A common claim by Donald Trump and his supporters is that he was talking about building a wall before the other GOP candidates, Ted Cruz in particular. This is 100% false. Ted Cruz was defending the building of the border wall to a series of moderators in July, 2012. At that point, Trump was on record as still supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants.
For months, we’ve heard through anecdotes that Marco Rubio is a “programmed” candidate, one who is incredible at delivering very specific talking points but who crumbles once those talking points are exhausted. We saw this first hand for the during the latest GOP Debate when he repeated the same talking point four or five times. Even Chris Christie took note and called him out on it in the middle of his talking point.
In this hectic political season, it’s easy for those of us who follow both conservative politics and Judeo-Christian doctrine to lean towards politics. As I write this on the Sabbath, I find my mind drifting towards politics. The two don’t have to exist as mutually exclusive components in our lives. The separation of church and state doesn’t have to exist in our own minds. For this reason, it’s important to discuss how faith plays a role in elections.
As President of The Heritage Foundation, a powerful conservative think tank, former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint can’t endorse a GOP candidate at this time. So early in the race, it would be inappropriate and damage the credibility of his organization. However, he can tell Republicans what he would like to see in the next President. In doing so, he precisely described one candidate: Ted Cruz.
If Hillary Clinton is able to win the Democratic nomination for President, she’ll have two major vulnerabilities: depravity and a lack of accomplishments. Unfortunately for Republicans, Marco Rubio suffers from one of the two vulnerabilities himself, making his nomination a problem in the general election.
He said he was a winner. He said, “Believe me, I’ll fix the problems and make us rich again.” He had bold ideas that were often considered to be taboo by the establishment. He pitched his successes in business as the core reason that he had what it took to be the strong leader they needed. “He” was Donald Trump and his pitch was to become the leader of an airline.
There’s a disparity between what “We the People” want and what “They the Media” hope to create as the narrative. Ever since he won the Iowa caucus, Ted Cruz has been dismissed and attacked non-stop in a concerted effort by the Washington Establishment and the thought-manipulators of the mainstream media. They really hate this guy, and that’s a good thing.
One of the most common arguments made by Marco Rubio and his supporters when addressing illegal immigration is that he sounds much more conservative than he did when he was part of the Gang of Eight. The problem with the argument is that in 2013, when an organization working to push the bill spent 7-digits to advertise it, Rubio made the amnesty plan sound even more conservative than he sounds today.
For the first time in several months, I had complete and total respect for something that Donald Trump said. After a stunning defeat to Ted Cruz in the Iowa caucus, his concession speech was mature and properly tempered. Then, silence. Was he rethinking everything? Would he allow his candidacy to mature after learning the depths of the mess he’s created for himself? No. He returned the next day to hitting Twitter with excuses and insults.
Conventional wisdom tells us that Ted Cruz represents a far-right ideology that the Democrats would want to take on head-to-head. That’s what many pundits believe and even many political strategists for Republicans, but the Democrats know better. As much as it pains me to admit it, they’re better than Republicans at analyzing candidates and finding their weaknesses, as has been seen by masterful campaigns that elected and re-elected Barack Obama.