You will know them by their fruits
Matthew 7:15–7:17 States:
“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.…”
I’ll admit that I no longer support Ted Cruz for the Republican nominee.
There are two reasons; One, his lack of executive experience and two, his questionable integrity.
- Executive Experience: After reviewing his “resume”, I found no evidence that Cruz has ever had any experience that qualifies him to the be Chief Executive of a company let alone the Chief Executive of the United States. Do I believe that he has conservative values? Yes. But I do not believe that he can influence others to follow and support him as he goes forward as president and attempts to implement those values. All he has done in the Senate is a disruptor which was certainly warranted. But, he was ineffective overall as he failed to change the minds of anyone in the Senate. Leadership does not always mean that you get 100% of what you want. Even his hero Ronald Reagan totally understood this. He needs more executive experience or should follow his passion and seek a judgeship.
- Integrity: I struggled with his integrity from the outset. If one professes to be a Christian, then live it and everyone will see. If you profess to be a Christian and do not live it, you impugn all of us to the world!
- The Iowa Caucus featured the Cruz campaign using Ben Carson’s leaving early for Florida as a way for caucus goers to infer that Carson’s campaign was being suspended just moments before the caucus voting began. The email from Spence Rogers to the Cruz precinct captains stated: “Breaking News. The press is reporting that Dr. Ben Carson is taking time off from the campaign trail after Iowa and making a big announcement next week. “Please inform any Carson caucus goers of this news and urge them to caucus for Ted Cruz.” The campaign used this at the caucuses to convince Carson supporters to come over to Cruz. This tactic was not actually condemned by Cruz, he blamed CNN mainly, and Cruz hid behind his campaign rather than coming forward and taking responsibility for the lie and suggest some sort of meaningful remedy. To this day Carson is not satisfied with Cruz’s apology and explanations. Clearly this suppressed the vote for Carson and was a dishonest representation that could have been avoided with a simple call to Ben Carson.
- Also at the Iowa Caucus, the Cruz campaign put out the flyers that claimed the recipient was in violation of election laws. I have seen many senior citizen scams and this are no different. The Iowa Secretary of State, Paul Pate issued the statement: “Accusing citizens of Iowa of a “voting violation” based on Iowa Caucus participation, or lack thereof, is false representation of an official act.” Ted Cruz himself put out a statement later: “I will apologize to no one for using every tool we can to encourage Iowa voters to come out and vote.” While he is on the edge as promoting voter turnout, the real impetus was to get Iowans to vote for himself. Scamming seniors is Un-Christian, no matter the motivation. Once again, not quite fraud, but close.
- Melania Trump Negative Campaign Ads: The PAC, started by Liz Mair, Make America Awesome, is an anti-Trump political action committee. Mair made it clear that her efforts are trying to swing the race to Ted Cruz. Campaigns are not to have any coordination with Super PACs or PACs. Cruz could vehemently condemn that type of ad. Instead, within the same timeframe as the “slut-shaming” ad, Mitt Romney apparently joined in with an absolutely tasteless statement at the Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) GOP dinner : “Donald Trump has had several foreign wives. It turns out that there really are jobs Americans won’t do,” Cruz did not publicly condemn Romney for those remarks. For additional context, Glenn Beck has been campaigning right along side of Cruz since his indorsement in January, 2016. He apparently is a friend and advisor as well. In August of 2015, Glenn went on one of the famous Beck Tirade’s on Facebook stating: “…the First Lady would be the first to have posed nude in lesbian porno shots.” Beck’s accusation, which as of yet is unverified by any credible source! Why didn’t Cruz disavow Beck’s endorsement in light of this tirade? What has Cruz said or done about this baseless accusation by Beck? Absolutely Nothing!
- Campaign Attributions: While I will grant Cruz leeway on his attributing positions to candidates that the candidates actually have refuted more than once, Cruz continues to employ that dishonest tactic. I understand politics are politics and are not something we would want to observe around our dinner table! But, if you are a Christian, you have the responsibility to live to a higher standard. Every non-Christian is judging you, and indeed Christianity and other Christians, by your words and actions.
As I have said, I believe that Cruz truly believes in conservative values as he understands them. (The TPP does not follow conservative values and his voting to fast-track this agreement is troubling.) I also believe that he is a strong advocate for the Constitution but real people need something to hang onto other than vague concepts in a document that is housed in Washington DC or shabby campaign tactics and rhetoric. Those concepts and campaign tactics are not seen as helping to put food on their table or raising their children.
As we get closer to the end of the primary season, and Cruz’s chances of winning diminish, his campaign appears to be growing further apart from his core Christian values of honesty and integrity. If Cruz has the credentials and the right stuff, he should be able to campaign on his own qualifications. He should make sure that his campaign, and those that support him, do not degrade his campaign by denigrating the wives of candidates or engage in questionable campaign tactics.