Here is my latest podcast. I discuss the 2016 election process from a constitutional view. I talk about the continuing fear campaigns being waged by Trump and Clinton and how emerging parties like the Libertarians and the Constitution Party are important to the long term viability of our republic.
I was drafting an article asking Ted Cruz to consider dropping out, but he beat me to the punch. Kudos to you sir. You have made a wise and great long-term decision. It was the right and upstanding thing to do.
I was going to point out that even if there was a contested convention and Cruz had the numbers to take the nomination in the 4th or 5th round, the resulting tumult would be horrendous. No matter how a contested or a brokered convention played out, Cruz would have been the scapegoat for any ills experienced by Trump later on if he lost or would have too much bad will to win the general election himself. Cruz’ decision to drop out after a loss in Indiana is huge for his long term success.
I was going to point out that dropping out early enough so Trump could get the 1237 number would absolve Cruz of any culpability concerning establishment tricks during the convention. This, in my opinion, was crucial to the long term viability of Cruz as a presidential candidate. The establishment has been coming to the Cruz camp as of late and it is nice to see that he would rather abandon his run then get cozy with them.
I was going to further point out that Ted Cruz has a job in Texas for as long as he wants. His support has only grown since he made this run. Cruz has run a fine race against the odds and did very well. 2020 will be a great year for conservatism and the Constitution. Four more years of people actually seeing Cruz in action on the Senate floor will consolidate many who were doubters. Getting out now also avoids any ambiguity as to his involvement in a Trump loss.
And this brings me to the Dark Side of the equation. The inevitable Trump loss. A Hillary presidency is virtually guaranteed at this point. If she can dodge indictment and actually close the deal against Sanders (which mathematically seems inevitable) there will be another Clinton in the White House. Trumpsters were warned. Hillary has a base of supporters who do not care that she is a liar and political hack. They do not care about her long list of scandals and lack of accomplishments. She is a democrat, she is a woman, she is their pick. End of story.
Unfortunately for Trump the republican side does have some principled people. They do care about their candidate’s character. Many will not vote for Trump. They are done with the lesser of two evils. At best Trump is another big government progressive. At worst he is there to give Hillary the nomination. Either way he will get only lukewarm support from the conservative base which will mean a huge loss for him. HUGE!
The hit pieces against Trump will start slowly but ramp up in intensity and frequency as we get closer to election time. People will be brought forward who have personal stories of how Trump and his actions harmed them. The democratic support Trump has been enjoying will evaporate as he is attacked. Not that some of them were true Trump supporters anyway. Many were just there to support the weakest of the republican candidates to get their candidate Hillary into office. They did some fine work.
Bottom line: it is past time that Americans understood the Constitution and how it has been perverted. I supported Ted Cruz because he supported my ideals- a limited constitutional government. We could have done it the easier way with a Cruz presidency. We have chosen to do it the hard way. It is time that people realize that government are formed among men to protect their rights, and that government gets their power from the consent of the governed. It is time people realize how outside of the constitutional box Washington DC has forayed and demand changes. Their is ONE reason that this country has been as prosperous and free as it has- it is called the Constitution and Bill of Rights.As we move away from those ideals we see the results.
Washington is not going to voluntarily give up its power. President’s do NOT make law. The Supreme Court issues OPINIONS, not law. The ONLY body allowed to make law is Congress. And they have severe restrictions as to what they can deal with. The administrative bureaucracy we have created where legislative, executive and judicial power is vested in individual organizations needs to be dismantled. A separation of powers must be adhered to. States rights and a proper relationship between the federal and state governments needs to be re-established. This is on the People of the United States of America. It is time we hold our officials feet to the fire and demand constitutional accountability. Washington is not going to fix itself. It will take local and state officials, working in their official capacities to protect the rights of the citizens of their states from Washington, DC, to make the changes needed to continue this country’s unparalleled ascent into freedom and prosperity. God bless America.
With Super Tuesday behind us it is time to face reality. tRump must be stopped. He is no conservative and his presence in the Republican nomination process allows a Hillary victory. It is time for conservatives to unite.
It is now apparent that Ted Cruz is the man to take tRump down and the one to beat Hillary. Rubio’s poor showing (congratulations on Minnesota though) in this election cycle shows he is consistently taking a back seat to Cruz with conservative voters. Cruz has shown he can stand toe to toe with tRump and win. Texas was a big win, but Oklahoma is even bigger by the fact it was the first closed primary state. When tRump cannot rely on democratic voters he is definitely put at a disadvantage.
Rubio has some problems of his own. Florida is around the corner and if he loses to tRump there it could seriously damage his future chances at office. It would definitely harm any future campaign he was looking to enter. Rubio is the last of the establishment’s candidates and even with their backing he is not competitive.
There have been indications that the GOP establishment is biting the bullet and may get behind a Cruz candidacy. Lindsey Graham came out after his now infamous “no help from Senate after Cruz is shot on the Senate floor” remarks and lamenting the fact it may be time to unite behind Ted Cruz to take out tRump. Other indications show that the anti-Cruz establishment stance is softening out of desperation over a tRump candidacy.
This brings me to the point of this article. Cruz must ask Rubio to be his nominee for 2016. Right now if that was done it would cement the anti-tRumpers into one coalition. Carson and Kasich would see the writing on the wall and either have to support tRump or be forced out of their campaigns. Cruz/Rubio would take the tRump campaign to task and they would be the Republican team for 2016.
