First off, not everyone that reads my stuff is going to like this post. However, I’ve recently been negative towards Ted Cruz, and many people have questioned why I feel the way I do towards him, or have accused me of demonizing the opposition to boost my own candidate. A lot of people won’t agree with this post, and that’s alright. I write to put my opinions out there, and if people don’t agree I encourage dialogue. I love that we all have differing opinions, and while I may harshly criticize some of those differing opinions, I still encourage discussion.
First, here’s a sample of the replies I’ve received:
“I don’t get why you’re so negative about Ted Cruz?!?”
“What’s your deal? Ted Cruz is a fighter, and we need a fighter!”
“I don’t mind if you’re negative about Trump, but being negative about Cruz is just ridiculous.”
I tried to address the Trump/Cruz connection in this post, but apparently I didn’t do a great job of explaining my previous political leanings and why I’m so irritated. Hopefully this post sheds some light, whether you agree or disagree in the end.
First, a bit of history. Here are a few tweets of mine from back in 2013:
I know. It’s almost like I was a fan.
Some of it was out of ignorance, but mostly it was because I truly thought of him as an unshakable political figure. I followed his every move, I sang his praises. I remember running a pro-life booth at a fair a few years back, and campaigning for a Wisconsin Republican. I was talking with people all day about that “up-and-comer Ted Cruz,” and how he seemed to stand for truth and speak his mind so well.
I remember following Cruz back when he was in support of Birthright Citizenship, H-1B visa increases, legalizing illegal immigrants, abolishing the TSA, anti-government stimul… Oh, sorry, was I getting carried away? You know… Stances he took before he knew you didn’t like them. Maybe that’s the most difficult part of this, being told what he does and doesn’t support by those who didn’t follow him as closely as I did. I know what he supported, I also know how he’s changed.
I felt like Ted Cruz would rise to the occasion when we needed him. Now, maybe I was naive, maybe I was too wrapped up in the rebellious attitude running rampant in politics. If I’m being honest, well, I was captivated.
I was also captivated by Marco Rubio until I read about the Gang of Eight. I was not happy with Marco at that point, because I had read the reviews by conservative writers, and at the time it was seen as an unmitigated disaster. At this point, Ted Cruz was on a pedestal, and Marco Rubio was on my…. not so nice list.
Then something happened.
I did my own research.
I stopped reading some of the incredibly biased talking heads in the media.
I read the Gang of Eight. I calmed down and realized that the immigration issue was out of control, and that trying to get anything on the books during a Democrat presidency would have been better than nothing. I found that I didn’t disagree with the vast majority of the bill, and I also found that conservative writers were focusing in on the few negative aspects, and purposefully blurring the vast number of positives. I realized that we don’t get everything we want in a democracy, and that working across the aisle was the best possible option at that point.
Side Note: I’d like to take this time to thank that crazy old teacher in private school for making me read the founding documents over, and over, and over again until I no longer felt fatigued when reading the mundane. It is because of that wacky – bats in the belfry – old woman that I am able to read hundreds upon hundreds of pages of political gibberish without going insane.
My respect for Rubio grew at that point. I’m sure that he worried about his name when he joined the Gang of Eight, but if he didn’t join the Gang of Eight, we would have all sat around angry, complaining, and bitter over the fact that a “real conservative” wasn’t involved in the process. Don’t lie, because that’s exactly what would have happened. Let’s be honest here, we conservatives are quite the experienced complainers, if there’s fault to find we’ll sniff it out. It’s the truth. It can be a good thing, and also a bad thing.
Then one day I read an excerpt from an interview:
“At this point, bringing the Senate bill back to the floor would be a show vote,” he said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “It would set us back even further—taking an issue that’s already divided people and actually going to stir the pot and poison the well even further. Why would I support an effort to do that?”
Conservatives came running with their tar and feathers, “He’s pandering! He’s flip-flopping!” I laughed and realized that “my people” had lost their mind. Rubio saw that the people were no longer willing to reach across the aisle, that conservatives preferred show votes to small improvements at a time. They wanted nothing if they couldn’t have everything. He wasn’t going to play that silly and worthless game, and I liked him even more for it.
We had become these people:
“I want the whole pan of brownies.”
“We don’t have the ability to give you the entire pan of brownies right now. How about four?”
“I SAID THE WHOLE PAN!”
“Give me the whole pan or nothing at all!”
“Then I guess you get nothing.”
Thus, a movement of “Grrrrrr” is born.
