Surprising everyone, Sen. Ted Cruz won the Iowa caucuses by garnering a record number of Republican votes. Cruz appears to have the ability to get support from a range of Republicans, including conservatives, libertarians, and youth. Hispanics seem to be warming to him, as well as women.
As usual in the blood sport we call American politics, one of the front runners is being savaged. Ever since the Iowa victory, Cruz has been unfairly dismembered and accused of most every crime imaginable. His enemies have thrown everything at him, including the kitchen sink. He smiles, responds in earnest, continues to debate the issues, campaigns hard, improves his organization and makes progress.
If we are looking for a candidate with the mantle of a statesman, it is instructive paying attention at this important stage in the campaign. Look how he handles an angry Iowan supportive of ethanol subsidies.
Trump is now being referred to as the ‘trumper-tantrum.’ That is telling. After promising victory in Iowa, he lost. He was embarrassed. He paid the price for shunning the debate, whining about Fox, calling Iowans stupid, insulting everyone, and arrogantly assuming some divine right to victory.
Now he doubles down, saying the process was corrupt, threatening to sue, condemning Cruz, and lashing about like a child deprived of his Halloween candy. This is how he will govern, folks. If Trump can’t even deal with the Iowa caucuses, how will he deal with the presidency?
If you are the CEO of a company interviewing for the job of president (and We the People are supposed to be the CEO of this country), then you look for the best qualified people with the most intelligence, the most experience and the ‘right fit,’ in terms of temperament, attitude, philosophy and track record. Would you hire a man who cannot control himself, a man who uses profanity, an unprofessional slander merchant with a track record of alienating everyone?
In other words, would you hire Trump, a man who has declared bankruptcy numerous times, leaving masses of people unpaid for the work they did on his behalf? Would you hire a man with no experience to be commander in chief?
And what of the other front runners on the Republican side? Given the vast destruction wrought by President Obama, failures and damages that will continue under Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden or Elizabeth Warren, most any of the Republican candidates would serve extraordinarily well. Several of these people can likely defeat the Democrat nominee, stop the bleeding, and set a new, rational, constructive course.
However, binding the wound is not sufficient. It must be opened up, cleaned out, reconstructed, surgically repaired, disinfected, bandaged and healed. This country is at risk of flat lining. A casual visit to the 24-hour clinic is entirely insufficient. We must head for the emergency room. We all know it. Name your looming catastrophe.
Just as Great Britain wisely turned to Winston Churchill in the face of complete annihilation at the hands of the Nazis, so America today must find her own Churchill. Let us look honestly at another reality: The cancer within is as lethal as the threats without. Our government is thoroughly corrupt. It must be cleaned out and set right if our kids and grandchildren are to have a fighting chance. Watch as Cruz takes on the best the communists can throw at him.
There is a central reason Cruz is being vilified, right and left. He is a threat to the status quo, i.e., the entrenched corruption in D.C. That corruption is destroying us from within. He is a threat to all the cozy deals and self-serving relationships developed over decades in D.C. He is a threat to the incestuous relationships between big money, big corporations, big lobbyists and big politicians, because he calls for a return to the Founder’s vision which was also a threat to big money, big corporations, big lobbyists and big politicians. Free markets and free people tend to break up the monopolies that have only been encouraged by Obama, and will only find new life with Democrats in power.
If we really want to hire the right person for the job of president, then We the People, the CEO, must make a professional hiring decision. If we really want real reform, putting government back in its proper place as servant of the people, then we had better hire a fearless statesman with the guts and the brains to see it through. Check out the resume of Ted Cruz and ask yourself if he is the right candidate for the job.