On Friday the 23rd of September, Ted Cruz released a long facebook post in which he announced that he has decided to endorse Donald Trump and gave six compelling reasons explaining how he came to that decision. Most of us know that Cruz has not been a fan of Trump and he is principled to a fault (if that were possible), so Conservatives would probably do well to hear him out. In typically eloquent and clear Cruz style, here are his six points:
1) SUPREME COURT
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. I have spent my professional career fighting before the Court to defend the Constitution. We are only one justice away from losing our most basic rights, and the next president will appoint as many as four new justices. We know, without a doubt, that every Clinton appointee would be a left-wing ideologue. Trump, in contrast, has promised to appoint justices “in the mold of Scalia.” For some time, I have been seeking greater specificity on this issue, and today the Trump campaign provided that, releasing a very strong list of potential Supreme Court nominees — including Sen. Mike Lee, who would make an extraordinary justice — and making an explicit commitment to nominate only from that list. This commitment matters, and it provides a serious reason for voters to choose to support Trump.
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.
5) NATIONAL SECURITY
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.
6) INTERNET FREEDOM
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.
SUMMARY – PATRIOT OVER PETTY
To sum up, Cruz re-iterated that he has always been #NeverHillary and at this point, there is only one thing standing in her way – Trump. He later said that both he, and his family, have forgiven Trump and are moving on without any ill feelings or malice.
Cruz’s position seems to be that the time is too dire for personal vendettas. For the sake of the country, we need to vote for the candidate with the strongest chance of stopping Hillary. Cruz has taken flack from some of his die-hard supporters, but his case begs careful scrutiny. He’s taken a patriotic position over a petty one.