As Ben Carson and Marco Rubio’s poll numbers begin to dwindle, commentators are now beginning to point at Ted Cruz as the favourite to usurp Donald Trump and become the Republican Party’s nominee elect. If this is the case, and (in the highly unlikely case) if he goes on to win the presidency, all it spells is trouble and a step back for America. Not least because he has been conscious of not criticising Donald Trump, but because of his borderline-theocratic beliefs and regressive social attitudes.
Let’s think about this for a second. How can anyone support a first-term senator who shut down the Government for 16 days over Obamacare. You can violently oppose what a Government passes, but shutting a Government down inconveniences millions and weakens the image of your nation. Speaking of Obamacare, Cruz likened those who support funding it to the politicians who appeased Nazi Germany. JFW was young but he was not inexperienced – he was involved in sound politics for 15 years before taking the presidency. If elected, Cruz will have only had a meagre 3. My very reasonable fear is that Ted Cruz both inexperienced and obnoxiously obstinates, qualities which don’t strike me as particularly presidential.
Furthermore, Ted Cruz and his talking points seem far more destructive than constructive, and if you ask me, that’s not quite what America needs. Repealing Obamacare, repealing the Iran deal, and repealing gay marriage all sound like the ‘ideas’ of a man who has none himself.
Another point I see raised so frequently to the point that it really annoys me is that Ted Cruz is a ‘constitutionalist’, with the myopic implication being that he is some kind of authority on the law. His supporters praise him for supposedly following the vision of the founding fathers and the constitution which they established. It should be noted that it was these very same founding father which stressed that the religion and government shall not cross paths.
John Adams himself said that:
The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion
Ted Cruz appears to ignore this as he complains about ‘religious liberty’ coming under assault when Christians cannot discriminate against homosexuals. Really what he is complaining about is the state being responsible and not emphasising religious beliefs of laws that are truly enshrined. Sadly, his bizarre beliefs don’t end there. One line that the Cruz campaign has used frequently is that their man “will never apologise for America”. I would argue this type of blind nationalism is an excuse for ignoring American mishaps in foreign policy (of which there are many, let’s be honest) and his remarks reflect a broader ignorance over how he would strengthen America.
If the Republican party wants a semblance of hope in 2016, then they must nominate Marco Rubio who’s currently still polling at an unspectacular 10%. I’ve already written about why he’s the party’s best bet, and recent polling data suggests that he has a very good chance at beating Hillary Clinton.
Trump, Cruz and Carson? No chance.