Okay, I’ve waited long enough. I knew Ted Cruz’s speech would be “controversial” because, as the old saying goes, he was between the devil and the deep blue sea. Anyone paying attention knows there is no place in the current republican party or the Trump mafia for a principled conservative. If he came out and endorsed Trump many, if not all of his loyal supporters would be besides themselves with anger. That anger would be much deserved in my mind. At the very least he would have been castigated, and deservedly so, for not defending his family.
On the other hand if he didn’t endorse Trump the Trump mafia long knives would be gleefully unsheathed. Having Ted’s father killing JFK was never enough for the likes of Trump and his supporters. Accusing Cruz’s wife of having as many affairs as Trump was also never enough. Trumps currency is lies, deception and misdirection. He is without a doubt a career politician who would now be welcomed as a fellow in either party.
The level of vitriol and hate leveled at Cruz while stunning is to be expected from the media and the Trump mafia. It is after all their main and frankly, only currency. That such hate flows from supposed conservatives speaks volumes about just how closely the republican party has morphed into today’s hate dominated, victim centered democratic party.
I have read and re-read the transcript of Ted Cruz’s speech at the convention. I can’t seem to find the nasty, self centered, suicidal or controversial part of it. In my mind he covered most of the important themes.
Despite all the vile things about Cruz and his family that Trump participated in or remained remained silent about towards the end of the campaign, Cruz congratulated Trump on his victory.
He passionately illustrated such conservative principles as freedom and the value of human life.
He urged everyone to not sit this election out. Go, he said, and vote for the candidates who will defend the Constitution.
He called on conservatives to unite to keep the cancerous Clinton out of the White House.
Apparently he couldn’t stop his “verbal assault” there. He then had the temerity to offer such apparently controversial comments as:
…America is more than just a land mass between two oceans, America is an ideal. A simple, yet powerful ideal. Freedom matters.
For much of human history government power has been the unavoidable constant in life. Government decrees and the people obey, but not here. We have no king or queen, we have no dictator, we the people constrain government.
Our nation is exceptional because it was built on the five most beautiful and powerful words in the English language, “I want to be free.”
…Freedom means the right to keep and bear arms, and to protect your family.
…Freedom means that every human life is precious and must be protected.
…We will unite the party; we will unite the country by standing together for shared values by standing for liberty.
…If you love our country, and love our children as much as you do, stand, and speak, and 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.
The last quote seems to be one of the largest sore spots for the Trump mafia. It is, they say, proof Cruz was selfish and petulant. They see it as Cruz rejecting Trump. If they honestly believe that Cruz did not extend support to Trump after hearing these words then there is only one logical conclusion. They must believe that Trump does not love this country, his children and will neither defend freedom or be faithful to the Constitution. Cruz speaks more eloquently than Trump but his message did not sound drastically different that what Trump has been saying. It was not the subservient, slavishly ringing endorsement the Trump mafia sought but it was as close to an endorsement a principled conservative could give to an ethically challenged, highly questionable candidate.
For such heretical ideas he was booed, in classic liberal fashion, off the stage and his wife had to be escorted out of the building for her safety. No further proof is needed that Trump and Clinton supporters are not all that different.
One commentator whose name, sadly, escapes me called the reaction to Cruz’s speech the republicans “God moment”. He was referring to the Democratic convention a few years back when the convention attendees booed loudly and en mass not once but three times the mention of God. I believe he was correct. The republican party has effectively been co-opted by that same wing of the liberal establishment. Four years from now I fully expect the attendees at the republican convention will be booing God as well.
A party that believes being told to “vote your conscience” and “defend the Constitution” is problematic is no party I choose to belong to. The truth is, as another old saying goes, a long game. I suspect history will remember Cruz’s speech somewhat differently than it has been portrayed so far. I can not wait till then. On Monday I will change my affiliation from Republican to independent. Looking back I think it is something I should have done years ago.