    If Cruz were out of the Senate we would have no fighters at all against the liberal GOP establishment as well as the left. Mike Lee and Ben Sasse would oppose bad legislation, but they do not have the fighting spirit that Cruz has, even though he has been beaten down by this process. He obviously feels that he can only accomplish good for the conservative cause by actually being around to fight, and that this can only happen under the GOP. The obstacles to building power in a 3rd party are enormous. The greater likelihood is he would wind up like Gary Johnson, a perennial footnote no one listens to, perhaps considered a crackpot.

    Even so, Cruz knows full well that he may have committed political suicide anyway, certainly for the presidency. Those who say this was self-serving couldn’t be further from the truth, and are probably from the establishment and the camps of other politicians who would like nothing better than to twist the knife.

    It is better for US to build a new party from the ground up so that it becomes a viable home for conservative politicians to come to, rather than to expect them to give up all their influence and visibility for years hoping that their leading such a party will come to fruition. History does not provide many examples of new party success, yet we, the people, have to try. WE have to build it, make it real – only then can we reasonably expect our politicians to leave their current field of battle and join our army.

    Perhaps Cruz has given up hopes of ever becoming president; perhaps this election year, which has chewed him up and spit him out, has told him that. He is trying to hold on to his Senate seat which the RNC AND the Texas GOP and (at least until now) Trump and TrumpCult want to tear away from him as much as they’ve ever wanted anything. He’s trying to live to fight another day. He realizes the cult must consider itself allied with conservatism or it will continue on its course toward utter authoritarianism. He’s trying to divert the flooding river back to its banks and cannot do that if he and other constitutionalists are anathema to them and considered the cause of their idol’s loss.

    And, I think he actually believes that a Hillary presidency is truly the end for this country and a Trump presidency is not. You have to remember that Cruz has been told from his youth that Hillary is the worst thing ever. You were not alive to experience what she and her husband did while he was in office and so you may not understand that the name Hillary Clinton is almost synonymous with Satan to GOPers over age 40.

    I’m actually with you – I disagree with Cruz that it is worse to have Hillary for all the reasons you cite. I also opposed this move because of the reaction of young people like you, which I expected would result. I felt he should be the one left untarnished to have credibility for the future. But that is a hard demand to make and I don’t condemn him for his choice. The vast majority of the good people in the GOP, the grassroots, have made the same choice. There are way more Cruzers who wanted him to do this than there are of us.

    I believe for Cruz there was no good way out. I am profoundly sad for him and wish now he had not run for president this year. No one could have predicted though that it would come to this. Frankly, I believe Trump came into this race as a Clinton plant to destroy Cruz and conservatism, and the GOPe happily joined in. Trump succeeded more than anyone could have ever imagined to the point where he decided he wanted it after all and turned on HIllary.

  3. I agree, Dan. And unless I missed something, I don’t believe conservatives (collectively) had decided on a candidate. I haven’t seen an organized endorsement for any candidate by conservatives as a group or movement. So how is Cruz dividing the conservative vote? Personally, I like MikeSmith2016.Org now that I know more about him.

  4. Cruz did not sell out his values. Politics is messy and the viciously anti conservative RINO leadership put him between a rock and a hard place by using the power they have to deny him the ability to get his bills (saving the Internet, for example) up for a vote and threatening their power and money to keep him from reelection and higher office. He actually sacrificed himself in order to be ABLE to keep defending our principles and constitution.

    It’s going to be either Hillary or Trump. Cruz’s top priority is SCOTUS and saving the Internet. Cruz got Trump to commit to only nominating SCOTUS from a list Cruz saw and approves. Trump committed to saving the Internet, abolishing Obamacare etc. after much agonizing deliberation Cruz decided America under Hillary would be far far worse than electing Trump, and holding his feet to the fire on the promises he’s made. Cruz’s “endorsement” spells That out and gives Cruz the ammunition needed to primary Trump in 2020 should Trump actually win, but not keep his promises.

  5. Ridiculous.
    Anyone who actually read Cruz’s “endorsement” will see that it says nothing positive about Trump; it more accurately damns Clinton.
    What do the hate-filled NeverTrump people think is going to happen if Clinton is elected?
    When the author graduates from high school and gets out into the real world, perhaps she will see that things rarely have black-and-white answers.
    Those calling Ted Cruz a traitor are both mindless and fatuous.

  6. The Right as well as the Left has made an issue out of a non-issue. What else was he going to do? Should Hillary win everyone would blame Cruz for all the voters who stayed home. One good thing about Trump: unless old white men with bad comb-overs become a protected class, we can impeach his posterior. Not so with Hillary because the charge of sexism leveled by the Left would never end.

