Following Ted Cruz’s speech on Wednesday night at the GOP convention, flood gates of scorn and vitriol immediately burst open from all directions. The hatred for Ted Cruz came from many convention delegates, Trump’s dedicated social media army and media surrogates, conservative commentators, Republican donors, and Republican Party elites. They were all outraged that the junior Texas Senator refused an enthusiastic endorsement of the party’s nominee, Donald Trump. Cruz is being called a traitor, dishonorable, a liar, Judas, an a-hole, and a “dumb son-of-a-bitch who thinks he’s smarter than everyone else”. How dare he refuse to fall in line like the others? Despite the endless boos, taunts, and jeers that echoed through the end of his speech, Cruz demonstrated grace and composure in finishing what he had to say before exiting the stage, his dignity held firmly in his hands. To be clear, he didn’t demonize Donald Trump or attack him personally in any way. He didn’t attack the party who so often rejects him until they need his strength. He provided an optimistic vision for the future, praise for the party’s past, and he reminded us that this party is bigger than any political party or any person in it. He did what he believed was right because, to him, politics isn’t just a game we play. The truth is the truth and our first duty as a free people is to find it and live by it.
This is hardly the first time Cruz has experienced this type of treatment from his own party for going against the grain. In just six years, he has been trashed by both House leaders, one of them calling him Lucifer repeatedly, as well as many others who just don’t understand why Ted can’t toe the line when it appears the party needs it most. My contention is the end results typically vindicate Cruz’s positions, but the short attention span of many Americans failed to reconcile the error in judgement. Cruz will be hailed a hero for using his principles to take on the left and deemed a problem when he uses them to check the right. It seems that telling the truth to those who don’t want to hear it is a greater crime than outright lying to them.
The real reason Ted Cruz receives so much ridicule from his own party is because he is one of the few in Washington DC who takes himself and his job seriously. He doesn’t see himself as a player in a game where he’s on team GOP and the most important thing is to beat the other side by any means necessary, and he isn’t willing to sell his soul to advance the ball a little further. Wouldn’t it have been easier to endorse Trump last night? Wouldn’t Cruz have made more friends in Washington and earned more respect from Trump’s base? I would probably be one of few voices arguing the answer to that is no, but it absolutely would’ve been the path of least resistance (a road heavily worn by politician’s shoes). It’s true that Cruz is a member of a political party and the stated objective of that party is to defeat Democrats because so much of America’s problems are born directly from their assaults on our liberty. Unfortunately, most of this Republican Party doesn’t even agree with that. They don’t mean it when they take an oath to defend the Constitution. They don’t mean it when they tell their voters on the campaign trail that they see government undermining liberty and will do everything in their power to fight for it on behalf of the American people. They don’t mean most of what they say to anyone outside of closed doors. Ted Cruz does. Ted Cruz takes his oath seriously, his honor seriously, his children’s future seriously, the American people seriously, and our sacred liberty seriously. He understands how precious our freedom is and he lives with it as his primary focus. He’s proven it over and over again, his convention speech being another bright example.
The people angry with Ted Cruz are the one who didn’t refuse to beg to Donald Trump for a pat on the head since he’s emerged the victor. They’re the ones who didn’t surrender their dignity to defend the indefensible positions from a lost party no matter how disingenuous it makes them look. They’re the ones who were willing to sacrifice their sacred honor to toe the line for this nominee they spent months condemning on a personal level. They’re the ones who were always willing to compromise your liberty, your money, your lives, in order to advance their personal careers and agendas. They’re the ones who are privately insecure with their own actions. Ted Cruz is a shining example of what they’re not but claim to be, and they hate him for it.
America is recklessly navigating dangerous waters. At no other time in our country’s history has our liberty and our values come under such assault. There is such a thing as good and evil, and evil is running rampant in so many hearts and souls. A significant amount of Americans, perhaps a majority, are willing to surrender their personal freedom for the illusion of security and personal comfort. They’ll say and do anything to support anyone who they’ve determined is on their side and makes them feel good. They’ve allowed themselves to become bankrupt of any morals and principles that would otherwise give their lives real meaning, and instead look to their elected overlords to organize their lives on their behalf. This isn’t the first time in history this has happened, and we won’t be the first country to lose everything as a result. There will come a time when we realize that we placed so much faith in the wrong people and institutions that could not be counted on.
When the gravy train derails and Americans start feeling actual pain, people will be hungry for liberty and they’ll search for those who they believe can deliver it. When we no longer have any control over our own lives and have lost faith in everything we once depended on so heavily, Americans will look for leaders who used to talk about that thing called freedom and who are willing to tell them the truth. So many things that once seemed important won’t be anymore. We’ll begin to look for leaders to right the ship and return us to liberty, truth, and prosperity (I hope).
There will come a time when Americans who have grown accustomed to being fed while dismissing those who actually grow the food will humbly, with hat in hand, ask them to return to the farms. There will come a time when Americans who dismissed those who actually know how to fit nuts to bolts will ask that they return to the factories and start producing again. There will come a time when American’s will seek out the once denigrated entrepreneurs and ask them to run the businesses we took for granted. There will come a time when American’s who have turned their backs on our Christian roots of God and morality will return to the churches and seek forgiveness from all those they dismissed preaching absolute truths and love. There will come a time when America needs leaders with real courage to light new torches and guide us back to liberty, because only those who stood without fear and with enormous faith in the face of overwhelming adversity that will have the answers we need.
It is of the utmost importance that those of us who understand liberty and truth continue to hold on tightly, to refuse to buckle under pressure by those who only want to win the day, because one day we’ll be asked to teach others. There will come a day when American’s, and the rest of the world, are so beaten down from lies and oppression, that they’ll ask us what we meant all those times we spoke of liberty. It’s important that we have a good answer prepared.