Why Ted Cruz and Every Discerning Republican Should Renounce Trump

Ted Cruz Do Not Endorse Donald Trump

The race is almost finished for the Republicans. It would take a miracle for Donald Trump to not be the GOP candidate for President. While there is still hope in the form a Trump meltdown or a third party conservative candidate, chances are high that we’ll have to choose between Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, a symbolic vote, or no vote at all.

This will, of course, be one of my most viciously attacked articles I’ve written in a while. The #NeverHillary crowd includes millions. Many of these people can’t stand Trump but who hate/fear him less than they hate/fear Hillary. Now is not the time to lecture anyone about how choosing the lesser of two evils is choosing evil nonetheless. It’s also not the time to make the argument that as disastrous as a Clinton White House would be, it might not be worse than a Trump White House. I received a Tweet reply today that concisely made the case of why this may be true:

I’ll disagree slightly about Clinton being “not horribly wrong” with few exceptions as she has numerous liberal policy proposals which are definitely horribly wrong, but otherwise the concept is righteous. Trump won’t be wrong as often as Clinton, but when he makes the mistakes that he’s certain to make and reacts childishly as he’s certain to react, the consequences for America will be much greater. We may not be able to recover from either Presidency, which is why this video Tweeted out by Nancy French fits our current predicament perfectly:

Ted Cruz, other Republican politicians, conservative pundits, and voters should renounce Donald Trump. If that means a quiet non-endorsement such as what Michigan Governor Rick Snyder did, so be it. What I would prefer to see is a clear message sent that both renounces Trump and establishes the need for the American Conservative Movement to recover from this setback immediately.

Here’s my statement:

As a Republican, I renounce the nomination of Donald J. Trump for President of the United States. Despite winning with a plurality of votes and delegates and with the understanding that most Republicans are now supporting him as the only way to stop the Democrats from winning the White House, I refuse to comply with the majority opinion that Mr. Trump is now the standard bearer leading our party into political battles. I will not leave the party because there are still strong, conservative Republicans running for other offices who need support, but I will not be voting for Mr. Trump.

If he wins the Presidency, I will respect the authority of the office and would defend the Constitution side-by-side with him as the office is called to do. I will continue to fight for the American Conservative Movement that has a far superior grasp of the solutions necessary to propel our country down a better path than Mr. Trump does. I will also continue to work within the party itself to champion the conservatism that once defined us. I hold no ill will towards those who support Mr. Trump as he and his campaign carry the full weight of the terrible circumstance they’ve created. If I stand alone on these perspectives, I am prepared to fight alone. The United States of America should represent the blessings bestowed by our Father to a people who want to do His will. I fear that Mr. Trump does not share the values that this nation needs in order to fulfill our role in this world.

What’s next? I believe it is our duty to fight for an alternative. While I see some wisdom in the stance that a non-viable conservative candidate would offer Trump a scapegoat in a loss similar to how Ralph Nader was viewed as the spoiler for Al Gore, I am more compelled by the calling to fight the good fight even in the face of near-certain defeat. It is my sincere hope that the candidate I supported, Ted Cruz, will share in this perspective, decline to endorse Trump, and assist any worthy candidate who takes the courageous step of challenging the evil at our doorsteps.

Why is Cruz so important for this perspective to thrive? The fact that he was the last to oppose Trump is a start, but it’s not the most important reason. Getting many pundits and voters to understand the nature of our stand against Trump is easy. In fact, it’s already happening with a good number of “Never Trumpers” holding out and getting abused daily for their “state of denial” or their “complicity in a Hillary victory.” There are only a handful of elected officials who have already given Trump a “nay,” but none of them can have the necessary impact to counter names like Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell who have already boarded the Trump Train. We need a leader for this movement to work and it’s not going to be Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush (no offense). Senator Ben Sasse is notable, but he doesn’t have the clout yet (though I believe he will eventually). We need a strong elected official to help justify the cause and Cruz is the ideal person to do it.

From there, our path becomes more clear regardless of what happens this election.

Consolidate Under the Conservative Umbrella

Patriots, whether they reluctantly support Trump or are stalwart in their opposition, must consolidate when the dust settles to form a stronger union of conservatism through which the political conversation can be shifted. Both the liberals and big government Republicans have enjoyed power for far too long and the results can be seen all around us.

I continue to refer to this as the “American Conservative Movement” even though such an entity doesn’t exist… yet. It most likely will. First, we will explore pre-existing organizations to see if they are prepared to bring the message to the masses or not. If no single organization can be found with the appropriate combination of conservative ideology and clout, we will start fresh and work to bring other individuals, groups, and organizations together to unify the conservative message.

New Party? Probably Not.

Whether it’s true or not, I have to believe that as of today the majority of Republicans are still conservatives. Many have become shell shocked by Trump’s rise. Others have lightly embraced him as less repugnant than Clinton but they’ll retain their conservative beliefs regardless of who wins. Then, there are those who are leaning left with Trump and turning into populists and nationalists without fully understanding what they’re embracing. Until this last group controls the party fully, our best course of action is to push forward within the party itself.