Despite the angry mobs, he was doing what he knew was right. He wasn’t flip-flopping, he held the same immigration stance – with the addition of even stronger border security than the Go8 bill – that he holds now. He was smart enough to see that the game was over. Sweeping legislation would never work in such a hostile political environment, and piece by piece was the answer. Giving the people what they want first, like increased border security, and then following up with additional changes.
So, my love of Rubio grew. Not only was he trying, he was listening. I was in the wrong to judge without research. I had fallen for a conservative media driven narrative. Now I’d say that 95% of the time we’re on the same page, and the 5% of the time that we’re not is of little importance. I don’t want to support someone who I agree with all the time, that’s never what I was looking for, and I’m pretty sure that unicorn doesn’t exist. I want someone who challenges me to think beyond my own personal wants and desires. I like that he knows exactly what he believes, and he doesn’t budge. He may back off a little, grow in his opinions, soften his delivery, etc., but he’s consistent and honest about those changes.
Enough about Rubio, back to Cruz.
Gird your loins, Cruz Crew.
See, I was under the assumption that Cruz was a man of principle. I thought he would stand for what was right, and I thought that he would tell the brutal truth to his following no matter the cost. I was convinced that he was a rare breed in the political world. Now I’m scorned. So for me it’s not about fighting the opposition, it’s about the fact that I feel the sting of betrayal. I feel the bitterness of respect lost, and I feel the cold revelation of disappointment.
Basically, I’m the political version of a country song about cheating. I now want to dig my key into the side of his pretty little souped-up presidential campaign, because he failed to deliver on the one thing that made him worth my time: Principles.
So, let’s get this straight: Ted Cruz is not a dumb man. Ted Cruz is well aware that Donald Trump is the furthest thing from a conservative. Ted Cruz knows for a fact that Donald Trump stands for socialist policies, liberal ideals, and a dangerous agenda. Being honest to you about that is not as important to him as gaining votes from the Lord of Darkness. That’s just the facts. He’s betrayed every conservative tribe except the Comanche faction. He’s no longer vying for conservative votes, he’s pandering to the GOP’s “Obama” voters. He’s too much of a wimp to tell you that, though.
It’s the truth.
“He’s being strategic!”
No, he’s being a tool. He’s lying to you.
Listen, I get it, he makes you feel super patriotic. I was there, I felt that tug at those red, white, and blue heartstrings. But it’s time for us to move on. Break free, my friend. Back in November I wrote a post, which you can read here. In said post I gave the following scenario with the average Ted Cruz supporter (with a few new edits for clarity).
Excuse: “That’s why I love him! He’s so strategic!”
I look at them sideways and turn the filter on high, “So you like a man who will lie and pander his way into the White House, and you don’t care as long as he gets to the White House?” Without skipping a beat they condescendingly reply as the flag is raised within their hearts, and the bubbling patriotism stings as gentle tears tug at their eyes, “Yes, because we need a man of principle in the White House, no matter what it takes to get him there.”
*Raises hand* Say, I don’t want to cause a kerfuffle here, but wouldn’t a man of principle be honest with voters about conservative positions, candidates, and logical options? And wouldn’t a true seeker of a principled candidate look for someone with, say, I don’t know… principles?”
“He’s staying away from the Republican war. The media wants them all to fight, and he’s just staying above the fray.”
“The Journal” should change their header to the Marco Rubio for President Newspaper, because their attacks — and it’s going to keep coming because Marco fights for the principles they care about.”
“On foreign policy, Sen. Rubio’s foreign policy judgments have been consistently wrong.”
“Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio led the NATO coalition in toppling Qaddafi.”
“This PAC ad by Rubio supporter[s] where they’re spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, less than what it really is Megyn. It’s a sign of desperation. They want to try to change the topic because I think Marco’s campaign is determined that his longtime support of Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama’s amnesty plans, particularly making it easier to bring Syrian Muslim refugees into this country that now they’re worried about it politically so they want to change it with a false attack ad.”
Etc., etc., etc….
Apparently Reagan’s 11th Commandment only applies to Trump. So. Weird.
Also, I get the “not going to war” with each other thing, but there is such a thing as staying true to what you believe.
And maybe don’t call the Trojan horse of the race “terrific.”
And maybe if he doesn’t want to go full patriot on Trump’s charlatan soul, at least he could treat him as he treats Rubio.
“He’s a man of action!”
No. He’s a man of speeches.
A man of action would stand up for the conservative principles he claims to love, and stand in opposition to the one man in this primary election who is beating those conservative principles with such commitment and brutality that I feel like I need to give those principles the number to an abuse shelter.
Ted Cruz is a wimp.
Get over it.