By: the Common Constitutionalist
True conservative Senator Ted Cruz has repeatedly said he trusts neither the moderate Republicans nor Democrats to do the right thing for the country.
Back in May, regarding the last debt ceiling battle Cruz said: “Let me be clear: I don’t trust the Republicans and I don’t trust the Democrats. And I think a whole lot of Americans likewise don’t trust the Republicans and the Democrats, because it is leadership in both parties that have gotten us into this mess.”
He is absolutely right. None of us conservatives trust any of them or their advisors that really steer the ship behind the scene.
I’ve heard on many occasions, political hacks on both sides harkening back to the era of Reagan when more reasonable politicians got together and solved problems. As if they the republicans and the dems were buddies.
Well, correct me if I’m wrong, but the powerful democrat Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill was no fan of Reagan and vice versa. O’Neill tried his best to undermine Reagan’s policies and initiatives whenever possible.
They may not have outright hated one another but it sure was no love fest.
As bad as it was then, I admit it has gotten much worse. The democrats have gone from being merely leftist to full on Marxist and the republicans, with few exceptions have been pulled left to fill the void vacated by the dems of old.
Cruz, Lee and a few others have become hated because they’re trying to maintain their principles in that evil Washington cesspool.
Most other Republicans have all but given up thinking for themselves. They are driven by fear and wholly dependent on the guidance of their “handlers” and “genius” powerbrokers like Karl Rove feeding them talking points.
Think back to any historic event in America and ask yourself where would we be if Karl Rove had been advising those great men.
What would our nation look like if instead of Abraham Lincoln, we had president Lindsey Graham, John McCain or John Boehner? Rove would have advised them to make a backroom deal with the South while sending out talking points on how this would be good for America.
Do we think any of our spineless Republican leaders would’ve had the courage to sign the Declaration of Independence? Rove would’ve told them it was political suicide to put their names to such an incendiary document.
Leaders like Reagan and future ones like Cruz (hopefully) lead because they know they must, for the good of the country, not just for the party.
In 1986, against all advice, Reagan walked out on Mikhail Gorbachev at the nuclear summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. The “squishes”, as Cruz calls them, were apoplectic. They thought, due to Reagan’s rash action, the world would literally come to an end, yet it didn’t and we were much better for it. That event marked the beginning of the end of the Soviet Empire.
We need leaders, now maybe more than ever. We need those with the courage to stand up to the moderate old dog bullies and challenge them to join us or get out of the way. Interestingly, we are the only ones the old dogs feel the need to bully.
It’s time these old fossils like Graham, Enzi, Alexander, McConnell and the rest step aside and allow real leaders to take over. Don’t count on them going quietly.