The race for the White House is down to three liberals and a conservative. Some would say that Bernie Sanders doesn’t have a chance, but don’t underestimate the ability of Hillary Clinton to blow it or for one of her scandals or criminal investigations to blow it for her. As far as the GOP, the infiltration of Donald Trump into the Republican nomination picture means that Ted Cruz is the lone conservative who has a chance of winning the general election.
Some will immediately balk and say, “Trump’s not a liberal!” It has been well documented that Trump is not a conservative and even those who cling to the idea that he’s a moderate Republican haven’t examined his policy proposals closely enough. From his health care plans to his love affair with Planned Parenthood to far-left tariff proposals to… look, either you’ve been paying attention or you haven’t. Trump isn’t as liberal as Sanders, but he’s barely to the right of Clinton on many issues and pushes left of her on trade and portions of his tax plan. His immigration policy is conservative. He has allegedly evolved on guns and abortion. Otherwise, he memorized some Republican talking points but has never and will never take the most important stand on the conservative platform to reduce the size of government and empower Americans. He’s all about big government and he believes that he can make America great, not the people. He’s a liberal through and through.
Most conservatives have coalesced around Ted Cruz as not only the candidate that can beat the three liberals but also as the best person to bring back the Reaganesque and Coolidgesque ideologies that propelled the country to prosperity and incredible positions of world leadership. There are those, particularly more pragmatic Republicans, who are still concerned about Cruz’s ideologies and the consistent principled conservatism he’s practiced throughout his career. Those who have supported candidates other than Cruz and Trump might feel like Cruz is too conservative, too divisive, or that he has too many enemies in Washington DC to make things happen.
This is where an understanding of the Executive branch versus the Legislative branch is necessary. As a Senator, Cruz has been a challenge for the GOP. His anti-Establishment style is righteous but divisive. He’s made many enemies and few friends. He’s broken from the norm and challenged the Establishment to do the right thing or expose their underlying treacheries. The last major candidate to be as conservative, principled, divisive, and universally hated by the Establishment was Ronald Reagan. Those of us who are old enough to remember can attest that whatever hatred you think the Establishment feels towards Cruz, it was double against Reagan after he dared to contest the 1976 Republican convention against an incumbent, Gerald Ford. The sames things being said about Cruz were said about Reagan in 1980.
What Reagan proved and what Cruz will prove as President is that the qualities that made everyone hate him are the same qualities that can unify the party from the Executive branch. He doesn’t need to get along with anyone. Congress is beholden to him, not the other way around. That’s not to say that Congress will give him whatever he wants, but they will put bills on his desk that align with the conservative principles that this country needs or he won’t sign them. As one of 100 Senators, he held 1% of the power of one wing of the Legislative branch. As President, he holds 100% of the power of the Executive branch. Our form of government is elegantly designed to allow ideologues like Cruz and Reagan to flex their conservative muscles and act as the conscience against a Legislative branch that, by its very nature, is made up of deal-makers. The irony is that Trump would have likely made an excellent Senator but would be a terrible President specifically because of his penchant for cutting backroom deals.
If Trump is allowed to get the nomination, everything points to a Democratic victory in November. Polls, favorability ratings, scandals, and common sense say that Trump cannot win. Even if he’s able to defy the odds, it still means that a liberal will be in the White House doing damage to our nation
John Kasich and Marco Rubio have both run honorable and effective campaigns. That’s why they’ve made it this far against more powerful candidates like Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, and Chris Christie. However, their time is up and they do not have a path to the nomination, not even through a brokered or contested convention. A vote for either of them is a vote for Trump and therefore a vote for one of the three liberals to win the White House.
After a hard fight, it’s time to unify around the only man that can prevent the disastrous election of Trump, Clinton, or Sanders. Make your voice heard and your vote count. Only Cruz can halt the three-headed liberal menace that aims to destroy this country.