The Republican Establishment is facing the type of defeat that they haven’t tasted since 1980. None of their guys has a chance at the nomination, so they’re seeking an alternative, a “white knight” who can swoop in through convention chicanery and save them from “too conservative” Ted Cruz and unhinged Donald Trump.
In The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the albatross was considered a sign of good tidings. It followed the ship in the story until the mariner shot it with a crossbow. Metaphorically, it was placed on his neck as a reminder of his sin that turned good tidings into bad ones. “Instead of the cross, the Albatross about my neck was hung.”
“Heckler’s veto.” That’s not how it’s normally described, but if you think about it, that’s pretty much what it is. Many who fight against religious liberty will go through their course as hecklers to those of us who believe in the truth of the Bible or those who hold other beliefs.
If voters put the rhetoric and the campaign lies aside, one common theme emerges about Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. Both have been involved with the “Establishment” for a long time. Ted Cruz’s involvement has made him a hated man among his peers and the donor class elites in the Republican party because he has demonstrated a willingness to go against them when it’s better for the people.
It’s easy to like John Kasich. He seems like a sincere guy and he’s passionate about winning the GOP nomination no matter what he has to do to win it. Unfortunately, he’s also a beneficiary of the very thing he claims is working against him: lack of publicity. If he were ever to have the spotlight shining on him, voters on both sides of the aisle would realize that he doesn’t belong in the top 10 list of GOP candidates, let alone the final three.
At an early age, perhaps seven or eight, I knew I was a Republican. I wasn’t raised Republican by my apolitical parents. It was the message of self-reliance, the notion that the human spirit (guided, as I learned later, by the Holy Spirit) was capable of accomplishing so much more when rules that bind us are released. I was a small government conservative before I even knew what conservatism really meant. Since then I’ve learned empirically that America’s strength comes from an empowered people.
In any loving relationship, the newness and mystery surrounding it can be overwhelming. It’s not just the chemical and emotional response to like-minded and/or physically attractive people that compels us to let the young-love-bug overtake us. It can happen with many things in life such as a new car, a new job, or even a new politician. After nine months with Donald Trump, many of his supporters are starting to wake up from the stupor brought on by the most uncanny Presidential candidate this country has ever known.
To truly do this story justice, one would need a long and well-researched investigative report on the history of the treaties that have maintained America’s interests around the world. We’d need to dive into the geopolitical atmosphere that surrounds the pros and cons of maintaining a strong presence in east Asia as it pertains to defense, trade, and influence.
Recent revelations that John Kasich eats his pizza with a fork align him ideologically (from a culinary perspective) with Donald Trump. This cannot be allowed to stand. We’re talking about pizza. We’re talking about tradition. We’re talking about decorum.
As a Ted Cruz supporter, I’m obviously motivated to see my chosen candidate head-to-head with the frontrunner. It offers the best opportunity for him to differentiate himself in a positive manner and to highlight Donald Trump’s many flaws. It would also give him the opportunity to address up front the accusations and innuendos that Trump so casually throws out to the press when Cruz is not around.