Forming a major party is nearly impossible today. A few years ago, it would have been considered completely impossible. Today, the internet allows the right reach in order to quickly (less than a decade) establish a political party that could pull from both Republicans and old school “Reagan Democrats” as well as Libertarians who are seeing their party shift away from the principles exemplified by Ron Paul.

If it must be done, so be it, but at this point the chances are slim.

Re-educate

The left controls the American education system. We will have the daunting task of reaching those in high school and at universities, but we must also be able to re-educate them once they’ve already been indoctrinated. People like Ben Shapiro and other conservatives who are occasionally allowed to speak on campus must continue to plant the seeds. Pundits like Leon Wolf and Erick Erickson must be the experts called on by the news networks to defend the right perspective. As for the rest of us, we must be ready with an answer. We must be articulate in our defenses when the opportunity comes up whether in person or online.

We must spread the word.

I am a firm believer that conservatism only makes sense to those who dig below the surface. Socialism sounds great at first glance. Liberalism seems to be the more caring perspective until it’s viewed with more scrutiny. Even big government Republicans must be shown why their perspectives needs to change.

We have the advantage of facts. We have the truth on our side. When a person’s feelings are cleaned from their lens of discernment, they will be more likely to see clearly how conservatism is truly the most compassionate way of thinking and governing.

Conclusion

Alexander Hamilton has been quoted a thousand times since Trump started seeming like the eventual nominee, but his quote must be stated once again as my conclusion: “If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”

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  1. Kent

    The American “conservative movement” or the movement to restore respect for the America established by the Founders and the Constitution they created, should not remain in the Republican Party. It would be the height of stupidity to do that. The Republican Party has spent hundreds of millions of dollars and all the lobbyists and media it controls to assassinate the idea of conservatism and those who are serious about representing the principles of conservatism. The treatment of Ted Cruz, called Lucifer by John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, is just the most recent example. The entire machinery of the party was used to destroy Chris McDaniel in Mississippi when he ran. The past eight years have seen the party organization march in lockstep with Obama and his agenda and only fight when conservatives acted to oppose Obama. Now, Trump will bring an even more intense battle to wipe out anyone who does not accept his leadership and reject conservative ideas. Trump has made it his mission to end the career of Cruz through incredible lies and smears.

    The idea of educating the citizenry about the virtues of conservatism can happen if it is done through a political party that is organized to fight for those principles and to make a compelling case every day about how conservatism produces the most prosperity and happiness. It will take time but this education never happens inside the Republican Party because all conservative energy is spent simply trying to survive the daily assaults from the party the conservatives have chosen to be in. This no longer makes any sense. We have wasted two decades on the insane notion of “changing the Republican Party” and we are further behind than when the Tea Party brought great numbers to the Republican fold. Most of those gains have now been lost.

    It is past time to start fresh. The Republican Party itself began as a third party and it quickly replaced the Whigs, which had become a party without ideas or a reason to exist. That is the Republican Party now, which has no agenda except to expand and protect its own power and the job security of its leaders. The Republican Party is a mortal enemy to conservatives. We need to divorce ourselves from it now and begin opposing it and the Democrats. The voters will be looking for a better option once Donald starts implementing the Democrat agenda from a Republican Presidency.

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  3. Steve

    Sir, I’m a born-again Christian. March 22, 1972 was when my conversion happened. A glorious day! I’ve spent 44 years studying the Bible literally cover to cover. Please don’t take that as a claim that I know everything. I don’t … more than some folks, less than others. I’ve prayed, fasted and voted in the hopes to keep the Republic of America’s values strong and moral. However I have to say the decline of the United States has been a direct result of the Christian community being complacent in politics. Politics has a direct effect on our ability to worship freely and while we’ve sat back with an attitude of “I don’t get into politics, God is in charge,” we’ve possibly crossed the Rubicon in restoring America to her once greatness and morality.
    One problem with Republicans and Christian Conservatives in particular is that we have this “all or none” attitude. Our candidate has to be Christian conservative on each and every issue or, “He’s not getting my vote! He’s not a Christian, he’s not conservative enough! He possibly has an unsavory past” … on and on. We (conservatives) would do well to learn a lesson from the left … liberals. Get what we want a little at a time, incrementally. They’ve been doing it for decades until they got the ‘crown jewel’ of liberalism, anti-America embodied in Barack Hussein Obama.
    I find appalling the continued vicious attacks from the likes of Mark Levin (the Great one), Erick Erickson, Genn Beck and even Brad Thor. I don’t remember these pillars of conservatism applying much resistance when Obama was campaigning. I digress.
    To sum this up, I think it is ludicrous to even entertain the thought that Hillary might we worse than Trump in some cases but better in others. That, dear friend is a fantasy.
    Joe For America wrote a piece a week or so ago and I’m going to borrow an excerpt from his article as he says what I feel, but better than I could …

    “I have some bad news for you all who seek to enable Hillary by not backing Trump on religious grounds. Listen up:
    A Hillary Supreme Court pick will proceed to vote in lockstep with Ruth Bader Ginsburg (when Ms. Ginsburg isn’t doing something important like napping, that is) and your personal ideas about religion and Christianity will be moot, friendo. Gone when Hillary’s Court deems your faith to be a hate crime, buddy. So shut up with your NeverTrump and think about your future NeverChurch for a minute.”

