October 23, 2016

Just before the point of no return, Ted Cruz turns his back on #NeverTrump

Ted Cruz announced yesterday that he will, in fact, be voting for Donald Trump. In the Facebook post explaining his decision to vote for a man who treated him and his family brutally during the primaries, Cruz made the same points I’ve been making for months: First, that Hillary is infinitely worse than Trump could ever be and, second, that Trump has been carefully refining his campaign promises to assure Americans that he’ll put on the brakes before Hillary takes us over the same cliff that Obama has relentlessly edged us towards for the past eight years. Here are Cruz’s key points, although I do urge you to read the whole thing:

Six key policy differences inform my decision. First, and most important, the Supreme Court. For anyone concerned about the Bill of Rights — free speech, religious liberty, the Second Amendment — the Court hangs in the balance.


Second, Obamacare. The failed healthcare law is hurting millions of Americans. If Republicans hold Congress, leadership has committed to passing legislation repealing Obamacare. Clinton, we know beyond a shadow of doubt, would veto that legislation. Trump has said he would sign it.

Third, energy. Clinton would continue the Obama administration’s war on coal and relentless efforts to crush the oil and gas industry. Trump has said he will reduce regulations and allow the blossoming American energy renaissance to create millions of new high-paying jobs.

Fourth, immigration. Clinton would continue and even expand President Obama’s lawless executive amnesty. Trump has promised that he would revoke those illegal executive orders.

Fifth, national security. Clinton would continue the Obama administration’s willful blindness to radical Islamic terrorism. She would continue importing Middle Eastern refugees whom the FBI cannot vet to make sure they are not terrorists. Trump has promised to stop the deluge of unvetted refugees.

Sixth, Internet freedom. Clinton supports Obama’s plan to hand over control of the Internet to an international community of stakeholders, including Russia, China, and Iran. Just this week, Trump came out strongly against that plan, and in support of free speech online.

These are six vital issues where the candidates’ positions present a clear choice for the American people.

There are roughly six weeks between now and the election — and in those states that allow early voting, people are already casting their votes. We have very little time left within which people can make a choice between preserving what’s left of America or starting a Venezuela slide. At the beginning of August, I analogized our situation to that in The Bridge over the River Kwai. When a Facebook friend posted that the movie was being shown on PBS in our area, I went back, looked at the post, and decided that it’s good enough for a replay, although edited somewhat for clarity:

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  1. Impossible for me to accept this as genuine. Ted Cruz didn’t do this for anyone but himself.


    His support in Texas for reelection in 2018 is crumbling, and after RNC head Reince Pribus announced earlier this week that anyone who failed to endorse the nominee would face major difficulties getting the RNC to allow them to make another run for president.

    If he really cared about the country, he would have done what Scott Walker did at the convention, when it would have actually mattered. – kept his word, endorsed Trump unequivocally and worked hard to beat Hillary and get Trump elected.

    He could have done lot to unify the Party. Instead, out of his own petty ego, he chose to foment dividsion. He’ s already given the #nevertrumpers legitimacy and saying that he’d vote for Trump now, six weeks before the election means very little.

    To use your movie analogy, it’s as though Alec Guinness’s character had realized what he’d done after the Japanese troop train was safely over the bridge.

    Sorry, I’m afraid I can’t give Cruz much credit at this late date.
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  2. I doubt his motives were pure, JoshuaPundit, but he finally bit the bullet and articulated very important reasons that might help move #NeverTrumpers who cannot find it in themselves to back away from Hillary, even though that means going into Trump’s arms. As a former #NeverTrumper myself, I realize how important it is to have something to wave about to justify capitulation (Supreme Court! Second Amendment!). Any fig leaf is better than nudity.
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