  7. If Hillary wins hold onto your righteous indignation, because that’s all you will have left. The floodgates on illegal immigration will remain open and Hillary will give them all the right to vote – ensuring the Dems of winning every national election and destroying our Republic forever.

  8. Good article Megan.

    I am also a Hoosier, and I appreciate the work you put in here in Indiana.

    I was also extremely disappointed by the endorsement. You seem to have a healthy attitude though, which I am glad to see. You are right that we shouldn’t look to a politician as a “savior” of conservatism, even as we support them in being the leaders we hope they will be.

    I’m also glad you that you still respect Senator Cruz. Personally, although I think it was a mistake, and I wish he hadn’t done it, I think his motives are honest. I for one do not jump to the conclusion that it was all about politics for him. Politicians are people too. He has given his reasons in detail, and seems sincere. He says it was a very tough decision, and I believe him.

    I’m guessing you have already listened to or read transcripts of his appearance at the event in Texas, where he took tough questions from the audience, and his interview with Glenn Beck. If you haven’t, I’d suggest checking them out.

    One thing I don’t agree with is your statement that: “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.” My disagreement is that I don’t think Cruz has any confidence in Trump making America great. I think he just considers him to be significantly less harmful than Hillary Clinton.

    You may be right that the GOP must die. If they insist on becoming a moderate, populist, socially liberal party, then conservatives have to leave. We are nuts if we stay in the party of Trump, if that is what the GOP has become.

  9. Megan you wrote a great piece. I understand your disappointment. I was and still am a Cruz supporter. The reality is come November either trump or hillary will win. The reality of it stinks but at least with trump we have bought some time to find a real president. A person has to pick and choose their battles. Cruz is still doing good work in the senate. Don’t forget that. Sometime retreating is the better part of valor and gives you the option to fight another day.

  10. Ted Cruz is in a unique, high-profile, and very difficult position as a prominent leader of conservatives within the GOP, and as a candidate who took the ‘pledge to support’. As we know, there has been huge pressure on him from both sides to ‘do the right thing’. Other conservatives like Mike Lee, as well as millions of private conservative citizens, have no such pressure, and have the luxury of remaining on the sidelines or remaining NeverTrump if they choose; and for high-profile figures, this can be done without much political downside. I’m sure, in the face of continued pressure, that Cruz has felt the need to go beyond what he said at the convention, knowing that he would take tremendous heat from one side or the other, regardless of what he did. So in the end he came down on the side of letting go some of the hurt from the primary and taking a position that he felt would benefit the country rather than himself. I say this because he chose to take the side that would tend to alienate HIS OWN BASE–not much political upside there. From that standpoint, I believe that his motives are sincere, as a lover of the country and its Constitution. Not that Trump would actively uphold those principles, but it’s clear that he is less of a Constitutional risk than Hillary.

    So I am neither disappointed nor disillusioned by what Cruz has chosen to do, and I think we all have to give the man a little grace. He is still the conservative standard bearer whom we respect, and he will always be among the few whom we can trust in future elections to represent the conservative veiwpoint, because we know that these beliefs are in his DNA, and he routinely defends them in the face of political peril.

    Some call him an opportunist, and from a certain angle that is certainly true. Quite honestly, a person has to be an opportunist to compete in the world of politics, and in that sense ALL politicians are opportunists–to believe anything else would be a little naive. If one doesn’t take advantage of every opportunity that comes along, it means losing out to all the other opportunists who WILL take advantage. So I don’t think we can fault Cruz or any other politician for this.

    What makes them different from each other is the motive and, knowing that Cruz has been a lover of the Constitution from an early age, I believe that his motives are far more wholesome than most, and his drive to climb the ladder to the Presidency has come from the knowledge that he has a vital and heartfelt philosophy that is needed in the country, rather than being solely for his own desire for wealth, status or power. Nobody’s motives are ever 100% unselfish, obviously, but that part of his motives which are unselfish benefit the cause of conservatism.

    Far from being a betrayal of conservative principles, I believe that his conservative altruisim and concern for the country are EVIDENCED by his reluctant support for Trump. I don’t believe he has changed his principles or betrayed the conservative wing of the party–like all of us, he’s making the best of a bad situation and giving reluctant support to the less evil and –dare I say it?–more ‘conservative’ choice for the country that he loves. It’s obvious this this brings him no joy, but it is what it is.

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