• CRUZ Fails To Endorse Trump – Hero or Traitor?

    Ted Cruz was the runner up to Donald Trump in the race to the nomination.

    He was asked by Donald Trump to speak at the convention…presumably to unite the party and throw his support behind Trump.

    That didn’t happen.

    Well, he did speak. He gave a rousing talk about conservatism and your conscience, but he fell short of endorsing the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.

    He was then booed from the stage and his wife was heckled with chants of Goldman Sachs as she was escorted out.

    There are two perspectives on this.

    Ted Cruz just crashed his political career into the earth by breaking his signed word to support the nominee.

    Or he is the most principled man in politics worthy of leadership.

    The vast majority of the internet lit a fire for Cruz and condemned his actions as treasonous to the Republican Party. However, not everyone saw it that way.

    From Business Insider:

    Republicans from all corners of the party scorned Ted Cruz on Wednesday night after the Texas senator delivered a speech before the Republican National Convention that not only failed to endorse nominee Donald Trump but implicitly encouraged audience members not to do so if it would violate their “conscience.”

    “Cruz condemned to Republican hell,” conservative-news mogul Matt Drudge tweeted before placing a “HELL’S A-BURNIN'” banner on his popular website.

    “I think it was awful,” Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, a Trump-supporter, echoed after Cruz’s speech. “And quite frankly, I think it was selfish.”

    “For the life of me, I don’t know why he is doing this,” Fox News Channel and conservative talk-radio host Sean Hannity said. “I think there is going to be long-term damage for the party and for him.”

    “Trump trusted Ted and was rewarded with a betrayal,” former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas piled on.

    Trump, for his part, said Cruz’s speech did not bother him.

    Conservative talk show host and Cruz supporter Steve Deace saw it another way. From the Conservative Review:

    In full disclosure I know Ted Cruz. I admire Ted Cruz. I consider him a friend, but we don’t always agree. In fact, I thought it was a mistake for him to agree to speak at Donald Trump’s coronation.

    Obviously, on that one, I was dead wrong.

    There are moments in life — sporting events, concerts and even politics — when you witness a greatness that you can’t define, but you know what it is when you see it. And once you’ve seen it, you know things will never be the same.

    Cruz’s convention speech on Wednesday night was such a moment.

    Like watching Michael Jordan dangle a hand in the air after hitting the championship winning shot, or Tiger Woods in his prime lap the field at The Masters, this was — as the kids say today — a mic drop.

    And the funny thing is, it wasn’t intended to be. It was intended to position Cruz as the future face of conservatism in exile regardless of what happens in November, and repair his image after the brutal end to a bloody primary. Yet it ended up being so much more than that. Way more than that.

    Because luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

    Was the Cruz speech an iconic “mic drop” moment or a disaster of epic proportions tanking his promising career? Deace continues to lay out his belief in the Republican implosion.

    Some are even so far gone into the Trump cult they booed Cruz as he talked about his immigrant family, and a 9-year old girl in Dallas whose daddy cop is never coming home again. Like children who believe the object of their desire must be acknowledged, so they scream at funerals, weddings, church or any other occasion more important than their wants. Except children aren’t self-aware and mature enough to know better. The adults on that convention floor, on the other hand, have no excuse.

    They should know better. But let’s face it, our childlike need to be spoon fed, affirmed and validated emotionally at all costs is why our political system — not to mention the nation at-large — is in the ditch we’re in. That’s why the freedom Cruz spoke so passionately about threatens us. For freedom isn’t free. It comes at the cost of self-restraint and personal accountability. Which, in case you haven’t noticed, are two qualities sorely lacking throughout Trump’s charmed life.

    Then there were the reports of how angry party people and donors were that Cruz dared tell Republicans to vote their values. Stop and think about that for a moment, and allow it to fully sink in. The party establishment can only be offended by a call to vote your conscience if, indeed, they are at least tacitly admitting that to vote for their nominee could violate one’s conscience.

    That is breathtaking, tragic, and altogether unsurprising given what these feckless people have done to the once Grand Old Party. They have managed to do something the entire Democrat Party failed to do. They defeated the Reagan Revolution.

    Even if Cruz was right to do what he did. The damage of how he did it may be more than he will ever overcome. Many Republicans will remember long, like an elephant, this speech and his non-endorsement and they will never support Cruz again.

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