The importance of the Cruz endorsement

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The endorsement of Trump by Ted Cruz wasn’t about Trump. It was about Cruz. It was about ending Cruz’s possible contribution to the regeneration of America post-Trump. It was intended to be that. It was all about the Establishment taking Cruz out and preventing him from serving a cause bigger than the election of 2016. The Establishment and the progressives knew they needed to deprive the country of someone who could regenerate the nation’s soul; who would venerate the Constitution that makes us a nation. The one-worlders, the Establishment, wanted to take this piece off the board. And they did.

The fact is, everyone knows that this endorsement won’t garner one single vote for Trump. Can anyone imagine a voter saying, “Gee, I thought I would just not vote for Trump this year, but now that Ted Cruz has endorsed him, I’m going to vote for him?” Of course not – because we’re not idiots. We know whom we can support and whom we cannot.

Ask yourself who among the many sellouts who have endorsed Trump (Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Laura Ingraham, Bobby Jindal, Tom McClintock, Tom Tancredo, Bill Bennett, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Dennis Prager, Sarah Palin, Mike Pence – the whole lot of them) still has your respect. Donald Trump has had the effect not of elevating, but of bringing everyone down who has anything to do with him.

Look at Ted Cruz. Here is a man who has stood alone against the entire Republican Establishment to fight for morality, sanity, freedom and the Constitution in the U.S. Senate – taking the arrows regardless of the rewards for selling out. Donald Trump has called him an adulterer five times over, he has called his wife ugly, he has accused his father of assassinating President Kennedy. Has he ever apologized (even with his fingers crossed behind his back)? No. Cruz said he was not in the habit of endorsing people who slandered and attacked his family. Well, in those days he was something of a hero. Someone to look up to. Something we don’t see much of now.

Ted Cruz bent his knee to someone who has insulted everything which should have been sacred to him. He has nothing to offer but progressive big government and Cruz knows it. Cruz got nothing for it. He just prostrated himself for nothing – to an enemy of the Constitution, no less. He has excuses to make; he was “promised” that he and Mike Pence would be able to float their choices for Supreme Court Justices. Of course, they would be shot down. So what is that? Nothing. He claims that Trump is moving to the Right, but he is not. He is moving far to the left! And he will continue to do so because it is his comfort zone. It is painfully obvious that he has had to struggle to put over the “red neck grassroots conservative” act. Witness his clumsy urging that the “2nd Amendment people” might “take care” of Hillary. Woody Allen did the same thing in Midnight in Paris when he referred to “tea party Republicans.” No one but a Democrat could do this. (I let it go because I loved the movie.)

So, without even a half-hearted, insincere apology for his outrageous and uncivilized accusations and insults against the Cruz family, Donald Trump now has his boot on the neck of Ted Cruz. Why this is particularly injurious is because after Trump’s loss in November we will need to have principled, unsullied leaders we can believe in to help restore the republic. Cruz will not be one of them now. Worse would be if Trump cheats fate and wins in November. In that case he will veer very sharply to the Left and his endorsers and supporters will bear responsibility. He won’t need the NRA once he is elected. The gun grab will be on. It’s the big-government thing to do. His feeble and ham-handed efforts to force companies to remain in the U.S. when he pushes his $15/hour minimum wage on them, along with his universal health care, daycare, and enforced paid maternity leave will fall apart. It can’t be done. This isn’t, after all, the last place on earth to do business.

So those who have tagged along with him – Christie, Huckabee, Ingraham, Ann Coulter, Cruz, Mark Steyn, Jindal, Bennett, Prager – and all the rest of this “conga line” as fellow traveler Mark Levin would say, will be one with him answerable to his stupid ideas, inarticulate fumbling statements and leftist program. They will have gone a long way toward destroying the conservative movement and the grand design of freedom of the founders.

We have lost a voice for freedom. Many of us are very sad about that, and some of us are very angry about it. Those who are very angry have a good point. They have believed in someone – a man they thought was better than the rabble – who still believed in family values and in family itself, who was willing to stand up like a man and defend them. He failed. He was never a god, he was a man, but we thought he was what a man SHOULD be.

It turns out he was for sale like all the rest. It turns out there was a price on his defense of family and family values. His past record still stands on its own, but it does not change the fact that he sold out. There are a lot of good men who sold out. Benedict Arnold was one of the finest patriots before he sold out. He was a national hero. It happens and it happened last week.

Sally Morris

Sally Morris is a political commentator and writer for The New Americana and the Dakota Beacon. Raised in a very conservative environment where politics were the common topic of discussion at home, she began early to develop critical thinking skills and follow political news and events. At 15 she was drawn to her local Republican headquarters where her typing skills were put to work preparing canvass sheets, poll sheets, maintaining files. She was precinct committeeman in her state district and chaired two committees in a state Republican Convention. The deterioration of Republican Party principles has been a concern throughout her years as a Republican. In 2009 she organized the first tea party event in her city, which spawned a core group of activists. Today Ms Morris defines herself as a “constitutional conservative independent”. She has also written for newspapers under the names “Kathleen McCarty” and “Ellen Jones.” As a property owner she took on the city council’s plan to destroy her historic neighborhood and subsequently authored the first successful nomination to the National Register of Historic Places of a linear resource (Granitoid Pavement) for its engineering and design. It was also placed on the State Registry (North Dakota). She has also seen first-hand the corruption of the eminent domain principle when her Minnesota home was seized for development of a project which never, in fact, materialized, although the home was demolished. This experience brought into sharp focus eminent domain abuse as well as other corrupt practices in local government. (Another reason why she opposes Donald Trump and Haley Barbour). A devotee and performer on Celtic Harp she has also presented discussions on topics of Irish history and music at the Fargo/Moorhead Celtic Festival. She and her late husband, Clyde Morris, homeschooled their three children, now grown and also published authors and musicians.