If Cruz and Rubio act quickly enough, they could win Florida for their efforts. This would really put a crimp in the tRump machinery and more importantly for Rubio preserve his image for future political office. This would be a win-win situation for Cruz and Rubio on all fronts.
Some will say that this will be impossible due to the differences of the candidates. Poppycock is my response. Look to 1980. Reagan picked George Bush who is the one who created the term “voodoo economics” to describe Reagan’s economic policies. They ended up with a successful run together and Bush benefited with becoming President afterwards. Rubio is still young. He has plenty of time for future runs. This would look good on his resume.
Looking back to the founding of our country we witness James Madison firmly on the side of the federalists early on. Through his association with Jefferson however, he soon became a major force in the anti-federalist camp. He had argued against a Bill of Rights during the constitutional convention yet was the one who proposed during the first Congress that a Bill of Rights was necessary. This was due to Jefferson’s influence with Madison. I see something like that happening if Cruz and Rubio team up. Rubio seems to be a smart man who knows the Constitution but has kept some bad company. A little guidance and working with a consistent constitutional conservative will help him for the rest of his years.
I do not know if this is just tilting at windmills but to me it seems like solid logic. Everyone who has a potential to be a winner in this deal has it under their control to make this happen. This allows conservatism to prosper and we can bring the Constitution back to the White House and move toward prosperity again.
Cruz/Rubio 2016. Bring the Constitution back to the White House.
I wasn’t planning on writing on this subject but I am going to GeorgeFest tomorrow in Eustis with a good friend and mentor and decided to write this as a reference for those I meet there to consolidate my ideas.
My first passion is the Constitution. The most important aspect of the Constitution is the Bill of Rights. If you have ever talked to me then you already know: I believe that the ONLY reason we have had THE most prosperous and free country ever to grace the face of the Earth is because of the Constitution. Our country originated in a unique time in history where a people threw off the chains of despotism and formed a government of the people, by the people and for the people. There have been many revolutions throughout history. Our was truly a miracle.
Now to Ted Cruz.
I first ran across Ted Cruz when he was running for the Senate in Texas. I really liked what I read and heard. He had led the fight in District of Columbia vs. Heller to stipulate that the 2nd Amendment was indeed an individual right. He formed a coalition of many states (over 30 I believe) that fought for our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. This decision led to a reassertion of 2nd Amendment rights around the country. Cruz was also involved in a case Mendellin vs. Texas where he asserted the idea that the US Constitution is superior to UN law. The United Nations wanted to reopen adjudicated murder cases here in the United States as ordered by the UN International Court. Ted Cruz fought the International Court and won. A win for US sovereignty.
While not being a religious person myself, I do understand the importance of Christianity in the formation and success of our country. Ted Cruz has defended locating the 10 Commandments monument on Texas state grounds successfully. When the rest of the nation was separating themselves from the Bible and its teachings, he stood firm in Texas and allowed Texans their freedom of religious expression. The 1st Amendment won with Ted Cruz.
I was very involved in politics when the Schumer Gang of Eight Bill was introduced. It was clear then as it should be today that the bill led to a path of citizenship for illegals here in the country. Ted Cruz led the fight against this bill finally winning over support when he introduced a few amendment one of which stated that this bill cannot be used as a tool for citizenship. When his common sense amendments were not added it became apparent to enough Senators the true reason for the bill. It was squashed.
Digging deeper into Ted Cruz what was what fully won me over. His recognition of state’s rights and the proper role of the federal government. In multiple videos I have heard him castigate the Supreme Court for its overreach into state’s issues. This occurrence is nothing new but his responses were refreshing to listen to. It was as if I was listening to Madison reading a modern day Federalist Paper.
On many occasions Ted Cruz has been “ambushed” by the left who think to embarrass him. LOL, so far it has all backfired. Look for Ted’s video where he calls a code pink protester up to the podium to have an actual conversation about the topic of nukes in Iran. Instead of having someone remove the person, he chooses dialogue and reason. Another memorable video is after Sandy Hook where a reporter tries to paint him in a corner as supporting gun violence for not supporting “common sense” gun restrictions. In 2 1/2 minutes he validated the founder’s views perfectly.
While many have said they want to reduce the size of government Ted Cruz is the only one that has committed on paper to do something about it. When he becomes President, Ted wants to shut down the Departments of Education, Commerce, Energy, HUD, and dearest to my heart the IRS! In my opinion the 16th and 17th Amendments are the 2 worst that were ever passed. The creation of an income tax and the removal of a key check and balance between the states and the federal government has altered the lives of Americans in very detrimental ways. Anybody who wants to take on these issues definitely has my blessings as a candidate. The idea that a candidate would run this as part of their platform cemented the idea that Ted Cruz IS the constitutional conservative that we need in the White House.
I am not saying that Ted Cruz is perfect. But if you are looking for a principled constitutional conservative that will start the move to make states a more relevant component of our republic then Ted Cruz is your guy. If you want a constitutional lawyer that will fight FOR the Constitution instead of looking for ways to circumvent it then Ted Cruz is your man. Finally, if you want someone who will say what he will do, and actually do it then Ted Cruz is your guy. You may not agree with everything he believes in but you can be assured he will indeed do what he says.