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Yesterday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for US President at Liberty University in Virginia. He characterized his candidacy as being one of restoring American ideals and values. He characterized his candidacy as a call to arms to conservatives — young and old alike — to defend the notion of freedom in the United States. And before the crowd (supposedly forced to be there according to some) filed out of the auditorium, the denouncing of his candidacy could be heard far and wide among the very people who claim to seek the very same thing that Cruz does: a return to a proud, strong, and free America.
The denouncing was not aimed at his policies, per se, nor was it a major rejection of him ideologically. It was simply rooted in style. Some commented on how he comes off as “slimy” or insincere. Some did not like the notion that he targeted Evangelical Christians. And even higher up the food chain, C.W. Cooke of National Review, complained that he came off as Joel Olstein seeking to sell the audience a used car.
When does this end? When does the Republican Party and those who claim membership of the conservative movement in the United States stop torpedoing Conservative candidates over petty disputes of style? Just last week there was another example of this aimed at Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker because he did not seem to be willing to throw flames at the idea of ethanol subsidies when he spoke in Iowa recently. Now we have complaints that Ted Cruz does not quite know how to get the proper presidential crease in his slacks.
We are, as a country, going into a presidential election season after eight years of a man who entered the Oval Office promising to “fundamentally transform” this country, and not for the better. We are leaving behind eight years that have brought us government compulsion to purchase consumer goods (healthcare in this instance), the neutering of the legislative branch as the law making body (environmental regulations, immigration reform), the use of the IRS to target and inflict severe harm against American citizens who do not want their country fundamentally changed, and the complete surrender of American leadership on the global stage. And yet, when it comes to the “smart set” of GOP and Conservative voters, we hear complaints about a presumptive candidate’s withering on ethanol and another candidate’s diction.
When will it end? When will those who complain about style or minute issues that have absolutely zero bearing on the direction of the country come out of hiding and give us the real reason why these types of candidates raise their ire? When will it be the end of such complaints when the real worry is that these types of candidates fight against the Left and go on the offensive as opposed to allowing themselves to be shelled into submission hiding behind the ramparts of being defensive? I do not believe for one instant that people’s reservations with Cruz or Walker have anything to do with speaking style or ethanol. I have a pretty good hunch that the recoiling is born out of fear.
I wish for nothing more than for someone to win in 2016 that will roll back what Obama and the Democrats have done to this country since 2007 when they regained control of Congress. But that will not happen with nominees who look at Obama as well-meaning, just with foolish policies. That will not happen with candidates who are afraid to tell the American people that the Democratic Party does not like them and wish to subjugate them. That will not happen with candidates who are more likely to fight with Conservative Republicans than with Leftist Democrats.
For the sake of the country, come together. Realize the need for someone to fight these people on the Left just as hard as they fight us. Realize that just because someone is not engrossed in DC largesse or a graduate of a university does not mean that they are not smart or sincere in their desire to help the country recover from the damage done to it by Barack Obama. The Democrats are our enemy, not Cruz or Walker or Jindal for that matter. We must hang together in 2016 and fight them or we are all going to surely hang separately in the face of a radical government.