Political expediency is a tough game to play. The decisions that politicians make to promote or extend their careers are often wrong and can yield the opposite result. Gang of Eight ruined Marco Rubio. Excessive deal-making ousted Eric Cantor. As some Republicans line up to kiss Donald Trump’s ring, they must be held to account for their treachery against every conservative ideal that could return America to prominence if ever it were given the chance.
In the movie Braveheart, William Wallace had pledged to follow Robert the Bruce if he were allowed to be King of Scotland. It was a powerful scene because it was Robert who admired Wallace and to hear the man who was fighting for the future of his country declare that he would follow him was telling. Later, when it was revealed that Robert had betrayed Wallace for the sake of political expediency, the sadness on Wallace’s face was devastating enough that Robert would later lead the fight against their oppressors. I hate comparing life to movies, but that look, that feeling of betrayal, encapsulates the feelings of conservatives as we watch people like Jeff Sessions, Newt Gingrich, and Tom Cotton pledge allegiance to their dictator. It’s not that they want to do it, but for their own sake and to some extent for what they believe to be the sake of the country, they’ve made their decision.
Since we’re using entertainment analogies today, I’ll point to another. There’s a question in Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here that comes to mind when seeing these people that we once supported succumb to the pressures they perceive.
Did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?
The unholy alliance that’s forming between the Republican Establishment and the Trump Establishment is going to force most of us to ask the same question. This isn’t just about an election. This is existential. This is the once-in-a-lifetime choice that is no longer black and white because of the haze that’s forming around Trump and his supporters. While many conservative pundits and politicians are resisting and throwing their support behind Ted Cruz, more crumble under the weight of perceived inevitability every day. As of today, we can count on only a handful in the media such as Mark Levin, Erick Erickson, Amanda Carpenter, Glenn Beck, Ben Shapiro, Leon Wolf, Dana Loesch, David Limbaugh, Joseph Farah, L. Brent Bozell III, and a few others to stay firm in their belief that Ted Cruz is the conservative champion we absolutely need. Many of the rest are either already on board with Trump or they’re going to be pressured in that direction in the future.
They must all stay firm. We must all stay firm. Now is not the time for making deals. It’s not the time to push a Republican agenda for the sake of expediency when that agenda includes the destructive forces of Trump. If pundits are promoting Trump, we have to stop listening to or reading them. As more politicians pledge fealty, we must remember who they are and help to remove them when the time comes.
Everyone makes mistakes, but this is the type of decision that one must make with absolute certainty. We must not yield. Ted Cruz is the right man for the job and we cannot allow pressures or bullying to sway our proper judgment. The Republican party is burning and the only way to put out the fire is through Cruz. Supporting Donald Trump is throwing gasoline on it, allowing the fire to spread to the whole nation.