  1. Your worldview, you beliefs, principles and values dictate your decisions in all areas of life. I agree with you – Cruz sold out by abdicating to a candidate and political party that has embraced a contrary worldview. I pray Mike Lee and Ben Sasse will not.

  2. I don’t agree. I was very disappointed in Cruz. I think he made a big mistake. I think it was the wrong decision. But I think anyone who votes for Trump is making the wrong decision. Yet I recognize that many conservatives who are not pro-Trump (including Cruz) believe that it is the best decision under the circumstances. I continue to respect him in spite of this mistake.

    I agree that it hurts his credibility. For me personally, going forward I will be much more likely to support a nevertrumper next time for President, over Ted Cruz. But I don’t think it destroyed Cruz’s credibility. I think he still has much to offer. Just not as much as he would have had.

  3. You are wrong to write off Cruz because if this. You do so to your own harm. If you truly don’t understand what he is doing you are not the party for me either. You prejudge without a trial or reasoning. You who think you are above everyone else, the elite. You are no better than the GOP or the democrats.

  4. We have suffered too much and too long with people who have acted out of expediency and went along with the “leadership” in the GOP. It hurt Rand Paul immensely when he endorsed Mitch McConnell. It was a sign that he really wasn’t interested in principles. When Ted Cruz did this he took himself out of the running for effective leadership because if he could do this, not even having gotten a public apology for the outrageous insults – way beyond the pale and beyond common decency – that he took from Trump, and without Trump holding ANY of the same principles sacred, he revealed that he does not place them in high enough regard either. He can’t possibly believe that Trump has changed. A 70-year-old school boy doesn’t suddenly change and become a leader of a free people. I don’t say Cruz committed any crime. He is free to do as he wants. He is just not a leader. This kind of “mistake” is the kind that changes perception of someone as a leader. It is not small. I did not agree with everything Cruz did or said. But I found him to be consistent in his principles. This was not. No one likes Hillary. But we need to recognize that Trump is just Hillary in a bigger, baggier suit. Cruz lost respect even further when he termed Trump’s pathetic debate performance “strong”. I stand by my analysis. Where you you finally draw a line? Is McConnell okay? Is Gingrich okay? What about Bill Bennett? Sean Hannity? Except for McConnell, they’ve all done or said something I agree with at some point, but they cannot lead a new conservative party because they have become GOP zombies. There is nothing “elitist” about principle. But it is all too uncommon.

  5. Unlike others mentioned in this article, Cruz had an conservative agenda to push and he is using the best way, given the circumstances, to do it. As you say, Cruz is not God, nor is he perfect. He will make mistakes. Holding him to a much higher standard than any other conservative is the warning that JD has made time and time again.

    I will not hold this against Cruz for he still remains rock solid in his fight for conservatism. One little blip on his record should not be a career ender, as long as he is remaining mostly true to his principles. Like Levin, he sees Trump as bad, but not as bad as Hillary. I disagree with that assessment… but then again, I am not in as good of a position he is in to push the conservative agenda.

    Maybe, if he thought the temp-titled Unified Conservative Party was a viable option, he would not have felt blackmailed into making his choice. That is the price we pay for attempting to build a party in the mean time. There will be casualties.

  6. No, I have perhaps more perspective than a few of the people who have commented. I have witnessed the deterioration of the Republican Party. It has been a halting process; while Reagan served as President we had a respite in the decline. Had we built upon this instead of going back to “business as usual” we might have avoided a great deal of the wreckage of America. Had Reagan refused the demand that he put Bush on the ticket we might have had a far different outcome, so I realize that he wasn’t perfect. No one is. But now we have a serial rapist as the standard bearer of the Republican Party. Not only is he a violent criminal (at least he has been charged with rape and the charges are consistent with his own words and his past behavior) but is also being tried for fraud. That Cruz has attached himself to this candidacy is more than a “blip”. It is a major mistake. If we all make this mistake we can expect no better outcome. Perhaps you are too young to remember a time when we expected more of our leaders. My grandmother used to tell me that one is judged by the company he keeps. Cruz is in bad company. We shall see how this plays out, but at this moment in time there really isn’t a way forward for Ted Cruz. I am sorry to lose him as a leader. It is not “holding someone too high” if we just ask that we hold to our prinicples. One can make a “mistake” or “misstep” in the pursuit of principle. There can be differences of opinion on issues – I have had some with Cruz, in fact. But when we walk away from our principles because it is convenient, because we think we are getting something in trade or because of pressure, then we err greatly. Being “female” has nothing to do with thought process or intellect, so I don’t regard that as an insult if it was intended to be. I hope that we will have people to lead who will, if they err, do so while holding onto principle.

    Perhaps you are arguing that Cruz was threatened with bodily harm or his family was threatened. That could be an excuse. But if you believed that you would be wrong to support anyone who would seek to gain in this way.

    Please don’t fall back on the same old – “because Hillary”. This could excuse anything if we let it. You can’t get away from it. Cruz seriously damaged his credibility. The thing which distinguished him was principle and courage. That he abandoned principle without even so much as a concession or apology lessens his ability to lead. I stand by my opinion.

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