    Thank you for letting me comment. Here is the link to Joe For America’s piece …
    http://joeforamerica.com/2016/05/joe-plumber-op-ed-im-backing-trump-way/

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  4. Kauf Buch

    “This will, of course, be one of my most viciously attacked articles I’ve written in a while.”

    A full day after publishing this article, yet with ZERO comments, I highly doubt that, sir.

    It is your prerogative, effectively not to care whether Hillary is President or not…
    …it IS a “binary decision” after all (meaning Hillary or Trump),
    since ONE of these two *WILL* become President.

    It is EVERYONE ELSE’S prerogative
    to actively effect a vote to protect and defend
    the future of the United States of America

    by voting for Donald J Trump.

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  5. JD Rucker

    Kauf, I’m sure you’re new here. The discussion is on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/socialnewswatch/posts/1726691310934224

  6. Martin Knight

    No disrespect to David French but he’s an underwhelming choice.

    I sincerely hope it’s a smokescreen and that Kristol will be unveiling someone with a bit more “oomph.”

    If Kristol wants someone with a military background then these men are each better choices;
    ? GEN Peter Pace
    ? GEN Victor E. Renaurt
    ? GEN James T. Conway
    ? ADM James O. Ellis
    ? GEN William Looney
    ? ADM Gary Roughead
    ? GEN Bryan D. Brown
    ? ADM Tim Keating
    ? ADM James Stavridis
    ? ADM Mark Fitzgerald

    Five of these men endorsed Mitt Romney in 2012. The other four; Pace, Stavridis, Brown and Roughead can be safely assumed by all public indications to lean Right as well.

    A General or Admiral is immediately credible as a Commander in Chief, an administrator and as a national security and foreign policy expert.

    Any of the above Generals or Admirals can actually win, albeit with the right campaign and funding. Considering the scores of Republican donors that have refused to open their wallets for Donald Trump, there is a large untapped source of cash that can fund such a candidate.

    Furthermore, a General or Admiral (if he gets the support of Ted Cruz and starts getting endorsements – especially if he can get some Trump endorsers to switch their support to him) raises the possibility that the nomination can be wrested from Trump at the Convention.

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  8. Tom

    Hello everyone, my name is Tom, I am a project superintendent and I would like to say, I am very happy to have come across this blog site.
    I would personally like to thank Mr. He. For starting this site, and how much I have enjoyed his writtings.
    I also hang out on redstate.com and therightscoop.com as well.
    You will find I am very very pro Cruz and very sad he did what he did. But thinking I know the type man he is, he had to get out before drumpf put his other foot across that “red line” and Mr. Cruz would have ended up hurting that giant piece of goat stuff. Being the man I am, I can take abuse but you must leave my family alone, or you will rue the day. I am a christain man that loves Christ and tries to live daily as the holy spirit guides me, and as I fall short daily, I pray daily thru Christ that I will be forgiven.
    I pray daily that drumpf or hellary or the Bern will never set foot in the WH to be our leader, I pray daily as of now till convention that the delegates will take over and give us Cruz or anyone like him. I pray daily that our heavenly Father will deny these three the 270 needed and it goes to the house. I am willing to take and feel blessed if they give us the rino of all rinos as long as it is none of the three.
    Thank you all for reading this, and I pray for all of you and I pray for Mr. JD and his safety, being with this site he has put himself on the front lines of this important battle as we all do but lesser as we post our comments.
    Be Blessed everyone, and let’s pray that the Father feels its time to make this nation the beacon of the world again.

  9. Tom

    Hello everyone, my name is Tom, I am a project superintendent and I would like to say, I am very happy to have come across this blog site.
    I would personally like to thank Mr. JD. For starting this site, and how much I have enjoyed his writtings.
    I also hang out on redstate.com and therightscoop.com as well.
    You will find I am very very pro Cruz and very sad he did what he did. But thinking I know the type man he is, he had to get out before drumpf put his other foot across that “red line” and Mr. Cruz would have ended up hurting that giant piece of goat stuff. Being the man I am, I can take abuse but you must leave my family alone, or you will rue the day. I am a christain man that loves Christ and tries to live daily as the holy spirit guides me, and as I fall short daily, I pray daily thru Christ that I will be forgiven.
    I pray daily that drumpf or hellary or the Bern will never set foot in the WH to be our leader, I pray daily as of now till convention that the delegates will take over and give us Cruz or anyone like him. I pray daily that our heavenly Father will deny these three the 270 needed and it goes to the house. I am willing to take and feel blessed if they give us the rino of all rinos as long as it is none of the three.
    Thank you all for reading this, and I pray for all of you and I pray for Mr. JD and his safety, being with this site he has put himself on the front lines of this important battle as we all do but lesser as we post our comments.
    Be Blessed everyone, and let’s pray that the Father feels its time to make this nation the beacon of the world again.

  10. Tom

    Sorry for double post, hope one gets knocked out, the one spell check changed JD to He