There is a movement in the land. A movement of fed up Americans who’ve watched their political system devolve into a daily bidding contest of who can give our rogue president the most money and power. We’ve watched as well groomed lawyer-politicians have slickly made promises they break as soon as they cross the capitol threshold. It’s a marriage of grift and ambition. None of them ever thinks they would be corrupted by the pay to play, business as usual, lobbying culture. But like a drug, it changes the personalities of those who promise, with all their heart, to represent us.
Donald Trump, in his most unlikely campaign, has exposed the system rather than just the players. The game is rigged. The donors and lobbyists call the shots. Americans don’t trust anybody – even mister constitutional conservative, Ted Cruz.
Cruz’s claim to fame is resistance. He’s said no to everything and has done so in a way that draws attention to himself, rather than the problem at hand. And not once though did we see the senator oppose or denounce the lobbying culture. The cartel he speaks of apparently doesn’t include billionaire donors. If Cruz was a serious reformer he’d be railing against Citizens United. But my hunch is that Cruz would love to argue a case like Citizens.
The remaining republican field would do nothing but be place holders if elected. Jeb Bush promises to be a kinder, gentler Hillary Clinton. That phrase seems to dog the Bush dynasty. These aren’t alpha males. John Kasich is there in case one of the others fall. He wants to play nice and not fight for the nomination. Translation: Kasich would fold like a cheap suit if elected to the oval office. No thanks, been there done that. Rubio is the main threat to the Trump juggernaut. His big stumbling block is he really is for stuff the American people don’t want. Nobody I know wants to rattle Vladimir Putin because he decided to bomb terrorists in Syria.
The only candidate that is palatable for mainstream conservatives is Ted Cruz. You see, Cruz is a smart lawyer, tops in his class. He makes grand, stem winding speeches. He strikes thespian poses for the cameras. His speaking cadence immediately makes one feel like they are in a large auditorium with marble columns. If Cruz weren’t a politician he could earn a fine living recording books on tape. For conservative talkers, Cruz is perfect.
But something funny happened along the campaign trail. Donald Trump started exposing everyone’s weaknesses. And for senator Ted Cruz, there is a long list of them. First, he and his wife were intimately involved with the proposed formation of the North American Union. Wife Heidi sat on the advisory board for the council on foreign relations. Cruz’s first instinct was to vote for a bill that again, would sell us down the river to Mexico, China and Japan. But his constituents blew up his phone lines and he eventually voted against giving Obama his fast track trade, anti-American sovereignty bill. The bill eventually passed with Marco Rubio’s help. Ted Cruz is also for exponentially increasing illegal immigration through a work visa program. How many more immigrants do we need here right now?
Cruz was born in Canada. Most Americans see this as a problem. No amount of legal wrangling will erase that fact. Many of Ted’s billionaire donors are corrupt losers who put their money on candidates like they’re race horses. And Cruz doesn’t lie, he misspeaks. Something Bill and Hillary Clinton have made a career of.
Trump supporters won’t support Ted Cruz for other reasons. He seems to be a jerk that even his kids don’t like. His senate colleagues find him aloof and opportunistic. His brilliant skills as a lawyer don’t seem to translate all that well into retail politics. His evangelical road show is something we’ve never seen in American politics. “Vote for me, I’m the God candidate”. Really? And then we’ve got nut jobs like Glenn Beck out there claiming God killed Antonin Scalia so we’d all focus on Cruz. In fact Gary Bauer called and he wants his 1996 campaign strategy handbook back. Cruz would unite 75% of the country and they would all be against him.
The Trump-Cruz war is one where neither would steal votes from the other. Donald has a new pot of energized voters. Cruz has old time Christian conservatives who pray through the Scriptures but then don’t examine the candidate himself. It’s like attending a church with solid doctrine where the pastor is cheating on his wife with the church secretary. You want to grab Cruzbots by the lapel and say, “Do you see what this guy is doing? He just lied to steal votes from Ben Carson in Iowa!” So far, none of them care. They’ve been told that Donald Trump is the devil himself and loves abortion, hates guns and that his wife used to be a lesbian porn star. Oh, and the vote thing was CNN’s fault.
For Trump supporters we’ve seen this movie before. Ted Cruz is a more conservative version of former senator and wife abuser, John Edwards. Slick, smooth and calculating. As my mom used to say, “he’s got an answer for everything”. And the conservative talk Nazis are all on board. But there’s no way in hell that Trump supporters will go along with it. Millions of Americans would still vote for Trump, storming the precincts to write-in the Donald as a way to protest the rigged system if it ever came to that.
So for all you media pundits who are trying in vain, to steal our consciences and demean our very existence, you are S-O-L. There’s no candidate in the last 100 years that’s inspired this kind of loyalty. You can tell us that Ted Cruz was dropped here by Jesus himself, and it still doesn’t matter. It’s Donald or no one.