Should Cruz Attend the Republican Convention?
Ted the Angel, or Lyin’ Ted
Early on, I was a Cruz supporter based primarily on his purported conservative credentials although his Senate accomplishments and leadership skills appeared to be thin. I relied on feedback from Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh and others to vouch for Cruz. Then, day-by-day, on the campaign trail, I begin to see cracks in the Cruz persona and started “feeling” uneasy about the candidate.
The straw that broke the camel’s back for me occurred the night of the Iowa Caucus. I understand that campaigns can get caught up in the moment and make mistakes but it is the behavior of the candidate following the mistake that shapes the character of the candidate. When the campaign communicated to their the precinct leaders to announce that basically Dr. Carson was leaving the race and that the caucus goers should ballot for Cruz, the schism started for me. Then, when Cruz did not immediately stop this dishonesty and refute the communication, he lost me. He went even deeper into the abyss when he failed to mend the fences with Carson and Trump over this political dirty trick. This just confirmed my “bad feeling” about Cruz that was born out of his laying “cute” with the immigration bill and his fast-tracking of the TPP.
Republican Convention-July 18 – 21, 2016
Ted Cruz does have a right to address the convention as the winner of 8 States during the Republican Primary. But the real question is, “Should he”?
Do Candidate Pledges to the GOP and “We The People” Count?
Ted Cruz, and all of the Republican candidates for the President signed a pledge stating that they would SUPPORT the GOP Nominee. Cruz, Kasich, Bush, Graham have all reneged on their commitment to support Trump as the GOP candidate in 2016. This is in spite of their intense criticism by these 4 of Trump when he did not raise his hand at the first debate signifying that he would sign the pledge and support the party’s nominee. Trump later did sign the pledge and promised to support whoever the GOP nominee was.
The pledge contained the following, unambiguous language that all four of these self-disgraced candidates signed and pledged:
“I ______ affirm that if I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for president of the United States, I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is. I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party.”
If you cannot trust a candidate to adhere to a pledge, made to his or her own party, and to THE VOTERS OF THE UNITED STATES, how could you trust that person to be your president? I cannot!
Cruz should take one of the following 2 options if he ever wants to be taken seriously for another office:
Endorse Donald J. Trump as the Republican Party Presidential Candidate of 2016 and attend the GOP convention..
Not Endorse Donald J. Trump and Not Attend the GOP convention.
If Cruz chooses option 2, he should think long and hard about his future and perhaps go back into private law practice.
He would not be deserving of anyone’s trust from this point forward.