Ted Cruz is a legend

Ted Cruz was not our first choice for president. He’s not very palatable to the general public and his positions are way extreme. That said, we would have welcomed him as our nominee as, if nothing else, he is a truly authentic conservative Republican. For a moment after the Iowa caucuses (when it appeared that might happen) we were looking forward to seeing him debate Hillary and present his unfiltered vision for a conservative America. And if he could convince 65 million Americans to vote for him in order to win? We were fine with that.

Now, though? With the prospect of a lunatic who reportedly is ready to stab our NATO allies in the back as President? Ted Cruz might as well be Abraham Lincoln. And after the incredible stunt he pulled off at the Republican National Convention he has solidified himself as the only Republican with any semblance of principle or morals.

His speech, was one of the best he ever gave even BEFORE all the drama erupted. He actually succeeded in presenting his conservative principles in a way that could be acceptable to a large percentage of the American public.

Then the demands began for Cruz to endorse the charlatan who has hijacked his beloved Republican party. And the boos started to rain down upon him when it became clear that would not happen. The video screen, as if reflecting the absolutely toxic energy in the room, literally blacked out. As he always does, Cruz soldiered on through to the end, urging everyone to “vote their conscience” and reminding people that principles and values actually matter.

And THEN just the morning after, he doubled down!

In addition to his amazing sound bite about refusing to be a “servile puppy dog” and supporting the man who “maligned” his father and wife, Cruz had this to say:

“It was somewhat dismaying that…some of Donald’s biggest partisans…when they heard that people should vote for someone you can trust to defend our freedom and…the Constitution, immediately began booing.”

That’s a great point, Ted!

Later on, in response to questions from a decidedly pro-Trump crowd, he followed up with:

“We either stand for shared principles, or we’re not worth anything.”

And more:

“If we can’t make the case to the American people that voting for our Party’s nominee is consistent with voting your conscience, is consistent with defending freedom and being faithful to the Constitution, then we are not going to win and we don’t deserve to win.”

Indeed.

A lot of people are claiming that this was just a cynical attempt to position himself for the next election cycle. That may be true. But anyone who knows Ted Cruz’s record, should know that Cruz has, on numerous occasions sacrificed his own political currency for something he believes in.

For example, Ted Cruz is a huge supporter of Israel. Take a look at what happened when he addressed a clearly anti-Israel group of Christians:

Legendary.

Can you imagine what would have happened if he had been doing this since the beginning? If he and Jeb and Rubio and the rest of them had taken a principled stand against this train wreck from the beginning, instead of treating Trump like a sideshow? We would never be in this position to begin with.

Instead one by one, they all surrendered and bent the knee to an imposter. Maybe Trump should not have tried to link Cruz’s father to the Kennedy assassination. Perhaps that was just a bridge too far? Maybe threatening to leak slanderous stories about his wife pushed him over the edge? Or maybe Cruz, like everyone else NOT under Trump’s spell, recognizes that anyone who would behave in this manner is not worthy of the Oval Office.

And if anyone doubts for one minute that Cruz does NOT believe that if the Republican Party gets behind someone they do not trust to defend the Constitution they don’t deserve to win…well, you just have not been paying attention to the guy John Boehner once referred to as “Lucifer” for not falling in line.

But for Cruz to go into the (almost literal) lion’s den and stand his ground, despite a cascade of roars and boos and threats at his expense?

He’s a damn American hero for that.

We should be so lucky as to have ALL of the Republicans do the same.

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