The most surprising thing to me in this primary season is the evolution of Ted Cruz.
I had always liked him and when he appeared in Memphis, I attended the rally at the Agricenter and had my picture taken with him.
However, his actions during the campaign have shown that he is not what I thought he was.
He touts his conservatism and his evangelical connections. OK. His actions have not synced up with these descriptions.
When Cruz pulled the dirty trick on Ben Carson in the Iowa primary, that did it for me. No good person would do that. I don’t believe he was ignorant of it because he had hired a known dirty trickster as one of his campaign leaders. You don’t tell people a candidate is pulling out of the race just as they are voting. And to do it to the very nice, ethical Carson, was particularly egregious.
Ashamedly, I did not really connect his logo with its true meaning either. The blaze he uses represents the Holy Spirit, as if he’s the anointed one. His dad has been promulgating that lately, too. To use a religious symbol for your own personal enhancement disgusts me.
Cruz hasn’t been completely honest in the debates either. He did vote for the Pacific trade deal. He also voted with the Democrats to suspend the treaty with Iran so that Obama could give Iran nukes and $150 billion. All the tirades in the Senate were nothing more than sound and fury and they accomplished nothing. Actions speak louder than words is trite, but true.
But his final, best work was suggesting Trump is responsible for the violence that broke out at his rally in Chicago Friday night. Yes, Mr. Anointed Conservative stood with Bill Ayers, Moveon.com, Bernie Sanders, paid agitators and the radical liberals to condemn the victims of thuggery. Are Cruz, Rubio and Kasich so desperate to win that they would sell their souls and join these people in hopes of a few votes? Disgusting.
Since Rubio flamed out, Cruz now seems the hope of the GOPe. Again, he’s siding with the wrong people. He should have recognized that that tactic hasn’t worked so well for Rubio. Look who these elites are, according to Brietbart:
All of this escalation, of course, comes in the wake of a secret meeting of the world elite aimed at stopping Trump’s ascension to the presidency.
“Billionaires, tech CEOs and top members of the Republican establishment flew to a private island resort off the coast of Georgia this weekend for the American Enterprise Institute’s annual World Forum, according to sources familiar with the secretive gathering,” the Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim wrote of it. “The main topic at the closed-to-the-press confab? How to stop Republican front-runner Donald Trump.”
Remember these people:
Those in attendance, according to Grim, included: Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google co-founder Larry Page, Napster creator and Facebook investor Sean Parker, Tesla Motors’ and SpaceX’s Elon Musk, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Karl Rove, House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Sens. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), and Ben Sasse (R-NE). House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House GOP conference chairwoman Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), and Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) were also present according to Grim, as were billionaire GOP donor Philip Anschutz—who owns the company that owns both the Washington Examiner and the Weekly Standard—and New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger.
Bill Kristol, of Anschutz’s Weekly Standard, wrote an emailed report from the conference according to Grim—a report that borrowed “the opening lines of the Communist Manifesto.”
“A specter was haunting the World Forum–the specter of Donald Trump,” Kristol wrote. “There was much unhappiness about his emergence, a good deal of talk, some of it insightful and thoughtful, about why he’s done so well, and many expressions of hope that he would be defeated.”
Kristol has been avidly opposed to Trump for some time, even writing a piece for competitor magazine National Review’s “Against Trump” issue, and suggesting that Democrat Hillary Clinton would be a better president than Republican Trump.
Grim later detailed on CNN how 54 private jets landed on the island off Georgia’s coast for the anti-Trump elite summit.
Trump, meanwhile, has battled with the governments of Mexico, China, Canada, and many other foreign leaders who have been trying to stop his election to the presidency here. He’s fought with the Pope over immigration and Christianity. He’s battled with the most powerful criminals in the world, the Mexican drug cartels, and Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has put a bounty on his head.
That’s not to mention the vicious attacks he’s sustained from each of his GOP presidential rivals throughout this primary campaign, ranging from Cruz’s to Rubio’s to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’s to former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s to former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)’s and more. He’s even survived vicious personal attacks from the former GOP nominee, 2012’s Mitt Romney, who’s lost both times he ran for president.
Would a true conservative of patriot align with these people?
Maybe Cruz hasn’t really evolved. Maybe that’s what he’s been from the beginning. Primaries and campaigns have a way of showing the true person, don’t they?