Cruz Thinks He Has Vision for 2020, but He Has Become Short-SightedTed

Cruz  Being  Booed  at  RNC

(Photo from Fox Business News last night in their review of the evening’s events.)

Ted Cruz has always fancied himself as the second coming of Ronald Reagan.  After last night’s speech at the Republican convention, he should start hoping it wasn’t his Good Night in America speech instead.1

The bitter struggle which saw the Republicans narrow seventeen candidates down to one has a few who disregard the loyalty agreement of last year.  Even Ohio governor Kasich, who had thought Donald Trump’s loyalty was the one suspect from the beginning, disappointed his constituents by not appearing to greet his party on Day One.

While some voiced their dissatisfaction by not attending the convention, the senator from Texas did the best job of alienating party faithful by being present last night.

Many, except the most perceptive, didn’t see the bus wreck coming.  Cruz began his speech with a touching story of one of the children who lost her father in the Dallas police murders.  He skillfully wove a narrative tying our need and respect for law enforcement with the Constitutional rights which we cherish so much.

He contrasted these to the track record of Hillary Clinton and reiterated the differences between the Democratic Party and those values dear to the Revolutionary founders and to current Republicans.

But as his time at the podium began winding down, it became obvious that no attempt at extending a unifying olive branch was going to be given to Donald Trump that evening. The tide began turning with his request: “to those listening, please don’t stay home in November.”  It accelerated as Cruz exhorted the crowd “to vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket, who YOU trust to defend our freedom to be faithful to the Constitution.”

By then, chants of “We want Trump” became obvious and Cruz aggravated his situation by saying, “I appreciate the enthusiasm of the New York delegation.”  He tried to play the crowd with a continuation of his family’s story of immigration to the U.S. and restating the image of the murdered policeman’s daughter.  Those with cowboy hats tried to offset the growing unhappiness in the rest of the audience with their approval.  The catcalls indicated Cruz had lost his credibility despite statesman-like: “We must make the most of our moment, to fight for freedom, to protect our God-given rights even of those with whom we don’t agree.”  “We want Trump” and other comments of disapproval were not going away.  Cruz’s “L” was cemented in the loss column as the boos strengthened.

Trump was shown watching and skillfully began to emerge from the side curtain with smiles, clapping with his followers and a reassuring thumb up as if to say “All is well, I’m still the candidate and definitely in charge.”  He Tweeted later that he had seen the Cruz speech two hours earlier, but he “let him speak anyway. No big deal!”

In the final analysis, Ted Cruz attempted to solidify his independent crusader-at-all-costs image.  For the time being, it cost him his image.

“trusTED” had tossed himself under the busTED.


1 – “’Prouder, Stronger, Better’, commonly referred to by the name ‘Morning in America’, is a 1984 political campaign television commercial, known for its opening line, “It’s morning again in America.” The ad was part of the U.S. presidential campaign of Republican Party candidate Ronald Reagan. It featured a montage of images of Americans going to work, and a calm, optimistic narration that suggested the improvements to the U.S. economy since his 1980 election were due to Reagan’s policies. It asked voters why they would want to return to the pre-Reagan policies of Democrats like his opponent Walter Mondale, who had served as the Vice President under Reagan’s immediate predecessor Jimmy Carter.”



7 thoughts on “Cruz Thinks He Has Vision for 2020, but He Has Become Short-SightedTed

  1. It’s all got nothing to do with real life until we elect one or the other weevil. Then, it won’t be all Party fun’n’games. I have zero faith in Trump making anyone but select Trumps great, I have negative-zero faith in the other, and as for Cruz, I doubt I’ll ever again vote for a D or an R, but to his credit, he said what the others in his party wouldn’t and said it on a national stage. Kudos to him, whatever the perceived intent.

    • I agree in that years ago, I never thought I could back someone like Trump. He was about 16th on my list of the original 17. Backing Hillary is impossible with my faith, not to suggest that Trump is ideal either.

      • I understand the frustration. Sen. Paul has always articulated well the abandonment of the faithful by entrenched leaders. My sincere hope is that your vote does not aid Hillary Clinton’s election.

      • Thank you for putting it so kindly. When we were taught about voting in America, we were not told it is a big-money dog-fight in which the will of “the people” hardly matters. I’m pretty sure the system is broken. I’m utterly sure the option of being a Democrat was stolen from me (and many others who also felt they had to change to “Undeclared.”) I’d like for us to have tried the rational, reasonable, hard-working patriarch that the last two important Libertarians presented for reining in and shaping up this entitled, wastrel, bloviated and violent nation. Thankfully, God is never broken, so whomever gets in will (via enough sincere prayer) have some real checks and balances on him or her.

      • That is why we should never despair. The Holy Spirit is always present to guide us. No matter how badly we mess up, we know God wins in the end!

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